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10-13-2005 06:12 PM  13 years agoPost 1
shaltac

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I'll add pictures next Monday if I get a chance.

Just recieved my Align TRex case. Opened the box and other then the silly "Conquer your heart" ( I knew about it before I bought the case, and am picking out paint to cover it) it seemed like a good quality unit.

I opened it up and was slightly dissapointed in the Cut / Glued foam insert. This is a stiff plastic foam. It reminds me of the poly foam used to pack inexpensive retail electronics. It is very rough to the touch, slippery, and very stiff. It looks to be cut from 1/2" layers, that are glued together to form the insert. Although it is technically cut to "fit the model" it is not a snug fit. the model appears to be supported by the friction along the sides and on the skids. There is no cutout for he tail, it just set on top of the bottom foam insert, and assumably is caught on the lid side by the decent quality eggcrate foam found there. The cutouts for the batteries are too large for my Kokam 2000 3S Lipos standing on end, and the too small (foam also doesn't flex much) to squeeze them in on their sides. I'm not sure what radio they thought would fit in the TX cutout, but neither my Multiplex Evo12, my Futaba 7CHP, or the JR 5ch cheapie computer radio came close to fitting. To get any of these in there would take some major foam work. I'm also of the opinion that the foam would scratch the finish on any nice radio it came into contact with.
So I pulled the insert out, and found that the standard "rubberized" liner (found in all metal tool cases) was pulling away from the sides of the case in places. I could see the strings of glue where the sides weren't clamped long enough and alowed to dry as they pulled away from the metal. Minor blems that really dont effect the case functioning, but blems not present in the $25 tool cases that I purchased from Lowes to haul my TX's with.
So I popped this new case into the hatch of my car, and drove home. Turns out I had set it down on top of a (dum dum dum...) bungie cord. The metal end of the bugie cord actually left a dent in the case... Mind you the case was empty... and I set it in the trunk, did not slam it down, or handle it especially roughly.

In conclusion, If you want a big case to hold your Rex... This is indead a big case. I think that there are other better options however, especially for the price. I'm most likely going to paint the outside with a Rhinoliner type coating, hoping to make it a bit more dent / crash proof. I'm also going to be getting some bulk foam from a local uphulstry shop and making my own liner for it. Something a little softer and more form fitting. They would have been better filling it with pick and pluck foam, and letting you make your own cutouts for you TX, Batteries, and excessories.

Rusty

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10-13-2005 06:20 PM  13 years agoPost 2
jfint

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Way to cover all the important stuff man, just goes to show that "specially design" isn't nescessarilly better than you can do yourself with everyday stuff(ie yellow wal-mart tool box with yrou own foam)

I was really kinda wanting one of these, so I'm glad I saw this, now I know i can do without.

Thanks

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10-13-2005 06:32 PM  13 years agoPost 3
vaportrail OLD

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If you replaced the foam inside, could you fit 2 trex in the case? What are the dimensions? I've been looking for a tool box big enough for even 1 heli and can't find one. The heli is just under 26" minimum but all the 26" tool boxes I've checked actually had less than that inside.


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10-13-2005 06:38 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Tmaster

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There is a Stanley Tool box 26" that people are using to hold everything also. You can find it for around 20 bucks usd. A little searching and you will find pictures of it with the trex and everything in it.

I can't really see myself spending $80 on a cheap case. The Iittle free Trex case that comes with kit is nice for holding things, But it is cheaply made. The align case does look very nice from the pictures I've seen but i have yet to see one in real life. This is one of those Hipes; (I want a matching case for my trex..etc) makes you feel cool or good to have a case that holds it all and I'm sure its nice. When I decide to buy a case I think I'll look for a alernative to the align case.

Good review, I'd like to see your pictures if possible of your assesment of the case.

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10-13-2005 06:57 PM  13 years agoPost 5
dankers

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The Iittle free Trex case that comes with kit is nice for holding things, But it is cheaply made.
Imagine a bigger one, also cheaply made. Not worth the $$$ and to say they dint easy is an understatement.

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10-13-2005 08:00 PM  13 years agoPost 6
vaportrail OLD

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That looks like part number 26200. I'll try to track one down. I've checked Sears, Home Depot and Lowes and can't find a case that is really that big inside. I agree, the Align case is way overpriced. Considering they give you one with the kit, a larger one should be less than half what they are asking.

I've read the reason they give us the small one is to prevent kits from crushing in shipping. Nobody else seems to have this problem.


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10-13-2005 08:00 PM  13 years agoPost 7
shaltac

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I can get measurments tonight or tommorow.
No I do not see a way to fit two assembled TRex's in this case.
I'll try to get some good demo picks of the actual case.
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10-13-2005 08:35 PM  13 years agoPost 8
VinceHerman

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Wadsworth, OH

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My Thunderpower 2100 battery packs fit perfectly.
My Futaba 9CH transmitter fits perfectly. Snuggly held, but solid.

