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01-10-2006 10:54 AM  13 years ago
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jjp735i

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Revo CP from Hobby-Lobby
I've been looking at another mico to add to the fleet and was wondering if anyone had a chance to fly one of these. They have them on sale now for 89 bucks.

Thanks, jjp
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01-11-2006 10:40 PM  13 years ago
TheLost

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I haven't flown one but I've read all the reviews on other forums. The main drawback is the shaft driven tail. Apparently the tail gears easily strip in a crash.

Hobby-Lobby pushed it hard when it first came out... then dropped the price (at one point they said due to copyright name problems). It seems to fluctuate from $120 to $80 every month. Who knows how long they will keep parts in stock.

If you don't already own a T-Rex... I'd look for sales on older V2 (450X) models. You should be able to find them under $100. Or just spend the extra $$ and get the V3 450XL.

~Brian
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01-18-2006 09:43 PM  13 years ago
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I have one and I love it! And after installing a set of MicroHeli blue gears the problem of breaking them is gone...
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01-19-2006 06:34 PM  13 years ago
willfly

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MicroHeli blue gears
Can you kindly provide more information on MicroHeli blue gears. I like the heli, but would like to find a better fix to the gear problem.

Thanks.
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02-04-2006 08:32 PM  13 years ago
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Just bought one a couple of weeks ago. The tail gear stripped after about 40 minutes of flying. Hadn't been doing anything other than hovering and tweaking the radio and mechanics.
The manual is just barely adequate also.

Of course the gears are on back order so the heli is on the shelf for a while.

If I had it to do over again I would have gotten something different.

I would also be interested in the blue gears mentioned since I will be sticking with this one till I turn it into a bunch of little pieces.
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02-08-2006 01:37 PM  13 years ago
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Discontinued
Just noticed that hobby-lobby says they are now discontinuing the Revo. Price is $49 for the kit but my parts are still on backorder so this may not be much of a deal if the parts support is gone.
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02-08-2006 04:10 PM  13 years ago
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Parts are goi9ng to vbe harder and harder to get, I don't think investing in a chopper that is discountuined is a wise choice. The price is right.. but....-= I know there is Money in RC helicopters. I put it there=-
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02-09-2006 01:05 AM  13 years ago
ShellDude

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With the exception of the pitch control and elevator & aileron control arms this heli is basically a V1 shogun. I picked one up yesterday with the H-L $49 Crash Sale.

I don't think I'll have a hard time finding replacement parts. Between Protech, Align, and Great Planes it should be easy enough to find suitable replacements.

I'll know for sure soon enough... it shipped out today.

Shell
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02-09-2006 04:28 PM  13 years ago
TerryE

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I just got one as well
I got one from the H-L crash sale. I have a bunch of gas choppers, buit no electrics... whole new world it seems.

Please post info on the blue gears - sounds like something we can all use

ShellDude - you the same guy who hooked rockets to his Badius?
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02-09-2006 05:24 PM  13 years ago
ShellDude

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yup... that's me.
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02-09-2006 06:00 PM  13 years ago
TerryE

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Glad to catch up with you, hope all has been going well. You still flying planes too? Missed you on the Badius forum...

So what have you been up to lately? Rockets on a heli?

Have you had much experience with this heli? What mods would you recommend?
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02-10-2006 02:45 AM  13 years ago
ShellDude

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Things have been going pretty good... I always mean to stop by the ol' Badius thread but never find the time.... bunch of good folks there. I still fly my planks... I have a C-130 and a P-51 I've been procrastinating over for about 6 months now... At some point I'll have them built... may even fly them if I can find the time between heli flights.

Nope, nothing combustable on any of my helis.... yet. Give it time though, I'm sure I'll come up with something creative eventually

I don't have any experience with the Revo, but have spent quite a bit of time, and money, with models of similar make. From what I could gather from the H-L pictures, its a cross between a Shogun and an MX400. As far as stock comparisons go, I'd say its closer in quality to an MX400 than a Shogun as it comes with all ball links (no z bends), and fiberglass frame.

