Blade CX3 MD 520N RTF Micro Helicopter
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- Advanced 3-in-1 control unit including main motor ESCs, mixer and heading lock gyro
- The heading lock gyro in the CX3 offers incredible hold and control to maximize your flight experien
- Interference-free, 5-channel E-flite transmitter with built-in SpektrumTM 2.4GHz DSM2TM technology
- Lightweight Spektrum AR6100e receiver with DSM2 technology
- Two feather-light S60 Super Sub-Micro servos-just 6.0 grams each
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Flying it requires some skill but even my eight year old was able to control it without problems. Just make sure there are no hard objects around, as the helicopter is not sturdy enough to withstand a direct hit against something like furniture.
Unfortunately, and without mediating any significant crashes or harsh landings, the helicopter starting to lose power after its fifth or sixth flight. After some research I found that the helicopter's 3-in-1 controller unit (basically, the brains of the helicopter) had failed due to an internal blown component. This was no mechanical failure, it simply blew one internal component (looks like a surface-mounted transistor from outside) probably due to overheating.
Wouldn't have rated it as low if it werent because I started looking online for crashed helicopters for parts where I could salvage a control unit, and all units I found had exactly the same failure!!!
So the helicopter is nice, but be prepared to spend about $60 for a replacement control unit after not that many flights. I hope you have better luck than most and your helicopter lasts a long time, or at least goes with a bang in a worthy crash and not suffer a slow death due to an electronic component failure.
and I often purchase different ones to see if they will make a good teaching
The CX3 is definitely not a teaching platform and would not recommend it for a first
time pilot, the very first hard landing snapped the landing gear
and that is a repeatable scenario, the gear is far to light for the helicopter
if you are learning to fly, or teaching someone order the following
5 sets of blades
upgraded landing gear (stock replacement is just as bad as original
also expect that you will be trimming this helicopter out with the control arms
I was thinking about getting the new mSR, but decided to stay with coaxial blades. CX3 is a really nice step-up from the micro helis, as it's size makes it much more suited for outdoors flying. Hovers really steady - the gyro definitely works. Just don't expect any big acrobatics, or great speed. And for absolute beginners (even if they have a pilot of the year award...) I would probably recommend trying out the mcx first. It's so light, you can really trash it around, and it will fly forever. CX3 is definitely more fragile, however that's again the function of its size.
One word of caution - buy more batteries! As any small electric RC heli, you don't get much past 8-12 minutes of flight time, and waiting for the battery to fully charge can be painful if all you want to do is fly :)
The battery for this thing only last about 10 minutes on a charge. Then after about a dozen charges your lucky to get 5. So if you want to keep flying plan on new batteries at $16 a pop.
Its kinda fun to fly it, but it is gonna get expensive for parts and batteries if I decide to keep doing it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this helicopter. I bought some upgrade parts from flyrcrivesud.com to make it even better. I like how real it looks. I wish they made a bigger scale too.Published on December 13, 2011 by R. coleman
Just got this so the jury is still out. I wanted something in between the really cheap Helis and the really crazy single rotor models. Read morePublished on March 2, 2011 by Gregory A. Pless
This is a terrific helicopter for beginners. There is so much cheep junk out there that can discourage someone starting out flying rc helicopters. Read morePublished on November 22, 2010 by Zelbie
Bought the BNF and bound it to my DX6i.
First flight: 6" off ground and straight back into couch. Result: Broken blade. Read more