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02-08-2018 05:03 PM  6 months agoPost 1
jimm

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Looking into getting my first FBL helicopter as flybared kits are all but extinct.

What would be a good but not expensive unit that would not require a degree in computer programming to work? Just would prefer to plug it in and fly and forget about it.

Thanks in advanced for your help.

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02-08-2018 05:23 PM  6 months agoPost 2
ticedoff8

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jimm
Looking into getting my first FBL helicopter as flybared kits are all but extinct.

What would be a good but not expensive unit that would not require a degree in computer programming to work? Just would prefer to plug it in and fly and forget about it.

Thanks in advanced for your help.
Lets see:
* Not Expensive
* No Degree in Computer Programming
* Must be "Plug and Play"
* And, it has to be "forget about it" reliable.

As far as I know, there is no such thing as a "... plug it in and fly and forget about it" flybarless gyro for generic, typical modern flybarless RC helicopters

You can buy a "Bind and Fly" helicopter.
They are Almost Ready to Fly (Bind them, charge them, fly them). Maybe that is what you need.

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02-08-2018 06:03 PM  6 months agoPost 3
nappyroots2182

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Jim I could help you do setup if needed. Theres no plug in and fly fbl unit. There is tx calibration and a few vital things to go through. I really like the ease of my ikon units. Beastx is Pretty good and don't need a computer to setup, but ikon is easier either way. I'm here to help if you want to give it a try

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02-08-2018 07:11 PM  6 months agoPost 4
jimm

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Jeff,

Thanks for the offer, if I do end up getting a FBL bird I will take you up on the offer. It is greatly appreciated.

Jim

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02-08-2018 07:19 PM  6 months agoPost 5
nappyroots2182

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I really prefer ikon or brain. Same thing different color. Beastx is fine just little more intense to setup. Other systems I'm not familiar with. Get one used for less than 100 bux. Message me on facebook and wer can talk more in depth about the differences or setup concerns before you go farther

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02-08-2018 07:53 PM  6 months agoPost 6
ICUR1-2

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Ikon (msh brain) comes to mind for easy to setup .
You can buy a used gen1 for about 80$
If you want something complicated I have a skookum 540 I would be willing to part with

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02-08-2018 08:24 PM  6 months agoPost 7
rcflyerheli

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Most any current FBL system will use some sort of computer based mechanism for the setup. The only one that immediately comes to mind that doesn't is the BeastX, and it uses a series of LED indications and a set button to cycle through the various parameters.

I have used Skookum, Ikon, and Vbar. They all require you to use a computer based unit connection along with an internet connection. Some do have BT connectivity, but I have not personally ever done one of those.

At the current moment, all my helis are set up using Vbar, and their Vbar control. Mikado doesn't currently market their older style units, but if you look at classifieds there is almost aalways one or two of the mini Vbars or Silverline/Blueline units for sale.

Of all the units I have experience with, the download and installation of the computer software from Mikado is the diciest to download and get installed, and it is because of all the clones using the Mikado software. Once you get past that hurdle, I find Mikado setup using their version 5.3 software the overall easiest and consistent to use.

Just my personal opinion. Not knocking the other brands, but rather just stating what has worked well for me over the years.

Good luck in your selection. If I can help in any way, just get in touch with me.

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02-08-2018 08:49 PM  6 months agoPost 8
Flyin for Jesus

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Of all the units I have experience with, the download and installation of the computer software from Mikado is the diciest to download and get installed, and it is because of all the clones using the Mikado software. Once you get past that hurdle, I find Mikado setup using their version 5.3 software the overall easiest and consistent to use.
Same here, my transitionto the Vbar had a few frustrating moments but with a little searching, I have always found my answer. After the initial getting started, the Vbar has flown the best with only adjusting tail and cyclic gains.

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02-08-2018 10:26 PM  6 months agoPost 9
Dyehard

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Cedar Bluff, Va.

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The one thing I've found is that if you really read the instructions, most flybarless units aren't hard to set up. Just glancing over them doesn't work. The BeastX doesn't require any computer knowledge, but you have to make an effort to really pay attention to their wiring diagrams and follow their step by step instructions. If you do so, the BeastX works great.

The Brain/Icon, on the other hand, does require that have the ability to do basic computer things, like the ability to download a set up program. After that it's about as simple as it can get, assuming you understand basic helicopter setup. I figure I'm about as dumb as they get with a computer, but my first Brain2 set up very easily and flew great from the start.

I can recommend either unit, just pick your poison, no computer set up or easy computer setup.

Allen Dye

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