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Old 01-04-2011, 03:26 PM   #1
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thinking of getting in to electric heli an putting the nitro away for a while need sum help looking at a hk-450 what is the best one to get an what parts will i need frist time trying electric thanks for the help
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:51 PM   #2
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Re: looking at a hk-450

Well, you will need a ESC, a Motor and a 3S 2200 mah Lipo battery.

Instead of buying a HK, I got one I just posted for sale, its better quality than the HK and you can pick it up and save around $30 for shipping.

If you like, I can also sell you the motor and ESC.

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Old 01-04-2011, 03:59 PM   #3
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Re: looking at a hk-450

I would stay as far away as possible from the HK helis. You'll end up replacing everything with Align and have paid more in the end than you would have if you had purchased the real thing.

I would recommend a MSH Mini Protos, Logo 400, or Gaui 425.....

Of course, I'd recommend Compass, but the smallest they come at this time is in a 500 size.
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Old 01-04-2011, 05:58 PM   #4
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Re: looking at a hk-450

There are lots of good 450 sized helicopters out there for beginners. The problem with HK is that they have lot of plastic parts so don't measure up to the more expensive name brands. I have a CopterX 450 and it flies fine for what I need at this point. It is no Align 450 pro but it does the job for about 1/4 the price for the helicopter. If you get into your local hobby store and read these forums for a while you will get a good impression of what to spend money on and what not to. The HK basic is bottom of the line but the V2 they show is not to bad with the metal rotor head. Be aware of what you are spending money on before you spend it that is what we are here for.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:11 PM   #5
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Re: looking at a hk-450

Here's a great video that shows the differences between the HK450MT and the HK450GT. Well worth the extra for the GT. I personally have the MT, but only because the GT was out of stock at the time. I also hadn't seen the video back then


I've been extremely pleased with the MT however. There was nothing on it that had to be replaced immediately with Align parts, although for crash replacements such as shafts, main gears etc, I bought Align because I could get them quicker.

The tail case was a little troublesome, it cracked after a dozen flights or so. I bought another, and it cracked soon afterwards as well. I ended up buying an align Sport tail for it, which is by design much beefier than the V2 tail. That was about $26.00, so it was still a heck of a lot cheaper than buying an entire Align heli.

The kit itself had a few minor assembly flaws, but nothing that couldn't be fixed for free with a little mechanical know-how.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:32 PM   #6
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Re: looking at a hk-450

First time in electrics? Don't buy crap then as it will leave that crap taste in your mouth. Get a T-Rex or MSH Mini Protos, or something more common here where there are several online vendors in Canada that support parts etc. You can get kits that have all you need aside from a receiver.

www.rcflightstore.com is one that has several small helis, as said, you may be better off buying the MSH Mini Protos kit there, it is better IMO then a t-rex and parts are all in stock there to.
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Old 01-04-2011, 08:39 PM   #7
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Re: looking at a hk-450

this is my first post, but thought i'd chime in:

I'm relatively new to helis, and have an older align 450 x w some chinese electronics, and a new 500 esp (all align metal gear servos, and align electronics, motor etc).

I recently made my first order from HK. I bought this heli:


I also bought an ESC (mystery 40a - $21), motor (turnigy typhoon - $11), gyro (HK 401 - $11), cheapo spektrum 6110 clone receiver ($8 ), battery ($18 ), and 4 servos (HK 922 - $12 each).
Grand total $165 minus shipping.

I'm quite pleased with the quality, both of the cf and the cnc machined aluminum parts (head, tail, bearing carriers, elevator guide etc). The canopy is really the only part I'd complain about - plastic. I've flown it a few times, and have had no issues thus far. I think for the money, you really cant go wrong. I wanted this mainly as a trainer, as i'd rather crash it than the 500 which was quite expensive from a LHS. I cant speak regarding hard 3d, as i havent advanced to that stage yet.

In short, i wouldnt hesitate to make another purchase from hobby king. The only issue I had was with the $8 receivers - i ordered 1 for this heli, 1 for another project and an extra as a spare. One of them came DOA.

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Re: looking at a hk-450

I say go with the pro with the belt driven tail. If you are new and have not been through the crashing curve you can buy this heli for $70.00 and spend the other $300.00 an align parts from Rotor Quest or Rc flight store and have 4 or 5 dirt naps in the bank,and when you master not crashing anymore you will have your align 450. Or watch the helis for sale as there some great deals on here from other peeps moving up.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:53 PM   #9
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Re: looking at a hk-450

Their is nothing wrong with the HK 450 metal machines...but don't go for the all plastic version (they are junky). Get something with a full metal head and full metal belt driven tail...like this one: http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=10902. I have the 450GT all metal and it's great. As far as parts go, I just bought a "bare bones" kit along with the full kit at the same time...so now I have atleast one spare part of everything. Don't feel like you have to spend hundreds more on name brand Align/Thunder Tiger stuff. I have had both and if cost was a major factor...I would pick the HK450 over the T-rex/Mini Titan any day of the week. If you want to buy high end equipment for it I would get a good name brand motor and some good name brand servos. I have a Scorion motor for mine and I use 9$ HK digi metal geared high speed servos (they work extremely well). I would also get a good gyro...the HK ones seem to be very iffy (I tried one and it was garbage). The Futaba 401 is a popular choice and you can use it in a bigger/better machine down the road.
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Re: looking at a hk-450

I started into collective pitch heli's with a 'copterex 450 V2 clone. It was perfect for the first indoor season and showed no weakness in performance or structure for the beginner. I then snagged a second-hand Align 600e for out of doors flying, and rolled it into a ball at the end of the season. I ordered a HK 600 as the replacement but of course had a hand full of parts from the dead Align unit. I did notice some significant quality issues with the HK metal head and tail parts so I swapped in the Align pieces and figure that I now have a pretty decent hybrid. Many of the major HK pieces looked just fine.

As has been said, the clones are going to be fine for you first season or two, and when you grenade the thing from over-exertion in some piro-flip 3D manouver you will have saved enough in ab initio crashes to buy a top-line machine.

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