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Anyone else fly RC Helicopters? I didn't till I came across this thing at Venture Hobbies today:



It's a E-Flight Blade CX2. Honestly I was impressed with the radio that came with and the demo that the guy did at the store. He made it look really easy and cleared some really tight turns. I did try flying it already and it's a lot tougher then he made it look but a ton of fun never the less. Broke about 5 blades and 3 of my buddies are getting it too after dicking around with this thing. So any suggestions for a newbie? I would like a higher capacity battery for starters. Whats the best way of going about learning this thing?
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Read up on how a real one flies.

Granted, there's a tail rotor on the real thing, but the principles with a motor and rotation and working against that rotation should be similar w/ respect to the actual rotor and blade controls.

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oh but I just want to be able to do it. Also whats a "trainer cord"?
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Two similar transmitters that are wired together with a "trainer cord." This is most useful when learning to fly -- it's the same as having dual controls. The instructor can take control by using the "trainer switch" on his transmitter

http://www.heliguy.com/nexus/glossary.html

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oh but I just want to be able to do it. Also whats a "trainer cord"?
A cord that attaches 2 radios. An instuctor can fly your chopper or plane and with a flick of a switch, give you control, or take it away when you are getting into trouble.

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I used to work there!

I like that place. They always took care of my Nitro RC car and it has that nice mom and pop feel. I realize they might not have the best price, but having access to someone knowledgeable and parts right away is worth something.
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Buddy Box

Two similar transmitters that are wired together with a "trainer cord." This is most useful when learning to fly -- it's the same as having dual controls. The instructor can take control by using the "trainer switch" on his transmitter

http://www.heliguy.com/nexus/glossary.html
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That site I referenced has a very nice guide and article section. Well worth the read.

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You may also consider buying a computer simulator to help you learn to fly the models. I had one where I could plug my actual radio into the sim and test fly many different models, from Piper Cubs, jets, to helicopters. This way you spend quality time flying instead of buying parts to rebuild your chopper .

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thanks again guys, Going to do that right now. Digging though the site as well.
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get a simulator!!!!! I've got a century heli. I spent $250 on a sim for that and my rc planes while I'm learning 3d. The hobby is expensive enough. It's a lot cheaper crashing on the sim

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i used to fly the r/c plains. i always wanted a copter, but then i discovered racing and got side tracked
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Another vote for a simulator. I have the Real Flight 3.5 sim. It's great. Before I got it I bought the Blade CP (the one with the single main rotor and tail rotor). I cost myself twice the cost of a sim in parts that I broke from crashing. I could have saved myself a lot of heartache and money if I would've got a sim first. It is addictive though. Once you start you can't stop. I've got six helicopters now. From the Blade up to a Raptor 90.

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Anyone else fly RC Helicopters? I didn't till I came across this thing at Venture Hobbies today:
Thanks for buying local and at my hobby shop. May I ask who helped you with your purchase?

Oh and you should not need a simulator to fly that thing. They will hover hands off.

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I love that place. Is it yours or do you work/visit it? I actually came back yesterday lunch time with a friend, had him see the demo and he bought one too. I think I may have 2 more sold as well. I'll be back this weekend. These things are a lot of fun. I have no idea who helped me. First some younger girl who was really nice. I did not know if I wanted the plane or helicopter and she helped work that out. Then she had a guy in his 30's, I think shaved head do a demo. Really nice guy, really good pilot. I walked out with the rc, a spare battery, and some wings. The guy who did the demo yesterday lunch time mentioned I could swing by and he could help me dial in the helicopter. I may have messed something up already, because it's taking a lot of work to hover. My friends seems a lot better but we did not drop it nearly as much yet.
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No its not mine, but I have worked there for the past 12 years or so and my dad still works there. Glad you had a good experience, this kind of feed back always makes the owner happy.

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