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Old 08-25-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

I'm a middle-aged professional who works in electronics. I have always been fascinated by tech toys and have also always wanted to learn how to fly RC. About a month ago, I splurged on one of those little styro helis and strived mightily for a few hours to try to make it fly, until the pin someone told me to stick in the nose punctured the battery when it hit the wall and that was that. Guess I should have known better. . .

Undaunted, I went back and spent a little more this time on a Blade mCX S300 Schweizer. After about 4 hrs of accumulated practice, I'm thrilled to say I can fly it without crashing! Even do some simple tricks like nose-in circles, figure 8's and fairly smooth landings. I like it!

Sigh, I can tell this is going to get expensive. . . now I have gone and purchased the RealFlight sim and someone has told me to practice for about 200 hours. This is going to take all winter! What I have my heart set on is to buy a T-Rex 500 CF kit, build it, get a transmitter (Spektrum D6i perhaps) and move outdoors. . . perhaps some day even go inverted. Yikes!

Anyway, I made my own airfield in the sim (no large obstacles) and just practice hovering tail-in. When I turn sideways or nose-in, my brain and thumbs get all confused. I know, maybe I should have tried RC cars or planes first, but I really only want to fly helis. I'm somewhat ambidextrous so I thought this might help, but so far my dumb thumbs are all that!

So, enough rambling. Any helps, hints or suggestions are gratefully appreciated and I hope y'all don't mind if I chime in once in a while to report my progress (or lack thereof) or any silly questions I might have. So many part names, gear ratios and thumb-calming exercises. . . whoosh!

Gotta go, my batteries are charged.

helikopter girl
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:40 PM   #2
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Good for you......welcome to the sight

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Old 08-25-2009, 07:53 PM   #3
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Welcome Helikopter Girl,

The sim is a very good learning tool, especially with winter coming in the near future.
The picco Z heli is fun for the living room, but probably won't teach you very much
other than throttle management. You may want to search on the Trex 450 series
before moving into the Trex 500...a lot of clones are cheap now such as CopterX,
HK450,Flasher 450 etc.. Buy two matching Outrage 2200 Lipo batteries 30C discharge
rate and use them in the TRex 500 later in series.

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Old 08-25-2009, 09:51 PM   #4
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Welcome to the addiction...

Originally Posted by helikopter girl View Post
When I turn sideways or nose-in, my brain and thumbs get all confused.

Your thumbs need to learn what to do based on what your eyes are telling them - without your brain interfering. It does come, with practice, but even then I sometimes feel my brain trying to get involved while flying, and I consciously have to stop thinking...(does that even make sense)?

Take your time. Fly at your own pace, and don't get talked into trying things outside your comfort zone. Your personal comfort zone will expand on it's own.

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Re: Another newbie

That's great, I find that flying helis is the most exciting of the RC world.

Practice, practice, practice. If you really want a trainer heli because you can't help yourself then look at a fixed pitch 300 size electric. You can usually find them RTF for $150 or so.
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Keep practicing on the SIM; it will save you lots of money and will build your confidence!

The mCX is good to get started. Move to a co-axial and with practice you should be ready for a CCPM helicopter with training balls.

Take it slow, have fun, ask questions. If possible, find someone with experience close to you to go over the finer points of setting up a helicopter and you should be good to go when your pick up your TREX 500!

If you are going to stay with this hobby for the long haul, think about spending the time to research and spend the money on a good radio and equipment. The DX7 would be a choice over the DX6; my opinion!

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play computer games or even Xbox or playstation. the hand eye corrdination work out is great for RC stuff.
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Re: Another newbie

I don't see any reason why you would not go to the 450 now seems like your a natural.I learned on one ,helis are very easy to learn and bigger fly better , you only have to take it as far as your comfort level allows .start tail in and slowly go from side to side then forward and back then start to rotate a little more as you feel able ,don't forget the trainer gear .it just takes time .good luck & have fun Roger
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This is a good one to start out with with training wheels on it. Very stable,very tough and the parts are a reasonable price. Can be completely outfited at HK for about $150 to $175 bucks less the radio. I'd go with the DX7 over the 6i also. To many recalls and problems with it. Good website to educate yourself is called Helifreak. If interested, holler I I'll tell you what you need at HK.
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