Tandem Rescue is a fun new twist on the popular series of
Blade mCX products. It can be flown almost anywhere indoors thanks
to its dual 7.5-inch rotor span and two ounce flying weight. The
RTF package includes everything you see here.
The Blade mCX Tandem Rescue comes 100% factory-assembled, flight-tested
and ready to fly right out of the box?no assembly or setup
required. The package includes a Spektrum? 2.4GHz DSM2?
transmitter, a realistic looking rescue heli body and working
navigation lights. Also included is a LiPo battery and variable
rate DC charger with AC adapter. Even the transmitter batteries
are included! The Blade mCX Tandem Rescue comes with everything
you need for indoor aerial adventures and rescue operations.
The DSM2 technology offers freedom from frequency restrictions
and lets the Blade mCX Tandem Rescue be flown with full 4-channel
control that gives you the precision needed for flying in those
tight spaces indoors.
Can be flown almost anywhere?a living room, a basement,
a garage, and even outside!
transmitter equipped with Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2 technology, digital
trims and dual rates
Spektrum DSM2 radio technology eliminates interference so you
can fly multiple planes at the same time
100% factory-assembled, test-flown and Ready-To-Fly right from
the box?everything you need is included inside, even the
batteries and charger
Includes Celectra? variable rate DC charger with AC adapter
Coaxial, counter-rotating rotor heads designed for unsurpassed
stability and ease of flight
Factory-installed 5-in-1 control unit with Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2
compatible receiver, main motor ESCs, mixer, gyro and fully
Factory-installed LED ?navigation? lights
Full-line of replacement parts available
Blade mCX Tandem Rescue comes well packaged and protected. The box can
easily be used to safely store all the components when traveling or
not in use.
flight battery (a single cell LiPo), Celectra? variable rate DC
charger, and AC adapter to power the charger are all included in the
box. The Celectra 1-Cell 3.7 Variable Rate DC Li-Po Charger allows you
to adjust the charge rate between 0.1A and 0.7A using a simple push-button
interface and LED display.
42-page manual is included that thoroughly covers setup, warnings, charging,
binding, testing, and troubleshooting of the Blade Tandem Rescue. The
Tandem Rescue heli comes already bound to the transmitter but an additional
information sheet is included with a few suggestions for proper power-up
sequencing. Some spare servo retainers and a tiny screwdriver are also
included for repairs. If you are not familiar with these E-flite mCX
products, reading the manual is a great place to start!
only preparation needed to fly the Tandem Rescue heli is to install
the 4 AA cells into the transmitter and charge up the single-cell
flight pack. Charge time is about 30 minutes. Although the Tandem
Rescue heli comes pre-bound to the transmitter, should it ever
be needed, the instructions for binding are right on the back
of the transmitter.
binding is the process of programming the receiver to recognize
the unique code of the DSM2 transmitter you are using. This so-called
"Model Match" feature is one of the best ideas I have
ever seen for a radio system!
tiny single-cell 250mAh LiPo battery fits snuggly into the holder
underneath the heli. It can only fit one way into the guide for
easy installation and removal. The four micro motors and proportional
4-channel control provide plenty of power and precision for hovering,
as well as, forward or backward flight.
more information on binding your mCX model, check out the article
To - Bind your mCX" by Jim Booker, hosted by Horizon
Flying / Summary
Flying the Blade mCX Tandem Rescue
made no adjustments to my transmitter other than a few trim
clicks to allow it to hover in place. I simply flew on the default
settings. The control gains all seemed about right and I had
no problem flying it without any heli experience. Flight times
were about 8 to 9 minutes. Since it takes about 30 minutes to
recharge, I would recommend buying a spare battery or two. Additional
batteries and spare parts are available here
at Horizon Hobby or at your local hobby shop.
video of the Blade mCX Tandem Rescue was meant for fun. The
mock construction accident used my grandson's toys and showed
that the heli can be flown in very small spaces indoors. The
successful "rescue" demonstrates that the heli is
truly an impressive micro-flyer!
Blade Tandem Rescue 5-in-1 Control Unit is a lightweight combination
of main motor electronic speed controls, mixer, gyro, servo
and a Spektrum DSM2 compatible receiver. With DSM2 you never
have to worry about interference from other RC users, nearby
2.4GHz devices or commercial transmission towers. There is no
tuning and no channels to select. Just power up and fly??anytime,
Blade mCX Tandem Rescue's body and trim scheme gives the heli
an authentic appearance like the high visibility search and
rescue colors of the Canadian Boeing CH-113 Labrador. The landing
gear and navigation lights also help to increase the heli?s
overall realistic looks.
Flying the Blade mCX Tandem Rescue
the E-flite Blade mCX Tandem Rescue indoors (or even outside
in no wind conditions) can be enjoyed by all skill levels and
almost any age. Even though this design uses tandem blades,
it flies much like the other Blade mCX products...easy and lots
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