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Old 03-12-2007, 10:31 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I'm totally new to RC stuff never flown a plane never flown an heli before. I recently got my hands on a RealFlight sim and I've been trying to learn with it. My real question is What would you suggest as a first electric heli. You should know I live in a small house with no garage so an indoor like the Blade CX would be a little cramped in the house(I`m afraid I`ll break something). I`ve seen Radd`s school of flight and I`m prepared to go through with it, my problem is I have no indoor space for it.

Open to suggestions but would like to keep it on a low budget, to keep the lady happy and to make sure that it doesn`t cost to much to repair.


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Old 03-13-2007, 10:00 AM   #2
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Read this thread. One of the guys posted some links that I found some excellent info in. It almost made me want to look at buying a heli.

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Old 03-13-2007, 12:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, I had already looked at those links. I was looking for feedback/suggestions from members of this forum.

I've, since then, talk to some guys at the local hobby shop, they were suggesting a Blade CP pro. But from what I've seen from other posts it doesn't really qualify as a beginner's heli. What do you guysthink about that. They offer it new for around 325$ which I must say sounds good for my budget...

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Old 03-13-2007, 09:10 PM   #4
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I'm not an expert on helis, but I have a blade cp and found it to be good for learning how to hover. I have a blade CX which is very easy to fly and hover, however, it did not teach me any of the skills required to fly a conventional heli as it is too easy to fly. I would recommend the CP or CP Pro based on my limited experience.

Hopefully some of the more experienced heli guys can chime in...
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:41 PM   #5
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electric heli

one of our fellows has a Walkera Dragonfly 4 that he is flying in the school gym really nice. it is fixed pitch
he had it hovering hands off
He spent a ton of time on the sim though - he has G3
I keep crashing mine abd breaking it
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:14 AM   #6
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Pick up a used Trex, they can be setup to be really docile and are cheap to repair. Anything smaller than that and you won't be able to fly in anything but dead calm.

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Old 03-22-2007, 09:47 PM   #7
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My son just bought a CX2 and as been having a ball learning how to fly it. I expected that he would have to go out to the garage to get enough space He has been flying it in the living room in an area about 12' by 12'.

We were down at the local hanger fly on Sunday and I noticed a number of experienced pilots with CX2/1s. They seem to be popular just a an alternative economical flying experience.

I agree with others, it is not a machine for outdoors.
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Old 02-16-2008, 05:55 PM   #8
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I have an Esky Honeybee FP that I have flown the crap out of and love it!
It hovers and flys just fine and was less than $100.00. Remember, anything you buy is going to need parts, so figure that into your price. The Honeybee parts average from $3 to $7 dollars and the parts count is low. This thing is as simple as a stone axe and just as easy to fix and fly. I'm getting pretty good with mine and am waiting for nice weather so I can fly outside, I've been doing all my practice in the livingroom. Check it out and the Esky BeltCP.
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Old 02-17-2008, 10:25 AM   #9
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I love my Honey Bee King 2. great to fly and easy to learn as long as you also have a flight sim to practice with. Just waining for the warmer weather to go an play outside. Kinda bord in our condo library.

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Old 02-18-2008, 08:27 PM   #10
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The Blade CP Pro is not for beginners. Myself I started with a Walkera Dragonfly 22D. Then Blade CP. Now CP Pro. The CX1 or 2 is a great indoor flyer but as previously mentioned it does not properly prepare you for an advanced flier. Keep in mind regardles of your future purchase, the availability and price of parts. You will crash. You will break things. Perfectly normal. That was the drawback of the Dragonfly. No parts locally. Only online. Most LHS carry Blade, Honeybee and T-Rex parts. Ensure you stock up. Extra battery pack(s) are a big plus. As well as training gear. Good luck and welcome to the hobby
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