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u/Ravenseye · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

I'd suggest you find your local hobby shops, find out what they carry for brands (so you can get parts on short notice when they break, and they will break constantly with newbies using them) and then go in that direction.

I sell these things everyday, and the marketing of every brand will tell you that their stuff is indestructible. They all lie. I can and have seen everything break. Especially those who trumpet their indestructibility the most..

That being said...

For drones, this thing is nearly indestructible. I've sold this under another brands name at my shop and it was the best product in our 40+ year history. I would let people I didn't know the ability of use it in our back room and fly with no worries, we could not kill it. This has about a 12" span from motor to motor that helps it stabilize while people are using it. The tiny quads are definitely fun, but tend to be too twitchy for newbies.

Airplanes, the Hobbyzone Champ is nearly bombproof. Its light and made of good foam that can handle a lot of crashes. If it ever does break, just tape it back together with some scotch tape and toothpicks. It's a fantastically simple plane to fly. Just throttle, rudder and elevator. All ya need to fly. It's got a smaller controller with it which is perfect for kids to use. Heartily recommended. That price is silly, at our shop we sell them at 89.99.

Cars, the ECX Brand cars seem fairly durable from a new driver perspective. And Redcat Racing cars seem pretty well built as well. Stick with cars that are slower, slower cars have less potential to break. They will still break, but less often than faster, sexier cars. Traxxas stuff can be good as well, but I'd suggest stocking up on their replacement motors for their brushed trucks. Their recent batch of motors have been weak and not as good as they should be. I would definitely suggest crawlers instead of fast cars. Crawlers, especially within a camp setting, would be AWESOME fun! We sell this one and have had awesome luck with it.

Stock up on the batteries and definitely invest in a charger for them other than the slow-poke one that comes with it. If you are going to be looking to maximise the runtime, you aught to check out lipo batteries. They get a bad reputation, but if you set the cars up right and charge them up properly, there are rarely issues with them. (Always charge them in a lipo bag, and store them in some sort of protective container. I'd suggest real terra cotta pots as they can handle the fire if they decide to go up.)

Boats, don't even try. They are the most needy of r/C equipment. We have neared the time when selling boats at our shop is a thing. Nobody's boats last worth a damn anymore.

I wish I knew what area you were in, I'd love to work with you and get you guys going!

Good luck! if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me. I've been at this for `over 18 years and would love to help out however I can!

u/joshellis625 · 4 pointsr/radiocontrol

First of all, I would never attach your cell phone to a helicopter (I doubt many--if any, could even hold it). They make cheap cameras that are made to attach to the bottom of RC helicopters. Go that route :)

Now I just sort've got into this hobby. I know very little but I can give you some advice.

There are 3 types of RC Helicopters:

-Coaxial = two sets of rotor blades (not including tail rotor) EASIEST AND CHEAPEST
-Fixed Pitch = single rotor with fixed blade pitch EASIER AND CHEAPER
-Collective Pitch = single rotor with controllable blade pitch HARDEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE

Those are also listed from easiest to hardest to fly. You can learn to fly a coaxial in like 20-30 minutes if that. Coaxial heli's will easily hover with little to no controller input as the gyro/accelerometer does all the work and dual rotors are inherently stable. A good first coaxial could be the Syma S107 @ $27. Feel free to skip to a fixed pitch heli if you are daring but with the Syma S107 being less than $30 you should still get it.

Fixed pitch heli's are an entirely different animal as I've recently learned. They are much less stable than a coaxial helicopter but not uncontrollable if you are patient and careful. The physics behind a FP heli is much different than a Coax. These heli's are also more powerful (usually) so be very gentle otherwise you'll be replacing parts even more so than you will normally. YOU WILL NEED TO BUY REPLACEMENT PARTS. YOU WILL CRASH. Keep in mind though, it's not completely terrifying :). Don't be afraid to learn. I love and recommend getting a Blade 120 SR @ $160-180. I just got one and I love it. It's so fun. It's so appealing to fly a single rotor heli because it's more realistic and challenging.

Finally, you have Collective Pitch helicopters. These are what the "pros" use. The rotor blades have a variable pitch that allows for very intense and tricky maneuvers. These are sometimes called 3D helicopters because (if you are skilled enough) can fly them upside down or any direction in between while zipping through the air. I don't know too much about them because I'm still learning to fly a fixed pitch heli. Do NOT start with one of these helicopters. The Blade 450 3D @ $470 is a common example of a Collective Pitch 3D helicopter. As you can see they are quite expensive.

