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Old Jun 06, 2010, 12:32 AM
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Looking for 2nd CP Heli

I've been flying my Blade 400 for a couple of months now. I don't do 3D but getting better in sport flying and speed pass. I'm looking for a second heli and can't decide whether to get a 450 or 500. Is there a big difference between Blade 400 and 450. I know 500 is a lot more stable but I think the size intimidates me. Just need some feed back please.

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Old Jun 06, 2010, 12:59 AM
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Try a Thunder Tiger Mini Titan E325 kit. It has a lot different feel than the B400/Trex/clone style head; it's smoother and more granular. It's also very adjustable, so it's better suited to scale flying. Otherwise, I'd try a Century Swift. But, I do agree with you... a 500 can seem intimidating.
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Old Jun 06, 2010, 01:04 AM
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if you can fly a 400 at speed ,

get you a 500.....trust me when i tell you, it's a blast !!!! after you hover it once...the intimidation is gone
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Old Jun 06, 2010, 03:09 PM
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Get a Swift16, inexpensive to repair, very stable and robust. It will be intimidating at first, but like KC says, after the 1st hover, the fear is gone. It will prolly cost less to get in the air than a 450.
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Old Jun 06, 2010, 06:55 PM
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The swift is very nice if you want a kit only heli, the current version of the 16 is the significantly improved swift nx. The nx is only $20 more than the swift 16, but with the benefits of a good battery layout, an a-arm pitch servo linkage instead of the direct linkage on the 16, driven tail, very tough landing gear and a better canopy design over the 16.

Once you do the math, the difference between a 500 and 550(.30) is within $100-200, depending on the exact configuration, but the ease of build, visibility and flight characteristic are exponentially better over a 500. When building a 500 you are stuck with using mini servo's and have less choice, whereas a 550 let's you use standard servo's.

If you want the combo route, then try the gaui x5 or the almost(is) realeased trex 550. The outrage 550 is also excellent and has a battery tray design that is made for the use of 2P configs to save you some dough. But, all 3 of these are pricey(for good reasons) and you are limited to the manufacturers choice of electronics(not that they are bad at all). Dollar for dollar the swift nx is a great route.

NX:
nx kit $210
motor $125
esc $125
bec $40
2x 6S 5000mAh pack $200
ds821 x4 $120 (you dont need to spend $150 on a tail servo for fun flying)
gy401 $140

Total $960


Trex 550e:
550e kit $890
+ 2x 6S 5000mAh pack $200

Total $1090


Gaui x5: (includes 1 4000mAh 6S pack)
gaui x5 kit $700
+ ds821 x4 $120
+gy401 $140
+1x 6S 5000mAh pack $100
+bec $40

Total $1100


Outrage:
550 G10 kit $430
motor $125
esc $125
bec $40
4x 3S 5000mAh pack $200 (2P)
ds821 x4 $120 (you dont need to spend $150 on a tail servo for fun flying)
gy401 $140

Total $ 1180


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Old Jun 06, 2010, 07:39 PM
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Nice writeup, phoenixheli.
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Old Jun 06, 2010, 08:13 PM
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norstaroption,

You should consider the EXI 500. Below is my setup -

EXI 500 Carbon Edition Kit - $139.00
Turnigy Typhoon 500H Heli Motor - $24.95
Turnigy Plush 60amp Speed Controller - $39.99
Towerpro MG930 Digital Metal Gear Servo x 3 - $47.85
Futaba 9257 Digital Tail Servo - $59.99
G401B Gyro - $34.00
Spektrum AR6200 Receiver - $65.99
Turnigy 3000mAh 6S 20C Lipo Pack x 3 - $102.00

Total - $513.77

That's correct. For only a little over $500, including the receiver and 3-6S lipos . Don't believe the bunk that all T-rex 500 clones are junk. The EXI line of helis are of high quality. Oh, you mentioned speed passes? Check the speed passes with my EXI 500 in the below video.

EXI 500 Carbon Edition Speed Passes- May 29, 2010 (3 min 51 sec)
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Old Jun 06, 2010, 09:27 PM
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racin06, looks good. I might go that route. Thanks all.
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