RCU Review: Heli-Max AXE 100 CX


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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: January 2014 | Views: 9442 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the Heli-Max Axe 100 CX
    Geoff Barber
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    Distributed By:
    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826
    Phone: 800-637-7660
    www.helimax-rc.com

    "To fly the Axe 100 CX, all you really need is to own one. You can successfully pilot this helicopter even if it's your very first R/C model. You'll enjoy confidence-boosting stability from its coaxial rotor head design, plus impressive crash-resistance that comes to your rescue during any unexpected "oops"."

    This is how Heli-Max describes their new AXE 100 CX helicopter, and I believe they nailed that statement! Coming out of the box ready to fly makes the 100 CX one of the easiest helicopters to own and fly.

    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 (RTF Version)
    • USB Battery Charger Included
    • Transmitter Batteries Included (RTF Version)


    • None as Tested


    Skill Level:

    Time Required to Build:

    Frustration Level:

    What do these ratings mean?

    Name:Heli-Max AXE 100 CX

    Price: $74.99 RTF(Accurate at time of review)

    Price: $59.99 Tx-R(Accurate at time of review)

    Stock Number: HMXE0818 (RTF)

    Stock Number: HMXE0819 (Tx-R)

    Rotor Diameter: 7.4 in (190 mm)
    Length: 9.0 in (230 mm)
    Weight: 1.1 oz (33 g)
    Radio Used: Included 2.4 Ghz Transmitter (RTF Version Reviewed)
    Battery Used: Included 3.7 V 150 mAh LiPo
    Channels Used: 4 Total - Aileron, Elevator, Throttle, and Rudder

    Items Needed To Complete:

    • Nothing- Everything is Included! (RTF Version)
    • Tactic SLT Transmitter or AnyLink Adapter (Tx-R Version)




    The AXE 100 CX arrived, well packed, in a colorful box that also served as a carrying case. When I opened the box, I found everything needed to get in the air - even the AA batteries were included for the transmitter!



    Speaking of the transmitter, this one is a little different than what I'm used to - it is smaller than a standard transmitter, but fit comfortably in my hands. The features on the radio that I liked were the LCD display, the lighted Heli-Max logo and dual rate option for different levels of flying.

    While not necessary, I removed the body from the 100 CX 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 CX 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 the 100 CX was ready for take off!


    Manual


    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 for the rudder. The 100 CX settled into a near perfect hover.

    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 CX 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 CX 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 nice pirouettes in both directions.

    At about the 8 minute mark the rotors started slowing, and the 100 CX gently lowered to the floor. I cannot say enough how pleased I was by the performance of this little heli!




    Heli-Max AXE 100 CX












    I really liked the AXE 100 CX. For less than $75.00, you get a great looking, easy flying helicopter that will get you well on the path to learning to fly. And since it's a micro-sized heli, you can enjoy flying it right in your living room! Great job, Heli-Max!





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



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