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02-09-2006 11:38 PM  12 years agoPost 1
quattrokid73

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Hey. I am looking for my next heli. It's between a Trex/X400 and a Sceadu 50. I know the Sceadu 50 will be a true beast but the cost to get it running well is a little scary. I want my bird to be able to fly outside and i was wondering how much wind these things can handle? If they can't do much, then I guess I'll go with the Sceadu and be poor for a while.

Adam

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02-10-2006 01:58 AM  12 years agoPost 2
quattrokid73

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02-10-2006 04:05 AM  12 years agoPost 3
Over Torque

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My all stock MX400 does just fine in 10 to 15 mph winds maybe more, I have'nt tried yet. When flying in the normal mode make sure to have enough negative pitch to bring the heli down when there ia a long strong gust of wind and landing a 400 class heli in a 15 mph gust of wind will require some skill.

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02-10-2006 06:46 AM  12 years agoPost 4
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The x400 and trex are really the same. I fly the x400/trex in more wind than I do the larger birds. It is just a little more bumpy, but the crash damage is way cheap. I have had mine in a really heavy gust once. That was scary but all it did was bounce around in the sky. Had to dive hard to bring it back. It was fine with steady wind though. I never let wind stand between me and my trex400.

The ability of a heli to withstand wind is related to the experience of the pilot. The most wind that I have flown in was with my little bladecp. The wind was gusting to 35mph according to the weather reports that day. It just remained nose into the wind with little tail control. Still flyable.

Helicopters are really amazing in the wind. They can handle far more than you would think. I would not fly my .40 size planes (planks) in the same wind that I would fly my Trex400. I find the wind to be a fun challenge. If you are starting out, then you should stick to calmer conditions no matter what you fly. If you are beyond nose in hovering, then you will be fine in the wind with this little machine.

I would not let wind make my decision on this one.

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02-10-2006 01:49 PM  12 years agoPost 5
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Personally I find that both my MX400 and Trex450XL don't take the wind too well.

I tried flying in 15 - 30 km/h winds and the heli was all over the place.

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02-10-2006 02:57 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Intrepid175

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WeatherB said:
Personally I find that both my MX400 and Trex450XL don't take the wind too well.

I tried flying in 15 - 30 km/h winds and the heli was all over the place
Which, as Squirrlybird said, is more a problem with you as the pilot than it is a problem with the model helicopter. I'm not trying to insult you here. It's just something you've got to learn to get comfortable with. Like Squirrlybird, I'll fly my model helicopters, regardless of size, in winds that I wouldn't even consider flying a fixed wing model in. The helicopter really doesn't care.

Having said that, there does come a point where the fun factor starts going down. But generally speaking, if it's a wind that most trainer airplanes would be Ok in, I wouldn't worry about the X400 or Trex size model helicopters.

Fly Safe,
Steve R.

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02-10-2006 02:58 PM  12 years agoPost 7
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You are totally correct; however, the model can make it easier for you.

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