- RC Helicopters
Kind-of asked this one on the old forum, but that’s all gone. Thinking about getting a proper 4 channel RC heli to move on from the toy indoor ones I’ve used up to now. Recommendations?
I presume as a relative beginner I should be looking at 4 channels rather than 6 (can’t actually get my head around what 6 channels do – any FAQs?) Budget – <£100 would be good, ~£50 would be better – ie as cheap as is realistic. Would be good to have something useable indoors as well as out in good conditions, so preferably something not too big.Posted 11 years agoFlaperonMember
I have one of these – it’s awesome. Very robust, needs considerable effort to break and includes spare rotor blades in the box. £24 gets you the spares pack, which pretty much lets you build a new copter from scratch.Posted 11 years ago
I wouldnt recomend the maplin’s toys, have a look at the link, fastlad are a Heli only shop with a great reputation and any of the esky heli’s are well supported with spares.Posted 11 years ago
I have 2 3d ready esky’s as well as top of the range nitro heli’s and the cheap esky’s are great fun as well as great for beginners.
Any help needed just ask.
Have a look here : http://www.heliaddict.com/
I took the other approach. Spent the thick end of a grand on a Raptor 50, starter, 6 channel radio gear, tools, etc
Surprisingly it was not too difficult to get to a hovering level. Bit more tricky when you start to fly at a bit of speed – these things can move FAST.
At the quoted budget, you will probably struggle to get a heli that is man enough to fly outdoor unless there is absolutely no wind. The smaller battery powered outdoor ones are getting cheaper though.
BTW, 6 channels – 1. Roll, 2. Pitch, 3. Yaw, 4. Throttle, 5. Collective (Main Blade Pitch), 6. ‘Spare’ – normally used for Gyro gain adjustment.Posted 11 years ago
for well under £100 you can get the Twister Medevac or Twister Hawk. Both have good reputations and spares are easily available. They are small enough to fly in a good-sized room, but big enough to fly outdoors on a perfectly still day
However, they have contra-rotating rotor blades and while this makes them super stable and easy to get going, it does mean that they will not teach you how to actually fly helicopters…
For that you need something with a traditional layout (main rotor + tail rotor), and ideally collective pitch rather than fixed pitch.
Look at Fast Lad (as mentioned above) – last time I looked you could get a Belt CP including basic 6ch radio for about £120 – bargain!
The Belt CP is a true collective pitch helicopter – at almost 2ft rotor diameter it is too big for any indoor space smaller than a village hall, but on the other hand it is big enough to fly outdoors on a reasonably calm day.
Have a look at http://www.flyingsites.co.uk and see if you can find a local club that does indoor flying. If you’re anywhere near Bradford then there’s an indoor meet every other Friday evening in Cullingworth, and a monthly one (usually) in Keighley
Re what dave_aber said, with a helicopter “roll” = side to side, “pitch” = forwards/backwards, “yaw” = swivel/turn, “collective” = how much ‘pitch’ in the main rotor blades relative to ‘flat’ – simplistically speaking, collective = up/down.
I won’t even mention 3D yet…Posted 11 years ago
Thanks all – I understand the terms (I work with people who work on real helis), but could only get to 5 channels. It all makes sense if the 6th is spare! 4 channel models presumably are fixed pitch – does it really make that much difference having a collective unless you want to fly upside-down How much harder is it to fly a traditional layout than a co-axial rotor?
Something that needs totally calm conditions to fly outside is fine – is very sheltered outside the front of the house, which is realistically where I’m likely to be. Any particular reason not to go for a Honey Bee at £70?Posted 11 years ago
No reason not to go for the honeybee, cracking heli, i have a honeybee king 2 and also a belt cp. Both cracking heli’s and as much fun as my raptor 90 or trex 600.!
A simulator is also ok for the basic’s most people find but i couldnt get on with them.
The picco-z’s are great little indoor heli’s and you can pick em up for about a tenner now.Posted 11 years ago
picooZ is cr@p. no control at all.
what you want is a Blade MCx at £80, or £60 if you already have a 2.4GHz radio that you can bind to it. Proper 4 channel co-ax helicopter that’ll land on the palm of your hand.
co-ax are very stable – get it trimmed right and it’ll hover hands off – which is great if that’s what you want to do. But sooner or later you’ll want something more demanding, which is where the Collective Pitch traditional helis come in.
I started on a PicooZ.
I now have, in increasing size order:
Twister v2 FP
Twister Medevac – now in a semi-scale Jet Ranger body
Twister Storm – 450 size electric, similar to the Belt CP & Honeybee King
Century Hawk Pro 30 – .30cu in nitro job for outside
Have a look at my flickr page – http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnhooper_drum/Posted 11 years ago
all sorts of interesting things in there
Maplin were doing the better 3 channel picco for £15 the other week, for what you get (a bit of fun toy) it was pretty stable, the original picco z were ok for a bit of fun (its a toy, not a rc heli!)
