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Old 01-16-2009, 02:48 AM
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Hi, I want to get into RC Helicopters. I'm looking at the Honey Bee King II. Would it be good as a starter heli? I DON'T want a coaxial heli, party because they look ridiculous, and partly because I don't think I need one. I've been flying on a sim(realflight) for a few months and can fly fine on it.

Any opinions would be nice. Thanks.

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Old 01-16-2009, 02:53 AM
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Hi Floorrunner and welcome to WattFlyer!

The King II is basically a decent heli for what you get. However pretty much any CP heli is going to be hard to fly for a newb. Even with sim time. One thing about the King. They eat up motors. The first strongly recommended mod is to go brushless.

Since you have sim time the next step would be to do the RADD's School of Rotary Flight.

Most of all... Good luck and have fun!
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:15 AM
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Yeah, there's a few local flight clubs here too. So, I might also see if anyone has a buddy box.

Edit: I also don't really want to spend any more than $200. A lot of helis people are suggesting are $199. I would be alright with this, but I wouldn't be able to afford any spare parts for it.

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Old 01-16-2009, 02:53 PM
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If this is your first single rotor chopper, you're going to crash, probably quite quickly on your first flight unless you spend a ton of hours on a flight sim.

Also, the stock motor won't last long at all. Going brushless requires replacing the motor and ESC which is going to cost about $50 (educated guess, could be higher or lower).
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:27 PM
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haha, yeah...everyone keeps telling me I'm going to crash. Hopefully not too bad.
Thanks for the advice on the motor, I'll go pick one of those up next week.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:28 PM
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Alright, I'm about to go buy a heli in the next couple days. Is there any other helicopter you guys would suggest over the King?

Edit: (I never can get all my thoughts down in one try...) I'm a little worried about the size of the King. I live in Oklahoma, so there's always going to be at least 5-10mph winds. Obviously above that, I wouldn't fly at all.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:14 PM
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If you must buy ready-to-fly then the Blade 400.

It's bigger therefor more stable. Easier to get parts for and has much better motor and radio gear. (other than servos).
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:21 PM
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eh, a little out of my price range. Any experience with the Phoenix CP370 or Blade CP?
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:43 PM
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I guess they're all about the same size. The Phoenix Is a little cheaper. I can't find any parts for it though...
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:14 AM
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Looks like I'm just going to go with the King. But, I can't afford the brushless upgrade for another week. The stock motor will last for a week....won't it?
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Old 01-19-2009, 04:57 PM
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If you keep your flights to less than 5 minutes and let the motor completely cool between flights, you should be able to get a few flights out of it.
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Old 01-19-2009, 05:34 PM
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I started with a HBK after a coax, and I almost gave up the hobby because of it. Did the brushless upgrade, but never got it to even hover. Hated waiting for parts because none of the LHS's have Esky parts. I decided to get back into it with a Blade 400, and out the box, was able to hover in my garage. I STRONGLY recommend saving a few more bucks and getting the Blade. I'd hate to see someone get as discouraged as I was.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:18 PM
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Ugh, well that doesn't sound too great
I'm working a minimum wage job to pay for this...I guess I could wait another week or 2 and be able to buy one.
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:20 PM
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I have a radio from when I used to fly RC planes...would this work with a Blade 400?
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:32 PM
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Is it a 6-channel?
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:38 PM
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yes, I believe so...
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:40 PM
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Anyone flown the Belt CP? It looks like sort of a compromise between the HBK and the blade.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:00 PM
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You need a helicopter radio for these birds. The mixing of throttle and blade pitch is missing from basic 6 channel airplane radios.

The Belt CP is not a bad bird. It's the same size as a B400.

The issues you will run into with the CP are going to be similar to the King in that parts will not be on the wall at your LHS.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by floorunner View Post
I have a radio from when I used to fly RC planes...would this work with a Blade 400?
The Blade 400 comes with a radio, the Spektrum DX6i (catchy name, eh?). Actually, getting the computer radio too was a big impetus in me buying the Blade 400. You should be able to find the whole kit online for $400 or less.
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:07 PM
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$400...I that's like another 3 months. I think I might just go with the Belt CP brushless.

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Old 01-19-2009, 09:29 PM
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My local hobby shop is an hour away anyway...I can deal with ordering parts online
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Old 01-19-2009, 09:47 PM
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You should get the blade cx2 it is an awsome newbie helicopter.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:06 PM
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I don't want a coaxial though. I just don't think I need it. I want something that I won't have to get rid of in a month because I want something better.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:14 PM
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Thumbs up Blade 400

True well i started out on the blade 400 and now i fly pro heli's so i would go with the blade 400 thats what i did and well now im a pro pilot. So if you have the money get the Blade 400.

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Old 01-19-2009, 11:43 PM
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If only I could afford one :P
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