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07-08-2008 08:55 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Marty55

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Ive tried to look around and for some reason I cant find what the new helis are supposed to be.

I am hoping there would be a good RTF heli in the near future, but who am i kidding : / .

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07-08-2008 09:31 PM  9 years agoPost 2
JAGNZ

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I am not sure I understand the question but there is no such thing as an RTF heli IMHO. ALL pre-built birds should be pulled apart and rebuilt, not only so you know how to do it in the event of a crash but also because factory built helis always have issues that have to be addressed by the builder, i.e. no Locktite used etc.


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07-08-2008 10:28 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Marty55

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Good point Jagnz.

So whats a new heli on the horizon? I mean in the 450 - 500 size?

I figure start saving now and buy new later

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07-08-2008 10:34 PM  9 years agoPost 4
JAGNZ

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Well the Rave is due out soon. Plus a few others. BUT, IMHO the 500's are soooo much better than the 450's. 450's are small, twitchy and hard to see at a distance. Plus they cannot handle wind like helis with a larger disk. About their only key selling point is that they are relatively cheap to crash.

The T500 is an incredible heli. Awesome out of the box and flies like a much larger heli. Plus it's small enough to be flown in large school grounds etc.

In the 90 Nitro space the X90, Trex 700 and Aurora (good luck finding one) are the new kids on the block.


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07-08-2008 11:25 PM  9 years agoPost 5
Marty55

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Any new 500's upon the horizon? Electric?

Is trex planning on making a v2 of the rex 500?

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07-08-2008 11:36 PM  9 years agoPost 6
JAGNZ

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Why the questions? Why are you interested? Do you want to buy one? Why do we need a V2 of the Rex 500?? There is nothing wrong with it and it has only just come out. There are PLENTY of good choices out there right NOW. I would consider those instead of thinking about what might or might not be in the pipeline. It's ALL vaporware until you can get it in the shops or online.


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07-08-2008 11:40 PM  9 years agoPost 7
Marty55

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Well i have the money, but no the time right now. Im trying to plan ahead. Couldnt really play with anything for at least 6 months.

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07-08-2008 11:48 PM  9 years agoPost 8
JAGNZ

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Then wait and see what is out when you are actually ready to purchase...just IMO of course.


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07-09-2008 12:55 AM  9 years agoPost 9
Marty55

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Thats what im doing, but theres this thing called marketing.

Idk I think its like when you hear of new stuff coming out. But thats just me.

wow.

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07-09-2008 01:47 AM  9 years agoPost 10
JAGNZ

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Good luck with your search.


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07-09-2008 02:08 AM  9 years agoPost 11
Yug

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Why bother with a 500 when a 600 which is based on a 500, offers superior performance in all respects.
Most of the major manufacturers now have good and modern designs, where most of the short comings of a few short years ago have been addressed. Issues such as using the right material for the job have been addressed and the leading manufacturers are pretty much determined by quality. You only have to look at Synergy, Align, Aurora, Mikado to see where things are headed from the design and marketing perspectives. There has been some excellent work done in the last 4 or 5 years on heli design resulting in the 2 main airframe structures of moulded plastics and CF, each with their own merits.
It must now be hard for the manufacturers to come up with improvements (barring QC) to create that revolutionary new heli.
Perhaps the 2 most important areas now being worked are the electronics and flybarless aspects. Perhaps this boils down to the major manufacturers investing more heavily into electronics such that truly integrated control systems will become realised whether it be for nitro or electric helis. There's lots of great stuff to come.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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07-09-2008 02:13 AM  9 years agoPost 12
JAGNZ

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Why bother with a 500 when a 600 which is based on a 500, offers superior performance in all respects.
Because batteries for a 600 sized electric are a fortune. The batteries for the 500 are actually pretty affordable and I disagree that the 500 is based on a 600. The Trex 500 bears very little resemblance to the 600 (N at least anyway). I own both.

I can't advocate anything E larger than 500 sized, the battery costs simply don't work out IMO. However, step up to a 600 or larger heli and Nitro rules.


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07-09-2008 02:26 AM  9 years agoPost 13
Yug

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Yes, the 500/600 debate I agree with you. 600e's does become very expensive but I'm currently trying to support the bigger view. Till now, I've always been a firm advocate of nitros but just yesterday purchased my first 600e which could be seen as support for electric powered helis. Barring shorter flight times and the current cost issues, there is no question that electric offers better immediate performance. We'll see how the bigger picture unfolds over time as new technologies become available. Perhaps this is my motivation into electrics, in gaining a greater understanding of this powersource and the issues surrounding it while keeping my options open regarding new electric technological developents. I'm not even ruling out methanol or hydrogen based fuel cells.

Vegetable rights and Peace

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