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Old May 27, 2014, 09:24 PM
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Cheapest 450 kit in town

http://www.dealmetic.com/product.asp?ID=RC03743

Dealmetic has the 450 kit for $9.99 USD + shipping ( $13.30 USD )
making for a whopping $23.29 USD ...

I would be all over this , but have 2 un built kits from when they were seriously cheap on ebay . Some people hate these , I dont . I like them .

Anyhow , even for just filling the spare parts box , geez , have you seen what screws cost these days ...
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Old May 28, 2014, 12:47 AM
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ya I seen that ad, if someone was just starting out and wanted some clunkers wouldn't hurt to buy 10 , then youd have endless parts!!!
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Old May 28, 2014, 01:06 AM
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Well if the kits are as crappy as the cheap Hk450 kit i just bought,
I wudnt botha.Cheap kits have cheap crap parts.
My Hk is ALL nw tarot or align except the swash.
The whole heli is literaly rebuilt.The parts were warpd
,Not round or true or straight.
If u wana go this route Go for it. But i learnt my lesson,
spend more and u will have a heli that will fly decent.
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Old May 28, 2014, 02:51 AM
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Hmm , I have half a dozen of these , 4 built and flying and 2 still as kits ..
And no real issue with any of them ..
Nope I lied , 3 of these flying , one HK450 , one Copter X and one Carbon 450 ..
I sold a plastic fantastic and replaced it with the HK450 ..

Im not sure how many I have had ,
2 as RTF
4 built kits + 2 kits as spares
thats 8 all up , and no real dramas with any of them ..
Well , 2 haven't been assembled ..
Cheapest one was $9 shipped VIA ebay ..

I guess its apples and oranges ...
The man who drives a Ferrari is probably going to find a lot to complain about in a FORD , that's life .
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Old May 28, 2014, 05:42 AM
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Thanks Old, you may have convinced me to splash out 10 bucks and build one as a laugh and see how it flies compared to the rest of my helis. I have a full set of electrics lying around for a flybarred heli. If it flies bonus, if not I loose 10 bucks.
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Old May 28, 2014, 08:33 AM
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Hehehehe

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Thanks Old, you may have convinced me to splash out 10 bucks and build one as a laugh and see how it flies compared to the rest of my helis. I have a full set of electrics lying around for a flybarred heli. If it flies bonus, if not I loose 10 bucks.
Build it right , and it will fly right ..
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Old May 28, 2014, 12:34 PM
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I figured one can get at least $20 worth of entertainment out of it, even if it doesn't work. One learns a lot putting them together and if they fly OK so much the better. But it will not compare to a really good heli though. But there can be a lot of fun playing with it in any case.

It looks like you get a pretty decent break on the shipping costs ordering more than one too. The cheap motors and main blades look promising, But the main blades may not be all that good though. But at $2.49 a pair, it is hard to resist even if you have trouble getting them to balance, etc.
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Old May 31, 2014, 01:36 AM
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I have lots of those rotor blades ...
They balance pretty much like any other rotor blade ..

I purchased them in lots of 10 , then mixed and matched according to weight , and then dynamically balanced them ..

I have rotor blades , otherwise I would have been all over those at the price :
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Old May 31, 2014, 05:51 PM
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I've been researching my first 450 build. I wonder if doing this cheapo would be good practice/ dry run, or in some way detrimental.
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Old May 31, 2014, 07:01 PM
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most people suggest build a quality kit first so you know what's going wrong in your cheap clone kits.

Just noticed, i don't see a canopy or main blades in that kit.
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Old Jun 01, 2014, 09:16 AM
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good, I have a full set of electrics lying around for a flybarred heli. If it flies bonus, if not I loose 10 bucks. thanks
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Old Jun 01, 2014, 03:22 PM
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I had one of those kits. It had bushings everywhere that bound when it spun up. It never flew more than a few seconds.
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Old Jun 01, 2014, 08:11 PM
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Hmmmm

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I had one of those kits. It had bushings everywhere that bound when it spun up. It never flew more than a few seconds.
All in the set up ..

I flew my first till everything loosened up , then I rebuilt the heli tightening everything up .. Flew it till it loosened up again , then did a rebuild , flew it till it loosened up and did a rebuild

Took about 4 months of nearly constant use to loosen it up ( wear ) , I flew that first one almost every day , several times a day . I crashed it , repaired it and basically abused the hell out of it .. And it was one of the best hovering ( stable ) heli's I ever had ..

The HK450 that replaced it , not as good . That first Plastic fantastic was just fantastic ... And the rest have been Good to very good .

As for helicopters crashing , well they do that all the time . The million dollar question is where does the blame belong ?

The person that assembled the kit and flew it ? or the kit ?
Same with car crashes , do you blame the car or the nut holding the steering wheel ?
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Old Jun 01, 2014, 10:28 PM
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curious, what exactly loosens and how do you tighten?
i ask b/c I'm currently building a $29 HK450...
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Old Jun 01, 2014, 11:07 PM
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On mine the tail bushings would bind with the centrifugal force of the tail spinning. There was nothing to loosen, it moved free at low speeds. This kit is fine if you replace all with bearings, but that's a lot of bearings!
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