Originally Posted by WEFlyer
I haven't had time to read through all the posts but this thread seems like any other heli thread with various issues about the helicopter and various ways to upgrade. Working on a heli won't bother me as I like to see how things work anyway. I guess it boils down to how often you have to make repairs.
So I'm looking to switch from a co-axial helicopter to this one. Seems like I can get parts readily for it from visiting some online stores and I'd like to move to the next level in learning with a CP helicopter. I have Real Flight 6 that I have been practicing my hovering and forward flight. Still need more work in that area but the build on this model looks similar to the larger park flyers like the 250s and 450, which I hope to get in another year or two. So it seems like a good stepping stone but you can't always go by ads for products, which the ads I see for this one says is a good next step heli to get into CP helis.
After getting the basics down for real, I hoping this will be my practice heli down the road for aerobatics before I then try it out on a 250 or 450.
So what's some options as I like the size of the heli? Thank you in advance.
Another option to consider-- going from coax to CP is a pretty big leap, I'm sure you can do it esp. if you keep up on the sim time, but expect to crash a lot. You might want to think about going single blade FP first-- the Walkera V120D01 is a great FP bird and actually handles pretty close to a CP (in the sense that it is not a self-stabilizing heli like the blade 120SR is), but has much lower headspeed and is even more durable. It has the same basic layout as the V120D02S so you'll get familiar with how to repair both helis.
ALso, since the headspeed is lower, the D01 is better for indoor flight. I have both helis and still fly both of them...
FInal note, you don't need the slipper clutch on the D01 either due to lower headspeeds (I think I stripped maybe 3 tail gears with over 200 crashes...)