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I'm thinking about purchasing a HK450 CCPM 3D as my second helicopter.I'm upgrading from a syma S031 helicopter.Anyone recommend this helicopter?If anyone has any other ideas or suggestion I will be glad to hear it.Pleas note I'm on a very tight budget.My only requirement is the Helicopter has to be 3D.



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That's a very big 'step up' from a shopping mall heli (here in Aus they sell these sorts of toys in shopping malls) to a real CP heli.

But, as for collective pitch (CP) helis its hard to get cheaper than a HK450. Keep in mind there will be some building and setting up to do; you may consider looking around for a second hand Blade 400 or maybe even a Blade SR (these go for about $120 second hand here in Aus with the transmitter).

If you run with a HK 450 I'd recommend looking out for a second hand Futaba GY401 gyro (usually $30 to $40 here in Aus), yes that is more than the HK401 (about $10) but it is a far better gyro.

You will also need a tail servo. This seems to be the cheapest that could handle a tail: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idproduct=14280 - but I'd rather go something like this http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idproduct=8510 or an Ino Lab tail servo (~$30). You might find a second hand Futaba S9257 for about $20.

Cyclic servos - People have had success with HXT900, but perhaps these would be better http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idproduct=14280

ESC - Possibly this one: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__11618__Turnigy_AE_45A_Brushless_ESC.html (I've one set aside for my FBL build)

Motor - something like this one http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/..._450H_2215H_Heli_Motor_3550kv_450_class_.html



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I forgot to mention that a 'very tight budget' does not go well with CP 450 helis! Your first crash will cost at least a feathering shaft but more likely one of those, a pair of blades, a main shaft and possibly a tail boom (about $20).

Ak Flyer

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I would strongly suggest finding something in between. That's a huge and expensive step. You are looking at a lot of money per crash and I guarantee you will crash. A Blade mCPx is a great 3D heli that is very durable and will cost you pennies to learn compared to a 450. There's a couple knock off's and helimax has a 100 now that's close. I think any of these would be a much better direction than a full on 450. I normally recommend a fixed pitch heli such as an mSR before going all the way up to collective pitch. They re-released the mSR because it's such a great next step heli.