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HelicopterMain Discussion › Planning to step up to a bigger bird, 500 or 600?
01-02-2010 04:50 AM  7 years agoPost 1
the_sven

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New to the forum. Just for background info, i am flying an HK450, GY520, Flymentor 3D, DX7.

I am looking to go to a bigger bird. My plan is to eventually go scale and so i want to pick a heli that will be a good platform with that in mind. I do not fly 3D, i am just not into it, nor do i aspire to be into it. i feel like that is important to note.

I am keeping the 450 for sure, but want a bigger platform for my scale aspirations.

The two options i have are TREX 600 or TREX 500.

My initial desire is for the 600. I love the size and i feel like i would be going all out. but the longer i think about it, the more i think the 500 is the more reasonable choice. this is why.

i would be able to reuse some of my batteries by doubling up. Parts are cheaper i presume and its not so huge that i wont be able to fly in smaller areas.

am i making sense so far? if my logic is ok so far, the only thing that remains is which size has more scale fuselages available?

also, from those that have flown both, which one is more practical/reliable/fun. ( have seen more than once people remark that the 500 is the perfect size )

thanks

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01-02-2010 05:41 AM  7 years agoPost 2
ginnz

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your making perfect sense... go for the 500! if you can fly a 450, you'll be very impressed as to how the 500 handles, and you can use 2x 3s 2200 mAh packs just fine to start out with, and 2650 mAh 6S packs at hobby city are a geat deal at around 30.00 are a great deal, and work awesome from my experience.... and as you pointed out,p arts are cheaper with the 500. the 500 is a perfect platform to learn on IMO.... and remember, there are other 500's out there other than the Trex! the knock off's are decent IMO, the HK 500 is cheap, but you can find Trex 500 kits with almost all the electronics for a good deal if you look around, and buying second hand birds from guys here at RR can bring you a great deal as well! ive bought 2 off guys in the past, and got great deals! one off a guy here, and one from a guy on HeliFreak! then after you get your feet wet on the 500, maybe you can find a good 600..... and as far as which ones i fly more? well, i find myself flying my 500's alot more than my 600.... but i really like the sound of the 600! my Hoss X5R FBL (all belt driven) is my favorite to fly at this time!

as far as 600's, everything goes up in price, imo, a good 600 runs 8s packs, or extreme, 10s.... my Trex 600, with the Neu 1910-1Y-H, runs 8S packs, and they are expensive! and blades are alot more....the price to build new, was apprx 2K, and ive got around 2K in packs.... so its a different beast, thats for sure..... ive been hoping hobbycity would come out with 8s1p packs, but it doesnt look like they will anytime soon....

whatever you decide on, good luck, and beware the addiction! ive got 11 birds now, and could buy another, at the drop of a hat at anytime! hahahaaa...... its a disease! ;-)

ginnz.

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01-02-2010 03:59 PM  7 years agoPost 3
heli-cuzz

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Scale looks better bigger... Bigger is better.

( have seen more than once people remark that the 500 is the perfect size )
Perfect size for what?

I'd fly a 90 and even a 50 any day before I'd fly a 500.

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01-02-2010 05:17 PM  7 years agoPost 4
the_sven

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thanks for the response.

Looks like the HK500GT is the way to go. Im sure i will eventually end up with a 600 or bigger but i suppose there is no reason to rush. the 500 should provide me more flying time for now...

thanks

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01-03-2010 07:57 PM  7 years agoPost 5
rumbleweed

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Check out your scale body options as part of the process. In doing so, keep in mind that on some scale bodies, it is difficult to change batteries without removing some part of the fuse. This means charging in the fuse and having to wait for a full recharge between flights.

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01-03-2010 08:09 PM  7 years agoPost 6
LonR

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[quote]heli-cuzz
I'd fly a 90 and even a 50 any day before I'd fly a 500. [quote]
+1.

https://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/t561302p1/

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01-03-2010 08:17 PM  7 years agoPost 7
JRjoe

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I'd fly a 90 and even a 50 any day before I'd fly a 500.
+1

Get the biggest and best you can and don't look back. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.


JRjoe.....
Indoor plumbing??? No, we don't need that!!!

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01-03-2010 08:25 PM  7 years agoPost 8
bhoff

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i agree...get the trex 600 and dont do a knock off brand its better in the long run to go original

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01-03-2010 09:31 PM  7 years agoPost 9
chopper_crazy

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I would get the 600. I have both the 600esp and a 600 nitro pro. I absolutely love my 600esp. I think it would be awesome to have a 600 electric in a scale bird.

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

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01-07-2010 09:01 PM  7 years agoPost 10
kydreamsllc

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+1 on the 600 awesome machine

Coming out of heli retirement...

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01-08-2010 02:03 AM  7 years agoPost 11
iHover

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Year of the 600 go Big

With a ton of nice 600 Fuse's comeing to out from vendors like RC Aerodyne and Sky Hunter combined with a slew of Trex 600 knockoffs from several vendors (HK 600 from Hobby King and EXI 600) This is going to be a great year to do a 600 IMHO

You had me at Hover

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01-09-2010 05:48 AM  7 years agoPost 12
fran

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Bigger helis are more stable than the smaller ones; but, require a lot more space and

care. Maintenance wise. Parts become a little to a lot more expensive as well!

FRAN SR. ( FAI-F3C)

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