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10-24-2006 04:50 PM  12 years agoPost 61
akshaw

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You'll want to go to h***freak.com to check out the f*nless vids for building and setting up the SE. IMHO you made the best choice. With all metal the only replacement parts you'll likely need are feathering shafts, main shafts, main blades, tail booms, main gears and tail blades. (You might want to consider upgrading landing skids with the gorilla gear landing skids--they are tough as nails.)

There is no royal road to flying helis but the sim sure helps!

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10-24-2006 07:32 PM  12 years agoPost 62
jcdetroit

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Thanks akshaw.I allready have that site on my favorites list.It seems I've also switched from the Blade CP forums to the TREX! Natural proggresion I guess.
I also tried to weigh the options I had and think I made the right choice.The TREX had a proven track record,parts availability just about anywhere,and it was a damn good looking machine. Hell,I may just assemle it and never fly it,just look at it.It wont crash that way and will always have that new heli smell!
Well at least I can spend the winter months here in MI fine tuning and learning all I can before next spring.

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10-25-2006 08:55 PM  12 years agoPost 63
jcdetroit

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Ok,another update.Last night,with my limited time(family obligations,watching the Tigers lose again)I was able to install the ball link ends on the servos and the linkage arms in their proper place.But after watching some of the set-up videos,I got online,I realized that I did it wrong.Some minor things,but wrong.I'll need to go back in and re-atach and adjust the servo arms and links and get the swash and head assy dialed in.At least I'm finding this out now instead of when I try to get her up in the airI'll also need to set up my radio,as it seems to not be recognizing one of the servos.The videos have been really helpfull with alot of tips.It's amazing how little the manual will show you.Thank god for the internet and forums like this If I had tried to piece this together going off just the manual,with no outside help,there's no doubt that something reeeeal bad could happen. After work tonight,it's off to the LHS to see if I can pick up a pitch gauge,as this seems to be a valuable tool that I should have.(Another nod to the helpfull videos)I'll check back in later.

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10-25-2006 10:36 PM  12 years agoPost 64
Micro-Maniac

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I've actually finally been considering jumping on the Trex bandwagon myself and so been taking a serious look at all the options - I was pretty leaned towards the SA and the upgrade road to the SE while talking with a buddy at an LHS when he mentioned they are thinking of carrying the HDX heli line -

You know how impressed I am with the HDX300 design but I never took as close a look at the HDX450 brushing it off as just another Trex clone and wasn't really interested in the mini class anyways -

So I got to looking at this thing and wow I'm even more impressed with it's design than the HDX300 - It's all metal and G10 with bearings out the yen-yang and a very interesting CCPM layout -

My own venture into the mini class just might be with this HDX450 rather than a Trex as I can have the metal and G10 for cheaper and the added bonus of an intriguing design - But probably not right away as funds are tight at the moment and I need to make some costly repairs to my Hornet first.

I flew a buddy's SE while helping him iron out some issues and was pleased with how nicely it handled - It was pretty lively before adding expo.

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10-26-2006 01:43 AM  12 years agoPost 65
JB642

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Hi JC -

I set up my DX6 on a Blade CP after doing the "radio hack" on it. I've learned alot about the radio over the last year. Let me know if you have any issues setting it up (or drop me a PM). Perhaps I can give you some help with it if the LHS can't.

JB

EDIT - ps: I just found this info on another site - TRex SE and a DX6 - I haven't looked at it completely yet but it looks like good info for you. http://www.digimemphoto.com/guides/backguide.htm

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10-26-2006 04:02 AM  12 years agoPost 66
akshaw

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Not meaning to interrupt the flow of this thread, just wanted to add that one (maybe the only) important upgrade for the TREX SE is, replace the standard idler pulley (on tail) with a mx400 idler pulley so the belt doesn't slide off midflight. Other than that, the SE is one fine heli.

There is no royal road to flying helis but the sim sure helps!

