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04-10-2015 04:49 AM  3 years agoPost 1
jdn32

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I see the Sdx D3 can still be ordered. Is it worth getting anything Hirobo anymore?

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04-10-2015 05:03 AM  3 years agoPost 2
banshee rider

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I hope so I just bought a Freya a while back
You can buy them here http://hirobofanusa.com/
Jeff green is the man that owns the site
and I haven't heard any complaints about how he does business

A lot of people say that Hirobo stuff is outdated
but I like the way they fly and the quality of them

I don't need the latest greatest flavor of the week heli
I would rather spend my cash on fuel/batteries or parts

ageing is manditory maturity is optional

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04-10-2015 05:38 AM  3 years agoPost 3
jdn32

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Nice. I always wanted a Freya. Do you know how they fly compared to my trex 700n.

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04-10-2015 01:51 PM  3 years agoPost 4
banshee rider

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No I cant say that I do
The only trex I have owned was a 450
and it left a bad taste in my mouth
back in the days when Align used all of us as beta testers
for there products

ageing is manditory maturity is optional

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04-10-2015 02:48 PM  3 years agoPost 5
payne1967

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the freya flies far better than the 700
hirobo models have a very accurate and precise way of flying
they can be very stable yet nimble at the same time
the freya is a good model the turbulence is even better
you will not regret bying a hirobo model

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04-10-2015 11:07 PM  3 years agoPost 6
crflyer

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You cant go wrong with Hirobo, I fly a couple Freya's and a Turbulence. These helicopters have 100's of flights on them,they consistently perform well and fly beautifully.
As far as parts availability, I've never had problems getting anything.
VRC Hobbies is a great resource for parts and Jeff Green knows Hirobo.

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04-10-2015 11:32 PM  3 years agoPost 7
payne1967

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you have some light use hirobo's then

my pre-evo scaedu and freya have many thousands of flights on them

my turbulence is a young pup with hundreds of flights on it

www.alcesterhelicopterclub.bmfa.org

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04-10-2015 11:44 PM  3 years agoPost 8
Tyler

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As a long time Hirobo fan, having owned the Freya, Xspec, sceadu, Evo, and SDX, I am currently much happier with my Align T700n. The Hirobo line is a high quality brand, but the parts cost and dated design simply couldn't keep me dedicated. Parts supply became a challenge for some time.

The Freya took skill and practice to reduce the clutch stack runout for a vibration free helicopter.

The hirobo suffered from cracking one way bearings without costly upgrades.

The Hirobo tail belt system and tail box is second to none. However, many prefer a torque tube drive, and the Align tube drive works well, is super reliable, and very affordable. I found the Align torque tube system to be fuel and fly. No belt adjustments. Maybe even more affordable to replace than a hirobo belt.

The Hirobo octagonal tail boom was strong, but not interchangeable when parts supply channels became an issue. Also, using aftermarket bits like tail boom support braces, tail fin mounts, etc. limited interchangeability.

The Freya line are wonderful for autorotations. The T700n is no slouch on autos.

The Freya missed the timeline for FBL interests. Align kept up with the market.

The Hirobo machines were not as compact in regards to the CG, the Align was more centerline balanced.

Hirobo had great plastic fantastics, but the newer Align carbon frames were much more robust and affordable in the long run.

My Freya's were flown regularly for 3-4 years. My Align T700n has been my main machine for 5 years straight. It is still going strong, costs much less to repair, needs nearly no upkeep, and fly's beyond my skill level. Parts are available everywhere. Align is also easier to update to the newer designs at an affordable price.

Hirobo FBL head $600. Align FBL head $140. Both rock. My wallet feels the difference, not my fingers on the gimbals.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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04-11-2015 12:41 AM  3 years agoPost 9
payne1967

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i couldn't afford the repair bils for the 700n i had for 6 months
it never had a hard landing, never had any pilot error damage
but it cost £350.00 in parts
my d3 in 4 years of ownership has cost £4.50 in parts
it even has the sab blades that i run on the 700n on it

and as for the align frames i scrap out my 600n frames every 18 months due to them losing their structural strength

the 3 crashes i've had with a trex 600 have cost more than any crash i've had with my hirobo 50 size models
and the quality of the align parts suck

if you want to start with auto bearings my 600dfc has had to have an early 600 auto hub and bearing to stop the bearing locking up
the last new 5 auto hubs/sleeves haven't lasted out the first flight before failing

i will agree that parts support isn't as good now with hirobo than it used to be
in the uk the distributor went under but the one model shop does bring the parts in from europe

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04-11-2015 02:06 AM  3 years agoPost 10
Tyler

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I must be doing something right to get my align birds to fly for years without any wrenching or replacement parts (except crashing).

