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03-13-2010 11:06 PM  8 years agoPost 1
The Electrican

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Laguna Niguel

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First let me say this is a great informitive form. So ive be wanting to get into rc heli's for some time now. finally baught a fp sabre last year crashed it right away, baught a axe cp went through alota blade, never really learned to hover on it, finally i down graded or maybe you would day upgade (hahaha) to the novus cp. been flying on it for a couple weeks but really want to steap it up. Looking into a trex 450. Would that be to big a step? Also heli hobby has a 450 sport+phoenix sim complete for $951/assembled for $1146, whould that be a good choice? would i want to put it togather myself for the experiance? Thanx in advance

heres a link to the kit: http://www.helihobby.com/html/trex_helicopter.html

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03-13-2010 11:32 PM  8 years agoPost 2
rotormonkey

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Ottawa, ON - Canada

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Looks like a decent deal. The only two things I don't like are:

The phoenix sim is the version that comes with the DX5. Since you're already getting a radio with the kit, this is redundant. And it's annoying to use that radio with helis in phoenix since it's only a 5 channel.

Also, just some food for thought, but if you think you may at some point be headed toward nitro helis, you'll need 7 channels to use a governor. I know it's probably not something you're really thinking about now, but especially when it comes to radio equipment you really do want to just buy the best you can afford right from the get go. It will last for many years if you get a good one.

That being said, the DX6i that it comes with isn't a bad radio. It's just that you may find yourself wanting to upgrade in the future.

Also I'm not really familiar with the GP750 gyro it comes with. I'm sure someone can comment whether it's worth having or not.

As for whether to build it yourself, or let them do it - I say do it yourself. Then you know how everything goes together, and how things work BEFORE you crack it up. Building yourself will make fixing it easier down the road. Also that way you know there's thread locker everywhere there should be. I would never rely on ANYONE else to build a heli for me personally. When I get one built, I just tear it down anyway so getting it unbuilt in the first place actually saves me work.

If you do build it yourself, maybe you can get them to give you a DX7 instead of a DX6i with the extra cash you'll save not having them build it for you.

Just some food for thought.

If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.

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03-13-2010 11:41 PM  8 years agoPost 3
The Electrican

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Laguna Niguel

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thank you very much for your input. What do you think about futaba 7 ch.? So im asuming the trex would be good to learn on?

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03-14-2010 01:01 AM  8 years agoPost 4
rotormonkey

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I don't have any personal experience with the Futaba radio. The general rule I've observed is that Futaba radios tend to have more bells and whistles, but aren't as intuitive to program as their JR counterparts.

I believe receivers are a little more expensive for Fut radios too. Regardless, it's generally a matter of preference one way or the other. Fut is just as good as JR and vice versa.

If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.

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03-14-2010 07:03 AM  8 years agoPost 5
sjarochos

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I agree
Building your own heli is part of the game. I have the same heli and the same transmiter and works perfect

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03-14-2010 07:30 AM  8 years agoPost 6
Fnity

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Socal - Lafayette, IN

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IMHO! stay away from futaba... I did own the Futaba 7ch 2.4 radio and sold it for my Spektrum Dx7SE. If you want details PM me. I would definitely recommend the simulator as it will save you a lot of money and teach you how to hover(fly) with out the cost of repairs...

Also I would recommend that you build your own heli as it will help you get familiar with building(future repairs), and all the ins and outs of your machine, and IMHO the programming and radio setup can be the hardest part for a beginner. Anyone can read the manual and put a heli together, but understanding the details of what does what is the hard part.
Don't be afraid to get a kit and build it, the New Align 450 Sport is a great heli for you. I don't own one but have set one up and flew it and was really impressed with how stable and smooth it was(I do own the older 450seV2, and new 450 Pro)
Anyhow my advice is phoenix rc sim with no radio! then purchase the Spektrum Dx7~$200-$220, or "NEW" Spektrum SE~$300-$320, and your heli the Align 450 Sport combo for around $450-$500....
I got the 450Pro Superior combo w/all electronics for $400 so I'm sure if you look around you can get a good deal on the 450 Sport. Any questions feel free to ask...that's what we are here for, and hope you have fun with this great hobby

Frank Leyva
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