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01-24-2018 04:58 PM  3 years ago
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Tim W

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Considering getting into a turbine heli.
Okay, so I have been flying large scale electric helis for a few years now. But have always wanted a turbine powered machine. I have limited knowledge about them. I have found a beautiful large scale Lama for sale that was professionally built. And according to the seller it has only been hovered to test. I have personally inspected it and seen it run. I will admit I am a little intimidated because it seems quite overwhelming at first. So looking for helpful advice from experienced turbine heli owners.
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01-24-2018 06:07 PM  3 years ago
mcfast

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I had two turbine hellis, if I can do it anybody can, there are two things that are different, teaching the ECU to talk to the radio and programming the starting sequence, starting sequence all so depends on the turbine bran, I had a JetCat it was pretty easy! after that, it all the same as an electric, plus there are a lot of people around to help, go for it and have a lot of fun.P.S. sorry for the spelling or the grammar I am dyslexic!
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01-24-2018 06:19 PM  3 years ago
Tim W

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Yeah, my goal is to network with as many knowledgeable people as possible. Unfortunately the turbine folks are a very small group compared to electrics in my area.
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01-25-2018 03:07 AM  3 years ago
TaylorDrain

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Feel free to contact me about questions. Im up north of you in Camarillo.

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01-25-2018 03:23 PM  3 years ago
Tim W

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Sent you a PM
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01-26-2018 12:37 PM  3 years ago
Dawiev

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Dennis from Blackout Mods will have a turbine conversion ready soon, based on the new Trex 700 X / XN design.

If you are not looking to go scale, but pod & boom, then look at their website and FB page.
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01-26-2018 04:57 PM  3 years ago
Tim W

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Well, I really want a scale heli
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02-01-2018 12:49 PM  3 years ago
Dan Minick

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Turbine helis are no huge feat in my opinion. They are a lot like a glow model with a little extra programming. You can "tune" your turbine just like a glow, you just need to study the manuals and online forums to understand what everything does.

Building a scale is another story, depending how detailed you want to get and how high end of components you use things can get out of hand price wise pretty fast
Team Synergy, Team FBL Rotors-------if its not broke...it will be!
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02-03-2018 05:22 PM  3 years ago
Tim W

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Oh God, the turbine powered helis are EXTREMELY pricy and then some!
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02-03-2018 06:19 PM  3 years ago
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Tim W Oh God, the turbine powered helis are EXTREMELY pricy and then some!
Welcome to turbine R/C. Skinny wallets need not apply.
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02-03-2018 06:48 PM  3 years ago
Tim W

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Yeah very true, and crashing a turbine really could make that wallet very skinny in a hurry! Not to mention your mental state of mind.
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02-03-2018 06:56 PM  3 years ago
Dan Minick

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If you are comfortable in forward flight with any standard electric or glow there no reason you will crash. You need to forget about the money when flying, it will only distract you, its just a regular flying heliTeam Synergy, Team FBL Rotors-------if its not broke...it will be!
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02-03-2018 11:02 PM  3 years ago
Tim W

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Yeah I hear ya on that Dan. The most expensive electric heli I currently own is $3000.00. And when I first flew it, I was like a old man with Parkinson’s!!!! Then after a while it wasn’t as bad. But much less painful if your where to crash then say a $10,000 turbine machine.
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02-04-2018 12:10 AM  3 years ago
Dan Minick

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Quit saying the "c" wordTeam Synergy, Team FBL Rotors-------if its not broke...it will be!
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02-04-2018 12:58 AM  3 years ago
ssmith512

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Turbines ROCK!!!


The first BIG scale heli I built was a turbine. There is nothing "hard" about owning a turbine. The most difficult part is "controlling" the heat generated by the exhaust, especially in a scale fuselage. You wont have the heat issue with the Lama.

In some respects, turbine are quite easy. If the turbine is a Jakadofsky, then setup is super simple, starting is super simple, and maintenance is super simple. The key is keeping the fuel CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. Being a little anal retentive with fuel handling, storing and filling will go along way towards successful turbine ownership.

And of course, a little more time spent on inspection, preflight and post flight, to ensure no issues with fuel lines, fittings, etc., as the smallest of leak can result in turbine shut down and/or a big giant fireball.

Do like I did, jump in with both feet!! Read, research, learn, and have fun. There is NOTHING that compares to the smell and sound of a turbine powered RC scale helicopter!
Steve
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02-04-2018 01:13 AM  3 years ago
Tim W

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I agree 100 percent. The sound and smell is awesome.
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02-04-2018 01:15 AM  3 years ago
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If my wallet ever becomes obese I'll be sure to get a model like in the picture above. spending time, paying attention
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02-04-2018 05:07 AM  3 years ago
Tim W

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Okay I have another question. What is better propane start or Kero start?
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02-04-2018 11:41 AM  3 years ago
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Propane start has gone the way of the dodo bird. Kero is the only way to go. One fuel.
Joe
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02-04-2018 01:20 PM  3 years ago
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There is NOTHING that compares to the smell and sound of a turbine powered RC scale helicopter!

>> +1
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