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Old 01-10-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Hi my names Mike. I have built and flown scale aircraft for years now and am looking to get into helicopters now. Is there such a thing as a trainer. If so what brand and price range.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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Re: heli help

In short,Yes.Do a search and you will find dozens and dozens of threads regarding this very topic

Here is one to get you started http://www.rccanada.ca/rccforum/show...ner+helicopter
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #3
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Re: heli help

First, welcome to the dark side....

That thread has some good information but due to the date there have been some great improvements to the heli hobby since the last post in it.

Larger helicopters can be very intimidating and starting with one, while certainly feasible, may not be the best choice now. There are a lot of cheaper starter helis, especially if you have a dsm2/dsmx transmitter. Blade makes some very good intro helis.

Unless you're very serious and know you will be pursuing the hobby, spending $500 to $1000 may not interest you. If you just want to get a taste, and be able to fly indoors, then I'd highly recommend the msrx or 120sr. Both pretty stable and very durable so they will handle most crashes with little to no damage and both under $200 RTF. Crashing a 500-600 size heli will cost anywhere from $20 to the original cost of the heli, usually in the $50 to $100 range on average for just bent shafts and replacement blades. Good CF blades alone can be $150.

If you have a good sim and someone local knowledgeable about helis then by all means, think about a 450 or larger heli, if you want something to learn the ropes with indoors this winter in prep for next year then a msrx or 120sr would be great.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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Re: heli help

Since you're already into the hobby, do you have any sim time on helis? If yes, I'd skip the 120SR and it's ilk. If no, then not a bad place to start just to dip your toes in the water.

Really depends. What's your budget? Will you have local help? Maybe a dude at a club?
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Old 01-11-2012, 01:42 PM   #5
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Re: heli help

My vote for the E-flite Blade msr. More fun than using a sim. Very forgiving as far as crashing... as you will still break things... but your wallet shouldn't be one of them(Unless you put it through your flat screen tv). And where better to practice and learn than the convenience of your own home.
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