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Hi guys,after years of simming, building up the sim with myriads of add-ons, building a home cockpit with extensive hardware I finally got a little bored with it to a certain extent. Instead I bought a decent electric rc-helicopter and wow. Although this is a really complicated and difficult hobby to master I am completely hooked and did not touch the sim for 4 weeks now. Instead I bought an rc-sim for learning the more tricky stuff in helicopter fyling. Any of you guys are also rc-helicopter flyers?Alex

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too many rules and restrictions on them here to make it worthwhile.Basically you need what almost amounts to a PPL (including the medical) to fly RC air vehicles, and you're only to fly them from registered RC airfields (the nearest one of which is about 15km from here, so that's not really a problem, but it's a severe limitation).

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Hi Alex, When I was building houses, I had the cash flow to keep a Raptor 50 in the air.Since I have been back in the airline maintenance job, the thing has been in a box in a bunch of peices since the last crash. A typical simple rollover accident can cost around 100 dollars US,(main blades,mainshaft,flybar,pitch control link's etc). Not to mention the manhour's to balance and dial the thing back in,so it's not shaking like a dog passing razorblades.I canot tell you how many times I have seen RC heli's for sale by new flyer's that have crashed and rebuilt,without taking the time to dial in and balance rotating component's,That the thing is 100 times harder to fly,and they give up. I guess to me,a hobby should be fun and relaxing. When you are flying,It is like basiclly holding about 11 or 12 one hundred dollar bills over a blowtorch waiting for the enevitable carnage.Take in mind,that I was able to perform nose in maneuvers and basic aerobatics,and this did nothing for my peace of mind or confidence:-hmmm I guess if you have plenty of money,knock youself out and have fun:-)

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I hear that Jim.I too almost got into rc helis. Just the radio alone can cost well over a grand.It was much cheaper to fly real world fix wing...lol

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Yes Jeff, I just sold that box of parts to my maintenance base manager,But could not bring myself to part with all my RC heli tools and radio. I guess I still hope to win the lottery:-lol

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I would still like to take it up someday if I can afford it and someone built me one of those nice Bell 222's with lights and retracts...lol.

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Jeff & JimMaybe you guys haven't looked in awhile but the price of all RC's (both fixed wing & helo) have come way down. And if I read Alex's post right, he bought an electric Helo & not a glow like Jim's Raptor. An ARF electric Indoor/Outdoor Aerobatic Heli goes for about $400 these days with radio included. Just check out www.towerhobbies.com and look up something like the Night Ranger 3D RTFAlex, I don't fly Heli's but I do fly fixed wing RC's and have a ball doing so. My latest is a Super Decathlon with an 89" wing span with a large gas motor up front. There are some pics of it here in the RC web sub forum on AVSIM. I hope you get a lot of pleasure out of flying that heli! Keep us posted on your progress.Jim

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rgr that Jim,I think Jim and I were talking about things like 8 channel radios, big engines, all the lighting, retracts, all that stuff that adds up.I think just bodies can cost 500.00 for those types of setups.

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No doubt they can, Jeff. I've seen many of those expensive bodies in the trash can at the field where our club flies! LOL. Seems indoor electric flying is all the rage these days though so I though I'd point it out in case you guys hadn't looked at the RC Hobby lately.Safe Flying!Jim

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That may not be a bad idea either, especially since I for one haven't flown an RC heli before. I'd sure hate to loose 2-3 grand in one crash...lol.:-)

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My Maintenance Manager just sold A 50 size electric heli, I was astounded at the high price of the new generation motors and batterys, $230.00 for a battery!,And the flight time was very short(7-10 Min). I forgot to say that I kept my Real Flight G2 Simulator,that saved my behind a few times! I actually sucessfuly performed a nose in autorotation in front of a bunch of old cranky retired guys at the field! They were very afraid of the machine,and we heli flyers were not made to feel very welcome,inspite of all of us having a valid AMA licence and paid the 100 a year fee for the RC club field. I guess they didn't like all the noise and those big composite blades hacking at the air!

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Guys,it is really not that bad. Also it is true that you need about 1000US$ to get the hobby started with decent hardware. But if you know my homecockpit it is obvious that a lot more money went into that. The most important thing is that you have somebody to help you get started otherwise it is almost impossible to master it. I am lucky as the guy who is the manufacturer of the helo I fly lives only about 10 miles from my home. Therefore the replacement parts a ok. I had one crash so far and it cost me around 40 bucks. The price of a FS addon which I bought myriads of. A good way to get started with the more challenging stuff like nose-in hover is a good instructor and a buddy setup (the instructor can take over the helo if things get out of hand).In Germany there are no restrictions for electric helos. I can jump over my garden fence and practice on my neighbour's field. He is a farmer and even mowed a landing spot in the meadow for me :-). RC-fields are only required for the nitro helos.But....yes you are right it is not easy to master. Sometimes it feels like taking your 2000 US$ plasma TV off the wall, and balance it through your living room on your wr

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I too used to be into rc flying, it was a very fun hobby BUT, I disliked the feeling of holding hundreds of dollars over a fire so now the aircraft hangs in my room for "display". Perhaps someday it will actually fly again. When I can afford to fix it if I happen to crash it. lol Andrew

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I have a nice tricked-out Concept 30 SR-X R/C heli sitting in storage back in the USA...hasn't flown in 5 years, and I suspect I'll never fly it again. While I was into it, R/C heli flying was both instructive and addictive...the focus of a good year's worth of hobby obsession for me, but it was costing me upwards of $100 every time I took it out to fly in parts, fuel etc., and hundreds of hours building, balancing, and otherwise tweaking the beast. And I nearly lost my thumb due to about a half a second of inattention on the test stand.In retrospect, I have to say the things are somewhat dangerous...when I went to the local field, I'd always carry an aluminum baseball bat just in case somebody lost control of one. When one of those things gets away from you, it's like a flying chainsaw with a mind of its own.Flight simming fills the bill without a need for bank loans or transfusions... ;-)CheersBob ScottATP IMEL Gulfstream II-III-IV-V L-300Santiago de Chile

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