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Old 01-12-2008, 08:39 AM   #1
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New to electric Helis - please help

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I am an old time gas & nitro fixed wing pilot. Years ago I bought a Hirobo Shuttle & taught myself to hover & fly it. I would like to get one of the complete packages of electrics that are now on the market.

Do you have any recommendations?

What about the Eflight blade?

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:21 AM   #2
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If you are looking for a complete outfit in one box. Eflites and the Axe line are the standard fare for most hobby shops. These are suppied by the shops big suppiers Horizion and the Great Planes empires. these useally have local parts readily available.
If you have radio and reciever etc. The Align Trex series are also in almost every hobby store.
If you don't mind shopping online then there are many choices. everything from cheap to expert machines.
If you are just putting around the back yard the esky belt cp is a good deal. Everything in one package delivered to most canadian addresses for $200.00. If you are leaning towards more agressive flying then spend some money. As always you get what you pay for.

RC Groups mini and micro forums are the best source for electric heli info i have found on the net. Just about every machine that been released has some comments there.

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Old 01-12-2008, 04:54 PM   #3
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ya i second the trex 450, or 600.

u do get what u pay for.
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:23 PM   #4
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TREX 500 1st choice

Get the best of both worlds the TREX 500 is great outside. Fly's like the 600E but a little cheaper on the battery side. Also if you plan on buying a 450 for inside you can use the same batteries.
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Old 01-13-2008, 03:36 AM   #5
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Yea second what Radix says. The Blade is not truly "RTF" don't care what they say. And absolutely get what you pay for. Flamesuit on there but I think the Blades are kinda junk really. It is not that hard to build a friken heli, plus building is as important in many ways as flying. Understanding the mechanics of any heli is extremely important imho.

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Old 01-13-2008, 05:57 AM   #6
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Id like to add my voice to the "get a better heli" crowd too. Starting off on e-helis is hard enough, why try to go inexpensive when for a more reasonable sum you can end up with a well made, reliable, consistent, easy to maintain, much easier to fly larger?

If I were to have to do it all over again, the smallest I would go would be a Trex 450, but I would be tempted to start with a 50 size (nitro or electric). The part costs and availability on popular models now narrows the gap - the cost of power systems is now the determining factor, but its not a large as it seems.

When it comes to e-helis, you need to know how to properly operate lipo batteries. Take the time to read up on proper charging and flying. It's a drag to ruin a $40 lipo, but destroying a $300 pack will really bring you down.

Set a realistic budget of between $1000 and $2000 to get everything you'll need and then spend some time doing research online. You'll have fun learning along the way.
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:37 AM   #7
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I guess the first question is... Are you looking for an Indoor or Outdoor Electric Heli?

You say you have sucessfully flown a nitro heli before.. are you loking for smething in the size of the Shuttle but just electric? Do you still have the Shuttle? Why not McGyver it to electric?
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Get back in Heli like I have after not being in it for quite a few years I tend to agree with martinic. The 450 is a great Heli but I find it a bit harder to fly to learn on than a larger .30 or 50 size nitro Heli. Around here we always seem to have some wind and it does not make it easier. If you keep watching the forum you can get some good buys on a used Heli. If the Heli is in good running shape it will be as good as new to learn on and fly. Setting up the Heli is a good part of learning. I brought a good used .30 size Heli from this forum and I do not regret it at all. If I was to do it again I would not start off with buying a 450 like I did, I would go bigger. I use to fly a .50 size years ago and from what I remember it was a lot more stable. Also get a good gyro like a Futaba 401 or a good JR it is worth the $150 bucks or so, can find used ones on the forum also. I still do use my 450 also. Just my two cents.
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:41 AM   #9
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heli recommendations

The shuttle I used to own is long gone. I am first & foremost a fixed wing pilot looking to get a "flying fix" during the winter. Therefore I am really looking for an indoor bird. but it would be nice to be able to use it outdoors as well. As far as putting $1000 - $2000 into one. It is not in my budget.

I will keep looking for a complete trex 450 - it sounds like ther are not too many fans of the BLADES out there?
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I dunno...

I learned on a blade and frankly if not for the blade I wouldn't be flying the five helis I own now.

While they certainly are not a trex, they are light and durable and easily and cheaply fixed in a crash. In a number of the crashes I had it was just a matter of straightening out a few things and flying again.

the same crashes on a trex would have not only had me down for days, but darned discouraged at the same time.

parts for the blade are in just about every hobby shop.

also great for indoors, IMHO a better size for indoors. and indoors you're not gonna be flying any 3D so why do you need a 3d capable heli.

Although my poor beat out old blade has long been retired I wouldn't poor mouth it for anything. I had a blast with it and owe all my heli time to it's durability and fun factor.
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