Question? The First Steps

Discussion in 'Newbies: Tips and Information' started by smakmeharder, Mar 21, 2014.

By smakmeharder on Mar 21, 2014 at 11:41 PM
  1. smakmeharder

    smakmeharder Administrator

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    Well flying helicopters is not exactly easy. You cant just pick up a controller and start flying. If you think that is the case then sell your helicopter now and go and buy a remote control car or boat.

    FIRST STEPS:

    Buy a GOOD simulator and run it on a GOOD PC. The two most popular simulators are real flight and Pheonix. Either is suffice, though my preference is pheonix.

    DECIDE TRANSMITTER MODE:

    Decide weather you want to fly MODE ONE or MODE TWO. Most people in the states fly MODE TWO. Dont pick a mode thinking that other people will be able to show you stick movements. Helicopter flying does not work like that. If you are starting out I recommend MODE TWO thogh if you like MODE ONE that is fine as well

    PRACTICE ON THE SIM

    Before even buying your helicopter practice tail in hovering on the SIM. You will find plenty good tutorials on this board regarding flying and learning tricks. You should be able to hover all upright orientations before attempting to fly a helicopter for the first time. The tine you put into the sim now will save you big dollars lateron.

    BUY YOUR HELICOPTER - MAKE IT A SMALL ONE

    Ok people imediately think - Buy a real cheap hobby king special for my first chopper. Or some people think - i will buy a 700 for my first chopper. Again a big mistake. I personally would recommend a MCPX for your first chopper. You can fly it, crash it and it wont kill your cat. Its easy to practice and moving to a larger helicopter is a breeze once you master this little fellow.


    CONTINUE TO SIM AND FLY, SIM AND FLY

    You should be able to get the MCPX up in the air quite easily if you have been practicing the Sim. LEARN FIRST TAIL IN HOVER... So learn to hover the helicopter in front of you. Then move it to left of field and hover... then move it to right of field then hover . Your brain has to get used to seeing the helicopter in a number of positions. Keep practicing tail in hovering. Once proficient you can move up to the next stage of flying... I will discuss this in the next thread
     

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Discussion in 'Newbies: Tips and Information' started by smakmeharder, Mar 21, 2014.

    1. 5Fidy

      5Fidy RIP Jason

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      Nice to see smackmeharder good to see you are not as evil as "CRASH"
      At last some reassuring advice from a top 3d pilot.....
       
    2. Mr Bling

      Mr Bling Active Member

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      Good info , Thanks
       
    3. Beaver

      Beaver Well-Known Member

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      Your advice is duly noted. I finally managed to download a SIM (freeware, but it has adjustable parameters) and within 10 minutes I found myself rain bowing into inverted flight (on SIM). This of course due in part to @3D Heligod 's tutorials, which I highly recommend to other beginners. Eventually someone will ask me where I learned to fly, and I will tell them- "Australia, mate!".
       
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    4. simon

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      The trick with the sim is practice what you are doing IRL, use it like a training tool, set aside a small amount of time for the sim. Do it daily. 15 minutes a day is worth more than 2 hours on Friday night, I turn the sound off, then put some music on, makes it less boring and improves you timing.
      These are just my thoughts on how to get the best out of the sim
      Simon
       
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    5. feral

      feral Well-Known Member

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      The last sentence wins post of the day @Beaver
       
    6. joffa13

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      I vote +1 as well Beaver
       
    7. Johnnybgoode

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      I think the tutorials here are really different because 3dheligod tries to explain how the sticks move as well as what are the control points. Probably not the most refined videos but the information is so different to other tutorials i have viewed. Not sayin the other tutorials are not any good, they are as well. But these tutorials are like others i have never seen.
       
    8. PJ1977

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      SMACK ME HARDER Is always giving
      Good advice. He's so right about buying a small micro helicopter because you crash it fly it , crash it fly it etc. The little helicopters can take a bit more damage and they won't break so easily because they weigh next to nothing . with a 450 class you crash it your breaking something lol. and yes you will kill the cat
       

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      Beaver Well-Known Member

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      And there lies the one thing that helped me on my way to a 450 kit. I had a Nano CPx that I crashed and bashed quite frequently. It was definitely safer and less expensive than if I had tried to go to a CP450 too soon.
       
    10. Fredo

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      Common Newbie Questions
      1 How high will it go ?
      2 Can it do tricks ?
      3 Can I have a go































      1 To the clouds
      2 Yes
      3 No


      Merry Christmas Everyone ,Have a wonderful holiday ,Be safe, Get ready for 2017. Happy new year , Who knows what 2017 will bring but let it be better than time past !
       

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