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Old 02-18-2009, 01:28 PM
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Default Trex 600E a real beginners heli

Having spent a few months on phoenix simulator it was finally time for me to venture out & get the heli off the deck in real life.

DAY 1:
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSXnvQX5ydo&fmt=18[/media]

DAY 2:
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNy9L0lseYs&fmt=18[/media]

Please note I dont use training gear, the sim told me I dont need it

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Old 02-18-2009, 01:45 PM
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Clearly you don't need training gear! Well done!
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:12 PM
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very nice! I wish my first hover looked like that
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:48 PM
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Nice Kirsty. I flew a 450 for a while and then flew a friends 600. I was amazed at how much easier the 600 was. I should have gone with the 600 out of the gate.
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:52 PM
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Kirsty,
Wow! Great job. As more people see that, I'm sure that most will be very impressed. I know that I am.

Does your hubby fly RC helis too?

I do have one request though. With such a great start, I'm expecting that you'll have a crash at some time. Please post it too so we know that you're human!

Great job!

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Old 02-18-2009, 03:07 PM
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WARREN:

Yes my fiance flies helis, he built this one & it's his/ours. As for crashing, he has NEVER crashed it in the year since we first bought it, but I nearly ploughed it in on my 2nd flight, it started to go behind us & he told me to turn it away...i was too soft on the controls & she missed us both by about 6ft...can you imagine the language he used after that

MIKE:

Yes the bigger the easier I was told & it seems 100% correct, shame some of the guys who start with 450 size helis dont go bigger from day one, would save them a fortune as well

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Old 02-20-2009, 06:02 AM
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Groovy, nice job

And to think, I almost started a brawl on another site when I suggested "just fly the 500 already" to a beginner.
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by jasmine2501 View Post
Groovy, nice job

And to think, I almost started a brawl on another site when I suggested "just fly the 500 already" to a beginner.
Not a very good site then Jasmine

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Old 02-20-2009, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by jasmine2501 View Post
just fly the 500 already" to a beginner.
It was good advice. Of course the same advice was given to me when I purchased my 450 by Cliff @ Atlantahobby. It was good advice, but did I listen..noooooo.
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I'm all about 'fly big', but there are two down sides: initial cost/crash cost and intimidation. Of course, these are easily overcome; IMHO it only takes one good flight on a big heli to get over the 'massive whirling blades of death' factor - then it's just a nice safety reminder! and don't push it so far you're crashing all the time! that's what a sim is for......

I love my biger heli's! I'm salivating over a Joker II, but I'll have to raise some cash first......

Kirsty, get any more flying in? I've found flying the real thing is a sure motivator to work skills on the sim rather than just futz around.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:03 PM
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it's great advice all right... only problem is sometimes people aren't sure about whether or not they're going to like/stay in the hobby. A 500 size is quite a bit more expensive to someone who's buying their first heli and is still unsure about the hobby in general. I know that happened to me! I would've gotten bigger if I was sure I'd stay with it.
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Nice job on the flight Kirsty... Looking good...

I sold my copterx/trex450 clone after only 5-6 flights... it was very stable, but I built a 500 and bought a 600 off a friend... I had visibilty issues, so I figured... what the heck...LOL

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Old 02-21-2009, 08:27 AM
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Kirsty,
That is awesome i have a Trex 450 and learning. I have wanted a bigger heli for a while now you've sold me...600 all the way...
Cheers Darren
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:31 AM
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Glad you nice gents agree with me on size does matter

My other half cant see the mini titan very well at distance, so he had to have the bigger heli.

I know the initial cost is more & crashes more expensive, but to be honest the trex 600 has never been decked, so I can't say about crash repair costs...the advantage of a big heli, the small mini titan has been decked 3 times & each time it's costs about 30 + postage of 10.

That makes 120 in 1 year..a new kit is only 125!

The batteries for the big heli's are very expensive if you buy LHS, send to dear old H.K. and you can easily get 3 for the price of 1, that really makes the bigger helis more viable.

Thanks to all you nice guys who have taken the time to reply, I will post my latest video shot on a windy day (for a newbie anyway)

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr8tavhF3dE&fmt=18[/media]

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Old 10-31-2009, 03:49 AM
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Wow, now you want me to get a 600 rather then a 500
Great flying Kirsty,
Im honestly thinking of a 500 thought, the price is right around my alley ( im only 16 with a part time job, soo )
Good job anyway, cant wait till i start!
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:02 AM
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What ever one you go for, 500 or the 600, you will have great fun PvT

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:40 PM
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The 500 is almost a bit better actually. It reacts faster, which makes the 3D moves a bit easier. With the 600, if you do a roll for example, you need to use the right amount of negative or it might not hold altitude. With the 500, it rolls over so fast you don't have to be as accurate. Hard to describe - get on your simulator and try different sizes to see what I mean. Either way, the big ones will make you a better pilot.
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:41 PM
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Wow watching your vids makes me wish I would have started with a 600 instead of 450 sized heli. It took me 1 1/2 years just to get to the point where I could fly circuits.

Nice job!

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Old 12-14-2009, 12:58 AM
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But you are there now Zeta, thats what counts.

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Old 12-15-2009, 06:29 PM
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I got the same advice when I started on RC helis.

I went to the LHS and looked at the price tag for a T-Rex 600 (aaaagh!!) and then a 500 and said, Holy !! I can't afford this thing at all!

So I went out to the 'Bay and found me a Copter-X 450 SEV2 kit. Cheap.
Or so I thought.

The little fella was skittish as all get-out, and I could barely control it. Still have a devil of a time hovering in-place. After practicing for about a year, the headgear started getting all sloppy, which made my little bird even more skittish. Bearings are going bad, and the flybar dampers are mushy.

So I am now into a major rebuild with all Align parts. Eventually I will transform the Copter-X into a T-Rex. In meantime, I finally wised-up and plunked down the cash for a 500. What a difference. Almost unbelievable how size and weight can make such a huge difference in fly-ability.

I would have saved an awful lot of aggravation if I had just bought the 500 in the first damn place!
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:47 PM
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How much does it cost in total for an electric TREX 600 with OK electronics?

BTW, good job Kirsty!

Look at this
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...Helicopter_Kit_

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Old 12-15-2009, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by PaperAirplane View Post
People have been having trouble with that one.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:29 AM
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I would have saved an awful lot of aggravation if I had just bought the 500 in the first damn place!
It would be interesting if there was a way to do a cost analysys on the actual complete price difference between a complete newbie buying a 450 compared to a 500 or 600. Comparing up front costs to the predicted number of crashes and repair costs. Compare those figures over a years time and I wonder which would be the lower total cost of ownership.

Obviously the 450 has the lower up front costs but you will probably crash that one more often compared to the 500 or larger.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:20 AM
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I think the 500 or 600 would still be the worse on cost...

you have three main things to think about in a crash...

Blades
Battery's
Electronics

All 3 cost much more on the 500 and a 600, crash and break those, and the costs skyrocket...

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Old 12-16-2009, 02:25 AM
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Check this out:
http://www.helihobby.com/html/trex_helicopter.html

$500 for a complete Trex 450 with a Spektrum DX6.
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