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Old 02-11-2006, 09:11 PM   #1
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I'm going to order a Raptor 30 v2 or a Raptor 50 v2 from heli-world soon... Do you think they're trustworthy? Which set should i choose?

Raptor 30 V2 Sport Helicopter Kit
Futaba 6EXH FM Radio W/5-S3151
O.S. 32 SX-H Helicopter Engine
Century PG 2000 Gyro


Futaba 6EXH FM Radio w/R127DF & 4-S3151
Futaba 401 Gyro W/9254 SERVO

Do you think it is worth it?

Also do you have any advice for a noob such as me on safety, tips on flying and stuff like that? I'm practicing on my simulator and i almost got the hovering technique... Also can you help me choose a better "combo/set-up" on heli-world?

Thanks for looking
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Old 02-11-2006, 09:31 PM   #2
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The Raptor 30 is more economical for you to learn with due to parts being less costly. The 6EXH is an older radio. You may want to look at other radios such as the 7CH . I use the 6XH although I did not pay a lot for it.
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Old 02-11-2006, 10:29 PM   #3
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Are you serious about heli or is this a passing fancy.

Personally I would go for the R50. The heli flies much better due to less disk loading (bigger blades) More stable, More power. I am not doing any 3D but I do appreciate the improvement over my last heli which was a 30 size.
Other than the blades themselves, the parts are from the R30 so repair cost would be the same for either heli.
The 50 will give you better value for the dollar.

Can't vouch for the retailer. I use Canadian hobby shops.
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Old 02-12-2006, 07:22 AM   #4
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The Raptor 30 is more economical for you to learn with due to parts being less costly.
The 50 is the same heli except for the motor, blades and tail boom.

The 50 is definitely the way to go, you will be a long time before you ever out grow the 50 (if you ever do). If you go with the 30 it won't be very long and you will have wished you would have gone with the 50.
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Old 02-12-2006, 08:43 AM   #5
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I am in a similar situation. At the moment, I can not spend money on a dedicated heli radio and I was planning to use my Optic 6 radio for getting started with its stock 325HB servos.

Due to the lower cost of the 30, I am planning to use a OS 37 engine. Surely, with the extra power of the 37, the Raptor will be a acrobatic flyer.

Are the servo requirements for flying a 30 different than flying a 50? I want to learn the basics and then when I get a dedicated heli radio with the digital servos I can fly the heli closer to its limits. In other words, could I fly the 50 with the 325HB servos? These servos are rated as:
Torque 4.8/6.0v : 42 / 51 oz
Speed 4.8/6.0v : 0.19 / 0.15 second
Weight : 1.51 oz

I am planning to use the 401 gyro with the 9254 servo for the tail rotor.

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Old 02-12-2006, 08:44 AM   #6
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I agree with the above posts. The 30 is an excellent heli, but by the time I was finished putting carbon blades, performance muffler and hopper tank on it, I was not that far from what the 50 would have cost me with all these goodies installed.
I say go for the 50, personnally it would have saved me a lot of $$$ since i eventually got one

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Old 02-12-2006, 10:43 AM   #7
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Check out the new Raptor 50 Titanium. It should be available in local hobby stores soon. I have been told by Hobbycraft Canada they have a few in stock. Here is a link to ACE.

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Old 02-12-2006, 07:34 PM   #8
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Total Props: 1 are on a budget. But you need a much better radio to begin with because you will outgrow the 6 channel very quickly. This is what I would recommend.

Raptor Sport Kit
29-49 BB upgrade
Futaba 7CHF
401 w/ 9254 Gyro
OS .37

This will total you about $1150 at Great Hobbies. About the same as 50 combo but you are getting a much more capable radio and a great engine. The TT engines are OK but not a match for the OS. And before the flaming starts I have used both engines.

Don't forget you need field equipment. TT make a field kit that runs about $150.

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Old 02-14-2006, 11:16 PM   #9
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Wait and save and buy a good radio, it should be your most expensive thing. I am not saying you need or should buy a 14mz but at least a 9C or a 10X or something....... then get your heli,,, till then sim sim sim.
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Good idea!
I am going to wait, save and buy a 9C radio later this summer. In the meantime, it is time spent on the simulator.

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