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    Radio Control Helicopters

    Anyone got one?

    They sell them just down the road from me for 2000 baht and I'm actually quite tempted to buy one. The bloke in the shop says they can fly up to 150 metres high. That's really quite impressive.

    I'm just not sure of the danger issues, as in, am I gonna get nicked for decapitating a restaurant full of noodle soup crazed customers.

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    ^I got one a few years ago for my son. It flew straight up quite a ways, turned belly up, crashed into the compound wall at impressive speed - game over.

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    I bought a good size one a few years ago as well. Flew it once and crashed it hard in 10 minutes. It is in the closet and has been since.

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    Find a friend with another chopper and do some mid-air jousting. Great fun but don't use expensive copters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus Jones
    Find a friend with another chopper
    don't encourage him, gay sex is illegal

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    Do you have a dog? The helicopter will scare the shit out of him, and when you put it away, he'll find it and eat it- at least that's what happened to mine.

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    ^Very true. My dogs HATED it. But were too chickenshit to attack it..............

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    They sell them just down the road from me for 2000 baht
    They was a fair just down the road from me last week.
    They were selling RC helicopters for 900 baht.
    Selling like hotcakes, they were flying out the door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    They sell them just down the road from me for 2000 baht and I'm actually quite tempted to buy one. The bloke in the shop says they can fly up to 150 metres high.
    Turn it into a Spy Copter and think of all the wankin opportunities from that nearby farm

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    Gas or battery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwang
    think of all the wankin opportunities from that nearby farm
    Is he into bestiality?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sailing into trouble
    Gas or battery?
    Battery, the ones I saw

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    I bought two, battery types, plus camera a couple of years ago.

    Used them to look around a landscape.

    The smaller one was a bit light, wind gusts would take it away, so lost it in trees several times, but found the little bugger because the dog could hear its motor when I intermittently restarted the motor after it crashed.

    The bigger one was far more stable, batteries lasted longer too.

    Next one will be a petrol job, far easier to manoeuvre due to greater thrust.
    Noisy though.

    A friend of mine uses his pair of helicopters (battery operated) to survey inside of earthquake damaged buildings.
    Camera is mounted on the landing skis.
    Weight of batteries and camera have to be calculated to size of chopper.

    Quite cheap to buy.
    Good fun.

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    I haven't seen any gas-powered RC helicopters in Thailand (though I know some are used for aerial photography in LOS)- they're very expensive and maintenance-intensive- the battery-operated ones are cheaper and easier to use.

    If you have the cash and the skill, though...:

    There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
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    Last year in Kl I bought 3 of them. 2 smaller ones and one larger one. Smaller ones for indoor use, quiet good fun.

    Larger one used on windless days but much shorter battery life than the smaller ones.

    Unless you got an expensive high tech one the controller will only operate to certain height so I think that guy is pissing in your pocket saying they will go to 150 meters.

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    That one is about the size of my big one.

    Never flew it like that though!

    I've seen some vids of gas ones used in Bkk area a couple of years ago.
    I think there's a club there, fly competitions and stuff.

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    I bought one of these a few years back to help me install my amateur radio wire antennas over the top of tall palm trees.

    These trees were too high for me to just throw a line over, and even my catapult failed to reach the top of the tree.

    They say that these RC copters are easy to control, but I'm not convinced. My first attempt with a line attached under the copter saw it fly straight into a cow in my garden...

    I finally got the antenna installed over the palm tree after several hundred attempts, and the next week we decided to move house!
    Groping women when you're old is fine - everyone thinks you're senile

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    Mine are Chinese made, not bad, spare parts came with them too.

    I'd like to get a look at some of the latest jobs, and the one I want is the circular UFO looking one, more stable and easier to control.

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    So basically we're looking at 2000 baht for 10 minutes of fun. May as well go down the whore house then.

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    If you smash it to bits on the first run, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    If you smash it to bits on the first run, yes.
    Which judging from my fellow amateurs on this thread, is quite likely.

    I'll buy one anyway and document the maiden voyage.

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    Whatever you do, don't let the kids near it!

    If the thing isn't properly controlled it'll take off on ya, those prop blades are sharp enough to chop through flesh.
    The little one I have hit my foot on landing once and took a slice into my toe, I bled all over the paddock!

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    They are good fun, damage easily tho. Blades take a real thrashing and end up with nicks out of the leading edges. Good for a laugh.

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    Good for flying outside the bedrooms of pretty ladies living in the area, and photographing them as they undress.

    An activity, which, believe it or not, is actually legal.

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    Bollocks.

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