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10-07-2013 11:38 PM  4 years agoPost 1
rafaelbiriba

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Hi my friends,

It's not to be a polemic question... Simple answers please...

I am a sport pilot, with one or two 3D maneuver...

I am going to US next week and I am looking for Goblin 500 or Align 550...

What you think ??

In my opnion, Align combo is more cheaper, I am in the beggining of the 3d world

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10-07-2013 11:50 PM  4 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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The 550 would be my choice! I have had both and would prefer the 550! I sold the Goblin and kept the Align 550.

Bill Whittaker

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10-10-2013 04:25 PM  4 years agoPost 3
devin120

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Align is align. Is Chinese. But the 550 seems to fly good and parts obviously are cheap.

The goblin is an actual piece of technology made in Italy. Its a fine machine, a work of art. The cost is higher because the quality control is higher, the product uses higher quality parts and metals, and overall if you had both side by side you would hands down take the goblin.

If you have the budget go goblin. Basically anything but align.

Ultimately whatever flosts your boat but either heli wil fly and smack 3d like you want. Ones just quality and ones massed produced and basic.

Miniature Aircraft - OS power - Futaba electronics

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10-12-2013 02:41 AM  4 years agoPost 4
gcm2

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Ft Worth, TX

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Not familiar with Goblin. I got the Trex 550e DFC combo (3Gx) about 10 months ago which was actually my first "full size" electric heli. I had never set up a flybarless before and really took my time and was careful. I'm very happy with it, and have done probably 100+ flights now.

I did have a screw or 2 come loose in the first flights that I had not loctited ENOUGH which caused the tail to start letting go, and I got it down OK and bumped the tail which stripped the front torque tube drive gear which was a royal pain to replace (in my experience). I had one crash after that (pilot's fault) and decided to convert to belt drive (which works perfectly), since I did not want to fight that front gear again...

For whatever reason my 3GX would not hold the tail straight at quick collective changes like in a flip - not bad, just very annoying. I had already built another heli (NX4) with the IKON controller and LOVE the IKON, so I replaced the 3GX with a new IKON and my troubles were cured.

The 550 is pretty much my favorite heli now - very stable and also agile. I get around 7 min with a 5300mah Gens Ace pack.

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10-12-2013 02:50 AM  4 years agoPost 5
devin120

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550
It really is a nice size heli. Perfect for a few flights after work.

But its always nice to try something new. I have flown a lot of helis and their all VERY different. Some suit your flying style some don't. My whiplash is my favorite heli so far. After and this is not all. The JR vibe and Synergy n9 come second and third.

hirobo shuttle
Thunder tiger 30 v2
r50
hirobo 50
r50
Hirobo Freya 91
jr vibe
r50 se
synergy n9
synergy n5
Gaui x7
Align 450
Align 700

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10-14-2013 02:34 PM  4 years agoPost 6
willy000

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I have 2 trex heli's a 550 and a 700.
Was thinking about a goblin for my next toy till I see 2 guys crash their goblins where I fly.
Not much left of a goblin after a crash.
After seeing that I've decided to stick to my aligns for now

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10-27-2013 07:30 AM  4 years agoPost 7
JohnnyLaw

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San Rafael, CA USA

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Vote for Gobby. Best heli I gave ever owned. Blast to fly. Power, precision and awesome looks.

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11-27-2013 05:58 PM  4 years agoPost 8
kvnm27

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Im bored at work so I'll throw something on here!!

Dont rule out the Synergy E5. Cheaper than a G500 and if your still crashing your wallet wont thank you in a bad crash with a G500. I'm not bashing make no mistake. But the Synergy helis I've crashed and some going in at full power crash like armored tanks! I put in an E7 twice under full power at 2150HS and I've never even so much as cracked a frame. I've flown them all, the Trex550 is a great machine. It flies well, and would be great for sport to 3D flight and parts are very reasonable. The goblin being a smaller disc is a tad touchier and great for hard 3D if you so choose. But after seeing one lightly crash from 4 feet and seeing metal plates bend it wouldnt be high on my list if I were still crashing. Again I'm not brand pushing I'm just answering the question as honestly as possible! The Synergy E5 is very stable! It also has the largest disc but doesnt lack in the 3D dept either! Not to be cliche but it DOES fly like its on Rails and is the smoothest of the 500-550 range helis I've flown. Parts are very competitive to the popular 550's and again they crash like armored tanks! All of these fly well and excel in certain areas. It just really depends on your flight style and whether or not your still learning and crashing.

something else to be noted..Alot of newer folks or budget builders will buy a premium kit and load it with inferior electronics. Are you flying? Yes you are and in the end thats whats important! However, your robbing yourself of a better experience if you bought a lesser kit and loaded it with premium electronics. Course if and when you buy a premium kit and premium electronics your overall exp just grew leeps and bounds. I went from inferior electronics to premium elec and what a huge difference it made with how the machine felt overall!

I hope this is enough info to help your decision and future inquiries.

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11-27-2013 08:45 PM  4 years agoPost 9
BradNewman

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Orange, Tx-USA

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My $0.02
I would go with the Trex, but if you do, I would recommend a kit without the 3gx, so that u could use a FBL system of your choice. I have had good luck with the AR7200BX, they are very user friendly, and you don't need a computer to set them up.

Have fun!

Remember to keep everything balanced!

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11-29-2013 04:56 PM  4 years agoPost 10
kvnm27

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Charleston SC US

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I have had good luck with the AR7200BX, they are very user friendly, and you don't need a computer to set them up.
However, if your flying futaba, the Ikon is growing in popularity. Yes, it does require a computer for setup and future adjustment but the guys at my field have been having great luck with the Ikon. I have flown some of their models and IT does feel great if properly setup. Bold statement for some, but I think its a cut above the BeastX. Very user friendly software and there are alot of vids on this also should you have questions. They also have a support forum which I can get the link should you have questions. Its nice to get immediate help from ppl actually using the product. So Spektrum or Futaba its a winner IMO. Also, if self leveling is a concern the ikon has it.

I truthfully hope to see BeastX catch up in the race and add a Gov setting for nitro/elec. Rumor was they were testing this at IRCHA 2013. It was the beginner "goto" FBL unit but they sort of fell off the map. Hopefully they have something new to offer in 2014.

I've flown the 3Gx and I'm sure it was me (possibly) but it didnt feel as locked in as the Ikon or other leading FBL units. ..Again maybe we dont know what we're doing with it over here! LOL.

I'm actually wanting to try the Skookum SK540. Its suppose to have one heck of Gov for nitro's.

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