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08-11-2012 09:33 PM  5 years agoPost 1
aland25

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OK, so a year ago I sold the last of my heli stuff...my DX7. And now after getting new kids to the point where I may be able to enjoy the hobby again, I feel so totally lost.

I used to fly the Trex 450 - I had three of them with enough spare parts to last a life time. Not nothing.

I want back in, but would like to learn from everyone else's experience here. I would like to stay electric but bigger than the 450, just not as big as the 600.

As I type, I realize there is now a 500 and 550 trex available.

sSo I am looking for some guidance on what most would recommend for me to get flying again.

I need a Tx (new spektrum 8 out) and rx, metal servos, motor upgrade (if necessary), heli, and battery charger for lipos??? (is there something better out that you dont run the possibility of blowing up your garage?). Thanks guys very much in advance.

ps - Check my profile and you can see what all I sold

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08-11-2012 09:45 PM  5 years agoPost 2
PACOLYPS

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I would recommend the Trex 550 because it is the largest heli that uses 1 battery pack to power it. It has good power and will do everything you want. Batteries are between $80-150 for your non-Thunder Power packs. These will run great. For a charger I would recommend an i-charger from Progressive RC. Learn to parallel charge and it will be all you need. As far as the heli and radio find something used. There are lots of option with good upgrades for a great price. Good luck.

Pacolyps - Team Heliproz

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08-12-2012 12:33 AM  5 years agoPost 3
wrongler

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I am currently flying a Logo 600 on a 6s pack and it is the best 6s heli I have had to date! I had a 550 trex on a v bar and it was awsome, Just a little to quick for me, I have several 12s helis and prefer the 6s for my learning heli.
Keep watching the classifieds and you can find quaility things at a good price, If you are in a hurry, you'll have to but new.
Welcome back and enjoy the hobby.

Bill Whittaker

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08-12-2012 02:28 AM  5 years agoPost 4
PACOLYPS

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Ircha is next week. There will be lots of stuff for sale after that.

Pacolyps - Team Heliproz

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08-12-2012 01:23 PM  5 years agoPost 5
coptercptn

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And "AT" IRCHA for that matter.... Always can find deals @ IRCHA..

And yes the 500 and for that matter the 600 are great choices. both are good flyers and reasonable expense to fix (repair)...

Buy a GOOD sim, if you don't already have one, first though. It will save you $$$$$$$$!!!!!

Even if you were flying before,
If you don't want to buy a used radio the DX7S is a great value..

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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08-12-2012 03:02 PM  5 years agoPost 6
aland25

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Wow,

great info, thanks guys.

Is there a difference in the DX7s and DX8?

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08-12-2012 03:31 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Stephen Born

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550 all the way. A 500 will feel like a 450 and a 550 will feel like a 600. The 550 basically uses a 600 frame, but the tail and blades are smaller in size.

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08-12-2012 04:03 PM  5 years agoPost 8
Stephen Born

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Wow,
great info, thanks guys.
Is there a difference in the DX7s and DX8?
Both are great radios. They incorporate the same case, which has rubber on its side. The gimbals can be specifically adjusted to your preference. Both have telemetry.

The DX8 has an extra channel and backlight screen. There are packages that come with the radios which include a Rx and telemetry module.

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08-12-2012 06:23 PM  5 years agoPost 9
aland25

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Awesome. Been waiting for a radio with a back light.

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08-13-2012 01:23 AM  5 years agoPost 10
Stephen Born

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DX8 has a black light, the DX7s does not.

I have the DX7s and it is a great radio as I do not fly at night.

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08-13-2012 01:34 AM  5 years agoPost 11
chikoseye

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Springfield Gardens NY

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Sold my dx8 because its too big to grip on, got a JR Dsx9II more channel better grip

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08-13-2012 01:49 AM  5 years agoPost 12
aland25

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Sounds like I need to
Handle one. I like the back light feature as I used night blades and a full glow setup for the 450. It was awesome, just couldn't see controls. Thanks. For all the recommendations.

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08-13-2012 02:14 AM  5 years agoPost 13
aland25

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Align Trex 500 it is...do the servos, tail servo and gyro
That come with the combo work great? Or
Should I separate components?

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08-13-2012 02:55 AM  5 years agoPost 14
TheWoodCrafter

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Costa Mesa, Ca.

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All the Align stuff that comes with the combo will work just fine.
Buy it and don't look back.
Most parts and blades are cheap for a 500.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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08-13-2012 03:00 AM  5 years agoPost 15
kw_rc

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I would recommend a 550. Its noticeably larger than a 500.

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08-13-2012 04:13 AM  5 years agoPost 16
dcbusdriver

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+1 on the 550. Nice size heli and if you want to go bigger later you can jump to the 700 and use the same batteries.

beating the air into submission...........cool!

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08-13-2012 04:17 AM  5 years agoPost 17
jschenck

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DX7s has one idle-up mode, DX8 has two

Trex-500EFL is a great heli. The 550 is just about a 600 size with a shorter boom IMO. Also flies great but frames are thin and will crack on a crash. 500 packs are $40-$50 each for good ones like Gens Ace. There are pros and cons to each size. 550 does fly 'bigger' and is easier to see.

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08-13-2012 04:11 PM  5 years agoPost 18
aland25

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Thanks guys. I like the idea of the 550, but I think the 500 will be big enough. It has got to be more stable than the 450. Not really looking to go too big.

For now I'm thinking dx8(hopefully all kinks worked out), Trex 500 combo. Is there a Trex 500 better than another?

Thanks again guys for all the info and welcoming me back.

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08-13-2012 04:45 PM  5 years agoPost 19
jschenck

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I think you'll be happy with the DX8

The Trex500 pro (flybar) or EFL (Flybarless) are a complete redesign from the original Trex-500.

If you want something that will not be too expensive to repair than the Trex-500E Sport (kit# KX017014) with a belt drive will be pretty easy on the wallet to build and crash but has the good motor and electronics. It's based on the original Trex-500. If you'd like to the top of the line Align the 500EFL (kit# KX017016) is it. The EFL runs a really high headspeed and is very quick cyclic.

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08-13-2012 06:46 PM  5 years agoPost 20
Daved Gutierrez

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what about a Gaui X5 which is larger than a Trex 500 but not as big as the Trex 550 and the performance is just crazy out of the box, the weight difference between the Trex 550 and the Gaui X5 is noticeable and the repair cost is about the same if not cheaper on some items, the only thing is that your local hobby shop might not have parts for the X5 and you would have to order online.

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