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Old Nov 22, 2012, 05:11 AM
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Best Heli for Naza-H First Time Test - 450 or 500?

Decided to get the Naza-H, as I've had much enjoyment with the Naza-M for quadcopters.

However, while I can fly a Fixed Pitch Heli, I'm somewhat new to the variable pitch.
However, I want to start with a platform that can lift some weight (camera & multiple batteries) so I'm opting for a Trex 500 or equivalent.

However the 450 (although in the same price range it seems) is smaller and I thought it may offer some benefit for novices.

Got around $500 to spend on the Heli.
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 11:32 AM
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If you have not flown a cp heli I suggest you do not install a camera on a cp heli until you learn how to fly first..
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 12:42 PM
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for AP just stick with the quads there really isnt any thing to gain with a CP heli you can get better with a multi rotor*


*with out going to a VERY large heli think a 600 or bigger at lest
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 10:21 PM
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Why would you go with a CP helicopter instead of a multi-rotor that could lift the same weight?
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Old Nov 25, 2012, 11:04 PM
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Learning to fly collective pitch is an effort unto itself. As for size, some folks say go 500 or larger because 'they are easier to fly'. Thing is, a 450 or larger bird really suffers in crashes, so repair costs are high (though you'll become a great mechanic). They are also capable of inflicting real physical damage to people, animals, and things if you flip out and give it the wrong command.

This year I picked up an Align T-rex 500 ESP from the forums because the newbie it was built for freaked out when it spooled up to takeoff RPM's: a big bird is a handful and it will travel too fast for comfort or safety when a new pilot's delayed reactions let it get away.

I learned basic CP upright flying with the Blade CP Pro (suitably modified for better tail control) and would advise you to at least take a look at the Blade 130X for your first CP excursions. Small, lightweight birds suffer less damage from crashes and are less likely to break skin or cut arteries in the worst case scenario.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 03:38 AM
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for AP a quad or hex is really the way to go
imo just get a bigger multi since you can already fly them they make better AP platforms any way
i want to pick up a 450 size quad at some point for AP and FPV wile i have a 500 an 600 flight times are to short
and cost is much higher and i wouldnt want to fly ether of them over people
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