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Old 04-15-2010, 07:26 PM   #1
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Hi all.

After having the pleasure of trying a friends new TRex 450 pro, I've been thinking of selling my highly modified Blade 400 and buying one. However, I've also been eyeing the TRex 250 as well. I really don't need all that many helis, nor can I afford them both, so I'm trying to decide between the 2. As for the TRex 250, I would possibly consider a clone as well, but not on the 450. I haven't seen a decent clone for the 450 pro yet. At least not one that I liked.

So what helis do you people recommend? Thanks.

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Old 04-15-2010, 07:30 PM   #2
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Re: Heli recomendations

IMHO, I'd get the 450. I have the 450 Sport, and it's great. It has the pro head, but the belt tail, so no tail gears to replace all the time. They have great part support as well. The 250 is a nice looking bird, and you can get them here used for a decent price, but they don't handle the wind. You being out in Kamloops, it does get windy in those mountains, right? And don't buy a super combo, whatever you do. The align servo's are not that great. Hobby Hobby no longer carries their servos due to the issues they have had customers experience. A nicely outfitted sport will run you about $450, but it's worth it. I love mine.
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Old 04-15-2010, 10:46 PM   #3
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Re: Heli recomendations

Never tried the 250, can't give any input.

But, I'll go for the 450 Pro. Just buy the kit with ESC and Motor and use some of the electronics in your B400 (assuming they are ok for 450 size?).

After trying the T-Rex 450 pro the first time, it was love at first flight. I loved it so much, I got another one for that "just in case the other bird is down and out". I was a beginner then (pass hovering stage) and my landings are not that good. Hit the tail hard while the tail blades are still spinning, you end up stripping the front drive gears. I went through a LOT of those gears. Even if I have the black torque tube inside (which supposed to break easily in an event of a crash). I only have one 450 Pro now and it has the 3G Flybarless system. Way more stable. I love it even more. But still needs some minor tweaking.
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:33 PM   #4
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I know alot of people that purchased the super combos with no issues...i use mostly align electronics myself with no problems...
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:36 AM   #5
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Get the biggest one you can afford to crash....
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:53 AM   #6
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Re: Heli recomendations

I had a Trex 450SEV2, bought a Trex 500 and then a Trex 250 (Supercombo - pleased with the combo). The 500 flies the best, the 450 was good, the 250 flies well but is much less stable. The 500 is a field heli and works best in a large area, the 450 and 250 are park helis and can be flown in tight spots (the 250 much moreso than the 450). I sold the 450 after having the 250 and 500 for a while because it was redundant and maintaining two helis is less expensive than three.

If you have the space and budget, you'll love a larger heli. You want a smaller one if you don't.

The 250 is better for me as my small space heli (and indoor Winter heli at the rented gym) because it fits in a modified briefcase with the DX7 TX, TP1010C charger, batteries and tools. All I need to do to go flying with the 500 is grab the heli and the 250 briefcase. It's incredibly convenient to take anywhere and can be flown in very small areas.

The 500 is my favorite of all time (had Raptor 50V2 and 30 before). I'm eyeing the upcoming and much larger 550 with great interest (for next year). I could see buying the 550 (550mm blades) and selling my 500 (425mm blades) eventually. I'm even admiring the new 700E, but it's a little out of my budget.

nairbag is bang on - get the biggest one you can afford to crash (assuming you will be able to fly it often).

If you get a chance to try a larger electric heli (Align, Logo, Outrage, etc.), you'll be blown away by the difference.

If you can only have a couple, just balance your choice with your budget and your field size(s). For me, it was a small space heli plus a field heli.
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Re: Heli recomendations

I too run the stock Align 410M servos and after 50 flights have had NO problems with them. I do run my servos at 5.4 volts as opposed to 6 and I ALWAYS check the servos for travel before I spin up the head.

You will love the 450 if you can budget for it.
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Old 04-16-2010, 04:46 PM   #8
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Re: Heli recomendations

well, if you want a good 250 clone, I can recommend the HK250 alloy version. it is every bit as good as the align version- the only thing I would recommend you alter is the blades that come with the kit- I replaced mine with a set of CF blades (not very expensive in themselves) and it improved performance considerably!

I piked one up in the fall and have been flying it indoors all winter and the more I fly it, the more I like it. I find it doesn't handle winds like the 450's can, so flying it outdoors has been limited to calm mornings or evenings. It is however GREAT for indoors, and in addition to our club's indoor gym, I have been sneaking a few flights at work during break- its' a blast

you cant beat the $58 price-tag!
if you are interested, here is the link.

I also have all the other parts list if you are interested in getting all the other hardware- PM me if you want me to send it.

PS- I don't recommend the 250 for beginners- while it flies great in the hands of someone with experience, it is a bit squirrely compared to a 450 size heli.
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Old 04-16-2010, 08:43 PM   #9
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Re: Heli recomendations

Thanks for all the replies.

I do have a TRex 600 which I love. So I don't need a big heli. I spend a lot of time on the road for work. So I'm trying to figure out which would be a better heli to take with me. I have taken my B400 all over the province, and so I know how much room it takes. The 250 would take up less room in the vehicle. This is why I'm considering the 250 instead. Having said that, when I'm on the road, all I do is fly outside. Most motel rooms are a little too small for even hovering a 250. That's what I have an MSR for.

As for flying skill, I am beyond the hovering stage. I can hover tail in and side in without a problem and can do OK on the nose in. I fly circuits and can even do loops and rolls.

So a couple of you have mentioned servo problems with the align servos. What problems have people experienced? I thought that the servos that came with the 450 pro were metal geared digital servos. Is there another issue that people have had? I plan to sell my B 400, and I don't want to sell it with no servos. So I am expecting to buy servos for the new heli. Thanks again.

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Hi Darren; I have two Align 250's that I use for indoor during the winter. Both are very steady flyers for me. I also have an Align 500. It is a very steady flyer but bigger and would take up more room when you travel. All the servos, speed controllers, motors, gyros and heli componets are Align. The receiver is a Spectrum and the transmitter is a DX7 heli.

I have had NO issue with anything in the 250's with over 35 flights on each heli. Servos are NOT the metal geared ones. I have enclosed a pic of my flying box for you to see what I go flying with. Calvin or Jason can verify how well the two birds fly as they both have flown them.

Looking in the box you will see the DX7, the 250, some screw drivers, 4 batterys, the Align tools, A wall transformer (12vdc outat 1.5 amps), the charger, a battery voltage monitor, an IR temp meter and my flying lanyard. It is the size of a medium tool box. The box cost me $20 usd.

Good luck with what ever you choose.
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