Some small scale details such as antennas break easily
performing a wide variety of missions ranging from troop transport to
medical evacuation, the
silhouette of the UH-61 Black Hawk has become a modern day icon of U.S.
Air power, one that is accurately captured with the new 1/43 scale
Heli-Max brushless aerobatic helicopter.
The 1/43 scale Black Hawk from Heli-Max is not only a highly
detailed replica of the full scale helicopter b but one that is also
capable of performing acrobatics. The Black Hawk is marketed in two
versions. The Tx-R
version of the Black Hawk comes with the ready to fly helicopter,
battery and charger. The RTF version includes all that is provided with
the Tx-R version while adding a 2.4GHz 6-channel
transmitter. The Black Hawk can be flown with the AnyLink system or my
personal favorite, the TTX650 transmitter.
Utilizing the TAGS
three axis gyro, the Black Hawk replicates the four
blades on the original Black Hawk with great detail and with the
addition of a brushless motor, actually provides the performance to
perform a variety of aerobatics including inverted flight.
normally do not spend much time away from 3D machines with scale
helicopters but when I saw this offering from Heli-Max, I made sure to
get myself on the list to prepare an article about it so lets take a
look at the Tx-R version and see what it has to offer.
In the usual Heli-Max fashion, the Black Hawk arrives in a nicely decorated box.
It is hard to not admire the level of detail that is provided with the ready to fly Black Hawk.
The 7.4V 2S600mAh flight battery along with a simple charger are also provided.
Price: $299.99 (Tx-R) - 349.98 (RTF)
infiltration to VIP transportation, the Sikorsky UH-60 BLACK HAWK does
it all. It's the most versatile tool in the U.S. Arsenal filling
transport, medevac, fire support and search and rescue roles. That's
why Heli-Max had to make this model!
the rotors to the rubber tires, our bird is the spitting image of the
BLACK HAWK. It's also much more. A collective pitch rotor head and
variable pitch tail rotor let our model perform aerobatics that would
get you kicked out of helicopter flight school!
made sure that this aircraft, which has done so much for America, is
both exactingly detailed and exhilarating to fly.
7.4 oz (210g)
Heli-Max Black Hawk features a variety of scale touches that you might
expect to find on a plastic model. Sliding doors (that open partially)
add a nice touch to the already detailed helicopter. Some of the
details such as antennas are very fragile and will likely take damage
from simply handling the helicopter as I found out the hard way.
front of the fuselage is held in place with powerful magnets but can
easily slide off to access the flight battery and electronics.
Each blade on the four bladed head on the Black Hawk is connected directly to the swash plate
for a very secure and slop free connection. The tail rotor on the Black
Hawk is actually in the proper scale location and features pitch
controlled blades. I am glad that Heli-Max chose to add this to this
helicopter and did not go with the motorized tail.
fuselage is composed of four main pieces and is easily removable for component access. A few locations,
mainly around the LEDs were glued and required a bit of cutting to get
free but afterwards, it was easy sailing to get access to the inside of
the Black Hawk. Notice that there is no tail boom. The tail rotor is
powered by a torque tube which is driven directly from the main gear.
This is a simple and effective design but without a tail boom, relies
on the rigidity of the fuselage to supply uninterrupted power and
control to the tail.
setup the Black Hawk on my TTX650 transmitter per the recommended
throttle and pitch curves that are documented in the manual. After
charging the battery and installing it in the nose of the heli, I
placed it on the ground and advanced the collective. The sound of the
motor almost sounded like a turbine spooling up which got my adrenaline
flowing but I immediately noticed that something was wrong as the
blades were not turning. After returning to the bench, I noticed that
the main gear was not making contact with the motor. A problem that was
easily fixed by loosing the collar on the main shaft and adjusting it
so that the gear made contact.
that small adventure, I took the Black Hawk out to the flight line
again and this time as I advanced the collective, the blades started to
rotate and within a few short moments were fully spooled up and the
Black Hawk was getting light on its gear. As I advanced the collective,
the Black Hawk lifted up and settled in a stable hover. I played around
with the cyclic to see how responsive the Black Hawk is and was pleased
to find that the heli is quite tame on low rates but can really start
to move with high rates. With the recommended gain on the tail, I
noticed that the tail was hunting a bit as it wagged on collective
changes so I set the Black Hawk down and reduced the gain until the
hunting behavior went away.
the recommended throttle and pitch curves, the Black Hawk is quite
docile and can be flown around in a very scale like manner. When it
comes to aerobatics, the Black Hawk can perform a variety of basic
maneuvers such as stall turns, rolls and flips but setup per the
manual, lacked the negative pitch required to really pull out of
maneuver I remedied the situation by changing my IDLE2 settings to a
3D like setting with a linear pitch curve and flat full throttle.
You have to pay attention to the actual pitch on the blades as a -100
to 100 pitch curve is actually way too much for this heli. I ended up
with something around -40 to 40 on the pitch curve and this really
brought the heli to life. With the new settings, I attempted some
aggressive rolls and flips and was pleased to find that the heli could
sustain inverted flight and even pull out with authority. When you are
inverted, you have to remember that the tail rotor is actually below
the main rotor disk so be careful when you are getting close to the
ground as the tail will hit first. Something that I discovered the hard
in a scale like manner, the Black Hawk will definitely please as it
presents its great scale like looks as it zooms by the flight line and
onlookers. After draining a couple of packs while taking it easy with
the Black Hawk, I attempted a few aggressive maneuvers and as I was
trying my first piro flip, fumbled and crashed the Black Hawk in front of me. The resulting damage from this encounter
was a few stripped gears in the tail drive which grounded me for a few
days until I got replacement parts. While the Black Hawk is marketed as
a aerobatic helicopter and can perform a wide variety of aggressive
maneuvers, it looks better when flown scale as there is something
eerily wrong when seeing a scale Black Hawk heli flying inverted or
performing pirouetting maneuvers.
it comes to landing, the Black Hawk did not present anything out of the
ordinary as it comfortably settled on its main as the collective was
reduced. I do not believe autos are possible with the Black Hawk as it
lacks the blade mass and independent tail drive to sustain rotation when the power is removed.
What is really fun though is to land and roll on the mains in a scale
like manner before coming to a stop in front of you.
Heli-Max Black Hawk
am very pleased with the Heli-Max Black Hawk and believe that this is
the best thing to come out of Heli-Max so far. Presenting a very
accurate scale outline and detailed with many small touches, the Black
Hawk certainly looks the part and provides the performance to back it
all up. Flight times that I observed with the 600mAh battery were on
par with most other industry offerings and varied in the 4-6 minutes
range. I normally do not comment on the price of the products I review
however I think that the price of the Black Hawk will certainly limit
the number of people that will be willing to give this great heli a
try. However, if you not amongst those persons, you will not be
disappointed with the Heli-Max Black Hawk.
Great Planes Model Distributors
P.O. Box 9021
Champaign, IL 61826 www.helimax-rc.com
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