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08-13-2010 05:26 PM  8 years agoPost 1
K Walson

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Are all the parts interchangable for the 450 xl,se and v2. What is the differance between them?

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08-13-2010 06:03 PM  8 years agoPost 2
predatorman

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Most parts are, though there are variations on the collective pitch mechanism. The XL is probably the oldest of the types you mentioned. I would guess that the XL is that bit larger than the first variant of the rex (could be wrong).

IMO the SE is the version to go for, I have a work friend who has one and its a sweet machine...really really smooth. I have the XL type which is slowly being upgraded with metal parts...I like the black anodised parts the most...looks kinda special.

If you are thinking of getting one then go for it, make sure to get a 2.4 ghz radio system...the older FM types can give trouble due to the ESC and Motor...mine crashed badly a few times because of this till I got 2.4ghz...never a glitch since!

I love the Trex 450 series, parts are as cheap or expensive as you want then to be, they fly well in a breeze...battery packs dont cost the earth either...ok there are larger helis but the packs cost far more

Quality takes........time!

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08-13-2010 06:27 PM  8 years agoPost 3
K Walson

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Thanks for the info. I traded some plane stuff and now I have 3 450's 1 XL 1 SE And 1 with a scale 500 fusealge and I think it is an SE as well. I also traded for two Rapter 30's that I'm working my way up to. I want to fly scale. I will look close at my 450's I hope that the scale 500 isn't the V2. The one I am hovering right now is an SE and it is very stable. But my knees are still shaking.But I will get it in time. Thanks again Kenny

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08-13-2010 09:24 PM  8 years agoPost 4
predatorman

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Sounds good! make sure to fit a training aid like a hoop to the skids...just increases the base area so as not to tip the heli over should you do a shaky landing...or a sliding landing that could easily tip the heli and get its blades smashed.

If I could go back to when I started I would have got the 450 a lot sooner. There is quite a lot of scale option too. They are a popular heli are the 450 series. My work friend has also got a Rex 700 nitro...same good qaulity detail as the 450 SE.

Quality takes........time!

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08-13-2010 09:30 PM  8 years agoPost 5
K Walson

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Yep I tie wrapped two carbon fiber rods in an X and put styrafoam balls on the ends. Works real well. I think if I didn't have that I would have a rotor strike or two under my belt already. I got the sim down pretty well but your knees dont shake flying sims.

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08-13-2010 10:23 PM  8 years agoPost 6
sewerfly

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sounds good

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08-14-2010 01:56 AM  8 years agoPost 7
predatorman

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Yes its always a bit nervy when flying for real. A good tip for the Sim is to get comfy with a routine...when transferring that routine to real flying just back off a bit till you get used to it.

Always have a 'get out' plan, ie a set move (if possible) to get your heli into a familiar orientation. You will always have to push your limits a little to progress. I dont bother with 3D stuff, only a loop or two with my 450...I dont dare do this with the gasser I have...and certainly wont be putting the Turbine Predator into that category either.

Get the basics right and you can move on from there.

I like this hobby, its very interesting and rewarding too.

Quality takes........time!

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08-14-2010 06:51 AM  8 years agoPost 8
sewerfly

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Don't forget expensive

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08-14-2010 01:28 PM  8 years agoPost 9
predatorman

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Well decent kit like radio and charger etc can be pricey...but worth the money.

Something I forgot was this: figure on the average crash costing about one third the airframes first cost....so 200 dollar machine arounf 60 dollars in repairs. Of course this depends on if you fit average blades or more pricey ones...etc.

Quality takes........time!

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08-14-2010 11:15 PM  8 years agoPost 10
K Walson

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Yep it is expensive. I went wild on planes at first, now all the helo stuff I have is because of trades I have done with some of the planes. I still have more planes than Helicopters but I think 5 choppers will be enough to keep me in the air long enough to learn to be good enough for scale flying.I want to put scale fuselages on all of them after triming them out.

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08-15-2010 09:27 PM  8 years agoPost 11
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Right, I like planes. They are harder to fly when your learning I think. Once that plane has left the ground you are committed to getting it back in one bit

My latest project is a Turbine powered heli, its a Predator/Wren. I almost went the jet plane route with a Grumania Eurofighter or the SU27. Sometimes wished I had as it would have been a cheaper project.

Scale helis are interesting, they look good for the most part. I am impressed with those that build from scratch...while ago on some forum there was this guy with a CH53, looked great.

Quality takes........time!

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08-16-2010 09:14 PM  8 years agoPost 12
K Walson

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YEP WE HAVE A GUY A OUR CLUB THAT DOESTHE THE JET PLANES. HE HAS ALOT OF MONEY TYED UP IN THEM BUT THEY ARE SO COOL TO WATCH FLY. I NEVER HAVE SEEN A TURBINE CHOPPER YET. THAT HAS TO BE COOL.

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