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09-06-2006 06:18 AM  14 years ago
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switch26

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Any word on the release of the Raptor e 620 electric heli?
does anyone have any info on the release of the new electric series
Raptor e620?

im waiting on it,sure hope it comes out soon
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09-06-2006 11:17 AM  14 years ago
Ben-T-Spindle

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Should be out in a couple of weeks. Last I heard was mid to late September. The manuals are taking time to get all the bugs out.

They will have a metal frame and a carbon frame 620mm version and a metal framed 550mm version. I head that the metal frames are completed now and the carbon frames should follow shortly. The glow to EP conversion kits will be another month or two. There are also working on motors for ARF versions.

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09-06-2006 09:37 PM  14 years ago
switch26

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Ben-T-Spindle
thanks for the info Bud,i found your other post and i been following it,im looking forward to it
Regards
Raf
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09-07-2006 08:24 AM  14 years ago
lozza6

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Thats awesome news Ben

I cant wait!!!

i'm surprised there isnt a bigger following? so much hype about teh trex 600, but i think the rappy is gonna blow it out of the water in both performance and price!

I love the fact that its so similar to a 50V2!

its fantastic! essentially, you just change the frame, and THATS it!

hurry up!!!!!!!11

heheh

Loz
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09-07-2006 08:49 AM  14 years ago
firefox

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Well, essentially only parts of the frame are different. But then you've got to think about what replaces the engine and fuel, and that's a motor, ESC, and batteries. A good motor will set you back around $180 bucks (based on the conversions at tppacks.com), and a high-volt ESC will cost roughly that much too. Then you need something like a 10S2P lipo pack for good performance, which will cost you roughly the same as the motor+ESC combined. If you want to fly continuously, you'll need 3 packs (and a suitable charger, one big one or two small ones). Man, that's a lot of money.

I'd really like to go the electric route too, but there's no way I can afford that much initial investment.
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09-07-2006 09:11 AM  14 years ago
switch26

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yup youre looking at right around $2000 for the whole pakage
that kinda sucks but at least you wont have to buy fuel for a very long time

it all comes down to this,

a raptor 50 fully equiped will cost right about $1000 right?
say you fly once a week,a gallong of 30% nitro goes for about $23
and a gallong of 15% fuel goes for about $15 say you go through a gallon in a two day weekend thats $23 the month has 4 weekends usually,so multiply $23 by 4 equals $92 a month now multiply $92 times 12 sice the year has 12 months that gives us a grand total of
$1104,ok but you dont fly the whole year because of the bad weather

say you fly not 12 but 6 months out of the year,it is $552
but you know you do fly more than 6 months a year,tell me it isnt worth going electric

in one good year you have payed for two or three of those good battery packs

am i missing something here?
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09-07-2006 09:38 AM  14 years ago
firefox

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I think you also need to consider that batteries don't last forever. Lipos, especially, since they're higher maintenance than other types. From what I can gather, you get an average of about 100 flights per pack before you significantly lose capacity, a cell malfunctions, you crash/damage it, or you short it. Say 200 flights, if you're extremely careful/lucky. Works out to around 2 bucks a flight, which is not that much different from glow. Of course, this is all an extremely rough guesstimate, but my point is that the batteries will have to be replaced too, since they're also a consumable.

In Thailand, nitro is pretty expensive, so 15% nitro is around the same price as 30% nitro in the US (and why 15% is the standard here, and 30% is rare). This has nothing to do with electrics, but I'm pretty envious of the glow fuel prices in the US.
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09-07-2006 01:38 PM  14 years ago
w.pasman

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Huh, aren't they doing a PLASTIC frame??
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