has been a staple in the electric market for sometime.
When the Blade line of helicopters were introduced
several modelers jumped at them. They made the small
electric helicopter market affordable and easy to
get into. Then they came out with the "Bind and
Fly" models in which you used your own Spektrum
based radio. Now they took it a step further with
the "Ready to Fly" models which include
the transmitter. This is perfect for the novice helicopter
pilot! No need to purchase an expensive radio to learn
how to fly, just open the box charge and go!
Blade SR Price: $199.99 MainRotor
Diameter: 21.80 in (552mm) Tail Rotor Diameter: 3.20 in (82mm) Weight: 12 oz (340 g) with battery Length: 19.10 in (485mm) Motor Size: Brushless 3900Kv (installed) Radio: HP6DSM 2.4GHz DSM 6-channel (included)
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first thing I noticed was how nice the outside of the
box was. I was full color with lots of graphics on it.
Upon opening the box I found the instruction manual on
the top. Next I lifted the foam cover up to unveil a nice
and neatly packaged helicopter. Everything was seated
securely in place with nicely formed foam. Next I started
by unpacking the individual pieces and parts. I found
a 3s 1000mAh Li-Po and a charger that works DC and has
also has a AC plug it also has a balancing port on the
side of it. One thing that E-Flite did that was
quite nice was put a guide to the indicator lights on
the front of the charger. Next I pulled out the transmitter
which used theSpecktrum
brand technology. I found some "AA" batteries
for the transmitter and a package with some small accessories
like a bind plug, some zip ties, hook and loop material
for the battery and a small screw driver.
machine is good looking just sitting there. I pulled the
canopy off and looked it over, it was a very lightweight
and flexible plastic. Next I surveyed the electronics
layout and noticed the micro digital servos, heading hold
gyro and Specktrum 6110e receiver. Next I turned the Blade
on it's side and noticed another little electronic piece
or gear, the speed control that also controls the tail
rotor motor speed.
took a closer look at inside the frames and found a 3900kV
outrunner for the main rotor power. Next I took a closer
look at the rotor head to find a fairly typical and proven
rotor head design. I has an overslung flybar with plastic
"hoop" style flybar control rods. I also noticed
the solid plastic links going to the bell mixer on the
blade grip and two tiny little adjustable links connecting
the mixing arms to the blade grip for blade tracking adjustment.
Next I moved down the tail boom to the tail rotor motor
and propeller. It had a nice blue anodized heat sink on
it and a small diameter propeller that accelerates and
decelerates to control the yaw axis.
instruction manual was very clearly written with large, ledgeable
font. It had LOTS of pictures and explained the different
controls on the transmitter and how they affected the helicopters
movement. It also had several adjustment and troubleshooting
tips incase you have a problem.
I started with the transmitter. I installed 4 AA batteries
in the battery brick placed it back in the transmitter and
powered it up. Everything powered on correctly and seemed
fine so I powered it down and set it aside until the flight
pack was ready to go. Next I examined the heli with a bit
more detail and checked all the links, balls, servos, wires,
etc. for any chaffing or other damage. All was well with
the exception of the main and tail blades, they were a little
bit looser that I like, but that was personal preference
and would not affect the flight characteristics. After a
little tightening I was ready to go, and just in time as
the supplied battery charger was solid green indicating
that the battery was fully charged. I installed it in the
helicopter and put the canopy back on. I was so excited
to go fly it that I totally spaced the time of day. I went
outside and it was pitch black, it was around 8 or 9 at
night. So, disappointed I went back in the house,
it and I had to wait for tomorrow.
started by pulling out the transmitter out of the box and installed
the four included "AA" batteries and powered it on.
There is not much adjustment here. On the front of the radio there
is a small door to access some dip switches for reversing channels
and other functions but outside of that there is no ATV adjustment,
pitch and throttle curve adjustment. I read and re-read the manual
a few times and couldn't find anything printed that explained
how to make the head speed higher or increase the cyclic and pitch
rates. I looked at doing it mechanically and couldn't find a good
fix there either. I will say this however, it is definitely setup
for the pilot looking to step up to a collective pitch from a
fixed pitch helicopter.
waited for another one of those nice sunny Colorado
days to get out to the field. That day finally came
and I raced out to the field to get some flights
on this helicopter. I put the battery in place,
powered everything up, put the canopy one and walked
out to the flight line. I set it down and advanced
the throttle stick and it snapped to life. The first
thing I noticed was the gear noise that the Blade
puts out. I was not prepared for that. I clicked
into stunt mode 1 and flew a couple of circuits
around the field and all was well. I was rather
anxious to loop and roll this helicopter, but I
figured without starting a timer that I should land
I re-charged I took off and flew some more circuits
just to feel it out a little bit more. Then I gained
some altitude and did a half of a loop and tried
to hold it at the top to see how much negative pitch
it had. To some disappointment, there was not enough
to sustain inverted flight, so I continued the loop
and flew around a little more. I then did a roll
and it was a bit ugly as I am not used to giving
full negative pitch to do such a manuver. I came
around and tried it again with a bit more success.
I did a couple more loops and rolls and decided
to come in and re-charge once again.
do feel that the model needed more negative pitch
and I could not obtain it with the included model.
This helicopter is geared more towards the beginning
helicopter pilot and not designed for the advanced
3D enthusiast. If you bound the model to a different
radio a person could get more travel out of the
system and hence get some more action from the model.
out the video to see the Blade SR in action!
think that E-Flite is targeting the modeler that
is ready to move up to a collective pitch helicopter
or is looking to get started flying model helicopters.
I thought that if flew well and was fun to fly around,
but the serious modeler might be a little disappointed
in the provided transmitter. It had limited adjustability
and no way of telling you had made an adjustment.
It was a perfect size for flying outdoors in a 5ish
MPH breeze. The Blade SR had more presence over
other models I've flown in the same size category.
Overall I think it was a good choice for the novice
modeler! Good price, nice size, and flew well.
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