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Old 01-15-2010, 02:04 PM
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Default RE: A good starter heli?

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! Don't sell the Savage to get a heli in that price range. I sold my Savage 25 back in December of 2006 to get a Heli Max AXE CP, and I've regreted it since then.

On the other hand, if you want to sell the Savage, make sure it's to get a heli that will do you well. Under US$250 doesn't get you much for a heli. For that, you're looking at a nice counter rotating heli, a simulator, or a cheap collective pitch heli with a motor driven tail (DO NOT GET ONE OF THESE CPs FOR YOUR FIRST HELI). If you know you want to stick with helis and work up to a really nice heli, skipping the coaxial would be a good move. Start with a good simulator such as RealFlight G5 or Phoenix (both run between $180-$200), or you could go with RealFlight Basic for $100 (this one is not expandable, and has no frills. Simulator with a few pre-loaded models to fly only). Once you've spent some time learning to hover a heli on the simulator, get AT LEAST a 450 class heli. You're going to be hard pressed to find a good RTF heli in this class. Just as buying a kit is recommended for cars, buying a kit is recommended for helis as well. Helicopters are complicated machines and you'll learn a lot more from building it than you will buying it RTF. For a good 450 class with good electronics, expect to spend between $600-$800. Note that I say for a GOOD heli, meaning at the higher end of the spectrum. You can get a decent starter heli that will prepare you for the nicer, more expensive helis for under $350. It is a clone of the Align T-Rex 450, which falls in the $600-$800 price range. It's called the Hobby King HK450. You would have to build it, but it's worth it and not that hard to do. Below are the links and costs to the kit and parts required to build it.This is for the “plastic fantastic” version, they do have a CNC version for about $20 or so more.

[link=http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=8467&Product_Name=HK-450_CCPM_3D_Helicopter_Kit__(Align_T-rex_Compat.)]HK450 Kit: $27.99[/link]
[link=http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=662]HXT900 Servo: $3.15 Each ($12.60 for 4)[/link]
[link=http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=6460]Hobby King SS Series 25-30A ESC: $8.45[/link]
[link=http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=9021]Turnigy Typhoon 450H Motor: $11.79[/link]
[link=http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=10113]Hobby King 401B Gyro (Copy of Futaba 401): $13.99[/link]
[link=http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=6306]ZIPPY Flightmax 2200mah 3S Battery: $11.99[/link]
[link=http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=7898]Turnigy 420 Balancer/Charger 2S-4S: $23.95[/link]
[link=http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=6508&Product_Name=Spektrum_Dx6i_Mode2_w/_6200_Rx]Spektrum DX6i w/ AR6200 Rx: $209.99[/link]

So you're looking at $320.75 for a T-Rex clone and a decent radio.

To complete, you will also need:
[link=http://www.powerhelis.com/manuals/helicopter%20manuals/align/trex450x/trex%20450x_manual.pdf]Align T-Rex Assembly Manual: Free[/link]

You can find more on this build at:

You could also look for EXI and Exceed RC helis, as they can be found for under $400 with a super cheap radio RTF. With the HK450 above, you'll get a good radio that you can use for future helis as well as any airplane if you choose to get into them.

Also, see if you can find someone in your area to help you out.