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07-26-2020 06:00 PM  9 months ago
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Help me decide-- 300 Size Heli!
Hi everyone,

I'm looking to get back into the world of RC helicopters. I had a T-Rex 450 back in 2014 that I learned on-- I really enjoyed building the kit and flying it, but the size of the 450 (even though small in the world of helis) still made me nervous as a beginner. I was overcome by this while flying it so I ended up selling it and getting out of the hobby for a few years.

Since then I've been flying a small drone. It's easy. I wouldn't say that I've mastered quadcopter flight, but it isn't as exciting to me as a single rotor mechanical helicopter.

I'm looking at getting a new helicopter and I think I've narrowed my options down to three choices that are smaller than the 450 I had years ago.

1. Align T-Rex 300 Combo (not the RTF version)
2. Blade Fusion 270 BNF (probably would replace stock FBL)
3. SAB Goblin Fireball Havok

I like each for different reasons and have concerns as well about each.

The T-Rex 300 is probably the most logical, but is also the smallest (about a 20" rotor). I am disappointed that I wouldn't be able to build it from a pile of parts which is half the fun for me. I also think it's important to learn how it goes together to best understand how it all works and how everything is connected.

The Fusion 270 is the lowest cost, but it has a tipping problem and some mixed reviews overall. I've read that updating the gyro/FBL to a better unit can help with the tipping. The BNF version (without replacing FBL) is certainly the most economical of these three. But by the time I replace the FBL, it'll be just as much money as the T-Rex 300.

And finally the Fireball Havok-- definitely my favorite of the three, and unfortunately also the most expensive. I'm also concerned about the 6S battery in this heli, and would be interested in sacrificing power for run time as I won't need the insane 6S capability for a long time. I'd also get to build this one which is a huge plus for me. Do you think it's possible to fly this on a lower voltage battery to make it less insane and more friendly towards beginners?

What do you guys think? Which one should I go for? Or are there other options that you would recommend?

07-26-2020 08:08 PM  9 months ago

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Punta de Mata, Monagas-Venezuela

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Tiny helis... No my friend!

You are going to spend more money on this little bastards... Without notice...

Look for 500 series helicopter.
Electric... Of course, a "pile" of lipo packs...

Saludos cordiales,
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