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09-05-2006 06:36 AM  14 years ago
oopsididitagain

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thanks for the feedback guys.

what kind of servo should be used and how much would they cost?......


can more people help this newbie out?if its a bad deal i hope someone can chime in about it


and for a hitec optic 6 tx/rx for another $60 is it worth it?
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09-05-2006 10:44 AM  14 years ago
Paul_C

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I started on a Shuttle and flew that around for about 8 years before getting an Eco8, Raptor 30, Piccolo, Trex, mx400 – some people start small and go bigger, I did it the other way around and find the smaller helis more fun and convenient.

I wanted an electric heli to start, but the only electric heli available in those days was the Kalt Wisper and the lhs refused to sell me one, saying a shuttle will be much easier to learn on. Had the Trex been around then, I probably would have gone for that.
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09-05-2006 11:24 AM  14 years ago
efliernz

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Esky Honeybee FP
An awesome way to start cheap. Very reliable (once balanced) on 3S 1000mA pack. I only broke the rotorhead (ball joint) 3 times in 8 hours of learning. I sold it for $20 less than I paid for it.

Total expenditure: $35 for 8 hours of learning to fly. It got sold to pay for the Trex450XL. A year later (21 hours) I have only broken it 5 times. 5th set of blades, 3rd boom, original motor, second tail. I'm happy with that...
Pete, Trex500, Trex600E, Streched 600, DSX9, DX7, Low-volt alarms - check the gallery for my alarms
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09-05-2006 12:01 PM  14 years ago
vigor10

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First heli
In 1975 I had a Du Bro whirlybird that never got off the ground.
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09-05-2006 01:26 PM  14 years ago
Icu812

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My history of Helis
I Started on a lite Machines fixed Pitched Fuel Powered Heli in the early 90s It's Motto was; Light as a feather, Tough as Nails! and it was!! Very Cheap to Fix and simple to set up with no Electronic gyro. It had a Mechanical gyro that worked by using a flybar on the tail rotor!! Once I could Fly that, It was on to an ergo .46 then to a Fury $$$ Then to the Trex For financial and all out enjoyment purposes!!! The Best Little Heli That Was Ever Created!!!
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09-05-2006 04:50 PM  14 years ago
rky5

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I agree with the other felow..........S75 servos are no good for the Trex....Im using 3 HS65s on the SE and there great!
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09-05-2006 05:37 PM  14 years ago
wuzofoz

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oopsididitagain
ditch the s75 servos and get Hitec HS65HB or metal gear version instead. the rest looks good.

i started with a raptor 50 and got the trex about 6mths later.
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09-05-2006 05:53 PM  14 years ago
chrisab

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My addiction started in 92 with a Concept 30 DX with a mechanical gyro. Never hovered. Went off to college, started my carrer, put the DX in my parents basement. 3 years ago I was puttering around on the internet and saw the piccolo and madly looked for as much info as I could for a week, so I bought an Excell cupid (cheap chinease knock off). 3 mo later my Girlfriend bought me the orginal Rex (gray frame) for christmas.
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09-05-2006 05:54 PM  14 years ago
oopsididitagain

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alrighty everybody i will keep that in mind.

but did u guys get real good with the movements of a heli before proceeding with a SE? cause i read a lot that a newbie shouldnt start with a SE
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09-05-2006 05:56 PM  14 years ago
RCHeliJim

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My first heli was a Raptor 30 V1. Hovered great and gave me a good life before I upgraded it to a V2, then to a 50. Have had various helis since then. My first Trex was a bust - but the one I had after that flew pretty well, and now my 600 is the workhorse of my helis. I fly it 4 to 6 times an outing and love every minute of it

Go Fly, Have Fun!!
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09-05-2006 06:03 PM  14 years ago
Tomie

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Here's my first Heli Heavy weight version and light weight version I was able to get less ++20grams on my light version (its w/the black skids)

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09-05-2006 07:56 PM  14 years ago
gkoutsis

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Started with a Shuttle in 1994.George
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09-05-2006 08:09 PM  14 years ago
TomRex

