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12-04-2005 03:30 AM  12 years agoPost 1
EZ Money

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The flybar head broke on my new CX on the fourth flight. In my opinion this is a defect and will break on everyone sold. Mine barely touched the carpet and it snapped.

I have already heard of others breaking in the same spot. Naturally Horizon has a replacement part all ready to go.

Strange, they are on back order for the little heli but seem to have tons of replacement parts.

This seems to be the pattern with these electric helicopters. My MX 400 snapped the rotor head on spool up the second day I had it.

Are we being set up to buy replacement parts when we buy the things?

Reminds me of personal computers a few years ago. No sooner than you had your new 8 million Mz super-duper PC plugged in then it was obsolote, or you could upgrade it for a bucket full of cash.

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12-05-2005 04:53 AM  12 years agoPost 2
tnorris

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I have personally seen 2 break. And they where only a day apart. My frinds landed and then slid into a table leg. No damage at all other than the center plastic peice that holds the flybar. The other one was at a local hobby shop. The owner what flying in his shop and hit the counter. SNAP, there it went. He also flung one of the copper weights out of the end of the flybar. Took a while to find that.

Like you said, I think this is going to be a major problem with the CX

Travis

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12-05-2005 05:07 AM  12 years agoPost 3
Coolpowered

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The few people that have them around here so far are breaking them at that spot to, I had a few mishaps with mine, flying outside, but so far have'nt broken that part, actually did no damage to it when it went in from around 6 feet into the blacktop, I was amazed by that one.

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12-05-2005 08:51 PM  12 years agoPost 4
EZ Money

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Blade CX-How Many Broken Flybar Heads So Far?

I spoke to the person at my LHS. He said they sold six of them on Friday and all 6 broke. The demo unit that they have also broke.

Looks like they're batting a 1000.

The hobby shop guy said he dreads selling anymore. Pretty soon they will storm the castle at midnight with torches and pitchforks.

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12-05-2005 09:44 PM  12 years agoPost 5
Gary Hoorn

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Annapolis Maryland USA

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Blade CX Reliability

Sounds to me like the same people capable of "breaking an anvil" are purchasing the Blade CX
I have 32 logged flights on mine and no broken parts.
Gary

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12-05-2005 10:38 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Jason Merkle

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Hello guys,

Helicopters (like the Blade CX) are typically designed and built to fly well - not to survive crashes. We have tested the BCX very extensively and never once has the flybar hub/mount failed in flight under any typical or proper flight condition. This part is not in any way defective as it readily handles all in flight loads and does not fail unless it is comprimised due to a crash.

Its important to keep in mind that when helicopters crash they sometimes break parts - this is simply the reality of the hobby. Of course the best way not to break parts is not to crash . And yes, we do have a plentiful supply of spares for all BCX parts available as we understand this fact very well and work hard to provide the best possible support for our customers by having replacement parts in stock and ready to go.

That said, we are working on a more durable alternative for those who may continue to damage the flybar hub/mount. Again, the standard hub/mount will not fail under any typical and proper flight condition, however it can be damaged as the result of a crash, tip over, etc. Those who do not damage the flybar hub/mount often will not need to upgrade to a more durable alternative.

Additional details on the more durable alternative will be available in a few weeks. In the meantime, the most helpful suggestion we can offer (beyond that of not crashing of course ) is to add the optional Training Gear Set (EFLH1205) as it helps to prevent the model from tipping over and in some cases making contact with walls, tables, etc, which will help prevent causing damage to the flybar hub/mount as a result.

EZ - I used to work at the HobbyTown on Sahara and Decatur (for almost 8 years actually ). Is that where you picked up your CX?

Good luck,

Jason
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12-05-2005 10:44 PM  12 years agoPost 7
Gary Hoorn

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Thank you Jason for reinforcing what I just posted. Now I have a favor! Hurry up and send my Spektrum to GPA Hobbies in Crofton Maryland. I have a Bird here waiting for it
Gary

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12-05-2005 10:51 PM  12 years agoPost 8
EZ Money

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CX Flybar

Jason,

No they were sold out before I got there as were the other stores in town.