Helicopter Cameras: EXAMPLE

TL;DR: Start with a coaxial (Syma S107) to learn. Then move up to a fixed pitch helicopter (Blade 120 SR). Buy lots of replacement parts/training gear/flight sim (optional). Get used to crashing. Don't fly too high at first. Have fun!

u/R1cket · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

I did not end up getting it, found a different gift.

Another option I forgot to mention is a quadcopter - depending on how you fly them and the level of electronics, they can be easier than a plane, or about the same as a fixed-pitch (simple) helicopter. The micro ones are really cheap (~$50) and fun to play with, though I find them a little boring compared to helis.

I don't know much about boats but yea I did see the self-righting feature of the barbwire. Personally I would hate to have my boat flip over and have to go out into the water to get it. Depends how convenient it is to go into the water though. It's all about your situation. If you're standing on dry land in normal clothes and your boat flips over or somehow dies, I guess you just have to be prepared with a long stick or rope or something to get it out. That's what turns me away from the idea of boats. But if you're in a swimsuit and planning on going into the water anyway, then I guess it wouldn't be a problem.

I guess one more thing I'll say is, what are you looking for in terms of fun? Do you know what you will find amusing? Everyone has their own underlying reasons; I personally fly helis because of the big challenge of controlling them, keeping their orientation in your head and avoiding the ground. Some people like the act of building and the joy of seeing something you built actually work (or not), thus the other comments here about building your own foamie plane. R/C car guys are often into racing others around a track or crawling over rocks, which sounds like it can be challenging.

In terms of helicopters, the starter ones are usually the mCX 2 and the mSR X (wow that's cheap! must be about to announce a new one). Good starter planes are called "trainers", they usually have a high wing and only 3 channels (throttle/elevator/rudder, no aileron), popular two are Champ and Super Cub. For quadcopters, you simply start with a full-featured but micro one, the Syma X1 is most commonly recommended and very cheap. I don't know enough about the cars to recommend. But notice all of these are cheaper than the boats... Granted, they're all smaller than a boat, but when it comes to something flying through the air, smaller and lighter means less likely to break in a crash. Only once you have your orientations down and can keep the micro size in the air, should you graduate to full size. That's not a fact but a commonly accepted opinion. On the other hand, for boats and cars, you basically can't break them unless you try (slam it into a wall, drop it off a cliff, make it go over a huge jump) or of course if something just goes bad on its own, so you can start with the biggest boat or car you can find and be just fine. If you're looking for size from the start, cars and boats are the way to go.

u/GXR41455 · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol


Disclaimer: I do not own a nano cp s nor a dx6i, and english is my second language so…

I did a bit of research about collective pitch heli, so I might be able to answer some of your questions so:

First, Single transmitter versus AR610 receiver: the one with the AR610 receiver, it's if you want to use it in boat/planes/car or even bigger helicopter. If you only plan to fly the cp s it is not need to buy (for now, flying is addictive).

Mode 2 is a good idea for helicopter, so you have your cyclic on the same stick (right one).

You do not need anything else to fly with nano, only the transmiter. It would be a very good idea to get more batteries and a charger unless you plan to fly 6/7min and wait more than half an hour to fly again for your battery to charge (and it's a good idea to wait for the battery to cool down after flying and after charging (and for cp s motor too unless they will burn very fast too)).

You'll need a charger, two ways of going:

1s charger

Charger and parallel harness/board, more hassle than the 1s one, but if you plan to fly something bigger someday, you would have to buy one anyway.

If you only want a 1s charger, looks like something like this or Hitec X4 (I think) would be a good buy.

For the battery, as the horizon hobby website show, it uses the same as Nano qx so: (I didnt test those mysef)

Mylipo.De 205mah (didnt test those myself too)

I tested those for nano Qx: but they were a bit bigger than the original battery, had to use a dremel to make it fit, not that of a good idea. (edit: they are not high quality battery, they are standard, cheap, but you get what you pay for. For me at least, couple of them already show increased resistance (might be because of the shitty plug))

For sim:

I'm using this one everyday: it even have a mac version!

