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Old 03-25-2008, 07:28 PM   #11
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Will definitely have to keep it in mind. Won't commit yet as May is usually a very hectic month for my business & family.
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Old 03-26-2008, 10:58 PM   #12
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lol, ok, now we have to goto helihead fun flies Wbird. I mean, hey, we gotta represent.

Hey Buddy, thats a Kadet not an Extra!!!
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Well SHAG is the best show going on the prairies. Course I might be a little biased.
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:40 PM   #14
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Smile Re: Ok, I give up, I'll get into Heli's

Yep definately lookin forward to going to SHAG !
Too bad has too windy lately to practise though.
We are bringing several machines, mostly ALIGN as they are good bang for your R/C Buck.
Try a new manuever? Nope Stepped on it!
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Old 04-25-2008, 04:04 PM   #15
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Re: Ok, I give up, I'll get into Heli's

llama when did ya move dude? Glad ya finally got into helis man you been yakking about it for years...just no flying it like you did that high wing trainer. That blue one you folded the wings on :P Dale actually sold me my very first helicopter which lead me down that path...it never did really fly
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Old 04-30-2008, 08:58 AM   #16
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Re: Ok, I give up, I'll get into Heli's

Originally Posted by Dig it View Post
Yep, I'll be talking to a few people here but I was wanting others opinions as well. Expecially on where to buy,
1) Can the 10X be used for 120 degree 3 servo CCPM swashplate? If so, you are in business

2) Do you have any LiPo powered planes or are you all gas? That will significantly affect your start up costs.

3) Batteries are a big cost factor. You'll want 3-4 to start. For a TRex 450 (325mm blades), about $50-60 a piece, TRex 500 (425 mm blades) about $120-150 a piece and for a TRex 600 you're looking at $200-$300 a piece. A basic charger will run you $120-$150, more if you are charging TRex 600 Lipos.

4) As far as brands, Align is the way to go, for several reasons:
a) Parts are available everywhere. I have yet to crash and not be able to find a replacement somewhere
b) Align listens to the their customers. They make continuous improvements to existing kits and offer new kits with various upgrades that have been designed over the last year. Example: TRex 450 V2, TRex 600 Pro
c) Start up costs are a little higher with Align, but I've found that generally the manufacturing quality is higher as well. You get what you pay for.
d) There is a huge user support community for the TRex ... check out www.helifreak.com and www.thetrexforum.com

5) Aprox build cost (excluding batteries, chargers, etc...)
TRex 450 SE V2 (metal): $800-$900
TRex 500 (with metal upgrades): $1000 - $1300
TRex 600 (electric): $1500 - $1800

I gotta tell you, sure those .90 glow birds fly well, but there's something to be said about plug-in and go convenience. With LiPos you can fly 1-2 batteries while the other guy is still setting up and tuning.

6) Purchase kit from?
www.rcflightstore.com Good, fast Canadian service
www.readyheli.com Good, fast US service, reasonable shipping for small orders
www.allerc.com Excellent prices on kits, don't know how they do it. Try to find their 10% coupon code from MAN
http://www.modefosheli.com/ They are also on ebay, shipping is about $20 for most kits to Canada.

For servos, I usually order from www.hobbywholesale.com

You should expect to use 2-3 vendors to source all the required components.

7) Components
In 10 identical models, you'll see 10 different setups. Personally, I use metal gears in my electric helis. In a year and a half of flying, never had any slop develop in the gears, maybe that's more a concern with glow powered helis?.

I don't trust internal BEC, I always use an external BEC such as Dimension Engineering Sport BEC or ParkBEC, running at 6Volts and a 5.2V regulator for the tail servo.

Get a good gyro
Futaba 401, 601, JR, etc...
Avoid the computer programmable units if you've never used a gyro before, they can be handful to setup.

9) The E-Flite Blade 400 is not too bad. It can be flow outside in light winds, but expect to replace all 3 servos and the gyro. That brings you up close to the cost of building a TRex 450 from scratch. The cost of fixing the plastic Blade 400 is about the same as a metal TRex 450. Some are not setup very safely at the factory.

Personally, I think it's easier to build a kit, since you will know how to fix it.

10) Sim, sim, sim

I assume you have a sim, G3.5, G4.0? If not, get Clearview and a USB cable for you radio ... it will save you hundreds in parts and hours in maintenance

11) Read and follow Radd's School of Rotary Flight. That will get you off on a good note.

... just my 2 cents
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