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Old 07-24-2008, 03:18 AM
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Default NEW! E-Flite Blade Micro CX

I can't see any other posts about this little baby anywhere else on RCU so hopefully i'm not double posting. ModelFlight Australia posted this news article this morning and so far as I can see there is no word of it on either the Horizon or E-flite websites. I have to say, this thing looks brilliant!! It's due in Australian stores in September, earlier for the US.



Specs:
1S 3.7V 110mAh LiPo battery and DC charger (AA Alkaline powered)
Ultra micro weight
100% factory assembled, test flown and ready-to-fly right from the box
LP4DSM 4 Channel digital transmitter with Spektrum DSM2, 2.4GHz technology
Factory installed integrated control unit with Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2 RX, main dual coreless motors, ESC, gyro and fully‐proportional servos – included in RTF and BNF models.
Includes 8 AA batteries – 4 for TX, 4 for charger

[Taken from www.modelflight.com.au]

"I say a “sneak look” because it was only unveiled to a handful of Model Flight’s staffers soon after it was tumbled out of the package. The static shot (which is one of the better ways to photograph this tiny Helicopter) shows a rather attractive lemon shaded body and fin beneath a flat black set of contra-rotating blades and paddles. When you read “CX” on the box, you could be forgiven for thinking of the ever-popular Blade CX2 and whilst it is a small version of the Blade, there are still some similarities. Firstly, they are both out of the Chinese Republic, they both carry the letters, CX, and they both have contra-rotating blades.

Then, when we disrobe the model, we start thinking along the lines of the Vapor – the model that took the ETSA PARK Indoor Stadium into its hands and moulded it to a shape to suit itself. THE MICRO CX IS DESTINED TO DO THE SAME. Parkzone’s Etomic family of innovative ultra-micro flyers makes micro flying a reality for everyone. Once again, as with the Vapor, the Micro CX is offloaded from its packaging with proportional, multi-channel, 2.4 GHz radio technology that provides precise control for amazing, ready-to-fly indoor enjoyment.

If you are already a Vapor flyer, you know only full well that here is another opportunity for you to save money as this, also, is a BNF model. Of course you can lash out for a model that comes complete with Spectrum Radio – but – why pay the extra and have, yet another transmitter cluttering up your hobby room, when you can bind it to any Spectrum radio on 2.4 GHz and Bob’s your uncle, and I’m sure he would be pleased to hear of your frugality. It also comes with some optional extras, such as, special blades that become illuminated and also have a lighting effect on the body and fin. Wow! Sounds prettier than Justin Galbraith’s Ikarus Shock Flyer.

But – back to the Micro CX – it is compatible with a variety of Spektrum DSM2 radios and it offers helicopter pilots a one-of-a-kind indoor experience. Yet again, with its wide use of carbon fibre composition, represents the ultimate in lightweight design with this little craft lifting the scales to around 25 grams. With its own charger, its single cell Lipo battery recharges in approximately 20 minutes and you are ready to go again for ten or twelve minutes. Two fully proportional lightweight servo motors add to the excellent handling qualities of this delightful little aircraft. Even the man in red was able to hold one in his hand – a hand that has not done an enormous amount of hard labour over its life span and so has retained its normal size, but even so, it seemed enormous against this fantastic flying machine.

When the RRP is released it will be $129 (estimated around $99 USD) for the BNF model – why think further? If you have not done it before, it is time for you to ‘BIND-n-FLY'."
Old 07-24-2008, 06:36 AM
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OHhhh, that's just too cool. I'm sure I "Need" one of those little guys. I had better start working on the justification so I can get it on my Christmas list without the usual "You don't need another . . .".

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Old 07-24-2008, 10:11 AM
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Default RE: NEW! E-Flite Blade Micro CX

FYI, USA is also targeting latter part of September!
(Production samples are beating the 28g spec.)

Should be live on the Web now.....

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLH2200
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLH2280
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Articles...ArticleID=1816


Have Fun,
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:35 AM
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Default RE: NEW! E-Flite Blade Micro CX

Thanks David,

Do you know if the BNF model will be compatible with the original DX6 transmitter. From what I understand the MCX uses a DSM2 receiver and the DX6 uses DSM1 which is an issue with other Spektrum receivers.

Cheers
Old 07-24-2008, 12:27 PM
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ORIGINAL: Andrew86

Thanks David,

Do you know if the BNF model will be compatible with the original DX6 transmitter. From what I understand the MCX uses a DSM2 receiver and the DX6 uses DSM1 which is an issue with other Spektrum receivers.

