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10-22-2013 04:33 AM  4 years agoPost 1
gearset

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e again, I usually buy what is most popular at my local flying field but not this time.
I just bought a goblin 700 with the HPS head( not a big fan of DFC)
for a few reasons:
1 I can get parts in Canada, a big plus.
2 there freaking cool looking and different from other airframes out there.
3 I didn't want to follow the sheep.

What are your reasons?

Livin'............

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10-22-2013 04:46 AM  4 years agoPost 2
McKrackin

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Lucasville,Ohio

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Avant Aurora for the same reasons....except that Canada thing

Since 5 years ago when I was flying Walker 400 size helis,the Sexy Avant Aurora ads had me hooked and I thought....Someday....

Fast forward a few years and now the heli I always lusted after was in the classifieds for cheap.

Started with a Nitro Aurora and now settled in with an E Aurora.

In comparison of popularity...The sheep are flying Goblins

I'm practically flying a Unicorn

I literally never use the word literally right.

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10-22-2013 06:28 AM  4 years agoPost 3
MXRACERX43

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Very similar to Mccrakin's reasons.
When I started I was almost in awe of the high end 90 size machines. My lack of ability combined with the cost and the level of complexity the older generation models had made owning and actually flying one seem almost unobtainable and definitely not practical.

An outstanding classifieds deal came along at the right time and allowed a friend and I to own our first 90 size models. Thinking back to those beginner days makes me feel great full having the opportunity to be a Team member now.

Coincidentally another excellent classifieds deal just got me my first Whiplash Gasser and I am very eager to start exploring that segment of the hobby.

Team Miniature Aircraft~Team GensAce

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10-22-2013 10:09 AM  4 years agoPost 4
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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I bought the TDR's because the way they fly fits my flying style, I may have to wait for parts, It might cost a little more, but I have not found anything that compares to it.........Yet!

Bill Whittaker

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10-22-2013 10:40 AM  4 years agoPost 5
DemetriusUSN

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Virginia Beach, Va USA

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I flew the clones, the blades, nitro and the Trexes for some time. A friend talked me into buy a Outrage Fusion 50 and I was not disappointed, love my Fusion 50. I read awhile back on HF that a possible Fusion 90 was coming out but we know what happened but needless to say, I truly love my Fusion, the best flying heli I've ever owned.

Minicopter Diabolo 800, Minicopter Triabolo 700, Minicopter Diabolo 700, Minicopter 550,Compass 6hvu, Devil 380

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10-22-2013 11:38 AM  4 years agoPost 6
Retired2011

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Lee's Summit, MO

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I bought my first heli (Logo 400) from a guy at my favorite flying field earlier this summer. I guess I kinda followed the sheep then, as there are at least a dozen Logos in the club, although mine is the only 400. I liked it so much I bought another Logo 400 and stretched it to run 550mm blades.

Then a guy came from out of town, to our Fun Fly this summer, with a TDR. Hmmmm....
I knew right away I HAD to have one
I now have a brand new kit and all of the components to build it with just waiting for me in my workshop.

Thank You wrongler for the help and advice putting the stuff together

Chet

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10-22-2013 11:52 AM  4 years agoPost 7
unclejane

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santa fe, NM, USA

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I take my cue from full-scale when it comes to which machine of any type I go with:

- parts availability
- support, dealer network
- known problems.

These are priority #1 with any flying machine, vastly more so even than quality and design. These are absolutely required to keep it in the air and protect your investment over and above everything else. I must be able to get parts for it in a timely, relatively inexpensive manner. It must be supported by a dealer network, all of whom must answer the phone and email regularly, and the problems (which every flying machine has) have to be known at some basic level.

Putting it another way, if any one of these qualifications fails, it's a show-stopper. No or very hard to find, takes forever to get em parts = automatic no-buy. Only one or two dealers, especially if the email/phone response is iffy, no-buy. No flight history or field experience, no-buy.

For that reason I only fly the humble Trex or the Xcell, and for multis I stick with DJI. All are well supported, all over the place, dealers everywhere and the problems tend to be reasonably well known.

There are others out there that are possibly better designs or built better, but they trail behind the Trex or Miniature (or DJI for multicopters) in one or more of the above 3. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

LS

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10-22-2013 12:05 PM  4 years agoPost 8
Retired2011

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- parts availability
- support, dealer network
- known problems.
Only one of those is important to me.

I'll gladly wait a few extra days for parts, if necessary, but I will only accept quality design & build.
Not saying there's anything wrong with Align, they are better than many.

That's why we have so many choices...Different Strokes

Chet

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10-22-2013 12:18 PM  4 years agoPost 9
unclejane

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Only one of those is important to me.
I'll gladly wait a few extra days for parts, if necessary, but I will only accept quality design & build.
Not saying there's anything wrong with Align, they are better than many.
Well in R/C, it's not so bad, but in full-scale even a minor mistake in this regard can destroy your entire estate. One or two parts can ground your airplane and wipe your entire effort out. If it's a chronic availability problem, it doesn't matter how good it is. It suddenly becomes a pile of junk that no longer flies through the air. And that has consumed every dime you put into it.

I was lucky to find this out early on when I started in full-scale and escaped disaster. That's why I fly only Rotax engines on my light a/c, for example. Expensive, but parts are always available, dealers everywhere and known issues.

That's what keeps the fan turning more than quality every time....

