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10-26-2006 10:17 AM  11 years agoPost 1
paramedic

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There seems to have been a great deal of advancements in the area of micro and mini helicopters over just the past year or two. These were considered novelties and didn't have any real flight capabilities. It now looks like technology has advanced and the prices are certainly reasonable. My question is can a Blade CP Pro perform as well as a Trex? The blade pro is only about $250 and can be upgraded to brushless for around a hundred more dollars. The T-Rex, in the 400 size, is in the ballpark of $550 with everything needed to get flying. Is there that much difference in the two that justify the cost being twice as much?

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10-26-2006 02:05 PM  11 years agoPost 2
jeff1

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My question is can a Blade CP Pro perform as well as a Trex? Short answer is no...

I fly both. The Blade CP is my abuse helicopter. It flys, but that is about all I can say about it. It just isn't very accurate. It never seems to settle down. You're always chasing it. Everytime I crash it, I tell myself not to bother fixing it again. I eventually do though, but it is always the last one to be worked on.

The TRex, on the other hand, is a very nice flying helicopter, flies like a much larger machine. I tend to baby it more than the Blade, but that's only because it flies so nice.

Deciding between the two will depend on your circumstances. If you already fly helis, get the TRex. The Blade CP will frustrate you because it doesn't fly that accurately. If you are going to be teaching yourself to to build and fly, get the Blade CP as it is a very simple helicopter compared to the Trex. Plan on upgrading to something bigger though once you learn to build and fly.

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10-26-2006 05:39 PM  11 years agoPost 3
Darren Lee

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First of all, I would love it if a complete T-Rex only cost $550. Maybe without radio or batteries....

No, the Blade CP will never fly as well as a T-Rex. Just in a different league. That said, I love them both. The Blade CP is great for the money when set up properly, but the T-Rex is simply awesome.

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10-27-2006 06:08 PM  11 years agoPost 4
helimatt

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I have a blade CP upgraded to like a pro,and I have an Ark X400 (T-Rex like). The Blade flies nice when I keep it tight and balanced. I can get it to hover hands-off for short periods, like 5 seconds (seems like an eternity) in still conditions. It also handles the wind well. The BLade is so simple and light you can fly it anywhere, and therefore you get a lot of stick time for the buck. This helps you learn faster and makes it very enjoyable in my opinion. They are very responsive, not so stable, but given patience and a disciplined approach (try the Radd method- do a google search), you will learn and don't necessarily have to crash hard or often.

The main shortcoming is the gyro- i have seen blades with a better separate gyro fly very well indeed, usually with other mods too. At that point going to a T-Rex or Ark X400/MX400 or other would be sensible. A heading hold gyro, even the less expensive ones from Telebee or Align, make the heli fly really well, and the excess power and authority make learning aerobatics/3D more reasonable if that is your goal. Likely you will be doing those moves in the near future, so plan for it!

There are other helicopter options if course, those are the ones I have experience with. A nitro powered heli is great, but I know I would fly less if I had to use fuel (not in my living room, for instance!). So, less stick time means less fun and slower learning.

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11-01-2006 07:31 PM  11 years agoPost 5
TomRex

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The blades and arx's are toys compared to the Rex. The rex is as to a Raptor as the blade and arx is to a picco-z.

Ignorance is the absence of facts.Stupid is lacking the intellectual capacity to comprehend the fact

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11-01-2006 09:38 PM  11 years agoPost 6
WarMace

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The Blade is harder to control and set up than the TRex but it needs much less space to fly inside. If you're just looking for something to practice with inside or you are not sure you want to stay in the hobby for awhile, go with the Blade CX or CP Pro. If you want something that flys well outside and you're interested in moving up to something larger, definitely go with the TRex. Most of good helicopter flying comes from being able to set the helicopter up to perform well. The Blade CP Pro can be modified and set up to fly well, but will always less stable because of it's small size. Also, the Blade isn't set up like the larger helicopters. Any set-up and maintainance skills you learn messing with the Blade won't translate as well into larger helis. The TRex is much more stable and will handle wind much better. It is also a mini version of the larger helis. If flys and sets up very simliar to something larger. If you move into a 600 electric or nitro heli, everything you learned on the TRex will directly apply. I would recommend the TRex if you can afford it. Besides by the time you put brushless and a seperate gyro onto the CP Pro, it almost costs as much as the TRex anyway.

