RC helicopters, planes &/or cars

There was a thread in temp a while ago talking about RC copters which has since vanished, so I wanted to start a new permanent one about RC in general.

I am curious if any other mosans are involved in flying/driving RC models or have interest in either cars, planes, helicopters &/or boats.

I ended up buying myself an Align T-rex450XL (HDE) helicopter as discussed, built it and have been flying, somewhat sucessfully… I say that because I have not crashed the thing yet. I don’t profess to being an expert, just a hobbiest. I bought all the bits online direct from the align website.

My flying skills still have some way to go, and as a spectator it would be very boring because I am only hovering at this stage. I usually go down to BaiMa, which is a club down near Bitan. They have a runway and lots of locals flying at the weekend. As a pilot you can also join their club and i believe this provides 3rd party insurance in case you hit a passer by… (i’ve not joined). I also flew a few yrs back in SanChong as there is another runway there.

I myself often fly at off times, what I have been doing is heading down to the flightline on the way to or from work (the advantage of battery power and being able to charge in the car). I’ve been away for the past 3 weeks so itching to get back down to the flightline…

In the beginning stages flying a copter is quite an introvert thing. You really have no thought for your surroundings and concentrate hard on whats going on in front of you. Cars on the other hand are cheaper to get into (10K for a nitro version, no idea what a battery one costs) and a good laugh in a group, though i don’t know of any tracks, not that you really need one… I have a plane and car, though none have been out of the cupboard for ages and could do with a good work out…

Anyway, I’ll post some more info on the cost of getting into flying a copter if there is interest…

Here in Tainan, over in An Ping on the ocean side, there are some areas where RC airplane & helo hobbyists fly on Saturday & Sunday mornings.
Quite a lot of them and some with some very elaborate toys.
Its a kick to watch them. I take the boy over there a couple of times a month to see them.
Gas and electric…mostly gas powered and some are really fast!

I used to fly slope/ridge soarers, not the larger sail planes but more smaller, agile 2 channel foam aircraft. A hell of a lot of fun, and really forgiving of crashes.
I have been thinking for some time that there must be some excellent sites around here for that and wouldn’t mind getting another one.
I haven’t really come across much R/C here apart from Helicopters, Powered Fixed Wing and Cars.

Are there any reasonable R/C stores in north Taiwan?

Connel, you have a helicopter, you fly it at Bitan, I live there and have a powerful BB gun. It’s a match made in heaven, I tell you!

I also have been looking into some RC stuff. Currently, I am most interested in an RC dirigible. A mate used to have one that was about 2 meters long and was equipped with a wireless cam. Some of the pics he got of the downtown area were awesome and could only have been gotten in this way. THere are a couple unts available on the net and they are dirt cheap. When things calm down a bit at work, I think I will be giving it a try.
As for choppers, I was in a furniture store in North Hukou, HsinChu County about 4 years ago. The owners son had one that was sitting atop a closet. I was admiring it and he told me that he had been into the sport for several years and that that particular craft was then the largest flying in Taiwan. I don’t recall the exact rotor length but, from memory, would guess it was about 2 meters. Possibly a bit more. It looked like fun but he told me that he had about 800,000 NT wrapped up into the chapper and controls. I wanted a hobby and this sounded like a wife. I passed.

It won’t be much of a contest, I only hover about about 3ft off the ground… easier than those balloons at the market I suspect… :laughing:

Hi Connel, I’m also flying at BaiMa occassionally, little bit noisier with a Raptor 30V2, probably about the same skill level as yourself. There is insurance if you join, absolute necessity if you are flying when there are kids about, their parents seem to find it very amusing when little Johnny walks out onto the runway and stands under a helicopter or just stands there watching the plane trying to land…If you’re not already aware, there is a relatively new model shop on Hsintien Rd., that specialises in electric RC, they have what looked to be a fairly comprehensive range of Align parts (Keep walking away from the MRT station, past Athula’s Roti stand and it’s on the left, about 100m up,maybe no.66).

And if you’re stuck in the office and can’t fly your real one, you can always try this one. I can’t even get the fucker through the first gate in training mode.
http://www.redbullairrace.com/

Sorry, you have to click on “Interactive Area” on the left and then on the game. It’s pretty good.

Cool… I have an old dusty raptor30, i guess v1 as it is 5yr old. Do you still have the training wheels on ? So far I have been going down mid-afternoon during the week so no one about, never been down there during the weekend with the new copter so far. For sure the insurance is an important aspect, when I used to fly planes down there someone accidentally turned on their radio on the same channel and I lost all control… plane went down like a stone… all that was left was a few splinters, it landed next to a guy fishing… scared both him and me to death…

Some guys on the flightline introduced me to that shop, I bought a battery connector there… not sure if his prices are competitive with aligns online store, I will have to check.

