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Old Mar 14, 2011, 11:09 PM
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What is the best 500 helicopter to get?

Hey guys! By best I mean most stable and easy to work on.

I already have had a Corona 120 and a Trex 450 and want to move up to a 500 size to run 4S or 6S. I currently have a Raptor .30 nitro but it is too loud so want to go to similar but lipo. So what is my best option? Iím not super great with heliís so Iím really looking for simplicity and stability both and hopefully parts availability.

Iím kinda looking at the Trex 550E and the Raptor E550. Does one fit my bill better than the other? Am I missing another heli that may be a better choice altogether?

Thanks in advance for everyoneís help who care to answer.
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Old Mar 15, 2011, 12:08 AM
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Old Mar 15, 2011, 07:23 AM
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I have a T-Rex 500 that I am very happy with. Align isn't the cheapest heli around but I was pretty amazed at how stable it was compared to my smaller CP helis. I'm planning to mount it in a Blackhawk fuselage, as soon as I can stomach the cost. I wouldn't say it's the "best" as that's an objective term, but I'm happy with it.

The HK500 is truly a case of 'you get what you pay for'. It may be cheap, but that's because it's just like everything else HK sells... it's a clone of something else and the quality control leaves something to be desired. Many will say it flies just as good (if not better) as the Align 500 it's cloned after. The problem, again, is quality control. Your HK500 might be fine but it's really a crap-shoot as to whether you'll be replacing some or many parts because they don't fit right.

Of course, as with anything else on the Internet, YMMV.
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Old Mar 15, 2011, 09:28 AM
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I have yet to see a bad review of the GAUI Hurricane 425. I will be getting one after I crash my HK 500GT.
FYI: I was in HobbyKing's website looking at the Hurricane 425 and the pop up in the lower right corner offered it to me for $59.99. Reg $79.99. Usually when I see this it's a few dollars off the reg price.
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Old Mar 15, 2011, 02:10 PM
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As any 500 must be flown outside, I think one is better off to go up to a 550, like the Align T550E or better yet a Century Swift NX.

The cost to equip a 500 or a 550 is about the same. But the 550's fly so much better.

Since getting a Swift, my smaller ones do not see much airtime any more.
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Old Mar 15, 2011, 03:15 PM
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+1 on the Swift. Since a Swift 550 is the same size as a .30 nitro, it will be as stable as your Raptor, but cheaper to set up and/or repair. Going on three years with a Swift 16, the predecessor to the NX, and it's the easiest heli I have to fly.
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Old Mar 15, 2011, 09:20 PM
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I have yet to see a bad review of the GAUI Hurricane 425. I will be getting one after I crash my HK 500GT.
FYI: I was in HobbyKing's website looking at the Hurricane 425 and the pop up in the lower right corner offered it to me for $59.99. Reg $79.99. Usually when I see this it's a few dollars off the reg price.
my choice also...i am building one now....
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Old Mar 16, 2011, 09:28 AM
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The Trex 550 comes stock with 520 blades and it has much better performance than the Trex 500. That’s my favorite helicopter.
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Old Mar 16, 2011, 10:40 AM
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What about the MSH 500 or the JR Vibe 500E?
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Old Mar 16, 2011, 05:37 PM
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i fly a gaui 425 it is a great heli without any upgrades and if you want to go bigger you can convert it to a 550 real cheap
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Old Mar 16, 2011, 07:11 PM
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I haven't flown any of the newer helis, but the T-rex 550E and the Swift seem like reasonable choices.

The main thing I would be worried about is the availability of parts both now and long-term. Either of them should be a good choice in this regard.

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Old Mar 16, 2011, 07:30 PM
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I would avoid the Trex 550, at least until version 2. If the rest are like the one I worked on. It had so many issues, like: out of round main gear, loose tail drive gear mesh, bad servo's, flexy frames, motor falling appart, and I'm sure I forgot a few. It all can be sorted, with some aftermarket parts. I didn't like the way it flew either.

My Gaui 425/550's all went together with no problems, and flew nicely.
I have always liked the Swifts. Maybe some day I'll buy one for myself.
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Old Mar 17, 2011, 12:19 PM
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I was always impressed with my first Swifts, and even more so with my latest Swift NX.

I think a lot of the people getting into helis today are graduating up from smaller helis, so to them, the top of the heap is probably Align. They have never had the experience of building and flying helis made by the manufacturers like Century or Mikado, who have been making bigger helis for over 20 years.

These manufacturers of bigger helic, have always had to build to the much higher standards expected by the much more demanding consumers of these larger helis - be they nitro powered, gasoline powered or electric powered.

Naturally, all of these more recent flyers, who were brought up through the ranks of the micro and mini helis, are much more familiar with the brands who make them (Align, HK E-Sky, Walkera etc.) and have developed the lower quality standard expectations that were set by these manufacturers.

ALL of those that I know, who finally graduate out of these type, and finally discover the quality and design superiority of the bigger heli brands (which many times even cost less overall!), soon abandon the lesser ones.
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 12:00 PM
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You can get a Gaui 425 for $80....Corona DS-538MG Digital Metal Gear Servo for $20 each....and install a HK gyro for a little over $200....You can build a Gaui 425 for a little over 400 not including the RX and batteries.....The gear train is a much higher quality on the Gaui....
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 09:39 PM
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I was always impressed with my first Swifts, and even more so with my latest Swift NX.

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ALL of those that I know, who finally graduate out of these type, and finally discover the quality and design superiority of the bigger heli brands (which many times even cost less overall!), soon abandon the lesser ones.
Ditto, I love the bigger Swifts, my smaller ones now either been sold off now or spend most of their time witing for an outing.

I find I learn new maneuvers a lot easier with the Swifts and crash a lot less with them.
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