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06-06-2010 12:15 PM  7 years agoPost 1
Crispy1664

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Worcester. UK

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Hello all,

I need some help please as I'm a nitro man but want something to throw around in the evenings without the noise and smell.

I'm thinking of the 450 sport or pro combo packs but I'm not sure which to go for or whether the combo packs are any good. It doesn't have to be a spectacular machine but I'd rather get it right from the off.

Your comments please, firstly which model, then comments on servo's motors, ESC's and cells please.

or maybe I should look at a 500?

Many thanks

Jonathan

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06-06-2010 12:30 PM  7 years agoPost 2
Raptorz499

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NJ

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I personally prefer the 500 for the "smallest" size, in which case you can get the ESP superior combo with everything and it flies great!

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06-06-2010 01:05 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Ben-T-Spindle

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Central Illinois

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If you have been flying nitro you probably won’t be happy with anything smaller than a 30 size helicopter.

The Trex 500 is very popular but it’s only a 425 size helicopter. You really have to watch what you buy as the helicopter name and number does not always indicate the size of the helicopter. The Trex 500 is being replaced by the new Trex 550 (takes 520 to 550 mm blades) so there are quite a few used 500s on the market.

If you want something really nice just get the new Trex 550. It will fly as good as a 50 nitro and you won’t need any upgrades.

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06-06-2010 01:13 PM  7 years agoPost 4
Steff Giguere

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I think the 550 is too big for a park flier, I too would go more with a 425mm blade machine, like the T-Rex 500 or Logo 400. I doubt that they will stop making the 500, I don't think the 550 is a 500 replacement.

Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team

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06-06-2010 01:55 PM  7 years agoPost 5
Crispy1664

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Interesting.

I don't want a 50 size, the theory is something 30 (ish) size to throw around when I get home form work. Easy to store and maintain.

I didn't really want to blow a load of money on a model but the 500 3g flybarless looks nice...

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06-06-2010 02:22 PM  7 years agoPost 6
rexxigpilot

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It all depends on where you will fly this bird. The 500 is a very agressive heli with an extremely high power to weight ratio. Much higher than a typical nitro 50. If you have the room (at least a football/soccer field in size), get the 500. If not, the 450 will do fine.

Get the combo kit and use the servos, gyro, ESC and motor in it. It's your backup heli to throw around after work. No need to spend a lot of money on it.

I think the jury is still out on the 3G. But if you are adventurous, get it anyway and buy the computer link cable to go with it. The 3G should be OK after a few software revisions.

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06-06-2010 03:26 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Crispy1664

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Back up heli exactly. Thanks for your level headed approach. I think the 450 is the route I will take but any further comments greatly appreciated -

450 sport or pro?

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06-06-2010 08:12 PM  7 years agoPost 8
tacoturbo

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Kauai, Hawaii

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If this is going to be a beater heli then I'd opt for the sport. I believe that one has belt drive for the tail. TT are nice but way more fragile. I've seen the gears strip just from getting bumped during handling. Either way it's a nice bird. Personally I'd go 500. I absolutely love mine. I bought one of the original T500's when they were first released years ago. I'm still on the stock motor after some 80 flights or more, really! I run her on cheap Turnigy 6s, 3,300 packs and get and honest 7+ minutes out of her.

I don't do 3D....no wait. Oh thats right, I can't do 3D!

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06-06-2010 09:56 PM  7 years agoPost 9
NQNA

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The Pro is a better flying helicopter.. the frame is better and the control feel is more precise. The Sport frame is a lot better than the original carbon frame though (Less parts, stronger).. Both are good machines but I do prefer the Pro.

I also have a 500 and love it.. but it does need a larger area for most people to fly it. It will intimidate the neighbors if you have a small area.

I usually fly my 250SE in the backyard.. neighbors don't mind at all however I fly my 450's there too.. No way for the 500.. It flies at the park or the nitro flying field.

My 250Se flies on 3S, the 450 flies on 4s, the Pro on 6S, and I'm converting my 500 to 8S

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06-06-2010 10:55 PM  7 years agoPost 10
michael88997

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The 550 isn't replacing the 500, if anything it's replacing the 600e... The trex 500 is awesome, I fly mine in 15mph winds and it's big Enough to c but small enough to fly anywhere and cheaper parts

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06-12-2010 10:33 AM  7 years agoPost 11
Crispy1664

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Worcester. UK

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All sorted, 550e 3g fbl just arrived!

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