what do you think of this?
It's 3D with nitro engine.
I use Phoenix RC software to practice.
It came with a USB adapter to plug in the controller's training port. It simulates many different models. Definitely better to practice without destruction.
Start with something like a Blade 130x.. I've crashed that and it's either survived or was relatively cheap for parts.
Toys is srs bsns guise!
Posting my toy.
>at the expense of maneuverability
PicaSim is amazing, way better flight mechanics than Phoenix IMO. I still think RealFlight (from G3 onwards) has the best flight mechanics overall, but for the cost (i.e. free) PicaSim is pretty hard to beat.
>tfw got an RC helicopter for my 14th birthday
>no idea what I was doing
>I had to assemble the whole thing myself
>installed all the servos, control arms, gyro, batteries, etc
>programmed the remote
>this was before the internet, i had nothing but the book
>literally went from following lego instuctions to assembling a machine and programming a complex RC remote
>couldn't find anybody to tell me if I did it right
>nobody to help me start it
>nobody to teach me how to fly it
>never got it started
>$800 in the trash
Avoid glow engines like the plague these days. I'm an RC enthusiast since '93, so I know a thing or two. Breaking in, tuning, and maintaining a glow engine is a science on it's own. I'ts a hobby inside the hobby. It is really complicated, and inside a helicopter where you can't reach it at full throttle even more so than in an ordinary winged plane. Not possible to do a quick test if it spins in the appartment. Not possible to take off for a short adjustment in your back yard without annoying neighbors. Generally annoying people in parks, where electric models would be much less of a problem. Forget taking a quick flight after work to relax. Until you have fired up the engine and everything, it's dark outside and you are more stressed out than before.
Electric is the way to go. It is also easier to get help online, as electrics are usually fixed setups, no major tuning after installing required. Try tuning a glow engine over the internet.
Go electric, if at all. Glow does not cut it any more. I would fly glow if my RC airfield allowed that, but only because I'm an engineering technician and I like the challenge. My electrics are so smooth and reliable 100% of the time it's almost boring. Just what you need as a beginner.
I still have a broken blade nanotechnology cpx. Sold the dx6i? Broke the swash plate first day out. Bought a cnc one. Then could never figure out if it was still broke or the insanely complicated controller needed to be fucked with more.I really had a lot of fun with the fixed pitch and wish I would have given my self a better chance with the collective. First flight was in an apartment bedroom...
Make sure there's no play in the pitch links. If there are, buy an extra set of those little rubber body grommets and slide them over the balls to eliminate the play.
I never had the issue with my nCP X but it definitely helped on my MCP X.
OP here. coincidentally the simualtor 'Phoenix RC' has the exact same helicopter. Here's a webm i made of me flying it.
Is it possible to get electric helicopters to go this fast?
What if you buy an RC glider, strap some solar panels on top of it to charge the battery for the motor, then connect the flight control board to an old smartphone which can also be charged by the solar panels and that old smartphone is using some sort of global gps internet so it can be controlled from all around the world if its within satalite range
would you be able to fly around the planet if you stay in the light and above the clouds?
I would make it navigate a course using GPS + waypoints.
Arduino Board to control the servos/motors
uBlox connected to arduino for GPS
GSM Shield for cell towers
Solar panels (obviously?)
And you can install Ardupilot for free (open source)
Everything is easy except the solar part. Not impossible just hard
learning to run before learning to walk.. doing it with just waypoints across some 500 km/mile stretch without power down and ill be impressed, screw the full control. but i get your point.
The latency associated with any such indirect control scheme would make it very difficult indeed to control the plane directly.... one way or another you're probably going to want an autopilot (even if it's a simple wing-leveler type) to do the intensive stuff for you under the circumstances.
There's a reason why Predator drones always fly with autopilot assist until they're handed off to the line-of-sight pilot at the airbase for landing...
Oh, and one more thing:
>Legality of NLOS flight varies with locale, check your local laws blah blah blah
I'm looking for a good sub 450 sized combination pitch heli to learn on. I have experience with fixed pitch, and own an Axe CPv3, but learning to fly on it is hell because the parts are so hard to find now.