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Old 04-06-2010, 06:56 PM
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Just wondering if anyone has an opinion on the HK 500? Couple questions:

1. Are all the parts compatible with T Rex 500?

2. Does this heli fly comparable with the T Rex 500 if set up with comparable components?

3. Is there anything that should be replaced right away and with what?

I have been going around and around on my first larger cp heli and I saw an HK at a hobby shop and it didn't look half bad for the price. The heli guy at the shop said he would purchase an HK before spending the money on a T Rex (which they also sell). Obviously their margin is better on the HK's.... Just wondering if this guy was on the up and up. I've never been a clone guy

Thanks all!


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I've never been a clone guy either and always figured you'd be paying for lesser quality. But I bit the bullet and bought the HK450 Pro, belt version from HobbyCity. I even used the Turnigy MG90 servo on cyclic with a 40A Turnigy ESC. I have a Align 750 gyro and Hitec 5245 Digital on the tail along with a Align 430SP motor. I LOVE this heli and the only things I've replaced from the kit was the tail assembly and tail servo mount. I too have been looking at the HK500 GT for only $70 but there on back order. I think once they are back in stock I'm going to place the order for the kit and start piecing it together with HobbyCity servos on the cyclic and ESC again. But I'll spend the money on a good tail servo, gyro and motor. Just my $.02

Parts are also 100% compadible with the Trex but look at HK-Parts for replcements first. There prices are amazing!!!

Reviews are a little bad on the HK500 Kit. They say there are things that will need to be replaced. But it may have been the early models that were junky. Will have to see what the reviews look like on the forums.
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Default RE: HK 500 questions

Thanks for the report! This kit wouldn't be the GT model (metal Frame). I am happy to hear that the 450 worked well for you!
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Is there a link to the kit you'd be getting your hands on?


I just can't see spending that kind of money on the real thing. Even if the kit need some replacement parts from the start your still saving a ton of money. LOL
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Heres the link. http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=9975&Product!

pretty good price!
Old 04-09-2010, 05:50 AM
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Hey did you see?!!! They have 53 in stock now. LOL


Just a quick update: I added the HK500 heli, (3) Turnigy MG930 cyclic servo, Turnigy 80A esc, motor and (4) 2200mah 3s 20C lipos to my cart and it came out to $216, shipping was $66. But you still need a tail servo, gyro, and Tx/Rx. I figured that into the mix but assuming I'd use a $50-60 tail servo, Used Align/Spartan gyro $75 and another one of Xheli's Exceed 2.4ghx Tx/Rx for $55 shipped. All in all we're talking $485-500. Now that's everything to get you up and flying WITH 4 lipos to run together for 22.2v. I'm not 100% as to waht would HAVE to be swapped out of the kit for Align parts. But a couple of the guys that left reviews said that there kits were spot on and needed nothing. So if that's the case then I'd say we're in good shape. But if parts have to be bought then I'd say lets start searching for a great deal on a Trex 500 even if it's used. At least that way it's RTF minus Tx/Rx.
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Looks like they are down to 16 of them. I ordered one last night. I have everything coming now and a bunch of original TREX 500 upgrade parts that one of the hobby stores I go to just wants to get rid of. As of right now, I will have 2 complete airframes, all electronics, a bunch of upgrade parts and I am under $500. I am working on blades now.....

The GT's go pretty fast when they are in stock at HK!
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Did anybody check Value hobby, it's for only $75 and it's here in the US. with metal tail I believe.
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Wow that a hell of a deal AND there in the US. Damn I might have to do something about this LOL. Thanks for the post on that.

They even have some really good deals on ESC. I ordered a Turnigy 40A from HobbyCity ($28 shipped) because every place I looked in the US for the HobbyWing Pentium 40A, wanted $40+shipping. But ValueHobby has it for $29.99. Damn I missed out. Also shipping on the 500 kit is only $9.99. I'm just waiting for my credit card payment to clear and I'm placing the order. CAN'T WAIT!!!
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Where did they come from? Does anyone know if it's in line quality wise with HK and EXI? If so, i'm ticked. I just got a notice that my hobbyking order was just packaged and is now ready to be shipped. 5 days from when it was ordered........
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I'm all over this value hobby site. I'm waiting for my damn payment to clear to my CC and I'm placing the order for the kit. I'd like to think that it's on the same line as the EXI/HK and that it doesn't need any up grades once I get it. It'll be a slow build, or at least I'd like to take my time but I dont know if I can. I might just order everything and get this going LOL So excitied!!!
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let us know about its quality from value hobby, i found that place (VALUE HOBBY)from one of the site here at RCU.
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I am now done spending money on this helicopter I don't even have yet in my possession. I just ordered a Fut GY401 with an S9254, and also a Castle Creations Phoenix ICE HV 80A 50V, from Tower. I thought I might as well get the best electronics I can. Now I will have an extra ESC for a plane I am looking to build, or another heli....

