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Old Jul 18, 2015, 02:33 PM
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Looking for a beginner helicopter!

I am new to the RC Helicopter world and, I am looking for a RC helicopter under $100 and, I see all of these different helicopters online, I am never sure of these helis or quads because the reviews aren't the best source of info. I would like hear it from people who know something about these RCs.
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Old Jul 18, 2015, 02:50 PM
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V911 RTF is $40.00. You have to wait but good first 4 ch heli. This is what many of us started with sinple / tough and cheap. Welcome and good luck.
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Old Jul 18, 2015, 02:57 PM
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Or even cheaper: the Xieda 9958
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Old Jul 18, 2015, 08:20 PM
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9958's are fine/ I found whenn I started V911 was better. Longer tail. 9958 has much shorter tail and little less stable. TBE and 9958 go hand in hand. Toilet bowl Effect.
9958's blades have plastic pins and break easy. My V911's never replaced anything. 9958's several sets of blades.
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Old Jul 19, 2015, 12:20 AM
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Another vote for a V911 .
I wish I had started on that, v911 flies so much better than the MSR I started on.
Get at least 4 extra batts, so you dont have to wait for your only batt to charge between flights.
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Old Jul 19, 2015, 12:34 AM
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I first started flying on a v911 and crashed a lot. I found the landing skids the weak point, i would get some spare skids if you get the v911.
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Old Jul 19, 2015, 01:24 AM
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As an alternative, the Hisky HFP100 v2 has a lot going for it....
amazing stability with the 6-axis gyro
no pesky flybar and the problems that go with it
extremely durable
parts are readily available and cheap when needed
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Old Jul 19, 2015, 03:44 AM
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V911 is perfect as a first heli , simple ,robust and cheap . Learn all you can from it and move on ,don't bother trying any upgrades on it just save the money for the next heli ,all the upgrades under the sun will only give a very small performance increase and the next heli you get should be flybarless ,either fixed pitch or corrective pitch and the performance will be off the scale compared to a V911 no matter how upgraded it is.
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Old Jul 19, 2015, 06:01 AM
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I started on the V911 but may I suggest the HiSky HFP80 V2.

Durable and easy to work on.
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Old Jul 19, 2015, 12:49 PM
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What about the Syma S107G are those nice or not really?
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Old Jul 19, 2015, 01:20 PM
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What about the Syma S107G are those nice or not really?
Nah i would stay away from double bladed helis, too toy grade and boring to fly . Try to get a flybarless heli you have more room to grow . When i learned all my orientations on the v911 that was it . I couldn't take it to the park and fly because the wind would slam it to the ground. Flybarless does better in light wind then any flybar heli would.
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the Syma S107 has always been popular and there's nothing wrong with it in itself.
But they are very limited for learning and useless outdoors by its design and infrared transmitter. All you can learn with a 3ch coaxial (flightwise) is orientation and then you have to learn it again with a 4ch as the controls are different.
If all you want to do is putz around indoors, fine, but if you want to have a more useful heli, it's worth trying one of those already mentioned.
I suggested the HFP100 V2 because, as 3DAmbitions noted, a flybarless heli is more versatile in outdoor conditions than the flybarred v911.
For what the recommended models cost, you could get the Syma and one of the others and still be well below the stated budget.
That way you can see for yourself the pros and cons of each one.
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Is the v911 like the propel speedstar 4 with minor differences?
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Old Jul 20, 2015, 01:18 AM
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Is the v911 like the propel speedstar 4 with minor differences?
Yes, its identical looking to the v911, except this model seems to have the ability to fly only 3 channels , which may be useful for first flights, just to get used to controls . V911 is one of the ' all time great' micro helicopters . Its great to start on, loads of spares, loads of advice, and once youve mastered it a bit of moding to improve heli is always good low cost fun. I still fly mine from time to time because I have such happy memories of learing to fly with it.
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Old Jul 20, 2015, 01:30 AM
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The SpeedStar is the same chopper at an inflated price, like the Brookstone V911.
Its claim to fame is that it can be switched between 3ch and 4ch operation with a button on the radio.
The funny thing is, some of the v911's also have that capability, just the particular button switch is missing on the v911 radio. If the solder pads are on the circuit board, install a button and away you go.
If you are leaning towards the v911, the newer Pro version is probably a better option than the earlier versions as it at least addressed some of the issues.
There is also the Hero H911, another variant.
I have the v911 v2 (green model) and the HFP100v2 I mentioned previously.
Have also had a few different 3ch micro coax's (including the S107) which I gave to friends.

EDIT. I see Spoon68 has answered while I was putting the post together.
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