Now, for the cable, I have no idea since I dont have a dx6i.
But google said:
Heli-X DX6I and Mac

I suggest you ask your question on:
Helifreak They have a section special cp s

Some very interesting reading:

Newbies guide to the DX6i for RC helicopters how to set up the dx6i to calm down the helicopter
From tail-in to all 8s and funnels in 6 months. Plan to learn 3d flying ? Read that post, very interesting.

Why the nano cp s and dx6i combo by the way ?

Well, went longer than expected … heh

u/fadingfastsd · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

I learned to fly on my own, with some input from my uncle who is an expert RC pilot, and alot of online research. First, I would recommend getting a decent transmitter and not cheaping out, for reliability, features, and to have one that will carry over to future planes. I have the Spektrum DX6i for about $140. You can find them at most hobby shops, or Amazon, eBay, etc. You can use this transmitter with a mono 1/8" cable to plug into your sound card, and use the free simulator [FMS] ( along with a program called Smart Propo Plus to practice flying for free. For your first plane, I would start with the Hobbyzone Super Cub. It's a nice prop plane with no ailerons, which makes it very easy to learn takeoff and landing techniques. It handles well, parts are readily available and cheap. It is also very durable and will handle rough crashes well. This version is Bind & Fly. This means there is easy assembly, and you simply install a jumper to automatically bind the receiver to your transmitter. Let me know if this helps, I can write more details about how I started learning to actually fly.

u/snugglebandit · 6 pointsr/radiocontrol

You should start small. It was the advice given to me several years ago and it paid off. If you try to learn flying a larger more powerful quad you are likely to end up with a pile of busted parts you don't know how to repair. You need to learn how to fly first and small quads with brushed motors are the perfect learning tool.

If you want a brand name and great customer service and local hobby shop support, look no further than Blade. The MQX is the larger of the two quads and is easier to see if you want to fly outdoors. The Nano is brand new and all I really know is that it is tiny and seems to have auto level which I don't think the MQX does.
If you go this route you should consider purchasing a DX6I radio which will allow you to buy the BNF or bind and fly models. The DX6I will bind with any Horizon Hobby (parent company) sells. It is programmable and will help you understand that aspect when you eventually get to larger models.

If you just want to get something cheap to try out the hobby, I suggest you order a Syma x1 from amazon or go to and pick one of the quads they have there. The V9?9 series is very popular and highly regarded.

Check out the mini multirotor forum if you want specifics on any particular model.

u/smwht · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

Basically, it is capable of doing more things than other similarly priced helicopters. It is trickier to fly, but that's because it is doing less of the flying for you.

On something like the S107 (or other coaxial helicopters), if you stop giving it any inputs, it'll level itself out and just kind of sit there. The V911 (and other single rotor helicopters) will do less of that for you, so you have to learn more control. It'll help prepare you better for flying larger helicopters and (IMO anyways) will keep your interest longer because there's more you can do with it.

I personally went from the S107 to a Blade MSR-X, but the blade is probably more than you're willing to spend ($90). If this is your absolute first helicopter, the S107 ( for example) may not be a bad idea - it's less than $20 and will let you start learning how to deal with orientation.

u/jhigg · 0 pointsr/radiocontrol

Do you want to move to outdoors?

Edit: A quadcopter might be a good way to go. I have this one and it flys outside great as long as the wind is mild. Also small enough to practice inside. Comes with a 4 channel TX and if you want can upgrade to a 9x radio to start practicing for the big boys. (The 9x will pair to the syma quad) The 9x will also work with the larger helicopters so you won't have to purchase another TX:

u/kodack10 · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol

Yes, a Mobius cam. It's matchbook sized, 1080P and weighs a few grams. I use them on ultralight radio control helicopters that can't lift as much as a pigeon so it shouldn't be a problem.

This is a video I shot of my 130x helicopter crashing from a pretty good distance up. Good idea of the video quality. This heli is the size of a paper plate and weighs like 3 ounces.

u/cacraw · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol

You don't need to spend a lot, but you do need something better than a $7.99 special. I use this with a fine point tip that I picked up locally. It takes practice to solder to those tiny pins, but it can be done. Get a decent iron, some flux, a brass ball cleaner, and some leaded solder. Watch youtube videos, and practice on old electronics.

The electrons don't care where on the trace that you do it, but the closer you are to components, and the skinnier the trace, the more likely you are to screw something up with too much heat.

