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    Radio controlled airplanes/helis/boats/cars?

    Hey,
    I was curious if any others out there monkeyed with RC vehicles for fun.

    I bought myself 2 helis (ones a beginners one more for indoors (Esky Lama v4), the other is a more advanced one for outdoors (Esky Belt CP)) and a plane (E-flite Funtana 300) this summer. My gf laughed at me and rolled her eyes when I said I was getting them, but what can I say, I'm a big kid at heart. I've found them a load of fun... but quad hands (C5 incomplete) make controlling them tricky at times.... but I was surprised how well I could fly them... and how much fun I got out of using them.

    I've flown the helis more thusfar cause I can do it solo cause I find if you crash them it happens close to you were you can go pick up the pieces LOL (not 100 feet out into a grass field)... tho the planes been really fun the little I've flown it. The guy who's my attendant has been into RC planes for years so he got me hooked and we go out and fly the plane some mornings together with his plane too.

    So I was curious if anyone else had RCs out there... and if so, what??

    Those without whom are interested should try it... its actually pretty doable even as a quad. Download a try RealFlight v4 demo for the PC to get an idea of flying planes/helis....

    This is me with my outdoor heli... the 2nd time flying it.... not doing great but ok for a 2nd flight.... after about 30+ flights now I can hover it in control now, move it around slowly in all directions (drifting in control) and do a little slow forward flight... had 2 crashes so far... a little repair and $25 in parts was the only fix-it costs.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s_8ZhmYvc4

    #2
    yeah, i've always wanted to learn a rc heli to get into aerial photography.... $$$$ & time being the main prohibiting factors.

    this guy uses a maxi joker & does amazing work: www.gravityshots.com

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      #3
      I am into the helis - I have 2 nitro powered, (.50cc & .80cc) and I just ordered a small electric one the other day....
      Also have 2 1/8th scale nitro buggies, & 2 electric cars......
      The helis are much more fun. Just takes practice...lots of practice.....
      -tw

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        #4
        hehe, yah, practice is the key word... takes a little time getting used to how to move the controls in diff situations

        @Scott, electric helis aren't too expensive... my esky belt cp cost me about $220 w/shipping... i like it a lot, good newbie buy i think

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          #5
          Anybody still flying?
          I searched for RC stuff so I didnt open a new one.
          I am just getting back into flying helicopters after about a ten year lay off from flying, and things have really changed in ten years with RC stuff.
          I have a few Trex 450s and a E Flite CX2 for inside now.
          The 450s are neat little helis. And quick as anything. I am not 3D by any means just hover ,forward flight , nose in and easy stuff right now. Hoping to get inverted in a few months with practice.
          Gary
          T-10 ,,1980,,

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            #6
            I flew gas-powered RC planes as a teenager. I'd like to get back into flying, but I'm torn whether to go with gas for the nostalgia or electric for the convenience. I used to fly more aerobatic models, but now I think I'd like something easy, like a powered 2-meter glider that would use the engine to get some altitude, then would float down or stay aloft on thermals.

            Anyway, it's probably going to be a while before I have both the time and the money get back into R/C. Still fun to talk about though.

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              #7
              Eh I don't fly. I tried before with RC trainer planes and it was a disater. I however drive. Got me a Hopped up E-Revo 4x4 with Brushless motor that I race. Love the Off Road scene. Still working on the overall truck and for now it's just for fun. But I got a top speed the other day of 48 MPH out of her. Scary stuff, I love it!

              Jimmy

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                #8
                Micro helis

                I've been having a lot of fun with a micro coaxial heli.

                I have a bunch of planes and two helis but the most fun lately has come from a E-flite Blade MCx micro.
                http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLH2200

