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08-03-2012 04:38 PM  9 years ago
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birdflipper

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trex 500e - looking for somone that knows this heli-
Hey kids :

I jsut hot a t-rex 500e all stock , flown 4 times never crashed , i wanted to know WHAT IS THE FIRST THING i should look to upgrade , im just moving into forward flight nose-in , nose-out circles forward and backward ...nothing very advanced .. should i leave it alone and fly as is or is there a weak point or popular upgrade -
any thoughts for now or in the future appreciated !
R/C is like the mob ..once your in , your NOT gettin out !
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08-03-2012 04:58 PM  9 years ago
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I would leave it alone and fly it the way it is, when you make a mistake flying (crash) that would be the time to upgrade if needed.Bill Whittaker
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08-03-2012 05:10 PM  9 years ago
birdflipper

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thats what i have been thinking also , i just was not sure if there was a certain thing people that know the heli would change from the start or any set up/gear installation preference's that seasoned 500e pilots like -R/C is like the mob ..once your in , your NOT gettin out !
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08-03-2012 09:12 PM  9 years ago
Gregor99

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I have a T500 since close when they were first released. Mine is belt driven model and the only upgrades I've done are follows:

1) Added metal stripping to the boom block and tail box to ground the boom. Not required on the TT.
2) Replaced the stock plastic paddles with the Align CF paddels.
3) Have a new motor ready to install. The stock one is still working.
4) Cut the frame at the battery tray so the battery can sit lower. The new frames come this way.
5) Replaced all Align electronics. Not required, but I wanted something better. Over the years an Align servo made its way to the tail. I have DS620 on there now. The 510 is a little weak and you can get blow outs.

For your skill level, likely the best upgrade would be high wattage charger and a bunch of packs. At this stage, its more about stick time than maxing out the models.

One other thing. With the flybar'd head I found the flip and roll rate is pretty slow. I have the cyclic pitch cranked up to the point there is a little binding in the corners. Not so much an issue with FBL.
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08-03-2012 09:24 PM  9 years ago
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can you explain the metal strips what you used and how you installed it - i understand the belt generates static , i also read a post were the guy puts silicon spray on the belt to keep it soft/from drying out and said that helps with the static issue ? would you agree with that ?
im interested in your recomendation for a good charger also -
R/C is like the mob ..once your in , your NOT gettin out !
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08-21-2012 10:19 PM  9 years ago
Gregor99

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I used copper foil tape designed for stained glass. It was carefully placed on the boom block and the tail case between the bearings and the boom. The boom was sanded to remove the black covering.

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products...ng-tape-182139/

Silicone is also good. I do that in addition to the grounding. I have seen a case where silicone spray alone was not enough to prevent static issues. So I would do both. I haven't done it yet on my 500, but the boom should also be grounded to the motor mount. In some cases, the CF frame is sufficient. Otherwise you need to run a wire.

For chargers, the Powerlab6 will do the trick.
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08-21-2012 11:41 PM  9 years ago
S.Ratha

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I sold mine, but I had problems with the one way bearing coming loose. This is a design flaw to me as the bearing is 'locked' in place using green thread lock which would not suffice. In the short period that I had the t500, (less than 3 months) flown less than 50 flights, the one way bearing come off twice. Some are going through it, some are not. But if I had it I would put lots and lots of green thread lock one the one way bearing.
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08-22-2012 03:25 AM  9 years ago
TheWoodCrafter

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Mine is torque tube and FBL but Greg is right.
Buy a high output charger and maybe about 6 battery packs and fly.
I really don't think a 500 size is worth it to upgrade.
Maybe about the only thing would be good bearings.
Align bearings are junk.
Buy some good ones with rubber shields.
Thanks, TheWoodCrafter
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08-22-2012 04:29 AM  9 years ago
Gregor99

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I sold mine
Reliability was never my issue with my T500. But I can certainly understand wanting to move on once you hit a reoccurring issue with a model. What are you flying now?
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08-22-2012 10:50 AM  9 years ago
S.Ratha

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Hey Greg,
Yeah I sold mine not for the reliability issues, I sold it to get a bigger bird which I did was the 600efl.

I got in this hobby since early 2004 but haven't had the time to fly until recently so I bought the T500 for practicing orientation.

Funny story, I was flying last weekend at my field and I was hit in mid air by another t600efl, the guy whom crashed it into me gave me his airframe I think because he is moving into planks, nothing much was left really. So I am building mine and the other one at the same time.

My other helis are the goblin and the hirobo lepton and a few other airframes that I haven't had the time to put together.
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08-23-2012 05:53 AM  9 years ago
Gregor99

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Wow! That's quite a story. Are you OK? I've always worried about that happening, either my own or someone else's. Lockouts, electronics failures, mechanical failure. No matter how good you are when flying close, it can be dangerous.

Anyway, glad to hear that you are well enough to post and have some other good models to fly. I have found its nice to have a few models so if you start having fits with one of them, always have something else to fly.
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08-24-2012 02:44 PM  9 years ago
S.Ratha

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Hi Greg,
Yes I am fine, thank you for those kind words. I wasn't physically hit by the heli, the friends heli crashed into the my heli. Everything is gone, both frames went. Surprisingly weak frames I have to say. Especially the servo mount area. 3 of the frames broke here, left with 1 other which didnt brake at that area.

No worries at all on the T500, it is a good heli for learning, much much better than the 450 because you are not constantly fighting the wind. I got what I wanted from the model. Since 2004, I have pretty much flown on mode 1, and 2.5 months ago I made the switch to mode 2. I have to say that I am not looking back :-)

Ratha
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