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Blade 130X BNF

McKrackin

rrProfessor

Lucasville,Ohio

The batteries didn't release until later but there are TONS of after market options.

I literally never use the word literally right.

07-08-2012 Over year old.
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HeliNutAndy

Key Veteran

worcester, MA USA

I always thought hobby shops actually made more profit selling accessories as apposed to the machines themselves and thought it was weird that the batteries were not available. I was hoping to go flying but it is very windy and I am not in the mood to fight the wind

07-08-2012 Over year old.
McKrackin

rrProfessor

Lucasville,Ohio

They do make more on parts but they have to get helis out there that need parts first.lol...

I literally never use the word literally right.

07-08-2012 Over year old.
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HeliNutAndy

Key Veteran

worcester, MA USA

People tend to also make impulse purchases when they initially by their toy. I tend to buy parts I think I may need up front and batteries is one of those necessities. I have also purchased machines that I never picked up again so waiting to stock items after the fact may mean lost sales. I forget that at least in my area rc heli sales aren't making anyone rich...

07-08-2012 Over year old.
JLHarv

Heliman

Auburn Hills, MI-USA

As of now I do not have a 2 cell balance connector. But I have a buddy that has a bunch of retired 2s packs. I am going to steal the balance connector from one of those and add it to the stock pack. For a couple of cycles I am not too worried about it though.

So in the end, I will have the three wires coming off of the stock pack to a "Y". One side goes to a JST and the other to a 3 pin JST-XH (standard balance connector).

Right now my bigger problem is the crown gear is wearing itself down a little. So I am debating how to fix it (actually prevent further wear).
I have adjusted the mesh by moving the boom in. Some say all the way in, but I found that to make the mesh too tight and cause binding. So I moved it out just enough for it to mesh nicely with out binding.

I want to lube the gear. Some say grease, some say graphite powder. Still in the air on this one.

07-09-2012 Over year old.
McKrackin

rrProfessor

Lucasville,Ohio

File off the left guide tab and plug the balance connecter in the far right of the socket. Most chargers will recognize it as a 2S.

My charger only has a 6S socket but I plug all my lipos in it and it works.

Just make sure the ground is in the right pin.

I literally never use the word literally right.

07-09-2012 Over year old.
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ne1cron

Heliman

Richmond, VA, USA

Just My Two cents

Ok here's my review of the BLADE 130X for what it's worth.
I picked up this bird about 1 week ago from my LHS, along with 2 extra lipos that my LHS owner was kind enough to pull from 2 other blades since I literally spend 1000s at his place just about every month.

Now I've been flying RC helicopters for roughly 20 years and I've flown every thing from a lite machine to a Piccolo Pro, to a BLADE CP, to a Century Hummingbird PRO. So what's my point? My point is I've flown just about every mainstream micro out there and I've never been truly impressed by any of them. Sure I like to bang them around in between "real" flying sessions but when I want true pitch pumping power I reach for my TT Raptor SE or the SAB Goblin.

Well NOT ANYMORE!

I have to say that this bird is the best micro Ive ever flown!

I really can't compare it to anything else because any analogy doesn't quite fit.

Some people say it flies like a bigger 450. I say, not really. I've flown a ton of 450s and the B130X is more nimble because of its compact size and CG.

There are still other people who wan't to talk about the B130X vis--vis the MCPX, again no comparison. The B130 is more stable and feels far more locked in than the MCPX ever did.

So what about the converted MCPX to full brushless?

I have two of them that I have totally tripped out with all metal upgrades. This includes the hp05 brushless setups with 120 SR tails and Microheli CF frame sets. Yeah they are hot setups and they fly nice for what they are but in terms of a usable analogy, comparing the B130X to a MCPX (even brushless) is like comparing a Volkswagen to a Ferrari.

Let me put it this way, the B130X is what the MCPX should have been.

The day I got the B130X I teamed it up with my JR 9503 using the recommended DX8 settings in the manual. I was prepared to be disappointed, yet again, with a mediocre micro tail that just could keep up with the brushless main motor.

So, I spooled it up (the head speed was cooking!) and popped it off the ground ready for a battle! The little sucker settled into the prettiest hover I've ever seen in a micro!

I then did some fast piros waiting for the first sign of trouble. None. Ok, then I really slammed on the tail trying to get it to over rotate. But nope, it stayed where ever I put it.

I wasn't through yet. I waited til I had flown for about 3 mins of soft acrobatics when I knew the pack was coming to an end and I really started abusing the collective to see if I could get the tail to blow out like the stock MCPX.

