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12-13-2013 08:25 PM  5 years ago
Funky Trex

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E5 is a great choice. Only downside is the weight, it is the heaviest of the 550s I have tried. It doesn't seem to hurt it in the air though, with a strong motor and good setup, they fly like a beast and are very smooth. The extra weight hopefully helps it in a crash. It is a real nice kit and every part of it feels like quality. If you want to spend the extra money and it is worth it for you, go for it. I don't think it is a heli you will regret.

If there is a chance you can fly some examples of the helis you are considering before purchasing, I would highly reccomend it. Try to fly the Align 550 too, you might be suprised how nice/smooth they fly when properly set up.
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12-13-2013 09:19 PM  5 years ago
carbonhead

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Weight is an interesting point I'd not considered. Considering that can have an effect on flight time, what are other flyers getting out of E5 and Logo 550. I really want to be flying for at least 7 minutes.
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12-13-2013 09:57 PM  5 years ago
Rodney Kirstine

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7 minutes!? Yikes. That seems pretty long for a 550, I don't know. I can't speak to any of the other brands mentioned, only Synergy.

As far as the quality of the parts on the E5, they're top notch. Parts availability is not an issue. There are multiple vendors carrying them plus, now, you can also order directly from Synergy. The E5 takes a crash extremely well. I've tested this numerous times.

Mine is set up as a 6S 550. I run 4400mAh 30C packs with a head speed of 2450 rpm and get 4:30. I could dial it down to 2200 rpm and get longer flight times but it's too much fun at the higher head speed and I have 6 battery packs so I don't really care about longer flight time. I usually fly my E5 on my lunch breaks during the summer because it's easy to pack around and I only have to carry 1/2 the batteries that I would for my E7. I have around 300 flights on mine and it's an extremely smooth running and quiet machine that flies great.

Also, if at some point you decided you wanted to make it a 600, the E5 can be converted with off the shelf parts from the Synergy parts bin. FBLrotors.com even sells a stretch kit that's got everything you need in one kit.
Rodney
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12-14-2013 12:15 AM  5 years ago
Funky Trex

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Weight is definately a consideration if you are going after flight time. The proper electronics setup is critical too. Although they are set up differently, my 550s have up to a 2 pound difference between them when ready to fly. Since the Logo is light and still has great quality, you may want to look into them more. Not as pretty as the Synergy with all of the carbon fiber and aluminum, but the plastic is good quality and saves a lot of weight. The quality is still there so I don't feel like the plastic majority is worse than the carbon/aluminum majority, just a different way to do it. With the right setup, you could probably get 7 mins out of one with a mild setup and sport/light 3d.
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12-15-2013 12:56 AM  5 years ago
carbonhead

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I'm going for the T-Rex 550 DFC, purly based on price I'm sorry to say!!! I'm sure it can't be that bad and is half the price to crash !!!!!
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12-15-2013 01:03 AM  5 years ago
Funky Trex

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It is a great heli IMO. I have been extremely happy with mine. The weight for a 6s setup works very well without killing lipos, overheating ESCs or burning up motors with high temps. The only downside is the DFC head IMO. The v2 head was much easier on servos in a crash and both heads fly similar thanks to today's great fbl systems with plenty of tuning options. The DFC may have an advantage in very hardcore 3d flying, although I have seen the standard head do some extremely hard 3d as well. Many of the parts for the 550 are shared with other Align models so spare parts are plentifull and cheap. The canopy may be ugly, but it shows up better than any of my other 550s and really helps orientation when flying if you are someone that uses the canopy for visual cues.

I fly mine with Rail 556/96 blades. This combo is excellent on the Align and the larger tail blades will help for running lower headspeeds while keeping the tail locked in.
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12-15-2013 02:23 AM  5 years ago
Gauiguy88

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550 Size
Not quite the size of a Align 550 DFC but pretty close, I am very fond of my Gaui X5 with a BeastX and it flies awesome...$895 is an excellent price point considering all that you get and now with a mini vbar included....
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12-16-2013 11:55 AM  5 years ago
Richardmid1

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How about JR's E6 550 if you want quality?60% of the time, it works every time!
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12-16-2013 01:19 PM  5 years ago
Craigdieslemac

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There are 500-600 size heli's on here for sale all the time. They aren't new of course, but you usually get more bang for your buck on a used heli. If you are like me and like to put them together, buy it used, take it apart and inspect, then put it back together the way you want it done. I have expensive tastes and if it were not for the deals I find on here and other sites, I would not be able to afford this hobby.

Jeff
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12-16-2013 01:26 PM  5 years ago
wrongler

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I have expensive tastes and if it were not for the deals I find on here and other sites, I would not be able to afford this hobby.
Sure you would, you would fly what you can afford!
Besides this habit is relentless!
Bill Whittaker
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12-16-2013 01:32 PM  5 years ago
Craigdieslemac

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let me re-phrase.. it would be less comfortable on the wallet.. lolAut viam inveniam aut faciam
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