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10-14-2005 09:42 PM  12 years agoPost 1
helishow

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My extreme died today in a boomstrike(servo-gear broke). The crash-cost is about $650 without blades. Engine and all electronics is OK. Broken parts are boom, tailbox and head. So the Stratus-upgrade will not help.

I have some options:
  • Buy the broken parts
    The parts are so expensive. But it is less than a new kit
  • Buy a new extreme kit
    I end up with 1 1/2 kit. I will NOT buy another engine and radio-equipment, so the option for 2 kits in the future is not there. I don't want 2 kit. So this will be sold or collecting dust. But who will buy a half crashed kit?
  • Wait for the stratus kit
    The kit is not in any store yet, and it may take a wile. Apart from the arguments in the paragraph above, this will take more time before I get any flying.
  • Buy another kit for example a raptor90
    I'm a slow learner on mechanics. I have finaly learned to understand how the Fury works. I realy liked how the extreme flies, but I have never tryed a raptor90(only a reptor50)
  • Wait for the Synergy
    It could be a while for this to get to the store. And it would be a new heli to learn to operate and it will probably have some defects before the main public is able to test it out.

What would you do?

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10-14-2005 09:48 PM  12 years agoPost 2
smegs

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I would cry then call my credit card company for increased balance.
Then go buy a new helo. My advice buy helo parts close to your home. So if you need part there easily available.

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10-14-2005 09:49 PM  12 years agoPost 3
JKos

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How about a Freya Evo 90? The kit sells for $600. Then sell all the good parts remaining from your Extreme and reduce the cost of the new kit.

Then save up and get a Avant EFX conversion kit.

- John

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10-14-2005 10:09 PM  12 years agoPost 4
JitsuGuy

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JKos has stated the correct.

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10-14-2005 10:19 PM  12 years agoPost 5
sharam

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Buy one used off RR. With some care, you can end up with a good machine that is much less expensive than a new one, plus, you have some parts off your existing one that you can use for spares if need be.

I bought a Tempest last year off RR and I am quite happy with it.

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10-14-2005 10:47 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Yug

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Stick with what you know. Get new boom, tailbox and head !

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10-14-2005 11:23 PM  12 years agoPost 7
I3DM

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I would get a nice used Extreme for 550-600$ and be done with it.

www.liorzahavi.com

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10-15-2005 01:27 AM  12 years agoPost 8
BONO1

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AR

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extreme
I would buy a used extreme if it were me. You said that you like the way it flies and understand how it works so don't stop now.
Sam

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10-15-2005 01:47 AM  12 years agoPost 9
Ace Dude

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Then save up and get a Avant EFX conversion kit.
Of course, then your wallet will be feeling it even more if the same thing happens to the EFX.

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10-15-2005 02:09 AM  12 years agoPost 10
ShempHoward

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You could take up Stamp Collecting. Now there is an exciting action packed hobby for ya. Philately

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10-15-2005 02:43 AM  12 years agoPost 11
JKos

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> Of course, then your wallet will be feeling it even more if the same
> thing happens to the EFX.

Not really. The parts you'll break in most crashes are the Hirobo parts.

- John

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10-15-2005 04:20 AM  12 years agoPost 12
n8tivedave

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simi valley,cal,u.s.

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a true x-cell flyer, would just fix it, no matter what the cost,

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10-15-2005 04:31 AM  12 years agoPost 13
Spin City

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10-15-2005 04:33 AM  12 years agoPost 14
Detroit Steve

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If you really liked it... Fix it. I have had a heli almost not worth bringing back, but I still did it anyways just cause I liked it.

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10-15-2005 06:21 AM  12 years agoPost 15
carcrasher

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east coast

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If you really like the way it flies, fix it. But at $650 I would just buy a Freya Evo for $600 and be done with it. My stratus went in due to a bad cell in my battery. It was only ten feet off the ground but went in side in. Luckily it didn't do a chicken dance. Damage was $350 w/o blades. I fixed it since it wasn't broken much, just the normal stuff but the normal stuff on a MA heli cost just as much as a whole heli sometimes. How was the head damaged? Is it bent ? I take it you had an open tailbox. What servos were you running at the time of the crash? Were you beating it senseless? are the servos binding in anyway? What ever you decide good luck.

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10-15-2005 10:07 AM  12 years agoPost 16
helishow

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Norway

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I'll go for a used extreme or buy the repair-parts.

This is the second crash in two weeks due to mecanical errors. Last time I bought parts for $400 without blades. Then the only broken part wore the boom and boomsupports. Now the tail and head broke too.

This last crash was caused by a broken servo-gear. Of course the gear did break in the last crash, but I was not careful enough with checking them. I had a open tail, and it is busted. Then main grip arm, is broken in my head, and I also need to buy then main axle, spindle and flybar-arm. And the skids are broken. I was running 9252, 9294 on the throttle an 601/9251. I will replace the servogear this time.

So if you add the blades-cost, I end up with 650+400+2 pair of V-Blades(260) + 2 pair of V-Blade tails(60).

Thats total of $1370 Thats a alot of waitsted money within two weeks.

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10-15-2005 12:42 PM  12 years agoPost 17
yugi

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Maryland

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Yes it is...............and welcome to the world of RC heli!!!!!


Yugi

If you keep doing the same thing…...you’re going to get the same results!

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10-15-2005 01:14 PM  12 years agoPost 18
Tom DeWinter

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Quad Cities, IL

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Who was it that said when asked what it was like to fly heli's said:

"Imagine buying a new $3000 stereo system. While playing the first CD, pick it up the stereo system and throw it out of a second story window, smashing it onto the concrete drive below."?

Oh, and when you order the parts, add a crying towel to the order. You're sure to need it again.

Regards,

Tom

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Plan Now to Attend!!!

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10-15-2005 01:19 PM  12 years agoPost 19
Yug

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UK. Herts

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helishow
Don't know what standard of flying you are at, but if you are concerned about money, then fly a cheaper machine. In terms of value for money and running costs, you wont do much better than a R90SE and if you want real value, go for the R50SE and transplant all your radio gear. You must remember that it ain't so much the heli that makes the difference (allowing for good setup), but the standard of the pilot and weather or not you like the timing of eCCPM or mCCPM. and blah-de-blah.

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10-15-2005 01:21 PM  12 years agoPost 20
Tom DeWinter

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Now, $1370 dollars is a lot of money.

But don't look at it as wasted.

Of course, part of it is entertainment cost. However, the majority of it could be considered tuition. And that amount is cheap if you compare to the cost of college. Just think of what you've learned and how you will change your maintenence procedures.

Regards,
Tom

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