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10-26-2006 03:01 PM  12 years agoPost 67
jcdetroit

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Thanks guys for all the positive feedback that I've gotten so far.
I just can't believe the amount of important information that has been,and continues,to be passed on my way.I've been on other forums before,not related to helis,and found so many people trashing other equipment,each other,and bitching about whatever they can.
This site has been informative and positive with what seems to be the ultimate goal for everyone,to get that damn thing up in the air!
And just about everytime I log on,somebody has another helpful hint,web link,or suggestion to get me to that goal.I remember when I was a kid,I saw a RC heli,a Bell Jet Ranger,that was being used for a movie.It was huge! But it was the coolest thing I'd ever seen.I wanted one sooo bad,but back in the 70's,that was not realistically ever going to happen.I've allways had that bug for one and was glad,all theese years later,to finally have my own heli.With todays' breakthroughs in technology,those dreams are alot more obtainable.I think everyone involved in this hobby,in some way,has lifted that machine off the ground,and has had that "giddy school kid" feeling when it finaly hovers just right.The ultimate pursuit of that constant feeling,and the knowledge of what that feels like,makes everyone involved with this hobby,just that more helpfull.
I'm sorry if I've rambled on but I guess I'm just trying to say thanks to everyone.And if I can,through my own experience,help anybody else,I will kindly do so.
JB642. I just bookmarked that site.Beautiful,wonderful info! Just what I was looking for Will come in real handy.Thanks.

akshaw.Have'nt heard about that upgrade yet.Anymore info?
Captain Chaos.Welcome to the world of "which one should I get"
It's a journey filled with a lot of mind boggling decissions,but whatever you get,I'm sure you'll be well informed going in and will come out with something great.
Good luck. And thank you!

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10-26-2006 03:37 PM  12 years agoPost 68
Rogersresort

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Algonac MI

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Hello jcdetroit,
Three days of sunshine in MI awesome it's been hard to come by so I was able to fly the Trex and I gotta tell ya you will be happy with yours and setting it up right the Trex is a solid heli. Hope you get it in the air before the rain comes back.

Arnie

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10-26-2006 03:52 PM  12 years agoPost 69
jcdetroit

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Redford MI

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Unfortionatly,I won't be ready to fly for some time yet.Between work and other obligations,I'm lucky if I can find time to read the manual.Last night I had enough time to remove the ball links and servo arms that I had installed wrong,and put them in a box to work on at the job,when time permits.(this took all of 15 minutes)
And with the cold winter months coming,I may not see a lot of action till spring.
But,Im sooooo happy for you Rogersresort,YOU BASTARD!
Just kidding.Take those nice days whenever you can.

By the way,can snow collect on the blades if they're moving real fast?

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10-26-2006 04:04 PM  12 years agoPost 70
jcdetroit

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Redford MI

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Price for TREX SE with complete electronics + radio:
Approx $1100.00

Price for moving back to CA. moving expenses,down for new house:
Approx $15,000

More flying time due to better climate: PRICELESS

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10-26-2006 04:46 PM  12 years agoPost 71
JB642

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MI - USA

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JC -

Its warmer in Redford than Waterford and I'm charging up two packs for my MX later today! You will find many "relatively" warm days in the upcoming winter months to fly your TRex. I'm starting a Raptor Titan (.50 nitro) build next week (waiting "patiently" for the kit to come in) and plan on flying it during the nice winter days over a (frozen) lake near my house.

I've found those sunny, 30 degree, no wind days great for a couple of packs in my MX400 or BCP at my house! (Although CA or FL sure sounds good this time of year!) Two packs usually flown in 30 minutes or so, with a little hand warming time in between!

So, get your TRex built!! There's many more flying days to come here in MI !!! (and for the rest of the time, there's always late night "sim" practice!!)

JB

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10-26-2006 05:08 PM  12 years agoPost 72
akshaw

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Plymouth Meeting, PA

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This will do.
http://grandrc.com/inc/sdetail/12433

There is no royal road to flying helis but the sim sure helps!

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