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12-07-2012 08:09 PM  7 years ago
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Ronald Thomas

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Blade 550 released
Price tag......$999!!!!!! And still needs a tx and battery
http://www.horizonhobby.com/product...-combo-BLH5525C
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12-07-2012 08:11 PM  7 years ago
HeliNutAndy

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12-07-2012 09:16 PM  7 years ago
chuck1073

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At least it seems like they might be on the right track to offer some real/larger heli's. I'm sure the kit price will scare most off though.Trex 700N - Raptor 50 FBL - B450FBL - 130X - mCPxBL - AMA #998104
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12-07-2012 09:48 PM  7 years ago
RyanW

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But Ron, it comes with a BeastX! If you sell that for market value, the combo will only cost you $997 -Ryan
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12-07-2012 10:08 PM  7 years ago
Wave

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Looks like Chinese clone quality.

No thanks.

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12-07-2012 10:17 PM  7 years ago
altima1779

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I don't think the price is that far off. It includes a much better flybarless/receiver combo and better servos than the align 550. A 130amp esc compared to aligns 70 amp esc. It also includes a bec.

Blade 550 $999
Trex. 550 $816

And to some people that are not in the hobby the way most of us are, it may be worth the extra having it pre built.
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12-07-2012 10:58 PM  7 years ago
BrainDrain_dx

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its not pre builtKDS Agile 7.2/5.5 Chase 360 - SkyHero Spyder/Spy/Little Spyder
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12-07-2012 11:05 PM  7 years ago
Frank Bostwick

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Still price point wise its in the ball park and has pretty decent equipment and layout. Next level for eflight. It'll be a big seller.RIP ROMAN
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12-07-2012 11:54 PM  7 years ago
altima1779

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I noticed that when I watched the video, the flybar version is though? Right?
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12-08-2012 12:16 AM  7 years ago
Santiago P

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Blade 550 $999
Trex. 550 $816
Besides the servos being the same (both made by savox), the motor ESC, and the entire helicopter breaths better quality than Align, especially the head.
Is a better value.

The entire layout is well thought out.
James Haley is done a great job with this design. My hats is off to him.

Santiago
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12-08-2012 12:43 AM  7 years ago
michael88997

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Wow the world must be coming to a end, that cost more than my logo 500 super combo, and everything on it looks cheap... Ill stick with my logo and micro stuff from blade
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12-08-2012 02:06 AM  7 years ago
mr dan

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Im sorry but I dont see 1K worth of heli here. It was mentioned it has a 130A ESC.. ok.. but does the 10A BEC seal the deal? That BEC will not actually handle 10Amps continuously. The head unit looks far to much like the head units offered at cnchelicopter.com and they cost less than $100.00."R.I.P Roman" Citizen 0094 in the Nation
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12-08-2012 02:57 AM  7 years ago
KC

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Oh great...

two of my recent 'students' have been people you would recognize if you're a sports fan....they go through helicopters like morons.... don't want to rebuild, too busy to learn how the thing works.

All these ARF/RTFs helis have made for more pilots that don't know, don't care....more money than sense.

Call me old school, but this hobby is going to consumers...we've always had ARFs and RTFs, but they were built overseas by people who could a damn if they missed loctiting a bolt....still are that way.
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12-08-2012 02:16 PM  7 years ago
RCHSF

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Maybe they will adjust the price down before long and make it more affordable. But it looks great, just not the price tag. But like y'all noted it comes with a lot. Just add Lipo & BNF.
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12-08-2012 02:23 PM  7 years ago
McKrackin

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KC...It's a kit...Not RTF or ARF....

Pretty sure anyway.

From the spec sheet...

Specs
Approximate Flight Time: 4 minutes
Assembly Time: 5-7 Hours
I literally never use the word literally right.
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12-08-2012 03:52 PM  7 years ago
Bouchah

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Look out align there is a serious competitor stepping up to the plate! They already have their merchandise in more hobby shops that Ive seen. Even if a shop don't necessarily sell helis they usually have some sort of blade product with spares, don't seem like it will be too difficult to promote / distribute this bird for them.

I was surprise to see how nice it appears in the video, this is no joke.
Blade 130x (5)
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12-08-2012 05:54 PM  7 years ago
KC

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'its a kit'...in that case,i like it then

whos the pilot in the video? he'll sell more of them, then the name 'Blade' will!
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12-08-2012 06:02 PM  7 years ago
McKrackin

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550 X Pro Series Combo
Product Specifications
Type: 550-class collective-pitch electric flybarless helicopter
Main Rotor Diameter: 49.0 in (1245mm)
Tail Rotor Diameter: 9.45 in (240mm)
Gross Weight: 7.39–7.72 lb (3.35–3.50 kg)
Length: 44.5 in (1130mm)
Main Gear Ratio: 11.42:1
Motor Size: 550-size 1350Kv brushless outrunner (included)
Kit/ARF/RTF: Kit
Control System: 120-degree CCPM
Rotor Blade Length: 550mm
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Experience Level: Advanced
Recommended Environment: Outdoor
Assembly Time: 5-7 Hours
Is Assembly Required: Yes
I literally never use the word literally right.
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12-08-2012 06:15 PM  7 years ago
BobOD

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That seems a reasonable price. It's not much plastic after all.Team POP Secret
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12-08-2012 09:52 PM  7 years ago
merlin3

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pilot is james haleyJustin - Team Horizon, Team Byron
2-700x, Trex 700n, small helis
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