Originally Posted by martin_
Guys, this not bashing, this is what things are......
What got me into heli that far today is with Walkera, and I still have two of them that I will never sell.
My first heli was an Esky coaxial, then I quickly moved to Walkera.
First fixed pitch I bough was the V200D02, I had lots of fun with it, then I bough the Ufly that I converted to flybarless, believe me or not but I was able to do flip & roll with that fixed pitch heli, more like a tight loop but that was very funny.
I then bough the 4F200 CP 2801protx because I felt confident enough to fly collective pitch heli, that was another long learning curve to master the 4F200, numerous crash etc... and around the same time I bough the Walkera Lama 3 big coaxial, I crashed it pretty bad on its first few flight and costed me almost the price of a new one to rebuilt, then I sold it. At the end I learned a lot with all those helicopter.
Next helicopter was an copterX 450pro (that I still have) and an HK 600. At that time I was still a beginner and I had in mind that the 2702V was the ultimate flybarless system to put on my 450 and 600, the 2702 was freshly released to the market and all the other BeastX, Skookum, etc.. was also relatively new, but I felt that the 2702V was as good as other unit for half the price.
The rest is only bad experience till I moved on better stabilisation sytem and TX, and it is only then that I realized what I had missed, this is also right where my flying skill started to improve at an amanzingly high rate because my heli finally worked so well and smooth, reactive at the same time, etc... and not worryed to crash every flight and can focuse on manoeuver.
BTW, season is over here and it's time to prepare for indoor flying with the GeniusCP and V120D02s, they'r great micro heli with not much competition on the market, but that is about the biggest Walkera I will own and/or recommend, anything bigger or putting WK electronic on bigger heli, a big no go for me, keep em flybar, it fly so much better.
I agree completely, however, in my opinion the v450D01 airframe is among the best 450 size air frames out there. It's just the electronics suck. The 3mm CF frame is damn durable. BELIEVE ME, i've crashed it over 30 times and i'm still rocking the original CF frame pieces, all of the original aluminum parts and the only thing i EVER have had to replace is the plastic bottom plate that the skids attach too and the skids. The skids actually hold up okay if you don't tighten the screw in all the way or use a short screw that will pull out in a crash. Honestly, unless i get a boom strike, all i ever had to replace was the main rotor equipment and blades.
Originally Posted by navigator2011
I have been running the Rx2702V on my 450 Pro for nearly a year. I have not had any weird issues, though I don't fly as far away from the Tx as many here routinely do--I fly mostly in my front yard, and sometimes in a baseball diamond at the local school. Reading all of these lock-out issues, and the possiblity that it has to do with the Fixed ID, made me want to return mine to Random mode. But then I had the thought that wouldn't it be ironic if changing my 2702 back to Random mode could be just the thing that triggers off lock-outs on my unit. So, the heck with it. Right now, the unit flies fine; and once it fails, I will then replace it altogether.
Yeah, many people fly them fine forever. Helibiggie is one of them. I wouldn't worry about the unit locking out unless it was defective or damaged. There is a high possibility that these units are randomly defective from poor QC. Or otherwise from crash damage, maybe. My first one was bought used, so it's hard to tell. My second flew BEAUTIFUL for 30 flights, i installed it on my newly build V450 to sell and bought a 3rd 2702V to install on mine. After installing the 3rd one and doing at least 3 packs in my drive way. The new 2702V locked out within 30 seconds and within 100 feet too. It's not like i was all that far away. Walkera's answer to this random issue and the extensive CF shadowing happening on the V18G01 and V500. Wow hobbies has never stocked the V18G01, any one that did no longer seems to carry it. And Wow would not sell the V500 unless Walkera added the antennas to the 2702V unit. Something like that. I've heard all this though the grape vine, so whatever. All i know is that after setting up the BeastX, without flying it. The difference is already apparent. But, if your not trying to do more intermediate 3D, the 2702V is pretty good. If/when it works
Originally Posted by BThirsk
I just noticed in the last week or so that some of the suppliers I have been getting walkera parts from seem to be out of a lot of stuff and are selling their complete products very cheap, what they have. One does not even list complete helis anymore. I bought the last Devo 12S from one of them. Strange.
Yes, it's a continuing trend. It's been going on for a while, I've been watching it. It's part of why I've been so angry with Walkera lately. For the ones not having clearance sales, it could be just a sign that Walkera is developing another new heli. It seems like while they were working on the Master CP and until just recently no older parts were available for some helicopters like the old v450d01 swash plates and the 2801 version RX for the V120. Suddenly there were some available recently. Perhaps they slowed production again to develop another thing.