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T-REX 600 › The Launch of KDE Direct - Trex 600 Aluminum Bottom Bracket Upgrade!
05-16-2008 07:05 AM  9 years agoPost 1
kegerator

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Hey All Members-

After a lot of work and design effort, I'm pleased to announce the launch of my new design company KDE Direct (http://www.kdedirect.com). One of the first products available to you is the Trex 600 Aluminum Bottom Bracket upgrade and I'm proud to offer this to everyone addicted to this hobby. As you'll find on the website, here's a summary of the design:

Item Description:

Precision, CNC machined and clear anodized Aluminum 6061-T6 bottom bracket upgrade for the Align TREX 600E line of helicopters. This upgrade is a direct replacement for the stock Align part, with no modification required to the frame or landing gear. All standard hardware required is included for installation and is U.S. Made! No cheap materials ormachining; this is the highest quality RC upgrade product on the market bar-none! The upgrade provides incredible frame stiffness with tremendous benefits – no more broken landing gear tabs, ability to use steel or nylon screws (to prevent landing gear breakage), optimized strength and weight characteristics, increased toughness in case of a crash, and aesthetic appeal for your helicopter!

Includes: - One (1) Aluminum Bottom Bracket Upgrade
- Four (4) M3 x 0.5 x 10 Socket Head Cap Screws (Class 12.9 Black Oxide Alloy Steel)
- Two (2) M3 x 0.5 x 12 Socket Head Cap Screws (Class 12.9 Black Oxide Alloy Steel)
- Four (4) M3 x 0.5 x 16 Socket Head Cap Screws (Class 12.9 Black Oxide Alloy Steel)
- Ten (10) M3 (3.2mm ID, 7mm OD) Washers (Zinc-Plated DIN 125 Steel Flat)
- Four (4) M3 x 0.5 Nylon-Insert Locknuts (Zinc-Plated Class 8 Steel)
- Installation diagram with hardware callouts

Weight: 77 g (design is FEA optimized for maximum strength and minimum weight – only ~30 g heavier than stock plastic frame)

The first production run will be available on 5/27/2008 and we are currently accepting preorders through the website. All parts will ship the following day via USPS Priority Mail (Free shipping for the celebration of the launch)! No more plastic parts - it can't get any better than that! I've attached additional images of the design.

Thanks again for everyone's support!

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05-16-2008 08:39 AM  9 years agoPost 2
docjoe

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It looks really good and I'm sure that it will make great additions to our helis but I would say, in all fairness, it is quite expensive at $89.99. But this hobby is all about bling! This would be the icing on the cake!

Joe
We haven't seen Colonel Angus around these parts for years!

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05-16-2008 08:57 AM  9 years agoPost 3
macsgrafs

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shame it wasn't carbon! I'm after losing weight at the moment not adding it mind you it does look very nice, can't deny that one.

Ross

Seems to me that ALL heli's beat the air into submission

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05-16-2008 11:29 AM  9 years agoPost 4
Ben-T-Spindle

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I really like the aluminum bottom but $89.99 is way over my budget. Hopefully the price will come down a lot with future production runs. Let us know when you are able to offer a better price.

... BTS

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05-16-2008 01:02 PM  9 years agoPost 5
helimatt

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Bling is great, but given how cheap and effective the stock plastic part is, I'd have to ask what is the advantage of this as an upgrade?

-higher cost
-heavier
-heli does not seem to need additional strength in this area

EDIT: re-read my post and its a bit harsh- my opinion only and it may not matter much as I'm just a cheapskate at heart.

I think the design work looks good and Made in USA has a nice ring to it too! I hope you find a good market for them.

Never, ever, ever, ever give up.

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05-16-2008 01:10 PM  9 years agoPost 6
jimboflies

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Micro heli charges $36.00 for there aluminum bottom for the Trex450 , so I think the price is about right for the 600, plus , it is made in the USA, can`t beat that I think ...Good job KDE...

EP8 EX twinring frame
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05-16-2008 02:27 PM  9 years agoPost 7
rcchauffeur

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Bottom Plate

Nice,but overpriced ! Price will restrict many from getting it

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05-16-2008 02:45 PM  9 years agoPost 8
kegerator

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Quick Update -

I've received a few e-mails concerning the premium price of the new upgrade part. I wanted to explain my design philosophy on this and what you can expect from KDE Direct:

I tried to keep the pricing as low as possible, but I wanted to keep manufacturing in the U.S. and not reduce material or machining quality in anyway. My goal for this new company is for customers to know they are buying a premium product that represents some of the best work out there. I know I could reach a larger target audience with a lower cost, lower quality design, but I don't want my business model to be based around that. I used the highest grade Aluminum 6061-T6, which offers incredible strength at a very minimal weight increase over the stock plastic frame. Also, I'm confident you'll be impressed by the CNC machining work - I worked hard to find a highly skilled machinist and I'm confident you'll see his work is represented in the part. All edges are chamfered and tolerances are being held to +/- 0.001", so you'll get an exact part everytime. I'm also using MIL-spec, clear anodizing to provide excellent corrosion resistnace and a brilliant shine. I want to offer us helicopter addicts the best quality available, as I've been very frustrated with low quality parts and upgrades that cause headaches and trouble once installed in the past.

As part of the sale, I wanted to start an industry first crash warranty for RC hardware. If a serious crash occurs and the part is damaged in anyway, I'm offering a 30% discount on a replacement part. This is my commitment to you and the quality of my work, and I want to help out us heli addicts in anyway possible.

Thanks again for your support!

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