If you are ready for exploring the fascinating world of RC
helicopters the Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 will be the helicopter to pick. The
Raptor 550 is a flybarless helicopter that will please both beginner and
advanced helicopter pilots. The Raptor E550 FBL outdoes every other comparable
heli for performance and value!
Due to the precise rotor-head and the aluminum swashplate,
the E550 ARF flies very precise enabling the pilot to grow as he learns new skills
and progress to scale flight or extreme 3D flight. The rotor head is machined
from solid aluminum and the chassis is made of carbon fiber, aluminum and injection-molded
parts. The belt-driven tail boom is made from aluminum.
The Raptor 550 is expertly assembled in the factory and all
settings in the included ESC are pre-programmed. All servo’s and linkages are factory
installed leaving you with little work but attaching the tail boom and servo
All you need is your own six channel radio, 6S 5000mAh LiPo
and a flybarless flight controller such as the Graupner Falcon 12 or GR-18
Vario Receiver / Flybarless flight controller.
- FBL Metal Rotor Head & Grip
- 140 Degree Aluminum Swash Plate
- Brushless 1150Kv Motor
- Carbon Main Rotor Blades
- Painted Canopy and Tail Skid
- Lightweight Carbon Frame
- 3 Digital Swash Metal Gear Servos DS1510MG
- 1 Digital Tail Servo D50606N
- Castle Creations Talon 90A Included
- Performance TT 550 Carbon Blades Included
- Raptor 550 FBL ARF Helicopter
- Carbon Main Rotor Blade
I purchased this helicopter for 2 reasons. price and I wanted a big copter. this is my t rex . the shipping container had me worried the way it was packaged . but the contents were fine. the directions are a little to be desired . and the tail rotor clamps are a little on the cheap side broke one just tightening the screw. I think that they should be made out of metal . the directions with Chinese writing all over the place is a bit confusing . but tolerable . and videos on line help a real lot. so I only gave it 4 stars .
Reviewed by: robert vaillancourt from mason nh on 1/22/2019
Gave it a try, glad I did!
I wanted a big helicopter and this fit the bill to T. Think of it like driving your dads Buick. Its not a sports car but its solid, comfortable and it really, very, comfortable. There are no surprises with its handling. Its well worth the $499 price tag, I was able to pick it up on sale, which makes it a no brainer. I've been flying at Chollas RC flyers here in San Diego, and Austin was very instrumental in helping me set it up. Donnie Petschie maidened it for me and said it was again very comfortable to fly.
Would I buy it again, I would for sure. Its also a bonus that Graupner is carrying spare parts for it.
Also I kind of like the way it looks with the Retro Raptor Canopy on it.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Jason Day from San Diego on 4/24/2019