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02-10-2006 03:25 AM  12 years agoPost 1
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This may be considered misposted. If so, I appologize.

I would like to get a larger heli and am confused about pricing. The cost of the various helicopters is similar. For example in kit form T REX 450 XL CDE $230 gives 700 mm rotor diameter, ECO 16 $240 has a 1200 mm diameter, LOGO 10 $335 has an 1150 diameter and a Swift $219 has a diameter of 1180 mm. I realize the larger machines are going to need a larger (more expensive) motor and the battery cost will be much greater but if I don’t care to have the hottest machine around (I’m old and slow) and I assume the radio cost including servos would be similar for any heli, can’t I get a larger machine off the ground for just a little more than the T REX? Thanks for your help.

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02-10-2006 05:21 AM  12 years agoPost 2
hidero-h

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Your "never" too old for fun.and if you are here out of interest then you have intiated the first step to one of the greatest hobbies around.
fill out your profile so people can get a better understanding of your person.
i think most would agree that micro helis arnt the easyist to learn on in fact if you wont to learn to fly you should get a simulater and sit down for 20-60 mins a nite and practice.
if you can do this for a a few months and still get excited about rc heli then by all means go out and buy yourself a 30 or 50 size birb like the ace hobby raptor 30, i have seen RTF. packages for $700
but dont forget you will also need a experianced pilote to help you over the learning curve.


LOL.brian bguerrier@sbcglobal.net

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02-10-2006 05:57 AM  12 years agoPost 3
docloc

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WI, Osceola

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A good radio can be used for electrics or gas, it's the batteries recievers and the servos that will be different. A T-rex uses micro servos that won't work for a 30/50 or larger helis, servos for a 30/50+ definatly won't work in a T-rex. A T-rex uses the main power battery to power the reciever and servos as well as the motor. 30/50+
uses a separate battery to power the servos. As far as the price of the heli electric or nitro, that depends on how much aluminum upgrades you want to add. Similar sizes compared electric/gas, bare kit prices are close, it's what's required to run the heli that changes.You can buy alot of nitro for the price of one battery to get a 30 sized heli in the air. One battery 10 minutes or so a flight, one tank of nitro 10 to 15 minutes,refuel, fly. Look up the price of a 6s2p lipo to fly a swift 16,you can get 10 gallons of nitro for the price of one battery. When that battery needs to be charged your down for more than an hour. When you run out of a tank of nitro, you just refill it and fly. The motor for the swift 16 is more money than a OS37 with a TT upgrade muffler.Go with a 50 sized nitro machine with a OS50 hyper and MP2.Plenty of power and a stable hover.

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02-10-2006 07:15 AM  12 years agoPost 4
Squirrlybird

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Suffolk, Va US

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With electrics, the price goes up exponentially with size due to battery cost. I have an $80 battery in my trex/x400 and an $800 battery in my Joker. A good charger for my Trex/x400 is around $100 and for the Joker is $400 with a $300 power supply.

Now that may not be the best comparison as the Joker is swinging 800mm blades and has about $3500 flying not including the support stuff. Other helis probably wont even touch that, but the price does go up considerably on electrics, even with cheap stuff.

Not trying to turn you off of the idea, but you need to know what you are willing to spend and then go from there. My excuse for the Joker is that I dont have a motorcycle. Pretty dumb huh!! I am more happy with it though. Good Luck.

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02-11-2006 02:31 AM  12 years agoPost 5
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Thank you for all three thoughtful replies -- most helpful. I will fill out the profile page tonight and research batteries. I do want to stay electric.

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02-11-2006 03:49 AM  12 years agoPost 6
OICU812

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Edson, Alberta, Canada

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Yup batteries are the huge part of the bigger Es'

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

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03-24-2006 08:51 PM  12 years agoPost 7
kookboy

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Vancouver, BC

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You might consider the v28's for $100.

3000 mah 7S1P 15C

... But honey it was only $$$

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03-29-2006 09:03 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Onawing

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Honolulu, HI

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The ECO7 JR RTF package comes out to about the same as a trex, also RTF. Although Rotor dia of the ECO7 JR is just under a meter, the scale Jet Ranger body of the ECO is a plus.

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