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Old 03-25-2013, 02:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Dont do a 700 right away. Yes it easier to fly but its a whole lot more heli and a lot more intimidating. You will not want to crash a 700 because of the price. A 500 is a lot more crash friendly with repair bills. 450s are even better for crashing and cheap repairs but I dont like the lack of stability vs the 500. The major difference is blade price and its only about $20 more for the 500.

500 Pro DFC combo w/ 3GX - $723.99
http://www.aligntrexstore.com/T-REX-...1X_p_2154.html
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:33 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Looks like the 500 pro dfc requires 7 channels... I have a dx6i.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:37 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Looks like the 500 pro dfc requires 7 channels... I have a dx6i.
It does not, that what the 3GX says if you run a gov which is only for nitro. You will be fine with the 6i. I used to run my 3GX stuff with that. Of course for more cash, you could skip the 3GX and get a "better" gryo if you would like.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:40 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Well its down to the align 500 dfc pro for $650 or the 550e dfc for $750.... toughie. Both with 3gx.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:55 PM   #25 (permalink)
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You can get the Align products without the 3GX FBl controller a lot of times. Like this one here.

http://www.espritmodel.com/align-t-r...dfc-combo.aspx


That would save you having to sell the 3GX for way less than its worth.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:35 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Well I got back into the game about a year ago and absolutely love it. Amazing how much things change in 2 years. I currently have the MCP X BL & the 130X which I fly with my dx6i without too much of a problem.

I use to own a 300 size heli many years ago and now I'm looking to a medium to a medium large size. I am simply torn between the two. My options are:

- $475 for the 450x with two additional batteries and some other goodies.
- $875 for the 500x with an additional battery & AR7200B Receiver
Dude you can get a Gaui X5 with BeastX for around the price of the Blade 500X and have a larger helicopter for almost the same price.

You will have to build it but when you get into the big machines even if it comes completely assembled you have to strip it down and rebuild it when you get it anyway, even the Blade 500X isn't really RTF out of the box.

And I cannot stress this enough, at 500 and larger you absolutely CAN NOT half ass setup and maintenance. These things can and will kill you if something goes wrong. A 500 has more power than an electric lawnmower. In my opinion these 500 size "RTF" helicopters are a terrible idea.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:38 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I personally don't think the 450x is worth that price. The 450x is still using plastic frame and plastic grips. The 500 still uses plastic grips, but at least has a carbon fiber frame.
Nothing wrong with plastic, Mikado, MSH, Align and Thunder Tiger (and many others) use plastic too. I wouldn't pay Mikado's prices for plastic though.

Some parts like mixing and washout arms actually work better as plastic than as metal due to tolerance between the part and the bearings. Aluminum must be exact and will always have some tolerance in the bearing housings (or they'd have to throw a lot of aluminum parts out) while tolerance can be compensated for with plastic by making the bearing housinings a few tenths of a mm undersized.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:05 PM   #28 (permalink)
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A 500 has more power than an electric lawnmower. In my opinion these 500 size "RTF" helicopters are a terrible idea.
...and the larger electrics put out as much as a gas mower! Good grief, when you think of it those terms...
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Guys I wanted to thank you all for the last minute guidance. I decided to pick up an Align 550E DFC Super Combo with NO 3GX.

I also picked up a DX8 w/ AR7200BX... broke the bank

I would have considered a Gaui x5 if it weren't sold out everywhere and people actually carried parts. Align is pretty much all over the place which is good for emergency parts.

I'll be sure to post some build pictures!
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:20 PM   #30 (permalink)
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oh you are gong to love that..
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:28 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I would say to get an Atom 500 but its a bit more pricey than an Align. Many trex 500 guys have converted over so that says something. Plus they make a factory stretch kit for the atom for 120 dollars.

Edit: oops I didn't see you made your decision. That is going to be a whole lot of heli. I can't wait to stretch my atom so to a 550.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:21 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I have a 450X and trex 500 and I think jumping from a micro to 500 is too big of a jump for me. I have crashed my 450X a ton and its so cheap to repair. Some places sell the frame for $9.99 for example. I like my trex 500 better of course, especially for increased visibility but I will do anything on the 450X and not be pissed if it crashes.

This of course depends on skill level but I'd be much happier being ale to outfly a bird then having a bird I'm afraid to fly hard.

So it depends how good of a pilot you feel you are and how much crash cost you can afford. Have fun either way!
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