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07-14-2008 03:42 AM  9 years agoPost 1
R/CBOONE72

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Winfield, ks - USA

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what is your opinion when you compare the TREX 450SE to the 500? price for performance, quality, everything. I have flown a friends 500 and own trex 450se and the 500 seemd smoother although i did not push it and it was about a 3 minute flight. But i want to here what yall have to say.

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07-14-2008 02:04 PM  9 years agoPost 2
Darren Lee

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Woodstock, GA

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The 500 is in a different league than the 450. The larger size makes it much more stable and predictable. A very different experience from flying the 450.

Quality on the 450 SEv2 and 500 is probably about the same, no complaints here.

The price of putting together a 500 is only slightly more than the 450, except for lipos, which are about twice the cost. Very good value for what you get, IMO.

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07-14-2008 02:10 PM  9 years agoPost 3
xahhax

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Switzerland,​Lausanne

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450 is collecting dust.
500:
- more power (at least stock)
- more stable
- more visible
- easier to mount, repair, tune
- improves your skills faster
- is not SO MUCH bigger than the 450 to move around (if you have a car that is)
450 goes on ebay as soon as I have taken pics of it...

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07-14-2008 02:46 PM  9 years agoPost 4
The_Widowmaker

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Bear Valley Springs,​CA

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I think the 500 parts quality is a bit better, probably having more to do with size than actual quality. The swash leaves something to be desired but overall less "New Slop" in the head over a newly built 450. As mentioned not a drastic difference in initial purchase but you will see can see a significant difference in repair cost. That probably evens out though since the 500 is much more enjoyable to fly.

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07-14-2008 02:55 PM  9 years agoPost 5
michael88997

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Lewisville,Tx

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it depends on you really... my friend has a 600n 600e 500 and 450 and he normally flies his 450 before anything plus he uses it to try out new stunts... i bought a 450 because i wanted to fly everyday in a field and if you set them up right they will have alot of power... but if you live in a windy city you would probably be better with the 500...

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07-14-2008 03:07 PM  9 years agoPost 6
USNAviationjay

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Houston Tx USA

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I have 2 450s and really want a 500 pretty badly..the used market on them is not that great and I tend to buy most of my toys used rather than full retail.

The fact that they are so hard to get used must say something about the heli itself =D

I too have flown one and they are great. I now fly the 500 on Phoenix almost 97% of the time.

Still waiting on the Rave as well. Since its a Stretched 450 that flies more like a 500 than a 450.

We shall see though but the size is still fairly easy to deal with on the 500 it still fits in my car..

But 450 portability is very nice..

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07-14-2008 03:39 PM  9 years agoPost 7
RappyTappy

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North Denver,​Colorado

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The 500 is a world apart from a 450. The 500 is more composed and handles itself much better in the air and wind than a 450. Its amazing the difference just 100mm more blade makes.

Thing I do notice is that is all actuality, most parts for the 500 are literally the same cost as the 600. In fact, the booms for the 500 are more expensive than the 600! I like the 500, but it seems the cost to run it almost is not much less(if at all)than running a 600. I'll be putting my 500 up for sale once I get a 600 going thats for sure.

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07-14-2008 04:03 PM  9 years agoPost 8
USNAviationjay

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Houston Tx USA

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The 600 is too darn big though unless you own a truck or have your own flying field at your house.

The 600 wont even fit in my Mustang at all. and I sold my gas guzzling Expedition.

I can get 1 500 in my back seat or 4 450s =D

and the battery cost more than makes up for the cost of the parts.

I can use 2 of my existing 450 batts to fly a 500.

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07-14-2008 06:57 PM  9 years agoPost 9
outhouse

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auburn ca

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well you need the 450 the 500 and the 600

the 450 is portable extremely quick on cyclic and cheap to repair. great for learning new moves. harder to keep in the sky then the 500

500 much faster more stable and easier too see. great heli and a must have as the 450 is as well.

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07-14-2008 07:35 PM  9 years agoPost 10
Magic Hook

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Naples, Florida USA

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I love my 450 and fly it almost every day. The reality is though, given the choice and was going to start all over again with what I know now, I would skip the 450 and go straight to the 500. You dont give up much it portability but gain a lot in the air.

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07-14-2008 08:36 PM  9 years agoPost 11
RappyTappy

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North Denver,​Colorado

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I can fit a 50 size heli complete with blades and all in my Mazda Miata, I think it should fit into a Mustang, lol.

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07-14-2008 09:05 PM  9 years agoPost 12
USNAviationjay

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Houston Tx USA

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Top down or up =D

I dont really wanna have to drop my top and stick the tail out the top haha..

with the top up in my stang I cant get a 600 into even the passenger seat securely where it wont hit the top or the canopy on the dash.
in the back seat its just all together too large it hits both plastic walls. and wont sit right where there would be no transport damage from movement.

If I transport a heli I want it very flatfooted and with nothing around for it to rub and hit on.
I keep both my 450s in their cases as I don't want any transport damage.

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07-14-2008 09:43 PM  9 years agoPost 13
RappyTappy

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North Denver,​Colorado

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Believe it or not it fit right in the trunk. Given I had to take off the canopy, but that was no big deal

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07-14-2008 09:46 PM  9 years agoPost 14
R/CBOONE72

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Winfield, ks - USA

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great help you guys, I wish I could have got more time on my friends 500 but did not get the chance, but from what I hear I am in good shape to buy a 500, Ive been flying my 450 alot latly but am not to satisfied with it, its great for learning my inverted factor and I do not get as nervous with it as flying like my fury extreme.

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07-15-2008 08:41 PM  9 years agoPost 15
shawgl

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Murrieta, CA

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Thanks for the info, I was considering a 500 also. As for not being able to fit a 600 in the stang. Lay the seat back and hang the tail over the headrest. Skids straddle the middle of the seat. I put my Fury in my STI so I know a 600 will fit in the stang. Just got to be creative. Unless you have an old stang where the seats don't recline...... Then you need to get some Recarro's and call it a necessity.

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