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12-11-2004 11:54 AM  13 years agoPost 1
falcon5

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Well the big brown bringer of toys truck arrived today and low and behold it was my new XRB SR. I fought the urge to fly it right out of the box and sat down and read the manual cover to cover. Before I even put batteries in the TX I took the A and B blades off and maticulasly balanced them. Then came the tracking test. The upper "A" blades needed one turn of adustmant to get them right on the money. The lower "B" blades were spot on out of the box. I charged the battery turned everything on and slowly fed in some power. I got her light on the skids and fed in a bit more power. AIRBORNE!!! A trim analises reveled a need for one click right aileron trim, and there she sat in a perfect hands off hover in the middle of my livingroom. I live in central Nevada at an elevation of 6500 ft. The XRB climed out like a home sick angle.The quality (fit and finish) of the Hirobo XRB is VERY impressive. My cat looks at it in aww and seems to think, "should I kill this intruder or wait and see what it's next move will be. If I get too close she raises a paw warning me as if to say " I don't care how much it cost, bring that thing back here again and I will show you what these paws can do. To sum it up guys....It's a GREAT!!! machine and loads of fun. If you are having a hard time deciding and can fork over the few extra bucks, (compared to the knock offs) I feel the XRB SR properly treated and maintained will give Ooogals of pleasure. Very fun.!! and If you can apretiate how far we have come technology wise to be able to go out and purchase a ready made aircraft and fly it in your living room, then you are the ones who can take the enjoyment of this machine to it's fullest. Go out and get one, sit back relax, and fly...enjoy the miracle of flight.

Andy

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12-11-2004 12:16 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Ace Dude

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Thanks for the review, Andy. I submitted my request and hopefully Santa will leave one under the tree in two weeks!

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12-12-2004 03:53 AM  13 years agoPost 3
Helimex

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So far everything I've read tells me to get the XRB instead of one of the other knockoffs. My question is, what about spare part availibility, and what in particular would tend to wear or burn out? I see plastic gearing and small electric motors in the pics. Is any of that stuff susceptible to accelerated wear and tear? If so, should one order spare parts when ordering a kit?

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12-13-2004 05:45 PM  13 years agoPost 4
rickyblaze

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Bloomington Indiana

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The one main thing you'll need is blades. What I did to help keep the blades intact was to laminate them in clear packing tape and I used strapping tape also on a set yet to be tested. Have'nt heard much about the motors burning out ,but these have'nt been out all that long either. Do yourself a favor and get the original Hirobo Lama XRB SR and not one of the clones. Parts are readily available through Heliproz at seemingly reasonable prices. You won't regret getting one thats for sure.

Good Luck,Rick

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12-13-2004 07:08 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Pipeous

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just flying mine in the garage and living room now. I got it used off RR here and he had the light paddles on. man is this thing responsive. my bird doesn't know what to make of it. the bladerunner she wanted to scrap, this is a little more intimidating I think lol

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12-13-2004 09:18 PM  13 years agoPost 6
falcon5

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Update
Well just to give an update on how things are going with my new XRB. Still flying flawlesly. I try to keep my flights down to 5 or 6 min. to aid in motor life. I have a bunch of flights on it and things are working very well. I am very gentle with it though and have not hit anything or crashed it. Just turn in on and fly around house. Land on the coffie table, then fly to the kichen table land, sit for a bit, takeoff and it's off to the livingroom for some hover work. Then seek out the cat and do flyby and watch her paws raise up. Back to base for recharging and to plan the next sortie.

Andy

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12-14-2004 02:29 AM  13 years agoPost 7
falcon5

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More flights
Well a bunch more flying has been done this evening and the XRB just hums along and flys around like it's enjoying it as much as I am. Having just a grand o'l time with this little machine.

Andy

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12-16-2004 03:05 AM  13 years agoPost 8
telcobilly

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The Woodlands, TX, USA

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The heli dude at our LHS strongly recommended this heli. he had the tethered version and loved it. He tried micros (like me) with limited succcess and flies 50- 60 size helis and still has fun with it. Based on that, I'm thinking about one myself. I already have a HB and it is a squirrel! I found the Corona 10X easier to fly...

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12-19-2004 05:51 AM  13 years agoPost 9
extanker

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new jersey

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i got one too its all you say and more i just took mine out of the box charged the batt for 15 mins and hovered i crashed twice but no damage i have a pic (no) fun and a night ranger never hovered more than a few sec. but fixin it fun

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12-22-2004 04:13 PM  13 years agoPost 10
telcobilly

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I was at the LHS yesterday and they had one that was presold. They have more coming, so I'm thinking real hard about putting my name on one today. I really examined it and the fit /finish was very good. Coincidently enough, I was watchng the original movie "Day of the Jackal" and they had that real life heli in it. The model is a very good representation of it. The LHS guys said they flew one all over the shop with no problems. The owner, a 40 year modeler, seems to be getting into helis in a big way. I noticed, since I started flying my Corona, about a month ago, that the planes don't even interest me now....

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12-23-2004 02:03 PM  13 years agoPost 11
Spadamax

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Thanks to all the great input of this and a coupleother forums pushed me to getting the Lama SR (yesterday as a matter of fact). I love this little helo already. I fly nitros and while fun are a different league when you have to doall the prep to go outside and fly (and living in upstate NY in the winter doesn't make otside flight, even with the radio glove, much fun). This little helo was simply pulled from the box, charged and for safety sake had the trainers put on (I have a Hummingbird V2 and this thing is all over the place that's why the extra protection with the Lama up front-skeptical I guess despite all the positive posts), after flying though I'm taking them off as this little helo is so stable they aren't needed. What a fun helo to practice with inside, kind of like those old tethered helicopters with the hard wire that went in a circle when I was a kid, next is to try to rig a simple hok that I can play some select pick up games with on lighter objects to hone the hovering and control skills. I would like to do something with the blades as the coning effect is pretty substantial, not sure if the tape will help that or not but I am going to try this on a set of the blades for added strength. When taping are the entire blades covered both side, end to end or just the leading edge and middle portion of the blades? Overall this helo seems much tougher than my H-bird but hopefully I don't have to test that out. On any account anyone thinking or teetering on getting one if you've got the extra $100 go with one of the Lama's from Hirobo, not a knockoff. I started a hobby shop in part to help support my hobby and because there wasn't one in my area and I've dealt with Hirobo for years as my Nitros are Hirobo helo's so when I opened the store I picked them up right away as their customer support to both customers and dealers alike are top notch in all their products. Parts are typically not an issue and they will send to you parts 9 out of 10 times if you have a problem at no charge so if this is a consideration to you this company stands behind its product 100%, I'm a happy consumer and dealer of their products (anyone want to buy a Hummingbird??) Keep em' flying and happy holidays early.

JS

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12-23-2004 09:02 PM  13 years agoPost 12
rappy raptor

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Stiffer Blades
Have a look here stiffer blades the easy way

http://www.runryder.com/t148472p1/

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12-24-2004 02:53 AM  13 years agoPost 13
Spadamax

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Thx RR. I will give this a try. I was also thinking of other FP blades like on my H-bird in normal plastic rather than CF. I wonder how that would work?

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