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Build kits for noobs

Old 12-03-2019, 10:22 AM
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NoobNorCalFlyer
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Question Build kits for noobs

Hello! My boyfriend has expressed an interest in receiving an RC helicopter as his holiday present and I have now dived head first into research. He's a builder and I think he would want to build his own helicopter and not do RTF, but it seems like that's not the best choice for beginners. Is this a correct assumption, and is it best to just have him start out on a MCX and work up to building his own while learning via SIM? A lot of the build kits seem to need a lot more additional parts than what is included in the kit, what is the best build kit for a beginner and is there a place that is a one stop shop that should have all parts? Thank you in advance.
Old 12-15-2019, 10:45 PM
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This is pretty late but hopefully still helps lol. Most kit helicopters are 450 size and up, which is a very large and intimidating size to start with that will have a high cost for repairs when crashed. Not to mention a massive learning curve with a lot of research required. Micro helicopters, which he should start with imo, come prebuilt with either RTF version with everything or a BNF version with just the helicopter and nothing else (no batteries, charger, transmitter). I started on an MCX and worked my way up, but to be honest the MCX sucks outside of learning the bare minimum and then it will sit on a shelf forever. I'd start with a 70 S RTF or the 120 S RTF, which is something you can have fun with after learning the basics of flight.

If you have a bigger budget and want to go for a really great intermediate between tiny and large, while still being fairly easy to start with (especially if you get a sim) then the 230 S v2 RTF would be an amazing heli. The only thing is if you crash a 230 S chances are you'll need to buy parts and repair it. Where as a 70 S will likely be just fine after a crash, or maybe need a tiny bit of super glue. It is also a collective pitch which will be a bit more difficult to learn on, but again that is where a sim can help a lot.

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