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06-13-2017 01:17 PM  66 days agoPost 1
PaulBowen

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Poking the bear here a little but also just making a point or two. I've put this in the main forum to remind former Hirobo owners of past enjoyment.

I've been flying my OS 105HZ-R powered Hirobo Freya OP II for a while now and would like to say it is definitely my favourite helicopter I have so far owned. I've been flying model helicopters since 1997 and have realised that the latest and supposedly greatest doesn't always provide the level of enjoyment and excitement that attracted me in the first place. I know people think Hirobo are expensive but I can't really totally agree with that. My Hirobo helicopters have lots of expensive blue anodised upgrades but they really aren't necessary although they are very pretty!

I am therefore now declaring the Hirobo Freya one of the best all round model helicopters of all times and capable of more than what the average flyer can dish out. Timeless, ultra smooth and almost maintenance free.

I can't wait to fly their new 550' due out August.

Here's cheers to Hirobo

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06-13-2017 02:54 PM  66 days agoPost 2
Ladymagic

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I've flown Hirobo with much success and enjoyment although my brand of choice is still JR. Since they've essentially abandoned the RC scene, Hirobo should fill the void nicely for me.

I was looking forward to JR releasing their 550, but since that likely will no longer happen, it's nice to hear Hirobo has something waiting in the wings.

Cheers

Mellisa

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06-13-2017 03:15 PM  66 days agoPost 3
EEngineer

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Does it fly well in the cold?....or make that do you fly well in the cold?

Must be freezing there....this time of year....

Nice heli, at any rate...

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06-13-2017 07:40 PM  66 days agoPost 4
Richardmid1

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My only Hirobo was an SDX and the parts quality was astonishing, heck even the quality of the bags that the parts come in was astonishing! It was just a shame it was far too costly to repair after a crash.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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06-13-2017 10:29 PM  66 days agoPost 5
PaulBowen

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I certainly love my JR helicopters but love alone won't keep them flying

Long live Hirobo.

I wouldn't mind a Henseleit or a Minicopter at some stage but probably won't due to a lack of $$$$!

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06-14-2017 02:07 PM  65 days agoPost 6
Ladymagic

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Hirobo 550

I was just researching the Hirobo 550. Looks nice. My only complaint is it is still a pod and boom design. I really liked the integrated shrouded boom support design of the Forza line and other models from Align and SAB. I'm sure it'll be an overpriced upgrade option after the fact though.

It also looks like some nice carbon stacked frames but, plastic composite grips....again? What's up with Hirobo and composite plastic parts? Aluminum anodized grips are likely to be yet another upgrade option that adds another $150 to the kit I bet. Oh well, at least their plastic stuff is fairly reliable albeit not as pretty as machined aluminum.

Mellisa

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06-14-2017 02:41 PM  65 days agoPost 7
EEngineer

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"I wouldn't mind a Henseleit "

You would be most impressed with the engineering quality.

If you can, one day, give yourself a treat....

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06-14-2017 03:07 PM  65 days agoPost 8
TMoore

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I'll take Hirobo plastic grips anytime. I've whacked my SDX numerous times and the plastic grips survive and they are relatively cheap to replace.

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06-14-2017 05:37 PM  65 days agoPost 9
TaylorDrain

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I recently purchased a NIB Freya SST WC99. I have never built or flown one, looks like superior Hirobo quality! Have a new YS 61 for it.

Also picked up a NIB Tsurugi V2 that I'm stoked about!!

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06-14-2017 10:37 PM  65 days agoPost 10
PaulBowen

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I really like the Hirobo plastic, it's bulletproof reliable and the fit and finnish is always perfect. We should remember that Mikado have been predominantly plastic up until only recently and no one complains. Having said that, I really do love the blue Hirobo parts.

It will be interesting to see if there will be several versions such as standard plastic and EX with some upgrades. I'm not sue how the hobby will support an upgradable model these days. I guess it all comes down to pricing. As far as I know Hirobo have always been made in Japan and that will always cost more than the current competition.

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06-14-2017 11:22 PM  64 days agoPost 11
EEngineer

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I think Mikado is all plastic now....no more 700xx/800xxs...

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06-14-2017 11:37 PM  64 days agoPost 12
Dr.Ben

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No, the new Mikado 700 has an all metal head.

Regardless of mfg, it is more appropriate to focus on proper application of a material for a part than what the material is. Plastic grips can be made perfectly safe and fine for many situations. It costs but a tiny fraction in overhead to make parts from aluminum compared to $15K+ minimum to produce a mold to make parts. It takes a long time to start making money on a blade grip when you start off in the hole that far. Hirobo has the advantage because they have deep, deep ties in industry in plastic molding.

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06-14-2017 11:55 PM  64 days agoPost 13
EEngineer

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I was thinking of the airframe rather than the rotor head...

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06-15-2017 10:04 AM  64 days agoPost 14
PaulBowen

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Personally I can do without an expensive composite tail boom although I do understand the attraction. I would like to see a standard motor size such that I can fit a Kontronik motor and ESC as I'm not a fan of oddball shaft sizes or Scorpion for that matter. I like choice.

So time for another subject... the name!

Here's a couple of possibilities

Turbulence E3-550

Turbulence E550

Who knows?

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06-15-2017 01:46 PM  64 days agoPost 15
rpat

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I have had a few Hirobos and they are top notch that is for sure. Let me tell you about the Lepton I built. The kit was like putting together a fine Swiss watch. I have never seen such precision in any kit that i have built like what this kit was like. For me it is hard to buy a kit that is not "main line" any more. I have a Velocity N2 that is sitting on the shelf that I am afraid to fly because there are no replacement parts for the thing. That will be the last time I get stuck buying a "turkey kit".

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06-15-2017 04:09 PM  64 days agoPost 16
EEngineer

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"The kit was like putting together a fine Swiss watch."

That level of quality spoils you, doesn't it....

It does that for me, too.....

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06-19-2017 12:31 PM  60 days agoPost 17
MartyH

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My only Hirobo was an SDX and the parts quality was astonishing, heck even the quality of the bags that the parts come in was astonishing! It was just a shame it was far too costly to repair after a crash.
And there is the problem. Price sells. So, we get flooded with hit and run junk that only gets supported for a few years while there is volume money to be made then the line get's dropped for the next hit and run. In the meantime the quality stuff is languishes because the market won't support it. We do this to ourselves time after time after time.

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06-19-2017 01:18 PM  60 days agoPost 18
PaulBowen

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Great point MartyH. I think it's time America drags out and blows the cobwebs off all of those hidden Freya X-specs and fills the sky with nitro smoke once again.

I firmly believe latest and greatest don't necessarily go hand in hand. I also know My views on this hobby put me firmly in the minority.

Futaba T18SZ, JR Propo XG14, Hirobo fanatic!

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06-19-2017 01:21 PM  60 days agoPost 19
Richardmid1

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There isn't even any 'hit and run junk' anymore! There's Align, SAB and Mikado and that's about it these days! At least in the UK anyway. SAB is the relative newcomer and seems to be doing the best at the moment although they are an acquired taste!

60% of the time, it works every time!

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06-20-2017 10:40 AM  59 days agoPost 20
PaulBowen

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Hopefully not offending too many I would describe SAB helicopters as having a fugly toy like appearance although mechanically they do look ok, just not at all my taste. The skids look freaking ridiculous. I guess it all comes down to taste. It is great to see SAB making glow powered models, should be more of it.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, as a 42 year old I am a little old fashioned and quite sentimental!

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