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12-24-2008 06:10 AM  8 years agoPost 1
deckert

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Benton City,​Washington

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In the 400~500 class of current helis. What would be your recommendation as an all-around electric heli in general? Something fun to fly. Opinions can range fom mild flying to extreme 3d but please address that aspect of your recommendation. Feel free to express opinions as you deem fit.

Dan

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12-24-2008 06:14 AM  8 years agoPost 2
xxcysxx

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Baltimore, MD - USA

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Align trex series. cheap and dependable part support. flies good for the money.

Tam

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12-24-2008 02:03 PM  8 years agoPost 3
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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I have a T-Rex 450SA and 450SE V1. Other than normal wear, both have been trouble free. I'm even on the still on the original main and tail rotor blades on both, and that's after hundreds of flights. My only required maintenance to date has been gears, belts, and an occassional ball-link.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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12-24-2008 02:18 PM  8 years agoPost 4
MaxAdventure

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Northern CO

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I'm not an Align fan, but:
Align trex series. cheap and dependable part support. flies good for the money.
cys has it right. I bought a 450 and it's been great.

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12-25-2008 08:53 AM  8 years agoPost 5
xxcysxx

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i fly thunder tiger helis by he way, and very much like them. from their mini titan to their 90 class. and i wouldn't mind owning another one of their kits today.
if you asked this same question a few years ago, i would tell you a raptor would be a logical choice.
today, align is a better choice. resale value is also good, just in case you decide to back out.
i also own a trex 500, it is the first and only align product i own. i like the way it fly too.

Tam

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12-25-2008 06:48 PM  8 years agoPost 6
deckert

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recommendations

Appreciate the responses all. It looked like that's been the way to go but I wasn't sure.

Dan

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01-05-2009 07:56 PM  8 years agoPost 7
concept1

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Youngstown, OH

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in the 450 class the Beam is the only one I would consider. I have always been a align fan, I like the way the mini titan flies but never cared for it's looks. I sold my 450 last year for a 500, and sold the 500 for a Gaui 200 to fly indoors this winter and wished i would have gone for the Beam instead. the Trex and mini titan don't compare.
in the 500 class the they are all good and it really comes down to just picking what you like, personal preference in the 500's. which frame or canopy do you like the best.

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01-05-2009 08:42 PM  8 years agoPost 8
HeliCSR

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Hesperia, Ca, US

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I like the Raptor 90 SE.

The frame is nice and with the aluminium and carbon side frames,
nice and strong.

I like the canopy, its made out of that non cracking plastic,
that other stuff cracks in no time.

I have a MX400 frame with all trex bling, flys great.

I fly and then I fly some more.
If it don't glitch then I won't crash.

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01-06-2009 03:54 AM  8 years agoPost 9
chopper_crazy

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Delphos, Ohio

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I currently own a T-Rex 450SE V2. I like the machine because it is dependable, parts count are low and reasonable and "everybody" seems to have one so there is a wealth of knowledge.

If I was buying another 450 size machine it would be a toss up between the MA Furion and the NextD Rave with my vote probably going towards the Rave

Miniature Aircraft always builds nice quality machines, such is the case with the furion. I am just too worried about parts cost. Availability should be fine especially since Tower Hobbies is stocking those kits and parts. I also don't think it would be a good 450 size machine if it was your first one. You almost need an engineer degree to build their stuff but on the flip side, their stuff has always been cream of the crop.

The reason I am leaning towards the NextD Rave or Curtis Youngblood Rave is due to is size and versatility. After viewing pictures on here and that "other website" it seems as though visually the Rave sits taller and longer than a T-Rex 450 plus it has a larger canopy thus making it easier to see. Once again their parts are going to cost more than a Rex so keep that in mind. I also don't know how durable their tail is since it is a torque tube design instead of a belt design like the Rex. Torque Tube is nice, clean and efficient but I don't recommend it if you just starting out. Overall, I think the Rave will be the one to have if I was buying another 450.

These are just my opinions and only my opinions. I will leave with this to keep in mind...."You get what you pay for" There are so many people that either love Align or hate Align for many different reasons. IMHO you are not comparing apples to apples when you put a T-Rex 450, MA Furion, Rave in the same category. I think all three have different characteristics and features that are different. I hope this helps and good luck with your choice

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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01-13-2009 04:54 PM  8 years agoPost 10
write2dgray

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Seattle, WA

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My favorite 450 is the BEAM - simple, light, cheap parts, and elegant design.

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01-13-2009 08:47 PM  8 years agoPost 11
USNAviationjay

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Houston Tx USA

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For a first timer.. A trex 450.

for an expert/advanced flyer.. NextD Rave.

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01-13-2009 10:15 PM  8 years agoPost 12
MrMel

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Gotland

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I would say go with a 500 sized rather then 450, its much more stable, I could go back in time (and if there was that size back then) I would have started with the 425mm sized instead.

Gone fishing..or hunting..or something
My site: http://heli.dacsa.net - VBar videos and more

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