If you want to see some r/c heli’s (like john’s Hawk 30 and bigger) have a look at my website.Posted 11 years ago
yes John ’tis me.. 😀
Seems someone had already registered with giantstu??!
We are gonna have to get to together for a hover!
My diary if filling up fast with fly in’s for the season, hopefully going to get to Florida jets this year .Posted 11 years ago
I also need to ride my bike a bit!! (been nearly 2 years!)
I’m up at Cullingworth every other Friday evening, and when I get the Hawk finished* I’ll be down at Marley fields, Keighley, of a Sunday morning, with the local BMFA affiliated club.
I don’t think I can take it anywhere else until I’ve got my ‘A’ at least. Might be a while then 😉
* need to finish centring the servos, loctite everything that needs it, and then finish the plumbing, charge up the Rx, Tx, Glow Start and flightbox batteries, and we’re away. Should be a half-day job at most but half-days are thin on the ground at the momentPosted 11 years ago
My current one is a TandemZ – started with a 2 channel BlackGhost. Not actually that impressed as whilst it is easy to fly the controllability is compromised because the servo which varies the angle of the front rotor (and hence yaw) is rather notchy. Means you can’t trim it totally straight, or vary the yaw over a continuous range. Don’t know if mine is knackered but fairly sure it was like that from new even before my 2 year old (OK and also me) started crashing it. I think it’s now been too obviously crashed to try taking back (anyway it was a Xmas pressie), so might pull it apart to see what’s wrong if other people’s aren’t like that.
Hence why I’d like something better.
Anyway if you do want one, they’re a lot cheaper at AmazonPosted 11 years ago
OK, so just to resurrect this one in case anybody is listening, I’ve pretty much decided on getting a co-ax heli, as I’m not sure I want to spend all the time learning how to fly a proper one (I suppose that might come later if I get properly hooked), and lots of money on replacing bits! So given that, has anybody used a Esky Co-Comanche? Looks good, and the presumably very similar Lamas seem to be liked – or should I just get a Lama?Posted 11 years ago
colnagokid – fair point. However there is a world of difference between flying the ‘toy’ level of RC Heli and the ‘proper’ ones.
Basically it comes down to this –
If you want something that can fly around in control, probably indoors, straight out of the box, then you need a ‘toy’ one. 2 channel, possibly co-axial rotors. These have limited abilities, but are fun – which is what it’s all about really.
If you want to learn a new skill, fly something that’s big enough to use outdoors in a bit of a breeze, learn aerobatics of any sort, enter competitions, etc, then you need to get a ‘proper’ one.
I make no apology for the use of ‘toy’ and ‘proper’ – but I’m not saying that a ‘proper’ one is better than a ‘toy’ one. I have a couple of proper ones and quite a few toy ones. All good fun. The toy ones get more use than the proper ones if I’m honest!
There is very little to be learned however flying a toy one which will help when you get a proper one.
Horses for courses.Posted 11 years agomogrimMember
I bought (halves with a mate) one of the pursuit/attack 2 helicopter sets – great fun when you’re pissed, you get to shoot each other down. They’re only 2-channel indoor helicopters, so you can forget hovering etc, but they’re still great fun.
Since then I’ve got a 4-channel coax helicopter, also good fun but considerably harder to fly. Get spares 🙁Posted 11 years ago
What’s that Milkie? Not a co-ax by the looks of things, so how hard to fly coming from a toy?
No its not a Co-Ax, its a proper 4 channel RC Helicopter. I’ve only flown this one, and I thought it was pretty easy, once I had got my head around all the controls (hit something, it doesnt break, and neither does the heli…much). Apparently its very hard to fly this little one, they say if you can fly this, you should be able to fly bigger ones with ease.
I’ve heard good things about the Esky Belt CP, but haven’t got one.
I did an online tutorial with my heli, it was very good (can’t remember the site) but it wasn’t until the 10th lesson that you got it in the air. Very good lessons, and it meant that when i went to fly, I could fly, and I didnt crash… much! (I’ll post the site, if I can remember)Posted 11 years ago
I really can’t make my mind up – am now deciding between a Blade MCX and a Medevac or Hawk!
depends on the size of your main flying room. Typical living room – MCx; village hall – Medevac, Hawk or the bigger Blade CX – take your pick. They’re all much of a muchness TBH, the major differences these days are (a) price and (b) 2.4GHz or 35MHzPosted 11 years ago
In case anybody is interested I eventually got a Walkera 5g6 (actually calls itself a Micro-X, but is exactly the same thing). Got a good deal from somebody in work including loads of spares, and realised it did fit the bill very well as something which works inside, but due to the higher weight should cope slightly better outside than a MCX. Is essentially the co-ax version of the 4g3 a couple of people mention.Posted 10 years ago
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