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Old Jun 10, 2006, 06:04 AM
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'Thinking about a Honey Bee II FP. I've never flown anything...

... But; I might be willing to give it a try. At first; I posted on the regular heli electric group. Then; I was pointed this way.

Steve mentioned a flight time of around 6-8 minutes. With the stock set up, how long does recharging take?

I'm going to do some more looking around here. But; I appreciate any input, and suggestions.

Thanks!

- Greg
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Old Jun 10, 2006, 06:51 AM
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Hi again greg now we are in the right group. I also own a few micros.

The Hbee FP is one of the best low cost micro helis to learn with. I'd stick with the FP through learning FFF. Others will say just go CP2. Nice thing about the correct forum is there will be a diversity of info, to choose from.

If you look up at the top of this forum you'll see some "stickies". The EHBG is a must read to get some idea of what you are doing.

This will give you a good notion of how to learn and a better idea of what is involved.

The packaged equipment often changes with the RTF (ready to fly (Fix?)) so best I recall about 2hrs. With any RTF you get what you need to get started. To keep the price down you don't get much fluff. No problem there as they are inexpensive. You can always get better gear as you go. ie if you get more packs the bottle neck will be charging, so you get a better charger and you can charge 1 pack in 30mins while charging another on the original.

Best to get the heli and not go hog wild buying stuff until you know what you need and where you are going. Reading the various threads here will help. Most every type of heli has an "owners thread" http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=458261 is the one for the heli you are interested in.

Steve
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Old Jun 10, 2006, 07:50 AM
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Hi Greg. Steve has some very good information here. The esky products are very good. Another option is the dynam 300. I just bought one RTF for $109 at BP Hobbies and so far it has proven to be very stable after a few adjustments. Even though they say "RTF" you will need to tweak no matter what you buy. Read these forums and you will learn a lot. Welcome and happy flying!
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Old Jun 10, 2006, 09:18 AM
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go for the honeybee fp.

the wife and I are learning this thing together. we are on our 3rd day and this thing can take a punishment. be sure to order some extra landing skids as they will break.

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Thanks for the input, guys! Did I mention that I am a 52 year old Kid??!! Oh yeah! I was actually getting ready to add a new scope to my Ruger .22 target pistol, and I a buddy of mine at work got one of those very cool little helicopters at Wal-Mart that go round and round for $10.00. We started talking, and it turns out he has a couple of larger nitro copters, too.

So; I started looking around online, and discovered the Honey Bee II. I figure for around $100, it might be a big time! Currently; I have about $90.00 in my Mad Money Stash!

One thing, I do want to be careful of is not going too crazy, too fast! A couple of years ago, a bunch of us got into 1:10 scale electric touring cars, and I spent a fortune. We were going to join the local club and race on Sundays. But; then, I was about the only one that wanted to commit to it. What we did was fun, racing in the parking lot at work. But; I was getting tired of spending money 'constantly' to keep it running. So; I sold everything, as did everyone else.

Now; this copter thing seems pretty cool. And; the fact that you can fly these indoors is appealing, too.
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Old Jun 10, 2006, 10:56 AM
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look for the hb fpII owners gather around thread. you will pick up a lot of info on this helicopter.

I have found that the stock battery will last a lot longer when you are just bunny hopping around the yard. The stock battery has certainly outlasted my nerves so far...
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look for the hb fpII owners gather around thread. you will pick up a lot of info on this helicopter.

I have found that the stock battery will last a lot longer when you are just bunny hopping around the yard. The stock battery has certainly outlasted my nerves so far...
Thanks guys!
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One thing, I do want to be careful of is not going too crazy, too fast! A couple of years ago, a bunch of us got into 1:10 scale electric touring cars, and I spent a fortune. We were going to join the local club and race on Sundays. But; then, I was about the only one that wanted to commit to it. What we did was fun, racing in the parking lot at work. But; I was getting tired of spending money 'constantly' to keep it running. So; I sold everything, as did everyone else.

Now; this copter thing seems pretty cool. And; the fact that you can fly these indoors is appealing, too.
You don't want to buy a heli then. these things are more addicting then crack! Any kind of crack!
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Old Jun 11, 2006, 10:55 PM
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No kidding. My initial investment of $100 has doubled. My LHS carries few parts for micro helicopters, so I've had to order online anytime I break something. And then I wait. And get impatient. And convince myself "Its not broken that badly, go ahead and fly it!". And then something else breaks. Back to ordering parts. *Sigh* Why have you deserted me, Self Control?

Truly, they are a ton of fun though. I just hate having to wait a week if I crash and break parts.
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Old Jun 12, 2006, 12:08 AM
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Thanks for the input, guys! Did I mention that I am a 52 year old Kid??!! Oh yeah! I was actually getting ready to add a new scope to my Ruger .22 target pistol, and I a buddy of mine at work got one of those very cool little helicopters at Wal-Mart that go round and round for $10.00. We started talking, and it turns out he has a couple of larger nitro copters, too.

