|Hi, I'm Michael Prewitt. I live in Mt.
Pleasant, Texas, USA and I'm a member of the NorthEast
Texas R/c Club.
I am a member of AMA and IRCHA
Welcome to my website. I hope you find some of this information useful. A lot of the information is about the Raptor helicopter but I try to make some of the info generic enough to apply to r/c helicopters in general. The Raptor is my favorite type of helicopter. I bought my first Raptor (Raptor #1) on May 19, 1999. I later converted it from a 30 to a 50 back in 2001. This is my favorite helicopter and the one I have flown the most (over 1300 flights by 2003).
actually began for me back in 1991 when my dad and I
together bought a "used" Concept 30DX with a JR
Century VII radio and old mechnical Futaba 154BB gyro.
Little did we know, the previous owner did not mention it
had a weird problem with the tail that could not be
figured out by the local pilots or us. So while trying to
learn to hover for the first time I also had to deal with
a tail randomly changing direction. After spending a lot
of money trying to solve the problem, I gave up and
bought a new Xcell 60 with a JR PCM 10 radio. Good
helicopter, but I had a big time problem keeping the
engine running right. It's hard enough to learn to fly
these things, much less learn to hover with an engine
that would go in/out of adjustment. BTW: A year later I
did find the problem. It was a cracked weld in the
muffler that caused the baffle inside to randomly move
and therefore change the exhaust back pressure. Between
two different helicopters that both gave me problems I
was not making any progress.
By that time I was frustrated with nitro engines and had just heard about an Xcell Gas helicopter. I was fascinated by the thought of a helicopter that used a weedeater engine. I also thought maybe this would be what I needed to get me going in the hobby. I placed one on order and about a year afterwards MA finally released a production version. I really liked this helicopter, but I was a little intimidated by the size, expense, and how difficult the helicopter was to work on. I really was not progessing because of this and because there just was not any activity helicopter-wise going on at the local field. Besides, personal computers were really catching on and since I have been messing with them since I was about ten years old, I knew more then most about them and as a result all my friends and relatives called on me with their problems. This went on for a while and it got to the point that literally everyday when I came home from work I would either be on the phone until late in the night stepping others through problems or having to go over to their house to fix it. After this went on a while it was at this time that I decided I needed a hobby that got me away from all this.
I really had not been doing anything with my r/c helicopters and decided I needed to get back in that hobby. I started back with the Xcell Gasser, but it was still a little intimidating. By the time I started back I had this helicopter for 5 years and I was looking for something new to get me excited about getting back into the hobby. I was also wanting something that was not as expensive. At that time the Thunder Tiger Raptor had just came out. People on the H-list, an old forum that no longer exists, had a lot of good things to say about it. I heard about the Raptor List and browsed the archive to find out the real story. I knew if there were problems, then someone on that list would have found it. To my surprise, there were no negative comments about it... well except for the ugly canopy (I hate to admit it, but I've grown used to it <grin>). Actually message after message had very good things to say about it so I ordered one from Rick's R/C (ronlund.com). I have to say this was the best investment I have made in this hobby so far! I soon found out the Raptor hype was REAL! This helicopter really handled well and I found myself having fun and progressing finally. At the time I bought the Raptor all I could do was hover and move around, no forward flight, nose-in, etc. The Raptor changed all this, I was really excited about the r/c helicopter hobby now.