Wrong again, the tail was solid as a rock, despite a slight amount of head bog during some REALLY hard turns.

When I finally landed at the 5 minute mark I had the worst case of perm-grin you've ever seen!

I knew in an instant I had a new favorite helicopter! In fact, this weekend I left every other heli in my fleet at home and went to the field with just 3 things: my radio, my field charger and the B130X.

I had a blast! Now don't get me wrong, the B130X is no SAB Goblin (I just love scaring the hell out of myself with the 130mph 2 feet off the deck flybys!) but I have now had 3 crashes (1 serious) with the B130X and my total repair bill was 0 dollars and 0 cents. One average crash with the Goblin not only takes about a year off your life but it will have you doing the wallet reach maneuver to the tune of 300 dollars per incident.

So that's the good stuff. Now what about the not-so-good stuff?

Well strangely enough my B130X flew perfect right out of the box. It wasn't until I had about 10 flights on her that I began experiencing annoying little problems.

First, all of a sudden I started experiencing a wobble and shake about mid stick upon transitioning from any type of flight back into a hover.

After doing some searching on the internet I found the solution to my problem on another forum. A fellow 130Xer advised to take the rubber grommets off the swash plate balls that were placed by the factory and replace them with the extra canopy grommets that come in the spare parts and tool bag with the B130X. He also suggested cutting medium fuel line and placing it on the swash balls that link the swash to the blade grips.

I followed this sage advice and I have never experienced another shake or wobble since!

The second problem I experienced was during my 10th flight my tail did let go and the B130X went into a uncontrollable piro right into the ground! (MCPX flashback!)

Thankfully, my field has a high grass section and the heli mercifully decided on this spot to deposit itself. Luckily, there was no damage done. However, upon closer inspection it looked like my tail servo or main board had taken a dump! Bummer! I was convinced of this because when I spooled the heli up I had no tail control but when I shut the rotor down my servo control returned.

After a few head scratching minutes I was stumped. Just before I got totally frustrated and decided to call it a day I decided to try one more thing. I firmly held the tail blades in place and very gently tried to turn the rotor head. Much to my surprise the rotor head rotated with minimal effort!

As it turns out the little tail gear that goes on the torque tube had stripped just enough to allow the torque tube to slip ever so slightly around inside the gear but there was still enough material in the gear to make it look like the tail was spinning at the proper RPMs on spool up.

This little disconnect was just enough to throw the gyro and tail servo out of wack. Once I replaced this gear my little heli was off into the deep blue skies flying as good as new!

The third and final problem I've been experiencing with this heli is that I have to re-bind it to the JR 9503 just about every flight.
This is incredibly annoying and I haven't found a solution for this yet. Will probably call HH customer support soon for some expert advice.

In conclusion, I must first apologize for the long post but I personal hate post about a product that I'm considering purchasing that just say, this product sucks or it's great and they never elaborate on how they reached that conclusion.

My conclusion is that the B130X is worth every penny! It is hands down the best micro I've ever flown. I love it because it has become a low risk, low cost alternative to my simulator and it can do every maneuver that my bigger more expensive birds can do.

I find that I push myself to try 3D maneuvers that I am always afraid to try with my bigger bank-breaking machines.

I am seriously considering purchasing one or two more so I can fly back-to-back packs without having to worry about giving the little motor time to cool down.

In all honesty, if I could only choose to keep one heli out of my fleet it would be this one because it fits nicely in my front seat and I can fly it anywhere at any time. I can even invert it off of my coffee table, which is a trick that I haven't worked up the nerve to try with the Goblin yet!

jmtc.

07-10-2012 Over year old.
JKos

rrProfessor

Redondo Beach, CA

> Just My Two cents

I think that's more like $2! Thank you for the great, well though out review.

I'm hoping the tail resonance issue gets worked out. I'm waiting for that before I get one.

- John

07-10-2012 Over year old.
McKrackin

rrProfessor

Lucasville,Ohio

Well ####.....I'll order mine the moment my check posts in the bank now.lol....

I literally never use the word literally right.

07-10-2012 Over year old.
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TMoore

rrMaster

Cookeville, TN

Well ####.....I'll order mine the moment my check posts in the bank now.lol....
You need to wait?

Flybarless - "Some silly gyro thingy for some whirlie birdie machine......."

07-10-2012 Over year old.
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jschenck

rrProfessor

La Vista, NE.

