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10-14-2012 06:15 PM  5 years agoPost 1
doctor

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Hi,

I own a trex 450 se v2. I am not a 3D pilot but do some rolls, loops, stall and inverts with 450 and raptor 50 v2...

I want a bigger electric heli but want to stick with a single 6s battery. (dont want to use two 6s batteries for a single flight, high cost is limitation)

No one owns an gaui x5 here in Delhi, India. Seen trex 500 and Trex 550 FBL.

Trex 500 didnt looked too big, so i dont want that....

The trex 550 is cool...But, i have heard bad reviews of the Align electronics, be it gp 780 gyro or the 3GX...??

Kinda confused betwwen trex 550 and the gaui x5....??? Also, flybar or flybarless??? ( I havent flown a FBL heli, so dont know how differently an FBL behaves)

Also, No LHS stocks gaui or trex 550 parts...So, will have to order from HK, Taiwan or other countries...

Please suggest.....

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10-14-2012 07:27 PM  5 years agoPost 2
piranhafreak

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The Align electronics work fine I have flown with stock electronics from 250 size up to 600 size and never had any problems i actually like them they work well and there not to expensive there are to many haters out there If you were doing hardcore 3d stick banging mabey you wouldnt want to upgrade mabey not

They are both good machines i would personaly pick the 550e bigger,cheaper and quailty is the same But if you wanted too be different get the x5 i think you will love it either way

As far as flybarless vs flybarred i dont know i couldnt tell you im still a flybar guy

GAUI x5
Overall length: 1000mm (including cabin & canopy)
Main rotor diameter: 1120mm
Tail rotor diameter: 235mm
Flybar paddle: 64*40*5mm
Tail blade length: 82mm
Overall height: 343 mm
Overall width: 160 mm

550E
Length: 1042mm
Height: 356mm
Main Blade Length: 520mm
Main Rotor Diameter: 1188mm
Tail Rotor Diameter: 254mm
Motor Drive Gear:16T
Main Drive Gear:170T
Autorotation Tail Drive Gear: 131T
Tail Drive Gear: 34T
Drive Gear Ratio: 1:10.62:3.85
Weight(With Motor): 1800g
Flying Weight: Approx. 2800g

Mabey one day i will actually land one of these things !!

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10-14-2012 08:17 PM  5 years agoPost 3
ebonicrobot

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That's a pretty hard decision to make.....owned a few Align helis and never really had a problem with them or there electronics. My 600N has nothing but Align electronics in it besides the gyro. If i really had to make a choice I would go with th X5, because i like being different at the airfield.

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10-14-2012 08:23 PM  5 years agoPost 4
Daved Gutierrez

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i had owen several different Aling models and they were great but i'm currently flying the Gaui X5 and i would absolutely recommend it, this really is an amazing little heli, good luck.

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10-14-2012 09:16 PM  5 years agoPost 5
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+1 on the gaui...I have been flying align for the past 5 yrs. and still fly a 700n, But this gaui is now my go to heli, the power to weight ratio is awesome and it tracks like a 90 size. Now i want the X7

Mark
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10-15-2012 02:29 AM  5 years agoPost 6
doctor

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X5 FB or FBL??
Thanx guys,

I am getting inclined towards x5...As far as parts are concerned, i always order from taiwan, Hongkong or Heli direct etc...

I am getting a good deal on X5 both flybar and FBL...

Is the FB version going to get outdated?? Can it be converted into FBL version???

I want a gaui x5....Help me decide flybar or FBL???

Doc

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10-15-2012 02:59 AM  5 years agoPost 7
piranhafreak

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flybarless would have better resale value. If your up for somthing new why not flbarless

Mabey one day i will actually land one of these things !!

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10-15-2012 04:20 AM  5 years agoPost 8
ohiomxdad

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I want a bigger electric heli but want to stick with a single 6s battery. (dont want to use two 6s batteries for a single flight, high cost is limitation)
As far as "cost" Align is your best bang for buck.... Quality part's included in a complete kit -

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10-15-2012 04:33 AM  5 years agoPost 9
ebonicrobot

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Since your getting a good deal on both, i would get a FBL. All of my helis are converted, and i love it.

