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03-30-2012 05:44 PM  7 years ago
BobOD

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Trex.

Most popular daily flier
Has the largest knowledgebase
Best availability of spares
Lowest cost of spares
Including many spares compatible with Nitro version
Greatest number of sizes to choose from
Has the most options for customizing...ie, it can be your baby too.
Team POP Secret
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03-30-2012 06:09 PM  7 years ago
Scott1115

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with the BobOD "conversion kit."Compass 7HV, Trex 550E
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03-30-2012 09:16 PM  7 years ago
BobOD

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For what you're looking for....bone stock.Team POP Secret
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03-30-2012 10:15 PM  7 years ago
Rogman88

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The F6 is my "treat" and I baby it.
I see, you want a heli that you can practice on, try new things on, and not break the bank to fix when your new moves go wrong. The answer is simple...Align. You won't have to worry about getting 300 flights before changing stuff because you will probably bury it before then anyway if you are really pushing yourself. 500 and up fly well and are easy to see. 450 is dirt cheap to fix but you have to keep it lower due to visibility, thus increase your chance of crashing.
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03-30-2012 11:26 PM  7 years ago
Scott1115

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Looks like the Trex 550 will be the most likely candidate.Compass 7HV, Trex 550E
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03-30-2012 11:32 PM  7 years ago
Bill Clontz

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trex 550 is a great machine, shares parts with the 600 and is a little lighter with same 6s power... perfect for learning... not too small and not too big to be expensive...
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03-31-2012 09:59 PM  7 years ago
Richardmid1

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550 eats 6s 5000 packs though and the frame flexes too much.60% of the time, it works every time!
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03-31-2012 10:57 PM  7 years ago
whoodie

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Looks like the Trex 550 will be the most likely candidate.
Do yourself a favor, get a Logo 500. SE or 3D depending on the characteristics you like (SE for big air, 3D for super smack, although the 3D can do big air too). I had an Align 550 and the best thing I did was sell it and get a Logo 500.

Take a close look at crash costs. How much is a frame set going to cost you for the Align 550 (they're known to be fragile)? Logo frame set is ~$50. Additionally you don't have all the little bits and pieces between the frame side on the Logo that could get fouled up in a crash.

When it's all said and done, picking up a Logo 500 (new or used) was much better for me. I could hand pick all of the components I wanted and it's a very, very well designed airframe. Much better than the Align 550.
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04-01-2012 12:35 AM  7 years ago
Santiago P

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Scott,

Besides the need for electric, What is the other(s) driving factors for a stable workhorse?

Your eyes? Visibility

Slow hands?

Budget?

I am getting old, eyesight and reflexes decaying slowly. I enjoy flying the big stable helis more as I fly far away often.

TRexs= kings of value
large visible one= TRex 700 F3C with FAI blades (big stable boat but fast and quick if you want it to be)
Budget minded, Trex 500. (the 550 is a hot rod)
beater= MCPX or MCPX2 and a bunch of little batteries

If you are a careful person and do not crash often, the Logos are also a good choise, and so are the new Raptors X50. Trex are not the only game in town, but they are the cheapest and convenient for parts.
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04-01-2012 02:37 AM  7 years ago
Scott1115

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@moneypitvictim - Eyes are okay, I have difficulty with orientation way up high. Crash costs are more important to me than initial costs. I am looking for predicability, stability while I learn inverted and backwards flight.Compass 7HV, Trex 550E
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04-01-2012 03:20 AM  7 years ago
Santiago P

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I am looking for predicability, stability while I learn inverted and backwards flight.
You are describing an FBL system. You can add stability to the rotor system by using slightly heavier blades and turning up the gyros. When you are ready, switch to lighter ones and increase your fbl unit agility.

Orientation tricks.
Improve visibility and orientation will be easier.

>Use bright colors on top, opaque/dark on bottom,
>add color stripes to the blades 3 on top one on the bottom.
>I like to put same one bright color of canopy in the last 6in of the boom, and you can really see that.

You dont fixate on those parts but they become a great reference when you need it.

I did this to my Avant for the speed runs turn around was about 1200ft away and it sure help.

Just about any heli will do what you want provided IT IS WELL SET UP.

Good luck.
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04-01-2012 04:30 AM  7 years ago
Colonel Sanders

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What about a gaui x5? I love mine, its predictable, parts cost are very reasonable, can see it just fine with the 46 inch disc in the air, the frame is tough and narrow and can withstand a good crash. It's my go to heli with low maintence .
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