First, all of a sudden I started experiencing a wobble and shake about mid stick upon transitioning from any type of flight back into a hover.
After doing some searching on the internet I found the solution to my problem on another forum. A fellow 130Xer advised to take the rubber grommets off the swash plate balls that were placed by the factory and replace them with the extra canopy grommets that come in the spare parts and tool bag with the B130X. He also suggested cutting medium fuel line and placing it on the swash balls that link the swash to the blade grips.
I followed this sage advice and I have never experienced another shake or wobble since!
thanks for forwarding that hint - mine has just started to get the 'lightly loaded collective' shakes also.

good writeup. mirrors my experience


One other issue that I haven't tackled yet, I have a lot more positive than negative collective. I haven't looked at where my pitch is at mid-stick yet. I'll bet I just need to adjust the swash height.

As far as rebinding, I've heard the same with others flying with a 9303. Haven't had this issue with my DX8. Might be a DSM2 vs. DSMX protocol issue. If I had to guess the 130X controller board isn't flipping over to DSM2 mode and linking up before it's timeout to go into bind mode. Only thing I can think of to help alleviate this is to make sure the TX is far enough away and perhaps try unplugging and plugging in the pack again without cycling the 9303 to see if they link up without having to rebind. I can't experiment with that since I don't have my 9303 anymore.

Team GrandRC

07-10-2012 Over year old.
HeliNutAndy

Key Veteran

worcester, MA USA

ne1cron thank you for the elaborate reply. I am fairly new to the sport and was going to purchase the MCPX but decided to go with the 130X and I am glad I did. With the price of a battery only being $16 retail I am going to buy a case of them

07-10-2012 Over year old.
Rotormaster

Veteran

Australia

How well are these things going with mods? And flight times with hard flying?


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07-10-2012 Over year old.
HeliNutAndy

Key Veteran

worcester, MA USA

How well are these things going with mods? And flight times with hard flying?
I still haven't flown mine as of yet. I am hoping to take her out after work tonight. I am still a newbie and cannot comment on 'hard' flying.

07-10-2012 Over year old.
jschenck

rrProfessor

La Vista, NE.

I bog mine frequently and set my timer to 4 minutes.

No mods at all other than replacing the broken tail slider pin with a toothpick glued in. 4-5 flights with the toothpick and I don't see a reason to install the NIP replacement slider (yet).

Team GrandRC

07-10-2012 Over year old.
ne1cron

Heliman

Richmond, VA, USA

As far as I know there really are no mods available for the B130X yet that is other than some different colored blades and canopies.

As for flight times for hard flying, I'm getting about 3-3 1/2 minutes per pack doing hard 3D. Although the head speed starts to diminish noticeably at the 2 1/2 minute mark and collective management becomes more crucial to make your maneuvers look pretty.

07-10-2012 Over year old.
conefree

Heliman

Downingtown, PA

I got lucky and got one that flew great out of the box. Only minor adjustments to swash links and checking everything else over. I did have a slight bit of rubbing between the crown gear and the fet, now resolved. The lack of battery availability is really irritating though. LHS has pretty much zero parts/batteries. I bought a paraboard so I can at least charge my stock battery on a normal charger. Four minute flight and one hour charge was ridiculous. Waiting on LHS to get stock batteries in, and also ordered some turnigy batteries from hobby king and also an adapter to go from JST to UMX.

Freedom Isn't Free

07-10-2012 Over year old.
OLROY

Key Veteran

Wichita Ks

Wouldn't spend money for a stock battery thats only 35C

for the same price you can get this BAD BOY and this will be my next battery...have a buddy flying them and they ROCK!!!

http://www.cheapbatterypacks.com/li...t/Thunder-Power(TP)/7.4v/0-499mah/all-crates/127/Thunder-Power-325mah-2s74v-65C-G6.aspx

07-10-2012 Over year old.
basmntdweller

Veteran

Indianapolis IN

FWIW, I just ordered me a 130X and a couple TP 325s. Really looking forward to this one as I am not all that enthusiastic with my MCPx. All the vids of the 130X I have seen look fantastic.

Maybe flying it this weekend at the Hoosier heli rumble.

Matt


Stupid people have no idea how stupid they are!!!

07-11-2012 Over year old.
McKrackin

rrProfessor

Lucasville,Ohio

The stock Eflite batteries are all over ebay.
I just got three from gonitrohobbies in New York.

I literally never use the word literally right.

07-11-2012 Over year old.
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