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06-10-2018 04:23 PM  6 months agoPost 1
nheather

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Coming back to RC Flying after quite a few years. When I left I was learning to fly helicopters and bought a Raptor 50.

I'm going to pick up the hobby with my Raptor 50 but concious that whilst permitted my club frowns on nitro.

I don't want a performance heli as I have no interest in 3D at all. So wondering about picking up a Raptor E550 and transplanting my servos and gyro.

But it is not clear to me whether the E550 is still current and whether there are spares available. I see some stores still sell a FBL E550 but is that just old stock.

And if the FBL E550 is current are the spares common with the older FB E550?

Cheers,

Nigel

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06-11-2018 02:00 PM  6 months agoPost 2
Aaron Judge

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06-11-2018 03:54 PM  6 months agoPost 3
nheather

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Thanks, yes I have discovered that Graupner took over the remains of Thunder Tiger and I can see the spares list on their website. However, a large proportion of the parts are 'out of stock' which leaves me thinking whether they are just out of stock at the moment and more will be coming soon or whether they are not supporting it any more and what is in stock is the remains of what they have left.

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Nigel

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06-11-2018 04:32 PM  6 months agoPost 4
Aaron Judge

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Looks like the E720 is going the same direction.
https://rc.runryder.com/t824308p1/

I have a friend that has an E550 FBL and loves it. I contemplate getting one myself, but now I don’t know.

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06-11-2018 04:42 PM  6 months agoPost 5
BeltFedBrowning

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I had a E550 back in 2007. It was a heavy helicopter. There are surely better choices out there. Unless you just like the looks of the E550.

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06-12-2018 05:19 AM  6 months agoPost 6
nheather

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BeltFedBrowning
I had a E550 back in 2007. It was a heavy helicopter. There are surely better choices out there. Unless you just like the looks of the E550.
Happy for other options if something exists.

What I'm after is something basic for now that I can buy used and transfer my current radio gear - and that means it needs a flybar.

But I need to be able to get spares.

I have a Raptor 50, still very much a learner. What I'd like to do is to move to electric as cheaply as possible and then if/when I am comfortable with my skills move to something new.

Cheers,

Nigel

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06-12-2018 10:23 AM  6 months agoPost 7
JuanRodriguez

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I would suggest you buy or borrow a simulator and use your existing Raptor “as is” until you get the basics down including some forward flight......

Then if you still have the interest to continue, proceed with your plan on getting something newer....

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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06-12-2018 10:56 AM  6 months agoPost 8
nheather

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JuanRodriguez
I would suggest you buy or borrow a simulator and use your existing Raptor “as is” until you get the basics down including some forward flight......

Then if you still have the interest to continue, proceed with your plan on getting something newer....
I already have a simulator (Phoenix).

I do plan to fly my Raptor 50, just concious that it is IC which although allowed at my club is frowned upon.

So I am investigating whether there is a cheap way to get into electric with a second hand basic heli. Plenty around but pointless if the first minor crunch I have to bin it because I can’t get any spares.

Cheers,

Nigel

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06-16-2018 01:43 AM  6 months agoPost 9
Chance

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There's an Ebay store from Taiwan called SkyHobby which stocks a lot of TT parts. They are good to deal with and efficient with delivery. I got some parts for a TT buggy in 4 days to Australia.

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06-16-2018 10:53 AM  6 months agoPost 10
Mersea Heli

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The Skyhobby store is Thunder Tiger direct.....

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