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04-04-2010 08:48 PM  10 years ago
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Metal4130

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Is a 500 size good for a beginner?
Well, I have been out of the hobby for a few years now and I am looking to get back into it with an electric chopper. I had a 30 size raptor v2 and was able to hover it fine and thats about as far as I got. I bought a blade CX2 and mastered it and then I bought an MSR and love the little bird. Now that summer is here I would like to buy a larger and more professional heli for use outdoors with winds. I am looking at the blade 400 but I think it will be too small and will limit my use of it when it is windy. I know the bigger I go the more stable it will be. Is the trex 500 a good starter heli or how about the 450 for someone fairly new to flying?
Eric
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04-04-2010 09:03 PM  10 years ago
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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I think the 450 is a great starter heli, but with the price of lipos dropping, the 500 may be just as good price wise. In terms of stability, the 500 will be better.Avant RC
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04-04-2010 09:07 PM  10 years ago
Metal4130

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where is the best place to get align parts? Is the availability for the align parts just as good as the e-flight?Eric
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04-04-2010 09:13 PM  10 years ago
Friday_2008

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Go for the 500. Better stability, more visible at further distances and costs almost like the 450. As for the batteries now I flew 3s for my 450 and I got 4 of them. Now I put in series connection 2 of them and fly the 500. You don't need to get 6s. 3s are more convinient and have more uses.

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If you don't feel like flying, then don't
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04-04-2010 09:13 PM  10 years ago
Ray Fernandez

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The 500 size helis should be a good start. The parts availability is good. You just have to look for a good shop either on line or locally to you.Ray Fernandez - GUAM
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04-04-2010 09:57 PM  10 years ago
Gyronut

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My 500 is a joy to fly in moderate winds.

Go ahead get one, you'll love it.
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04-06-2010 12:38 AM  10 years ago
Steve Cochrane

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The Aling 500 Will be a good flyer for you its good and stable heli and you can grow into it.Steve Cochrane (Fullpitch)
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04-06-2010 12:51 AM  10 years ago
Steff Giguere

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I think that the 500 is the best beginner size heli.Team Synergy, Rail blades, Team Scorpion, V-Team
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04-06-2010 02:24 AM  10 years ago
Raptorz499

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I agree with all on the 500. It is such a great heli! The size is perfect!
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04-06-2010 05:26 AM  10 years ago
Metal4130

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How do the clone trex helis compare to the real thing?Eric
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04-06-2010 06:52 PM  10 years ago
chamler

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Ditto above comments. Giving you a newbie perspective (3 months into the hobby). I have a trex 250, 450 and 500. Out of the three, the 500 is by far the easiest to fly/learn on. All three are great machines, but the 500 is the easiest in my opinion. Especially once you get a bit of wind under the blades.

As for the blade 400 (prepared for the flames), have one of those too. In retrospect, I would should have skipped the purchase of that and gone right to the trex 450 or 500. Only use the blade now when I'm trying something new and am not concerned about augering.
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04-07-2010 12:43 AM  10 years ago
Metal4130

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what do you think about the kobby king 600gt as a beginner heli? I like it because of its size and also its price or how about the hobby king 500 size heli?Eric
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04-07-2010 02:15 AM  10 years ago
Dirthead

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The T-REX is probably the one to go for cause parts are the most available AND dont cost a fortune.Keep ur head out the dirt only in the grass
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04-07-2010 01:05 PM  10 years ago
Fnity

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YES!!! 500 is better. The 450s use to be the beginner of choice, but if you can afford to jump into a 500 do it! They fly better easier to learn in my opinion and you will enjoy it more in the long run. I hardly even fly my two 450's and 250 because the bigger ones are more enjoyable. As long as you have someone around to help you learn some of the basics go for it. Stay away from the clones and get a Align if that's what your wanting. A friend got a HK500 from hobbyking and a good part of the bird is now align, due to poor quality and issues! Trex 500ESP with the upgraded 500M motor is a great heli, and even the package with the gyro/gyro is a good deal. Hope you find what you want and remember in this hobby cheap is expensive in the long run. Feel free to PM if you have a questions on the 500, I got the first one in the area a few months ago, and we now have around 7-8 hovering around. The guys in the club liked mine so much they had to get one and Its rare to see a 450 out. The only benefit to having a 450 IMHO is for indoor flight for the winter or windy/rainy days.....
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04-07-2010 08:25 PM  10 years ago
RcRules

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Trex 500 esp is what i learn on great helli but my new trex 6oon is even easier to fly but i still love my 500 great backyard helli the neighbors dont complain about noise only reason i wont run 600 n on my property is the noise i have almost 3 acres clear back there i am curently in talks with my 1 close neighbor about maybe a time of day i can run nitro for a few hours i will have to see how it goes .Rich
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04-08-2010 09:14 PM  10 years ago
Jacoub

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If you have $$ for the Align Trex 500, then my advice is to jump on a Trex 600 electric, it is Visible heli and very staible at air
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04-08-2010 10:28 PM  10 years ago
RcRules

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I thought about the trex600 electric myself,the cost of the copter is not much more than a trex500.But whet killed it for me was these things kill 6s packs alot sugest 8s even better 10-12s now that trex 600e cost way more than the 500 plus the equipment to support these packs is not cheap.Rich
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04-08-2010 11:06 PM  10 years ago
Metal4130

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yep, its the batteries that keep me away from the 600 sizeEric
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04-09-2010 03:06 AM  10 years ago
Dirthead

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Ill say, its the batts that kill it for me too. Its just to easy to plant it in AND have the batt burn up whats left of the ship.Keep ur head out the dirt only in the grass
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04-21-2010 03:58 AM  10 years ago
bandit002

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first heli
My vote is for what I stated with.
Bought a rex600 at first of year and havent regretted it.
I like the large size and increased stability vs the smaller machines. Lots of different views on this topic, just look around and take the plunge.
David
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