RCUniverse.com Review of the HeliMax Axe 100 FP Tx-R
Tx-R and RTF
and robust frame
system very effective (TAGS)
offers a broad product line of RC helicopters allowing
a pilot to work his way up from beginner-level aircraft
to high performance 3D flying. Standard in most Helimax
novice models is the counter rotating blade, which
increases aircraft stability allowing it to move in
all spatial directions. Also key to mastering the
art of flying is the fixed-pitch rotor head helicopter
which is where the Axe 100FP model comes to play.
This helicopter is targeted towards beginner
flyers to develop their skill set and prepare them
to fly more complex collective pitch helicopters.
Axe 100 FP comes in two versions: Ready to fly (RTF)
or Transmitter Ready (Tx-R). The transmitter ready
version, coupled with the AnyLink module by Tactic
lets you use any transmitter virtually to control
heli comes in an attractive and robust box, which is useful
when storing and transporting your aircraft.
the RTF and Tx-R versions of the heli come in the same
packaging which, despite being compact, provides a lot
of room for this small aircraft allowing you to store
additional parts and batteries.
Axe 100 FP helicopter comes with one battery, a USB charger,
and a small screw driver.
(Tx-R) $199.98 (RTF)
(Triple Axis Gyro Stabilization)
receiver, motor, ESC & Servos
150mAh LiPo Battery
Axe 100 FP is a compact heli with two sides.
Take it out of the box and it's as rock-steady
as they come, yet agile enough to fly indoors
in small areas or outdoors in light winds.
A flybarless fixed-pitch rotor head and
a 3-axis gyro make hovering almost automatic
with the TAGS (Triple Axis Gyro Stabilization)
onboard, pilots are protected against outside
forces that can affect flight, which improves
heli control and pilot confidence.
in (239 mm)
oz (37 g)
in (221 mm)
included USB charger is convenient for playing with
your helicopter at home: just plug it in to your computer,
and it quickly charges in approximately 10 minutes.
To charge the battery when you are at the field, you
will need a USB power converter in 110V/220V or 12V
for your car (not included). The battery provided
is a 1 cell 140mAh lipo battery.
The 100 FP is equipped with 2 micro-servos for the
control of the roll and pitch. The yaw rotation is
handled by the tail rotor, with a direct drive brushed
motor. The control board is an all-in-one board, which
includes the receiver and the motor drive. The main
motor is also a brushed motor.
canopy snaps on easily on two pegs located on each
side of the frame. It is well decorated and made of
good grade plastic. The frame is well engineered and
allows for easy access of all the components.
transmitter alone can only do so much.
But a transmitter with AnyLink can
do wonders! It's so revolutionary
that a patent is already pending,
and so simple to use that it takes
only seconds to add. Yet, once it's
installed, your transmitter will be
able to fly:
electric aircraft equipped with
a 2.4GHz SLT receiver.
that?s not the only amazing thing about
AnyLink. Here are three more:
works with virtually any transmitter,
regardless of brand, band or modulation.
enables your transmitter to send
out a true, 2.4GHz signal and operate
with all of the interference-free
dependability of a frequency-hopping,
offers all of the convenience, versatility
and benefits listed above for far
less than the cost of a new 2.4GHz
helicopter works with the TACTIC communication system
and could be paired with either the transmitter
of the brand, or the Anylink module and your own
Anylink module simply attaches to the trainer connector
of the radio. It comes with various types of connectors,
and could virtually work with any transmitter.
Axe 100 FP All
photos and videos by Burc Simsek
100FP is a 4-channel helicopter. The pilot controls the yaw
(rotation right/left), the pitch (tilting forward/backward),
the roll (tilting sideway) and the throttle. The "FP" in the
name of the machine stands for "Fixed Pitch", and refers to
the pitch of the main rotor. That means the control of the
lift of the machine is controlled directly by the speed of
motor. As for any helicopter, all these axis are strongly
interdependent. And that is where the TAGS (Triple Axis Gyro
Stabilization) come into play to relieve the pilot from challenging
coordination tasks. I had a positive experience with the stabilization
system developed by Helimax with the 1SQ model, and I was
hoping for the same level of performance with this model.
I was not deceived!
Take off and hovering:
My first flight with the 100FP heli demonstrated the aircraft's
good temper. The helicopter took off quickly after the power
was applied, and showed good stability in all axis.
Don't be afraid to push the throttle on take off, the stabilization
is only effective once the rotor has gained enough speed.
If you are too shy with the throttle stick, you will see the
helicopter moving around quite a bit, and if the power is
not increased quickly, it might hover very close to the ground,
and tilt over if the landing gear catches on something. Luckily,
if the heli happens to tilt over, it's light weight prevents
it from getting damaged.
hovering is as simple as it gets with this helicopter. The
stabilization works great, and the pilot is left with very
little to do to keep the helicopter steady. Outdoors, the
100FP simply tilts towards the wind and stays relatively steady
as long as the wind is not too strong.
Moving the helicopter slowly making large figure 8s is effortless
for someone with some experience with rotorcrafts. The TAGS
handle all unwanted displacements, wind gusts, etc, to smooth
the translations. It takes some concentration at first to
maintain the helicopter at a constant altitude. The 100FP
looses altitude quite rapidly with a small reduction of the
throttle input, whereas it takes much more stick displacement
to get it to climb again. It takes some practice to master
this activity, and the 100FP is a good and forgiving teacher.
For a fixed pitch heli, the 100FP does very well on fast translations.
The maximum speed is not very high, which is a good thing
considering the beginner target audience of this heli. The
TAGS does a good job at keeping the "nose down" when the displacement
is initiated, and it takes little input from the pilot to
keep the heli moving forward. Once the again, lift management
is critical, and the pilot will have to learn to use the throttle
stick properly to keep all the translations and rotation leveled.
As the 100FP is a fixed pitch heli, it is not designed for
3D flying nor will it accomodate for it. Aerobatics with this
heli is not going to wow the crowd, but it might twist a couple
of brain cells to the new comer to heli. Once all the translations
are mastered and the pilot can turn this heli in any direction
and fly towards himself without breaking a sweat, it is time
to move to more complex maneuvers such as the pirouette. The
included user manual actually provides some sort of a training
plan, to bring the pilot to this level of control. The "pirouette"
is a complete rotation of the helicopter along the yaw axis
(or the rotor axis). Combining this with a translation requires
good control over the heli, and the 100FP is a good training
platform for this. The airframe is quite durable and will
take some abuse.
Helimax 100FP is a nice and strong small heli that does what
it was designed to do: bring a beginner heli pilot to the
level of control and confidence needed to move to the more
intense and complex collective pitch helicopters.
The TAGS stabilization system is very effective, and corrects
the trajectory and attiude of the rotorcraft in most conditions.
This provides the pilot with the challenge of controlling
an airborne model that can move in any direction all at once,
without being bugged by complex control interdependencies.
If you add to this the robustness of the model, and the low
cost of the spare parts, that makes the 100FP a very nice
Great Planes Model Distributors
P.O. Box 9021
Champaign, IL 61826-9021 www.helimax-rc.com
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