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wb8yqj
03-14-2010, 07:48 AM
I did it - I bought the farm. Hobby Lobby has this HUGE 500 sized heli for $79 bucks. Problem is, I refuse to equip it with the standard 1200 watt motor and pair of 2200Mah LIPO batteries. Not to mention the 80AMP ESC - GAH!

What I'd LIKE to do is downgrade the motor and battery by HALF and fly the HELI at a lower head speed. non POWER-UP configuration.

This setup works for my TREX 450, I have a little 200 watt ESKY motor and a 1350 mah Lipo will keep her flying nicely (right side up and not in power up) for better than 10 minutes at a time.

What are the prospects - anyone care to speculate? Have any expererience?

I'd like to use an ALIGN 430L (300 watts) and a single 2200 MAH battery but the heli will weigh 2.5 lbs w/0 battery (my estimate) as opposed to the TREX 450 that is 1.5 lbs w/o battery and the blades are 20% longer.

Should I just return the thing, or can I get it in the air with a 2200MAH pack??? !!! Thanks in advance.

zeta30
03-15-2010, 02:30 PM
My thought is that it will be a pretty short flight. You will probably burn out the motor because it isn't designed to draw the amount of amps the larger heli's need to get airborn. I don't think a single 2200mAh battery will last very long either. You would be better off running two in series.

If money is an issue why don't you check out the power set ups from Hobby City? There are plenty of inexpensive set ups that work from there.

wrather1
03-18-2010, 07:37 PM
I'd take a look at what it takes to power a T-Rex 500 and compare notes.

Tragedy Trousers
03-19-2010, 02:50 AM
I wouldnt go with anything less then a 5 cell lipo minimum to fly a 500 class Heli. Im using a FMT 70 amp ESC. Cost 20 dollars.

RacerPaul
03-19-2010, 03:02 AM
I did it - I bought the farm. Hobby Lobby has this HUGE 500 sized heli for $79 bucks. Problem is, I refuse to equip it with the standard 1200 watt motor and pair of 2200Mah LIPO batteries. Not to mention the 80AMP ESC - GAH!

What I'd LIKE to do is downgrade the motor and battery by HALF and fly the HELI at a lower head speed. non POWER-UP configuration.

This setup works for my TREX 450, I have a little 200 watt ESKY motor and a 1350 mah Lipo will keep her flying nicely (right side up and not in power up) for better than 10 minutes at a time.

What are the prospects - anyone care to speculate? Have any
expererience?

I'd like to use an ALIGN 430L (300 watts) and a single 2200 MAH battery but the heli will weigh 2.5 lbs w/0 battery (my estimate) as opposed to the TREX 450 that is 1.5 lbs w/o battery and the blades are 20% longer.

Should I just return the thing, or can I get it in the air with a 2200MAH pack??? !!! Thanks in advance.

LOL!! I thought you said Hughes 500!!

Anyway... sounds like a good deal, will be watching!

cisc0box
03-19-2010, 03:58 AM
Are you talking about the Gaui Hurricane 425 basic kit?

wobbles99
03-23-2010, 05:51 AM
I'm assuming you bought the gaui 425 kit. I have one as well.

I'm no expert but the 430L is way too small. It's going to have to push at minimum 425mm blades all the way up to 550mm and it's not up to it at all. If you check out the heli forums the norm is 1500w and up and 1300-1600KV. You can pick up an align 500m or L used for fairly cheap as well. Myself I bought a scorpion 3026 1400kv for mine.

I'm not sure how you plan to run a 430l anyway. It's not going to bolt up to the mounts. Also the gaui pinion is for 5mm shafts not 3mm so you are going to have to adapt up. It just seems to me it's a lot of unnessesary work for little pay off.

ministeve2003
03-23-2010, 06:51 AM
motor $24
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=9258

esc $20
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=10015&Product_Name=Hobbyking_SS_Heli_Series_70-80A_ESC_w/UBEC#

$30
Turnigy 2650 6cell 20c battery
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=9181&Product_Name=Turnigy_2650mAh_6S_20C_Lipo_Pack

That setup should be fine, and not hurt the pocket book much...

Also, you can use hitec hs82mg servos as they are a good fit, metal gear, and are a cheaper option... average price is $21.99 each...

Here's long arms for the hs82 servos, you'll need those to get full throw...
http://www.helidirect.com/align-82mg-servo-hornlong-h5010-for-hitech-mini-servos-p-7801.hdx

SK