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12-31-2009 07:11 AM  7 years agoPost 1
jackheli

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They seem pretty cheap at Hobbycity, and I now you get what you pay for, but are they worth the small bucks for a beater heli?

I was particularly interested in the metal 500.

Thanks.

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12-31-2009 10:08 AM  7 years agoPost 2
nivlek

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Norfolk England

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I've got a 'few' HK450's , they fly very well . Most of my heli flying last season was with one of the HK450's .

I've built a HK250GT , I've only hovered it the once , but it seems OK . I also have a HK500GT kit to build . The kit looks very nice . I've picked up the metal tail box and tail blade holders , carbon fins and carbon blades for it . The carbon fins nead sanding , there is a little 'flash' around the edges , but not real problem . The main blades seem very stiff . I also picked up a set of their $26 600mm blades for my Vision 50 - I don't want to risk losing another expensive set of blades to a mechanical failure !
One thing that did make me chuckle with both sets of blades is that although they have supplied tracking tape , it's red tape for both blades !

At the end of the day , it gets dark .

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12-31-2009 05:48 PM  7 years agoPost 3
jackheli

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Hi Nivlek,

thanks for your report.

Do you fly 3D? Let us know how those blades perform!

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12-31-2009 06:53 PM  7 years agoPost 4
nivlek

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I do the odd 3D maneuver , often more odd than intended !!
These days I'm a fair weather flyer , the wind doesn't bother me , I just don't like being cold ! So the blades won't get to see any action until March .

At the end of the day , it gets dark .

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12-31-2009 07:20 PM  7 years agoPost 5
basmntdweller

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I got the HK500GT for christmas. I put it together in a couple hours but I am still waiting on motor and servos. I am amazed they can build this thing for this price. It is not Align quality but I think it will be just fine from what I looked at. Everything in the head feels pretty tight and most everything fit pretty decent. One thing I found was the glue joints on the boom supports were worthless. I gave them a little twist and an end on each broke loose. Holding the carbon rod in my bare hand and twisting the end that remained popped it right off as well. I'll reglue with JB Weld when I get servos on the way.

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12-31-2009 07:52 PM  7 years agoPost 6
Jeff polisena

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It is not Align quality
And I thought I would never read this

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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12-31-2009 08:13 PM  7 years agoPost 7
basmntdweller

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It is not Align quality
And I thought I would never read this
I don't know if that's a dig on Align or what but after several MA Furys, a Stratus and several other helis, I have no problem with my 700 or my 450s!

Matt


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12-31-2009 09:03 PM  7 years agoPost 8
Jeff polisena

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I have no issue with align but when they first came out the quality was not what it is today

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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01-02-2010 01:17 AM  7 years agoPost 9
jackheli

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I have no issue with align but when they first came out the quality was not what it is today
So which brand is?

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01-02-2010 02:02 AM  7 years agoPost 10
Spitfire1

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I crashed my Trex 500 and replaced all the broken parts with HK 500 parts except the Align head that survived.

There OK as long as you keep everything cheap, the problem is if you say to your self your just going to get a HK heli and buy an Align canopy because you dont like the look of the ugly canopy, or some CF sideframes because you dont like the look of the metal sideframes e.t.c you just end up spending as much, they fly the same but its the little things that you take for granted with an Align kit.

I would only buy one if I had a spare motor/esc and electrics that was doing nothing, if I had to buy electrics I think I would be inclined to buy a Align 500 GF rather than a HK, you get a much nicer looking heli for a bit more money.

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01-02-2010 06:19 PM  7 years agoPost 11
jackheli

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a bit more money.
A LOT more money...

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01-03-2010 06:05 AM  7 years agoPost 12
bigdad390

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I bought an HK 450 over a year ago. I have flown 75 + times. The HK 35 amp ESC burnt up after approx. 30 flights. The front tail drive gear moved up the shaft and I lost the tail and I stripped a main gear, however none of these issuies caused a crash. I recently purchased a second kit for parts, but have never needed any. All in all, I think they are a great value, however you must pay attention to detail and be careful of the soft bolts and screws.

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01-03-2010 03:15 PM  7 years agoPost 13
Madbob9

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So Cal.

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A customer brought a Hk500 into the shop for a look over and test hover yesterday.

Two feet off the ground the tail housing snaps clean off at the boom.The belt was neither too tight nor loose.The plastic parts are molded with substandard material.I would guess that cheap poor quality recycled plastic is used in all the molded parts.

The next time somebody tries to fly it the head hub may be next to go.

Anyone want to test fly it??!!!

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01-03-2010 03:56 PM  7 years agoPost 14
basmntdweller

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I'd have to say there was something wrong in assembly or some previous damage was done to the tail box. There's not enough force produced to "shear it off clean" in a simple hover. Either it was assembled in such way to have it on the verge of breaking or it was already cracked in the area. The tail box of my HK500 is plenty strong.

Matt


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01-03-2010 04:18 PM  7 years agoPost 15
snsn

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Tarot 450 vs HK 450?

Any thoughts on how the HK 450 compares to the Tarot 450?

I've read the Tarot 450 is a direct clone of the Trex 450 Pro...

Gravity Works...no, the other left. ok,ok

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01-03-2010 05:46 PM  7 years agoPost 16
koppter

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Virginia

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matt, the thing let go because it was a piece of crap. I looked at it when the customer received it and the parts fit was poor, and the machining low quality. okay, so not everyone's experience is the same, but MadBob is hardly a newcomer to helis so it wasn't like a couple of rookies were trying to fly their latest toy. in fact, it was just the opposite - the "customer " - who has yet to spend a dime in the store, brings this damn heli down every few days to get advice on set up, and the store staff - including Bob - helps him out, receiving nothing for his time or knowledge, and within seconds of the first flight the tail splits. that's justice.

personally, if and when this POS ever does make it to a real flight, I don't want to be anywhere near it.

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01-03-2010 06:16 PM  7 years agoPost 17
projectx

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Aurora, CO - USA

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I have the HK45

I transferred all of the electronics from a 450x to it. The only problem so far has been a bent feathering shaft, I dont know how it happened as it hasn't been crashed, replaced it and the metal was very soft. Thatand the tail drive in the main frame I have heard the gear comes off, just like the Align V1's did. I have been very happy with it.

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01-04-2010 05:16 AM  7 years agoPost 18
jackheli

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It is just for a beater heli...

Not as if my whole flying season would depend on it...

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01-04-2010 05:41 AM  7 years agoPost 19
Spitfire1

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Perth Australia

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I think the metal version 500 will fly as good as Align and be just as reliable, I bought the older kit with plastic head and everything seemed the same as my Align apart from the tin sideframes, the maingear that came with the kit was warped, I thought that was going to be a problem but it turned out to be a non issue and works fine.

Im not sure if I would personaly use the blades that come with the kit, but they may be OK.

I dont think you will regret buying one, but they dont look as nice as the origonal.

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