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06-23-2015 06:36 AM  3 years agoPost 1
docprego

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Henderson, NV

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Last time I posted was all the way back in 2009. Back then I was flying a collective pitch micro heli, it was a Walkera 4#3B. I had mastered hovering and was starting to dabble in forward flight. I also could hold a nose in hover briefly. I'd like to get back into the hobby but honestly I feel completely overwhelmed not knowing the first thing about the current models and gear. I'm sure I could get back on the bike but I need a recommendation on what to buy. Here's some thoughts on what I would like to achieve:

-$250 or less RTF
-CP
-Excellent availability of replacement parts
-Excellent durability
-Small, but it doesn't have to be tiny. Main rotor diameter under 24"

In my limited research I found the Walkera V120D02S. I know it's 3D capable but couldn't I use this to relearn the basics? I like that it's brushless out of the box and doesn't use a tail motor which use to be a hassle on my helis. It also seems to be very stable due to the 6 axis gyro.

Thank you all, I'm excited to be back but I need a LOT of help. Is what I listed above feasible or should I be thinking differently?

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06-23-2015 01:06 PM  3 years agoPost 2
doorman

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Welcome Back...
You are right about the changes over the last few years... equipment is absolutely amazing now...stabilization systems that let you fly machines that would have be uncontrollable just a couple of years ago...
BUT, I would not recommend a Walkera...most of that line are low level "toys" that just don't work like the main line heli's...

For a great small heli that will take you from mild to wild, right out of the box... take a look at this post... Yes you will need to get a 2.4 tx, but this will let you enjoy getting back into the hobby, with plenty of parts support.... Good Luck, Stan
(this is not my sale.. just saw it and know it is a good deal)

https://rc.runryder.com/t790473p1/

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06-23-2015 01:19 PM  3 years agoPost 3
doorman

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Found This Too
https://rc.runryder.com/t790850p1/

Found this in the electronics for sale... would get you updated, and work most of the RTF equipment out there...

Stan

(again, not my ad... just saw it while looking around onsite)

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07-11-2015 09:24 PM  3 years agoPost 4
rocketslayer

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lexington ky

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I also recommend the blade 180 cfx it's a bad little buger and can definitely take a hit if it comes to that

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07-11-2015 10:30 PM  3 years agoPost 5
Gamb

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Belle Mead, NJ USA

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Welcome back to the hobby! I have been in and out of the hobby several times, and each time I come back the choices expand exponentially. Have to agree with the previous poster, Walkera is not the way to go today. For entry level, the EFlite Blade series gives you a wider selection of models. They may not be the best for aggressive flying, but to start out with, they are great. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to find parts for, even locally, and easy to maintain. I would suggest certain basic minimums: Fybarless - everything is going this way now. Electric - easy of maintenance in the smaller sizes. A motor driven tail with a fixed pitch tail rotor is not a bad thing anymore, but if you can get a variable pitch tail it would be better. I would suggest a blade MCPX, but it has a fixed pitch motor driven tail, but can be flown comfortably indoors. The Blade 180 cfx may be a bit much to fly in a confined space, and is better suited to outdoor flying.

The previous poster's selection of the transmitter is a good one. Please note that all transmitters are more or less proprietary now, unlike in the 72 Mhz era. If you buy a Futaba Radio, the receiver has to be a Futaba compatible one. Ditto for Spektrum, Graupner, Tactic, etc. You are buying into that "system". My equipment for the most part has been Futaba, BUT it is not compatible with most of the "Bind and Fly (BNF)" models out there. Spektrum is the most common BNF system, that is why the previous poster mentioned the Spektrum DX7 to go along with the Blade helicopter. I got a Spectrum DX9, just so I can enjoy the BNF models, like the Blade Quad, and my Blade 400.

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07-12-2015 05:07 AM  3 years agoPost 6
Scanman

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Centralia, WA USA

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Welcome back docprego!! Most excellent suggestion by doorman on the 180 cfx and Spectrum TX. Great combo for the quality, size, cost, and parts that your looking for. Start out with that combo and it won't be long and you'll be flying a 500 class.

Vic
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Aerodyne MD500E 600
Ecureuil AS350 700, Bell 222 800
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08-02-2015 03:13 PM  3 years agoPost 7
Twinlmm

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Springfield ohio, united states

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Walkera
I have all the micros if interested. I have a the newest walkera 120, got like 2 or 3 150 trex's. Also have a couple blade 180 cfx's which are by far superior than any other micro I have flown they rock! Pm me if your interested In them have 300cfx ,300x, 500x, 550x. And several other high end helis from mikado,align,compass,gaui,century,thundertiger,jr forza4506s,jr e6 550,all synergy models from e5 to n7, thanks guys

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08-03-2015 03:39 AM  3 years agoPost 8
Aaron29

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If you can get into a Blade 130 or 180 you'll be happy. The mini-FBL helis these days actually fly pretty well!

It'll certainly beat a Walkera.

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09-06-2015 06:25 PM  3 years agoPost 9
Noble_Drow

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Mishawaka IN USA

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I strongly recommend the blade 230 s. The rtf is $299. But it is full cp and has the safe function with bail out. Inverted about to crash, flip a switch and your upright in a dead hover again... Safe has different flight modes, with one having bank angle limits. Anyone can fly this bird. And being blade the parts will be everywhere and say in nearly all US lhs.

Oxy rep, lynx rep

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09-06-2015 06:28 PM  3 years agoPost 10
Noble_Drow

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Mishawaka IN USA

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Also, my first cp was a walkera super cp, I loved it for a month then cursed it everyday after. Motor issues, while 3d capable it lacked power to weight ratio big time, and parts only a few places to get those from.

Oxy rep, lynx rep

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11-19-2015 07:48 PM  3 years agoPost 11
Bluedun

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Hopkins, MI

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+1 On the Blade 230s! I'm in the same boat you are, I was out for 5 years and just picked up the 230S. It did take some set-up (i.e. new firmware download, calibration, and trim flight) BUT all set up it hovers hands off! It is extremely stable and most of the parts are less than $10.00. If you get it order the programming cord and and extra set of tail rotors.

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11-19-2015 08:42 PM  3 years agoPost 12
mcfast

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Quebec Quebec Canada

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+2 for the Blade 230s! I have one it flys great.

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

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11-20-2015 12:13 AM  3 years agoPost 13
Old Swashplate

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Murfreesboro, TN

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+3 on the Blade 230s. I had the same issues Bluedun described and after a bit of tweaking it's a great flyer!

JW

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12-17-2015 01:07 PM  3 years agoPost 14
Bluedun

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Hopkins, MI

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What did you end up going with? Just curious.

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