well after being given a heli off John the other week, i kind of got the bug back to get another serious model heli, i had a look on ebay last week where a chap was selling this Raptor 50 nitro heli for 250 quid (complete with radio kit, starter, fuel, chargers etc etc) the heli is about 1k's worth as there are number of performance upgrades (rotor head, tuned pipe and manifold, carbon main rotors) the story goes that he bought the heli as it looked good, but realised (having never flown) it was somewhat tetchy alas he was frightened to fly her and she sat on a desk for 6 years.
its been about 11 years since i have flown a serious model heli and was shocked how quickly my fingers remembered the sticks... i noticed when flying that there is something out of kilter as it should not wobble / vibrate as much as it is.... I have checked the blades which are tracking perfectly so my next theory is the main mast...if it is...then the guy has clattered it prior to selling. anyways big boys toys so thought i would post up ! My eldest son is also flying so we are sharing this and the electric one given to us by John (which is being rebuilt)
here is some footagehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uI4rIfSeQ4
forgive the shakiness early on, Nathan was cold (and a bit intimidated... the heli is about 4ft long)