I do agree that the case material is thin and dent prone. But it is a convenient case that required no work. I looked for a LOOONG time before I spend that money. I so wanted to find a tool box that would work, but none that I could get locally were long enough.

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10-13-2005 08:53 PM  13 years agoPost 9
Tmaster

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26201 - 26" Stanley Metal Toolbox with Full Stainless Steel Top

Comes in Red, yellow, or stainless look.
Click here

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10-13-2005 10:16 PM  13 years agoPost 10
MikeInMobile

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Actually, the foam insert is quite effective as a holding mechanism for the Trex. I have one of these cases and LOVE it !

It holds six spare battery packs (TP2100s fit perfectly ..... I guess this is the standard), and the helicopter is VERY secure when placed in this box. The exterior is a high grade aluminum (not plastic like what others are looking at) and is extremely durable.

I see that you are complaining about the foam ....... Don't knock the foam until you have tried it. The foam holds the machine very securely without damaging the painted finish.

While the case is expensive, I feel that it is worth the price !

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10-13-2005 10:27 PM  13 years agoPost 11
stpeteheli

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As said, I looked all over and found nothing that really worked. I finally bought this case and I am glad I did. Holds Trex, radio, batteries, tach, temp sensor and all my other stuff just fine.

Swift C550, Z30A-800 11T, CC45HV, 7s MaxAmp - 8s eMoli, DX7

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10-13-2005 10:37 PM  13 years agoPost 12
RICHW

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I am in the middle of a "field test" with my Align case. I flew to Boston last week, where I am now at. Had to check the case as odd size luggage at SFO and sign a waiver that they weren't responsible for loss or damage. I really hadn't planned on just handing over an unlocked case with heli, radio and five lipos on this trip, but I had no choice. It did arrive safely in Boston with no damage and everything still inside. I flew three days and then the crappy weather came in.

I suppose I will have to check it again when I return. But al in all, I am glad I have it and that it turns out to serve its purpose.

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10-13-2005 11:48 PM  13 years agoPost 13
dgswheels

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i totally disagree with shaltac. i have had my case for a while now and love it. i have also traveled with it but as a carry on and not checked baggage. went from alabama to california and back with no problems. i even dropped the case the other day with everything in it. i thought for sure i would have messed up something but everything was fine. no better field test than that. the foam insert is great it will stand up to wear better than any other foam i have seen, and yes i have over half a dozen cases of various manufactures used for other items besides radio control. i highly recommend the align case.

darryl garrison

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10-14-2005 01:00 AM  13 years agoPost 14
shaltac

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Case Snob
Well, while trying to take pictures (which are difficult to get to turn out and show any detail) I opened up my other cases, and figured out the problem. I'm a case snob. You can in fact get the Futaba and JR in there, you just have to push the "stand" bar under the foam, and wiggle a little. The Batteries will fit if you push and shove, some trimming of the foam would be . and the T-Rex is actually supported by the following points in the foam. 1) The blade grips. 2) The Tail rotor hub area. 3) The skids. I still am not crazy about the foam they use, but I guess it's suitable. I say this because after taking a close look at my TX cases, I see that I have hand cut closed cell foam exactly nestling all of my electronics. The denting on the case shows up because of the large flat area on the sides, where as my other cases have a diamond pattern embossed. I guess that the case is supposed to protect what's inside and this case would seem to be able to do that. I'm going to my "foam guy" and getting this case brought "up to snuff", or maybe just pick up a pelican case for everything. Might have a slightly used Align case for sale shortly... Will let you know.
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10-14-2005 01:39 AM  13 years agoPost 15
gwk

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or maybe just pick up a pelican case
Let us know which Pelican case you end up with.

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10-14-2005 01:55 AM  13 years agoPost 16
stpeteheli

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or maybe just pick up a pelican case for everything.
Yes, there built nice but will probably cost about $200~300 for one that fits the rex and radio...

Swift C550, Z30A-800 11T, CC45HV, 7s MaxAmp - 8s eMoli, DX7

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10-14-2005 02:36 AM  13 years agoPost 17
upperking

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Hey man this case is the shnit!!
I dont have a T-rex but my Humming bird fits in it like a a pair of cutoffs on jessica simpson..

I bought it with no regrets
.......

ordered it here http://www.helihobby.com/html/TREX7.html

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10-14-2005 02:58 AM  13 years agoPost 18
ppridday

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Detroit Lakes MN

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Hey, I just checked your link and all that's there are a bunch of helicopter parts and stuff. No Jessica Simpson in cutoffs..... What kind of sick person are you getting people all wound up like that?

"There's someone in my head, but it's not me..."

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10-14-2005 03:51 AM  13 years agoPost 19
upperking

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Ohh im sorry man!!
here you go
wouldnt you like to take that wirrlybird for a spin :P


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10-14-2005 03:58 AM  13 years agoPost 20
MikeInMobile

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I'd buy that case, but the maintenance would be a little too expensive for me

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