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Feb 10, 2008, 12:14 PM
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ahh i see

Your right I saved the links in my bookmarks so I can check them every so often. The prices are lower but not by much though...? After shipping and the exchange I guess I may save a few bucks then. Thanks for the links.
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Feb 10, 2008, 11:21 PM
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Cvlex Where did you order the Quark from in Japan? Anyone think the Quark without radio gear will be cheaper in the US?
Feb 10, 2008, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by whilrybird
Cvlex Where did you order the Quark from in Japan? Anyone think the Quark without radio gear will be cheaper in the US?
I purchased my SRB from RC CHAMP Akihabara. If you are able to
browse/read Japanese Kanji, please check the following link:


For your information, XRB-SR Lama/Shuttle without tx is 34,400JPY
including 5%VAT at the shop now. It is about 320USD.
With stock Hirobo 4ch tx, 39,200JPY, about 365USD.
IMHO, these prices might be almost the lowest in Japan.

Last edited by cvlex; Feb 10, 2008 at 11:49 PM.
Feb 11, 2008, 01:28 AM
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No I dont read Japanese well. But I know how to use google. lol

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Feb 12, 2008, 05:12 PM
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I tried calling MRC, but they ignore their phones apparently... LOL

no word on availability date yet.
Feb 13, 2008, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveESPI
I tried calling MRC, but they ignore their phones apparently... LOL

no word on availability date yet.
I've emailed them a couple times in the past as well.....................SILENCE!
Look elsewhere, MRC prices are much higher when comparing, for example, the Hirobo XRB Sr. series.
Feb 13, 2008, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by CCbusa05
I've emailed them a couple times in the past as well.....................SILENCE!
Look elsewhere, MRC prices are much higher when comparing, for example, the Hirobo XRB Sr. series.
Their email response on technical support may be better: a few times
(including 2 days ago), I emailed them with questions on my Hirobo XRB
and they responded.

MRC may be the Hirobo distributor to other stores in the US.
I have heard that in some other industries with such a set-up,
the distributor to the stores will actually have the same or higher price than the
stores so as to not undercut the stores and encourage you to buy from the stores instead of them.

Certainly, MRC's web-page of Hirobo spare parts does not encourage you
to buy from them: all the spare parts for all the Hirobo models that they handle (and possibly other brands) are jumbled together into a sequence of
45 web-pages, sorted by part number.

By the way, another place to buy Hirobo (at least for the XRB Lama):
Feb 13, 2008, 11:39 AM
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What email are you guys using? That is a problem.

We are looking at a Mid March release time frame for the first initial shipment and then more thereafter.

Feel free to email me any questions at jeff@modelrectifier.com especially if you cannot get a reply from the mrcsupport@modelrectifier.com. That box does get filled up quickly from time to time as you can imagine. Also spam filters may knock back emails as well.

I have been playing with one for sometime now and true we were also a little concerned about the price. However some key points come to mind from a 18 yr veteran in rc helis.

1) It is more expensive than a Coaxial, inlcuding our own, but it can fly outdoors and has two less blades to replace. LOL The tail rotor is a push and clip deal. Repairs are about 5 min with most of the time getting the blades out of the bag.

2) The coreless motor driven tail is super consistent, does not require maintenance and oiling or frequent replacement like a 180SH motor commonly used on other tail driven models.

3) Unlike other FP models currently available, this SRB sits in one place indoors and is very predictable. Also outdoors is very quick as it would need to be yet can still be adjusted a number of ways to each pilots taste.

4) Repairs are foam blades even when walls and tree branches are hit. Of course fly it into a wall intentionally and you may break other things, but an 8 ft fall to grass didn't break anything else. I was surprised.

5) This thing to me flies like a 30 size heli with fully weighted paddles, cg balanced properly with low control rates. It sits there, yet not as stable as a XRB so you get the feeling of flying it.

6) For a beginner, this model is better suited for a learning curve that leads to a nitro model as the controls are completely identical and respond accordingly. All coaxials including our own XRB have interactions that are the nature of the beast. The SRB does not. Even when compared to a 400 size heli, the repair costs are less and it is easier to fly. Granted it won't do 3D out of the box, but is that necessary out of the box for everyone? It still is fun to fly right side up and get your "kicks" when you want to fly. The SRB is also flyable in your living room, bedroom, basement, etc. Sure you can "do" that with a 400 size as well, but for how long? LOL.

7) Yes our prices will be higher as we do not compete with our dealers. Our dealers can either sell for the "suggested" retail price or discount. Up to them. We would recommend you go to your dealer than buy direct from us. In many case we will find you a dealer and get it to you that way than sell direct. But if buying direct is your only option, we will accomodate you.

Feel free to ask away. I can also be emailed at jeff@modelrectifier.com

Feb 13, 2008, 02:46 PM
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Thanks Jeff, for the detailed explanation and "mini review"!
For us guys that could care less about 3D, the choices out there are severely limited when looking to advance beyond the coaxial platform. I own a HBFP (trainer), but you really have to be careful when flying within limited space indoors, lose concentration for a split second and it spells disaster.
Granted, the Quark won't be cheap, but when you consider the quality that goes into their product, to me anyway, it makes it very much worth the extra expenditure.
Again, thanks Jeff for posting here!
Last edited by CCbusa05; Feb 14, 2008 at 09:33 AM.
Feb 14, 2008, 01:10 AM
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XRB is good heli for beginners but it is troublesome job to keep it best condition:
You must check ballance and adjust tracking of TWO sets of blade,
and TWO motors must be the same condition.
Also keeping rudder neutral by adjusting TWO small screws is a bore.

Setting and adjusting SRB are much simpler and easier.

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Feb 15, 2008, 12:28 PM
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Great pics Blik. Much appreciated. How well does it fly?
Feb 15, 2008, 02:06 PM
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Ohhhh man O live! You lucky devil, 72mhz too!
I'm dying here in the states waiting for it to get to us!
How much did it cost?
Thanks for the detailed pics!! Cool!
Now we want an indepth performance review ASAP!
I wish I could find the manual online somewhere!!
Feb 15, 2008, 03:32 PM
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Yes it is a cool little heli. I will be giving it a test flight this weekend and then give an indepth performance review. I picked it up from a friend in Canada who knows the right people I guess. It retailed at $450.00 Cnd with the transmitter and everything you see. It sure is a solid little heli and like MRC Jeff said the blades are quick to install, and the tail motor looks of good quality. Time to sell the Blade CX2 and now I have a full fleet of the best made helis on the market.

Last edited by Blik; Feb 15, 2008 at 04:07 PM.
Feb 15, 2008, 05:34 PM
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From the looks of the manual cover page, there seems to be a number of trimming and fine tuning options available! NICE!
I hope they get here (USA) by mid March............I'm ready!!

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