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01-13-2013 03:47 AM  7 years ago
Noobyflyer

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FWIW I did a heavy cost comparison when shopping for a larger electric about 2 months ago. I ran the numbers over and over again with multiple brands and found that the difference (all up BNF and Batteries) between the two is so negligible that it makes sense to just get the 700. I really wanted to convince myself that a 600 made more sense too, and it didn't.
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01-13-2013 04:49 AM  7 years ago
outhouse

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FWIW I did a heavy cost comparison when shopping for a larger electric about 2 months ago. I ran the numbers over and over again with multiple brands and found that the difference (all up BNF and Batteries) between the two is so negligible that it makes sense to just get the 700. I really wanted to convince myself that a 600 made more sense too, and it didn't.
and are you happy you went 700?
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01-13-2013 05:40 AM  7 years ago
3dgimble

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To me the Difference is size in the air and crash cost
Crash cost 700 is a biggie even if you own one heli. parts a re a lot cheaper for a 450 and 600. But I would not recommend jumping from a 450 to 700, creep a little buddy(450 to a 700 dang)!
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01-13-2013 06:15 AM  7 years ago
BobOD

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Here are some numbers on cost. The L700 is about $900 more. Not all that much in the grand scheme of things. Crash costs will be quite a bit more.

For kicks I threw in the diff between a T600 and 700. Only about 580 here....but a bit more percentage wise. The difference in crash costs aren't quite so much here though.

Oh, and bats seem to be 1.5 to 2 times the cost.

The same charger and power supply would probably be OK for all but you may want to spend more for the 700. I didn't put those costs down though. Charging equipment would run 300 to 800 or so.

1380 L600 with v-bar silver, Jive, Edge 623 blades
50 Upgrade to pro
250 Scorp 4035-560
28 Edge 95
22 Pinion
142 10S 4000 bat
480 3 x BLS156HV
170 BLS256HV
30 Flight pack
2552 TOTAL

2400 L700 with v-bar silver pro, YGE160, Edge 713/115, scorp 4525-520
278 12s 5000 bat
570 3 x BLS157HV
170 BLS256HV
30 Flight Pack
3448 TOTAL +35%

951 Trex600 Super Combo
186 12S 3300 bat
1137 TOTAL

1440 Trex700 Super Combo
278 12S 5000 bat
1718 TOTAL +51%
Team POP Secret
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01-13-2013 02:17 PM  7 years ago
Ace Dude

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IMHO the cost difference between a 600 and 700 is significant. Budget your operating (including crash) costs accordingly. Also, going from a 450 to 700 is a huge jump. It might not be a bad idea to try something in between before going to a 700.  
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01-13-2013 04:30 PM  7 years ago
Cra-Z-1

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IMHO the cost difference between a 600 and 700 is significant. Budget your operating (including crash) costs accordingly. Also, going from a 450 to 700 is a huge jump. It might not be a bad idea to try something in between before going to a 700.
I agree 100% with this. It is what it is. I remember when I made my jump from a 450 to a 600. When I seen the size of the blades I was frightened, lol. A 600 will be much more forgiving in the nature of repair costs; esp in the case of a nitro heli.
Ban the Ban.
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01-13-2013 06:15 PM  7 years ago
JitsuGuy

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I flew helis back in the day. Just returning to the hobby after 6 or so yesrs away from it. I had a Hiribo Freya so I've flown the bigger stuff before. during this time I've always had my sim and flew on it.

I currently have planks and a couple of small helis. Looking to get something bigger. This thread keeps me going back and forth on my decision.haha
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01-13-2013 07:20 PM  7 years ago
BobOD

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If crash costs are of any concern, you could get 3 of the Trex 600's and if you crash, just leave it and grab the next one. LOLTeam POP Secret
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01-13-2013 08:10 PM  7 years ago
Ace Dude

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Crash costs (including a total re-kit) must be part of the equation. It's unrealistic to get into any model assuming it wont crash or be part of a total re-kit. Stuff happens.  
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01-13-2013 11:22 PM  7 years ago
Noobyflyer

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and are you happy you went 700?
I am. I am a cheap-skate when it comes to spending on the hobby. I buy one heli every couple years and fly it for a while. I don't have a fleet, never did. I am a one heil guy.

I've had 600's. I like them, don't get me wrong, but when it came to the cost comparison on my last purchase, I took a hard look at the price of batteries and supporting electronics. Servos are the same and to a certain extent, so is the price of the ESC. FBL system is the same and the motors are about the same as well.

6S 5000mah Turnigy Lipos are so cheap now, it was a no brainer to go the extra nominal cost for the 700. In reality, it's not like I could fly a 600 in a smaller space than a 700.

I was torn between the Ballistic 635 and the Compass 7HV. I'm glad I got the 7HV.
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