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Any RC helicopter people ?

Anyone own one ? What to get thats reliable and parts are available ? Needs to be electric .

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I bought one of those cheap ones from target once. There's only a throttle control. They say indoors only for a reason. If it goes out of range and you were giving it throttle when it went out of range, it keeps going. Up, up, and away it went. Ha ha.

Other than that, i know nothing. Just felt like sharing my story of my lost helicopter.
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Century makes damn good electric helo's. Tower Hobbies is a dealer and has alot of parts. I'm thinking of picking one up this spring.

I'm not crazy, my mother had me tested.
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I have a Blade SR. They say its a good starter in the collective pitch realm. I have crashed it several times. I got a simulator (PhoenixRC) which helped alot to learn how to hover. The last time I flew the SR was my first successful flights. I ran both batteries down hovering around in a friends barn. Id say if ur new, start with getting a sim,. Since I didnt, I have around $600 into my $300 helo.
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Stan, check out Strictly RC in Norridge. They are chopper nuts. Lots of good knowledge there and really helpful people. Lots of parts in stock too. I stay away from RC stuff that flies, could never even keep the plan in the air on the simulator.

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I have flown all the Blade line and for ease of repair and simplicity they are the best. I am looking to move into the 450 size class and am looking at the T-Rex line. I will plug Ad-Venture Hobbes in wheeling. Lots of good knowledge and under new ownership. They also have used stuff on consignment.


Some people just don't have the coordination the fly a heli either. Just warning you. Might want to try it on a simulator first before taking the plunge. AdVenture has a couple of sims set up in their store.

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I've built several Align 450's and 600's as well as a thunder tiger raptor 60 and a 90. I can say without a doubt the align stuff is the nicest. I farted around with the Blades for a while then stepped up to a 450. The 450's fly so much nicer and they really boost your confidence. You didn't mention a budget but My vote would be for a trex 450 with a spektrum DX6 radio to start and a simulator. Every shop i have ever been has stocked Align parts.

Also if your budget allows look into a copilot. FMA makes a nice one that will right the heli as soon as you let go of the sticks. This way if you lose orientation the heli will put itself back into a hover. Its not meant to replace sim time or having an experienced pilot spot you but it certainly adds a huge amount of confidence once you start trying to do nose in hover/flight.

Good luck with your decision. Another good heli shop is Al's Hobby in Elmhurst.

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When you start doing research on the Align products, or any other good manufacturer, you'll find that flybarless technologies is the new hot thing. FBL offers a lot of advantages with increased flight times and an easily tunable cyclic response. My beef with them for a first time builder is instead of building the rotor head and truly understanding the affects of different bushings and flybar weights its all just numbers in a piece of software. You are trading mechanical complexity for software complexity. I think its better to understand the mechanical setup before "muddying" the water with electronic gadgets. This will help you down the road when you are trying to troubleshoot a vibration or whatever down the road. Just my .02!!!

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JPKII summed it up. I have Aligns Carbon 450 SEV2 with the cnc aluminum head. WOW did the quality make a difference in flight response and confidence.

My setup, with batteries, charger, radio, etc. is around $1200. If you crash, its an average of $200 for repairs. Which is why I HIGHLY recommend a flight sim. It takes some dedication, but working through the training in a sim will save you a ton of crashes in real life.

You need to build the brain, finger, eye coordination that's required to fly something that rotates on all the axis. Its challenging but very rewarding.

Looking back, I would not recommend a cheap trainer like the Blade or the old Corona fixed pitch heli. You spend more time fighting loose sloppy linkages and poor quality than you do learning to fly properly.


You can check out HeliHobby.com to browse whats out there and get prices, which is where I get my stuff. Where you live, there should be plenty of good local heli shops to support as J said.
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Looking back, I would not recommend a cheap trainer like the Blade or the old Corona fixed pitch heli. You spend more time fighting loose sloppy linkages and poor quality than you do learning to fly properly.

This X 10000!!!!

I spent $100's on replacement parts for my Blade CP's. It's also real bash on your confidence when you crash every single time you fly!! lol. A lot of it is pilot error, of course, but most of that was perpetuated by a poorly set up/sloppy rig. Precision in the build process will give you that hands off hover and the confidence to push it a little further.
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Thanks for the input guys . I will keep you posted.

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