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Old Apr 10, 2009, 09:55 PM
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So, rotaryguy, are you getting completely out of Maxir/Riccos? or do you have more than one? If you're getting out what made you change your mind?
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Old Apr 10, 2009, 10:27 PM
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So, rotaryguy, are you getting completely out of Maxir/Riccos? or do you have more than one? If you're getting out what made you change your mind?
I have had several Maxir's and the one Ricco. 3rd baby on the way so my time and wallet can only do one heli...I chose the new trex 450 Pro.

Actually the Ricco I just sold was by far the best performing out of all my previous LaHelis once I finally decided to ditch the stock tail rotor assembly. It always worked OK for me but never at really high head speeds like I wanted.
The Ricco was setup and ran smooth as silk at over 3000 HS and with the new 25C 1300 Fusion packs would pull a little over 100mah per minute with the CF blades.

I seem to screw myself out of money often in this hobby...buy, sell..change mind, buy, sell, etc...
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Old Apr 10, 2009, 11:09 PM
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Yep that's how it goes with this hobby. Glad to hear you haven't lost your job or something like that. I haven't read much about the trex 450 pro. I just picked up a used BEAM and absolutely **love** it. A very cool looking (much better looking than a trex ) well designed heli IMHO. It definitely flies way better than my trex XL converted to superframe did and for that matter flies better than my trex v2, though I only had the v2 for a few weeks. Like someone had said the BEAM has a big heli feel to it.
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Old Apr 10, 2009, 11:24 PM
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So there will be a beam for sale when you see your first 450 pro...
No comparison to any earlier version trex 450
Maybe another laheli some day .
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Old Apr 11, 2009, 12:01 AM
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So there will be a beam for sale when you see your first 450 pro...
No comparison to any earlier version trex 450
Maybe another laheli some day .
Don't know about that. It looks like their servo layout is a copy of the beams!
http://www.bertrc.com/archives/144

After looking at it, I'm not sure it would be so easy to work on. Take a look at how much more open the frame design of the beam is. And it's got neat little places all over it for securing wires. And, if you watch finless, he autos in his test flight video! It's got a really free tail drive train. I could go on about it, but...we're getting off topic here. Let's get back to the Ricco!
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Old Apr 11, 2009, 03:40 AM
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Hi,

What changes did you make to the tail rotor assembly to make it perform better?


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I have had several Maxir's and the one Ricco. 3rd baby on the way so my time and wallet can only do one heli...I chose the new trex 450 Pro.

Actually the Ricco I just sold was by far the best performing out of all my previous LaHelis once I finally decided to ditch the stock tail rotor assembly. It always worked OK for me but never at really high head speeds like I wanted.
The Ricco was setup and ran smooth as silk at over 3000 HS and with the new 25C 1300 Fusion packs would pull a little over 100mah per minute with the CF blades.

I seem to screw myself out of money often in this hobby...buy, sell..change mind, buy, sell, etc...
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Old Apr 11, 2009, 10:38 AM
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Too each his own..open frame = easier to break
I have flown both and in my opinion, trex runs circles around it.
Again, my opinion and my personal experience...Im glad you like your beam.
we could debate this more but as you said...back to the Ricco.

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Don't know about that. It looks like their servo layout is a copy of the beams!
http://www.bertrc.com/archives/144

After looking at it, I'm not sure it would be so easy to work on. Take a look at how much more open the frame design of the beam is. And it's got neat little places all over it for securing wires. And, if you watch finless, he autos in his test flight video! It's got a really free tail drive train. I could go on about it, but...we're getting off topic here. Let's get back to the Ricco!
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Old Apr 11, 2009, 10:39 AM
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Hi,

What changes did you make to the tail rotor assembly to make it perform better?

Threw it in the bin
Put a trex 250 tail rotor assembly on it.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=93
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Old Apr 11, 2009, 12:03 PM
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Nice....

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Threw it in the bin
Put a trex 250 tail rotor assembly on it.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=93
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Old Apr 11, 2009, 06:33 PM
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Threw it in the bin
Put a trex 250 tail rotor assembly on it.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=93
I'm starting to see this is the way to go. The stock tail with pins seems to me to be potentially dangerous if CA is the only thing holding the pins. If there is a mod or other way to set up the tail someone please chime in. Honestly, I can't see how you could ever fly backwards and not have the tail explode. At least not backwards aggressively. I don't like it.

So all you needed was the trex slider, and tail rotor hub? Did the stock blades fit?
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Old Apr 11, 2009, 06:41 PM
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That is what I thought years ago. The stock setup actually works very well.

No problems with fast backwards flight at all...
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That is what I thought years ago. The stock setup actually works very well.

No problems with fast backwards flight at all...

Do you secure the end of the pin with ca like the manual says or is there something more to it?
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Do you secure the end of the pin with ca like the manual says or is there something more to it?
I filled the entire hole on mine, the pin would be the failure point before the CA would ..
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Thanks. Do you set it with the pitch slider in the middle, at one of the ends or it doesn't really matter.
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Thanks. Do you set it with the pitch slider in the middle, at one of the ends or it doesn't really matter.
I used Pete's method..

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