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Terry Carraway
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R/C Helicopters
      #141228 - 01/21/07 08:23 AM

Man these things are great fun. I got a simple Ready to Fly about a year ago and played with it some. This fall I got a bigger nicer flying one and am hooked. Now up to 5 helis. :)

Nothing like flying an inverted hover at about 6 inches. :)

Great forum at www.helifreak.com with various videos of some amazing flying.

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Ralph Jones
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Re: R/C Helicopters [Re: Terry Carraway]
      #141234 - 01/21/07 09:12 AM

Fun indeed. And the first one I built (Schluter Champion .60) lasted through much more fuel than any airplane model I ever did...;-)

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Terry Carraway
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Re: R/C Helicopters [Re: Ralph Jones]
      #141360 - 01/22/07 10:21 AM

The smallest one I have is 340mm total rotor span and is a full collective pitch helicopter with a belt driven tail rotor.

At the big end they run 23cc - 26cc gasoline engines (weedwhacker type motors) and over 1.8m total rotor span.

Even true turbine types.

Even the electrics these days get up to about 1.7m rotor spans. And the stuff they can do, amazing.

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Ed Williams [PHOG]
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Re: R/C Helicopters [Re: Terry Carraway]
      #141394 - 01/22/07 03:04 PM

I bought some Nano-Choppers http://www.crazyape.com/product.aspx?CategoryId=97&ProductID=138674

for Xmas presents. The kids and adults had a lot of fun flying these around. They are radio controlled - throttle and yaw - and withstood a great deal of abuse flying into the furniture, ceilings etc. You'd get 4-5 minutes of flying on a charge of the Li batteries.


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Terry Carraway
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Re: R/C Helicopters [Re: Ed Williams [PHOG]]
      #141786 - 01/26/07 09:32 AM

Quote:

I bought some Nano-Choppers http://www.crazyape.com/product.aspx?CategoryId=97&ProductID=138674

for Xmas presents. The kids and adults had a lot of fun flying these around. They are radio controlled - throttle and yaw - and withstood a great deal of abuse flying into the furniture, ceilings etc. You'd get 4-5 minutes of flying on a charge of the Li batteries.




Yeap, those are great fun. I hate to tell you, but they are a clone/rip off of the Picco-Z which sold for $39 at Radio Shack and $29 at Toys R Us, at least until TRU pulled them as being dangerous for small children.

I fly mine around the living room at times.

That is the reason for the littlest one. Once I get it sorted out, it should be flyable in my living room. Although with a 4800 RPM rotor speed it is a bit noisy.

http://www.aeromicro.com/GH100SE.htm

This is my big one:

http://www.helicopterhobbies.com/N_QJ8EX.htm

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Ralph Jones
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Re: R/C Helicopters [Re: Terry Carraway]
      #141789 - 01/26/07 10:04 AM

I'm flying a TSK Mystar...still hanging in there with internal combustion <g>.

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Terry Carraway
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Re: R/C Helicopters [Re: Ralph Jones]
      #141857 - 01/27/07 05:10 AM

I will probably get a nitro bird at some point. Probably 50 sized. I am looking at of course a Raptor, but also the Gohbee and Compass.

But the electric is so neat, easy and clean. You just pay up front for the "fuel" in battery packs.

The big Gassers also look like great fun.

Turbine is very interesting, but in the $8,000 - $10,000 realm is a bit steep for me. :)

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Ralph Jones
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Re: R/C Helicopters [Re: Terry Carraway]
      #141864 - 01/27/07 05:35 AM

The best thing about a nice, quiet electric is that you can paint it black and hover it behind your paranoid neighbor's house...;-)

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Terry Carraway
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Re: R/C Helicopters [Re: Ralph Jones]
      #141922 - 01/28/07 04:08 AM

Yeah, that would be fun. :) But a turbine job would be even better. :)

I actually do most of my flying in my front yard. Pretty much just enough room for hovering and moving side to side about 20 feet either way.

I have a couple of places nearby I can go to have a bit more room when needed.

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Ralph Jones
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Re: R/C Helicopters [Re: Terry Carraway]
      #141963 - 01/28/07 01:42 PM

And then we have the deluxe model:

http://www.northropgrumman.com/unmanned/firescout/overview.html

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