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Rich

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Jul 25, 2011
 
What is that a helicopter? How big is that?

“An excitable boy”

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Jul 25, 2011
 
No it's a farming combine heh. About 6 feet long.
The turbine is a Wren it's a little smaller than a coffee can but loud enough to wake up the whole bleedin' neighborhood. The engine, the FADEC computer (full authority digital engine control)to run it and the tranny alone are about $4k but nothing compares to turbine power and smoothness. Top speed is about 100mph and 3D stunts are slick. Seeing these do tic tocks and axis roll is downright scarey and insane looking. They're not for everybody.
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No it's a farming combine heh. About 6 feet long.
The turbine is a Wren it's a little smaller than a coffee can but loud enough to wake up the whole bleedin' neighborhood. The engine, the FADEC computer (full authority digital engine control)to run it and the tranny alone are about $4k but nothing compares to turbine power and smoothness. Top speed is about 100mph and 3D stunts are slick. Seeing these do tic tocks and axis roll is downright scarey and insane looking. They're not for everybody.
Do you need a lisense to fly one of those? How much is the toatal cost with all the stuff for it? What does it weigh? I'd like to teach my sons and I know they would really enjoy learning that wow it looks slick hob.

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<quoted text>Do you need a lisense to fly one of those? How much is the toatal cost with all the stuff for it? What does it weigh? I'd like to teach my sons and I know they would really enjoy learning that wow it looks slick hob.
No you don't need any sort of governmental permission to operate one. The total cost altogether of this ship is just under $11k with all support equipment but I get it for dirt because I ingratiate myself to the turbine manufacturer, like a barter deal. The helo kit was about 3k. Wet weight is about 23 lbs and it will fly for around 40 minutes but few people ever operate them that long.
If your kids are smart and technically apt this might be a good thing but you could start with an rc car kit to get them up to speed on the basic radio stuff and you can actually buy many fine helicopters and planes for less than $150 complete RTF Ready To Fly. Also, there are softwares like RealFlite which has a dummy transmitter that plugs into your pc and it's a simulator so they can learn to fly like sick before they ever break a real blade.

In my opinion this is something they will always use their technical skills they learn on it, it's a much better thing than like a sport like baseball for the kids. And it gets them outside walking around and chasing it. The things they learn here will put them above the crowd when it comes to mechanical and electronics for life, and there's plenty of competitive flyers out there. I'm not saying a sport is useless that should be encouraged etc, but what do you learn swinging a stick at a ball or running around a circle right? All the people in this hobby are very nice and informative. I would recommend a cheaper setup and see if they like it.

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Sorry rereading that I didn't mean to make it sound like an indictment on sports I just meant that things like this are great for learning very precise hand-eye coordination and things their XBOX potatohead friends will wish they knew when they need to figure out why their fridge is leaking etc. Chix dig em too they like you to teach them to hover. It's ultimately a toy but well worth it for youth. Most kids today can't turn a screwdriver.
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You should rig it with explosives, invite all your monkey friends over for a gangrape and then kill yourselves with it. I bet you go down in history as a hero.
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Jul 25, 2011
 
Post the link to the rc dealer you bought this from and what brand it is.

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Jul 26, 2011
 
That's weird. Earlier there was another post here from someone it's disappeared. WTF?

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Jul 26, 2011
 
Arie wrote:
You should rig it with explosives, invite all your monkey friends over for a gangrape and then kill yourselves with it. I bet you go down in history as a hero.
Ur Lame.

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Jul 26, 2011
 
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Post the link to the rc dealer you bought this from and what brand it is.
This particular frame is no longer offered Simon is doing jets now I think. The nicest bird out there going is the Airstar JCSX. This is the newest airframe out.

http://www.airstarintl.com/category/JetCopter...

If your really serious I'd say skip the Wrens and get the Jetcat P80 power.

http://www.jetcatusa.com/

I have one in fluorescent orange/and the rare nickel plate new in the boxes with a prepped but unpainted canopy for over a year but no time to hustle it together. Its got the mounts for the Jetcat. I'd consider selling it.
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<quoted text>No you don't need any sort of governmental permission to operate one. The total cost altogether of this ship is just under $11k with all support equipment but I get it for dirt because I ingratiate myself to the turbine manufacturer, like a barter deal. The helo kit was about 3k. Wet weight is about 23 lbs and it will fly for around 40 minutes but few people ever operate them that long.
If your kids are smart and technically apt this might be a good thing but you could start with an rc car kit to get them up to speed on the basic radio stuff and you can actually buy many fine helicopters and planes for less than $150 complete RTF Ready To Fly. Also, there are softwares like RealFlite which has a dummy transmitter that plugs into your pc and it's a simulator so they can learn to fly like sick before they ever break a real blade.
In my opinion this is something they will always use their technical skills they learn on it, it's a much better thing than like a sport like baseball for the kids. And it gets them outside walking around and chasing it. The things they learn here will put them above the crowd when it comes to mechanical and electronics for life, and there's plenty of competitive flyers out there. I'm not saying a sport is useless that should be encouraged etc, but what do you learn swinging a stick at a ball or running around a circle right? All the people in this hobby are very nice and informative. I would recommend a cheaper setup and see if they like it.
You mean the cops cant stop you from flying that around? You could kill someone with that thing like chop them up! Im surprised most of them wish they had the best toys lolol! That cant be right Ian there must be more to the story.

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<quoted text>You mean the cops cant stop you from flying that around? You could kill someone with that thing like chop them up! Im surprised most of them wish they had the best toys lolol! That cant be right Ian there must be more to the story.
It's the truth the police can't tell you squat so long as you're on private property. In my experience they'll pull up and sit and watch for a while then more often than not ask question like anyone else does when they see them. Funny story: Around 1992 I was at a school with a non-turbine helo just dialing it in and doing hovers while my friend mat was videotaping me. A town cop pulled up the drive to the school so I started hovering it over in his direction. When I was about 40 feet away I stopped and loitered there but by watching video it looks like it was practically sitting on his hood holding him. I've never had a problem with the police and these things it's a good conversation starter. Best advice is never take them where they are unwelcome or where kids are likely to start gathering around. These have a tendency to attract people.

Yes you can easily kill someone with a large helo with a fast rotorset. Anything over a .60 size machine is easily lethal. A few people have lost hands and fingers from these, and also the planes too. A little kid was killed in Brazil at some event about 2 years ago, they were flying several of them over a large crowd at a concert or something (insane I know) and the guy flying one ended up stuffing it into the crowd. Only problem was there was a like 6 year old kid under it when it came down. I think they prosecuted the guy I'd have to go look for the info. Even under normal conditions these are very very intimidating to be close to in operation.

It's safe tho.. I've never had a problem with being harmed and I've been flying one kind or another since I was 15.

A good vid for you guys of the SX.

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

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