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10-15-2011 05:08 AM  6 years agoPost 1
Chris Reibert

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Ok finished the airframe last night.
Time for electronics and set-up
What do you guys recommend??

I reall want to Stick with all Align Products
Here is what I want use: (Everything that comes from a 500E Pro)
●500MX Brushless Motor or Scorpion
●DS510M Digital servo
●DS520 Digital servo
●GP780Head Lock Gyro
●RCE-BL70G Brushless ESC


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10-15-2011 05:11 AM  6 years agoPost 2
jbrracer

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building
one thing i like to do on a kit build is run my servo and esc wires thought the frame before its assembled it makes for alot cleaner work.

IMO

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10-15-2011 05:19 AM  6 years agoPost 3
Chris Reibert

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Once I have the electronics the Entire airframe is coming back apart to install the servos etc.. and LOCK TIGHT Everything.

I just couldn't wait to throw her together to see it!!

I am Very very anal about hiding and securing my wires on my birds..

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10-15-2011 05:50 AM  6 years agoPost 4
dkshema

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Sounds like you've already picked out the electronics you're going to use. Nothing wrong with your list, just expect a lot of others to chime in with their "better" stuff.

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10-17-2011 06:01 PM  6 years agoPost 5
magbarn

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Decent parts, but why didn't you just get a super combo as you're basically going all stock align?

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10-17-2011 06:11 PM  6 years agoPost 6
Chris Reibert

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So here is what I finally decided on:
Align 500MX Brushless Motor
Align 70 ESC
Hitec HS 5245's
Spartan Quark Gyro
Futaba S9257 for the tail

Still taking advice for batteries?
I like to fly semi-aggressive 3D

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10-17-2011 08:04 PM  6 years agoPost 7
magbarn

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Go with Gen Ace 6S 2600 25C packs. They're 'only 25c', but they pull just as hard as '40c' packs. They're also lighter than Turnigy. You can go 3300mah, but they're only ok for sport/circuit flying.

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10-17-2011 10:00 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Nelson34

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Nice build! I have a similiar question-I'd like to keep my 500 all futaba-what are good all around futaba servos? Thanks and nice 500 once again.

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10-18-2011 12:49 AM  6 years agoPost 9
Evan03

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savox 510s on the cyclic a savox 1290tg on the tail with gy 520 gyro and castle 100 ice esc.

if building from scratch id go castle instead of align. you dont kmow what your missing untill you try it. i thought align esc's were pretty decent til i went to castle now im a castle believer.

and why buy and esc that wont work on 600 ?????

savox makes align servos. they cheapon them up for align

i wont volunterily run a aign esc if i have the funds on had to swap to castle. otherwisealign will do untill i save up the cash to do the swap

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10-18-2011 01:55 AM  6 years agoPost 10
airdodger

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I agree with Evan03 about the esc, it made quite a difference. I am going to try the MKS servos. I have used the Futaba and the JR both were good, the JR tail servo was slightly better I feel, that said I bought a Futaba BLS 257 to try now. I would use metal geared servos also, the others strip gears too easy, my opinion.

Chris

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10-18-2011 02:14 AM  6 years agoPost 11
dkshema

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The stock ESC that ships with the 500 seems to be pretty reliable and works well. The two I have just keep on going and going and going...

Yes, the ESC that came with my 550 smoked on flight number 13, and right now I'm flying that 550 with an ICE 100 and an HK600GT with an ICE 100, nice ESCs. The data capture feature is nice. But for the 500, the stock ESC works well.

HS5245 servos are a good choice, as is the 9257 for the tail. Been flying the pants off a 500 with just that assembly of servos.

My other 500 has been relegated to a scale fuselage, I traded an old Hirobo Freya airframe for that 500, it was the glass-fiber kit, and the fellow had Hitec HS-82's installed. I kept the 82's on the cyclic, but went for a 9257 on the tail. Got a couple of HS-81s to run the retracts. The HS-82's are nothing to write home about, but for scale, they work fine.

If you're wanting to keep the servos all Futaba, the S9650s on cyclic seem to be good, as is the 9257 on the tail.