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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04-11-2015 05:30 AM  3 years agoPost 11
TMoore

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I loved the way you occasionally wash them in the creek too. Very spiffy of you. They come out with that just been washed smell too there Tyler.

That's the thing about those TRex's, scrape the mud off, hose them down and go fly again.

Delayed Response Operator Not Engaged
AMA SECTION 336 = Good
Drones = EVIL

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04-14-2015 07:48 PM  3 years agoPost 12
ampex456

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I have had both too, in FB though. FBL changes things and true back when Terry and I were flying them, there needed changes like the one way bearing. My SSL Freya has that included as stock as well as the Turbulence tail and a FBL head.

Pricing?, we buy direct from Hirobo and our pricing is competitive to RCJ. Nothing against MRC at all, just a different business model in an ultra competitive market and ALL the heli manufacturers do more direct today than with dealers. Totally different today than before. The heli world is a smaller connected place as we keep saying.

The Freya's fan hub assy is the same as the Eagle 3. As long as the clutch can slip into and out of the fan hub without any play or drag, the clutch will run out correctly. I would insert the clutch shoe in the hub, spin it to remove any burrs, then remove, clean and do again. A quick check and in tolerance. After a while of checking many, I stopped. No need to check.

We don't stock FB kits. All ours are FBL so no need to sell the RH buy itself. Some have converted the SDX to FBL. I am going to try that too and source the proper pivot balls and really check it out. If that works, then I will share my findings. If not, I have other options.

Our parts supply is fine just as with kits. The problem I ran into starting this up is skipping on some of the older stuff, but that is fixed. I would say we order about twice a month at the moment.

Carbon is nice to look at no doubt. But the HIROBO plastic frames are hard to beat at 30.00 or less and take minutes to replace versus a whole tear down. (Shuttle, Sceadu, EVO, Freya, etc).

Some pricing examples if you have not been to http://www.vrchobbies.com or http://www.hirobofanusa.com. These prices are complete and competitive to purchasing from overseas locations. Our price have to be.

Embla FBL 264.99
SDX EP CCPM FBL metal head 699.99
SDX D3 Nitro CCPM FBL metal head and more 749.99
Freya SSL with D3 Tail FBL and CCPM 719.99

Parts:
Rotor Heads complete
Complete SL SDX Alum R/h $ 294.99
Complete SSL Freya R/H $ 359.99

Crash parts are substantially less

Shuttle Main Frames $ 18.19
Hirobo Delrin 90 size gear $ 29.99, SDX 50 29.99
Freya Std Main Shaft $ 8.19
Freya Hardened $ 29.99
Freya Main Frame $ 20.99, Servo Frame $ 24.99
SDX Main Shaft $ 7.99
SDX Main Frame $ 20.99, Servo Mount $ 16.99
SDX Tail Boom $ 8.99
Freya Tail Boom White $ 12.99
Freya Black Tail boom $ 14.55
Hirobo Bearing 10.91 for a pair

These are just a sampling. I welcome you guys to check out prices for yourselves and if anything looks out of line, just let me know and I will recalculate it.

I for one and happy to be flying a HIROBO again. If I did not believe in the helis compared to those out there now, I would not be doing this project. Very true there were pitfalls a few years ago and a different set of economics, but today is different, better and HIROBO's support of us is nothing less than should be expected.

If you want to fly a HIROBO, feel confident in doing so and you will enjoy it. We got the back room stuff taken care of and are 100% in the mix. Like before, if out of anything at the moment and you have to have the part before we can get it, if its on my heli its yours. BUT I will work hard to make sure we have the part so I don't have to take mine apart. LOL

Feel Free to contact me anytime at sales@hirobofanusa.com and I will be more than happy to answer any questions with full transparency.

Thanks all for the support and being a part of this project.

All the Best!

Jeff

Still no problems, only solutions, governed by MARSHALL AMPLIFICATION. I'm a HIROBO Fan, R U?

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04-14-2015 08:41 PM  3 years agoPost 13
ampex456

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Sorry, did not answer your original post.

Yes, HIROBO's are worth getting. They are robust, have the improvements that matter and totally supported by us. The SDX D3 is a killer kit. I have the elec version.

Any questions or problems, just let me know.

All the Best!

Jeff Green

Still no problems, only solutions, governed by MARSHALL AMPLIFICATION. I'm a HIROBO Fan, R U?

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03-27-2017 06:10 AM  14 months agoPost 14
iyoy

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ampex456
Hirobo rocks thanks to people like Jeff Green, Kobayashi and Kimura!

iyoy

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