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03-30-2009 09:08 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Wingman_SA

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Hi Guys,

I am wanting to get myself a scale Align MD500 but I don't know which is better, the T-Rex 600 Nitro or ESP Electric? The guys at the store said I should go for the ESP as there is a lot less vibration but the Lipo's are so expensive! and offer such a limited flying time...

I am also concerned that if I go for the ESP version, I don't know how many average flights I will get out of pack before they need to be replaced and maybe it would be more cost effective to go for Nitro instead?

I live in South Africa and the batteries are quite expensive, do you guys have any advice to offer me?

Thanks

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03-30-2009 09:30 PM  9 years agoPost 2
axemanclint

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ELECTRIC all the WAY!!!
I myself highly prefer flying electric over nitro in a big way!!! I switched from Nitro about 9 months ago and have never looked back. Especially for scale flying, electric really is the only way to go for a much better scale sound, appearance, and feel. IMHO... It's hard for a noisy nitro blasting around with a huge smoke trail hanging out to look realistic. The batteries last a lot longer than you might think as long as you take care of them and practice proper balancing on a regular basis with a good balancer/charger. I am currently building flying a TT A-119 Koala fuse with a Trex600E. flying with a low (1700-1750 RPM) head speed in scale style will allow for about 7 minutes of flying time. couple that with two batteries one that will charge twice during your flying time and that's 3 flights for a total of 21 minutes of flying time. That's really pretty good and makes for a lot of fun and IMHO a lot better scale flying.

Cheers,
Clint

"what goes up must come down," hopefully in one piece!

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03-30-2009 09:48 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Wingman_SA

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Thanks Clint, I have flown 450's and have had lasting battery life. can you tell me where find an EC 135 to fit the 600ESP?

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03-30-2009 09:54 PM  9 years agoPost 4
axemanclint

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ooooohhh... The 135 is going to be hard to find. Currently I do not know of anyone making a fuse in the 600/50 range that would fit the T600E. Most people flying the 135 have built them up from scratch or are flying the larger Vario turbine size models. I have heard that either TT or Align are in the works for a 135 (600 size though).

Aerodyne does make some beautiful fuses for the align birds.

Here is an AS355 for the 600.

http://www.scaleflying.com/product_p/h350civ6.htm

Also they have a nice EC135, but for the 500

http://www.scaleflying.com/product_p/h135civ5.htm

"what goes up must come down," hopefully in one piece!

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03-30-2009 10:02 PM  9 years agoPost 5
Wingman_SA

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Thanks dude, you have been a real help. I am also thinking of going Penta blade, but from all the posts on that subject, I think I will stick to the old flybar...

Thanks anyway...

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03-30-2009 10:21 PM  9 years agoPost 6
axemanclint

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You bet.

"what goes up must come down," hopefully in one piece!

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03-30-2009 10:29 PM  9 years agoPost 7
Etan30

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Hi,

I have fying all different scale models but still love to fly my Electro A109 with an TT E550 mechanics and using an flightpower 6S 5000mAh and fly for 9.5 till 10 minutes have this helicopter for over a year in use. The sound is great special if you fy at 1800Rpm headspeed.
Always the good thing about electric is that fuel can't damage your paintwork.

Check my Gallery for pictures.

Goog luck

Ed

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03-30-2009 10:32 PM  9 years agoPost 8
Wingman_SA

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Thanks Ed, going to do some more research. Do you guys know of a link for setting up multibladed systems? (Penta blade)

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04-08-2009 11:39 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Jacoub

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Nitro then electric

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04-09-2009 03:16 AM  9 years agoPost 10
Copter Doctor

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after 20+ years flying helis that were nitro powered i finally converted one i am building to electric. its my 58D. by no means wil i be converting to electric completely, but i think i should have at least one electric powered. besides, since the muffler was in the way of where i wanted to mount my weapons pylon, electric was the only solution cuz now the muffler and fuel tank are outta there!!
the mechs are raptor, a 30 v1 i modified in a major way.
the electric conversion wasnt simply the motor with the pinion gear mounted to it then having it all meshed with the main drive gear ohhhh nooooo sir! i kept and utilized the clutch and bell housing and you should hear that bad boy spool up. no soft start from an esc can duplicate that! soon as that vid gets uploaded to youtube i will have it available. i have to admit i like the sound in the hover and the fact that i can hear the blades much clearer than with a nitro or even a turbine. while the smoke from nitro never bothered me it was nice not having it as well. i have to say i am hating buying the lipo batteries and chargers for them but i gotta so i am. maybe i will do another sometime down the road but for now it will be the only one of the 14 scalers i have.
electrics and nitro/gas have their pluses and minuses. you just decide which ones you rather deal with.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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