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Old 01-21-2012, 02:09 PM
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Just got the new Blade mQX today and took it out for a maiden flight. It is my 2nd quad - have a Parrot AR.Drone. But the AR.Drone doesn't really count since it is flown with a touch screen device. I have been flying FP and some CP helis for a while. I am quite comfortable flying FPs but CPs are still quite challenging for me. I bought the BNF version and I am using my Spektrum DX6i.

Here are my impressions so far - remember this is my first real R/C quad:
    [*]It is in the same size class as a Blade 120 SR[*]Battery lasts about 7-8min[*]Binding to the DX6i worked like a charm - configures as acro plane not heli on DX6i[*]Quite snappy on roll and pitch[*]Not too bad on yaw[*]I was flying figure eights within a couple of minutes[*]White rotors in the front are relatively easy to see at a distance - was flying against a backdrop of snow and trees[*]Would like some lights though[*]Only flew in X config - still need to try + config.[*]Frame is quite sturdy[*]Don't like the look of the canopy[/list]Other thoughts:
      [*]Would like to have a camera on the mQX.[*]If someone comes out with a brushless mod for the mQX it will be awesome[*]Wind today was near 0mph, supposedly it handles well in some wind, will need to try.[*]I would not recommend it for a beginner pilot - maybe the RTF dual rate TX low rate settings makes it easier[*]Probably fun for most intermediate FP pilots[*]Will need to play with throttle curve etc. to set it up nice - DX6i settings recommendations anyone?[*]I can very much see myself flying the mQX in my yard or park just for fun for quite a while.[/list]Update: Similar to djcmeeks I noticed some issues with motors not being matched. On spin-up it seems that one of the motors always spins up way after the others. Haven't noticed any problems in flight though. Will punch the throttle a couple of time next time I fly it.

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Old 01-23-2012, 11:09 AM
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I got one last week as well and have been flying it over the weekend. For what it is and for roughly $130 BNF I am happy with the purchase. I fly everything from a little MCX to my Trex600. I bought this because I wanted something more agile for flying in the house. Wife won't let me hover my Trex450 in the house . From a general flight characterstic standpoint, I find it very comparable to flying a fixed pitch single head micro. I have a feeling there will be some people who buy mQX thinking it is going to self-level like a coax. To the un-educated rc enthusiast the quad looks plenty stable, which it is, much more so in a hover than a single head copter, but you still have to fly the thing or it will drift out of hover.

I was pleasantly surprised how responsive it is. I binded it to my JRX9503 and played around with a couple Rate and Expo settings. It is pretty Zippy too. Very quick and stable forward flight. I flew it on Sunday in my church auditorium (after service of course) and had a great time running fast circuits around the room. I actually experienced quite longer flightimes than mcwimp. I got 10-12 minutes with moderate flight. Same stock 500mah 1s Lipo. Yesterday it was pretty windy outside and drizzling some but I thought what the heck and tried it outside to see if it could handle any wind. Again pretty surprised it did well for its size. This is my first quad and after messing around with the mQX I definately plan to build a larger one in the near future to mount a go-pro on.

Only negative things I have noticed:
1. I agree with mcwimp. Not the most attractive canopy
2. I have found that the motors are not matched 100% equally throughout the entire throttle curve. Let me clarify. When slowly advancing the throttle they seem to be matched fine, but if you punch it to climb real quick on mine the front right motor (motor #2 according to the manual) has more torque than the other three and it wants to roll left. Not sure if the issue is in the motor or the control board.

All-in-all for what it cost I am happy with the mQX. I am looking forward though to looking in to larger and more capable quad or hex's because of my positive experience with the mQX.
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:59 AM
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Here's mine. Love it!
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8AqM4SF0-k[/youtube]
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:22 PM
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Got mine, 3rd flight and this one was outside with variable winds..............friggen lov eit.
I would buy another in a heartbeat.
Tight handling, very responsive, great batttery life (surprised)

Happy happy Joy Joy and you guys know what I am talking about.

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Old 02-04-2012, 12:09 PM
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I have many flights on the little quad in last few weeks. Finally got around to designing a new fuselage for the little bird and it flies a little smoother and honestly looks kind of cute. The pictures below show the beta version just released by Park Flyer Plastics for ten bucks. A couple hours work and a little work with an airbrush you can have a one of a kind air vehicle ready to take on the world. http://parkflyerplastics.com/cart/in...f6940e324e3695. ed
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:15 AM
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Blade mQX Upgrades... various MIA options UFO OVNI Alien Spaceship Spacecraft
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:10 PM
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I like em. The Sauser is way cool. imho.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:15 PM
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Now there are two on the site. Just added this one, now you have another option.
www.parkflyerplastics.com
This requires less assembly because the pilot head is part of the body and the canopy is very small saving a little weight.
I painted the interior but I suppose markers would do just as well.
The rest of the markings was done with tape and number stickers bought at Office Depot.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:20 PM
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Sparky's #1 pod fuselage with a little paint ready to rock and roll. ed
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:23 PM
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A few airborn shots of "Bite Me" in flight this afternoon in 10 knot winds. ed
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:10 PM
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I like UFOs and I think the four rotor quad helis make the perfect platform for them.
I tried placing a car body on it and it looks funny.
I was abit reluctant to doing any other body style that didn't resemble in some fashion to an alien spaceship.
I grew up watching a lot of SCI-FI movies, especially the ones with the simple saucer spaceships and thus my inspiration.
The stock canopy is lightweight and is one reason why the mQX flies great. The MIA bodies are faithful to the same stock mQX lightweight specification.
A body which has a lot of plastic and has a lot of other little parts added to the sides or glued to the body will be heavier and prematurely wear out the small motors,
not only that but in a crash more things to break and repair.
One can go crazy and pop any thing on the mQX but some things just don't look quite the same as the obvious UFO shapes. IMO.


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In my opinion, sounds like a bunch of, aw well it not worth it to set an bad mouth a little creativity. Fly what you wish and have fun doing it. Some of us prefer a little character in what we fly. Has it worn out the motors? No! Over a 150 flights and still cooking on the original Beta body. Is the body heavier, yes about 5 grams more. Takes a little tinkering to assemble. Again, it is all about having fun and flying something a little different and that what makes it worth doing. If one does not like to build buy a prefab body shell, get a foam cup and paint it, get a lid cover and paint from Mackey D or build a fuselage/pod and play Star Wars all day long. Whatever for gosh sakes don't stop flying and be creative. Enough said. ed
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:36 PM
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and even smaller quad, cutomized to look UFOish of course.
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_11082298/tm.htm
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:39 AM
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ayone having trouble getting the mqx to do rolls? i am flying mine in X config o high rates ad getting plenty high enough and when i go to roll it just flips upside down and smacks the ground. i know it is possible to do loops and rolls with the stock radio but i cant get mine to do them. do i just jam full stick in the direction i want it to roll? and just before doing it do i give a burst of throttle or do it from a hover?
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Mario..I am still trying to find build manual or video for MQX mod "MIA TUFF LG Camera mount kit..

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Heres something fun to use MQX for
http://youtu.be/rD_4fAbgnRk
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Just got my mqx the other day and once you have a bit of stick time its great. I practiced nose in and after 10 mins I got it not only on the mqx but also on my mxc. I really struggled doing nose in before i got this.

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