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01-13-2017 02:44 PM  34 months ago
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Heli_Splatter

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How Much are you Willing to Pay for New Electric Helicopter?
OK, helicopters are pricey. What is the max price you are willing to pay for a brand new kit? All in, FBL, Battery, Receiver. Helicopter ready to fly. Lets assume that you are the builder.

450?
500?
550?______is $1009 too much?
600?
700?
800?

What would you pay to have a helicopter built for you?
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01-13-2017 03:01 PM  34 months ago
Heli Fanatix

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It's whatever you can afford
- value of money is down
- number in demand is down

People are define by their actions
- actions are based on decisions
- decisions come from emotion/desire

How much are you in control of yourself? as well as the heli .. if you want that purchase to stay in one piece for a while.

It's not the price of the item, it's what comes after as well.

I haven't seen anything technologically worth while beside the New Logo 700 Plastic. Everything else is pretty much the same as what I have in my fleet (I have too much of the same variant already).

Best Compromise is to see pick one up during a sale from retailer or from someone of the Forum looking to unload NIB / Never flown kit.

When I wasn't making much money ... I would do build the heli myself. Now that I'm moving up (considering I trust the builder) I would give the guy $300-$400 for their services + cost of components.

It's what you VALUE: Time or Money
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01-13-2017 03:03 PM  34 months ago
nappyroots2182

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In the heli world, I don't like paying a fortune. I recently got back into helis and got a goblin 500. It's basically a grand without batteries, but it's the best money in helis I ever spent. Flys insane and rock solid.

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01-13-2017 03:44 PM  34 months ago
Heli_Splatter

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Good Points all.

I was really shocked to see the sticker price on the Rex500X of $1009. I really don't think that I would be willing to spend a grand on a $500. Maybe I am getting old. There is a thresh hold price.

Yeah you have to pay the piper, but did they price it out of the range people are willing to spend thus further spiraling the heli hobby downwards?

Maybe I am relegated to flying used 2nd hand helis from now on.
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01-13-2017 03:45 PM  34 months ago
MikeSherman

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Now that I'm moving up (considering I trust the builder) I would give the guy $300-$400 for their services + cost of components.
....lemme know the next time you want a heli built! Dang!

-Mike
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01-13-2017 03:59 PM  34 months ago
mr dan

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Where Did you see the price on the trex 500? They are not released yet."R.I.P Roman" Citizen 0094 in the Nation
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01-13-2017 04:32 PM  34 months ago
Heli_Splatter

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I posted this link tp 550 in another thread... might as well post it here.

http://www.aligntrexstore.com/T-REX-550X_c_13.html

$300 for 20 hrs of work? That is $15/hr ... not that great for a good mechanic. I have given so much of this away to help build my skills.
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01-13-2017 04:34 PM  34 months ago
mr dan

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Right. Thats the 550x not the 500.
The 500x has yet to be released.
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01-13-2017 04:40 PM  34 months ago
mr dan

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To be honest. That is a great price for a 550 class heli complete with electronics and flb unit.
Do the math. A goblin 570 runs 700.00 just airframe and blade, add in servos and flybarless unit and you are well above 1k. Now factor in crash cost and Align beats them all.
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01-13-2017 04:50 PM  34 months ago
utahbob

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why think about the $$..
If you can afford it and you think it will add to your skills/fun..go for it..you can always get more money..you can't get more time on earth.
I do a great decending funnel!
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01-13-2017 05:53 PM  34 months ago
Heli Fanatix

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EXACTLY Mr UtahBOB!!!

By paying $300-$400 ....
- you bought yourself 30 hrs easily
- spend that time making more $$$$ or doing what you ENJOY!!!!

if you ee with your eyes ... you see what's in front of you
if you see with your mind ... you see what is way ahead!

BTW
Mike ... I'm very technologically savvy & proficient and still don't want to deal with build. So if you want my business, you gotta up your profile credentials sir!
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01-14-2017 12:40 AM  34 months ago
DennisH

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It's whatever you can afford
- value of money is down
- number is demand is down
BTW
Mike ... I'm very technologically savvy & proficient and still don't want to deal with build. So if you want my business, you gotta up your profile credentials sir!
I agree with both of the above,

Dennis
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01-14-2017 01:22 AM  34 months ago
ICUR1-2

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It is good to see that I am not the only that spends about 30+ hrs on a build.
I knew someone that would rush it and then less than 4-5 flights have a failure of some sort. I don't think he is flying anymore, I haven't seen him in a couple of years
spending time, paying attention
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01-14-2017 02:48 PM  34 months ago
Heli_Splatter

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I really hate to say how long building my Trex800 took. There were fits and starts, then long layovers. Changed my mind, had to order additional parts.

I did not rush it even though I had completed approx. 20-30 other builds. I wanted this one right. It sharpened my skill, but the real thing that helps is really looking at what other people are doing.

For a great build you can really trust, it would be worth paying. If I build it (and have the time) I know everything was done per spec. properly.
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01-14-2017 04:20 PM  34 months ago
Band1086

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Everyone who flies should learn to build their model properly, so in case of crash they can rebuild properly. Some crashes are so bad rebuilding is as intense as the original build...maybe worse. But if a flyer has someone else to build and repair, then they should be someone local so they won't have to send their pieces of crashed heli out everytime Just a thought though...
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01-14-2017 05:20 PM  34 months ago
RM3

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everybody's range will vary based on what they perceive as worthwhile.

the valid question is what what are YOU as an individual willing to pay.... the rich kid may have no issue with a $3000 heli that he can only manage to hover.... while the veteran with the $500 fly-barred trex600 he got used flies awesome 3D.

the aspect of a range of prices is what makes a hobby worth while... so I may pay no more than 200 for a beater nano.... but would pay 1000 for a 600 kit that had great service and support on top of proven flight performance.

everybodys price is different based on what model, size, support, and durability/performance is given.
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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01-16-2017 02:18 AM  34 months ago
Solmanbandit

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There are some good answers here. For me it isn't just about size but also what brand and what comes with it. I am not going to pay alot for align 550 but would pay more for a diaboloTrex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2
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01-16-2017 07:02 AM  34 months ago
Shawnlh

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$17.49 including shippingTrex 800 Pro DFC / Trex 700L Dominator / Trex Pro 700 DFC / Blade 180CFX w/Ikon / Futaba 18SZ / RealFlight 7.5
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01-16-2017 02:15 PM  34 months ago
Richardmid1

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Trex 550 super combo in the UK is nearly £1000!

I hate to say it but I am having a ton of fun with my new Align MR25X and that was only £300 FPV ready with full HD recording!
60% of the time, it works every time!
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01-18-2017 06:25 PM  34 months ago
rcsoar4fun

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Maybe I am the only one that enjoys building helis. I hate ARF stuff you have to pull apart to check anyway.I give up on Loctite, nothing lasts long enough to vibrate loose anymore.
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