LS

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10-22-2013 01:25 PM  4 years agoPost 10
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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I didn't want to follow the sheep.
You do know every man and his dog (sheep dog) has a Goblin now don't you?!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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10-22-2013 01:29 PM  4 years agoPost 11
gearset

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Thunder Bay Ontario

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in my club there mostly align helis, I have the only goober.
I guess that should have specified that "following the sheep" was a local thing.

Livin'............

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10-22-2013 02:00 PM  4 years agoPost 12
HeliNutAndy

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worcester, MA USA

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I have two Logos a 500 and 600. I got them after reading how much every one else seemed to enjoy them and that they are considered some of the best out there. I really love the way they fly but I don't love the parts situation and the lack of after market parts. I'm thinking of getting another Align model since there are so many parts out there including after market parts. I was hoping to be able to keep the models and occasionally add some bling

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10-22-2013 02:27 PM  4 years agoPost 13
rcnut

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Rockford, Illinois

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Yea…like a lot of you guys…I too started following the pack. Had to buy the Trex 700N when it was the craze…with all the upgrades, then the upgrades started becoming a weekly thing (I’m exaggerating!) Ok, that started turning me off. Then I followed again and bought an Aurora nitro, boy was that fun. Then the part scare set in and my heli became a hanger queen. So I sold it and bought a Compass 3D+. Now we’re talking, IMO, one of the best 50 size nitro helis out there!...when it’s not broken.

I decided to break away from the pack and bought a Rave 90 ENV FBL. I caught a lot of heat from that, but everyone wanted a crack at it and they were impressed! I got tired of my 450’s and looked at the Protos 500. I found a deal on a combo and bought it. Once again, the pack just had to have a wack that this little heli. Once again, they were impressed.

I continued this lone wolf tactic with the purchase of the Whiplash Gasser! Best investment I’ve made yet! The Whiplash Gasser fit my style of flying and grace. Once again, the pack just had to check it out, but this time they accepted my opinion and just liked my heli. They, as well as myself, couldn’t do much as I was still in the process of breaking-in the motor.

So now I look at heli’s that I find interesting, not what the pack does. I have a small group of followers that follows my lead, but I try to instill in them to follow their feelings. We look at the pros/con’s, watch what the market is doing, parts availability, cost, popularity, etc. So far, we are an eclectic group of heli pilots…Whiplash/MA, Rave, Trex, Raptor, Compass, Protos, and Blade.

Our club is mainly plankes...they don't like us heli pilots!

Team Miniature Aircraft
"I love the smell of Nitro in the morning!"
...Citizen 654!

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10-22-2013 02:50 PM  4 years agoPost 14
VANHELI

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Omaha,Nebraska

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I base my purchases on whatever Tareq flies!

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10-22-2013 03:20 PM  4 years agoPost 15
es1co2bar3

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winnetka california

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found anything that compares to it.........Yet!
That because you haven't fly a logo yet I don't really think fly
exquisite like A logo.
a goblin crash mean a new kit, the one thing that turn me off with the
goblin I saw 2 of them crash and dam even the motor is F-up.

I was waiting on some honey but there aren't no Queen bee,

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10-22-2013 06:27 PM  4 years agoPost 16
mcfast

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Quebec Quebec Canada

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When I first started flying RC hellis I did not know anything about them or know any buddy that had one.

So I bout a cheap Walkera 04 and 36 on e-bay, after a lot of work got them to fly real nice, then I started to meet other RC hell guys, they all told me Walkera is junk! go buy something real good
a T-Rex so I did, I bout a 450 (a older model) it flow like carp!
I hated it! I am not a 3D guy, that was the last time I listen to any buddy!

Some of the hellis I got after ever buddy told me not to get.
Raptor 30 and 50, not the nicest looking, but reliable, easy to get parts at LHS, flew pretty good stock, then I got a Kyosho Caliber 5
like it a lot, but parts are hard to get, and then I got a
JR Airskipper 50 that was the best I had, as far as nitros goes.
Then I told the guys I was getting a gasser,
Well you can guest all the negative comments I got about gassers
I got one anyway, it was the best helli I ever flew, but that's me!

P.S. sorry for the spelling or the grammar I am dyslexic!

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10-22-2013 06:56 PM  4 years agoPost 17
dela

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Stillwater Oklahoma

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I saw Mark Kiner flying a Robbe Futura SE in 1999, and decided if they were good enough for him, then they were good enough for me. I'm still flying SE's, Mille's, Nova's and Connies. If one comes up cheap, then I'm likely to buy it.

They still fly so much better that I do.

Ron D.

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10-23-2013 02:52 AM  4 years agoPost 18
BobOD

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New York- USA

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The sheep are flying Goblins
I'm practically flying a Unicorn
Pretty funny statement.
But, McKrackin, did you know only Virgins fly Unicorns?

Team POP Secret

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10-23-2013 03:01 AM  4 years agoPost 19
MWRLa

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Addis La United States

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Flew the Blade 120SR and then went to a 4503D and loved it. Glad I got it because I crashed the hell out of it while learning to fly CCPM. Went to my first Heli Show, Cajun Helifest this year and had a great time. One person had Logos and after seeing him fly I knew I had to have one. All others were awesome but the Logo just looked like it was effortless to fly. Got a 500SE and yes, they are pretty much effortless to fly. Don't know how the other high end heli's compare and I will probably never know. Waiting on Black Friday to get my 600SE. I don't need useless bling to spend my money on so I will stick to a heli that doesn't need bling to fly great.

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10-23-2013 03:02 PM  4 years agoPost 20
kingmeow

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The Garden State, US

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Because it was talking to me. What???!!! What do you mean R/C helis can't speak???? Try it yourself, they sure can!

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