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jamienz

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Hi there, I am looking to upgrade from my Align Trex 450 SE (V1), and am thinking a 500 size heli would be a good next step.

Right now I am pretty sure I should get the Trex 500 but wondering if anyone reccomends anything else?

My level is pretty basic - can fly in all directions/cicuits etc, nose in hover and have managed a few loops and rolls so far. Looking for something that will be stable but capable of some mild aeros..

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tasmanian devil

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DeSoto,Tx.

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Go nitro.That's all I have to say.

I do'nt crash,I just rearrange parts.

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travco7373

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edmonton alberta

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nitro!

It's only money!!! Easy to make hard to keep!!!

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LonR

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Go nitro for the 3rd time LOL.

600LE,OS55,OS PowerBoost pipe,Align 610's,Spartan

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Sillyness

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Little Rock AR

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I'm really happy with my fleet. I like having the TREx 500 and I like having the Vibe 50. If I were you, I'd sell the 450, upgrade to a 500GF, AND get a nitro. It's the best of both worlds!

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Gregor99

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Western Wa

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I really like my T500. A couple more to look at the Compass Atom and the Protos. All good 500 class helis.

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write2dgray

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Seattle, WA

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I'm leaning towards a Protos for my choice of 500, and prefer electric

The new Sniper II by LA Heli is also looking good.

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The man

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a 50 nitro is the way to go. You get a lot more flight time than a 500. A fully charged receiver Lipo and a couple of gallon fuel will last all day.

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Gregor99

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Western Wa

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Electric is the way to go. With Zippy packs I fly pack after pack after pack all day long while the nitro guys are tuning thier motors.....again.

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jamienz

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Auckland, New Zealand

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Yeah was thinking nitro, and even went as far as buying a .32 powered Kyosho Caliber 4 which I still have. Prefer flying my trex though and like the power/manouverablity it has. I am leaning electric as its just so clean and easy compared to glow...

Does anyone have any 500 size helis that compare to the Trex 500 or is that the one to go for?

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LonR

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Macomb,Mi

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Electric will never have and keep the power through a whole flight like nitro but there is a few other 500 class helis out there and a knock off/clone of the Trex 500 AND theres a nitro kit for it . You should get a 50 size nitro and feel the power ,wish I had the money for a 90 .

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VANHELI

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Omaha,Nebraska

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As far as best value, I would say go with the Trex 500. It is a great machine and with flightmax batteries for around 50 dollars to your door, you cant go wrong. And with the right setup a trex 500 will hands down be more powerful and faster than a 50 nitro.

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MrNiceGuy

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Melbourne, FL

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I have a Compass Atom and I really like it a lot. It's much "beefier" looking than the T-500 and is very tough. Next to it the T-500 looks like a toy. It can be setup for anything from learning to hover or full out smack down 3D with very fast cyclic. The stock motor has a lot of power too and the new ones come with a nice speed control. You won't be disappointed with this heli. Since I've gotten mine my T-rex 450 has gotten very little use. Oh and get the G-10 frames. They are tougher and cheaper than the carbons with no noticeable flight differences.

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Aaron1100us

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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This won't be your last heli so go for the Trex 500 and get a nitro too, and then some more electrics and then at least another nitro.

Get what you want, not what others say. You'll end up with a few helis anyways. Nitro and electric are both great in their own ways, get a few of each.

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neale

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BRISBANE ,Australia

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Second that,both have there advantages

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jamienz

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Auckland, New Zealand

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also I figured with a 500 size I can run 2x 2200mah 3s Lipos together (of which I already have heaps)!

So thinkin atom or trex. Trex is still the frontrunner for me at the moment in terms of value for money...

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LONEWOLF2440

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I say trex 500 fly good parts are cheap

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JAGNZ

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Auckland, New Zealand

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I have a Compass Atom and I really like it a lot. It's much "beefier" looking than the T-500 and is very tough. Next to it the T-500 looks like a toy. It can be setup for anything from learning to hover or full out smack down 3D with very fast cyclic. The stock motor has a lot of power too and the new ones come with a nice speed control. You won't be disappointed with this heli. Since I've gotten mine my T-rex 450 has gotten very little use. Oh and get the G-10 frames. They are tougher and cheaper than the carbons with no noticeable flight differences.
+1. Sold my 500 for an Atom and have never regretted it. The 500 was a great heli - the Atom is better though. Plus the Atom is more visible in the air due to the boom diameter as well as Canopy length.

I like the look of the Protos too but some have referred to it as being like flying a piece of glass it's so fragile. The Atom however is one beefy mother, I can tell you that. Now that the cheaper G10 version is out I think you will see a LOT more of them around.

With all of the Compass models, the quality is there and the price is very competitive. The main thing is their great flight characteristics though. They fly VERY stable and track straight as an arrow with few extra inputs required.


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TOSH

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UK.Peterborough

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Electric will never have and keep the power through a whole flight like nitro
That`s wrong.
You should get a 50 size nitro and feel the power
You`ll be disappointed if you`re used to electric helis.

Flybars. Who needs `em.

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fenderstrat

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Aston,Pa

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hhhhmmmm I just read the original post like 3 times and I just cant see where the OP asked about 50 sized nitro,am I missing something?seems to me the question was about the rex 500 and other 500 size helis
A fully charged receiver Lipo and a couple of gallon fuel will last all day.
not everyone wants to drop 60 bucks everytime they go to the field.for his level of flying 160.00 dollars worth of batteries(3 cheap packs,less than 6 gal of fuel) will last a season or more.

and yes I own both,but that has nothing to do with the original question

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