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11-21-2006 01:11 AM  11 years agoPost 1
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rrApprentice

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I just started to do 3d. Unfortunately, winter weather and shorter days are going to limit my ability to get to the field and progress. I was thinking about purchasing a Trex450 sa/se to fly in a park across the street, I would have an area the size of 3 tennis courts.
I've never really considered electrics because of the hassles of charging and buying multiple packs along with being less stable than larger nitro counterparts.
I really just want something to practice with without undue technical issues. I am under the impression that electrics are just very finnicky. Am i wrong? I don't want to end up with just a big headache instead of my goal of progressing.

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11-21-2006 01:16 AM  11 years agoPost 2
colsy

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Cambridge, UK

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Electrics, can be a headache, period, especially micros. so don't assume you're walking into plug and play territory.

But the theory is good.

Colin..

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11-21-2006 01:18 AM  11 years agoPost 3
Droid

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I really just want something to practice with without undue technical issues. I am under the impression that electrics are just very finnicky. Am i wrong?
NO

Quotes may have been changed for my own amusement

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11-21-2006 01:42 AM  11 years agoPost 4
sed6

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There must be a reason the T-Rex forum has the biggest thread count, there must be a reason too that at the last FF I attended everyone had one! I very much doubt it's because they are finnicky. Blade CP's, yes, T-Rex, I doubt it. Sure size equals stability but that's not what you're looking for. I just bought a 450S for the exact reason as you, to fly convinently in the winter months.


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-Scott D
T-Rex 600N
T-Rex 450SA

Practice at the field!

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11-21-2006 02:35 AM  11 years agoPost 5
Gary Jenkins

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A Trex does fly as smooth as a 90, but almost every person that has a 90 has a Trex 450.

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11-21-2006 03:11 AM  11 years agoPost 6
cudaboy_71

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sacramento, ca, u.s.

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it's just different than nitro. i can't comment 100% because i only have small electric helis. but, i have flown nitro planes for 20+ years. so, if/when you get into electric there's a possibility you'll become a little frustrated by all the new stuff electric brings with it. if you're up for the challenge, it's worth it. i'll probably not buy another nitro plank...i'm sold---all electric for me now.

that's not the point though..so, let's not derail the thread with a nitro/elec flamewar.

the other thing you mentioned--stability. again, i can't comment because i only have small electrics. but, from a sim standpoint, if i practice on my trex450 model, going up to a larger heli like an ION or the Dominion (if you have G3) is like having time stop for you. the big ones are so much more stable, and the disc inertia and sheer weight of the model slow it down so much more than the little ones, i'm sure if you practice all winter on a trex, you'll come out next spring like a champ on your big birds.

good luck.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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11-21-2006 03:11 AM  11 years agoPost 7
Tommy Z

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As a matter of fact,
it is pretty much plug n play. If you do everything right the first time (I'm not saying you won't) you'll most likely come to love it and rarely have to tweak anything.
I have never flown a big bird...Couldn't really afford it. But my t-rex SE is no hassle...You have to be quick with the sticks though.

Tommy

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11-24-2006 11:08 PM  11 years agoPost 8
Longwing

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Canada, The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia

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Scriber

I have a trex. If you like in the post before me’ put the right stuff in the first time you ill have a plug in and play machine. I have only a trex 450se now and will be going for a 600 next. If you get an se and don’t chince on the electronics’, you will have an absolute blast. I take mine with me everywhere to work, shopping and on trips. It all fits neatly into a large tool box. Take out my trex and fly in any or all vacant fields possible. So stick with that thought if you are committed to PCM electronics, and a good speed control. CC 35 is great for me. I fly indoors as well. Batteries are expensive and I now have half a dozen so I can fly for a long period of time, but I am flying almost every day when my counter parts are stuck indoors due to weather etc. I fly in an old abandoned storage shed or under the lights in the Wal-Mart parking lot and night. You can see those blade really well under such light. Any way that’s my pitch for the day

Blake.

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11-25-2006 12:42 PM  11 years agoPost 9
martinic

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I have a pretty good Raptor 50 (Hyper 50, MP2, MG, green paddles, TT 600 CFs, HT 6965/6975HBs, GY401/9564) and a Trex SE (450TH 13T, 3S Tp 2100 PL, CC35, GY401/9650, HS56s, MR 2.5 BEC, Pro 325 blades). The Raptor is not nearly as powerful nor is it as responsive. The Trex is very powerful even though it is only 3S - 4S is going to be awesome when I chnage to it this coming Spring.

I fly my Trex much more often than my Raptor because it's much, much more convenient for me to fly at the ball park by my house rather than to drive 20 min. to the field. The Trex, TX, batteries and tools all fit in a nice sized case that is easy to tote around. I'm up in the air any flying immeditely, well before I could fuel up the Raptor.

The Trex flies well in wind and is stable. You can chnage the setup to go from mild and rock solid stable to wildly responsive and everything in between. Because it's electric, there are a ton of power system options to match your needs. There are many known good configurations so there is no guesswork. Parts are inexpensive and are readily available through the extensive dealer network.

I'm finding I actually prefer to fly the Trex at the club field too. It handles strong winds well and it's a ton of fun with all its power.

I'm currently flying my Trex indoors at the gym over the Winter months. Although it cramps my style severly (can't do much in there!), it does get me a little stick time.

I'm buying an EP100 (Mini-Zoom) - hopefully I'll be able to do aerobatics in the gym with it. It's just somehting different to play with.

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