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Old Mar 09, 2003, 06:02 AM
PC
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Help! I'm looking for a good low cost r/c helicopter.

Hi guys!

I am a complete novice and I am wanting to get into the hobby. I don't
want to pay hundreds and hundreds of pounds for my first heli so I am
looking for an online store in the UK that sells electric r/c helicopters
ready to fly for at most 300 and no more than that as I expect to crash
it.

I have heard the hummingbird is a good low cost helicopter and that is
probably what I want to start off with. Can anybody help?

Thanks in advance!
Old Mar 09, 2003, 09:22 AM
Pat Brady
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Re: Help! I'm looking for a good low cost r/c helicopter.

Go for a Century "Sport" heli
"PC" <spam@sucks.com> wrote in message
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> Hi guys!
>
> I am a complete novice and I am wanting to get into the hobby. I don't
> want to pay hundreds and hundreds of pounds for my first heli so I am
> looking for an online store in the UK that sells electric r/c helicopters
> ready to fly for at most 300 and no more than that as I expect to crash
> it.
>
> I have heard the hummingbird is a good low cost helicopter and that is
> probably what I want to start off with. Can anybody help?
>
> Thanks in advance!



Old Mar 09, 2003, 02:42 PM
Mikespruce99
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Re: Help! I'm looking for a good low cost r/c helicopter.

Just a few thoughts.....

1) Electric helicopters are usually built from light materials, and the
engineering is not always up to much. I don't think they are the best heli's to
learn on.
2) Low cost? this is helicopters we're talking about! :-) Break a few bits and
it will cost you 20 + every time. If cost is a problem, you might be looking
at the wrong hobby.
3) You won't crash the transmitter, so you might want to make sure you get a
good one.
4) Most beginners buy a simulator to practise on. They might seem expensive,
but try breaking two sets of blades and then ask if it still seems expensive.
5) Have you ever seen a helicopter fly? Do you have a local club, or someone
else who can introduce you to the hobby. You might not like it, or you might
not have the ability (just being realistic).
6) This hobby must have one of the biggest turnovers of second hand stuff in
the world.
This is partly because people go into it without really knowing what its all
about, have a crash, rebuild the model and sell it on before they do any more
damage to their wallet. This does mean you can often pick up a bargain second
hand. Keep your eyes open. Check Ebay and other sites.
7) Read the mags. Model Helicopter World from Traplet is a good one to start
with.

Apologies if you have already considered all this, but it seems a common
misconception that a novice can just pop to the shops, buy a helicopter (no
mention of radio, batteries, starting gear etc etc) and then fly it....it
really is not that easy!

Old Mar 10, 2003, 03:32 AM
PC
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Re: Help! I'm looking for a good low cost r/c helicopter.

In article <7UHaa.45$VT.24652@news20.bellglobal.com>, PB@bsouth.uk
says...
> Go for a Century "Sport" heli


Thanks, but do you know where I can get one online in the UK??? I have
spent a few hours looking through website after website but no luck. Oh,
and it must be ready-to-fly.
Old Mar 10, 2003, 03:42 AM
Philip Martin
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Re: Help! I'm looking for a good low cost r/c helicopter.


"PC" <spam@sucks.com> wrote in message
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> In article <7UHaa.45$VT.24652@news20.bellglobal.com>, PB@bsouth.uk
> says...
> > Go for a Century "Sport" heli

>
> Thanks, but do you know where I can get one online in the UK??? I have
> spent a few hours looking through website after website but no luck. Oh,
> and it must be ready-to-fly.


To an extent that depends where you are. For instance I know that Alan's
models in Whitley Bay will (for a small fee) assemble a model for you. The
rub here is that they don't do Century. However I see no reason why any LHS
should not assemble the model for you, for a price!


Phil Martin.



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Old Mar 10, 2003, 04:12 AM
x-guy
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Re: Help! I'm looking for a good low cost r/c helicopter.


