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Old Jan 27, 2008, 10:39 PM
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best 450 heli on $600 budget

Hi all, I am looking to get a good 450 size heli capable of 3d. I have been in the hobby for quite some time and have plenty of stick time on a .30 size Kalt and Blade CP. I have a $600 total budget including shipping to my door. The more i read about each the more confused i get about making a choice. So far I have narrowed it down the following:

Belt Cp carbon RTF package for approximatly $415
Art-Tech Shark 450 RTF with carbon blades $415
Blade 400 RTF $444
CopterX 450SE W/ Futaba Radio RTF approx $570 shipped


Im thinking that the machine most comparable to a Trex is the CopterX450SE, this is from ehibiro.com , I just don't like the thought of spending almost $100 for shipping. does anybody have any recommendations for a RTF heli on this budget?

Id say the shark would be the second most appealing heli

Ive heard bad things about the 8g servos that are provided with the Belt CP, so thats why i am hesitant about this heli. Thank you for any help!
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Old Jan 27, 2008, 11:04 PM
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You could but the copterx from here http://www.electronhobby.com/copterx.html
Not sure if no shipping offsets whatever ehirobo gets for theirs but worth a look.
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Old Jan 27, 2008, 11:19 PM
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Dragonus... I love it...
Dragonus Pro all CNC and carbon parts. USD440...
Why didn't consider about it??
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Old Jan 27, 2008, 11:24 PM
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Hi all, I am looking to get a good 450 size heli capable of 3d. I have been in the hobby for quite some time and have plenty of stick time on a .30 size Kalt and Blade CP. I have a $600 total budget including shipping to my door. The more i read about each the more confused i get about making a choice. So far I have narrowed it down the following:

Belt Cp carbon RTF package for approximatly $415
Art-Tech Shark 450 RTF with carbon blades $415
Blade 400 RTF $444
CopterX 450SE W/ Futaba Radio RTF approx $570 shipped


Im thinking that the machine most comparable to a Trex is the CopterX450SE, this is from ehibiro.com , I just don't like the thought of spending almost $100 for shipping. does anybody have any recommendations for a RTF heli on this budget?

Id say the shark would be the second most appealing heli

Ive heard bad things about the 8g servos that are provided with the Belt CP, so thats why i am hesitant about this heli. Thank you for any help!
I have the carbon Belt CP and have been pleased with it, but if I had to do it again, i would not have purchased the RTF version. I paid 369.00 for it and while the electronics will work, they are pretty much the cheapest crap you can get by with. The radio has very little in the way of any adjustments on it to help you fly. The servos are cheap and the speed control is not great either. i found the HH gyro they supplied to be really difficult to set up.
I ended up pulling all of it and getting a GY401 gyro, Dynam speed control, new servos and made the investment for a DX7 radio since I have other helis that I can use it for. I love the heli but I would have been much better off just buying the bare bones kit and setting it up myself i think.
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Old Jan 27, 2008, 11:27 PM
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my overall review i went down to the Copter X 450SE W/ Futaba Radio RTF.
the complete setup on it is better than the ones ive seen.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...%3Den%26sa%3DX
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Old Jan 27, 2008, 11:28 PM
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You can get the T-rex for $169. Yes missing some metal but your on a buget and that is in the US.
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Old Jan 28, 2008, 04:00 AM
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I bought a belt-cp RTF.... and a copterX 450AE V2 kit the following week, which I will build myself (FF7, HS65MG, HS56HB, GY401, copterx motor).
KIT IS DUE to arrive TODAY :-)))
I think build yourself is a better option. 1) you need to learn to rebuild 2) you need to learn to setup. And the BELT RTF package comes with NOTHING that can be reused. (servo, gyro etc). So it's much better to buy good electronic and a good value kit such as the copterx IMHO.
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Old Jan 28, 2008, 08:16 AM
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after going through the same search as you, i settled on the Art-Tech shark 450..... i can get one here in canada, and a LHS not to far away, has align t-rex parts.

I should be getting my shark 450 soon. btw, i paid 325.00 for the shark.
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Old Jan 28, 2008, 09:33 AM
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thank you for the help! Let me know how the shark works out! I have heard a couple good things about them but there isnt much feedback that i can find on them.

I think I am leaning towards the Blade 400 now because I have heard bad things about ehirobo.com sending damaged helis and not sending free replacement parts to replace the damaged ones. Has anybody had better experiences with them?
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Old Jan 28, 2008, 09:57 AM
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I would stay away from RTF anything. It seems like a good idea at the time, but most RTF electronics aren't great. At a minimum, get an ARF and put your own electronics in it. If you have a TX already, you should have no problem sticking with the $600. If you don't, it'll be tight, but you could do it.
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Old Jan 28, 2008, 10:57 AM
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IMHO, the best 450 for under $600 is a used setup from the FS forum. Look around, you can get some great deals on RTF helis.
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Old Jan 28, 2008, 11:15 PM
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Thanks for the help guys, I went with a copterX450SE from Electronhobby. I decided to get a kit and buy all quality electronics. I then bought a lightly used JR XP6102 and reciever from the for sale section of this site. I already have a decent telebee HH Gyro, (till I can save up for a 401). All in all everything together cost just under my budget of $600. I highly reccomend electronhobby especially if you are considering the copterX450se and do not want to pay the $100 shipping cost from ehirobo

Jeff
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