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10-08-2005 04:27 PM  12 years agoPost 1
tyuditsky

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Well, i started out last year on a Raptor 30, soon a Raptor 50 then got me a MinAir Fury Extreme. For sh*ts and giggles i picked up a Blade last night, with a 3D kit and a LiPo.......

Simply put: THESE THINGS ARE AWESOME!!!! Who would've thought these little things would be this much fun. I've chased the dog with mine, really chased the cat, chased myself, flew it into the walls, couches, columns, tv and she keeps on ticking... I was almost devistated when 30 seconds into my first flight without training gear (i've gone through 3 other birds, i don't need them right??) and i stuffed it in the garage.....to my amazement, all i had to do was flip the blade grip back and off i go.

Definately keeping this puppy in my arsenal for days like today - constant downpour for over 24hrs......

Evo90, HyperRaptor, T-Rex

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10-09-2005 03:10 AM  12 years agoPost 2
johnny b

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Good to hear from a nitro guy that the Blade's loads of fun.

I think that's the key to its appeal--its small enough to be flown almost anywhere (safety precautions always apply, though), its an all-up package for peanuts (well, peanuts by heli modelling standards), its small enough it usually doesn't bust up terribly in crashes, and when it does, parts costs aren't going to make you have to skip meals.

They might sell a million of these things in N America, everyone I talk to thinks they're way cool, even if they can't fly them.

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10-09-2005 03:57 AM  12 years agoPost 3
Balance

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Nitro guy chiming in

I am DONE with the sim (for now).

The training on this little machine has given me a new confidence in flying the nitro. I am not afraid of it anymore.

A few crashes with the Blade is no big deal, and trains me for what to expect in the bigger nitro.

I had to send mine in for replacement because of glitching problems. The last one caused a crash that broke the feathering shaft, leaving blades and blade grips in the grass, but I am confident Horizon will take care of it and send me a working one.

I love it too!

B

FOR SALE Kyosho Nexus .30 and Futaba 8UHF lots of extras

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10-09-2005 04:10 PM  12 years agoPost 4
tyuditsky

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Just an update of some more fun we had with our Blades last night.....met up with a buddy of mine who's used to flying his Raptor 50. He's had a BCP for like a year, but thought he 4-in-1 was bad so it hasn't been flown since he went nitro.

We met up at the warehouse of the company i work for.....we had just cleaned out our single bay "warehouse" so it was better than flying in my basement.

Space was too tight to really do anything in terms of manuevers, but just hovering around and getting used to them was fun. Then we started to chase each other/see how close we could get them. There were so many close calls it was hilarious. If you ever wanna screw with someone flying a bcp, hover above them with another one.

At one point, we finally met in the air. His main rotors cut through the first inch or so of my canopy. That was the only damage to either one.

At the end of the day, and several collisions with walls, ladders, gang boxes, pallets, other BCP's, the only costs incurred were about 1 set of main blades for each of us, and a $1.99 pack of six Jesus pins? These were needed after he flew right into wooden shelving unit. I told him to save the money and use a staple, but it's probably good he did the right thing.

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10-09-2005 11:26 PM  12 years agoPost 5
Rappy30

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That collision was awsome....

I was the other guy flying a blade in the back of the warehouse. A few lessons were learned and follow:

1) The stock blades are stronger than the stock canopy
2) Lipo's run much longer
3) the 9 tooth pinon needs a lipo, it will also burn throuh the stock battery fast
4) Avoid at all costs things like 2x4's and shovels
5) Move your flybar weights in, this makes them much easier to fly
6) Training gear should be considered standard equipment

Yuditsky's blade now has an evil looking mouth on it where my blades cut right through it.

Good fun was had...can't wait to do it again....

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10-10-2005 01:19 AM  12 years agoPost 6
tyuditsky

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INJURY UPDATES.......

After flying in 5-10mph winds today i found out several things:

1. You can bend a feathering spindle more than once.....i perfected the "S" shape bend.
2. If you break off half of one of the tail blades, you should really replace the whole thing. No amount of tweaking on the Revo pot is going to cure this.
3. 1" Heat shrink on the tips of the main blades allows you to keep flying just keep the length short or the weight will get you down.

I'm amazed at how much punishment these things will take and still fly somewhat normal....

I'm gonna have to take some pics and give examples of what you shouldn't be doing with a BCP....

Evo90, HyperRaptor, T-Rex

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10-10-2005 03:06 AM  12 years agoPost 7
johnny b

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Great thread.

I've just been pumping packs through my little FP esky I finally learned to set-up and fly right, and I'm having more fun just hovering it in the house than tearing up the skies with my 3d foamy planes. These heli's are a cool thing. I get through another few weeks of FP-hood, I'm really considering throwing down for the Blade or CP2 before moving up to the Hornet 2 or Trex on my shelf (I built WAYYY ahead of myself).

If you expect a $200 heli to fly exactly like a $1000+ nitro bird, a lot of guys do these micros a huge disservice, because that's not what makes micros fun. What makes them fun is you can fly them almost anywhere, they're quiet and don't tick people off, and when you smack them up, they're usually okay for it or the repair is cheap and easy.

I like the dueling Blades idea. Madman Mike has a video somewhere of a foamy plane and a Blade tangling it out night-flying style. That kind of fun is what rc should be all about. You wouldn't do that with two Raptors, now would you?

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10-10-2005 04:01 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Riverman

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johnny b

Well said. I totally agree. Half the fun of these micro helis and park flyer airplanes is the ability the fly anywhere and do things you would never due with a larger/more expensive bird.

Brett

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10-10-2005 05:58 AM  12 years agoPost 9
Rappy30

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Agreed

If Tyuditsky and Myself got our 50's that close someone's head would role, hell half the time I am not even allowed to look at his fury....

The other advantage I am expecting to notice from playing around with little ones is a jump in the controlablity of my larger Nirto bird. I find myself always on the tail of the blade, and since I am just playing around it usually ends up in a controlled piro hover giving me great practice at low piro control. I haven't (damn you weather god) had a chance to fly my 50 since picking up my blade again, but I am betting the 50 will seem like it's on rails....

By the way...are there other main blade options that the 18 dollar a set at the LHS? Another kit sytle maybe?

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10-10-2005 06:07 AM  12 years agoPost 10
chuckhager

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Rappy30. Get the carbon blades as an alternative to the woodys. You'll find it makes the Blade CP even more fun to fly. (and is more stable.) And you'll never need to adjust the tracking as often as you do with the woodys.

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10-10-2005 09:30 AM  12 years agoPost 11
B52fixer

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Yeah but I am sure the carbons will cut your boom in half if you have a boomstrike. this is the only thing keeping me from them.

A word to the wise ain't necessary. It's the stupid ones that need the advice.

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10-12-2005 05:43 PM  12 years agoPost 12
johnny b

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Rappy,

Look online for Esky CP2 blades. From what I've read, you need to cut about 10mm off of each end to run them on the stock Blade motor (otherwise its too much load and it burns up your main motor too fast), but you can sometimes find them for $7-$12 when they're in stock.

If you look around Ebay, there's some sellers that are listing what looks like identical copies of the Blade blades for about the same price after shipping's included, but I don't know of their quality, tracking, etc. Any guinea pigs?

Figure since the Blade's in every hobby store I go into nowadays, we'll soon have good generics for about $8 a set online, soon as someone figures out they can make a profitable little side business importing some in bulk and selling on the net.

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