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solentlife
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:05 pm
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Given that the Trex is possibly the most popular Mini / medium sized Heli out there - I'm surprised about the lack of posts on the forum ....

Is it that everyones out enjoying them ?? Unlike me - stuck in with snow up to your knees outside and freezing cold !
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:30 pm
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maybe they never crash or go wrong,
i have just bought a 450pro so i wont grumble if that were true.
its so smart and shiny i would hate to bend any of it.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:39 pm
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chopper54 wrote:
maybe they never crash or go wrong,
i have just bought a 450pro so i wont grumble if that were true.
its so smart and shiny i would hate to bend any of it.


Oh - they crash alright - you can take my word for it ! But each time they do - you improve on repair time ... Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:49 pm
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Me thinks that the TREX is a top dollar RC Helicopter. Most of us poor RC fliers can't affort one. Or maybe it's that we'd rather have two cheapies than one top dollar helicopter.

That's how I see it.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:40 am
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Most people will only post when something is wrong with their heli. Ergo, fewer posts about Align T-Rex's. Smile
I'm not saying they don't have faults (Rex500 had electro static discharge on early moldels, Rex250 had tail blowout issues...) These were problems that could be worked out with a little tweeking, unlike something like a Blade CP for example Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:29 am
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Most people will only post when something is wrong with their heli. Ergo, fewer posts about Align T-Rex's. Smile

You beat me to it, dang it. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:24 pm
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I love my Trex... But it's a nitro 600 so not much to post about it here.
I want to get another 450, maybe some day soon.
I did get a Novus 125CP for christmas. I gotta say, what a blast it is to fly.
I figured out how to turn of the throws on it and had it inverted yesterday for 2 batteries. Can't wait to take it out again..
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:34 pm
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Hiya Crash, ..Wow! that is a sharp little heli! I just looked it up, ....I didn't know about that one... Embarassed DANG! Umm, what do you mean by "turn off the throws"? Do you think it can handle a bit of wind? Sounds like it could.
Gratz on successful inverted flights. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:35 am
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OOPS, I used me phone for that reply and did not notice the miss spell.
I meant turn Up the throws on the heli.
They are suprisingly stable, they have a 3 axis gyro on board, there are 4 trim pots on it for the different gains, and one of them when you turn it up, is like increasing the end points. I cranked it up from 1/4 turn to 3/4 turn and it really let out the beast. This week I am going to turn it up a little more so it will flip in a tighter area. Right now it takes a little room to get her to flip over.
I was flying it with about 4mph winds and she did just fine..
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:10 pm
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Before we go too far ..... I fly a Trex CLONE ...... the Upforce 450, exact copy of the 450 SE V2.

But there's no Clone listing !! So it's Trex ...

I have to say that if a real Trex can be better than my Clone - then it has to be magic ... my Clone is great. Just wished the weather was better to go out there and fly.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:21 am
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I have built both, and can tell you there is a difference in quality and materials. the clones use softer aluminum and screws. The bearings don't last as long either. You really do get what you pay for.
I am not knocking clones, I have owned them too, but when you put the 2 side by side in a build you will see the difference.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:01 am
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a real firey debate is on another forum where both sides have got a bit 'hot under the collar' .... pity as the thread was pretty good.

I know about the screws part - but to be honest having also had in my hands Align screws - I wasn't impressed by them either. While waiting for my 450 to be delivered, I ordered various screw and fittings sets in 12.9 material form. So as I found hex heads rounding out - I replaced with machine 12.9 screws, which are far superior to Aligns as well. On ebay you can buy sets for the different models or in large packs as you want.
Bearings ? No sign of any troubles on that yet ...

Given that my 450 cost about $200 all in incl. 6EX radio ... RTF ... I'm happy enough and if replacement parts can be fitted that improve it - then that's fine also. The advantage being that I have a working machine for 1/2 the cost and also a foundation to improve bit by bit. Total cost by time it's overal improved may be higher than Align original - but it's spread over significant time period and doesn't hit the pocket as hard.

I also realise that there must be some real rubbish out there ... I think I was lucky to get a good clone ... and it's metal / CF version as well ... seems to be putting up with my learning phase !!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:08 am
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I'll second that. I built a Hobby King 450 and many parts in the kit I trashed even before using them, they were so crappy.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:35 pm
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Dumb Thumbs wrote:
I'll second that. I built a Hobby King 450 and many parts in the kit I trashed even before using them, they were so crappy.


Strange that ... I have a pal in UK who's flying a HK450 and he's very happy ... he gave it to an experienced guy to check out who also commented that it was a reasonable machine .. with no real comment against.
Mine was passed to a more experienced guy who flies a Belt CP and he commented that mine was better than his original Belt CP ...

I don't claim quality ....... but as I say - at the price it does for me and if I upgrade it over time - it's much sweeter on my pocket.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:57 pm
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I think your right, you got a good one.
If you go to the Hobby King website and read the reviews on the different heli's, you will see mixed reviews on each one. Some people swear at them and will never buy again, and others swear by them and can't wait to get out their wallet for another one. I think the ones that get mad are expecting Trex quality with a cheap price and get mad when it's not the same quality. The others that are happy know what to expect.
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