Once you get to know more about these fantastic devices, you also stumble upon larger models of RC helicopters. These of course are attractive and fancy devices not only because of all the moving parts and gears they have, but also because in general, they look a lot like the real thing. A large RC helicopter is one of the sexiest toys (these helis are everything but toys) you can actually have, but before getting a big-size chopper, there are some things you have to consider, and that is what I’ll be discussing with you on this article. I invite you to stay with me and learn some of the most important things you need to know before jumping to the next level.
The channels of the RC helicopter will tell you a lot
I’ve said this a few times before here on this blog, but it is always good to remind everyone that the size of the helicopter is not a deterministic factor to say that you’re not ready for this gig. There are some large scale RC helis out there that can be controlled by almost any newbie, so don’t think you’ll not be able to fly a big heli just because of its size.
Instead, I think you want to pay more attention to the number of channels of the heli. This is a very practical and common way to quickly determine if a specific model is right for you, so if you see a big-size helicopter like the Colossus, but it only has 3.5 channels, you know right away that this heli is suited for the beginner pilot.
The more channels an RC heli has, the more parts you have to control on the ship. This of course means that you have to be more skilled because the heli will need more of your attention to fly and perform well.
A channel is simply a mean by which the transmitter (radio control) can give an instruction to a specific controller in the receiver, which will activate an actuator (motor) and with this a part on the heli will be moved according with the original command you input from the transmitter. For instance, the actuator that is responsible for spinning the main rotor blades is controlled via a channel, and the actuator responsible of moving the tail rotor blade is controlled by a different channel as well.
In the case of a 3.5 channels helicopter, and in order to illustrate this in a simple way, one channel is used to move the helicopter up and down, another channel is used to move back and forth, and another channel is used take the helicopter left and right. Usually, the extra half channel is said that it is used for controlling an LED on the heli.
Based on what I’ve seen in forums and with other friend hobbyists, I would say that you can correlate your expertise level as a pilot with channels using the following table.
As you can see, the size of the helicopter is not always an indicator of the complexity to fly the thing, however, as helis grow in size, they typically tend to have more room for gears, actuators, moving parts, and all sort of technology to increase their complexity and also the cost of the device.
What do you want the heli for?
This is another question you must answer when thinking in getting a large RC helicopter. If what you want to do is to go outdoors and have fun with this gadget, then a large scale RC heli is what you need. Small helicopters are also light-weight, and almost any breeze of wind can affect their performance and even make them crash, but with the extra weight of a large scale RC heli, low wind is not a problem.
On the other hand, if your intention is to have this gadget to have fun with at your home office or inside the house, a big-size helicopter can be dangerous, so in this case you may want to get a small, micro, or mini-size helicopter.
As you can see here, determining the location you want to fly at your RC heli can also give you a good hint of if a large scale heli is what you’re looking for or not.
What is your budget for this large RC Helicopter?
There is a local place of fast food here where I live at with a sign, right in front of where you order that says: Before ordering consult your pocket. I think this is a good advice not just for this fast food place but also for any time you want to do something that involves money. In this case, you want to make sure you have the budget for these devices.
A larger RC helicopter may be more expensive than a small one, also, the spare parts as well as repairs can be pricier.
In the end it is a matter of fun – Choose whatever makes you feel comfortable
You want to remember that this is about fun, just make sure that the RC helicopter you select is one that you can have fun with, in the end, everything goes down to if you have fun with your gadget and if you enjoy the experience or not.
Try not to select an RC heli just because of the size or because it looks good. When I 1st started with RC helis I selected a big gadget because I thought it looked cool, it was a 3.5 channel one so it was perfect for a beginner like me, but soon I learned that I could only fly it outdoors and that the budget for repairs and maintenance was higher than what I expected. I gave up that heli because it also had some other design issues and purchased the Syma S107G to give a try to small helis. I ended up loving it and my mind changed about mini and micro helicopters.
Right now you know some of the most important factors to know if a large RC helicopter is for you or not. If you want to find some fantastic models and explore each one, here is a good collection of reviews for you.
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