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Old 11-03-2008, 12:26 PM
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Im about to Purchase a Trex450SEv2 and just want to see some pics of different canopys (spelling?) and helis so i can get some ideas. I also had a post over on the eflite section because i couldnt decide between saving money and going with the B400 or the Trex but i decided to go with the Trex for the quality ...heres the link on that Thread.... http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_8108433/tm.htm

So far here is what im going to go with...

Trex 450SEv2 -$550 From Horizonhobby.com
Spektrum DX7SE -$320 Not out till March 09'
Futuba GY401 -$150
Futuba 9257 mini servo for the tail $55
Hitec HS-5065 Digital Servos 3 @ -$43ea. Back order still

Total-$ 1204

I know i can Find the Trex cheaper on ebay but i hate ebay read the other thread that i posted a link too and youll see why.
Old 11-03-2008, 02:02 PM
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Helihobby has a bunch of them.
All the ones that are marked for 400 size heli will fit the T-Rex 450 .
Mostly page 4 but there are a few on page 1
http://www.helihobby.com/html/rc_trex_400_canopies.html
Old 11-03-2008, 02:18 PM
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Helidirect.com has a bunch too. You can even blow big bux getting an airbrushed canopy, but my favorites are those that are easy to see: fluorescent yellow or orange and white. I have a great looking blue TREX canopy with hologrphin lightning bolts on it, but when it gets high or far away, it all looks black and it is hard to keep your orientation.
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I would not pay $550 for that kit from Horizon. You can get one from Joe at Techmodelproducts.com for $450 with free shipping. http://www.techmodelproducts.com/trex.php Shoot him an email and he may set you with a complete kit that will save you a ton of cash. You might also check out Readyheli.com, GrandRC.com, Heliproz.com, and some of the other large online heli only shops and see if they can save you some cash.

Your list is also missing lipos and a balancing charger. If you don't currently have a charger FMADirect.com has the CellPro 4S on sale right now for $50.

http://www.fmadirect.com/products.htm?cat=45&nid=4

As for lipos, I now reccomend the Outrage series of lipos. You can get them from Helidirect.com and RCSuperSales.com RC Super Sales has better prices though.

As for canopies others have pointed you in the right direction. IMO, airbrushed canopies are nice but not worth the cash unless you never crash. From your other post it looks like you are a beginner. I would just run an Align canopy and plan on replacing it when you crash and total it. Also realize that the canopy plays a large part in keeping your orientation when you are a beginner. Like BryFlyGuy67 - I reccommend canopies that are highly visable.

I also see that you are going with the high end, not yet released, DX7se. Can I ask why? Do you really need the extra resolution and decreased latency? IMO, the "normal" DX7 is all the radio that 99% of pilots will ever need. I would just go with the "normal" DX7 and save the extra $$ for crash parts.

I also don't see the need for the expensive digital servos. Why not just go with the tried and true HS-65mg servos. Thousands of people, myself included, have been flying these things with excellent luck.


Just remember, any of the pilots you see tearing it up on Youtube or at a funfly would be able to make even a stock Blade 400 look amazing. There is no replacement for stick time and skill!

Good luck!


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Yeah I'm still a beginer.... I just purchased an IMAX B5. charger with built in balancer so that's good to go. Thanks for the info keep it commin!
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Here is a couple of pictures of mine. It wasn't quite finished at the time but is complete. I bought off of your favorite place.... ebay.
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I agree, the V2 kit comes with a battery but you will want an extra or two as money allows.
The battery and if I remember right ESC also comes with no connectors on it, come to think of it I think I had to solder connectors on the motor as well.
The odd thing was it didn't come with any connectors for the battery or ESC to battery, I just happened to have a couple of deans connectors in my parts drawers. You can get them from your LHS if you need them.
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I see your points on the servos and DX7SE but the SE is 30$ cheaper than the old one....whats up with that[&:]? Maybe if I get impatient or get everything else before the DX7SE comes out I will just get the regular DX7. I always go highend because that way i only have to buy One expensive thing once instead of Two cheap things, which is normaly more than the one good product, ya know what i mean.? I dont expect the heli to make me a good pilot over night i just like to have nice things Like my AX-10 rock crawler i could have built that for about 5-600 bucks but i got all good stuff and ended up sinking about $1100 but dont regret one penny of it. Its part of the Game.[>:]
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ORIGINAL: ThAt GuY120

I see your points on the servos and DX7SE but the SE is 30$ cheaper than the old one....whats up with that[&:]?
The SE only comes with the radio. The "regular" DX7 also comes with a receiver (which you will need) and three servos (micro or full sized depending on which setup you get. I went with the micro heli version that included an AR6100 and three micro servos. I sold the servos on one of the forums for something like $40. After selling the servos, I think I spent $250 total on my DX7 and receiver.

The thing is with the 450. No matter how good of components you put on it the 450 the head will develop quite a bit of slop after about 40 flights or so. My 450 has a ton of slop in the head unlike both my 500 and 600. I tried to chase perfection with it for a while but eventually got tired of replacing bearings, bushings, links, ect and now just live with it and fly it as is. My 450 is setup with the stock motor, a Phoenix 35 esc, HS-65mg on the swash, Gy401/9650 combo, Radix carbon blades, and an AR6100 receiver. It flies well, but I prefer both my 500 and 600 to the 450.

The batteries that come with the V2 kit are complete junk!!! I would recommend not even opening it up and just sell the sucker. I think I got 5 cycles out of mine before it puffed up. I got it replaced by Align and sold the unopened replacement on ebay. Those packs just won't hold up to the amp draw of the 430xl motor.

If you are willing to spend upwards of $1200 I would skip the 450 all together and go straight to a T-Rex 500. The 500 will only cost you a couple hundred more to build and flies 100 times better than the 450. The 500 is very stable and has loads of power on 6S. The biggest problem with the 500 is the cost of batteries and blades. The 500 is more intimidating than the 450 but is a much more stable and better flying helicopter.

Come to think of it. I bought my 600 used about 4 months ago for $1400 decked out, bind and fly, with 4 6S 5000mah packs and a Thunder Power 1010/210V charger/balancer for only $1400. I did not need the charger/balancer so I sold it on one of the forums for $200 and got a very nice T-Rex 600cf with and upgraded power system (Neu 1515, Phoenix HV85), 600mm V-Blades, Custom Canopy, batteries, and very nice electronics for $1,200. You can see a pics of my helis in my gallery.

I hardly ever fly my 450 anymore. In fact I went flying yesterday and flew my 500 and 600 5 times each and only flew my 450 once. I would sell it other than I could not even get 50% of what I have in it.

Just some food for thought.
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[X(] 550$ for a V2? hehehe no way man, save yourself some $$$ there are many trusted stores out there with even better service than horizon. E-mail Joe at techmodelproducts.com, he has great service, he has the V2 on sale for 400$, that's 150$$ you're saving, and that's only on the kit. That's were I got all of my stuff, kit, servos, gyro, charger everything and I got the radio for 300 at modefosheli.com which also has great service. Almost everything is cheaper with these guys. I ended up saving a lot (so I could have more later for repairs)

I got the same setup as you but with a 9650 tail servo (which I recommend) extra batteries (outrage), charger, tools, receiver, and everyting else you need for less than what you're paying for only the basics. (1200$)

Hope I saved you some$
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my SE V2...probably the best $$ i've spent in this hobby...plain 'ol stock w/KB tail blades

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Here are some pics of my trex 450se.
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