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04-23-2011 01:52 AM  7 years agoPost 1
Iainhol

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I am a newbie who is getting into the hobby - I have been told by many larger helicopters are better but more expensive. I know I will be doing some crashing, but have no idea what the cost of the average crash is - if you fly one of these can you price your last crash and list what you had to replace.

T-Rex 700
T-Rex 600
T-Rex 450
Raptor 50
Raptor 30

THANKS

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04-23-2011 01:56 AM  7 years agoPost 2
heli-cuzz

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It all depends on how it hits. Could be a total loss or it could minimal.
You'll get many different answers.

Start off with the price of blades and go from there.

Fury 55 NIB Furion6 CGY750 fbl helicopter-Frenzy CGY750 fbl nitro-Frenzy fbl NOBAR90

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04-23-2011 01:57 AM  7 years agoPost 3
Gyronut

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I dorked one of my xcell's 90's once and it cost me nearly $500 bucks to get it back in the air.

On the flip side to that pretty much figure $100 buc's for a raptor.

Anywhere from $20 bucks to 100 to repair a 450 Pro depending on you skill level at crashing.

This is a money oriented hobby you have chosen.

Rick

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04-23-2011 02:00 AM  7 years agoPost 4
rcmiket

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You can't put a dollar figure on any crash regardless of size. No two are the same. The severity of the crash also needs to be factored in. Just go to any of the heli sites and compare part prices you'll see what I mean.
The norm is smaller is cheaper.
Mike

"When Inverted down is up and up is expensive"

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04-23-2011 02:05 AM  7 years agoPost 5
2LTime

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I have crashed a raptor 50 a lot. My estimate would be- blades and $60 average.

I have crashed a few 600's. Estimate- blades and $75 average.

Raptor 30 I would assume to be similar to the 50.

I estimated the 600 higher than the raptor assuming the 600 is tube driven tail. This adds up as anything that takes out the boom will require boom, TT and gears. The raptor was usually just the boom. If you had a 600 with belt tail, my estimate for both would be the same.

Jeff

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04-23-2011 02:23 AM  7 years agoPost 6
RaptorRob

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as for crashing the rappy v2 you can crash very hard and not get a full loss (plastic frames) i mean they can break but i never did it and man did i use to crash mine

no babe i swear i sold my other heli to buy this one :)

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04-23-2011 02:24 AM  7 years agoPost 7
tasmanian devil

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Just get a 50 size Raptor.No more expensive than a 30 size partswise,large enough to be stable,and parts are about as cheap as there is.

I do'nt crash,I just rearrange parts.

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04-23-2011 02:25 AM  7 years agoPost 8
wrongler

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If you want to fly cheap, get the MCPX, You can fly it in the house and crash it and not have any repair bills, it takes a lot of abuse, and if it needs repair itS cheeeeeeep. You can learn inverted, and lots of 3D moves.
And of course, the flight sim. Once you learn on these,,,,,,,then I would get a bigger bird, and not have to worry about repair bills because you wont crash as much! Good Luck, Bill

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04-23-2011 02:25 AM  7 years agoPost 9
OICU812

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Edson, Alberta, Canada

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Answer is "MAGIC EIGHTBALL" ...

Meaning who the fak knows, sometimes as little as a set of tr blades or a boom, other times a complete re kit!

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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04-23-2011 02:26 AM  7 years agoPost 10
RaptorRob

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i have my spare airframe for sale for cheap in the fuel classi

no babe i swear i sold my other heli to buy this one :)

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04-23-2011 03:33 AM  7 years agoPost 11
iHover

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As several other have mentioned a great deal depends on the crash. Having said that I’ll go over some of the things that go south in an average trex 600 crash. Some or all of the parts listed may go

Very Light crash
Flybar
Maybe a link or two
Landing gear

light crash
blades
flybar
main shaft
boom
main gear
feathering shaft
tail fin

heavy crash
main bearings
frames
a arm
battery
esc
pretty much anything on the heli may go

I didn’t list any prices because that will depend on what your using. If your just starting off with basic flight there are several parts that can be substituted with knockoff or second shelf parts.