I started flying with a .30 nitro. I then got a Blade CX to practice with inside. I learned to hover with my .30 in my backyard (about 50ft x 50ft). Eventually I ran out of space to do anything useful in that space with a .30 so I thought I would get a smaller electric to fly in the backyard. I got a Blade CP and messed with it for about two months. I found it to be very frustrating to get to fly stable. With the stock NiMh it barely hovered. With LiPo it flew well but was fairly difficult to control especially with any wind. I found I spent much higher ratio of time adjusting and fixing it compared to flying it than with my other helis. I was about to give up electric helis when I found a good deal on a used TRex. The TRex has been great. It set up just like my nitro. I use the same radio for both so I don't have to adjust to different radios. The TRex is much more stable and handles wind well. Headspeed is much easier to control. I have also found the TRex to be cheaper to fix than the Blade.

Good luck with whatever you choose.

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11-01-2006 11:38 PM  11 years agoPost 7
Gary Jenkins

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You get what you pay for. Both will fly 3D. One way fly better than the other. Why are there more Trex's flying?

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11-02-2006 02:06 AM  11 years agoPost 8
Gary Jenkins

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This is a quote from a guy on the Align Trex page:
I finally got the bugs worked out setting up the gyro, the radio, and the speed control on my SA. So I took it out just before dark today for a short trimming hover. WOW I'm going to love this thing! Its SOOO stable compared to my Blade CP Pro.

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11-02-2006 05:14 AM  11 years agoPost 9
epoweredrc

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I just dont get why everyone talks about how unstable the Blade cp is, okay i dont have a cp I have a cp pro, does the reg blade and pro fly so much driffrent?> cause i think my pro is very stable saying i had never flown a heli except on a sim before. I love the CP Pro i just hate its so tiny its hard for me to see.

trex seems to be good i would love to have a chance to try flying one.

lots of planes, MCPX

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11-02-2006 02:51 PM  11 years agoPost 10
WarMace

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The CP Pro is much more responsive than the CP because of it's upgraded cyclic controls and LiPo batteries. The CP is really a waste of time. With the toned down cyclic controls and NiMh battery, it barely flys and has no reserve power to save yourself when you get into trouble. A micro heli needs a lot of control to keep it stable. The CP Pro has a whole lot of upgrades from the CP most notably the LiPo which makes a HUGE difference. If you plan to buy a micro, definitely buy a CP Pro. The extra $40 will save you money in the long run.

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11-02-2006 06:23 PM  11 years agoPost 11
Zaneman007

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Is there that much difference in the two that justify the cost being twice as much?
In one word, YES.

The BCP has a purpose; it is a learning tool, and its cheap to repair. A bottle of CA goes a long way on a BCP.

The T-rex 450 is the flag ship of 450 electric helis. When set up properly it is extremely stable and has a power to weight ratio that can not be beat. It's fast.

If you can set up a T-rex 450 for just $550 let me know where you getting those numbers. I just put one together for $750 ballpark, before I started doing upgrades.

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11-03-2006 07:18 AM  11 years agoPost 12
paramedic

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heliproz has a combo RTF for $529.

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11-03-2006 02:14 PM  11 years agoPost 13
Darren Lee

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heliproz has a combo RTF for $529
True, but it's the 450X and it only includes one battery and a substandard gyro and tail servo.

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11-03-2006 03:13 PM  11 years agoPost 14
WarMace

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Yeah, stay away from the 450X. You need the XL. Helihobby has a bunch of good TRex combos that start at $500. Just make sure you get the 450XL not the X. Also, if given a choice get the kit not the RTF. It does suck a bit to get the heli and not be able to fly it right away but they are not that hard to put together and you will learn a great deal during the building process. There are alot of good TRex build and set-up videos out there. They are great to check out even before you make your decision to really see what you're getting yourself into. Let me know if you have any trouble finding them.

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11-03-2006 06:27 PM  11 years agoPost 15
Zaneman007

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heliproz has a combo RTF for $529
I have to agree with beeflyer2. Your buying into substandard parts and the Spectrum. I call the Spectrum the (b)leading edge. There is a post on here where the receiver lost its bind with the transmitter. And your limited to 3 point curves, and .... (that is all (of the issues)that I have heard about that transmitter.)

Properly set up the T-rex is awesome.

I have both the BCP (set up on a 7CHP) and the Trex. I open up the back door or just stay indoors and fly the BCP. The T-rex goes to the park. It covers ground to quickly.

good luck with your decission.

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