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rcheliguymtl

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I'm looking at align nitro helis because they seem to be more available than hirobo these days and I like good quality helis, how does align hold up against hirobo in terms of quality of components in the kits and instruction manuals directions?

08-27-2016 12:10 AM
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ICUR1-2

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unlike Align you can order your parts in Canada. NO Customs
or order from Hirobo and pay through the nose for shipping.

Hirobo is known for higher quality
Align is known for medium quality and parts are inexpensive

if you go with the 600N I recommend replacing the clutch stack housing with the CNC version. and getting the servo adaptor for the elevator servo to clean up the servo install.
I have owned my 600N LE converted to EFL for about 4 years now

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08-27-2016 01:55 AM
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rcheliguymtl

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hirobo

Where can I buy a hirobo nitro heli in canada then? I rather have good quality

08-27-2016 01:58 AM
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ICUR1-2

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Where can I buy a hirobo nitro heli in canada then?
you can't and that is why you will pay through the nose for shipping/customs

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08-27-2016 02:14 AM
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rcheliguymtl

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hirobo vs align

rcjapan.net sells "SDX 50SWM HALF ASSEMBLY KIT WITH ENGINE" for about 68000 yens which is about 800-900$ Canadian dollars + shipping and import fees, or I can order a 600N from grandrc.com or amain.com in USD and pay less for everything I need to run the heli

08-27-2016 02:22 AM
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dkshema

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Align is decent quality. My two 600Ns are 8 years old, have been upgraded over time as funds permitted and are now flybarless and still fly great. The rest of my Align helis, electric and nitro have all performed well over the years.

There is no reason to pass on the 600N for some perceived "low quality" or "lesser quality" statement.

Align is arguably the most popular helicopter line on the market. They have dominated the market for more than a decade. That doesn't happen by constantly producing junk or substandard kits.

There is no need to really buy any additional upgrade parts before ever building and flying.

I owned Hirobos, as well. They were nice, but Hirobo pretty much disappeared from the North American continent years ago.

You shouldn't consider any heli as your basic trainer if parts are not easy to come by.

Since you really have never flown an RC heli for any length of time, go for the Align as parts are readily available and inexpensive.

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08-27-2016 02:31 AM
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dialarotor

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Hirobo kits & parts available in USA

Trex is good and I have several. Hirobo has always been good quality and Jeff Green and friends have brought back the kits and parts to the USA Hirobo fans.

http://hirobofanusa.com/

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08-27-2016 01:58 PM
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tommytt1

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+1 on http://hirobofanusa.com.

I've never owned any Align, so I can only comment on Hirobo and they are great helicopters.

I made a mistake once, but I was wrong?

08-27-2016 03:38 PM
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jhartsock3

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If your talking about nitro. You may wanna cosider synergy. Rather than hirobo. But not sure if there is distributor in Canada. But align 600 is great heli you really can't go wrong with any of the choices. Just go with what you can afford. The only down side to me is align bearings seem to wear out quicker so will have to replace sooner. But those can be upgraded after the first season or as they wear out.

08-27-2016 04:25 PM
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rcheliguymtl

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all i want to do with my nitro is hover it, due to health reasons I don't think I can do more than that which is what I want anyways but i've had a hirobo 30 in the past and it was nice

08-27-2016 05:13 PM
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banshee rider

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If you do consider any other brands besides Hirobo or Align

Synergy would also be my number 1 pick out of the three

I own all three
The only downside to the Synergy is the fuel tank is only good for about 8 minutes of flight (I would like a little larger tank)

the Hirobo flies as well and the quality is also as good
but it doesn't crash as well in most crashes there will be more damage to the Hirobo

The Align is cheaper to fix and parts are more abundant
but it is a not of the same quality as the other two
and it feels sloppier in the air after a while

All three of these heli's of mine have the same electronics in them
Futaba digital h.s. servo's and CGY750 FBL controllers

So there about as close as can be for comparison apples to apples

IMHO.

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08-27-2016 05:26 PM
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Danny Calderone

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Align

In that case you'll be very satisfied with any current align offering. They are not bad by any means. Not the greatest in any of the following category, but the best combination of affordability, quality, performance, and parts availability you'll find. There is no comparison in quality to a Japanese manufactured machine like Hirobo or JR with Taiwanese products, but they have come a long way. I own several myself.

Danny Calderone. AREA138

08-27-2016 05:31 PM
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ICUR1-2

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all i want to do with my nitro is hover it, due to health reasons I don't think I can do more than that which is what I want anyways but i've had a hirobo 30 in the past and it was nice
Nitro Forever!
you may want to consider an @#$%^ric heli"hack cough" and charge Bat%^$$ "hack"

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08-28-2016 12:06 AM
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rcheliguymtl

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Jr good quality

I own a Jr vibe 50 nex..should I just try to glycerin that one for the first time instead of building a new one? Although building a new hirobo would be fun

08-28-2016 12:16 AM
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Heli_Splatter

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Silver Spring, MD by way of Sidney, Ne - USA

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Given what you want to do (hover)... I would go with Align, for parts availability.

If you are hovering, I would not put the money into top of the line helicopters. In fact, you might want to look in the used market. There are many good deals. One thing, you want to see it flown in front of you on your own radio. That will eliminate a lot of problems.

If you are green as grass, the electrics will be easier to get going and less mechanical problems.

08-28-2016 12:49 AM
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ICUR1-2

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fly the one you got

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08-28-2016 01:04 AM
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rcheliguymtl

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I hope I find an instructor at the heli club I will be joining to inspect my heli for first flight

08-28-2016 01:20 AM
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ICUR1-2

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that's a good start it is worth paying for membership and maac for the help you will receive

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08-28-2016 03:39 AM
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Heli_Splatter

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You practicing on a simulator?

If not STOP preparing to go to a field and START flying on a sim. You will save yourself a lot of time and expense. Or just start crashing.

If you can hover two consecutive battery packs in the sim without crashing, you are ready for the outdoors. I would suggest using the hover trainer and fly within the circle. (Real Flight)

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rcheliguymtl

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ok i'll pull out my old flight simulator

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