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Old 12-07-2012, 08:50 AM   #1
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Default New E325 Sport Flybarless... anyone try it?

Hey guys! I was wondering if anyone has tried the new "reboot" of the Mini Titan that TT is offering:

http://www.ttamerica.com/helis/ttre0027.html

It looks like the V1 frame (I always loved that frame) but with a new FBL head and a hot new canopy. The ARF comes with the Ace GT-5 FBL unit, digital servos, etc for a great price. With Tower Hobbies usual coupons, you can get it for $380!

I'm seriously considering one to use as my "low emotional investment" heli upon which I try new moves, instead of my 300X. With their "Stress Tech" guarantee, even if I do crash it I can probably get free parts.

Just wondering what you guys thought of it, specifically the GT-5 unit. I know how good the basic Mini Titan is, having owned one in the past.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:42 AM   #2
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I have pre-ordered the 'S' head to convert my V1 but will be running a ZYX. Tried to pick up a GT-5 but missed out on it. I really like the design of the head and follower.

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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Yes, the head design looks good. Simple and robust, which is exactly what I want for a heli that I intend to treat badly.
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Just noticed your profile picture. I know that feeling!

I know there is a forum section on the GT-5. Seems that some folks like them but others are ticked they aren't updating it at all. I am a beginner so a cheap ZYX is all I need at this point. I like the ability to be able to program the GT-5 with the on-board screen but ZYX came out with a bluetooth adapter and software for my Droid so I can program at the field with my phone.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:23 AM   #5
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Ahhh. The washout base encloses the links! That same design resulted in a lot less lost links on my mcpxs'....

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Old 12-07-2012, 10:27 AM   #6
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Yes, that same basic idea was used on the V1 version of the MSH Protos 500 FBL head.
It's cool that the links are captured, but you have to remember to put the rod through the follower before you screw on the ball links. Ask me how I know that.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:27 AM   #7
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If I recall, it's not out until "late December" so a tad early to ask if anyone's tried it yet.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:40 AM   #8
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If I recall, it's not out until "late December" so a tad early to ask if anyone's tried it yet.
It's in stock now at Tower Hobbies:

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXCRFG&P=7

Maybe after Christmas this thread will get some traffic.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:09 PM   #9
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Parts supply is still marked as Late Dec on Tower's site, and back in Oct that applied to the heli too. Glad it's out now. I'm waiting for stocks of that canopy to come in.
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Yep, I see the parts specific to this one (grips, hub, washout base, canopy) are not yet available. Luckily the biggest majority of parts are V1 compatible!
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I just looked at this again -- wouldn't a v2 be cheaper? You can get the kit at TH for ~$240, then add servos, a decent FBL controller, motor and esc and still be in less than $400. And there's a lot more metal and carbon fiber in a v2. On the other hand, replacement parts are cheaper for the v1. Hmm.
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And there's also the fact that I don't really like the V2, for several reasons:

1) Carbon frame
2) Torque Tube tail
3) Canopy design (it's OK, I guess... just dull colors)
2) Torque Tube tail (oh wait.... )

What I'm looking for is an easy-to-work-on, durable, inexpensive beater. I've got other high-end helis, I just want something I can toss around without any emotional attachment. You know, a "red-headed step-child" heli.
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Makes perfect sense.
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Makes perfect sense.
Which is totally unexpected in this hobby.
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And there's also the fact that I don't really like the V2, for several reasons...
Same reasons I decided to go with the V1.
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Just for giggles, I added up the price of all the plastic parts covered by the Hobbico Stress-Tech Guarantee: $113.68

Granted, it won't cover other consumables like shafts, gears, and blades, but it could save a few bucks in crash costs during the first year. Kudos to Hobbico for such a neat program!
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:55 PM   #17
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The parts replacement program is nice, but if it's anything like the duratrax replacement program (also Hobbico), it takes a long time to get replacements.

I bought a Duratrax Brushless Evader, and after a couple of weekends with my grandson, we had a neat little pile of parts to send back. So, send them back we did. It took 6 weeks to get replacements. Don't get me wrong - free parts are great(!) but it won't eliminate your need to keep spares of your own.

I will say that dealers like helikraft and infinity-hobby make it super easy and super cheap to accumulate lots of spares!

I'm thinking I might just pick up a v1 and convert it to FBL myself. Looks pretty easy to do, and man those parts are *cheap*. I think it'll be cheaper to repair than any of my brushless mcpx's.
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:30 AM   #18
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My LHS is bringing these in, so I'll be able to at least have a good rummage of one.

Who knows, I may even buy one if I can exchange broken stress tech parts at the LHS.
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And there's also the fact that I don't really like the V2, for several reasons:

1) Carbon frame
2) Torque Tube tail
3) Canopy design (it's OK, I guess... just dull colors)
2) Torque Tube tail (oh wait.... )

What I'm looking for is an easy-to-work-on, durable, inexpensive beater. I've got other high-end helis, I just want something I can toss around without any emotional attachment. You know, a "red-headed step-child" heli.
Definitively with you with that one. V1 + TT's FBL head (which is quite pricey) is winning combination. I think...(plus metal canopy holders, metal tail, gorilla gear skids, one piece upper bearing holder... Eh...)
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Definitively with you with that one. V1 + TT's FBL head (which is quite pricey) is winning combination. I think...(plus metal canopy holders, metal tail, gorilla gear skids, one piece upper bearing holder... Eh...)
Well, I don't think I'd go for any of the metal bits. This new version has a metal head block ($16.99) and plastic grips ($6.99). That's a perfect combination for me, as it will very likely be turfed fairly often as I try to grow a pair with my flying style.
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