I have done the mod you are trying to my 9x, and it really improves the radio. I've since bought a 9xR, and use the 9x as a trainer.

u/doodooz7 · 0 pointsr/radiocontrol

Get the $20 syma indoor helicopters on Amazon. They are great and cheap. They only work indoors though. It’s great for beginners, it’s only 3 channel. Once you master it you can move on to 4 channel. Enjoy. I saw them at fry’s also, same price.

Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter with Gyro- Red

u/w1redweird0 · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol

More info such as battery type, size, or connector would be helpful.

I've got one of these and it works great.

Combo Special: Tenergy TB6-B Balance Charger for NiMH/NiCD/Li-PO/Li-Fe Battery Packs + Power Supply

If you only have one type of battery or much smaller batteries, there are definitely cheaper options.

u/duker7ne · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol

It appears that your heli doesn't have fwd/backward control. When given enough throttle, the tail rotor begins to spin tilting the helicopter forward. You'll have much better luck with one of these Syma S107 helicopters. They are the best for toy-grade helis.

u/pekeqpeke · 5 pointsr/radiocontrol

yeah, that's pretty good for a beginner.

If you want to save some money, this one is also very good. Spare parts are everywhere and it flies very well.

I have large hexacopters and gas helis, but i still have a little hubsan to fly around. Good practice and it takes a beating.

u/spaceman_josh · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol

I would recommend getting a real hobby balance charger, one that can handle multiple chemistries. If you have any desire to continue in the hobby it is a worthy investment. If originally got this charger. If I were to start again, I would have either bought a two channel charger or a higher wattage charger so I could parallel charge since I have more batteries and some high-capacity 6S batteries.

u/permanenttemp · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

Can't go wrong with this, $19.07 shipped with Prime.

If you need something safe for smaller projects as well, this would be fine. $41.19 with Prime

I guess I'm a fan of weller products. I've had them at home and a shop. I got one of their higher end soldering stations when I was about 11 to build my own battery packs for my R/C cars and it saw a lot of use. Back then we hardwired the leads from the ESC to the motors and batteries between heats for the lowest resistance. (not to mention deans plugs weren't a thing yet, tamiya connectors would melt together with a hot motor/battery combo) I still have it over 20 years later.

I would say 40 watts is about the standard with typical R/C projects. Also, the lower end brands 40 watt irons don't ever seem to create the heat as something of decent quality.

Also, if you don't have something like this yet, pick one up. $7 shipped all over Amazon. Also available at Harbor Freight for about the same price if you have those in your area.

u/joshjet182 · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

Syma 107's are incredibly durable and easy to fly.

Super cheap too, but it does look like a "regular looking helicopter".

u/PcChip · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

The only problem with 3ch helis is they have the controls reversed on the transmitter, so you'll end up learning the wrong way. If you're never planning on upgrading to "real" helis (4ch fixed pitch with swashplate, 6ch collective pitch with swashplate) then this won't be an issue and you can just buy the cheap ones and have fun. If this is the case I suggest something like a syma s107

If you want to learn the real control scheme (mode 2) then you can start with an easy double horse 9116 that will auto-balance when you let go of the control stick (thanks to the weighted flybar) which makes it a good beginner heli.

u/IvorTheEngine · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

The one you picked charges at 800mAh, so it'll take nearly 3 hours to charge a 2200mAh battery, and you won't be able to tell what it's doing.

You can get the $20 DC version, if you've got a 12 power supply of some sort, like old PC or laptop power supply. Or you can get 12v DC power supplies designed for the job

The B6 isn't even a 'good' charger, it's a cheap clone of the $50 DC chargers everyone used to use before it came along. It's popular because it's cheap.

You'll have a charger for many years, so while you could manage with a cheap one, you'll end up buying a better one sooner or later.

u/homer__simpson · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

For your requirements you should check out a Devo transmitter running open-source Deviation firmware. You'll get 12 channels of DSM (2 or X) with any supported Devo transmitter with no hardware mods.

The Devo 7e is USD$60 at the low end. I like the Devo 10. And 12S at the high end.

The 7e is range limited unless you make a hardware mod, but probably not necessary for combat robots.

