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    RCUniverse.com Review of Blade mCX2 BNF/RTF Coaxial Helis (PKZ5175)



    Horizon Hobby, Inc.
    ATTN: E-flite
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822
    website: www.e-fliterc.com

    Lately, coaxial helis have become incredibly popular and for good reason. They are super stable, easy to fly and provide loads of indoor flying fun for both the beginner and expert pilots alike. The Blade mCX2 promises to be no exception to this. The mCX2 has been revamped from its predecessor to include a sleek looking fuselage complete with flying lights, an adjustable swash plate and more powerful coreless motors.

    The Blade mCX2 is supplied in two flavors. The first is an Ready to Fly (RTF) with everything required ready to go out of the box. The second is a Bind and Fly (BNF) which requires a DSM2 transmitter to control the mCX2.  Both versions come with a battery and charger with the only exception being that the RTF version also includes an MLP4DSM transmitter.

    For this review, I have been supplied with both the RTF and BNF versions and I can't wait to get both of them up in the air, so without further delay, lets dig in and take a quick look at they perform.

     

     



    • Super stable
    • Easy to fly
    • Navigation lights
    • Durable

    • None


    What do these ratings mean?

    Price: (RTF) $119.99* (BNF) $89.99*

    Type: Ultra Micro Coaxial Helicopter
    Main Rotor Diameter: 7.5 in (190mm)
    Gross Weight: 1.0 oz (28 g)
    Length: 7.9 in (200mm); Height: 4.7 in (120mm)
    Motor Size: Micro Coreless (2 installed)
    Kit/ARF/RTF: BNF
    Control System: 5-in-1 receiver/servos/mixer/ESCs/gyro (installed)
    Experience Level: Beginner
    Recommended Environment: Indoor
    Is Assembly Required: No

    *
    (Accurate as of review date)

    Items Needed To Complete (RTF)

    • None.

    Items Needed To Complete (BNF)

    • Aircraft transmitter equipped with Spektrum? DSM2? technology.

    Key Features

    • 100% factory assembled, test flown and ready to fly right from the box
    • Precision swash plate with user-selectable control settings
    • Factory installed 5-in-1 control unit with Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2 compatible receiver, main motor ESCs, mixer , gyro and fully-proportional servos
    • Sleek new body and flashing LED lights
    • Coaxial, counter-rotating rotor head design
    • 120mAh 14C single-cell 3.7V lithium polymer battery pack
    • Powerful dual micro coreless motors
    • Full line of replacement parts available
    • MLP4DSM 4-channel transmitter equipped with Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2 technology and digital trims





    Both the RTF and BNF versions of the Blade mCX2 arrive in well packaged boxes that could double as carrying boxes if required. The only difference between the two versions is that the RTF version comes with the transmitter and 4 extra AA batteries.



    Included in the box, you will find the Blade mCX2, the 120mAh single cell LiPo battery, the charger and the transmitter (RTF version). AA batteries are provided for the charger and transmitter to get you up and running. The charger takes four batteries and the transmitter takes another four. The RTF version has already been binded to the receiver from the factory and is ready to fly as soon as the battery is charged. Binding the BNF is a simple process as well. Just be sure to select a single servo swash type from the transmitter options if you are using a heli model type.



    A single 120mAh LiPo battery is provided with the Blade mCX2 which fits snugly in the battery compartment under the helicopter. The front of the mCX2 houses the 5-in-1 control unit which is a single printed circuit board that houses both servos, the receiver, and the gyro. The mCX2 also includes flying lights which are attached to the new full body fuselage. If needed, the small connector can be disconnected and the fuselage removed. Blade provides an optional carbon fiber tail boom with fin which can be used to give the mCX2 a different look and some more flight agility but in the process you will loose the new flying lights as they are attached to the fuselage. 

     
    The Blade mCX2 manual is definitely oriented towards the beginner. There is sufficient detail provided to give someone who is not familiar with helicopters confidence to make their first flight a success.

    Blade mCX2 Manual




    To get the RTF version of the Blade mCX2 ready to fly, all that needs to be done is to charge the 120mAh 1S battery with the supplied charger, install the batteries in the transmitter and you are ready for flight. The RTF version does not need to be binded as is has been already done in the factory. For the BNF version, I used a X9303 and choose a single servo heli model and binded it by turning on the heli first and then the transmitter with the bind button pressed down. I also set the BNF version to the high rates that the swash plate allows by moving the swash to lower blade links to the longer connectors on the swash plate.

    Take off is easily achieved by simply applying throttle and the Blade mCX2 takes to the air and settles in a stable hover. On the RTF version I did not have to apply any trim what so ever. The BNF required a couple clicks to the rudder and it was hovering as stable as can be. 

    While counter rotating helis are not known for their acrobatic prowess, the Blade mCX2 has a few tricks up its sleeve. Pirouettes can be performed in both directions and the gyro does a good job at keeping the rotations going at constant comfortable rate. With a little cyclic applied while pirouetting, the mCX2 almost looks like  it is performing a mini funnel. However jamming the cyclic to any corner while pirouetting will cause the mCX2 to fall out of the air. What is amazing though is that is just bounces off the ground and can take off immediately with no damage.

    The Blade mCX2 is seems to be pretty durable. I have hit walls, tables, couches and even wedged the blade behind the couch and so far have not even nicked a blade or damage anything. Just be sure to lay off the throttle as you are calling mayday and the Blade will likely survive the incident. What I most enjoyed about the Blade mCX2 is that it literally hovers hands off as you can see in the video. With the higher sensitivity links connected on the swash plate, I was able to dart around the living room a with a little more spirit than with the RTF version that was set to the regular rates.

    The new fuselage and the flying lights also aid in giving the pilot a better reference of the orientation of the heli and it is a blast to fly in the dark. Check out the shots of the blade as captured by an SLR with the shutter opened wide in pure darkness in the pictures below.

     














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    With the micro flyer BNF revolution now in full swing, its nice to know that Horizon Hobby have not been pulling punches across their product range. With a total flying weight of 1.1oz, the Blade mCX2 is a very enjoyable helicopter to fly.  Overall the feeling you get while flying the mCX2 is one of confidence and that of being connected with the helicopter.

    So which one should you get? If you have a DSM2 transmitter that you can use, you could choose the BNF version but I would personally recommend the RTF version as it does not cost a lot more and it also gives you the MLP4DSM transmitter that you wont be afraid to hand to the neighbors kid. With optional parts like the glow in the dark blades, carbon fiber tail boom, and 150mAh battery, the mCX2 is sure to entertain for hours. The new full body fuselage, stronger motors and the flying lights make the Blade mCX2 a helicopter that will be enjoyed by novice to expert alike.




    Horizon Hobby, Inc.
    ATTN: E-flite
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822
    website: www.e-fliterc.com



    Comments on RCU Review: E-Flite Blade MCX2

    Posted by: Macymastiff on 10/25/2011
    My swashplate balls broke and I need some in guidance how putting back it back together again. Any suggestion would be greatly Apprecated. Macymastiff
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