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Old 09-14-2010, 11:05 AM
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Default New hobby...RC helicopter

Been into RC boats for years, my current one is over 4 feet long, has a gas powered, water cooled 2 stroke engine and goes 50 MPH.

Now I'm going to waste a little money on RC helicopters. I started with this copter. I would hardly call it a beginner copter as its a full function flyer and pretty intimidating when those blades are spinning.

This is a stock photo but mine is identical with exception of those messy servo wires which I tidied up.

This copter is known as the Exceed-RC-G2. It comes ready to fly right out of the box, very cool little chopper. I paid $165.00 from xHeli.com but have seen them selling for $500.00. Can't imagine how this thing can only cost $165.00.
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I got into it over the winter, and now have three of them in various states
of crash damage waiting for repair. Just too damn busy at the moment to
work on them. I get the 4 channel counter-rotating jobs that go for about $100,
so it's not too painful when I crash. They're fun to fly once you get the hang of
them and figure out that they DO NOT like wind. They also don't like my neighbors
house..Ouch. Get lots of spare blades, and parts. You'll figure out what breaks real
soon after you start flying. Get an extra battery so you can get more stick time
practicing. X-heli pretty much sucks for replacement parts, but there are other
sources. Let me know if you need any info. Good luck!

BTW - The reason they're relatively cheap will become apparant right after you crash.
They really are pieces of shit. I've already had two that were defective right out of
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deff the expensive way to go is with a 4 + channel, they blow up real good. I also would recommend the counter rotating to start. Also real flight g3 is very helpfull if you never flew anything. I flew planes and got into helis, have 2 eflites and a trex. It a very expensive and addictive hobby. Good luck.
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This copter is a 6 channel, it is known as a 3D copter as it can fly in any direction including upside down.

LOL......I barely got it off the ground, only about 3 feet. Haven't damaged it yet....key word "yet" as I already have 3 new sets of blades and a complete main and tail rotor head. I also got an extra battery.

If it would just stop raining out I can get some flight time on it today.
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I've been flying for years,both heli and planes,although strictly planes now. Make yourself some training landing gear in an 'X' pattern out of wood dowels or graphite,fiberglass rod ,whatever and put some ping pong balls on the ends. That will help you learn. RC is an awesome hobby. Good luck.
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Awesome, can't wait to see some more pics "in action".

Now, please recommend me a boat that would be good for saltwater, best bang for the buck.
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I've been flying for years,both heli and planes,although strictly planes now. Make yourself some training landing gear in an 'X' pattern out of wood dowels or graphite,fiberglass rod ,whatever and put some ping pong balls on the ends. That will help you learn. RC is an awesome hobby. Good luck.
I have the "training wheels" on the heli already, this is the little X bars with the big orange balls.

I got a little brave and got it to about 20 feet off the ground today. It was going good until it was getting ready to fly over the fence into the neighbors yard to I panicked and shut it down in mid flight. It came down on my boat trailer pretty hard. Only nicked the main rotor blades and broke a bell crank that controls the main rotor pitch.

I already have those replacement parts on the way....LOL

I also just ordered the flight simulator so I can practice on the computer. I don't want to keep breaking this thing.

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Awesome, can't wait to see some more pics "in action".

Now, please recommend me a boat that would be good for saltwater, best bang for the buck.
You can run any RC boat in salt water, just clean it real good after each use. I use to run my RC boat in saltwater all the time.
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The ultimate bad ass R/C copter......

http://vimeo.com/6194911
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I also just ordered the flight simulator so I can practice on the computer. I don't want to keep breaking this thing.

Forget the sim and just buy lots of spare parts. The trick is not to get
too far ahead of your skill level. Do as I say, not as I do.
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My son has one but the tail rotor broke during a crash and we have not been able to find a replacement.
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My son has one but the tail rotor broke during a crash and we have not been able to find a replacement.
I've got a few links for spare parts on my work PC. I'll post them
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Awesome, can't wait to see some more pics "in action".

Now, please recommend me a boat that would be good for saltwater, best bang for the buck.
mine,

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Forget the sim and just buy lots of spare parts. The trick is not to get
too far ahead of your skill level. Do as I say, not as I do.
Yeah I have quite a few spare parts coming tomorrow. Once I saw how hard it was to fly I ordered a shit load of parts...LOL

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Try www.xheli.com or www.exceedrc.com
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Gosh I used to race 1/10 & 1/8 scale Serpent Impulse and Impact in Florida. Coulda bought a driver musclecar for the money I had in them . But watching something that was .21 cubic inches making over 3 hp at 35,000 rpm, 4wd do O to 80 in the blink of an eye. Fun stuff.
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I have the "training wheels" on the heli already, this is the little X bars with the big orange balls.

I got a little brave and got it to about 20 feet off the ground today. It was going good until it was getting ready to fly over the fence into the neighbors yard to I panicked and shut it down in mid flight. It came down on my boat trailer pretty hard. Only nicked the main rotor blades and broke a bell crank that controls the main rotor pitch.

I already have those replacement parts on the way....LOL

I also just ordered the flight simulator so I can practice on the computer. I don't want to keep breaking this thing.



You can run any RC boat in salt water, just clean it real good after each use. I use to run my RC boat in saltwater all the time.
DAMN!!! I had one at home siting doing nothing that I could lend you for as long as you want, almost brand new....

If you can return it, let me know...
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This copter is a 6 channel, it is known as a 3D copter as it can fly in any direction including upside down.
And it will. The trick is getting it to do it when you want it to. Someone mentioned wind, don't even fart.

Copters are tough, you have to become one with the controls, if you have to think about it, you're not ready to get fancy. Put a mark on the ground and try to land on it. You will know when you are ready grasshopper.

I got pretty good (I thought) in my garage, outside was a totally different story.

They're great. I've been through the planes, boats, cars, back to boats (still have three), copters are by far the most challenging. Good luck!
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The ultimate bad ass R/C copter......

http://vimeo.com/6194911
The pilot ain't bad either. Holy crap, that was amazing. I only watched the first segment, I'll watch the rest later.

They make it look soooooo easy.
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Awesome Chris!

We spent Labor Day w/e at Pismo Beach and some dude there had an r/c helicopter and plane. We watched him while we were hanging out at the beach.

Saturday was wind-less. Sunday had a breeze.

Sat he had a blast. Sunday he was all over the place and finally stuck with just the plane.

Soft landings in the sand, but I don't know what the sand (and salt) might have done to it though...

Let's see some pics of it in the air! Or better yet, a video!
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