Cheers
http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...LH2280&Index=2


http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLH2280
Hi Andrew,

Since it requires a DSM2 transmitter, the DX6 will not work (it is DSM(1))

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Old 07-24-2008, 01:31 PM
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OOOOHHHHHH!!!!! I gotta git me one of those.......

want one want one want one want one want one want one want one want one................................
Old 07-24-2008, 02:21 PM
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I was really happy to see that, up until I saw the horrible "servo's" it's using. Man I hate that design.
Old 07-24-2008, 02:46 PM
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Default RE: NEW! E-Flite Blade Micro CX

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder... for me...
A precise feedback control digital servo motor at <1 gram is a beautiful thing, and a wonderful bit of affordable technology!

Have Fun!
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:48 PM
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Very cool. Looks like it would be an awesome heli to get stick time with while travelling. Also, very smart on Horizon's part to release it as a BNF (Bind 'n' Fly) version from the get go. The [link=http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products/Gallery.aspx?ProdID=EFLH2280&Index=14]glow-in-the-dark hop ups[/link] look pretty cool to. Gotta have one.

I know that e-Flite has had a history of weak servos in their helis, but in something that small, you really don't need very strong servos. They are also already thinking ahead on replacement parts, including servos (available w/o the 5-in-1 unit for $9.99 ea.). Replacement parts are [link=http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products/RelatedParts.aspx?ProdID=EFLH2280&Category=Parts%20Listing]here.[/link]

On the flip side, I can hear the Air Hog advocates screaming their "Why this when I can get an Air Hog for less?". Maybe on the flip side though, since they aren't that much more than an Air Hog, maybe the Air Hog fans will make the jump to e-Flite and find out the wonderful world of product support. I've never owned an Air Hog, so this is just my biased opinion, take it with a grain of salt. To each their own. I'll go for the e-Flite over Air Hog any day, plus I can make more use of my DX7 (as if I don't have enough use for it with the 5 helis and 2 airplanes that I already have).

They should have a hit on their hands with this little heli.
Old 07-24-2008, 11:50 PM
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That's a really good thing that you can use the existing radio from the Blade CX2 for this bird, I haven't touched mine in months.

Can't wait to get my hands on this, there's so many rubish micro helis out there at the moment so this will be a welcome change.

The white canopy looks nice too...
Old 07-24-2008, 11:56 PM
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Woooo!!! Oh man I can't wait! Im going to get one first chance I get!!
Old 07-25-2008, 09:29 AM
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g-day everyone
looks like great fun i want one but my parents would go nuts coz i am suposed to be saving for a car lol
it wouldent be to prety after a crash though by the way modleflight is an AWSUM shop.
happy flying

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Old 07-26-2008, 09:17 AM
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DARN U E-FLITE!!!
Always gotta make something that parts me from my money!
If I hide my CX2 now, and paint the micro red when I get it, may be able to convince the GF it is the same heli? I will just fly it really close to her...she will never know!
Old 07-26-2008, 08:57 PM
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LOL it might work aviator24 sounds like you have the same problems as me but i have them with my parents they are always telling me of for buying new stuff. lol
good luck mate

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Old 08-15-2008, 01:36 PM
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I couldn't wait. I just backordered one with all the GLOW options. This is gonna be a fun little something to play with this winter.
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:47 PM
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Has anyone got one of these things yet? I know they're due for release here in Australia early September but i was under the impression it was due for release in the states mid august? I'm keen to know how it flies

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Nope. They're due in September in the States as well.
Old 08-28-2008, 02:22 PM
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How about for a 6 year old??
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cool.
Does anyone know if it will work with my Lama 2.4ghz radio?
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Its a cool heli but in my opinion i don't think that it is worth the $129.99 that Horizon is asking for it.
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cool.
Does anyone know if it will work with my Lama 2.4ghz radio?
No, it won't. The Micro CX uses Spektrum DSM2 which is a proprietary architecture to Horizon Hobby. For a list of compatible transmitters, see www.bindnfly.com

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David,
Thanks for the reply. I guess I won't be getting one then
by the way, that link is not working
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sweet! i like the glow in the dark one!
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David,
Thanks for the reply. I guess I won't be getting one then
by the way, that link is not working
Try the link now.
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There is hope.
I was in the mood for flying today and remembered that on the top of the shelf out of site in my work shop is a parkzone Cessna 210 Centurion plane that came with a DSM2 radio. I have had it for about 4 months and this is the first time I have taken it out of the box. Will this work with the micro CX? They are showing a plane and the helicopter on the same bind-N-fly page, so I am hoping the answer is yes.

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