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SIMON CRAGG12/09/2019 22:32:21
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Our club have access to a fairly small village hall, and we are thinking of starting up indoor flying over the winter. We think fixed wing is out due to the size. That leaves either multi rotors or helicopters. Ideally, we need something fairly bash proof, comes with everything (batteries / tx etc), and does not cost an arm and a leg. The idea is to get as many members involved, and try some basic competitions accompanied by tea and buns. Probably only need to last one season. Can anybody recommend a suitable model please?.

gangster13/09/2019 08:44:14
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Probably not much help at the moment but from time to time Lidl sell Jamara helicopters. They are under £20 robust and fly well. So easy to fly that I swap from flying my normal indoor heles on mode 1 to the mode 2 jamara and back in the same session. So much more robust than others too

John Bisset13/09/2019 10:17:11
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A couple of winters back my wife and I bought some very small radio control helicopters from (I think) Argos. Originally for the kids, we bought a couple, for ourselves since they flew impressively well around the house. Great for seeing where the the drafts were !

They were around £20 each. I see Argos have some similar micro helicopters on sale for £13 each just now. The snag we had was in finding several machines with different frequencies. Cheap fun.

Shaun Walsh13/09/2019 10:52:23
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The club I fly with uses a small church hall in the winter. We fly mainly small quads and helicopters. The only fixed wing models that can cope with the limited space are Horizon's Vapor and similar ultra light models. I think bangood can supply a selection of kits that may be suitable.

Trevor13/09/2019 11:26:56
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If you can cope with waiting for overseas delivery, you’d be hard put to do better than the WLToys V911 from Banggood:

**LINK**

Trevor

Colin Carpenter13/09/2019 14:25:01
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I've run indoor flying in a small village hall in Wiltshire for quite a few years . Too small for fixed wing apart from Vapours . We have all been through the cheap drones and helix and now use Blade products almost exclusively ! They last ! I guess we have Nanos and Inductrix's that have done 200 flights each ! Hope this is useful ! Colin

brokenenglish13/09/2019 14:27:24
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Trevor, or anyone(!), are these small helicopters excessively difficult for an average fixed wing pilot who's never touched a heli, or not?
Is there a reasonable chance of success without destroying it?

Looking at the link, I rather fancy flying one of those in my garden.

MaxG13/09/2019 15:27:36
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I fly indoor in a small sports hall, just a bit bigger than one basketball court. We fly vapours etc. But there are a couple of us that have visited Bangood and have the small foam fixed wing models. I have a Rare Bear and a couple of us fly the Zero. Also the small eflite spacewalker a nd the Ares WW! model fly OK. We also have small helis. The WLToys V911 is popular and flys very well, also from Bangood. I am struggling with a TRex 150X which I am finding a bit of a handful. The Blade 120 heli also works well in the space.

All the above cope well with the walls which I swear move towards my models but most time the models cope with and survive the encounter.

A couple of guys cope with the larger EPP 2s models although what you can do is a bit limited.

Give it a go, we all enjoy it.

An unexpected bonus is that flying the little helis has improved my fixed wing flying because I now use the rudder!!!

Maxg

Shaun Walsh13/09/2019 15:29:48
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Posted by brokenenglish on 13/09/2019 14:27:24:

Trevor, or anyone(!), are these small helicopters excessively difficult for an average fixed wing pilot who's never touched a heli, or not?
Is there a reasonable chance of success without destroying it?

Looking at the link, I rather fancy flying one of those in my garden.

They require a slightly different skill set but not too difficult. When I was learning I bent a few minor parts by flying into things but they are fairly robust. You can pick up used blade helicopters on ebay or buy a new blade 70 for £75. I find that collective pitch helicopters require a bit more skill to fly well.

Colin Carpenter13/09/2019 16:25:53
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MaxG is correct ! Heli flying makes use of rudder especially in a small space ! This skill transfers directly into fixed wing ! The Blade 70 is a fine fixed pitch Heli but is not Spektrum compatible . The Nano is not much more money and if you own a Spekkie tx is a better long term buy. ! The WL Toys are excellent value and although none fly in my group , I have flown one and they are great ! Go for it !!!😁 Colin

Trevor13/09/2019 20:12:51
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The V911 is much easier to fly than any helicopter was ten years or so ago! It is also much cheaper and more robust, but not unbreakable. The easiest helis of all are the ones with two contra-rotating rotors but many of these have a control layout that doesn’t relate well to ‘proper’ helicopters so they are not such a good intro as they might seem.

SIMON CRAGG14/09/2019 07:49:03
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We have settled for the Holy Stone HS210.

Bit smaller than I would have liked, but good duration, good reviews, three batteries and only £20.00.

Ten on their way.

Thanks for all the comments.

gangster14/09/2019 10:35:18
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Helicopters need not be hard to fly at all these days and have stretched into the toy domain. Even the old idea that contra rotating blades are easier than main and tail rotator jobs. The mini twister scale and sport are as easy to fly as each other. Both of those are very fragile. The Lidl Jamara is robust though but only mode 2. If you really want to check out an absolutely simple and robust heli that indicates how far technology has gone look at the little Tykes job. Unbelievable

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