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Old 03-13-2006, 08:18 AM   #1
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Walkera No. 5 V4 / HouseFly Beginner Helicopter flying video

No. 60 Walkera Belt Driven Tail Rotor

Which one you like??
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Old 03-15-2006, 07:54 AM   #2
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Okay,I don't think many people are answering because they believe that niether of your choices are appropriate to learn on.I have never seen a Walkera heli in person,but I have read time and time again about negative experiences with the brand.Runryder and Rcgroups,would be the place to search those models.
R/C Heli's in general are one of those things that is way easier to learn when,you are being helped by someone with experience.I would recomend you seach here for a club in your area.Attend a meeting and let them know your interests.Possibly let someone who will help your through your first flights,have input on your purchasing decision.
I am not a helicopter expert.I am probably considered intermediate[4years rotory].The only micro I would recomend to a beginner would be of the co-axial main rotor variety,such as the blade cx or hirobo Lama.I still think 30 size glow,such as the Century Hawk Sport,is the way to go.Nothing wrong with a used deal,from a qualified club member to reduce the initial expense.
In conclusion,please keep in mind these are toys that can bite you,but very rewarding to master.They must be approched with patience and the willingness to learn..........................Good Luck................Jim
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Old 03-15-2006, 08:31 AM   #3
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Morning Tyr

Neither, but then again I have no experience with either. Been in helis since 1971 and have never hear of either.

take care
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Old 03-15-2006, 10:49 AM   #4
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Here are the beginner models I would recommend:
-Raptor 30 (Yes, 30, not a hyper 50)
-Century Hawk
-Heli-Max MX-400

Any of those three are a good starting point if you are serious about getting into helis. All of them are collective pitch and inverted flight capable and make stable learning platforms with reasonable parts prices. You may also find good used deals but have an experienced pilot check it out before you buy since you don't have enough experience to spot problems.

The most important thing is as mentioned above, go to the local heli flyers, see which brand they fly. See which brand the local stores stock. Having local help and a local parts supply makes the learning experience less frustrating and less expensive.
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Old 03-15-2006, 03:42 PM   #5
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I'm with Corey - good recommendations. A good beginner heli is one that will provide you with a good first experience. I wish I had started with a 30 size heli instead of a micro.
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Old 03-15-2006, 05:04 PM   #6
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I'm with the idea that a glow heli is tyour best start point..
Get a 30 size ( Venture, Hawk, Sceadu ) but choose a model that people use around your area, so go visite your local clubs, they always a Pro that will VERY HAPPILY help you with all your questions. he will also help you with your model choise. I think a Kit is the only way to start because it lets you understand the mechanics of the machine witch is a must if you want to fly.

IF your on a low budjet, maybe go with a E-Sky, or humming bird ( the real thing, not E-bay) And Forget abour Walkera, there Cheep copies of good micros..( ask how I knok crapy E-bay) Having a micro cuts on the crash costs BUT could help you get your orientation faster, with the help of an instructor always....

For a micro your need perfect conditions to fly or a gym. A living room, unless realy big will not put you on the right track.
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Re: Beginner Helicopter

Have you got a simulator? That is where I would start...

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Have you got a simulator? That is where I would start...

Rob, that is an even beter idea
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Old 03-15-2006, 08:46 PM   #9
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Hi. I bought a Walkere 36 and have had a lot of fun with it.
I have the Brushless up grade as the brushed is useless. I learned to hover and slightly move around with it. But any more than that and I have Gyro troubles.
If you want really cheap $100 just get a fixed pitch from E-Bay to see if you like heli's.
But for ease of learning and reliability 30 gas would be the way to go.
I was warned away from my Walkera. But I'm sure glad I went with what I thought.
Hope you can figure out what your needs are.
It is challenging but eventually rewarding.

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