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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: April 2012 | Views: 7653 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the Nine Eagles Draco CX
    Geoff Barber

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

    Have you been looking for an indoor helicopter? Are you just starting to get your feet wet in electric helis? Do you want to have a lot of fun for an inexpensive price? Then you need to take a look at this new beginner's model, coaxial heli!

    When I first saw the Nine Eagles' Draco CX, I must say that I was intrigued. A stable, Ready-to-Fly heli for less than $50.00? "There's no way!", I thought. "It has to be either a typo in the ad, or it's going to be just a little toy."

    When the opportunity to review the heli arose, I jumped on it. I just HAD to see how it would perform.

    So, here we go - I'm going to put this little helicopter to the test for you!

    • No Assembly
    • Box Doubles as Carrying Case
    • 2.4 gHz Radio Included - Capable of Mode 1 and
      Mode 2!
    • Flight Batteries Charge from Transmitter
    • Transmitter Batteries Included

    • None as Tested

    Skill Level:

    Time Required to Build:

    Frustration Level:

    What do these ratings mean?

    Name: Nine Eagles Draco CX

    Price: $49.99 (Accurate at time of review)

    Stock Number: NEAE0001

    Rotor Diameter: 7.4 in (188 mm)
    Length: 8.4 in (213 mm)
    Weight: .95 oz (27 g)
    Radio Used: Included 2.4 Ghz Transmitter
    Battery Used: Included 3.7 V 110 mAh LiPo
    Channels Used: 4 Total - Aileron, Elevator, Throttle, and Rudder

    Items Needed To Complete:

    • Nothing- Everything is Included!

    The Draco CX arrived, well packed, in a colorful box that also serves as a carrying case. When I opened the box, I found everything needed to get in the air - even the AA batteries are included for the transmitter!

    Speaking of the transmitter, this one is a little different than what I'm used to. The radio is shorter and oval shaped, but just as wide as a standard transmitter - It did fit comfortably in my hands. The other unique feature I found is that the radio can be switched between mode 1 and mode two, by simply changing the direction of the antenna. Don't worry though - you can't accidently switch modes. There are two screws that retain the antenna on the back of the case! Two other features on the radio that I liked were the flight battery charger and the LCD display.

    While not necessary, I removed the body from the Draco to get a closer look at the mechanics of the helicopter. The two-piece body was easily reinstalled by slipping it over the pins on each side of the frame.

    Getting the Draco ready to fly was very easy! I installed included the batteries in the transmitter and charged the flight battery. After the flight battery had finished charging, it was installed in the heli (with the transmitter on) and I was ready to take off!


    The manual is great. There are lots of illustrations and written instructions - it even covers the basics of learning to fly the helicopter.

    With the flight battery fully charged and installed, I set the heli on the floor and started bringing up the throttle. After take-off, I adjusted the (digital) trims on the rudder and forward cyclic. The Draco CX settled into a near perfect hover. At this point, I must admit, I was impressed!

    The transmitter is equipped with dual rates, so I tried both settings. On low rates, the heli is very docile - perfect for a beginner. The Draco moved about gently without any sudden movements, yet was still maneuverable. On high rates, the heli moved quicker - yet still remained stable.

    I decided to see what the Draco would do when moving in flight. Forward flight was easy to maintain, as well as any other direction - I was having a lot of fun with this little helicopter!

    As a coaxial heli, the aerobatics are very limited, but it will do the nicest pirouettes in both directions.

    At about the 8 minute mark the rotors started slowing, and the Draco gently lowered to the floor. I cannot say enough how pleased I was by the performance of this little heli!

    Check out the video to see the Draco CX in action!

    Nine Eagles Draco CX

    As I said in the introduction, I was skeptical about the performance and stability of a helicopter that cost less than $50.00. I am now going to eat those words. I was so impressed by the fact that the Draco CX came out of the box ready to fly, looked good, AND flew great! 'Nuff said!!!

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

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