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T-REX 450 › When to rebuild and when to sell? SE V2
12-14-2008 04:36 AM  9 years agoPost 1
rob-atlanta

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duluth, ga

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Thanks to all the great folks who helped me get my 450 SE V2 set up and explaining the curves and optimum motor rpm. I flew for a day or two and then crashed it yesterday while trying to do some 3d. This crash will probably cost me around $100 - $200 to fix depending on whether my electronics died.

My question is this. I have trouble keeping perspective because the 450 is so small and a little too fast for my reflexes. I try to keep it in close to try 3d, but it kinda makes me scared to keep it in close and do 3d because I dont have control all the time. But as soon as it gets far away, I lose perspective at least once every flight. Now that I am trying 3d, should I stick with the 450 and keep practicing 3d in close (which scares me to death), or should I use my Trex 500 or trex 600 to continue practicing a little further away so I can see it better and it will be safely away should anything go wrong? I know that crash parts are more expensive for the 500 and 600, but I just cant keep focused on the 450 for a long time because it is small and my vision is not very good.

Now that I have asked this question, if I decide to sell the 450 SE V2 and practice on the 500 or 600 should I repair the 450 and then sell it? I know used ones are pretty cheap, and I know people dont like buying helis that have been crashed which will lower its value even more. It needs a new ESC (the old one got submerged in a rice padi on my last crash here in Thailand), tail blades, and maybe a new Rx servos and gyro because they were all submerged for around 5 minutes. This is not an ad to sell it, Im just looking for some advice so no offers please

Thanks!

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12-14-2008 09:48 AM  9 years agoPost 2
Drunk Monk

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I find my 600 easier to try things on than my 500 or 450 because I can get it higher and still see it fine. Even the 500 gets alittle too hard to orientate while it's still not that high up. I wouldn't sell the 450 unless you particularly want too. Once you've learnt a few tricks and get comfortable with them you won't feel as intimidated to do them on the 450, it's just not as forgiving as a bigger heli alot higher up. I still love my 450, it's nice to only need a small area to play around in. There are plenty of places you can take a 450 where a 500 would feel a little restricted.

Plus it's easier to carry a 450 around in the boot of your car just incase you do find somewhere and have a little time to kill


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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12-14-2008 12:01 PM  8 years agoPost 3
rob-atlanta

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Thanks Monk. I think I will fix the 450 and keep flying it to keep my skills up. But maybe fly the 600 for fun. The 450 isnt as much fun because Im constantly trying to keep it within eyesight.

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12-14-2008 12:14 PM  8 years agoPost 4
colsy

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Cambridge, UK

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Ive made 3 mistakes in this hobby to date.

1st = sold my 450SE V1
2nd = sold my 450SE V2(NO:2)
3rd = sold my 450SE V2(NO:1).

Nuff said.

Col.

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12-14-2008 12:22 PM  8 years agoPost 5
rob-atlanta

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So Col are you on to #4 V2? What are you flying now?

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12-14-2008 12:57 PM  8 years agoPost 6
2low

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I also regret selling my 450se1 and later my 450v2. My sev1 was my favorite of the bunch, very easy to fix and fly.

Got to have my cup of heli in the morning.

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12-15-2008 02:49 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Skarn

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Why do you think it will cost you $100-200 to fix?

I've had 6 major crashes on my Trex 450 SE v2 and the most expensive one cost $55 and most of that was the Comsmetically flawed Radix blades.

Skarn

It's better to burn out than to fade away...

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12-15-2008 02:06 PM  8 years agoPost 8
TomRex

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Brighten up your colors and you won't loose orientation

Ignorance is the absence of facts.Stupid is lacking the intellectual capacity to comprehend the fact

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12-15-2008 02:13 PM  8 years agoPost 9
T-Rex-Flyer

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I would not even consider selling a bird that would cost $100-200 to repair. Use it as a beater or donate it.

TomRex, I have a nice bright Orange canopy and still lose orientation, but at least I know Exactly where it go's in.

If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter.

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12-15-2008 04:32 PM  8 years agoPost 10
jetfixrguy

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Brooksville, FL

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I agree. My 450 is awesome. I wouldn't sell it because it is easy to fix and cheap as well. It can also do anything a bigger heli can do. Learn it on the sim go to the 450 and then to your 90.

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12-15-2008 05:25 PM  8 years agoPost 11
rob-atlanta

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duluth, ga

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Skarn - I know it will cost at least a new $55 Align 35X ESC plus maybe an Rx and a servo or two because the heli went down into a rice padi and shorted out some of the electronics. I havent done the post-mortem yet. I know for sure that the ESc doesnt work any more. Its my second ESC in 3 weeks due to being crashed then under water. Damned Thai rice padis...

Im gonna spend some more sim time and practice and then head to the field and practice live.

Thanks guys!

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12-15-2008 05:55 PM  8 years agoPost 12
USNAviationjay

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Houston Tx USA

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Yikes Rob stop flying over wet rice paddies =D

other than that keep the 450.
Mines my beater practice ship (a very nice beater but not as nice as the Rave)

I practice everything on the Trex then once mastered I try it on the Rave and the bigger birds =D

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12-15-2008 07:29 PM  8 years agoPost 13
Skarn

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Pasadena, MD

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Doh! Yep, I didn't think about water.....my little Blade CX took a swim in my pool and I lost everything. Completely my fault....party, people saying fly your heli....me with alcohol....you get the picture!

Fix her up and yes, fly the sim...and stay away from water!

Good luck,
Skarn

It's better to burn out than to fade away...

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12-15-2008 10:46 PM  8 years agoPost 14
dave75d

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Jacksonville, FL

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rob-atlanta- aend me a pm and for the cost of shipping, ill send you a free esc i have laying around. no guarantee, but im pretty sure it works. send me your address, and ill get it out to ya. its worth a shot anyway.

ten grand in helis and all i can do is hover

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12-15-2008 10:58 PM  8 years agoPost 15
McRex

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AZ-USA

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Electric heli's don't like water... That sucks! Hope it all works out for you!

Daniel, AMA # 923248

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