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04-14-2014 12:42 AM  4 years agoPost 1
Ausable

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I have a T-Rex550 but what would be a smaller heli to just play around with that is reliable.
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04-14-2014 12:46 AM  4 years agoPost 2
icanfly

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450, parts galore, shorter blades and it'll loose float while increasing pitch and roll with rpm upped, neat stuff

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04-14-2014 12:52 AM  4 years agoPost 3
Eury

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I really liked my Gaui X3 on 6s with 350mm blades, it flew more like a 425 bladed heli, and even autoed well.

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04-14-2014 01:01 AM  4 years agoPost 4
Flyagra

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Nano CPX and MCPX are both great. The brushless models are even better.

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04-14-2014 01:15 AM  4 years agoPost 5
TurboRacer

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FL

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Love my 6S 450L Dominator. Thing screams and parts don't break the bank.

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04-14-2014 01:22 AM  4 years agoPost 6
mustang67ford

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Depends what you are looking to do. If wou want a heli very similar to larger ones, then a 450 such as thunder tiger mini titan or an align pro. If your looki g for the micro size, i have heard a helimax axe cp is pretty reliable and durable but no personal experience.

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04-14-2014 01:25 AM  4 years agoPost 7
petercp4e

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There are a lot of nice smaller helis out there. The three questions that you need to answer before we can zero in on an answer are:
1. Where do you plan to fly this?
2. How small do you want to go?
3. What's your budget?
The answer to any of these could make a big difference.
Pete <:-}

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04-14-2014 04:22 AM  4 years agoPost 8
Pascal-KC

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My small practice heli is a Logo 500. I love it. Not nuch smaller than your TRex 550 though.

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04-14-2014 04:42 AM  4 years agoPost 9
Vaderluck

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What are the criteria for selecting a heli for practicing?
For me it is cheaper parts ..... so 450 is the ideal size because parts (especially clone) are plenty and cheap on ebay !!

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04-14-2014 01:19 PM  4 years agoPost 10
Pascal-KC

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For me, price and availability of parts matters, but above all, it is a heli I am fully comfortable with (that is no added stress due to size or unreasonable power). I also like my practice heli go give me longer flights for longer practice. I get 7.5min on my Logo 500. This is the bird I practice my new tricks on first when I have reached reasonable confidence on the sim. I then do the same tricks on my bigger/more powerful birds.

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04-14-2014 01:21 PM  4 years agoPost 11
Pascal-KC

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One thing I forgot to mention that makes the 450 less attractive to me (I have had 3 that I have sold now): the KC area is quite windy which makes the 450 size helis quite jumpy vertically. A slightly bigger bird will allow you to practice in a wider range of wind conditions.

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04-14-2014 06:54 PM  4 years agoPost 12
Eury

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Don't know why I didn't think of it before, but I bought my DT520 so I'd have a cheapie to bang around. I've got around $800 all in including all electronics and a pair for 6s 5000 packs, and parts are very similar to a 450 in price. Flies much bigger and better than any 450, though.

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04-15-2014 04:35 PM  4 years agoPost 13
don s

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Compass Atom 500

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

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04-15-2014 04:54 PM  4 years agoPost 14
kingmeow

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Funny how the OP said he has a 550 and wants a smaller heli to practice on and we're pushing him to a 500.

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04-15-2014 04:57 PM  4 years agoPost 15
don s

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A 500 that can be stretched to 550.

E820, Raptor G4N, X50F/E, E620, Forza 450, and some planks.

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04-16-2014 02:49 AM  4 years agoPost 16
rudder906

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Ithaca, NY USA

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I love my blade mcpx bl. the brushless motor provides lots of power and the AS3x flybarless system works great. the servos wear out after a while and need to be cleaned or replaced. I just replaced mine. I have learned a lot flying this heli- it feels really locked in.
-thor

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04-16-2014 02:59 AM  4 years agoPost 17
HeimD

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the great southwest

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Get a dirt cheap Blade 450X and beat the piss out of it completely stock at first. Flies great out of the box. Later on, upgrade the stock servos, motor and ESC to whatever you want. The airframe itself is dead nuts reliable and the AR7200BX is a great FBL/RX combo unit.

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04-16-2014 07:23 PM  4 years agoPost 18
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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mcpx fun indoors and out

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04-16-2014 07:32 PM  4 years agoPost 19
Trexwilly

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I am a huge fan of the "beater heli theory" I luves my beaters!

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04-16-2014 11:55 PM  4 years agoPost 20
wc_wickedclown (RIP)

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long beach calif

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yep a good beater is a must have

love my 450 beater kind of hard to keep budget parts on it

i keep running across good deals on high end electronics

company sent me a robird g13 to demo im gonna test it on my beater first

Insha Allah made in america

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