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04-21-2009 07:07 AM  9 years agoPost 1
Giantxtc11

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I'm looking for a 500 size heli and I've pretty much narrowed it down to either a protos or t-rex 500. Is the quality of the parts better than the other and is the flight characteristics better than the other? I'm looking for something that it snappy, powerfull, and high quality. Durability is also a big consern when it comes to parts wearing out. Any suggestions or comments would be helpful. thanks.

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04-21-2009 08:58 AM  9 years agoPost 2
Git

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maybe after watching this video can help you decide

http://www.runryder.com/t497914p1/?highlight=damn

Alees Rush 750

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04-21-2009 01:52 PM  9 years agoPost 3
Giantxtc11

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yea, don't see too many t-rex's with that kind of power with out having to change the esc and motor, while suffering for short flight times. I think I prefer eeeky's video though, but i've never seen that vid before. Thanks

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04-23-2009 07:16 AM  9 years agoPost 4
drdot

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fwiw..

I own a Protos, and have flown a number of trex 500 helis...

For performance, Protos wins hands down....It is a bit more difficult to assemble properly, but the work is worth it...

That said, if you want a heli that's a bit more robust, and a bit less fusssy to set up, t rex is fine...Just don't expect long flight times due to weight...They seem to average about 8 10 oz more than the Protos...

John.

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04-25-2009 05:20 PM  9 years agoPost 5
BoysToys

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I had a TRex 500 for about a year before getting my Protos. After building the Protos, the 500 hardly ever got flown. I just recently ended up selling the 500 to help fund a 700 project. The 500 was a nice machine. I just like the light weight, power, and speed of the Protos. I can't really comment on the durability of the Protos. I have only had mine for about 4 months and luckily have not crashed it yet. I can say that the old stock canopy is very thin. This is great for keeping the weight down but you have to live with it cracking. Mine is taped up, from the inside, in a few places. Personally, I like the lightweight canopy over the heavier fiberglass. I just wish they came in some different schemes.

Hope this helps.

T-Rex 700~T-Rex 600N~T-Rex 600ESP~T-Rex 450se V2

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04-25-2009 05:57 PM  9 years agoPost 6
fergus

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I have not owned a trex500 but after getting my Protos in the air I sold my logo400. That says a lot for the flying characteristics of the Protos. I think they are a great flying heli. The light weight makes them great for 3d and also ideal for longer run times with a novice setup. They also look the business

I like my helis built to fly well and don't buy into the crash durability thing. I am at about the 70flight mark with mine with zero mechanical issues to date. When I do crash the Protos parts are cheap anyway so for me it is not an issue.

Regards

Fergus

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04-27-2009 04:37 AM  9 years agoPost 7
traderdave2

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The protos flies better in my opinion. It just feels a lot lighter and more powerful. It seems too auto pretty good. As far as wear and tear, it holds ups really well. This doesn't include crashing.

The protos won't take a crash very well. Its something I am willing to live with because of the reasonable part cost and how well it flies.

Harlan

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04-27-2009 06:08 AM  9 years agoPost 8
Giantxtc11

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Thanks for the comments. I'm just a little worried about the access of parts. Not really any hobby shops stock the parts so they have to be ordered off the web from an internet dealer. However when I put a scorpian -6 in my blade 400, I stopped crashing because the power made it more agile and capable of getting me out of trouble. Thus less crashing.

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04-29-2009 11:04 PM  9 years agoPost 9
VicRC

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If you ask this question in the Trex 500 forum I would say yes the Protos is a better flyer. , there is no doubt in my mind now with the availability of the carbon frame.

Happy Flying!

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04-30-2009 03:21 AM  9 years agoPost 10
rcmarty

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I've put 70 flights on my t500 , and 15 on my protos so far.

The t500 is more durable imo , protos a bit more fragile.

I saved 200g with the protos over the t500 cf kit

t500 cf , metal tailcase,mixing arms,and bearing blocks , FG canopy , mah 325, 9650's , 401/9257 , ph 80 esc / medusa 5.1v 3a bec , evolite 6s 2500 ,ar7000. = 1800 grams rtf

Protos same but with jazz55 esc , sab blades, = 1600 grams

My complaint with the t500 was the cyclic speed, just wouldn't roll and flip as fast as i'd like.

The protos i've setup for 10 cyclic , 13 pitch

Protos will roll and flip circles on the t500 all day long. very fast (i used the stock protos paddles without weights) I love it.

Now for the other side. The protos is a bit fragile , the flybar carriers will break very easily. I had a rough landing and didn't even bend the flyar! (it's thin). I'm having problems with motor shutdowns (leading to forced auto's). Latest is the exploding tail syndrome. (updated parts). I'm grounded till i get the 'spring 09 update pack' which has new tail parts/flybar carrier in it. So i'm hoping that is the solution. My tail exploding costs $207 to fix.

That being said the delay in the spring pack is that the new parts are being used in the new CF kits. So if your your thinking of buying one , either wait till the spring pack is here and get the plastic kit or buy the CF kit.

The cf looks nice , but the plastic version is more than enough and flies good.

I love it, t500 still for sale , but grounded till the spring packs show up (man i hope i get one or 2 before they sell out)

1 more thing , with the belt design this thing is quiet, dang quiet. Don't run those batts to low

Martin

What goes up will come down.... one way or another !

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04-30-2009 06:27 AM  9 years agoPost 11
TJinGuy

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What "Spring '08 update pack" are you speaking about? Are you talking about the one that came out last year and included the new mainshaft?

- Chris

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04-30-2009 03:29 PM  9 years agoPost 12
rcmarty

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nope. spring 09 update pack.

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The spring update bag contains all the plastic updates we introduced with the release of the Carbon Protos (new plastic Protos includes this parts too).

1 - New tail box, new geometry and new plastic compound
2 - New tail blade grips, new geometry and new plastic compound
3 - Preassembled tail pulley, no more need to glue the two halves together
4 - New flybar carrier, new geometry, new plastic compound and new brass/plastic joint

regards,

Corrado
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search spring 09 pack at the freek.
my thread is under ' tail exploded today - protos down again '

Martin

What goes up will come down.... one way or another !

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04-30-2009 05:17 PM  9 years agoPost 13
TJinGuy

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So I assuming that it should be a "Spring '09 update pack", not an '08?

- Chris

Team New Mexico
TJinTech

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05-01-2009 01:23 AM  9 years agoPost 14
rcmarty

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Correct

Sorry as the years whiz by i sometimes get it wrong ... lol

my typing 'skills' in sure aren't helping.

Martin

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05-01-2009 05:30 AM  9 years agoPost 15
Giantxtc11

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What about a protos compared to an atom 500?

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