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05-27-2007 04:19 PM  13 years ago
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harebearva

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Is this a good deal?
Hi trexers! I am looking into buying my first Trex and wanted to get your opinion on this combo. It's the complete combo at heliproz with the 450x, spectrum radio and everything else to get in the air. Is this a good deal for the money? Thanks for any replies! Stevo

http://www.heliproz.com/prodinfo.asp?number=335017COM
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05-27-2007 05:31 PM  13 years ago
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guessing that that is the DX7 that is a great deal.
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05-27-2007 05:41 PM  13 years ago
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The electronics will get you in the air but you may not be happy with the results depending on your level of flying. If you're new to the hobby, then it should be fine. The Align gyro isn't that great so you'll have some tail holding issues. You may want to get a futaba 401 gyro instead. The servos are OK but could be better.

Depending you your skill level, interest in the hobby and financial resources, I'd say buy as much as you can now. The DX6 is a basic radio with a very good transmitter (2.4GHz system). If you have the means, you'll like a DX7 better.

Again, this setup will get you up in the air but I can see you upgrading it in future as your skills progress.
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05-27-2007 05:52 PM  13 years ago
harebearva

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I'm definitely a new pilot so the setup would probably be ok with me to begin with considering right now, I'm flying an all stock Axe cp. I imagine the dx6 is a huge step up. Is there any significant difference in size of all the different models of the 450?"Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid" John Wayne
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05-27-2007 05:57 PM  13 years ago
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wingman, this combo comes with a DX6, not a DX7.

If money is tight, that's a pretty good combo, head and shoulders above a lot of RTF packages you could get. However if you can tolerate spending a little more upfront, I'd say you'll be happier in the long run. For example, from grandrc.com, you can get the following:

Trex 450XL HDE
Align 430L motor
Align 35G ESC
3 HS65 servos
GY401 + HDS877 for tail
Align 2100 mah batt
DX7 transmitter
AR6100 receiver

Total $730.
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05-27-2007 06:04 PM  13 years ago
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Well said Bilbo. I recommend buying as much as you can afford up front. The reason is that, knowing this hobby, you'll be upgrading a lot. If you buy the right stuff up front (especially that DX7), you won't have to buy it again. The DX7 is a significant upgrade to the DX6 and is only 100 bucks more expensive, sometimes cheaper depending on where you get it. That deal from GrandRC is pretty good. If you have never bought from them, you can get a 10% discount as a 1st time buyer. Plus no tax or shipping costs!Joe
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05-27-2007 06:07 PM  13 years ago
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Oh, if you want a sturdy machine for cheaper, get either a 450SE V1 if you can find one or a HDX450 (from helidirect). the HDX450 has all Aluminum parts and it is 95% compatible with Align parts, like the main shaft, feathering shaft, booms etc. It's 299 for a fully blinged heli. the Aluminum parts are good because they're more robust in a crash and you won't likely have to replace any parts except for blades, feathering shaft, main shaft and possibly a gear if you crash.Joe
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05-27-2007 06:28 PM  13 years ago
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Sounds like a much better deal! I wonder though, I know that the new 2.4gh technology is the way to go, but I could save a little money by going with the futaba 7 channel. Is this a decent radio and would it work the other components of that package? or am I better off with the dx7?"Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid" John Wayne
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05-27-2007 06:41 PM  13 years ago
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You're better off with the DX7. I have NEVER had a radio glitch. I've been flying 2.4 for a year now and I've had more radio problems when I was running PCM on my nitro machines. Don't even try FM, especially on a small electric because it's riddled with glitches.Joe
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05-27-2007 07:03 PM  13 years ago
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Thanks to all for the replies. I'm convinced the DX7 is the way to go. Will that radio work with pretty much any servos that will fit the heli or do you have to buy servos that are made to go with the radio? Sorry for these questions, but I'm still learning......ALOT! LOL.
Oh one other question... Is there any difference in the standard DX7 and the DX7 microlite heli radio?

Stevo
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05-27-2007 07:46 PM  13 years ago
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Any servos will work with a Spektrum receiver, no need to buy Spektrum servos. Also note that Futaba has now started selling 2.4 Ghz radios as well, though I don't think they've released anything other than a 6 channel radio yet. The higher channel versions are coming soon though, so Spektrum isn't the only 2.4 Ghz choice anymore. I have a DX7 and am very satisfied with it, but there are a couple of small annoyances with the way it works that I'd be curious to see if Futaba does better with.

I'm not sure what you mean by "DX7 microlite heli radio". There are two versions of the DX7 transmitter; a helicopter version and an airplane version. Both transmitters support all the same programming and will work for helis and planes, however the heli radio has a few small differences which make it more suitable for helis, such as no ratchet on the throttle stick, and some of the switches on the transmitter are labeled differently. So if you're mainly into helis now, get the heli version, and it'll work just fine if you get into planes later.

The receiver and servos that come with the DX7 are too big for micro and mini helis. Most places will only sell you a complete DX7 package, but grandrc.com will sell you just the DX7 transmitter for a lot less money than the whole package, so you can buy the AR6100 receiver, which is the right size for these helis.
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05-27-2007 08:06 PM  13 years ago
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As far as the HDx450 from Helidirect: I've been a customer of both helidirect and grandrc, and I'd highly recommend both shops for good customer service, super fast shipping, the works. It's true that the HDX 450SE kit is cheaper than a Trex 450SE kit. However grandrc has very good deals on Trex combos, so good that if you're buying a whole setup as opposed to just a kit, it ends up being cheaper to get a Trex 450 SE combo from grandrc than to get an HDX450 from helidirect.

Helidirect:

HDX450 SE V3 (includes motor)
GY401 gyro
Align BL35X ESC
S9650 tail servo
3 HS65 HB servos

Total: $640

grandrc.com:

Exact same components as above, but with Trex SE V1 and Align 430XL motor.

Total: $578, or $673 if you want the Trex SE V2.
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