Booms (hobby king or rc aerodyne chaos 600)
Blades (hobby king cf blades)
Tail blades (hobby king)
Landing gear (hobby king)
Main gear (rc aerodyne chaos 600 or Hobby king)
Tail fin (hobby king or rc aerodyne chaos 600)
Main shaft (rc aerodyne chaos 600)
Feathering shaft shaft (rc aerodyne chaos 600)

You had me at Hover

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04-23-2011 04:02 AM  7 years agoPost 12
JOLT

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I get a kick out of the RC heli mag reviews. They always list average crash cost of $65 or so on a 50 size heli. I have never had a crash under $150, with most a total rekit.

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04-23-2011 04:14 AM  7 years agoPost 13
Raffy

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Chicago, Illinois

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Most people tend to setup their helis like pros do. High head speed, fast cyclic, etc. With that setting and a chicken dance, well, you can expect a new kit as likely not considering the electronics that goes with it. Many electronics are just as much as the heli itself.
What about those Electric models that totally burns everything?
Man, this hobby is expensive! Only your love for it can sustain having so much and maintaining them.

Use the main blade as cost reference for a crash:
700 = $125
600 = $75
450 = $50
Now, which model is more affordable for you?

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04-23-2011 04:20 AM  7 years agoPost 14
wifeorheli

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descent blades alone for a 50 are 50 to 65 let alone a 700

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04-23-2011 04:22 AM  7 years agoPost 15
iHover

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IMHO a lot of that depends on how agressivly your flying when you get into trouble and what equipment your running. A set of top shelf blades are going to set you back at least $100.
I fly sport, loops flips rolls and a little inverted (the source of most of my crashs).
The Heli I bang up most is my Tres 600 esp 12S fbl. I'm running HK 3D 600 mm blades on it. That means my blades cost a whopping $20. So my average crash cost for that heli falls into that $60 price range or less.
Now before I get supper flamed for running those cheap blades let me mention that the 1st year I had that heli I ran yongblood blades all seasson. At the tail end of the seasson I put it in and got a set of HK 3d blades, I had racked up over $300 in blades in 3 weeks working on inverted. With the type of flying I was doing I didnt even notice a differance.

You had me at Hover

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04-23-2011 04:52 AM  7 years agoPost 16
wifeorheli

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yea and how good you are on not forgetting to hit throttle hold that will kill ya

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04-23-2011 05:36 AM  7 years agoPost 17
Neon Juripuri

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I crashed my Raptor .30 3 times last summer. Most expensive was 60 bucks.

My Raptor 50 I crashed twice. I would say 100 bucks a crash,but that was with good blades.
I see nothing wrong with the cheap wooden Raptor blades. I think they are 18 bucks for the .30 and 20- 25 for the .50.

My T-rex 450 I have crashed a LOT. I have had 200 dollar crashes with it. But that was back before all of the cheap batteries and speed controllers. Battery + speed controller+ a couple servos. Then head and tail parts add up quick. The 450 has NO DOUBT been the most expensive for me. Things with a small heli happen a lot faster. A 2 second mistake can not only cost a lot of money,but also a LOT of time.

You say you are a newbie?
The first thing you need is a good simulator. It will pay for itself very quickly.

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04-23-2011 06:37 AM  7 years agoPost 18
iHover

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yea and how good you are on not forgetting to hit throttle hold that will kill ya
yea learning to hit TH saves time and money. When I started out I never got to it before heli meet earth. Every crash I had to replace the main gear, it was a given. Now I rearly have to.

You had me at Hover

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04-23-2011 06:59 AM  7 years agoPost 19
OLROY

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Wichita Ks

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+1 mcpx

Where the hell was this when I started out with my POS B400

I would start there and when your ready by a Rappy

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04-23-2011 09:29 PM  7 years agoPost 20
iHover

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To reduce crash cost I’ve got a set order of progression that I use when learning new stuff.

Do it on th sim until I can pull it off without a hitch
Them I try it on my HK 600 6s flybarred setup.
Once Im confidant with the move. I move on to the 12S trex 600 fbl. Once I know I can pull it off 99% of the time I’ll do it on my Trex 700 fbl.

So far that system has kept the Trex 700 with its original blades

You had me at Hover

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