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06-22-2018 08:05 PM  30 days agoPost 1
nheather

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Hi,

Sorry to post here but the looked at the TREX 550 forum and it seemed pretty quiet.

I'm looking to buy a cheap(ish) electric 550 to practice with, then when I'm comfortable (probably in a year or so) I'll buy something current.

But finding it hard to understand the order that models came out and whether you can still get spares for them.

So looking at the TREX as it seems easier to understand so want to check if I have got the order right, in order of earliest first

550E v1
550E v2
550 DFC (v3)
550 L "Dominator" (v4)
550 X "Dominator" (v5)

Is that about right - guessing there are some 'PRO' versions in there?

I also think that the 550E v1 had a flybar and the rest don't.

And am I correct in thinking that you can still get spares for all of them, by which I mean distributed new, not second hand on eBay?

Cheers,

Nigel

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06-22-2018 11:59 PM  30 days agoPost 2
rrokman

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Grand rc carries most align older parts

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06-23-2018 01:04 AM  30 days agoPost 3
chicken

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Seems about right even though I believe that the original 550e v1 came as either fb/ fbl as a combo with their 3g system which was hit or miss.
And yes original parts are easily available by Grand rc or Enterprise Hobby. Also many of the parts are easily interchangeable with recent versions of the 550. It's mainly the frame that has changed & you can use the current boom which is longer & angled skids as explained to me quite possibly the only item you won't be able to swap out is the current canopy because of the difference in the frames

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06-23-2018 06:27 AM  30 days agoPost 4
nheather

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Many thanks.

I live in the UK so the stores that you mention aren’t pratical but as far as I can tell, ALIGN-TREX models and Midland Helicopters appear to stock the spares. I just wasn’t sure whether this is just residual stock “when its gone its gone” like the Raptor spares they hold or whether they are still distributed.

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Nigel

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06-23-2018 06:53 AM  30 days agoPost 5
nheather

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Can someone explain te flybarless systems to me. I’ve only flown with a flybar before, my Raptor 50 has a flybar.

I’m not sure what the advantage of FBL is nor whether they would apply to me at my state of learning. But I accept that FBL is realistically the only option today.

Given that I am looking at older TREX models is there anything I should be aware of about the older FBL systems.

Cheers,

Nigel

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06-23-2018 02:11 PM  30 days agoPost 6
JuanRodriguez

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nheather
Can someone explain te flybarless systems to me. I’ve only flown with a flybar before, my Raptor 50 has a flybar.
A quick Google search found this.....

https://www.rchelicopterfun.com/flybarless.html

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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06-23-2018 05:05 PM  29 days agoPost 7
nheather

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JuanRodriguez
nheather
Can someone explain te flybarless systems to me. I’ve only flown with a flybar before, my Raptor 50 has a flybar.
A quick Google search found this.....

https://www.rchelicopterfun.com/flybarless.html
Thanks, that is very useful. I was also asking about the differences in TREX FBL systems especially as one member suggested that the 3GS is not so good.

Am I right in thinking there are two Align systems, 3GS (3 axis) and BeastX (6 axis).

Should I be avoiding te 3GS or is it fine?

Cheers,

Nigel

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06-23-2018 08:16 PM  29 days agoPost 8
JuanRodriguez

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I'm thinking you're talking about the Align 3GX gyro.....

Yes, while there are many that will "bad mouth" that gyro the reality is that it works just fine. Many are still using them including myself.

The 3GX is an inexpensive entry level gyro that is well suited for a "novice". There are numerous YouTube videos on setup and one thing recommended is that you update the firmware (free) to V5

No need to spend hundreds of dollars on the other more expensive gyros.....IMHO.....

PS-- My first experience with FBL was actually with the Align 3G (two piece design) and then "upgraded" them to the 3GX. I find that they are easy to set up and it worked well for my intermediate level flying skills.....

Again, Google and YouTube are your friends !!

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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06-23-2018 10:41 PM  29 days agoPost 9
chicken

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When nheather asked the question my reference was about the 550e efl 3g in which I don't consider it bad mouthing, just my experience with my 3g which the tail had a weather vane wag I believe because at that time there was no software adjustment until later. BTW I still have mine & after a servo glitch & re-doing the setup I noticed that during my aileron setup that there was limited movement in 1 direction ex. 5° on the right vs 9° on the left. And after re-doing the aileron setup several times it finally took? Anyway I solved my tail wag problem by using a futaba 401 for the tail.

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06-25-2018 11:42 AM  28 days agoPost 10
Richardmid1

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Take a look at the new Trex 500X which runs 470mm blades. To me it is the perfect learning size plus it has a belt driven tail which is much more forgiving/robust.

The Align 3G and 3GX can be made to work ok but the main problem is understanding the Chinenglish manual! The BeastX that comes with the newer kits is FAR superior in every way.

The main advantages of FBL are:

More efficient so more flight time or power.

Much simpler mechanical setup.

Cheaper crash cost due to lower parts count in the head.

Flight stability, particularly in wind.

Better autorotation capability due to lower drag and heavier blades.

Faster cyclic (if you want).

60% of the time, it works every time!

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06-25-2018 04:59 PM  27 days agoPost 11
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nheather
Should I be avoiding te 3GS or is it fine?
You should be just fine. I flew a 3G on my Trex 550E (my first FBL unit and heli) and it performed rather well for what it was.

It flies pretty solid and was pretty simple to set up...even for being new to FBL at the time.

I did have one crash related to the unit during a 2-foot piro flip because the piro rates are sometimes inconsistent when it's push too hard. That caused me to come out of the flip differently than expected and I crashed. Ooops.

Mellisa

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