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02-13-2020 07:02 AM  4 months ago
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Girard Ibanez

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What the recommend Heli these days ...
Trying to get back into this hobby and all my helis and radios are from yesteryears from the good old days.

They need some TLC to be air worthy but what I need is to fly and not wrench.

Times have changed and new technology have got me grounded into a learning curve.

So what brand helis are out there and still supported? Don't want to invest only to find out that parts are not supported.

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02-13-2020 11:03 AM  4 months ago
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Well... It is difficult to say.

I keep flying my thunder tiger raptor, I also enjoy flying my robbe shlüter Futura, minair fury tempest, spectraG and my hirobo ZX.

In my region, Align trex is the one and only. I also enjoy flying this align machine.

Don't need to buy "new" helis.
On this days, you better enjoy the art...!

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02-13-2020 11:49 AM  4 months ago
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SAB Goblin, Mikado Logo, Synergy, XL Power, Oxy Helis, Miniature Aircraft, Soxos, Minicopter, Gaui, Vario, Align are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. All are good.Nick Crego

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02-13-2020 04:48 PM  4 months ago
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What is your budget for your re-entry into the heli world?
and all my helis and radios are from yesteryears from the good old days.
If your old heli are more than 10 to 15 years old, they would not be worth the effort to make them airworthy. It is unlikely you will find spare parts and even if you find enough parts to get one of yours flying again, you are 1 crash away from being out of the heli world again.

If the radios are old-school 72MHz... well, I wouldn't trust them. I had way too many mystery crashes related to 72MHz for me to consider them as compatible in today's RC airspace. I'd move to the 2.4Gz world and take a close look at the low end of the Spektrum brand of radios.
That leaves you with buying modern hardware and electrics.

The other assumption is that you flew nitro machines back in the day. While nitro heli are still out there, the focus is now on the larger machines that use .91 size (or bigger).
There are 2 manufactures that make 600 size nitro powered heli - Synergy & Align.
No one I can think of still makes a nitro machine for .30 size engines.

So, that kind of steers you towards electric power.
That means LiPo batteries and a LiPo charger have to be factored into the budget.
The good news is that you won't have to pay $35 a gal for fuel.

The other thing is machines sizes. The nomenclature for heli sizes is typically based (roughly) on main rotor blade size. A 600 size would use a set of blades that are each 600mm long blades and a 500 would use 500mm long blades.
The old Raptor 50 used a .50 size motor, but it would be considered a 500 or 550 size heli today
I'd stay from the really small heli - they are twitchy and harder to fly then the larger heli. But, the crash costs of a small heli is substantially less than the crash costs of a 600 or 700 size machine

I'd start on Horizon Hobby's web site and take a close look at the Blade brand of heli. Blade is a mainstream brand (on par with Align) and they can be bought 100% complete (with transmitter) and almost ready to fly or as simple kits that you assemble and add your own electronics.
They have models that range from micro to 700 size

You can also troll the used market on RR and HF. You have to be careful of course, but there are good deals in the used market.

I'd also look for a sim. The one I use is AccuRC. It runs on most older computers and is well supported. It is $45 and updates are free.
If you end up with a Spektrum transmitter, you can add a wireless USB adapter to your PC that binds to the Spektrum transmitter so you can use your "everyday" transmitter on the sim.
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02-13-2020 11:04 PM  4 months ago
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Just buy what you like the look of and don’t worry too much about what other people are flying. Everything you need is available on line and all the help you could need is available here.

Hirobo (Shuttle and SDX) and Quest (Caliber) of Japan also make 30 and 50 powered nitro helicopters. They’re available from RC Japan in flybar and flybarless form. Don’t let technology blind you.

There are many brands to choose from.
Quest NEO Caliber ZG, Zenoah G260PUH, CGY750, NHP 750, NHP 115.
JR Propo Ergo 30, OS 32SX-H, Edge 550, Edge 90.
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02-14-2020 12:18 AM  4 months ago
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The first thing you need to do is establish a budget and clue us into if you are looking for economy value or quality. You can pick 2! From that we will know how to advise you to save time. The forth post was great but too many assumptions.
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02-14-2020 02:34 AM  4 months ago
Girard Ibanez

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Thanks for the replies.... I got enough Raptors / Titans and scale bodies to continue flying. Just have the old 72mHz radios.

I was curious as to the Heli Hobby as there aren't as many online retailers as compared to yesterday years.

However I have a new 2.4 Futaba radio that I never used and purchased around 2010. Need new batteries just to be safe. I can't remember the model number but will post later.

Also need a 2,4 gHz RX to upgrade my 72mHz RX on my helis. I could use my 72mHz and fly but don't want to take any chances since I do not know what the current frequency or harmonics floating around the airways that could possibly cause interference.

Not in the spirit to wrench at this time due to limited time constraints.

However, I did purchase a Blade 330S RTF but need to learn how to tweak the radio settings. First flight was like riding a bicycle after 12 years of being idle.

