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Old 04-15-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, I'm a first time buyer looking to get a quality heli that can fly outside and won't break down right away preferrably for under $80 but will spend $100 at the most if its worth the quality. I work with a guy who recommended this one here, http://www.amazon.com/Double-Horse-9...sr=1-1-catcorr any advice or other suggestions? Thanks for your time!
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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Stay away from Double Horse.. those are just junk... toys... with no spare parts. I'd go with the Eflite mcpx. You just can't get much for your price. The mcpx does really well inside or out.. and if you fly over grass.. most crashes cause no damage.. and there is a HUGE following (and forum here on HF).. most of us have one.

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:49 PM   #3
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What experience do you have?
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:58 PM   #4
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Stay away from Double Horse.. those are just junk... toys... with no spare parts. I'd go with the Eflite mcpx. You just can't get much for your price. The mcpx does really well inside or out.. and if you fly over grass.. most crashes cause no damage.. and there is a HUGE following (and forum here on HF).. most of us have one.

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Old 04-15-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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1: You must get a hobby grade heli, that means that there is full parts support available. You should be able to build a whole heli from spare parts if you wanted to. I don't know if you can get parts for the recommended heli, if you can't that would mean a bad crash and you would have to buy a whole new heli.

2: It must be 4 channel. Anything less you will not have full control and it will be difficult to fly. The one suggested to you is a 3 channel, they just don't fly well. It would be like trying to drive your car without being able to turn left.

If this is your absolute first heli, you may want to get a Coax. This has two main rotor blades, one above the other. If you were not wanting an outside heli, I would suggest the Blade MCX. It is really nice, but not that good outside.

http://www.wowhobbies.com/copterxcx2...tor-2-1-2.aspx

But you want outside, so I would suggest a Blade 120SR. It is not a Coax, but a coax just does not handle any wind well at all. This may be a bit beyond your budget, but trust me, spending the extra money is worth it. This heli is durable, and if you do break it, you can fix it easily and cheaply. If you do order it, I would suggest to get an extra battery or two while you are at it so you can fly more at one time.

http://www.wowhobbies.com/copterxcx2...1-1-1-1-2.aspx

There is some skill to learning to fly a heli, but stick with it and it is fun. If you find yourself liking this one, your next step would be to get a good transmitter, perhaps a Spectrum DX6, DX7, or DX8, and a simulator program or a MCPX.

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Old 04-15-2012, 10:15 PM   #6
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well if you have never flown a heli before the mCPx might not be the best choice at first. I love the mCPx but you might want to get a coax first. The problem is no coax will fly outdoors if there is any wind. I have the Blade mCx2 which is great for indoors. I have had it outdoors if it is dead calm. I also have the Esky Big Lama which is also called the "Outdoor Lama". You can get it complete with a radio for around $100. However, the quality is not great and it did need some upgrades. Its fun but sort of a dead end and will drift away if the air is moving at all. It is too big for indoors.

A good path is mCX2 (mostly indoors), simulator, then mCPx (outdoors over grass) but only with a DX6i or better so you can tame it down at first. This is not within your stated budget because the DX6i alone is about $150.

You really need a 6 channel CP heli to fly outdoors if there is any wind. Some of the FP heli's claim to fly in low wind but they are marginal at best. Avoid the 120SR at all costs. No matter what the 120SR lovers say, it will not fly in wind and has other probelms such at pendulum and TBE (toilet bowl effect). I have one and have been trying to sell it. Waste of money and time.


The mCPx can fly in a pretty decent wind. I was doing it today.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:44 PM   #7
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$100 is probably a little too low. For a first time heli a BLADE CX2 RTF would be pretty good but there would have to be no wind.

I'm going to be ordering an mcpx on tuesday but it's double your budget and it would be extremely difficult if not impossible for your first heli.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:11 AM   #8
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SIMULATOR!!!!

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Old 04-16-2012, 09:09 AM   #9
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A simulator is a good tool, but it is not a heli. It is more like doing homework. We need to get this guy hooked. A good 4 channel hobby grade heli is what he needs. A MCPX is the hard stuff. We need the gateway heli to get him into the hobby.

gbpreblewr3,
Whatever you get, please make sure it is hobby grade (parts are available) and you have at least 4 channels (Up and Down, Turn Left and Right, Strafe Left and Right, and Forward and Reverse). I also recommend a 2.4 gh radio system so you don't have to worry about interference. If they say anything about 'Mode' of the Transmitter, you will want a mode 2. I recommend you look at the Eflight Blade series. They are good quality, and the company that makes them has good customer service.

http://www.bladehelis.com/
http://www.wowhobbies.com/e-flite-helicopter.aspx

It is mostly for inside use, but again, I suggest the Blade MCX. For less than a hundred dollars, you can get everything you need to fly. I had one, it was my first heli. It is easy enough to fly that I got my Nephew one and he likes it.

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