Comanche was developed for the U.S. Army by Boeing
Defense & Space Group, helicopters division and the Sikorsky
Aircraft Corp. It was to
provide armed reconnaissance, attack and air-combat duties by utilizing
advanced composite material which aimed to provide stealth against
and heat seeking missiles. The program was canceled in 2004 when the
Army decided to shift the money to various other aviation programs.
Heli-Max has just released a scale looking and easy to fly CX version
of this great heli which includes everything required to get
no experience needed. Simply install 8 "AA" batteries in the
transmitter, charge the supplied 500mAh LiPo battery and start flying
your own recon missions from the comfort of your living room.
Comanche CX (HMXE14) Price:
$99 Height: 6.3 in (160 mm) Rotor Span: 10.6 in
(270 mm) Length: 12.5 in (320 mm) Weight: 4.8 oz (136g)
Fully assembled Comanche
4-channel heli radio system
500mAh LiPo battery
A/C Wall charger
Needed To Complete
8 "AA" Batteries
The Comanche CX
arrives in a double boxed package and is ready to fly out of the box.
All the components are securely held in place by the foam packaging
which can also double as a carrying box if needed. It includes an FM
500mAh LiPo battery, and wall charger. You will need 8 "AA" batteries
canopy reveals the two motors with purple anodized heat sinks and two
servos that are controlled by the
integrated speed control and receiver. The battery is installed in the
hatch on the bottom of the heli without a need to remove the canopy.
transmitter is pretty basic, it will serve the purpose of getting
someone familiar with learning how to fly the Comanche. A great feature
Heli-Max has incorporated in the Comanche is the blade holders which
allow the blades to fold and absorb the impact during a crash and they
The Comanche CX manual
is pretty detailed in showing how to prepare the heli for
flight and giving an introduction to how the control sticks
will command the helicopter. Useful information if you are
just starting out.
It also includes a detailed exploded view of the helicopter
and a list of all replacement parts detailed with drawings
to make it easier on deciding which parts to order after a
Comanche sortie ready simply involves charging the 500mAh battery
with the supplied wall charger and installing 8 "AA" batteries in the
transmitter. The battery hatch is located on the bottom of the heli and
provides the convenience of not having to remove the canopy before and
after each flight. The manual recommends that the heli is laid on its
side and not moved for 10 seconds while the battery connection is made
to allow for the gyro to properly initialize. Once the battery is
connected, the connector and wire can be completely
concealed inside the canopy to complete the scale looks of the Comanche.
Comanche CX is very easy to fly as it is very stable and
does not want to drift or jump around by itself. It would
be the perfect first heli for someone getting started in
Taking off from a hard surface, I noticed a tenancy to want
to roll backwards as throttle is applied so pay attention
to your surroundings until you are familiar with the behavior
of the heli on take off.
Giving throttle on takeoff, the Comanche lifts off around
half throttle and maintaining altitude is easily achieved
as long as you feather the throttle a little. If taking
off from a table, attention must be paid to the ground effects
since the heli will want to drop as soon as it clears the
side of the table.
The cyclic response of the Comanche is very tame. Forward
and aft cyclic inputs command the Comanche in controllable
movements which halt as soon as the sticks are released.
I noticed that left and right cyclic were slightly more
aggressive. They cyclic does not really pitch the heli as
much as just move it in the direction that the stick is
pointed towards. This makes it much easier to navigate in small
confines where you will most likely fly the Comanche. However
it does require that you coordinate your turns with the
The tail holds fairly well. The trim on the transmitter
can be used to set the nose straight and will need adjustment
as the battery drains or if you are changing head speed
often. The pirouette rate is fairly slow which will help
in keeping the nose straight for novice pilots.
Landings are also very easy as simply reducing the throttle
allows the Comanche settle in on its flexible landing gear.
Try to stay out of ground effects as the wash from the rotors
seems to want to throw the Comanche around quite a bit.
Comanche is a great little heli for the first time pilot
looking to get their wings. It provides a stable platform
to learn how to hover and get the basic orientations locked
down which should be mastered by all heli pilots before
moving on to anything else. And for experienced pilots,
it allows to get your heli fix for when the weather outside
is not cooperating to get out to the field. Not to mention
it can do all this with great scale looks and convenience
as everything that is required is included in the box.
provided 500mAh battery does allow for around 10 minutes
of flight and charges in close to one hour. If you are the
impatient type, I would recommend getting a few spares.
I especially like the addition of the folding blade grips
as I had a couple of encounters with the surroundings and
can say that the folding blades completely absorbed all
of the damage and did not even nick the blades.
coaxial design of Comanche makes it very stable and I was
actually able to take pictures of it with one hand while
just feathering the throttle with the other. If you do find
that sweet spot, you can get it to hover in place for a
while completely hands off.
the Comanche CX provides as advertised; a fun time with
everything included out of the box with no experience required.
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