I have an old Triton Battery charger but don't have a balancer. So that's on my list to purchase. Any recommendations.... I see a Venom and a Hitec ... your thoughts.

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02-14-2020 05:09 AM  4 months ago
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Radio I have is a Futaba T12FGH and Spektrum DX6i.
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02-14-2020 12:20 PM  4 months ago
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Good couple!

Futaba 12FG for serious flying!

Dx6i for fun fly "Bind to fly" and cheaper gadgets...

Don't need more!

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02-14-2020 12:39 PM  4 months ago
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I have stuck with the 12FG.. I still think its a great Radio!

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02-14-2020 06:33 PM  4 months ago
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From 7C, 9C, 9Z, 10C, 12Z and 12FG...
The best of the best!

So... Take your chances and get a gasser heli if you want to "cumulate fly time" .

Get an electric thing if you are "fast and furious".

Get a glow helicopter if you want everything...

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02-15-2020 03:04 PM  4 months ago
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I don’t see any risk in using your 72mhz gear. It was fine back then when everyone was on 72mhz and the band was crowded, it’s even better now that people are rarely using it. As an added bonus your range is much greater on 72, not that it matters with helis. That’s not to say I would buy new 72mhz stuff, but if yours still works (I’m sure it does), then use it. Your 12fg is probably talking to a Futaba PCM receiver, those were solid. I’d have no reservations about flying anything on one.Nick Crego

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02-15-2020 05:47 PM  4 months ago
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Eury I don’t see any risk in using your 72mhz gear. It was fine back then when everyone was on 72mhz and the band was crowded, it’s even better now that people are rarely using it.
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That is correct.
Of course, some attention is always required.

If you want to try 2.4 Ghz... Look for futaba simplicity.
If you think is easy and you want more excitement, you may try spektrum... The binding process is quite fun...

Most of "new" old enthusiast always return with gasser stuff...

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02-16-2020 12:35 PM  4 months ago
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your concern about spare parts is correct. you must be able to have them whenever you want. if you live in the USA, you have the best possible situation in the hobby. there are many online stores selling lots of models and parts.

the real problem is when the brand you fly decides to change models, causing your model to become obsolete, and, so, making parts harder to find.

some brands tend to keep their helis the same way, with minor changes over the years.
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02-19-2020 10:28 PM  4 months ago
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Ok.. With all this explanations...
Let go to answer the question...

IMO...

Glow/electric : align Trex
Gasser : miniature aircraft

Vario, Goblin and Mikado too expensive for crashes...

Tiny "toys" electric helicopter?
Don't do that. You are going to waste your time, efforts and money.

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02-20-2020 12:04 AM  4 months ago
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Trex 150x is a micro heli that flies great.
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02-21-2020 01:01 AM  4 months ago
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The bigger, the better.

I used to fly my trex250 after a busy day of flights...

This are the things that you are happy when you buy it and also very happy when you sell it.

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02-28-2020 10:21 PM  4 months ago
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Rojoalfa IMO...

Glow/electric : align Trex
Gasser : miniature aircraft

Vario, Goblin and Mikado too expensive for crashes...
This always makes me laugh, Mikado 550-600's are some of the lowest cost to repair out there. Main gears 15.00 dollars, Complete frame half which remember has all bearing blocks boom mounts and everything in it is 38.00 dollars, landing gear struts 11.00 and booms 12.00 dollars. If that is to expensive you are in the wrong hobby. Quick look up Align 550 main gear 24.99, frame half just carbon plate 59.99, landing struts 7.99 and boom 12.99 a pair.
Logo 550SX / Logo 600 / Specter 700 / V Control
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02-28-2020 11:47 PM  4 months ago
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Girard Ibanez What the recommend Heli these days ...
Trying to get back into this hobby and all my helis and radios are from yesteryears from the good old days.

They need some TLC to be air worthy but what I need is to fly and not wrench.

Times have changed and new technology have got me grounded into a learning curve.

So what brand helis are out there and still supported? Don't want to invest only to find out that parts are not supported.
My best advice to you is to get your current equipment up to flying standard and have fun with what you have .... you don’t need to spend hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to “get back into it”

Once you’re back in the saddle and you are sure you’ll stay in them proceed from there ....
Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....
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02-28-2020 11:53 PM  4 months ago
Eury

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D Pedersen This always makes me laugh, Mikado 550-600's are some of the lowest cost to repair out there. Main gears 15.00 dollars, Complete frame half which remember has all bearing blocks boom mounts and everything in it is 38.00 dollars, landing gear struts 11.00 and booms 12.00 dollars. If that is to expensive you are in the wrong hobby. Quick look up Align 550 main gear 24.99, frame half just carbon plate 59.99, landing struts 7.99 and boom 12.99 a pair.
As someone who has flown Logos for 15 years, they are drastically more expensive and harder to fix after a crash than a carbon heli. I’ve had multiple Logo rekits and 0 with other brands. They shatter on impact in cold weather taking way more out than just a few shafts and things.
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