Now I have that stupid waiting period. I am an impatient person to begin with. I have 11 planes I could be working on, and they don't interest me at the moment.......
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Hey Dan I know how that is. I have a Traxxas Rustler VXL that needs some "help" but I'd rather start another build. I hope the quality of the head/tail is better than the hobbycity version and doesn't need replacement parts. I haven't read much on the EXI500 but from what I've seen it's been great so I'm assuming this Valuehobby heli will like that. Only time will tell.
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I think I am going to maiden my H9 Hellcat tomorrow. That should get my mind on something else. I'm not used to ordering things. I usually go a LHS and buy what I need. I think I have spent as much as I would have if I had purchased a TRex500 combo, but this has been more fun. I will have more tinkering involved in this build also. It's been fun tracking down the recommended replacement parts and researching the electronics. I am new to this size of heli and am learning along the way.
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Another thing that nice about putting a package together is that you can take the time and buy as you go, rather than forking out $550+ at once. I'd perfer to piece if together and research the electronics too. FUN FUN!!!
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Agreed! I should have stuff showing up at my door all through this week, all of it should be here by Friday. I'm pumped!
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Well the E500 kit is on it's way from ValueHobby.com, (same as the EXI500) hopping it'll be here tomorrow. I order the servos, esc, motor and extra blades from HobbyCity. I also found a Align 750 Gyro on HeliFreak.com for $80 shipped. All I need is a tail servo and a radio and I'm set. Should be a fun build.

FYI: FRP 430mm blades are at HobbyCity for only $7.77. HeliDirect is selling them for $30 DAMN!!!!!
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Any updates? I have my HK 500 GT and looking to order my electronic now..Been sitting on it for about a month now. I think it's time.
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Value Hobby clone 500 kit is CRAP. Had to replace main blade grips, main shaft, one-way bearing assembly, whole tail assembly and the main frame to the Tarot fiberglass frame. All parts that I replaced were Tarot parts from AC-RC.com. Now the heli is badass but was horrible to get everything worked out.

As for the Turnigy MG930 cyclic servo, they've been holding up great and can take a hell of a beating. Had a good 7-8 hard crashes and all that broke were the servo horns. Tough little servos for $15. The only thing I wish I did was order the Turnigy Typhoon 1800kv motor. The HobbyKing 1600kv motor is more like 1450kv and even with a 14T pinion at 100% flat throttle curve still doesn't feel/sound like most 500's. So that'll be my next upgrade. Also ordered 4, Nano-Tech 2650mah 3S, 25/50c Lipos from hobbyCity. They say there awsome lipos and the power of the 25c/50 burst is killer.
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give as an update on the nano tech lipos.. seems to be promising... that darn lipo is always out of stock
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These are the ones I ordered. Still in stock
http://hobbycity.com/hobbyking/store...dProduct=11915

Also was going to try these but may be over kill: 2650mah 3S, 35c with 70 burst.

http://hobbycity.com/hobbyking/store...~70C_Lipo_Pack

I probably wont have my lipos for another 2 weeks cause it still shows they haven't shipped even though the order was placed last Wednesday. But I will post back with there performance.
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My son has had a blade CX 2 for some time and when we started looking at helicopters to move up to, it did not take me long to realize that for a bit more than I'd spend on a 400 class heli we could build a HK 500. Ordered the upgraded kit, which ought to be here any any day. Also ordered the Typhoon motor. Will be using the Turnigy digital mg servos, Turnigy 80 amp ESC, a 6S 3000 mah Turnigy lipo. When we're done it will be time for my son to get a Futaba 7 channel 2.4 to fly it with. Please everyone post your experiences, good and bad, here so we can learn. This is our first heli kit and I'm really looking forward to it. I may post some really rookie type questions but this is our first non-coax heli.
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The HK500 Kit isn't bad just make sure you get the right one. There are two versions and you want the all metal version. I bought my kit from ValueHobby.com for $75 and used all HobbyCity electronics to set it up. Including the Turnigy MG930 servos on cyclic, Turnigy 80a ESC and HobbyKing 1600kv motor. I bought a use Align 750 gyro off HeliFreak.com for $80 and a Hitec 5245 from HeliDirect for my tail servo. Not 100% happy with it but it works. I'm running 2 Turnigy Nano-Tech 2650mah 11.1v 25c w/50c burst, together and getting 6 miutes solid out of it. Could probably go 6 1/2 but 6 is enough when your flying.

As for how good my clone was, I'd rather have gone with the Tarot 500 kit from the start but it was fun getting everything together and working properly. The first replacement was my tail assembly. That went in the first flight, real cheap aluminum. Everything else was ok but as parts broke from crashing and trying new 3D tricks I replaced them with Tarot parts from Ac-Rc.com You'll find there Tarot parts to be the same quality as the Align, but at 1/2 the cost and some have said that Tarot is Align just under another name. My 500 also got a Tarot rotor head and main blade grips. They were smoother than the stock clone parts and added to the heli's performance.

The build will be fun. Already owning about 5 different helis, I have to say the 500 is the easiest to work on and parts from ac-rc.com aren't much differnet as far as cost than the 450's. That's one of the reasons why I sold my 450 Pro and decided to stick with having just the 500.

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