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02-08-2006 03:00 AM  12 years agoPost 1
turbojoe

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Mesa, Arizona

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I'm absolutely in love with my T-Rex 450 XL CDE. I also bought a Blade CP to fly at home and I just want to stomp the little POS into microscopic bits. I hate it with a passion!

I may be nuts but what about putting smaller blades and motor on a T-Rex X and running with a smaller battery like a TP 1320 3S pack to lighten it up? I mainly want to fly this one in the living room for side and nose in hover practice. I already fly my good one here on occasion but mainly just for test hops. I can't find anything available with the flight quality and reputation of the T-Rex in a smaller package. Again, am I nuts or is this viable?


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02-08-2006 03:10 AM  12 years agoPost 2
ShellDude

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If you plan to fly your T-Rex in your livingroom, please do not invite me over

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02-08-2006 03:18 AM  12 years agoPost 3
turbojoe

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Aww, c'mon. Where's your sense of adventure?


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02-08-2006 03:20 AM  12 years agoPost 4
ShellDude

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Its just that its a tad too much heli for close proximity flying in a livingroom... Now if you had a big ol' open basement or gym that'd be another matter entirely.

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02-08-2006 03:22 AM  12 years agoPost 5
mcoccia

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I did that once
Went right into sheetrock. That was not a big deal as what my wife did to me.

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02-08-2006 03:31 AM  12 years agoPost 6
WeatherB

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I doubt small blades would make that much of a difference.

The problem is that anything spinning at 2400rpm can cause a lot of damage.

I've attempted to fly in the family room a couple of times and I got too freaked out to enjoy the flight.

Not worth it and too close for comfort.

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02-08-2006 03:35 AM  12 years agoPost 7
efliernz

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Hamilton, New Zealand

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I found the biggest problem is the turbulence.
It gets rough in a 4.8x6 metre room. Thats without worrying about the tv, dvd, wife & kids etc.

The Honeybee was easier (I was more relaxed - it didn't leave any marks on the heater when I hit it...)

Good luck.

Pete, Trex500, Trex600E, Streched 600, DSX9, DX7, Low-volt alarms - check the gallery for my alarms

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02-08-2006 03:46 AM  12 years agoPost 8
turbojoe

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I haven't tached my Blade CP but I'm sure it's now spinning close to 2400 rpm after setting it up on my Futaba 9C and changing the throttle and pitch curves.

My living room is 25'x26' so I have enough room to fly the full size T-Rex if I move furniture around. I just want a reliable dedicated hover practice machine. 3D capable or advanced flight is not even a consideration. I may toss the Blade CP main blades on the T-Rex tomorrow with a 1320 pack and see if it'll hover. May be interesting.

I've been looking for an alternative out there. The closest thing seems to be the HoneyBee King/Cool but they are plagued with tail vibration problems. I can buy a belt drive upgrade for it but it pushes the price well over that of a T-Rex!


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02-08-2006 03:48 AM  12 years agoPost 9
ShellDude

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02-08-2006 03:59 AM  12 years agoPost 10
Jcopter

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Hey I know where to get those little helicopter I saw like 8 of em today Like 290.00 with everything or 260.00 without the 4 channel reciever

Jack

Keep "Em" Flying

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02-08-2006 04:01 AM  12 years agoPost 11
ShellDude

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it's definitely "cuter" than the micron.

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02-08-2006 04:05 AM  12 years agoPost 12
turbojoe

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Micron is more in the toy category.

Pocket Zoom is EXACTLY what I'm looking for but the price is obscene! Someone there is smoking crack!

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02-08-2006 04:08 AM  12 years agoPost 13
ShellDude

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you can 3d that little thing? I'd love to see a video of that.

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02-08-2006 04:54 AM  12 years agoPost 14
OICU812

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Edson, Alberta, Canada

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When I first flew the raptor my first nitro it was cool, then I got an Evo then I wanted to throw rocks at my Raptor. Then I got a Logo 14 and all my nitros will likely sit, possibly forever or in someone elses house. Funny how that works heh. After flying my first T-Rex I wondered to myself why I spent so much time and money on my Shoguns I had. They just are not a comparable heli, not one bit. And believe me you I had as much mods and time into a Shogun as you could possibly put in.

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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02-08-2006 05:31 AM  12 years agoPost 15
RonnyD

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Where can those pocket zooms be found???

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02-08-2006 05:33 AM  12 years agoPost 16
RonnyD

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Miami, Florida

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Turbo Joe
What you want is a coaxial heli. I've been flying for about 2 years and the first time I flew an XRB wireless hirobo was the first time I have EVER flown stress free.

They are the perfect indoor toys! perfect for hovering in any direction, small circuits etc.
Perfect for entertaining the guests!!

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02-08-2006 06:27 AM  12 years agoPost 17
Mr.Gravity

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Mena,AR

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My son has a Blade CX that I fly in the house on a regular basis. When we have company over, it seems to end up being real popular with everyone. I have people flying it that have never and would not have ever flown a r/c helicopter. Several friends have ended up as r/c buddies because of the little CX. The dogs love it, the cat loves it, the wife doesn't MIND it and for the most part, you couldn't hurt much with this small heli.

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02-08-2006 07:05 AM  12 years agoPost 18
sethml

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Seattle WA USA

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Despite all the naysayers, flying a smaller CP heli in the living room is quite doable. I learned on a Hummingbird Elite 3D Pro, mostly flying in a 20'x20'x8' area at work and my small living room. I crashed into walls and had to replace blades and parts frequently, but never hurt anybody or did any serious damage to the room. And in a small room the sloshing air currents make for really good hovering practice.

Now that I've got a TREX the Elite 3D feels like a piece of crap and I never fly it. I'd love to know if a lightweight TREX works well. How much does the a bare 450XL kit weigh, with no blades or motor? Maybe switch to a shorter boom and put short blades and a small motor on it, and you'd be golden...

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02-08-2006 08:06 AM  12 years agoPost 19
Lorents

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Oslo, Norway

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I think a fixed pitch is best for flying in your living room - the low rpm makes it a lot easier on the furniture. I have a fp piccolo that I fly as often as possible in my living room - it is fun flying around, land on tables and pick up stuff.

Yesterday I hovered my trex in the living room to measure how many amps the aon pulls (you can see the power meter hanging off the front). Hovering isnt a problem but you can forget flying around, the wind and turbulence from the rotor disc combined with the lack of space makes for a very interesting flying experience

Shortening the blades would only make it worse - you would need even more head speed to get it off the ground and it would probably be very twitchy

It would be cool to try out that pocket zoom though...



What comes around goes around.

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02-08-2006 08:52 AM  12 years agoPost 20
Gadgets

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I fly my CDE with 450 TH in my 15 X 15 ft tv room.

If you are only hovering and comfortable with side or nose in you can practice. Dont try FFF ha ha ha!.





I see plank flyers!!!

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