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Old 09-09-2016, 08:05 AM   #42 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=Probably not. Hard to tell until we crash one [/QUOTE]

Well, I crashed one. Low altitude, very fast hard banking turn. Frame 90 degrees to the ground, misjudged. I wish I could say it was wind, or a deer distracted me (that has happened), but this time, I just flew it into the ground. Basically it was a rotor disk strike, and then a fierce tumble. This was not one of those blade strikes and replace the main gear; this thing was balled up. Luckily, I keep a good stock of spares for my helis and between the 300 CFX and the 230 S, I had what I needed.
trashed the blade tips ($29.00 USD USD)
about 6 teeth missing off the main gear ($.4.99 USD)
blade grip links popped off one still connected to the swash plate, the other, lost (one link, $1.50 USD)
The metal link post from one plastic blade grip pulled out and is missing (This screwed back in and I put some CA on it to keep from backing out)
Blades struck the tail boom, ding and slight bend. ($12.34 USD)
Tail rotor trashed ($2.00 USD)
FYI Canopy survived, no damage (Yay!)

So cost of repair with blades: $48.99.00 USD Without blades: $20.83 USD. With Lynx 3D Plastic Blades $33.83
So this is just one crash and the frame took no damage. Just for comparison sake:
230 S frame: 7.99, 250 CFX frame 26.99 Difference $19.00 USD
230 S blades: 9.99, 250 CFX Blades: $29.00 USD, Difference $10.01 USD

So for this crash, the big difference was the price of the blades.

But over all, the blades are the big difference, and the reason I say this and not the frame is because, I have had the 230 S since the day it came out. I have hundreds of flights on it (lost count) and I have repaired it more times than I want to admit (it is my training heli). I am going to make a statement here. For the crash my 250 CFX just endured, the 230 S frame would have been damaged. The 250 CFX frame took no damage (solid). While the 230 S frame is only $7.99 USD, that is a total rebuild, not a quick fix. (ugggh). This is not to say when you auger in from high altitude that carbon fiber frame will survive. But I think with the low mass of the heli, the frame will be fairly durable. (more than the 230 S anyway)

I am not making a claim that the 250 CFX is better than the 230 S. (I like them both) I am just reporting the damage and my conclusion on the crash. Value is based on the individual needs, desires, and situation.

I questioned the decision to buy this heli since I had a 230 S, and I have seen the question asked here as well. I got my personal answer yesterday. I crashed my 250 CFX and put it on the table. I popped a battery in my 230 S and kept training. (Flew 3 more batteries) So for me ... yes. "More helis, more better".
Blade 450X, 450 3D, 270 CFX, 300 CFX, 250 CFX, 230 S, 200 SRX, 180 CFX, Nano CPx, Lynx 300 Scratch Build, Spektrum DX9
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