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04-08-2014 02:58 PM  4 years agoPost 1

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Claremont, Nh USA

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I got in some flight time last evening and decided to dust off my trusty Raptor50. I have flown nothing but my Raptor90's since early summer of last year- dang have I gotten used to the bigger machines! My Raptor50 flew like a champ but man what a difference from what I have grown accustomed to. There was a bit of wind also and she was getting tossed around pretty good. I still remember the 'Wow' factor of my first Raptor50 when it was all done and sitting on the kitchen table. I thought it was the biggest, baddest heli possible- period lol. Funny how we move on and forget moments like that

04-08-2014 03:27 PM  4 years agoPost 2

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Chicagoland area

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This is very similar to taking our own children to open house at the same school we attended. Remember how HUGE that middle school felt when we transferred up from smaller elementary schools? Remember fearing we'd get lost or never beat the bell to our class on the end of the building? Remember jumping to hit the doorway casing or hallway light fixtures? Remember the water fountains were taller, if not too tall?

Well, we attended a band concert and science fair last night for my daughter, and l had to bend over last night to get a drink from the Jr High water fountain and I nearly pulled a muscle because the reach was so low. The halls were small and cramped.

It is all related to perspective of experience and we forget how far we have come.

Don't lose appreciation for that 50. It got you where you are now and may save your bacon in the future if funds or flying space get cramped.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

04-09-2014 12:55 AM  4 years agoPost 3

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and you think you have problems. I just got in from taking my 450 out after the tail received a thrust bearing set last weekend, yea, I didn't try it right away because I was having so much fun sort of tossing around my 300 for several weeks. The 450 will run out of room back there in no time, so will the 300 but it's got shorter blades and I can fit in close to things without too much fear.

Holee smokes did the 450 make me slightly nervous, the tail is AMAZING in speed compared to non thrust type grips. The 450 "floats" better but I had to get re-acquainted to its power, and ohh so smooth behavior and sound. Both the 300 and 450 appear much smaller in stature compared to the 550 Shuttle I'm spending a lot of time working on (and a 700 fuse staring back at me above my hobby work table). The field I flew the 450 last year appeared quite smaller recently than when I first was there last season.

I think you become conditioned to "size" as you age. Our eyeballs are the same size as when we were a little baby, go figure.

04-09-2014 04:36 AM  4 years agoPost 4



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Yes I think we get accustom to what we are flying and then making a change is eye opening! Even when we go backwards!

04-09-2014 08:41 PM  4 years agoPost 5


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Yep, I feel for you. I fly a couple 800s and 700s now. So when I break out my "little" 12s 600 for warming up. It amazes me how this once pucker factor producing heli now feels so small? And a 450?

Old cranky heli builder

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