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Old 02 January 2008, 12:14   #21
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Yup annoys the hell out of me as well - as does the term Remote control instead of radio control.


Codders, your absolutley right, Remote has a cable attached,

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Would you pass the Remote control or
would you pass the radio control for the TV???
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Old 02 January 2008, 12:23   #22
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Codders, your absolutley right, Remote has a cable attached,

BUT,

Would you pass the Remote control or
would you pass the radio control for the TV???
Neither I would pass the infra red.............

The term Radio control was used to differentiate between the different control systems. It was traditional with all true radio control model enthusiasts until the toymakers jumped on the band waggon!!!

The other term I hear people using is a "petrol" engine car - even if it runs on glow fuel.......
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infra Red, of course

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The other term I hear people using is a "petrol" engine car - even if it runs on glow fuel.......
its incredible isnt it,,

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Not in the league as the machines that Andy Moore is contemplating, but I got a Picoo Z for Christmas and it is one of the best toys I've had for ages. I've just orderd another couple, plus some spare rotors!

For something a little bigger you might like to have a look at the E-Sky Lama V3 or V4. They're are cheap as chips, have a good following, and spares are easily available. You can get them from Hong Kong here: http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.801 (I haven't ordered one yet, but it's just a matter of how long I can hold out for!)

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Got the same thing for Christmas myself.

Told the family to stand back as I display my skills only to crash into the TV. My 6 year old tells me to sit down, grabs the remote off me and takes the helicopter straight up, holds it there and then flies it round the room.

Little tike, gave him a swift back hand and sent him to bed before he opened any more presents.

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A-hem!!!

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1. I want to be able to fly outside;
2. I don't want to annoy the neighbours;
3. It must be able to lift a gerbil or hamster.
4. I was thinking of spending 400-ish.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/...nd/7169824.stm

Are you sure about number 3, sir...


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http://runryder.com/

Good forum for model Helis.

I disagree with small is best to learn on.

The best thing to learn on is actually bigger and more stable.

A raptor 30 is without a doubt the best machine for learning on as it is a reasonable size but very cheap to repair and could easily lift the weight you are talking about however it is noisy.

If you want to go electric be prepared to spend a lot more money as good electric Helis such as the Joker or the new Miniature Aircraft Razor are not cheap when it comes to motors, battery packs and ESC's (speed controllers)

If you want to go down the Raptor Route then you can get almost all you need here http://helikraft.com/ very good site and they know how to ship to the UK avoiding import duty etc.

Finally have some lessons there are a number of places that can teach you to fly on your heli or one of theirs using dual controls, its worth doing a couple of lessons before you go and fork out a load of money on the hobby

Once you start you will find it addictive. To put it into perspective when I quit heli flying the money I got selling my two main competition Helis and all the gear paid for my Osprey. (IMHO I far prefer RIBS though)

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Mmm.I've got a pair of em too. One for at home, one for work.

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Not in the league as the machines that Andy Moore is contemplating, but I got a Picoo Z for Christmas and it is one of the best toys I've had for ages. I've just orderd another couple, plus some spare rotors!
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I had 3 ch contra rotating blade one (not the lama though). I found that it provided yaw by speeding up or slowing down 1 of the blades - and therefore went up or down depending on which direction you turned. Also found that the blades set up a harmonic motion at high power settings, which usually ended up with em colliding. I wouldn't bother again unless it's a pukka single main, tail rotored chopper. PicoZ however is absolutely brilliant!

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I had 3 ch contra rotating blade one (not the lama though). I found that it provided yaw by speeding up or slowing down 1 of the blades - and therefore went up or down depending on which direction you turned. Also found that the blades set up a harmonic motion at high power settings, which usually ended up with em colliding. I wouldn't bother again unless it's a pukka single main, tail rotored chopper.
We've got one that looks exactly like the Mini Lama 4CH helo on that site and our experiences are pretty much the same experience as Matts.

I had my dads old 'proper' glow plug helo and that was much easier to fly - not that I got very far with that either.
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