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04-25-2009 08:15 PM  9 years agoPost 1
Rafier

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I am looking to get a new or slightly used Beam E4. I have heard they are stable in low to moderate wind, less than 15 mph. Would it be a good choice? I only have indoor and sim experience, but want to move outside.

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04-27-2009 12:00 AM  9 years agoPost 2
FlaG8r

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Never flown one, but I would say the Beam, Mini Titan, Trex 450, Outrage G5 are all pretty similar in size and how stable they are in the wind. Do you want to stay with the 450 size?

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04-30-2009 01:46 AM  9 years agoPost 3
Rafier

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I could go with either the 450 or 500 size. I just felt the 450 size would allow me to fly it in my yard also. Your thoughts?

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04-30-2009 02:01 AM  9 years agoPost 4
FlaG8r

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How big is your yard?

You can EASILY fly a Trex 500 in your yard. It's funny how quickly you get used to the size. I saw a 450 up close the other weekend and thought it was a 250.

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04-30-2009 02:05 AM  9 years agoPost 5
Steff Giguere

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I have two friends who own Beams and they think it is better than the Align 450 they used to have. I agree if you want more stable easier to fly in a 500. If I was to start over again, knowing what I know now, I would start with a 500 or bigger. If it is for your yard I'd go 500 size, Protos or Align.

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04-30-2009 02:23 AM  9 years agoPost 6
FlaG8r

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Yeah, you should test fly someones 550 or 600 size heli. Even the 500 get's squirly in the wind. Bigger the better. If it's your first real heli, buy big first. Best advice.

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04-30-2009 02:30 AM  9 years agoPost 7
Rafier

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Haven't seen much on the MSH Protos. But it sounds like the 500 or 550 size may be the better choice. So time to save up a bit more $$$. I just like the thought of the herringbone gears you can put on the Beam. Less vibration supposedly. Can they be put on other helis easily.

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04-30-2009 06:00 AM  9 years agoPost 8
Spitfire1

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From memory the isent Beam 450 is quite an upmarket heli like the Rave>? You might be surprised how cheap a 500/600 heli is, something like a Trex 500 could possibly work out on par if not cheaper than the beam.
Although 550 size helis are excellent with 6s packs, theres not much choice out there, Im thinking Outrage 550 and Logo 500 but there both fairly pricey machines.
I dont know what it is but when ever I see someone flying a 450 heli, Im just waiting for it to dive into the ground at any moment, them 450`s are way too scary for my likeing.

600 size = "Oh Sh*t" THUD!

500 size = "Oh Sh" THUD!

450 size = THUD! "W.T.F just happened"

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04-30-2009 04:04 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Flying Brian

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600 size = "Oh Sh*t" THUD!

500 size = "Oh Sh" THUD!

450 size = THUD! "W.T.F just happened"
LMAO!!

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04-30-2009 07:32 PM  9 years agoPost 10
fla heli boy

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yeah
that was pretty funny. I have been out of helis for about 12 years and after months of antagonizing myself over which bird to pick, I went with the Beam. I haven't flow it yet (still need an RX and TX), but have the Scorp -8 and ESC and I can tell you I was quite pleased with the build/quality. You won't be disapointed. That being said, the Furion has come down in price to be comparable money wise to the Beam and if I was making that same decision now, I'd get the Furion, only because I'm an old school MA guy and love their stuff. The Rave looks nice too, just a little more cash. I stayed away from the 500's and 600's because of battery costs. Either of the three above will do you well.

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04-30-2009 11:15 PM  9 years agoPost 11
MaxAdventure

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I just like the thought of the herringbone gears you can put on the Beam. Less vibration supposedly. Can they be put on other helis easily.
The Mikado Logo series are some very nice machines in that size range - they were the first I saw with the herringbone main gear.

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04-30-2009 11:20 PM  9 years agoPost 12
Eagle2bravo

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The 450 size machine will be fine to start with. Thats what I started with and it's still one of my favorites. Yes bigger is better, but buy one that you can afford to crash without breaking the bank The beam E4 is an awesome machine... I wish it was out when I first got into helis but I love my little Rex 450 v1...cheap to fix and a blast to fly good luck

T-rex 600n super pro , Trex 450 se, Gaui 200, Trex 500, Blade cx, . "If ya plant corn, ya get c

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05-01-2009 02:24 AM  9 years agoPost 13
FlaG8r

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but buy one that you can afford to crash without breaking the bank
It's a well known fact that most smaller machines parts are more expensive than the larger machines.

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05-01-2009 04:15 AM  9 years agoPost 14
Rafier

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The Protos at ReadyHeli seem fairly priced @ 428.99. The Logo looks great not sure if I can dish out the dough they want and they are OOS anyway. Looks like lots of choices.

Looking at the repair parts it does seem that larger ones are a bit pricier, but if you have more stability, less crashes... right?

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05-01-2009 04:17 AM  9 years agoPost 15
Eagle2bravo

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Yes,in a real bad crash it can. Good blades are the biggest cost IMO.

T-rex 600n super pro , Trex 450 se, Gaui 200, Trex 500, Blade cx, . "If ya plant corn, ya get c

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05-01-2009 05:23 PM  9 years agoPost 16
f penfold

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keeping in mind that you only have indoor experiance id go for a 500 the 450s are a bit twitchy in the wind no matter how you set them up and can get away from you pretty fast on a windy day .And if you can see it you cant fly it But the choice is yours buy want you like and have fun

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05-10-2009 06:23 AM  9 years agoPost 17
Rafier

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Thanks for the advice all. I am looking at the 500 seriously. The only drawback with the 500 will be packing it with my camping gear. Guess I might have to leave the lawn chair behind. Hopefully I will save enough to get a good kit.

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05-15-2009 02:54 AM  9 years agoPost 18
Rafier

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Well I have went and ordered a Quick of Japan EP8. Now the wait for it to arrive.......

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