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08-01-2017 03:11 PM  25 months ago
EEngineer

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TX

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"Generator?"

If you have several packs a generator is unnecessary....otherwise one also needs gas for the generator....and a container for the gas...

And a trailer to carry all this stuff to the field....LOL
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08-01-2017 08:23 PM  25 months ago
Rodney Kirstine

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Just like every time this comes up, there are pluses and minuses to both.

What follows is my opinion, it's only an opinion, except for this:

I've never had one of my nitro engines go up in flames while working on it in my house. Lipo batteries... I cannot say the same. I don't care how careful you are with them, the potential is always there. I've had it happen twice now and both times it was "good" packs that had always been taken care of.
I prefer electric for the easy quick anytime of the day flights
I Like nitro when I have time.
Sometimes they don't always start as planned
I feel exactly the opposite of this. I have to do more planning the evening before if I'm going to fly my electrics at lunch time because I have to charge my packs the night before. My nitro helis, on the other hand, I check the Rx pack level and either charge one or if it has enough juice for a few flights, I'm good to go. Same with the starter battery. I can get 8-10 flights on my N7 with a fully charged Rx pack. I don't have enough large packs to be able to get that many flights with one of my electrics and there's no power where I fly at lunch.

I like both electric and nitro but I find myself flying nitro more often because it's easier for me on weekdays.
Rodney
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08-02-2017 11:23 AM  25 months ago
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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I too find nitro easier even for a quick fly. I bought one of those Thunder Tiger molded field cases years ago which has a 3L fuel tank, electric fuel pump and room for a starter a glow stick. So with my TX case under my arm, the field case in one hand and the heli in the other hand I can have upto 42 minutes flying time on a 700 nitro. I would need to carry 20x 6s 5000 packs to get the same flight time on a 700E which apart from weighing around 16KG would cost me over £2k!

I've said it before but anything over a 550 and nitro wins.
60% of the time, it works every time!
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08-02-2017 11:31 AM  25 months ago
adh1000

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coral springs,florida.usa

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i should have mentioned that i don't fly 700's as the park i fly at is too small, so the logo 480 uses 1 6s 3700 lipo , i have 3 , they last for years, but i do agree that batteries for a 700 can be prohibitive , i also have an oxy 3 which i can fly at work in the car park , and a charger at work that will charge my 3700's in about 2 hours . so for me its just convenience and not having to clean them afterwards
Anthony
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oxy 3 , ikon
Gaui x5 ,(?)
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08-02-2017 02:13 PM  25 months ago
Richardmid1

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Lots of people mention cleaning nitros but apart from wiping the canopy now and then I don't bother, unless I'm selling it and want it to look nice on the photos! But then I have never kept my helis in the house.60% of the time, it works every time!
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08-02-2017 03:12 PM  25 months ago
EEngineer

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TX

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"I have never kept my helis in the house."

My aircraft have always been kept in the house....lol

Helis ride to the field in the cab of my pickup....people can ride in the bed, if there's room in the front seat....
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08-02-2017 11:32 PM  25 months ago
datidun

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N Ireland

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I keep hoping Align or Gaui would bring out something new in nitro range, a liitle smaller than a 600 size would be so much fun, my os 37 and muscle pipe is just waiting for the day, if it ever comes.
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08-03-2017 01:17 AM  25 months ago
utahbob

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St. George Utah

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wish things would get better..
I have a Trex600 fbl nitro kit I've been building for awile..to replace my very old fb 600..and I have a real stiffy for a Sab Black nitro..but the problem getting fuel has really made the Electric's more attractive the last couple yrs...and also the glow plugs (Enya #4) have gotten expensive and harder to find.
I do a great decending funnel!
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08-03-2017 04:32 AM  25 months ago
EEngineer

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Yeah...Enyas are great plugs...and they are expensive....Logo 600SXs, 800XX, TDR IIs
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08-03-2017 12:37 PM  25 months ago
JuanRodriguez

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The Villages, Florida

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Enya #3 is what I've used exclusively over the years.....Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....
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08-03-2017 02:16 PM  25 months ago
JurassicJet

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WI

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I fly scale birds. All 700 size. Couldn't imagine a noisy, smoking and messy nitro in my scale birds. When I paint them, I don't have to wonder if this-or-that paint is fuel proof.

I can recharge 2 6-cell packs in 15 minutes, which means I could fly virtually non-stop if I wanted. I use a Powerlab 8 and a 2000watt inverter generator. I put $2.50 of gas in that and it runs all day, actually multiple days.

I started with nitro about 35 years ago and still enjoy the smell... When it's in someone else's bird.
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08-03-2017 03:12 PM  25 months ago
EEngineer

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TX

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"still enjoy the smell... When it's in someone else's bird."

LOL
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