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Old 07-28-2005, 10:36 AM
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I'm looking for a good beginner elec. helicopter, done a lot of research, but still not sure, anyone have any experienced suggestions? Not looking to spend more than $300-400 to start with... I have an R/C Airplane, an a couple Gas cars, so I don't want anything to beginner-ish. Any help or experiences that anyone feels like giving would be great, thanks.
Old 07-28-2005, 10:38 AM
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Default RE: A good beginner heli?

if ur looking for an electric.. try the dragonfly 36..
its pretty cool.

i doubt u can get all the gear for a gas helicopter with $400

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Default RE: A good beginner heli?

Larger choppers are more stable and easier to learn on than smaller ones. CP helis are easier to learn on than FP. I'd suggest getting the largest CP heli you can afford, electric or nitro. I learned on a .50 sized nitro, and have since tried smaller CP and FP helis... I'm glad I started with a large nitro myself!
Old 07-28-2005, 11:56 AM
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Default RE: A good beginner heli?

but with a nitro you have to get a licence and you can only fly them at airfields
Old 07-28-2005, 12:03 PM
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Default RE: A good beginner heli?

The nice side is, learning to fly a micro almost guarentees you will have no trouble moving up to a bigger model .

Comparing the way my Dragonfly flies compared to my eco-8 is like the difference between driving a go-kart and driving a bus .
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Default RE: A good beginner heli?

How long can you fly per charge with a Piccolo FP ?
Old 07-28-2005, 01:58 PM
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Default RE: A good beginner heli?

ORIGINAL: icebox

How long can you fly per charge with a Piccolo FP ?
5-7 minutes with the stock NiMH battery?

With the stock motor, separate components (specs listed at bottom) and 3S LiPo batteries, 18 minutes.

Are you considering a Piccolo? We have the one listed below for sale (have to check with my brother for pricing)


Piccolo Fun
Stock brushed motor
Brushed main ESC (Pixie 7?)
Stock tail
Schulze high frequency tail ESC
Futaba gy240 head hold gyro
3s 1020mAh LiPo batteries

This setup gives 18 minutes of flight time. It is very well behaved, with the futaba head hold gyro.
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but with a nitro you have to get a licence and you can only fly them at airfields
He's here in the US, not the UK, no license required here!
Old 07-28-2005, 09:02 PM
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Default RE: A good beginner heli?

Anyone have a thought on the Megatech Housefly ?
Old 07-29-2005, 04:04 PM
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Default RE: A good beginner heli?

No licence needed in the UK either and you don't need an airfield...

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ORIGINAL: corey19981

but with a nitro you have to get a licence and you can only fly them at airfields
He's here in the US, not the UK, no license required here!
Old 07-30-2005, 06:20 AM
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Default RE: A good beginner heli?

I went for a Twister (Honey B ee, Blade , etc clone) fixed pitch. Decision was based on following:-

Availability of spare parts - did research before buying - broke a lot of parts learning. There is nothing more frustrating than having a broken helicopter when you really want to ne flying !
Cost of parts - these types of helicopter are relatively cheap to repair
Size - You may want to fly indoors when the weather (slightest breeze when you're learning) does not permit outdoor flying. The lower head speed is a little less daunting than the higher CP rotor speed.
Simplicity - the fixed pitch is easy to understand and repair, and flies surpringly well except in ground effect.

I now have a Honey Bee CP2 as well but still use the Twister to practice side on hover, which is where I am now

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