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Old 02-22-2005, 01:58 PM
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Hello all,
I currently have about 15 years experience in R/C planes. However, due to my new profession, I now travel alot and need something I can take with me on my month long trips and fly in confined spaces. So I have decided I would like to buy an electric helicopter. I have done alot of research on how a heli flies and I understand the principles and physics.

What I am looking for is advice on what electric helicopter would fit my needs....

1. Flyability- Is it good for a beginner to learn on?
2. Durability - Can it handles bumps and bruises?
3. Maintenance - Is it low maintenance? (very busy, wanna fly not tinker all the time)
4. Upgrdeability - Can it grow with me? (I am very quick at learning things, and get bored easily)
5. Flight Time

The models I have been looking at getting are the following...
Kyosho M24 RTF
Fun Piccolo RTF
and DragonFly 4 RTF

I am geared toward the Kyosho M24 because it looks robust (and good too) however, flight times are short, and I have heard issues with installing LiPo battery packs. Any Ideas?

I have heard alot of good things about the Piccolos, but they look very flimsy to me, and don't seem like they would be very good at all outdoors - even in a 1mph wind. Especially for a newbie.

I am attracted to the Dragonfly's because of the price. However, I have not been able to find alot of constructive information on them. My main question is - what is the quality like on these things? Parts availability? How are they in comparison to the other two models I mentioned? How do they fly? Good for newbies?

Can anyone let me know? And if you know of something better than the above models, please me know.

Chris Walker




Old 02-22-2005, 02:08 PM
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Default RE: NOOBIE wanting addvice elec. helicopter

I think most of your questions are answered in the EHBG (Electric Helicopters Beginers Guide). You can download the EHBG version 14 from this address:

[link]http://ehbg.rchomepage.com[/link]

By the way, I have seen some negative posts about the Kyosho M24, so you should browse around the forums before you buy it...

Good luck!

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Old 02-22-2005, 02:19 PM
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Default RE: NOOBIE wanting addvice elec. helicopter

Thanks, but i am looking more for reviews on the mentioned models, and some other possible condidates, on the criteria mentioned.

I have looked in the forums on the mentioned models, and really can't find anything mentioning the quality or flyability of those models.
Old 02-22-2005, 02:21 PM
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Default RE: NOOBIE wanting addvice elec. helicopter

read the guide, lots of stuff covered there... as far as outdoor ability, NO FP micro is going to be able to handle very much outside. CP's are better, I've had mine in gusting 15mph+ wind, but it takes a fair amount of skill just to keep it in one piece. (nerves were shot after that!)
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Default RE: NOOBIE wanting addvice elec. helicopter

What does FP and CP mean anyway? I see that all over the place, but haven't connected it with a meaning.
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Default RE: NOOBIE wanting addvice elec. helicopter

From the terminology section of the EHBG that lorents linked to above...

CP Collective Pitch. A helicopter that adjust vertical lift by
changing the pitch of the main rotor blades.

FP Fixed Pitch. A helicopter that adjusts altitude by changing
the speed of the motor driving the main rotor.
Old 02-22-2005, 05:18 PM
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Default RE: NOOBIE wanting addvice elec. helicopter

Well, I've heard that many folks have a recurring problem burning out tail rotor motors on the Kyosho M24 (some claim they get an average of 5 flights or less before the motor burns out), but YMMV of course.

If the confined space you're talking about is something like a hotel room or suite, I'd definitely recommend the Hirobo XRB SR Silver Lama over any of the helis you mentioned. You will find it easy to learn to fly, it can fly well in a hotel room and it is much higher quality than any of the other micros I've ever seen - even the Kyosho M24 which a friend of mine has. The XRB is difinitely much easier to fly. Neither me nor my friend would even consider trying to fly the M24 in a hotel room. I wouldn't hesitate to fly my XRB SR in a hotel room though.

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