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Old Oct 12, 2009, 06:08 PM
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Thinking of getting the Trex 600 ESP but...

I am leaning towards getting the Trex 600 ESP but was told by someone at my local LHS to instead get the Trex 500 ESP. according to this individual not only is teh overall operating cost much cheaper, but that the 500 flys just as stable as the the 600. I am not interested in any 3D flying just sport flying. With that being said is teh 500 just as stable as the 600. I'l wait on feedback before I make up my mind. Thanks in advance.
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 06:26 PM
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I wouldn't say operating costs are that much different. 600 main shafts are only $1 more than the 500's. Initial setup cost will be greater on the 600, mainly the batteries.

The 500 can be stable, but the 600 can be setup to be MORE stable. The main thing is the visual footprint. The 500 is a great size but the 600 is much bigger and easier to see at far distances. It's also much more intimidating!
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 07:12 PM
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Since the cost of LiPo batteries have come way down the T600 is very affordable. Unless you are a real 3D expert you would be better off getting the standard T600 instead of the ESP. The standard version is actually more durable and has fewer bling parts to break.
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 07:29 PM
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Since the cost of LiPo batteries have come way down the T600 is very affordable. Unless you are a real 3D expert you would be better off getting the standard T600 instead of the ESP. The standard version is actually more durable and has fewer bling parts to break.
I didn't know there were different models of the 600 and thought ESP was just a name assigned by Align lol.

So you think I will be better off with the 600 over the 500? Would it be ok to just sport fly the 600 with a 6S lipo?
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 10:21 PM
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I would get the 600 over the 500 unless I just was on a really tight budget and then I probably would look for a nice, used 600 anyway. You will always wonder "what if..." if you get the 500. The 6S lipo will fly the 600 well if you stay with sport flying, and better if you run 570 blades. A better option might be a couple of 4000-4500 4S batteries in series for 8S (the stock ESC has been reported to arm on 8S with no problems).
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Old Oct 13, 2009, 10:36 AM
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The stock 6S system should be fine for sport flying. If you go to 8-10S for performance, you'll be changing more than just the batts.

Someone else trying to make the same decision http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1123013

I too was considering the 500 & 600. I ended-up with a Gaui 550 (30 size) in between 500-600......then I just got the T500 recently. The T600 is just enough harder on the wallet for me not to get one.

Take your time, and keep doing your research to figure out what is best for YOU.

Bill
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Old Oct 13, 2009, 01:09 PM
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If you're going to look at using 6S 5000mah packs then look at a Logo 500. Far more agile, lighter and easier on packs by far.
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Old Oct 13, 2009, 05:09 PM
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I would stay away from Align products when there are 500's like the Protos around and the Logo for a 600 size. Align has serious parts quality issues that they have never addressed let alone fixed. The bearings are of such low quality you will be replacing many of them on regular intervals. You'll need to replace the buttery soft screws on the T500 right away adding to the cost.... don't fool yourself... Align cost more than the sticker price. There are a lot of Align fan boys, especially on helifreak, and they seem to like to fight till the death to honor all the money they have sunk into Align but anyone with a walnut shell sized brain can figure out that Align is sub when compared to stuff from Protos and other companies. They like to say thins like "the t500 loves head speed"... but what that really means is the t500 NEEDS high head speed to be stable enough otherwise it's a wobbly pig.

As for size, I would go for a 600... especially if you are only interested in sport flying. but like others have said... a 500 is pretty stable as well but the 600 really has a lot more presence in the air.
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Old Oct 13, 2009, 06:05 PM
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Bear in mind, also, that a Rex 500 uses 425mm blades while the 600 uses 600mm blades. That's quite a jump in size. Flyextreme mentions the Gaui Hurricane 550, and I have the Swift 16, which is also a 550. Both are good in-between choices. The Swift uses 520- 550 mm blades. I run 530 mm blades on a 4S Lipo setup.
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Old Oct 13, 2009, 11:42 PM
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I agree, the Swift 16 is a great in between size heli that does great on 5S and 6S. It is easy to set-up for mild traing or for some pretty good 3D. It also uses standard size servos, so with the current relatively low price of 5S and 6S packs, you may ultimately find that the cost of getting one in the air is about the same as a smaller 500 or 450.

If you want C/F frame and more bling, you can go with the 550SE version.
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