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Old 05-30-2014, 01:10 AM   #161
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My luck at learning to fly has improved every time I took a step down in size. I'm down to a Nano CP X and actually starting to hover and dispite having crashed into walls, furniture, FS aircraft (parked ) and myself the only damage has been to the heli and a chipped finger nail.
Still a newbie but my .02
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Old 05-31-2014, 05:53 PM   #162
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My luck at learning to fly has improved every time I took a step down in size. I'm down to a Nano CP X and actually starting to hover and dispite having crashed into walls, furniture, FS aircraft (parked ) and myself the only damage has been to the heli and a chipped finger nail.
Still a newbie but my .02
Cool. Learn on the little guys then take that knowledge to the big heli. Good luck!
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Old 09-08-2014, 11:06 AM   #163
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My luck at learning to fly has improved every time I took a step down in size. I'm down to a Nano CP X and actually starting to hover and dispite having crashed into walls, furniture, FS aircraft (parked ) and myself the only damage has been to the heli and a chipped finger nail.
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I did something similar. Started on a small coax then "up" to Blade 120 SR, then "down" to a Nano CPx. After "mastering" (lol) that, I stepped it back up to a 450x.

I've tagged myself a few times with my nano, also tagged trees, badminton nets, the ground etc.. numerous times with it. Great little bird.

I love the people who say things like "I learned on a 500 and did just fine, micros suck. Yeah, well that was 20 years ago...

There are several advantages to learning on the small helis (mCPx, nano, etc...)

1) Cheap. You can get a ready to fly high quality (relative term) aerobatic heli for $100.
2) Durable. Not because of strength, but because of inertia. It's so light it doesn't have any.
3) Much less intimidating, not only because of 1 and 2, but just because it's lightweight with flexible blades, so if (I mean when) it does hit you or other objects, it's won't do much if any damage. Also, it doesn't have that low pitch buzzing sound that comes from the bigger helis spinning carbon blades at 3000+ rpm. The first time my 450 spooled up and I heard that noise, I puckered a bit...
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Old 09-26-2014, 09:35 AM   #164
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i have flown a mcx2 along time i thought it was time to step up . I looked on ebay and asked a couple questions the guy told me yeah this 600 nitro is good for begginers so i bought it . Wrong so i bought a 450 dominator 6s . Then a150 i think the 150 will be a good transition before messing with the big ones. Or is that gonna give me false confidence
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:46 PM   #165
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I guess im going to have to start with a small heli then great info
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Old 10-01-2014, 03:52 AM   #166
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you must be careful with 450 size heli too!
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:48 PM   #167
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A lot of people consider a 450 a small helicopter. I consider it a large helicopter. An mcpx is a small helicopter in my opinion. So to answer the question asked by the op, a small helicopter is safer than a big one. Not even considering if the pilot is a beginner or proffesional. The weight of a mcpx compared to a 700 says enough.

I have been hit by the blades of my mcpx bl in idle up and only received a bruise on the finger from it. Yes it wil sting you, but a 700 will eat you up.

Regarding the discussion raised on wich heli is best to learn on. There are no correct answers and most of you are right.
It all depends on a couple of factors like budget, feeling, time, assistance etc.

I have learned my orientations on an msrx. Horrible fbl fp micro. But due to all his flaws it turned out to be a nice little trainer. After that I stepped up to a mcpx and mcpx bl with 20 lipo's. I learned collective management on them. Learned my inverted orientations and some 3d like tictocs and half piro flips on these.
At this point I have spent around 400 dollars on the hobby, bought some stuff second hand, and made over a 1000 flights on the micro's.
After learning Mild 3d I bought a trex 500 and loved it. I was able to do stall turns and loopings on the first lipo I flew on it and was doing the same mild 3d on the 10th lipo.

why I chose this route? Limited budget, The inpopularity of heli's on the flying clubs around here (hardly any support if your not planking) the steep learning curve ( I like to be challenged) and the fact that I am a xbox player and have some feeling for two sticks.

If I would have had some more assistance at a local club and had a higher budget, I would probably have started with a 500 or 600 size and probably done as well as with the route I chose.

For the people who say they improved enormously after stepping up to a larger heli. You learned on a twitchy small heli, struggling to keep control of it. After that a 600 size heli feels gentle and easy. But don't forget you owe a lot to the small heli.
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