So; I started looking around online, and discovered the Honey Bee II. I figure for around $100, it might be a big time! Currently; I have about $90.00 in my Mad Money Stash!

One thing, I do want to be careful of is not going too crazy, too fast! A couple of years ago, a bunch of us got into 1:10 scale electric touring cars, and I spent a fortune. We were going to join the local club and race on Sundays. But; then, I was about the only one that wanted to commit to it. What we did was fun, racing in the parking lot at work. But; I was getting tired of spending money 'constantly' to keep it running. So; I sold everything, as did everyone else.

Now; this copter thing seems pretty cool. And; the fact that you can fly these indoors is appealing, too.

I got out of racing 1:10 electric touring cars for the same reason, they are just too expensive!! i now stick to a slower form of rc car racing... drifting! you defenitely break less parts going sideways, slower than fowards at break neck speeds!

Oh, and i also got an FP2, its awesome

If you have self control you will hold off buying any bling bling and going brushless or separates for a while. but dont count on it this hobby is addictive
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Thanks for the input, guys! Did I mention that I am a 52 year old Kid??!! Oh yeah! I was actually getting ready to add a new scope to my Ruger .22 target pistol, and I a buddy of mine at work got one of those very cool little helicopters at Wal-Mart that go round and round for $10.00. We started talking, and it turns out he has a couple of larger nitro copters, too.

So; I started looking around online, and discovered the Honey Bee II. I figure for around $100, it might be a big time! Currently; I have about $90.00 in my Mad Money Stash!

One thing, I do want to be careful of is not going too crazy, too fast! A couple of years ago, a bunch of us got into 1:10 scale electric touring cars, and I spent a fortune. We were going to join the local club and race on Sundays. But; then, I was about the only one that wanted to commit to it. What we did was fun, racing in the parking lot at work. But; I was getting tired of spending money 'constantly' to keep it running. So; I sold everything, as did everyone else.

Now; this copter thing seems pretty cool. And; the fact that you can fly these indoors is appealing, too.
Anyone who goes into the RC world then cannot come out again. This hobby will make you cough up all you have in your wallet. Hope you become a happy pilot of the FP004.
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Old Nov 17, 2007, 08:42 AM
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... But; I might be willing to give it a try. At first; I posted on the regular heli electric group. Then; I was pointed this way.

Steve mentioned a flight time of around 6-8 minutes. With the stock set up, how long does recharging take?

I'm going to do some more looking around here. But; I appreciate any input, and suggestions.

Thanks!

- Greg
Well there youngster, I'm older than you and I love this stuff. But as already stated, these things are addicting and can get to be very expensive. I don't know if you would want to fly the FP2 inside, the head speed is enough to do some serious damage to household items, and unless you can control the Heli really well, which as a newbie I doubt you can, better fly outside for now. If you want something to fly inside and to learn orientatation and basic flight, then a coaxial (Upper and lower blades and no tail rotor) heli would be a better first heli. Check out the Lama's and Blade CX2's. The Lama's you get get in your price range. I started this hobby about a year ago and already have over two grand sunk into it. ($800.00 alone in a T-Rex 450 which I don't even have put together yet). To give you an idea, so far I have bought 3 BCX2's, 2 HBFP2's (One modded to fly with my DX7 Rx (2.4Mhz), 3 HBFP2 barebones kits (For parts), 1 Walkera 22E (Never flown), An Apache 64, 1 Slow Flyer Airplane, 1 multi purpose charger, 1 DX7 Rx, lots of battery packs and the RealFlight G3.5 Flight Sim for practicing. I tell you though, it's worth every nickle. Good luck and happy flying....
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Well there youngster, I'm older than you and I love this stuff. But as already stated, these things are addicting and can get to be very expensive. I don't know if you would want to fly the FP2 inside, the head speed is enough to do some serious damage to household items, and unless you can control the Heli really well, which as a newbie I doubt you can, better fly outside for now. If you want something to fly inside and to learn orientatation and basic flight, then a coaxial (Upper and lower blades and no tail rotor) heli would be a better first heli. Check out the Lama's and Blade CX2's. The Lama's you get get in your price range. I started this hobby about a year ago and already have over two grand sunk into it. ($800.00 alone in a T-Rex 450 which I don't even have put together yet). To give you an idea, so far I have bought 3 BCX2's, 2 HBFP2's (One modded to fly with my DX7 Rx (2.4Mhz), 3 HBFP2 barebones kits (For parts), 1 Walkera 22E (Never flown), An Apache 64, 1 Slow Flyer Airplane, 1 multi purpose charger, 1 DX7 Rx, lots of battery packs and the RealFlight G3.5 Flight Sim for practicing. I tell you though, it's worth every nickle. Good luck and happy flying....
This thread is almost 3 years old. Just thought I would point that out.
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This thread is almost 3 years old. Just thought I would point that out.
Has it really been 3 years since June 10th, 2006? I must be living in the past...
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