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10-15-2012 12:47 PM  5 years agoPost 10
TREXSYNDROME

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flybarless with vbar flies like a dream

Mark
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10-16-2012 04:04 AM  5 years agoPost 11
Ronald Thomas

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FBL with VBAR for sure

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10-16-2012 09:20 AM  5 years agoPost 12
doctor

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Thanx for the response guys.

Doc

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10-16-2012 01:57 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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+1 for the Gaui and I would say FB......for now.

I currently own a 550FBL and it is a good machine, in fact, I own 8 helis in all the classes and out of them, only one isn't an Align machine (Aurora N). Align gets a bad rap, but their products haven't given me much to complain about since my first Align purchase in 08.

Obviously, I'm an advocate for Align products, but I'm won't recommend them simply becuase that's what I fly. Just becuase I love them doesn't mean that's what's right for you. From what you said in your first post I feel the Gaui would be a better choice.

The 550FBL is a very nice flying machine, however, I wouldn't recommend it to you due to the high cost of replacement parts (replacing a 550 frame cost more that replacing a 700 frame:eek

And becuase I don't like the feel of the 3G FBL. I've flown FB since 2002 and I I find that I gravitate back to that even though the 550FBL is a fun flying machine. I would however recommend the 550 if you purchase your anotherr FBL controller/gyro. The futaba controller is the best FBL controller I've have flown.

The Gaui is right for you because you should learn the feel of FB before you jump into FBL and it's simply a good machine. Good luck and i'm curious what you end up with. I hope this was helpful....have fun..

Mellisa

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10-16-2012 03:12 PM  5 years agoPost 14
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Just to piggyback on what ladymagic said, the t550e is also fairly notorious for breaking frames, or at least it used to be. Also, my personal feeling about 3gx is that it's the worst fbl controler ever. There's a reason why people can't give them away in the classifieds.

Go with a vbar x5. I let mine go some time back and I've been regretting it ever since. It'll likely be my next heli purchase (so far I've had about 20 different helis). You'll need to select your lipos carefully - fit can be an issue. Just go to one of the x5 forums online and see what people are using. The x5 can be setup to be as docile or aggressive as you like, mild to wild. It's a great heli.

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10-16-2012 03:35 PM  5 years agoPost 15
BladeStrikes

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Both break frames pretty easy.This was my buddys brand new X5 which was a total rekit.Took out everything..
Also the side frames for the Trex 550 are cheaper ($75.00) than the X5 ($110.00)

Watch at YouTube

Just pick the one that looks good to you and have fun as both are good flyers..

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10-16-2012 04:15 PM  5 years agoPost 16
Ronald Thomas

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Ladymagic, if your test for FBL is the 3G, I can understand why you want to stay with the flybar

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10-16-2012 04:45 PM  5 years agoPost 17
BladeStrikes

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+1 on what Ron said.

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10-16-2012 05:30 PM  5 years agoPost 18
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I have never flown a x5 but it looks like a nice heli. I do have a 550 and I did break the frames in my first crash. I have since been using the fusano frames. They are only 30 bucks for both sides! I am very hard on my 550 and it takes it! I would recommend it anytime! I do fly it with a mini vbar tho...

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10-16-2012 08:39 PM  5 years agoPost 19
rtdillon

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Another point to consider
The Align 550 uses 6s 5xxx batteries.
The X5 uses smaller 6s 4xxx batteries.

There is a cost difference between the packs.

I have owned both and currently have the X5 and will stay with it.
I use a flybarless setup with a BeastX and a Futaba SBus receiver.

Easy to set up and flies excellent.

If you use the JR/Spektrum products the 7200BX receiver has the best installation i have done to date. You will need the proper satellite receiver with the 7200BX for an X5.

The original tail servo that comes with the X5 is adequate but I upgraded to a Futaba 9256 for flawless performance of the tail.

No,No..The other left!

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10-16-2012 08:47 PM  5 years agoPost 20
JOLT

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I've had both. I liked the X5 better. They were both FBL. The X5 is such a simple set up. The Trex 550 is much heavier but tracks real nice and has a larger presence in the air.

The X5 was silky smooth and very easy to toss around because of the power to weight ratio. Quality was about the same, but I liked having the big disc and smaller body on the X5, as opposed to vice versa on the 550. You can always upgrade to 550 main blades on the Trex, whereas the X5 maxxes out at 530mm.

They are very different machines IMHO

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