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A note to anyone buying a Blade 400

Old 03-21-2009, 12:30 AM
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Default A note to anyone buying a Blade 400

While trying to get into the RC helicopter hobby, I was recommended the Blade 400. After seeing the price of the RTF at my local hobby shop, I was astonished. "Gee," I thought. "Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy the PNP model and everything else I need off the internet?" Here's a breakdown of everything I've purchased to get this in the air.(shipping included)

(open box) PNP blade 400 - $229.95
(new) AR6100e reciever- $49.00
(used) battery charger - $18.95
(used) Spektrum DX6i transmitter - $132.50
(new) 1800mah 11.1V Battery- $61

That's a total of, guess what? $491 For $9 more dollars, after tax, you can go down to your local hobby shop and buy the entire thing NEW in one box.

Or better yet, you can order the RTF over at Todd's Models for $420.80 shipped.

Just a suggestion
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:05 AM
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Originally Posted by floorunner View Post
While trying to get into the RC helicopter hobby, I was recommended the Blade 400. After seeing the price of the RTF at my local hobby shop, I was astonished. "Gee," I thought. "Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy the PNP model and everything else I need off the internet?" Here's a breakdown of everything I've purchased to get this in the air.(shipping included)

(open box) PNP blade 400 - $229.95
(new) AR6100e reciever- $49.00
(used) battery charger - $18.95
(used) Spektrum DX6i transmitter - $132.50
(new) 1800mah 11.1V Battery- $61

That's a total of, guess what? $491 For $9 more dollars, after tax, you can go down to your local hobby shop and buy the entire thing NEW in one box.

Or better yet, you can order the RTF over at Todd's Models for $420.80 shipped.

Just a suggestion

its always cheaper to buy the rtf from horizon if you're going to use the same products when you put it together yourself. same goes for the pnp models, if you were to do it yourself it would always come out more expensive.
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:16 AM
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I just assumed that buying some things used, and the fact that I actually had to put it together, would make it cheaper. I also didn't originally account for a battery or charger. Thought I just needed a radio.
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I've been collecting parts for a T-rex 450. 80% there for under $100 and it has only been a year of collecting

Good things come to those who wait.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:51 AM
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purchased everything over about 4 months. That's the only reason I'm even close to the retail RTF cost
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How many parts on the 400 are "generic"? I have mixed Helimax, Esky and T-rex parts on my MX-400 with good results.
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Deals are there for those who are patient. While I still advocate the B400 as a good beginner package for CP helis unless you really have a good grip on what you want it's easy to over spend trying to save a buck or three.

I have the patience of a mountain. I find deals.
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Originally Posted by dbcisco View Post
How many parts on the 400 are "generic"? I have mixed Helimax, Esky and T-rex parts on my MX-400 with good results.
The B400 is basically a variant of the E-Sky Belt CP. Shenzen-TWF builds the heli for E-Flight. TWF is E-Sky.

Fortunately lots of parts swap between the 400-450 size helis. Most heads are unique but other things like landing gear, blades, paddles, skids. booms etc are similar enough.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:29 AM
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I have the stock frame, head and tail assemblies but the rest is what ever works. As long as it flies, I'll be happy. I've found on other heli's that being able to do the fine tuning on the heli and TX makes more of a difference than the sticker on the them
Of course that is not to say that there are some real dogs out there that are just intrinsically bad designs. I have a Century that is designed to use non-standard servos that cost a bundle. I had to completely rework the little bugger to use standard servos.
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Fun.

My gripe with the B400 and Belt CP is the non-direct linkage to the swash from the servos.

Anyhoo... lots of stuff swaps. If you like tinkering you can build a heli the way you want and not spend megabucks.
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well the Dx6i should be here by next weekend, hopefully not a recalled model, so I don't have to mail it off the Spektrum the day I get it. If all goes as planned, that's my last part, and I'll be in the air a week from now
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Originally Posted by floorunner View Post
While trying to get into the RC helicopter hobby, I was recommended the Blade 400. After seeing the price of the RTF at my local hobby shop, I was astonished. "Gee," I thought. "Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy the PNP model and everything else I need off the internet?" Here's a breakdown of everything I've purchased to get this in the air.(shipping included)

(open box) PNP blade 400 - $229.95
(new) AR6100e reciever- $49.00
(used) battery charger - $18.95
(used) Spektrum DX6i transmitter - $132.50
(new) 1800mah 11.1V Battery- $61

That's a total of, guess what? $491 For $9 more dollars, after tax, you can go down to your local hobby shop and buy the entire thing NEW in one box.

Or better yet, you can order the RTF over at Todd's Models for $420.80 shipped.

Just a suggestion
Don't get mad but I bought my Blade 400 from Ultimate Hobbies for $349 shipped to my house. Everything was included, even the DX6I. I was extremely happy.
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The only thing I don't like about RTF stuff is that sometimes they have crapy servos or other cheep stuff installed. Otherwise it can be a good way to buy and you can get up and running rite now.

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Originally Posted by Crash Test Dummy View Post
The only thing I don't like about RTF stuff is that sometimes they have crapy servos or other cheep stuff installed. Otherwise it can be a good way to buy and you can get up and running rite now.
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Yeah, I somehow managed to strip the stock plastic servo gears before it even left the ground.

Originally Posted by Sn8kbyte View Post
Don't get mad but I bought my Blade 400 from Ultimate Hobbies for $349 shipped to my house. Everything was included, even the DX6I. I was extremely happy.
Yup. I was told about that about a day after I ordered the PNP model for $230. Go figure
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