"PC" <spam@sucks.com> glsD
:MPG.18d65a7b9b28225e989684@news.cable.ntlworld.co m...
> In article <7UHaa.45$VT.24652@news20.bellglobal.com>, PB@bsouth.uk
> says...
> > Go for a Century "Sport" heli

>
> Thanks, but do you know where I can get one online in the UK??? I have
> spent a few hours looking through website after website but no luck. Oh,
> and it must be ready-to-fly.



Old Mar 10, 2003, 05:12 AM
Angelos Gonias
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Re: Help! I'm looking for a good low cost r/c helicopter.

Try to find a second hand simulator which you can sell on without
loosing any money. I got a second hand real flight G2 for 90 which is
nearly half of what it costs.

Also a second hand heli would be a good option too. Many people sell
Raptor (V1) now and get the new V2. There is nothing wrong with V1, it
is a very good heli and this is what made it so popular. In fact I am
looking for a cheap V1 myself to put floats on it. I would rather not
fly my all-digital R50V2 over water.

-Angelos


mikespruce99@aol.com (Mikespruce99) wrote in message news:<20030309142233.05179.00000101@mb-fy.aol.com>...
> Just a few thoughts.....
>
> 1) Electric helicopters are usually built from light materials, and the
> engineering is not always up to much. I don't think they are the best heli's to
> learn on.
> 2) Low cost? this is helicopters we're talking about! :-) Break a few bits and
> it will cost you 20 + every time. If cost is a problem, you might be looking
> at the wrong hobby.
> 3) You won't crash the transmitter, so you might want to make sure you get a
> good one.
> 4) Most beginners buy a simulator to practise on. They might seem expensive,
> but try breaking two sets of blades and then ask if it still seems expensive.
> 5) Have you ever seen a helicopter fly? Do you have a local club, or someone
> else who can introduce you to the hobby. You might not like it, or you might
> not have the ability (just being realistic).
> 6) This hobby must have one of the biggest turnovers of second hand stuff in
> the world.
> This is partly because people go into it without really knowing what its all
> about, have a crash, rebuild the model and sell it on before they do any more
> damage to their wallet. This does mean you can often pick up a bargain second
> hand. Keep your eyes open. Check Ebay and other sites.
> 7) Read the mags. Model Helicopter World from Traplet is a good one to start
> with.
>
> Apologies if you have already considered all this, but it seems a common
> misconception that a novice can just pop to the shops, buy a helicopter (no
> mention of radio, batteries, starting gear etc etc) and then fly it....it
> really is not that easy!

Old Mar 10, 2003, 06:22 AM
Philip Henderson
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Re: Help! I'm looking for a good low cost r/c helicopter.

The only one that you'll get truely ready-to-fly is a second hand one. Most
new pre-built new helicopters are ARTF. This almost never includes having
the radio gear already installed as it not normally included with any kit.

Pre-built machines cost more also. To save a few quid you could buy the kit
version and put it together yourself. Most manuals aren't the greatest but
there are many people around to help and offer advice. Plus you'll know it
better when you have to repair it.

Phil.

"PC" <spam@sucks.com> wrote in message
news:MPG.18d65a7b9b28225e989684@news.cable.ntlworl d.com...
> In article <7UHaa.45$VT.24652@news20.bellglobal.com>, PB@bsouth.uk
> says...
> > Go for a Century "Sport" heli

>
> Thanks, but do you know where I can get one online in the UK??? I have
> spent a few hours looking through website after website but no luck. Oh,
> and it must be ready-to-fly.



Old Mar 22, 2003, 07:42 AM
Paul Goelz
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Re: Help! I'm looking for a good low cost r/c helicopter.

On Mon, 10 Mar 2003 08:17:52 -0000, PC <spam@sucks.com> wrote:

>Thanks, but do you know where I can get one online in the UK??? I have
>spent a few hours looking through website after website but no luck. Oh,
>and it must be ready-to-fly.


You need to learn how to assemble and dis-assemble your heli and most
importantly how to adjust it. A heli is a very complex piece of
machinery and requires multiple adjustments to get it to fly
correctly.

If you buy it ready to fly you will not learn anything about setting
it up and will be totally lost in the event you have to repair it.

Paul

Paul Goelz
Rochester Hills, MI
paul at pgoelz dot com
http://pgoelz.com

 


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