And only one antenna :)

u/Raider1284 · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

I'd also throw in the syma x1 quad. Can be had for ~$30 shipped with Prime from amazon and is a great starter.

u/manta_style · 6 pointsr/radiocontrol

If you are looking for a good beginner quad copter that you can easily learn to fly then you should go for the Hubsan X4 or the Blade Nano QX

u/TaylorCraft · 4 pointsr/radiocontrol

This is probably one of the most fun things you can get, and it's only about $40. I have 4 of them, and they are very maneuverable, can hold a key-chain camera, and are nearly indestructible. They are also able to be flow indoors and out.

u/moocawly · 7 pointsr/radiocontrol

The Blade mCX2 is really good for beginners, as is its predecessor if you want something a little cheaper!

u/TomTheGeek · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol
u/Di-eEier_von_Satan · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

Hubsan x4 is a good trainer rc copter.

It does flips, goes 25+mph, 300 foot range, LEDs for night flying, and is inexpensive to repair!

u/spectre013 · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

The best option I found was this Celectra 4-Port 1S 3.7V 0.3A DC Li-Po Charger but I just cant justify buying it when it cost almost as much or in my case more then what I paid for my Quad. Also the AC cord is optional and it uses D batteries.

I just use 2 USB chargers with my 5 batteries and get almost an hour before I have to wait for them to charge. Find that works for me.

u/Lightborne · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol

Strange that it lists the rather spendy fpv version of the Hubsan instead of the cheaper (and still very good, especially for a beginner) base model:

u/alfpope · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

You have a lot of options...I would just get a general purpose charger and be done with it. I have one of these and it works well:

u/Sigma3737 · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

I second this, but I though it came with a wall charger?

Edit: never mind I'm dumb, the DC wall adapter is separate from the actual charger E-flite Celectra 4-Port 1-Cell 3.7V 0.3A DC Li-Po Charger

u/xrstunt · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol

They're all over Amazon, this is the first link: . And for the record, this and all small coax helis will not lift ANY weight. Maybe a penny or 2 tied underneath (at the center of gravity).

u/rephlex00 · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

A bit over budget, but worth the extra 10 dollars. Takes a beating and comes with it's own tx.

Syma X1

u/Vewy_nice · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

This is a very good camera

I used to use one, until I 'sploded it in a seriously gnarly crash.

It's an older camera, and I'm sure there are more modern cams with similar performance for less, but it's what I've used for a long time.

u/RESERVA42 · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

I haven't seen that FT video, and this is 9 days late... but isn't what you're talking about the same as the Blade mCX2?

u/lametec · 5 pointsr/radiocontrol

If the ESC doesn't have a built in BEC, you can buy a separate BEC.. BEC is RC speak for voltage regulator.

For example:

u/merreborn · 2 pointsr/radiocontrol

The s107 is persistently cheap on amazon

The price actually went up to $25+ around christmas time but it sits at under $22 the rest of the year from what I've seen.

u/SUBWAYJAROD · 1 pointr/radiocontrol


I have this as my ESC: Hobbywing Platinum-30A-OPTO

How can I find a compatible external BEC, or where do you shop for those?

For example, is this a good choice?:

u/21onDec23 · 1 pointr/radiocontrol

The only link I have for my parts is

For the motor/esc combo. Otherwise, hobbyking is where it's at for cheap functional stuff. The transmitter is called the "TGY-I6 6ch receiver combo" and the charger is called turnigy balance 2s-3s charger. The battery is a turnigy 3s 2300 mah from Amazon. The servos are standard 9g servos, but I'll upgrade to metal gear when these ones go out. I'll add a link to the YouTube video. The guy who made it includes measurements and two different recommended parts lists, one for slow flight and one for combat.

u/unnecessary_axiom · 3 pointsr/radiocontrol

Is this the correct one?

Can you recommend a good fixed 4ch fixed pitch for me to get? The CP X looks cool, but I bet I would destroy it, having flowing nothing other than a s107, even after a while at the sim.

u/TheZesty1 · 4 pointsr/radiocontrol

Bix 1 doesn't have the option for flaps so I've never used them. However I can say they're generally used to reduce speed quickly when landing so they'd probably be helpful when carrying a really heavy payload. So if you wanna put on like some ridiculous 1 pound fpv transmitter that can transmit from a mile away then yeah maybe you could look into it, but for normal flying and regular fpv use, you'll be fine without them.

Also protip: get some extreme packing tape (This stuff) and put it where the control surfaces meet the wings/rudder/tail. If you don't the foam where they attach has a very high risk of breaking off, which is very bad.