You can get some nifty gliders these days which are battery powered so can get you up to altitude easily. Think they are fairly low cost… for sure the foam aircraft are really forgiving. Seen a few on the flightline which seem to take a beating…

They do have a harder time in the wind thou… no idea where you would go locally to ridge soar :frowning:

OK back to the copter. To get the electric copter in the air cost me approx 10K I already had a few bits so saved some, you would normally expect another 5~10K on top of that if you are just starting out. This is somewhat of a budget system and you can spend a whole lot more. If you buy from a store they often will throw training in as well… and sometimes will replace if you crash during their training. I suspect a gas copter would cost an additional 3~5K to get in the air, if I recall when I progressed from a plane to a gas copter it cost me 20K not including TX (superS would have a better idea as this was a few yrs back)… planes are considerably cheaper…

Much of the startup cost is for the radio transmitter, it is good to get a good one that you can use as you progress… this is about the only part that will not get damaged in a crash… unless you throw it on the floor in disgust :fume:

Trex450XL(HDE) includes helicopter, motor & ESC NTD5,600
3x servos NTD300 /each (they are really low cost, better quality with a bearing cost ~NTD1,000 /each)
1x tail servo NTD700 (need good quality on the tail!)
1x 6ch receiver NTD500 (again cheapest I could find)
1x battery NTD1,000
1x charger NTD1,000

You would also normally need the following additional parts, but I already had these:

1x Gyro NTD2,000 ~ 4,000
1x 5/6ch transmitter NTD2,000 ~ 9,000

Have a V1 in parts lying around at home somewhere…Transitioned from flying hi-wings at home to the helicopter here in Taiwan. Mid-afternoon weekday is a nice time to fly at BaiMa, unfortunately it’s also a time I should be at work! Wouldn’t bother with the weekends if I was you, far too crowded to enjoy flying. If you go early weekday mornings ~7am you’ll probably see the club chairman flying his R/C jet, landings on the short runway can be interesting…Don’t have training legs anymore, fly a little forward, figure 8’s, that’s about it. Can’t remember exactly how much I paid in all, but something like 10K for raptor (kit form, not RTF) including TT36, ~14K for Futaba 9C & 4 servos, ~4K for GY-401Gyro&Digital Servo, probably looking at another 4/5K for accessories, flight box, starter, glo/starter battery etc. The guys from Hsintien store normally fly electrics at the bend in the river near the boat crossing in Bitan at the weekend afternoons, probably not a good place for the T-Rex, but you could try out cheap electric planes, boats etc.

I have one of these…
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I’ve always wanted to get a choppa. I saw a street vendor selling some from the back of his van on the way to Yangmei. He said they were $3000, but I guess that’s without radio gear.

You can get some nifty gliders these days which are battery powered so can get you up to altitude easily. Think they are fairly low cost… for sure the foam aircraft are really forgiving. Seen a few on the flightline which seem to take a beating…

They do have a harder time in the wind thou… no idea where you would go locally to ridge soar :frowning:[/quote]
I live out near the coast in Taoyuan, and there are lots of beautiful coastal areas. Also a number of interesting hills around Longtan and the Shimen Dam.
With a fairly even breeze, it’s surprising how small the ridge can be. Sand dunes are sometimes ideal.

[quote=“TaiwanPsycho”]I have one of these…
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I’ve always wanted to get a choppa. I saw a street vendor selling some from the back of his van on the way to Yangmei. He said they were $3000, but I guess that’s without radio gear.[/quote]

Sweet… it looks to be battery power not nitro, how quick does it go ?

I’ve seen a lot of blokes selling simple 2 channel copters out of the back of their cars for ~NT1K. If it was one of these he was offering the waiguoren price :frowning:

If it was a 4 channel type then a good price though really depends on what it included. Most likely only copter, no motor and no ESC, if so it was a fair price. That said it could be a trex knock-off, they are around and cheaper.

[quote=“Connel”]Sweet… it looks to be battery power not nitro, how quick does it go ?

I’ve seen a lot of blokes selling simple 2 channel copters out of the back of their cars for ~NT1K. If it was one of these he was offering the waiguoren price :frowning:

If it was a 4 channel type then a good price though really depends on what it included. Most likely only copter, no motor and no ESC, if so it was a fair price. That said it could be a trex knock-off, they are around and cheaper.[/quote]
Yeah it’s battery powered. It’s pretty quick. I’m not sure how quick, but it’s a heck of a lot faster than the one I had in Aus (Also a Tamiya).

You’re probably right about the foreigner price. And I didn’t think about them not including the motor. I guess it’s very possible that they’d do that, too.

Anyway, I can’t think about that stuff until after I sell my car. My REAL car.

Sweet I used to run an RC club where I used to work. I would always have a few of my staff take kids to the semi-national race offs. Some guys run those cars and products for a living. I never bought helis or planes but we did have an interactive software system that taught kids how to fly with a regular control and computer program.

No one made it through the take off and land stage very well so we never bought the airborne stuff.

Changing your handle to ‘sweet little grandmother’ might help you sell that better. :stuck_out_tongue:

I was just looking at that and thinking the same thing. :laughing: :laughing: Whats up with the bcket seats?