                I fly it in my living room.
                It's so easy to fly that I've handed the controls to over thirty different people, most of whom have never flown an RC, and 99% can fly it right away.
                It weighs less than an ounce and fits in the palm of a hand.
                Doh!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Zero View Post
                  I flew gas-powered RC planes as a teenager. I'd like to get back into flying, but I'm torn whether to go with gas for the nostalgia or electric for the convenience. I used to fly more aerobatic models, but now I think I'd like something easy, like a powered 2-meter glider that would use the engine to get some altitude, then would float down or stay aloft on thermals.
                  Check on a few websites and see if there are any local clubs in your area as well.
                  Here are a few websites that have some great people and lists to local clubs that might be in your area , and there are a lot of people selling used equipment on there as well.
                  I would go with electric to get back into it because no clean up and plenty of power now with the new Lipo batteries out there , and check ebay or hobbyking website. A few of them are direct out of china and you get great prices but you have to wait 2 weeks for an order.
                  here are a few websites for RC helis
                  runryder.com
                  helifreak.com
                  hobbyking.com (great prices)
                  readyheli.com (regular prices but fast same day shipping and have everything for helis)
                  Gary
                  T-10 ,,1980,,

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by JeffH View Post
                    I've been having a lot of fun with a micro coaxial heli.

                    I have a bunch of planes and two helis but the most fun lately has come from a E-flite Blade MCx micro.
                    http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLH2200

                    I fly it in my living room.
                    It's so easy to fly that I've handed the controls to over thirty different people, most of whom have never flown an RC, and 99% can fly it right away.
                    It weighs less than an ounce and fits in the palm of a hand.
                    E-Flight has a lot of great helis and planes that fly right out of the box and really good prices to get you started again.
                    The little 3D biplane foamy is a neat little plane for indoors or out, and easy to fly.
                    Sure is great to get out and do stuff like this for little money now days.
                    When I started flying years ago if you crashed a helicopter it cost over $100 to fix it now you can get one redy to fly for $125..
                    Gary
                    T-10 ,,1980,,

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                      #11
                      Helis are getting quite cheap...best deal quality and price-wise in something big enough to learn on and small enough not to amputate you is this. You can get an electronics package for about $100 to get it flying, add a (good) radio system for about $180, and you're set. PM me for specifics if you want them. I have this airframe hauling around a scale fuselage very nicely. Of course sky's the limit with helis also, mostly electronics and how good you want them to be.

                      My stuff: 2 Trex 450's, both scalers, one cheap like above, the other one a money pit with 4 bladed flybarless head, 2 axis gyro on the cyclic, scale fuselage, and other fancy gizmos, etc. Then 2 Trex 250's...one pod/boom for screwing around and learning, the other a scaler also. A couple RC vehicles, one of which clocked via GPS at 73mph, but I geared it down to 64mph top speed for temperature issues. Lots of development with that one...it handles the speed very very well.

                      Definately a great hobby to get into.

                      A pic of the money pit...still a work in progress

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by garyv View Post
                        hobbyking.com (great prices)
                        Yup, best place for batteries, why even think of elsewhere!

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                          #13
                          Back in about 1989-93 I started with a RC10 1/10th scale buggy, then got an alcohol burning 1/4 scale TCM Sprint Car. Then a .40 Trainer airplane before I got bit by the heli bug. I've had five helis, three .60 size and two .45s. Even w/o the use of my fingers I can hover and fly but I'll leave the 360 stuff for someone else. And I need help working on it and getting it started. I still have a .40 trainer airplane and an XCell .60 chopper but haven't flown for a long, long time.

                          A friend of mine did have a business using an R/C chopper for aerial photography. Pretty amazing shots he got with that setup.


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                            #14
                            I was racing radio controlled cars when I was little. And must've been 18 years ago now. Actually went to real tracks and raised mostly adults. I was always into those kind of things when I was younger because of my mechanical skills. I loved it. I raced both on road oval and off-road with jumps and all sorts of directions. That was a lot of fun. Wish I could do it still but I'm not sure if I could.
                            C-5/6, 7-9-2000
                            Scottsdale, AZ

                            Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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                              #15
                              Hey Rybread,
                              If you can drive your chair you can get back into RC.
                              Cars can be run with a stick radio so you can set it up just like a power chair joystick,.
                              Also sail planes and a few high wing trainers, I am not sure what your function level is , I see C5-6 , but even if you can use a few fingers you can get set up now with all the new radio gear out there now its amazing with all of the mixes and functions that you can do with one stick.
                              If inerested check wih a few local hobby shops for clubs , there are a lot of good guys in some clubs that would be more than willing to help you out..
                              Gary
                              T-10 ,,1980,,

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