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05-04-2005 05:13 PM  12 years agoPost 1
ROT8

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Align T-REX Forum is going to be the most popular on eRunRyder, couple more posts and we will pass in front of HB's

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05-04-2005 05:29 PM  12 years agoPost 2
WRXRonald

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not sure about that...


what are you basing this on... there are other forums on RR with far more posts...

in the electrics alone, yes its going to be the most soon providing HB doesnt start outpacing us...

course if you compare the amt of time the Trex forum has been around to some of the others, Trexy forum might very well have the hottest pace of posts on RR right now...

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05-04-2005 05:51 PM  12 years agoPost 3
macross

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ROT8 is right.

The growth of the TRex thread is phenomenal. The first post on the TRex started in Aug 2004. It grew to over 26,000 posts in a mere 8 months, exceeding all e-heli threads but the Hummingbird. But that will change in a matter of hours!

Now look at the Hummingbird thread. It started way back in 2002! It took them 2 years to reach where they are now. TRex took only 8 months. We are talking about the rate of growth here. The rate at which the TRex thread is growing is indeed astounding! If this rate continues unabated, HB will never catch up, in fact no other thread in RR e-heli will ever catch up. In fact, even the Shogun/Zoom thread is growing faster than HB. By the end of the year, it might overtake HB too if no new HB helis are introduced by Century.

If the amount of posts in the TRex thread is any reflection of the number of TRex owners and interested parties of this fantastic heli, then we can only conclude that TRex could possibly be the best selling e-heli in the world right now.

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05-04-2005 05:58 PM  12 years agoPost 4
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You wouldn't have to twist my arm to believe...

like i said in another thread... Align is on fire right now... they are undoubtedly one of, if not THE hottest micro heli producer in the market right now.

i'd be afraid to challenge their dominance at this point. they hit the perfect mix of price-point and flyability. Everyone crashes at first alot, spares out to inexpensive to keep you coming back for more.

could you imagine the popularity growth once the lipo-lution takes place... (its coming-- be patient)... lipos that can charge in minutes and be re-charged thousands of times. this could turn nitros into the steam engine of the past... jk. not likely, but interesting subject matter anyways.

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05-04-2005 06:04 PM  12 years agoPost 5
macross

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Yes, totally agree with you WRXRonald.

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05-04-2005 07:28 PM  12 years agoPost 6
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We passed the Century forum now...

Pretty impessive popularity for a helicopter produced by a company that only (currently) produces one helicopter....

Re. Future generation LiPos - there's fuel cell technology too. Imagine a powerful 3D e-heli that will fly for hours....

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05-04-2005 07:49 PM  12 years agoPost 7
WRXRonald

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"Pretty impessive popularity for a helicopter produced by a company that only (currently) produces one helicopter...."


and don't forget a bunch of vaccuum cleaners too!

quite an odd transition here... how does one company go from vaccuum cleaners to micro helis?

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05-04-2005 08:11 PM  12 years agoPost 8
Oh deary me

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I bought my wife one of those vacumes, and she fly's around the house:

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05-04-2005 08:44 PM  12 years agoPost 9
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Mine flies a broom.

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05-04-2005 11:46 PM  12 years agoPost 10
dada

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ROFL

dude the vacuum cleaner isn't their forte it's the rice cooker. Nothing beats a pink Minnie Mouse Rice Cooker from Align

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05-05-2005 11:12 AM  12 years agoPost 11
macross

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lol..... Guys, you really crack me up. Can't stop laughing.

But the part about Fuel-cell sounds really interesting. I know there are Fuel-cell cars, but anyone knows of any company coming up with portable Fuel cells? That would be the ultimate cool factor in a heli!!

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05-05-2005 01:27 PM  12 years agoPost 12
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I wont say anything about the vac cleaners and the Trex both sucking.. cos its far too obvious!

Maybe there are more posts on the Trex because there are more issues to resolve? I don't know but am thinking of getting one for the economy of flying (or should that be crashing?) compared to the Zoom for instance. I also hear that it has a faster cyclic for flips and rolls.

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05-05-2005 01:32 PM  12 years agoPost 13
jemo

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The latest from Align. If this proves to be popular, a Rice cooker version will be forth coming.

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05-05-2005 04:04 PM  12 years agoPost 14
Oh deary me

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Are those wheel's an upgrade ?

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05-05-2005 06:06 PM  12 years agoPost 15
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Reason's for Forum growth:

1. Economics
How cheap is it? The cheaper the heli is, the more individuals will have it. The HB in the past have been inexpensive. Alot of people have owned one, including those those who now own the T-REX. The HB is one of the original pioneers starting out as a renamed FEDA. Over the last couple of years it has evolved. The latest 3D Pro is now the 5th version. Price $139

The picollo has been out for a while, but it was not cheapest. The same thing for the Hornet. Nice helis from what I hear, but the price points are higher say a HB. I even once met a guy at a funfly that had $1,100 in his hornet (ridiculous).

