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01-07-2015 04:07 AM  5 years ago
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felixthemaster1

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Hello, I am new, would like an update on this hobby
Basically, I had a job when I was in school and I started flying RC for a short few months before I quit because it was too expensive. Here I am 3-4 years down the line and I just got my student loans so I can afford to start flying helicopters again for a short period of time.

I found my old Honey Bee V2 with a broken main frame and rotor head (Still learning hovering). I started looking around on ebay and buzzflyer and it seems like parts are scarce (some are out of stock). So if I cannot fix the chopper, could you guys recommend me a new FP heli to learn on that flies like a CP (not 45 degree flybar behaving choppers). I stumbled across the Blade 200 SR X but it's a bit small for my taste, I was to eventually fly a goblin or a Trex 550 so I dont want to dwell into the micro helis.

I heard from someone that no one flies helis anymore and that they all moved to quads which upsets me greatly. I hope this is not true.

Do you guys have any good UK websites for parts/helis?
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01-07-2015 04:11 AM  5 years ago
fastrc1

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Try fast lad or midland
And don't believe that nonsense about everyone went to quads. Pure BS!!!!!
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01-07-2015 04:31 AM  5 years ago
chickens2252

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I started flying many moons ago. I started on a nitro .30 with wood blades and was a descent pilot before I bought my first indoor fixed pitch. I found it counter productive. If your goal is to fly larger CP models I would recommend starting on smaller CP models.

In general there actually harder to fly but loads less dangerous and costly than there larger cousins.

If your set on fixed pitch though, I don't think it gets any better than the 200 SR x. it also doesn't get larger in the fixed pitch realm any more, AFAIK at least not without going outside "hobby grade".

I've seen several Chinese, generic fixed pitch's in the 450 size range. Usually fly fine but they come with proprietary radios and parts are difficult to acquire if available at all.

Hope that helps and if you want further explanation on why I don't like fixed pitch just ask.
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01-07-2015 04:41 AM  5 years ago
dkshema

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could you guys recommend me a new FP heli to learn on that flies like a CP
A fixed pitch heli that flies like a collective pitch heli?

That's easy, they're on the shelf, between the Unicorns and cold fusion home experiment kits.

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People fly helicopters. Lots of us, and they are going strong. You don't really "Fly" a quad, it flies itself and you go along for the ride.

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Your best bet, based on what you seem to be looking for would be something on the order of a Blade 450 or Align 450, both of which can be had in a ready to fly format. Either way you'll get a decent, capable radio and helicopter.

Skip the fixed-pitch stuff and just bite the bullet.

Meanwhile, buy a good simulator and do your practicing there.
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01-07-2015 05:35 AM  5 years ago
Ben1986

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do some online searching dude
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01-09-2015 12:05 AM  5 years ago
felixthemaster1

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Haha
I guess people are still in this hobby. I got myself a Blade 200 SRX I can't afford a CP heli right now. The expert mode doesnt auto correct just like the Honey Bee V2, so I wonder if I should just skip the beginner and intermediate settings since I won't learn anythign that way
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01-29-2015 09:34 PM  5 years ago
dbldins

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I'm going to venture to say that most of us would agree bigger is better! Flying larger heli's is a bit easier. Since you've already made a purchase I can't recommend a used Raptor 30. I started with an original Blade CP and found that I needed to start with a coaxial. I bashed the CP right outta the box! Once I was flying my CX2 nose-in I quickly went to the CP and took off and never looked back. That was about 6 years ago and now I fly anything from mcpx to a Raptor 50. Watch out for the bug!! I now own 10 heli's. Raptor 50 n 30, a T-Rex 500, (2) T-Rex 450's, (1) T-Rex 250, an Axe 400, (2) CopterX 250's and the original Blade CP. Good luck, happy flying and welcome back!I wish I still flew!!!
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02-11-2015 01:47 PM  5 years ago
jessdigs

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plenty of people still fly helis, some do fly quads, but helis are still King. Slap your friend for saying that. JK.Hobby: Meet wallet!
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02-11-2015 03:03 PM  5 years ago
G-Limo

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Got a computer?? get yourself on a SIM and learn to hover at all angles on a virtrual CP machine.

The cost of the SIM will be less than the cost of many a 'first crash' on a model.

Join a Model Heli club.. Where in the UK are you??

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02-11-2015 03:10 PM  5 years ago
felixthemaster1

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Bristol. I don't think I can afford a membership. yea, I have a sium, I am trying really hard to take it seriously. After a minute of practicing I get bored and try to do some flip and just crash.
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02-11-2015 03:18 PM  5 years ago
G-Limo

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Forget the flips for now. Learn to hover.. (a running landing is a hard manoeuvre to perform gracefully on a heli!) Get confident on all angles of the machine then add a bit of wind...

Its really difficult to master so pat yourself on the back when you do.

Once you get this far, you'll find a proper model much easier to recover..

/DG
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02-11-2015 06:39 PM  5 years ago
MartyH

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I would hold out for a small hobby grade heli electric or nitro and skip the Honey Bees and such. You would think they are the logical stepping stone but they really are not. They're a handful and fragile and don't translate well into the hobby grade helis. Those dollars will pay off better if saved and invested in a used Trex or Raptor 30 or similar. If you are hell bent on staying with the really little stuff, the Blade series is probably the place to be right now.
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03-06-2015 03:20 PM  5 years ago
mk2fanatic

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I agree with starting small..The Blade MCPX was my first cp heli, and it doubled as my sim (still don't have one). That one heli taught me so much about flying I can't get rid of it. I've moved on to larger birds, but still fly the mcpx from time to time. Once you learn orientations, hovering and such, You can go bigger and be confident enough to do so.
I've heard of people learning on 450+ sized helis, but they are much braver (and probably wealthier)than I.
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