Incidentally the Shogun barebones kit goes for about $150 and the MX400 is typically in the $120-$130 range.

Once I get the kit and have had a chance to compare it with my other models, I'll be sure to post something about it... if someone else here doesn't beat me to it.
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02-10-2006 11:33 PM  13 years ago
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I got mine in today. Heck of a deal, I was very impressed with the quality, overall the feel is better than that of the Rexxie (dont get me wrong, great heli...). The one thing I dont like is that it is ARF, I was looking forward to something to build. Hope to get it put together tonight.

What I like:
Glass frame, very stiff, options for homemade carbon upgrade
Very smooth linkages. I spent a lot of time here with other micros.
Price, couldnt beat it.
Auto gear, stock. Very smooth, should work well.
Easy placement of all the gear.

What I dont like:
ARF, have to decide how much to tear it apart to check things
Z-Bends on head links. Seems strange everything but one set of links has ball links.
Horror stories about tail gears, we shall see.
Cheesy looking details on canopy.


Kristopher
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02-11-2006 12:18 AM  13 years ago
ShellDude

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Got mine too!

Funny you mention it being ARF. I was looking forward to a bunch of part bags too... All this thing needs is a couple servos, an ESC, motor, and receiver and its airborne.

The z-bends on the upper pitch levers annoy me too. I rebuilt a Shogun head because of those crazy things. Not that it matters at this point, but H-L lied... its not full ball-link.

I like how they setup the pitch. This heli is truely a cross between a shogun and trex... Very similar to the MX400 from what I recall.

I'm certain that all the cheap HeliDirect 3DX/Shogun upgrades will work with this kit minus a few head parts because of the different pitch system. I'll probably start with a belt conversion and metal head with caged flybar holder. Now to find a good source for cheap MX400 upgrades to see what I can do with this pitch system.

Shell
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02-11-2006 12:30 AM  13 years ago
rcsoar4fun

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Funny, the only thing I was going to change was the tail gear to one of the "blue" types. I prefer the drive wire or tube over the belt.

Kristopher
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02-11-2006 12:42 AM  13 years ago
ShellDude

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heh... yeah, I can't leave anything alone... will probably go through all my current spares (leftover from other upgrades) before I rush out and go bling crazy.

I was able to track down another distributor for this heli. They call it their TZ-400.

One thing that was reassuring is that the distributor says its "higher quality than Walkera..."... You have no idea how worried I was that I would be tracking this thing back to them.

http://www.rc-expert.com/product.php?pid=113

Shell
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02-11-2006 01:23 AM  13 years ago
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Servo mounts
Just discovered the two front servo mounts were upside down, might be worth checking them.
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02-11-2006 02:06 AM  13 years ago
ShellDude

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I guess mine are too... at least in relation to the mount directly in front of them. I've got the plastic fins swapped out for some carbon fiber ones and installed my himax 4200. The mesh was simple enough to get worked out.

Will start on the servos later next week. I'm two S75s short at the moment.

Will post a few photos once the digi cam's batteries have been charged... What is it about wives and rechargable batteries... I even got her one of those simpleton wall chargers yet everytime I go to use the camera, its batteries are dead *sigh*

Shell
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02-11-2006 03:48 AM  13 years ago
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I did get curious and pull the grips apart, they have two radial bearings and no thrust bearings. I was very suspicious that the main grips were tail grips off a bigger heli. When I compared them to the ones off my stinger (same a Raptor IIRC) they should work, with Raptor bearings. Might make for a cheap bling-grade. Need to see if the Raven grips would work, they are triple/thrust bearing, very smooth and slopless.

****EDIT**********
Also just figured out the tail blades were on backwards.

Kristopher
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02-11-2006 04:21 AM  13 years ago
ShellDude

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There are a bunch of threads about this heli on rcgroups. I'm not gonna bother posting any pictures.

Just checked and sure enough... my tail blades are on backwards too.

The main feathering shaft, rubber donuts, blade grips, and grip bearings are just like the zoom/zap/shogun ones. Should be a direct replacement.
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