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OOps! Buy cheap buy twice... Buy the SE and be done.Ignorance is the absence of facts.Stupid is lacking the intellectual capacity to comprehend the fact
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09-05-2006 08:37 PM  14 years ago
oopsididitagain

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buy cheap buy twice? as in people who went with the XL?

i bought a used SE

well my first heli is a BCP but maybe i suck or i dont know how to set it up since no other electric heli people live around me so i sold it off

and now out of no where i bought 2 birds. 1 art-tech falcon 3d for me to learn to fly and setup and 1 more trex se ( dont know when i can fly it , any guidelines people?)

how much did u guys used to convert your XL to SE and what does the SE has that the XL doesn't? cause i see the price to convert is not that much but people says that after converting it would be better to just buy an SE in the first place
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09-05-2006 09:41 PM  14 years ago
rky5

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If you got it already, fly it...... the XL will fly very well. When you get really good go for the SE or up grade as you break parts.
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09-05-2006 09:46 PM  14 years ago
caseyjholmes

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what does the SE has that the XL doesn't?
All aluminum parts and a carbon frame.
The plastic frames are iffy, because the dang tail clamp screws keep stripping out. You have to find better screws for the xl tail boom right off the bat. You'll have to find longer screws for the SE tail boom too,
but the stock ones will work if you can build without stripping the aluminum tail boom clamp spacers. IF you strip the XL plastic frame tailboom clamps, you have to replace the whole frame, which means a whole rebuild. With the SE, just remove 4 screws and the whole boom clamp assembly will pop out, saving you a rebuild, and even some money.

Tailboom clamp rebuild for SE = $6
Frame replacement for the plastic frames is more than $6 for sure..
And it's a chore to rebuild the whole heli and lose radio/servo settings etc

The SE is way better for the price. Trust me, you wont regret the SE now verses upgrading to one later to get rid of crashed plastic or flexible plastic parts. and then you'll have to buy the frame too..

IF you take your time and do lots of reading, the SE can be a good second heli. No Trex is a good first helicopter.
Even I Started on a fixed pitch machine (eco piccolo)
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09-05-2006 10:12 PM  14 years ago
Sam Verlander

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My first Heli (early 1980's)was a Kalt Huey Cobra fixed pitch, wet gear box, fiberglass fuselage, standard radio with no gyro. Never got far off the ground. Next was a stock Schlueter Mini-Boy followed by another Mini-Boy installed in a Great Lakes Jet Ranger fiberglass fuselage painted like Santini Air from Airwolf.

Got good at hovering and slow figure eight's low to the ground. Then in 1991 I got my first electric heli a Kalt Whisper.

In 2005 I got my first Trex 450X V2 followed by a stretched Trex built from spare parts with a Bell 222 fuselage painted in Airwolf colors.

My third Trex was built up from a Carbon HDE frame.

The Trex was the first heli I could fly in FFflight. I think for me it was the HH gyro that helped me the most wile learning myself to fly. That's right I did it all myself, well with some help from the fine folks here at RunRyder and very little simulator time as I loaned my G3 to a buddy of mine who's learning how to fly a plank and haven't seen it in almost a year.
I believe you can learn to fly on a Trex.
Sam
In Virginia.
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09-05-2006 11:08 PM  14 years ago
oopsididitagain

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post pix of your first heli and your trex too man


casey: thanks for the website , thats sweet.


well i have another heli as my practise heli which is the art-tech falcon 3d. the SE is just too beautiful for me to crash it. so i'll just let it sit around until i am good enough for her.

here is a picture of it

and here is a picture of my falcon 3d


=)
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09-05-2006 11:10 PM  14 years ago
balbs

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Started in 93 with a Kyosho Concept 30 DX, Kyosho Caliber in 2003, then to the T-REX 450x in 2004.

Balbs
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09-05-2006 11:27 PM  14 years ago
oopsididitagain

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can you guys comment on the transition or the different things you learn when u got the t-rex , what kind of things you didnt expect with a bird like that?
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