carlcampbelljr wrote:Sup yall. Just a FYI the helicopters listed here are not the same as the little helicopters at the mall. They are CCPM helicopters that can and will put you in the emergency room if they hit you.
Not only that but the price here is about $70 more then they go for.
They are hobby grade Trex 450 clone helicopters and you should be able to find parts locally under the Align brand name. But if you dont know how to fly one you will crash it and it will not be covered by warranty. Warrantys on Hobby grade R/C is just a hey it does not work out of the box type thing.
I just wanted to add some other things (Plane related) for those interested in possibly getting involved in this hobby. I started flying R/C about 2 years ago, and here is what I found helpful during my learning process:
1. DO NOT use standard super glue on your foam plane.
2. Your foam plane may only weigh 3lbs, but when it hits that jogger in the head at 40mph when you lose control...expect a lawsuit.
3. Wind is your enemy; even a gentle breeze on the ground means nothing when you are soaring above at 40ft or more. Maybe even less, I don't judge height distances well.
4. True sims, even though they are expensive, are fun and educational and in the end save you a nice bit of money from saving you from those several newbie crashes.
5. Do not assume that the ailerons, elevators or rudder are even close to being set true out of the box.
6. Low rates are your friend.
7. LiPo batteries this size (all sizes really) are to be treated with respect. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, and never use a bloated, punctured or hot battery. These things do catch fire, and nothing screams "civil suit" more than when your beloved plane becomes a plummeting mess of fiery foam and plastic.
8. You need a runway 4 times longer to land than you do to take off. Remember to consider what your prop is doing when you land, and where it will go when you land.
9. Do your research, these are toys, but are adult toys, and should be treated as such. Join an R/C forum and get introduced. Many can help you find flying fields, which is very useful as a plane this size needs at least an acre of open ground or more to fly safely.
My opinion on the plane offered is:
While not the most difficult design to fly, it is not particularly good for new flyers. The mid wing design will make the plane more sensitive to roll than a shoulder wing, allowing easily for someone to bank far harder than needed. This can be mitigated with low rates, and ample time using a quality sim. My favorite is RealFlight. It seems to be a pretty decent plane for outdoor flying on an adequate field (maybe a collection of soccer fields). With its weight being 3.3lbs per the manufacturers website, it will be quite susceptible to wind. I would not try to fly this in winds at ground level above 5-10mph without at least 1-200 hours of time logged flying. If I hadn't already spent my toy money this month I would by this, and probably that nitro car too. The deal is pretty good, and would be a good step up to a "park flyer" sized plane.