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10-18-2011 04:28 AM  6 years agoPost 12
Evan03

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Yup align is perfectly fine till you try something better.

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10-18-2011 04:36 AM  6 years agoPost 13
dkshema

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Assuming that you meant I was happy with Align until I tried the CC ICE, you're wrong. The stock Align ESC has worked flawlessly in my two 500's for several seasons and hundreds of flights. I see no reason to spend another pile of $$$ to replace an ESC that isn't a problem.

You might want to ask all those who had CC 120 ESC's go up in smoke what THEY think of those "superior" CC ESCs...

"Better" is a relative term.

Bashing brands is childish, serves no useful purpose, and may backfire on you at the most inopportune time.

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savox makes align servos. they cheapon them up for align
So it makes sense for Savox to purposely sell stuff that everyone knows is THEIR design and manufacture that is crap so people will buy their stuff to begin with? Only if your marketing department is staffed with morons.

Maybe Align gets decent prices on Savox servos because they buy a ton of them and get a healthy price-break.

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10-18-2011 05:10 AM  6 years agoPost 14
dkshema

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Not particularly pretty, by any means, but it's been quite serviceable for the past couple years:

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10-18-2011 05:15 AM  6 years agoPost 15
dkshema

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Go with Gen Ace 6S 2600 25C packs. They're 'only 25c', but they pull just as hard as '40c' packs. They're also lighter than Turnigy. You can go 3300mah, but they're only ok for sport/circuit flying.
That post doesn't make sense. If they "pull" as hard as 40C packs, then why would they only be good for sport/circuit flying? 25C is 25C...shouldn't matter WHAT pack as long as it can deliver rated voltage at 25C, you're good to go.

Turnigy 2650 mah 6S packs. Inexpensive, run great, set your timer for 5 minutes of heli wringing, land with about 20% charge left in them.

Mine are 25C and they're good for all out flying as well as sport/circuit stuff. Perhaps this winter as I upgrade my motor in the 500 I'll bump up to 40C packs, but till then, I'll enjoy what I have till I use 'em up.

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10-18-2011 07:14 AM  6 years agoPost 16
magbarn

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That post doesn't make sense. If they "pull" as hard as 40C packs, then why would they only be good for sport/circuit flying? 25C is 25C...shouldn't matter WHAT pack as long as it can deliver rated voltage at 25C, you're good to go.
Turnigy 2650 mah 6S packs. Inexpensive, run great, set your timer for 5 minutes of heli wringing, land with about 20% charge left in them.
Mine are 25C and they're good for all out flying as well as sport/circuit stuff. Perhaps this winter as I upgrade my motor in the 500 I'll bump up to 40C packs, but till then, I'll enjoy what I have till I use 'em up.
Maybe you misunderstood me, the genace 3300mah 6s do GREAT in a 12s config on my 600efl even with hard flying. On my new 500EFL pro, the 3300mah are too nose heavy and no matter how high I try to mount them my 500efl only has balanced cog with 2600 gen ace. That's what I meant by the 3300mah are better for sport flying ON a 500 due to a nose heavy cog.

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10-18-2011 03:17 PM  6 years agoPost 17
mrloudly

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Never had any problem with Align servos, had a CC ESC up in flames though... (Who hasn't LOL)

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10-18-2011 05:11 PM  6 years agoPost 18
Evan03

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I'm not bashing align at all.

Savox makes align servos. I like savox whether branded aling or savox.

I like castle and will continue to untilled I see reason not to. Maybe I've been lucky my bird hasn't gone up in flames.

And yes align esc are good to. Just my preference is castle

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10-26-2011 10:26 PM  6 years agoPost 19
neilg.

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dkshema, on the receiver, what are you using to protect the antennas? and how well does it stay on?

thank you

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10-27-2011 01:48 AM  6 years agoPost 20
dkshema

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Stuff on the receiver antenna wires...

...small diameter heat-shrink tubing. Just big enough to fit over the plastic nubs that stick out of the case, heat-shrink well, they stay on.

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