Originally Posted by ls99
You folks are having way too much fun. Keep it up.
I 'm sticking with s107 until it wears out or crashes beyond fix. Since I have a clone that is essentially junk, have a battery and one motor +tail rotor motor as a spare.
Then I might go for something a tad more complicated. Likely for one with a collective and single rotor blade.
Genuinely cheap entertainment, love it.
Indeed. It is downright mind-blowing how much technology they can now cram into even the low end toys, much less the next level up 'hobby' products.
By looking into some of the advanced RC forums, though, I find it's still the case that a really determined person could still blow a wad on getting the latest greatest bleeding edge stuff. LOL
But it seems to me that we are at a fantastic place to be a beginner in this hobby! You really can do it 'on the cheap,' unlike any prior time, and have a ball of fun for not too many dollars as long as you think a bit before you leap (I know -- physician heal thyself! LOL).
One of the breakthroughs I intend to exploit fully is the 2.4 GHz spread spectrum band and associated frequency hopping technology, that allows for the use of one transmitter for a whole host of models -- planes and helis -- any or all of which can be 'bound' to the transmitter, allowing not only a unique personality of custom settings to be associated with each craft, but perfectly safe, secure, and high bandwidth connection to a bunch of models on the field at the same time, and same 'base' 2.4 GHz freq, all with no interference at all, including interference from other RF sources!
So, for instance, I happened across the E-flite (Blade) system (there are others) and they call it "DSM2," and as long as I get a DSM or DSM2 compatible aircraft, my transmitter will work with that model.
That list includes both micro and full sized models, including T-28 Trojan, T-34 Mentor, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-51 Mustang, J-3 Piper Cub, F-4U Corsair, BF-109 Messerschmitt, SU-26 Sukhoi and other airplanes, as well as the multitude of helis I am interested in right now.
At the upper end, they even have a 40" long brushless DC ducted fan JET, for a couple hundred dollars for Pete's sakes. When I was growing up, a ducted fan jet RC model would have cost several thousands of dollars, and many hundreds of man-hours to build the fragile one-off thing, with pretty horrible flight performance. Now you pretty much snap the foam wings on these things, and go, including the Jet!
Anyway, I am jazzed about getting my CP heli... should be here around midweek next week, but for now, I am still buzzing through the house in my little coax!
Video of the ducted fan jet at work: