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12-31-2010 05:15 PM  7 years agoPost 41
darkfa8

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Jim,

Tower Hobbies, TowerPro servos were recommended

- Dan Goldstein
Team Revolectrix

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12-31-2010 05:19 PM  7 years agoPost 42
rspiegel

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I use the EXI 9$ Metal gear servos. and have crashed very hard and have yet to stip one out. For motor I now have turnigy 3700kv its red in color. I like the 3700kv. Just about right for power and rpm. Not sure on the pinion. My last crash was straight in. I did manage to flatten it out jus a hair at the end. less than 20$ crash. If I kill this exi 450 se I will buy the pro with belt drive.

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12-31-2010 05:22 PM  7 years agoPost 43
darkfa8

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so what are some of your cheap 450-500-600 builds?

why not list the components and prices and see who comes up cheapest bang for the buck

- Dan Goldstein
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12-31-2010 05:49 PM  7 years agoPost 44
blazen

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Inexpensive 450 builds
Here are a few options for inexpensive 450 builds.

Basic 450 clones with plastic heads and tail rotors
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...idProduct=14516

If they are out of stock then

http://www.valuehobby.com/product_d...=35&item_id=211

Both are only $29.99

Like aluminum ? Looking for a bit of an upgrade? Well then we have these!

http://www.valuehobby.com/product_d...=35&item_id=212
$54.99

Like carbon? How about this
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...idProduct=14508
$68.19

Can't fly without batteries.
(all batteries shipped from the USA!!)

Basic beginners 20c lipo for $10
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...idProduct=14972

or a hot 40C lipo with a 6C charge rating all for the whopping price of $17.77
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...idProduct=14960

$12 Gyro + free shipping
http://www.xheli.com/60p-dy-1017.html

$7.00 servos
http://www.valuehobby.com/product_d...php?item_id=151

$15.00 3500kv motor
http://www.valuehobby.com/product_d...php?item_id=341

$16.00 30amp speed controller
http://www.valuehobby.com/product_d...php?item_id=230

This all adds up to a receiver ready Helicopter starting at about $110.00 for a basic beginners machine to a slightly upgraded machine for about $156.00 (With all components shipped from the USA)

I wish it was this inexpensive when I started!

*note I don't have any affiliation with any of the vendors listed. Many of these products can be found at similar prices from many vendors. I simply listed the vendors I personally have had good luck with.

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12-31-2010 05:51 PM  7 years agoPost 45
Fishjunky

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Thanks guys for the links!

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01-04-2011 03:57 PM  7 years agoPost 46
Melnic

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I"ve been liking the GY48V for cheap gyros like he linked. I even have some controlling Ailerons in some planks

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01-05-2011 03:09 AM  7 years agoPost 47
JWatson

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Back to original question asked. A few experienced pilots have commented on the quality of the cheap hk helis, and I thought I would give my 2 cents on the subject.

I consider my self an experienced pilot and builder, been in the hobby for about 8 years, and run a hobby shop for a living. Several of these have been brought in the shop from time to time. I often try to help the guys, even though they have not bought anything from our shop and try to help the out the best can.

As other people have commented an align part here, align part there, and people say they fly fine. But here is where I have a problem. Some of these pilots that come in with these have never heard of align, much less loctite, or crappy hardware, aluminum main shafts. These guys are so new they might not even know to change a part. Then as we all know the effects of this could be quite bad. After I help these guys, I always get the question asking me if I will test fly it for them, and I politely tell them no, then the usually get the idea on how i feel about these models.

I am the last person that wants a customer to spend a large chunk of money on a hobby that they are not even sure they are going to stick with, but sometimes with an align or any other high quality
helicopter that comes with proven components, a detailed instruction manual, and even a tech support phone number?

Just something to think about.....

Jarrett Watson
http://jarrettrc.wordpress.com/

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01-05-2011 06:47 AM  7 years agoPost 48
blazen

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I politely tell them no, then the usually get the idea on how i feel about these models.
I have flown a heck of a lot of these so called "Cheap kits" and while I admit some Align parts might be "slightly" better. For the vast majority of pilots they simply aren't 300 percent better.

My main small machine has been an EXI clone of the Mini Titan. I have flown the crap out of this thing and it has easily held up to any of my "premium products", In some regards I like it much better then my Trex.

The problems is this hobby has become overtly faddish and for most people Vanity, Ego and the need to be seen as trendy is the major motivating factor behind their purchase decisions.

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01-13-2011 12:34 PM  7 years agoPost 49
Bob Wales (RIP)

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Lebanon CT

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I will post here from experience only as I have an HK600 that I got last year. And have flown for one season now.
When I recieved this kit I went through it carefully and built it according to the Align 600e manual with the following changes being made.The links were total junk and I did not trust them so rather than have it it crash first time out for something so easily replaced I just replaced them up front.
I supplied this with everything new from Align from the stock esp kit ie motor, Esc, Bec, and a Futaba 611 gyro w/9256 and Align servos feeding cyclic.
I brought this to the field with an Align canopy as the one supplied is a milk jug material but will work and it flies great no one knew otherwise that this was not an Align until looking closer and seeing the stock head is etched with the HK600 logo.
After my first crash as it was my fault one of the blade grips snapped off at the link so a buddy gave me his head from his Align as he replaced his with a FBL setup. Now nothing gives it away other than the tail case.
I have everything Align made and bought this as it was so cheap to check it out and have no regrets.
If you buy one and fly more than sport flying just make the few simple changes I have mentioned and you will be impressed for the money.
Oh and by the way im not sponsored by either.

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01-13-2011 12:42 PM  7 years agoPost 50
wtvariety

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wow theres alot of info here nice work RR

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01-16-2011 06:21 PM  7 years agoPost 51
Stephen Born

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http://www.xheli.com

I have a EXI 450 SE Heli and like it. Uses Aligh 450 v2 parts. Nice heli just get a good gyro like 401 or mini g
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Good luck ordering from them. But then again, they might send you a better heli by mistake.

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