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Old 03-06-2006, 01:22 PM
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Hey All

I am hoping some may be able to point me in the right direction. Having been an avid RC junkie for quite some years, I recently jump into the Heli arena.
The CP made it affordable to see if, one I could actually ever fly a heli and two made it affordable in case I couldn't.

Well after a few weeks with it, I have found a new love. I plan to continue with heli's, and now have a question I hope you all can help me with.

I am looking to pick up my next heli, and was wondering what is a nice one to pick up.
ARF or kit is fine, I just really want to know what is a suitable second heli that is suitable for outdoor use for someone still learning. Upgrades and parts availability are important factors to me.

I plan to keep at the CP till I get extremely comfortable with it.
I would like to get going on the second though, so I might be ready for it come the summer months.

Any ideas on what a nice copter would be for someone with limited experience?
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Old 03-06-2006, 02:03 PM
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My vote goes to the Trex. It's relatively cheap, flys well, the parts are cheap/available and it's easy to build/setup. The Shogun/Zoom is supposed to be a good-flying heli as well (haven't flown one) - however, the parts seem to be somewhat expensive compared to the Trex.
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Old 03-06-2006, 02:13 PM
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The 350's aren't all that much better then the CP. Personally, I think the shogun/zap/zoom aren't worth the time. They are too light to really be of any use outside.

And no J, I am not following you. :P
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Old 03-11-2006, 11:08 PM
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my vote goes for the MS composit stinger 6
no one seems to know anything about them (the stinger 3 and 6) so you can be both our guinea pig, and resident expert!!!
c'mon...
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Old 03-12-2006, 12:26 AM
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Everyone wants to be an Expert!

Besides, the Stinger 6 is supposed to be huge for an electric, no?
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Old 03-12-2006, 12:33 AM
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I think it's between a trex and a raptor 30... possibly a good compromise between a large and micro heli? since it runs off 2 3s lipo packs you could use the same batteries for a smaller trex/x400 size heli. can't see how you could go wrong with that!!
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Old 03-12-2006, 12:36 AM
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I'll bet it's sexy too....

My vote is for JQuest to pick up a Stinger 6, and become the resident expert!
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Old 03-12-2006, 12:48 AM
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I just found this link from helihobby. Although I wouldn't buy anything from them (I and others have had problems with them) there are some pictures of the stingers to look at. it seems to have a unique setup. both the 3 and 6 are between the sizes of trex and raptor 30. there are much larger electric helis that fly well, so size isn't an issue.

http://www.helihobby.com/html/ms_stinger.html

we're all cheering you on!!!!
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Old 04-01-2006, 10:51 PM
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Well I've flown 30 size nitro's,micro fixed pitch hummingbirds,ARK400, DF22E, and I must say that I really like my ARK 400...(I just had a wonderful flight today so I'm probably biased)


But seriously my ark is soooo stable and always was from the 1st flight!

I haven't flown the trex's. I actually owned a few but never flew them opened the instructions and went "yikes"! But the parts support for the trex is amazing and the "bling" (or whatever) is endless.......

My vote is for either the mx400 (cause its arf)
or a trex



One last thing: don't let the dragonfly 22E go by...mine is awesome...its as stable as my ark, but its kind of hard to see sometimes (its about3/4 the size)


BTW check out heliproz.com for really good prices on mx400's and rexes
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:58 AM
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well my second heli was the honey bee and I'm fine now
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:24 AM
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for stability, a 30 class or bigger bird can't be beat. but like paul I also have a couple of X400s and trexers and love em! they can handle the wind pretty cool but are not easy to fly at first Especially, in windy conditions.

Once you get comfortable with one tho they're a blast. nothing like the sound of one of them motors spining them blades in a hover..... awesome!!
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Old 06-08-2008, 06:11 AM
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Is that ARF just an ARF or is it a PNP? I'm asking because I've heard it refered to as both.
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:08 AM
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My second heli (and my present heli) was ( and is) a Trex 600e.

I can recomend this model for you too because it flys so smooth and you will never fear the wind again.

Harry

P.S. I am ready for all the "tightwads" to fire away at me because they "can't afford it". Well if they did they would see I am correct...
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Old 06-11-2008, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by darkside212 View Post
Well I've flown 30 size nitro's,micro fixed pitch hummingbirds,ARK400, DF22E, and I must say that I really like my ARK 400...(I just had a wonderful flight today so I'm probably biased)


But seriously my ark is soooo stable and always was from the 1st flight!

I haven't flown the trex's. I actually owned a few but never flew them opened the instructions and went "yikes"! But the parts support for the trex is amazing and the "bling" (or whatever) is endless.......

My vote is for either the mx400 (cause its arf)
or a trex



One last thing: don't let the dragonfly 22E go by...mine is awesome...its as stable as my ark, but its kind of hard to see sometimes (its about3/4 the size)


BTW check out heliproz.com for really good prices on mx400's and rexes
I'm curious... you sell the GL450 but you don't recommend it? Please comment.
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Old 06-11-2008, 10:47 PM
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because I wasn't selling the GL450 at the time I posted the thread

The GL450 leaves the mx/ark 400 in the dust
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:38 AM
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Of course, I should have noticed the date. I ask because I'd like to update and I'm looking at 3 450 class helis (Trex, HDX and GL). Since you are in Milwaukee, it could save a lot of shipping cost and time.
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:06 AM
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I hope this helps.
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35641
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