The ZOOM 400 / Shogun made its debut with a nice 3D video a while back. Many purchased them, many did not. But again, it too is more expensive to fly than a HB 3D pro or T-rex. Truth to the matter is this, people like economy. Heck, some parts on the TREX are cheaper than the HB 3D pro.

2. Frustration with other models:
Hornet's problem tail stripping, Zoom Tail problem with expensive $75 belt drive upgrades, CP Hummer lack of responsive head drove many to seek other micro electric helis.

3. Most important reasons above all for fast forum growth is "PROBLEMS WITH THE MODEL".
This IMO, ranks above "many having the model." But when you combine the these two, OMG, you are going to posts out of the WaaZoo.

4. People sharing info.
This ranks last on my list, although important, it is a common theme on all of the forums.

Conclusion:
I have owned every hummer that has come out due to the price, I have stayed away from Piccolo, Hornet and Shogun because of higher cost to maintain flight. I plan to get a TREX eventhough I love my HB 3D Pro, because I hear it flies decently and because it is cheap to upgrade and maintain.

So, the popularity of one model's forum has many indirect ties to other models. Being pleased about a high number of posts, may mean the model has had alot of problems where people have been seeking help. But I do agree, the growth of this forum has been explosive. I'm not hating, just trying to figure out and explain the possible reasons why.

CENTURY really could have been a bully, and could have owned most of the market share had the HB 3D PRO come out a lot sooner, but due to its slow evolution and owners' frustrations, the Shogun and T-Rex had an optimal opportunity to debut and had the perfect medium to dwell, and thrive as well as gain market shares.

That's my .02

Take Care and Keep sharing guys.

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05-06-2005 07:26 AM  12 years agoPost 16
Buznee

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what i love about the trex is the design. It is pretty much a mini nitro setup. It also flys very similar to a nitro. The hb and the hornet dont have the mixing flybar system that the trex shares with the nitros. The trex also flys well with no upgrades and the quality of the parts are very good considering the price. Another amazing thing about align is that they are always active and fixing the problems in their kits as well as releasing inexpensive cnc high quality upgrades!

~Danny

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05-06-2005 02:11 PM  12 years agoPost 17
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if nothing else.....

aligns pro-action is their claim to fame over anything else....

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05-06-2005 02:21 PM  12 years agoPost 18
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what is really driving up the post count?

A slew of Nitro guys(me included) not knowing the first thing about electrics...motors, BEC's, and the like...if I do this I would need a lot of help...just like all the questions being asked.

It seems to me that electrics are harder to understand..amps, watts and all..you match the wrong motor with speed controler and a bad pinion combo and smoke your system...that worries many people...so we ask the same question over and over again hopefully understanding this new beast sooner or later. I aint stupid or nutin'
but this is way outside my comfort zone.

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05-06-2005 02:33 PM  12 years agoPost 19
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well true...

but its just a change for you...

there's a lot of new stuff to learn... but honestly i have no experience with nitro birds... but lots of experience with nitro trucks and cars... and i'm STILL scared of nitro birds....


listen, i'm scared enough of my 660 gram electric bird at 2500 rpms... ask me to get anywhere near a bird thats like 4 times the size, and forget it... nitro birds probably can take a head off if not careful... at least with the trexy you're just looking at a couple of stiches, or a nitro truck a broken toe or two.

but you're right, same q's over and over again here... But must admit, the century electrics have been around, but did not create that same kind of 'mass exodus' to electrics for a lot of the nitro guys that the trexy did. its like the buzz on an electric modeled after a nitro has hit so hot, its finally made electrics grab more nitro-flyers' attention, on a more massive scale.

welcome, have fun, read up on amps, volts, watts, lipos, esc's, effeciency, cutoff points, and pinions. if you just want the basics.

if you're big electric serious, you read up on motors, number of poles, stators, winds, etc etc etc.... it borders on rediculous... trust me when i started this i was not only new to electrics aspects, but also completely new to the flying RC hobby. my experience was nitro trucks/cars, that's it.

i had to learn multi channel Tx's. (ie more than 2 channels), electrics, and flying helis.... yeash!!! i said.

but hey, started in December 04. its less than 6 months later and i becoming at least proficient at flying around a field with average-to-low skill, crashing less and less, fully profecient at heli setup, electric setup, Tx setup for an aerobatic capable heli, etc etc.

so you nitro guys got at least 1 up on most of us... in that you are at least familiar with RC heli basics... matter of fact thats way more than a 1up... more like a 10-up.

so just saying-- don't fret--- it won't take long to get on base... and RR is the place to learn how to do it all.

in case you were unaware--- trex tuning website is a great place for trex specific beginners, setups, and accesories for the electric trex flyer. tons of nicely organized info to be had there. good luck!!!

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05-06-2005 04:10 PM  12 years agoPost 20
zoom

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Nitro Exodus is true

You are right as well.

A lot of my nitro buddies have gotten TRex if nothing more than for its look. It closely resembles a Raptor. Which is the most popular nitro heli for those starting out with a nitro. The resemblance also offered familiarity which is a plus for those nitro guys who didn't have a clue in terms of electrics.

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