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03-25-2016 01:33 AM  33 months agoPost 1
Toddsnake

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Looking into my first electric heli. The 500 Dominator Super Combo is around $650, the 550 Dominator is $1050. Seems like alot of difference in price for just a little bigger heli. The 500 list the Flybarless Beast, where the 550 list a GPro. Is that part of the price difference? Is one better than the other?

Thanks for any info!

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03-25-2016 01:41 AM  33 months agoPost 2
Heli Fanatix

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on paper it doesn't seem like a big difference but in reality is it. I agree back than, it was less a $100 difference.

go with the Trex 550L
- full size servo
- even with 523mm on 6S, it's hard on packs
- stretch it later and run 570 on 12S
- much better battery tray
- motor on top for good over flight characteristic

G-Pro or Beastx is:
- G-Pro vast improvement over 3GX
- either is good

If given the option between Trex 500 & 550, go with the 550, you will never out grow it and you can fly it for the life of your RC Heli Hobby.

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03-25-2016 01:44 AM  33 months agoPost 3
knightofcarnage

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I would got with 550 also, you can easily mod to very nice 570 or 600 size.

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03-25-2016 02:29 AM  33 months agoPost 4
airmontBill

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Agree. Go with the 550. I have both and fly them both. Both fly great. When you put them next to each other, the 550 is actually quite a bit larger than the 500. Advantages of the 550 are that it is a bit more stable and the size alone makes it easier to see in the air.

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03-25-2016 02:40 AM  33 months agoPost 5
Toddsnake

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If I'm going the 550 should I even consider a 600? Found a Align T-REX 600E PRO DFC Super Combo for $1010 on sale at HeliProz. I have also seen some people saying that flybarless helis have a tipping over easy problem on a slightly irregular landing. Also thought I read somewhere that the Gpro was having problems so Align started offering the BeastX.
Any thoughts or experience with this?

Thanks
Todd

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03-25-2016 03:08 AM  33 months agoPost 6
airmontBill

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Because of the flybarless system you can't spend too much time light in the skids because the flybarless tries to correct when correction is not required. This is not very hard to adjust to. It really is as simple as lifting off as soon as you can and put some negative pitch in when you touch down again.

With respect to the issue of 550 versus 600, it's preference. I have one if those also. The 550 and 600 actually have a bunch of parts that they share. Look closely before going to 600. I can't speak to the dominator model but the normal pro 600 model uses 12s battery while the 550 uses a 6s battery. Batteries are expensive so going to the 600 means more expensive batteries.

I find that I fly the 550 much more than the 600.

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03-25-2016 02:19 PM  33 months agoPost 7
dchekas

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The G-Pro wasn't replaced because of problems, it was replaced in order to offer a FBL unit that has a self leveling feature. The G-Pro flew quite well.

With the heli market in the shape its in, it did not makes sense for Align to develop self-leveling in house. Therefore, the BeastX Plus is now included in kits.

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03-25-2016 03:11 PM  33 months agoPost 8
grim.the.grim

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I have both flybarless units and they are both excellent choices. The big difference is how they are set up. I think they each have their pros and very few cons.

The issue of tipping over seams to be more with seasoned pilots that were transitioning from flybared helis to flybarless. These pilots were accustomed to have to put some right cyclic input on getting off the ground. This input is not needed and problematic on a flybarless unit, causing tip overs on the ground. Once these pilots became accustomed to flying a flybarless unit, the tip overs no longer were an issue. As mentioned before, the unit is already trying to keep the heli level and the unnecessary input of right cyclic while on the ground would cause the inadvertent tip over.

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08-11-2016 05:56 PM  28 months agoPost 9
maller

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GPro or BeastX
https://www.amainhobbies.com/search?s=550l+dominator

Sorry, still not sure about the GPro or BeastX version. AMain has GPro for $1020 and BeastX for $1115.

What do you suggest?

Thanks.



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08-11-2016 09:59 PM  28 months agoPost 10
870heli

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Enterprise has the 550L with Beast-X for $948.59. Also you can buy it with no FBL, ESC or servos for $445.99. That's what I did having that stuff on hand.
I also have the 550 and 500 and the 550 gets flown a lot. More than my 700 with 12 cells. I would go with the Beast-X also.
Good Luck.
Buz

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08-12-2016 06:51 AM  28 months agoPost 11
NQNA

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I have a 500, 550, 600 and 700. I fly the 600 the most. The 500, 600 and 700 are on Mini Vbars and the 550 is on the Spektrum 7200bx beastx unit. Definitely go with the Beastx instead of the Align unit. One nice thing about the 550 is the single 6s pack!

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08-31-2016 12:44 AM  27 months agoPost 12
Solmanbandit

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I have flown the Trex 500, HD 500(true 500), 600, and the 550. I never liked the 550. Something about that size never appealed to me or felt right. I liked all the other sizes just fine. A true 500 size as with the Trex 500 are awesome size heli's to fly.

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