RCU Review: Heli-Max AXE CX Nano

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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: February 2011 | Views: 25422 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the Heli-Max AXE CX Nano RTF 2.4 GHz Heli
    Geoff Barber

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    Distributed through Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021
    Phone: (800) 637-7660

    Heli-Max has been in the helicopter business for a long time now, and they bring a lot to the table. They have two different lines of helicopters for the small electric heli enthusiasts- the Novus and the AXE.

    They have done it again! Heli-Max has added a new offering for indoor pilots. Though they have spent much of their time recently on the Novus line, there is a new "nano-sized" addition to their existing AXE line.

    The newest member of the AXE family is the AXE CX Nano. The CX Nano offers beginning pilots a small co-axial helicopter with a 2.4 GHz radio system that can be flown in tight spaces- such as your living room!

    • No Assembly
    • Tough, Lghtweight Construction
    • 2.4 GHz Radio Included
    • 350 mAh LiPo Battery and Charger Included
    • Easy to Fly Indoors or Outside in Calm Air

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    Name:Heli-max AXE CX Nano RTF

    Price: $79.99

    Stock Number: HMXE13**

    Rotor Diameter: 7.9 in
    Length: 4.7 in
    Width: 1.8 in
    Weight: 1.37 oz
    Radio Used: Included 2.4 GHz 4 Channel radio
    Battery Used: Included 3.7 V 350 mAh LiPo
    Channels Used: 4 Total - Throttle, Rudder, Fore/Aft and Left/Right Cyclic

    Items Needed To Complete:

    • Four (4) AA Batteries for Transmitter

    The full-color, sturdy cardboard shipping box and two-piece plastic insert double as a convenient carrying and storage case for the small helicopter, and everything (except transmitter batteries) is included.

    Heli-Max has included an A/C charger, a 350-mAh LiPo battery, and a nice transmitter with the heli. Though the transmitter is not quite as large as a standard radio, it is easy to hold on to, and the analog trim switches are easy to adjust while flying.

    For your convenience, I removed the Schweizer 300-styled canopy so you could see what's "under the hood", so to speak.

    Since the AXE CX Nano comes out of the box fully assembled, all I had to do was insert the four AA batteries in the transmitter, and charge the flight battery.


    One more thing I want to mention: Before you fly the AXE CX Nano, read the manual. If this is your first helicopter, take the time to read the information. You will gain a wealth of knowledge regarding the CX Nano and piloting it. If you have already logged some time flying a co-axial helicopter, you'll still want to glance through the manual - then keep it around for reference material. The manual also has a section on maintenance and repair that will guide you through maintaining the heli and (if need-be) repairing it after a crash.

    Now let's get a few pictures of the heli, and get it in the air!

    After the flight battery had reached full-charge, I inserted it into the holder in the landing skids. Then I turned on the transmitter, plugged in the battery, and waited a few seconds to move the heli after plugging it in because the electronics need a chance to set a "heading lock" for flight. There is a red LED that glows steady when ready for flight, but I found it hard to see in a lit room, so I just gave the heli a few seconds to sit before advancing the throttle.

    Flying the AXE CX Nano is very easy! I found that within just a minute or two, I was able to hold a steady hover without any trouble. I added just a bit of right rudder trim, but the fore/aft and right/left cyclic trims were perfect without adjustment. I am not what you would call a "seasoned" helicopter pilot, but I found myself hovering nose-in on the second battery charge!

    Forward and backward flight is a lot of fun, and due to the small size of the CX Nano, can be flown just about anywhere! I was able to fly around in circles in my living room without any trouble at all! The controls are not overly sensitive, making it easier for a beginner to concentrate more on the fundamentals of flying rather than over-correcting the controls.

    Aerobatics are limited with the co-axial heli, but it will pirouette nicely in either direction. There are other fun things to do with the CX Nano, such as precision landings on end tables and other small furniture. My favorite thing to do is hover over my lazy dog until she gets annoyed and moves. She doesn't really mind though, and my kids get a kick out of the dog groaning when she sees the heli come out for a flight!

    The included 350 mAh battery gives flight times around 6-8 minutes, and landing the CX Nano is easy- simply pull the throttle back a bit at a time and control the decent rate. That's all there is to flying the AXE CX Nano, and it can be done in your living room or even in your office at work!

    Check out the video to see them in action!

    Heli-Max AXE CX Nano-Sized Helicopter
    Or, Download the Video (24meg)

    There isn't much more that I can say for the Heli-max AXE CX Nano. The little heli is right at home flying in your living room, is tough enough to endure those beginner's mistakes, and is just a great addition to the existing Heli-Max line-up of helicopters. If you're a beginner looking for an indoor helicopter to get started with, or a seasoned pilot wanting something small to fly inside, you owe it to yourself to check this one out- and at $79.99 ready to fly, it's a great deal too!

    Distributed through Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021
    Phone: (800) 637-7660


    Comments on RCU Review: Heli-Max AXE CX Nano

    Posted by: SteveM on 05/28/2011
    One interesting tid0bit of information that isn't mentioned here or in the instruction manual is that when the battery is almost drained, the LED lights inside the canopy start to blink. Pretty neat.
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