Thunder Tiger e550 Review
by Ace Hobby
purchased the Thunder Tiger e550 in the fall of 2008. I
this as my first larger Electric Helicopter. At the time I had a
vintage Thunder Tiger Raptor .30 Nitro (V1) that I had owned for almost
10 years. So I already had some spare blades and parts for this form
factor helicopter. Although the e550 is a 90 degree CCPM swash vs. the
mechanical mixing non-ccpm Raptor V1, much of the helicopter is the
same or similar to the Raptor .30. The Raptor .30 was one of
first mass produced Inverted capable out of the box helicopters
marketed in the late 90's. It was considered reliable, a tank
the air and still agile as well (for it's time) inexpensive to repair.
The TT e550 was no dissapointment. I purchased the -K11 kit
came with a Brushless motor and ESC. The Kit was designed for
6S battery and many pilots would fly a 6S 4000mAh battery. I
chose to use a 6s 5000mAh battery which was easy to acquire in a form
factor that would fit into the frames since many Trex 600 pilots used
the same battery. The TT e550 supports standard sized servos and 550mm
Blades. My Kit was purchased from Amain Hobbies using a
code that they frequently send out to their registered customers. (I
don't think Amain carries this helicopter any more).
This helicopter flies very similar to a Trex 600. The part prices are
now becomming higher than a Trex 600.
the time of this review, I found that Thunder Tiger did not suspend the
sale of them but did not plan to run more production on them. Parts are
still readily available at AMAIN HOBBIES.
must say that I'm very happy with how well it currently flies. It is
not as agile as my 500 sized helicopter but it is very stable and
powerful for it's weight.
Parts available at:
More info at Ace