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04-25-2014 09:26 PM  6 years ago
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flykilbosa

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450 or 500?
Just getting back into it, what's better for a newbie a 450 size or 500 size? Thanks
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04-25-2014 11:55 PM  6 years ago
rcheliheaddaz

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Larger means better stability
Depends on your wallet, larger bring advantages like stability, but obviously more cost. There really is not much more in the debate. Except your own preference of course.
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04-26-2014 12:20 AM  6 years ago
Slowpoke

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I have both a 450 and a 500. The 450 is little cheaper to crash, the 500 easier to see in the sky, and a little more resistant to wind, and a bit more stable.

I use the 450 for learning and practicing new maneuvers, keeping it rather close, and the 500 for flying larger circuits

Also, the 500 is easier for me to work on. The parts and screws on the 450 are hard for my old eyes, I end up using a magnifier quite a bit.

Batteries are a bit cheaper for the 450, if you're running 3S.
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04-26-2014 12:21 AM  6 years ago
petercp4e

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The bigger the helicopter the more stable it will be, and easier to see in the air. Parts for both will cost close to the same. They will both take a little time to fix and setup.
If you are new however, I would consider something smaller like the Blade MCPX-bl. They fly great, wll teach you a lot, will take a beating and will cost pennies on a dollar when you crash compared to a 450-500. Repair time is minutes not hours.
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04-26-2014 03:13 AM  6 years ago
flykilbosa

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Great info.thanks for the info!
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04-26-2014 03:30 AM  6 years ago
dkshema

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If you can afford it, and have the space to fly it, the 500 is the winner on many levels. The 500 is an excellent all-around heli. Small enough to be inexpensive to operate, large enough to fly like a big heli.

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04-26-2014 04:03 AM  6 years ago
Einzelganger

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500.

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04-26-2014 05:35 AM  6 years ago
JEEPWORLD2002/2

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My 500 is the smallest I can fly although I did fly my buddy's x3 today and it handled as well as the 500 might be worth a look or a logo 480 Trex600n,Trex500,MR25,MikadoLoGo5003d/KDE,Goblin 380XNova,CastleCreations,Ys,JR XG8,Tags Mini XBus Dmss//FAA# FA3NYC9TAP
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04-30-2014 03:40 AM  6 years ago
Bladecpnitro

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If you have some more crashing to do man I'd get the Gaui X3. I'd get it even if I didn't have more crashing to do and will eventually. lol!

I'd run it on 3S and 325MM blades. Unless you have the extra change to buy 6S lipos and 360MM blades. Its a rock solid heli, easy to work on and crashes well.
If its fixed don't break it.
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04-30-2014 05:17 AM  6 years ago
Funky Trex

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I would choose a 450. If money was not a large factor and I wanted something easier to see without going with a 550/600/700, a Logo 480 would be next on my list.

I have owned 2 Trex 500s (old and new style). The size does not look much bigger than a 450 while flying. This does not justify the price differences between the 2 IMO. The 500 does look slightly larger than a standard 450 although the Logo 480 looks/feels much more like a 550 size when flying rather than just an oversize 450. The Logo is very easy to see orientation from all angles, very similar to flying mid size 550/600 size helis.
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04-30-2014 12:33 PM  6 years ago
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I would recommend a 500 or even better a 550 running on 6S 5000mAh packs. These are the most versatile pack that will work in your 550/600 6S setups or 700+ 12S setup. I have 5 electric helicopters that all use the same batteries either in 6S or 12S configs.

In addition to this, like was said, bigger helis fly better / are more stable.

My recommendation would be a TRex 550 or a Logo 500-550.
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05-09-2014 09:57 PM  6 years ago
BENTDABOOM

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Been having fun with a 500 and Just picked up a 450 for kicks, parts are plentiful and cheaper for the 450 but found out their a hand full to fly! and not as stable as the bigger 500. The 500 is inbetween the 450 and "600 or 30 size. If I were you a 500 would be a good choice until you get the hang of things but parts cost more.

PPL get a 450 cuzz their cheap and less intimidating but like I said are a handful to fly at first cuzz of their size, in this case bigger is better but ofcourse more expensive. these whirly things are all about parts parts and more parts!!so stock up on the things that are prone to break
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05-09-2014 10:05 PM  6 years ago
Retired2011

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Yep,I would say 500 also.
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05-13-2014 10:20 PM  6 years ago
Motti

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I suggest you to buy the trex550e dfc pro which uses 6S 5000ma batteries cause you can us eits batteries to larger heli when you be more experienced,also I use to have it and its very good and comfable then the smaller models.
you can find it at rcmatch web site which is very good web thats help you search the best price for any rc product.[url= http://www.rcmatch.com/t-rex-550e-p...mbo-without-3gx]

also I suggest you to buy the skookum flybarless system- very very good.

here is the link for rcmatch
[url=www.rcmatch.com/skookum-robotics-sk540-3-axis-flybarless-control-computer]

I wish you the best

Motti
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05-14-2014 02:54 AM  6 years ago
dkshema

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Newbie, getting back in.

Buy the 500. Fly the pants off it. 2650 mah 6S batteries are relatively inexpensive.

6S 5000 mah packs are quite a bit more expensive. Buying a 550e on the chance that later down the road you'll be able to use those packs (most likely used up by then) on a "next" heli is not wise, nor advisable.

There is no need to spend additional $$$ on the Skookum FBL unit, the 3GX actually works well with the 500. It's easy to set up, easy to maintain, and works.
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