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Old 03-14-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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SO I am on the fence between the mSRx and the 120 SR as my step up fprm the little Syma birds. I really like the 120 SR and the flybar stability, but its size concerns me. Is it too big for indoor? I want to be able to fly both indoor and outdoor, depending on the weather.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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I'm just a newb trying to learn to fly. It is too windy outside so I'm stuck inside. I hit a lot of things. Just remember to kill the throttle before crash. I haven't broken anything yet. I have no problem hovering - just can't move to much in any direction. (I'm talking about a small living room - I can move a little more in the garage.) But I'm still learning. The pros on here probably don't have an issue with indoors flight.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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I got a 120 about a month ago, and I don't fly it indoors. I started in the garage, but quickly chipped a blade on a shelf along one wall. In the living room, I think the blades are going quick enough to do some damage to TVs, leather couches, etc.

Also, the flybar causes enough oscillation after you get out of dead hover that the heli wants to correct right into things. Outdoors, there's a bit more room to learn how to cancel out it's auto-correction tendencies.

I'd tend not to think of it as a beginner's indoor heli, but I'm sure someone who's more experienced with the model could do just fine. Things are just so close indoors that by the time you notice what's happening it's already run into something. MUCH quicker than the Scout that I started on.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:28 PM   #4
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I have had the 120sr for a couple of weeks now and can say it not like the 107 at all. It's faster and will continue to move in the direction it started unless you stop it but its fun.
I got bored of the 107 also and wanted something faster than the 107. The 120sr can fly outside with a very small breeze which is why I choose it over the mSRx. It's bigger in size than the mSRx and 107 by 50%. I have not been able to fly it much inside due to my not having total control yet. It does take a good licking. I have broken blades and landing gear. I put training wheels on it and feel I learned a lot more and didn't break as many parts. My training gear is four sticks and four ping balls at the end that are taped to the landing gear.
I have heard the mSRx is faster and more difficult to fly but I have not tried it yet but have been on the fence between that and the mCPx.
Get a good controller like the dx6 and you will have more fun I feel.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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I have both of these helicopters and both have more than 100 flights on each of them (the mSRX has closer to 300 probably). I really like them both. The 120 is not too large for "indoor" flying although a very small space may not be the best place to start hovering/flying either of these helis. Coming from a Syma, if you are like me, the 120 was much less a handful to get down hovering and keeping from running into things than the mSRX was once you get over those larger rotor blades. Both tend to be pretty durable. For whatever it's worth, I find myself flying the little mSRX (and now an mCPX) much more than I do the 120 just because the mSRX flies better outside in the wind and is MUCH more nimble. Both are really nice to fly, though, but expect a learning curve and probably more damaged and busted parts if you (like me) are going to primarily be learning how to fly them inside. The 120 is also more likely to cause damage to household furnishings/pets/tvs/children just because of the larger rotor mass, too, even though it is slightly easier to get going with than the mSRX. Good luck!
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:22 PM   #6
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I have been flying my 120 for a couple of weeks now. I have gotten to the point where I can fly it in my room without hitting things (well, I hit things occasionally, but I can go entire batteries without doing so). I have gotten it to where I can move it around quite quickly, and it is pretty darn fun. My room is pretty darn small, but I can get into FFF then slam it back and stop it inches from my door. Downstairs, in the living room, I can do a little more like wide circles and some pretty good flying. BUT, you just can't get enough out of this thing inside (unless it's a baseball court or something)! It's just too big to really do circuits, figure 8's, etc in your house. You will be limited with it inside. It also makes it hard to learn things such as nose in hovering, because there is little to no room for error without slamming into something. That being said, I would suggest you look for a used (or sometimes new if your luck) msr on either eBay or RC groups. The msr will have all of the stability of the 120sr, yet still be small enough for small room flying, circuits, etc. If you want something that can do both inside and outside, the msrx (I have heard, as I don't own one... yet) should perform much better outside than the msr. However, it will be much harder to learn on, and it is quite fast. I, myself, just bought an msr on rcgroups, so I can fly it around my room and practice things like nose in flight before I do it outside with the 120. Just my 2 cents. Hopefully, I have helped some.
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:34 PM   #7
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I have both as well. I fly the mSRx mostly indoors and it hasn't damaged anything. I have broken a few parts as expected but it is a tough little bugger. I have flown it outside and it does well but it is so small that if it gets a just a little distance I find it hard to tell its orientation. I have only flown the 120 outside. It handles a slight breeze failrly well and it is easier to tell its orientation. I find that it is not as precise and a little sloppy compared to the mSRx but it is slower and easier to control. Hope that helps.
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #8
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:57 PM   #9
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If you are a new pilot the 120 SR may seem large for indoor flight because it is a quick little buggar. I have flown for a couple years now and the 120 SR seems quite small compared to other heli's I have owned. My first heli had a 20 in dia rotor and i learned to fly that indoors, mostly hoovering I might add, so the 120 SR seems quite small and I have no difficulty flyin it all over the house. Even chase the cat with it.

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Old 03-14-2012, 07:59 PM   #11
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maybe you should just get both!!!!!!!! haha
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Old 03-14-2012, 11:32 PM   #12
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I have to say, that after considerable time flying my 120SR and my MCPX I'd much rather a fly bar helicopter like the 120SR than a Fly bar less helicopter. I have not flown MSRX but my MSR has about 2000 flights on it, my 120SR just over 400 and MY MCPX now has 326 My B450 now has 10 flights logged.

I find that 120 SR is a little large for indoors but not overly large. It's a fantastic indoor helicopter. You will be able to do all the Takeoff, Hovering, Orientation and landing training you want right in your living room rain or shine day or night. I even fly my 120 under the street light on my front lawn at midnight. The parking lot at Times offers great nigh lighting.
If you are low time. Get the 120SR you will be glad you did.
The big thing is get a decant radio. The stock radio SUCKS!
An old LP5DSM works great and they are cheep.

Hope this helps you.

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Old 03-15-2012, 11:38 PM   #13
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I have both as well. I fly the mSRx mostly indoors and it hasn't damaged anything. I have broken a few parts as expected but it is a tough.
except blade grips! Buy lots of em or get some cnc aluminum ones right from the start I can usually only crash 2-3 times before breaking a ball off the grips. IMHO the design is horrible on this one part. I have crashed my mcx2 hundreds of times with no issues..I think it should be integrated blade and grip like on the mcx2 or come aluminum out of the box. It is kind of frustrating for noobs like me knowing that you WILL break one every day until you learn not to crash or upgrade em.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:42 PM   #14
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I am learning to fly in my living room and the 120 is my larger bird. I am currently doing flying figure 8s nose first or nose in. When I progress to a new exercise the training gear is dragged around the carpet until a high degree of proficiency is achieved, I "test out" when I can complete 9 of 10 tries, sloppy does not count. I live in an area known for hi winds and sailing, rc flying, not so much so I guess it's a question of what works best for you.
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:35 AM   #15
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If you guys have a programmable radio like a Dx6i or higher you can use more Expo and slow your stick movements down. This will make flying indoors more controllable. Then use your throttle settings to set throttle curves. This will control lift and forward movement. You basically make a model setting that is for indoors and is scaled back on throttle and has lots of Expo for aileron and elevator.
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