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05-15-2020 01:07 AM  10 days ago
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akforsyth

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Wow, am I ever out of it... and want to come back
I am guessing there are more than a few topics like this on here, but most i have read are pretty old now. I did not realize how long I have been away from the hobby (6 years for an indoor heli and almost 10 for my nitro machine). Lets just say the last real helicopter I flew was a Raptor 30, and I bought it before 50's were even crated! Well life has, as it does, changed a lot, including selling RC's during a divorce, moving, new life etc. I am now thinking of getting back into the hobby and really do not know where to even begin. It appears that electric has really taken over and nitro seems to not even be available at most of the online shops I used to frequent, but I really love the smell of nitro in the morning.

So I guess my questions are the following:
-What is the best or even a good simulator to get back into the hobby?
-What is a good beginner heli for flying outdoors (I have quite a few acres to fly on, but I usually have a breeze on the property)?
-Is nitro still a thing or is it really just a relic?

I appreciate any insight into getting back to the hobby. I am hoping to attend one of the flying fields around here when guys get out on them to start asking a bunch of questions as well. Plus I now have a son old enough to get into the hobby and what better time together.

Thanks..

Oh and btw, what happened that RR was shut down?
The stupid shall be punished
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05-16-2020 02:36 AM  9 days ago
Rojoalfa

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akforsyth Wow, am I ever out of it... and want to come back

So I guess my questions are the following:
-What is the best or even a good simulator to get back into the hobby?
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Very difficult question.
I have real flight. Very nice simulator.

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akforsyth Wow, am I ever out of it... and want to come back

So I guess my questions are the following:
-What is a good beginner heli for flying outdoors?
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The best relation cost to benefits are the align helicopters.

Size? The bigger the better.
Good for beginners? Trex 600 glow.

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akforsyth Wow, am I ever out of it... and want to come back

So I guess my questions are the following:
-Is nitro still a thing or is it really just a relic?
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... Oh! Yes!

For beginner, glow helis!
If you got an electric heli, you will need a bunch of battery packs...

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akforsyth Wow, am I ever out of it... and want to come back

Oh and btw, what happened that RR was shut down?
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Ups and downs... Nobody can avoid such economic forces!

We are glad RR is back.
Difficult for me to contribute with this web site at this time.

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Saludos cordiales,
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05-16-2020 02:38 PM  8 days ago
gt48

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I'd say the main simulators people are using now are accurc, realflight, and next. There's also heli-x, which I've heard people like for it's training scenarios, and at this time they are offering it for free, so can't beat that.

If you want to stick with nitro, I agree with the previous post that a used Trex 600 nitro is a good way to go.

Most likely you're going to be dealing with flybarless controllers as well, so pay attention to what controller you'll be using (unless you stick with a flybar).

If you want to start off again with a micro then the most recommended heli for outdoors for beginners is probably the Blade 230s v2, but you should be flying spektrum. It's ready to go out of the box, has beginner modes and panic recovery, and is cheap to crash. I have a v1 and can vouch that it flies pretty good, no problem doing inverted flying, funnels, hurricanes, It's a motor tail but it holds pretty well, just sounds like a bee on crack.

Nitro had a lull but is back! Available (as in you can buy them new and get parts) helis off the top of my head are (i) 50 size: Trex 600xn, Synergy 556, MA Fury 57; (ii) 90 size: Trex 700xn, Goblin nitro, Synergy n7, MA Whiplash-N V2, Rave 90 ENV, XL Power Protos 700 nitro, Mikado Glogo (but unobtainium right now), Diabolo nitro (not sure if it's available yet, but was announced last year). The Oxy 5 nitro will be out soon (50 size) and there's a couple of conversions to nitro for the Goblin 570. People also fly the Gaui NX4 (30 size) as a 50 size (with a mod conversion).

The sticking point with nitro these days is the fuel cost and availability. But if you can find a supplier in your area and are willing to pay the price you're good to go!
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