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Old 07-10-2014, 05:10 AM   #1
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keep seeing blade 450X helis and wondering what makes them so damn expensive!!?? Any other to replace it?
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They appear reasonably well priced to me but it depends on what you compare them with.

I guess you have to bear in mind that the following is included in the cost but will be lacking in cheaper brands and especially in clones:
  • They are fully built virtually ready to fly. Building is labour intensive (machines cant do it) so this adds a lot to cost.
  • They come with dealer network support, excellent customer service and good warranty.
  • They come with good manuals written in real English.
  • They have been tested and developed and dont rely on the end user fixing a multitude of issues like many cheaper products do

If you are looking for cheaper RTF alternatives for helis the choice is limited. HobbyKing do a RTF 450 clone heli but be prepared to address quality issues if you go that route.
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keep seeing blade 450X helis and wondering what makes them so damn expensive!!?? Any other to replace it?
JPF states it well......also keep in mind, stepping up to the 450 class and above, is where the real technology begins........as with the costs for replacement parts and mod's.......it's been that way for years. Seldom, in the Heli world, does the cost decrease just because of popularity or gross production.

If one considers Align, Tarot and SAB as the standard........the Blade would fit right in that gang at a little less cost.....RTF...!

Another consideration, stepping up to the E 450 is not really for the casual heli guy who demands instant gratification.........it's the class where many of the "serious" guys (who generally have spent previous hours programming their TX's, practiced on a good SIM, and either are moving up or laterally from smaller E CCP helis or gas/nitro)......since the mechanical aspects can be just as much of a challenge (if not more) than actually learning to fly......experience with one without the other can be a recipe for hours of frustrations.

Just a thought.....

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