Your point is well taken, but I didn't crash it, it tipped on takeoff and the flybar weight barely touched the floor.

These kinds of things are expected, to some degree (I just went through the endless upgrade process on my MX 400 and now it works great), but when they break with so little pressure it is very frustrating. Then when we hear and read how everyone else's is breaking in the same place, well...it looks kinda bad.

I will get my parts in and try the fix of wrapping it with kevlar thread and see if that cures the problem.

It's not the cost of the parts that is so frustrating, its the down time. The CX is a neat little heli and I really enjoyed flying it while I could.

And yes I would still recommend it.

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12-06-2005 03:02 AM  12 years agoPost 9
Coolpowered

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Youngstown, ohio

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Hey Jason ,while your at, see if you can find a more durable alternative for the lower rotor head too.

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12-06-2005 03:30 AM  12 years agoPost 10
KenJ

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Ohio, USA

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Contests!!!

Hey CP

Picked up mine tonight.

Will you be bringing epoxy to the X-mas party to fix mine if it goes in?

I saw the heli at the LHS that was fixed, it didn't look too bad!

If someone comes out with a metal head, it would be the p**p.

Any Contests planned for this weekend? I mean aside from landing on the ceiling?

Ken

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12-06-2005 08:59 AM  12 years agoPost 11
GTMAXX

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Ken and Coolpowered,
Looks like a family reunion here!! CP, I flew mine tonight - Sweeet!!! Much more stable (tail wise) than my Lama 2. Put the CX into a hover and was completely hands off - dad's going to love his!!! Ken, I think CP or someone had said something about a limbo and other odds and ends - we missed you at the meeting. Bring all the birds you want - we'll think of stuff to make it interesting on Sat. Will be bringing the Digital Camcorder so that some good vids can be shot showing what the CX is capable of. I'm sure that CP and you will give us a show - both of you never has let us down yet. See you then.

Todd

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12-06-2005 03:23 PM  12 years agoPost 12
hoverking

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Tennessee

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im with lvrcflyer:

ive flown mine really hard with no damage while flying ive even had some very hard landings with not one problem, i think if that part did not act as the weak point something more trouble to change, then ev1 would be gripping even more so i dont think this is a problem

you crash your going to break parts, if they made one that wont break you would then be complaining about the price

crash the hirobo lama sky hobo you take out the foam blades same thing a weak point as not to break other parts

so i would say sit back and see which you perfer

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12-06-2005 07:33 PM  12 years agoPost 13
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broken cx

I broke 2 flybar heads within 3 hours of each other. once i hit the couch and very lightly i may add and the second time i hit the grass outside on landing. Looks like im one to need that metal part as im just learning to fly. well its off to the hobbyshop for a new part and THE TRAINING GEAR.

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12-06-2005 07:36 PM  12 years agoPost 14
KenJ

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Won't something from a T-Rex fit??

Hey CP,

Can't you figure out something from a T-Rex to put on there??

I'll bet you could make a bundle on the part number of something that will fix the RH part!!!

Make sure it is anodized blue!!!

Ken

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12-06-2005 09:10 PM  12 years agoPost 15
Draxus

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So far I've only seen one CX up close and it was at the LHS. Interestingly enough the one they had there had a busted flybar head before I got to see it.

In the CX's defense though, the guy who was trying to fix it was complaining about another employee who worked there handing the TX to a customer that apparently had never flown a heli before. The customer immediately gave it full throttle, slammed the CX into the ceiling tile (where the flybar head busted) and then it fell into a warcraft gaming table smashing a tank. Left a pretty good dent in the ceiling.

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12-06-2005 09:15 PM  12 years agoPost 16
EZ Money

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The customer immediately gave it full throttle, slammed the CX into the ceiling tile (where the flybar head busted) and then it fell into a warcraft gaming table smashing a tank. Left a pretty good dent in the ceiling.
Maybe they should change the name from CX, to Apache.

The worlds first rotary wing, radio control tank buster.

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12-06-2005 09:41 PM  12 years agoPost 17
sancho2

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GOT MY NEW PART

Just went and bought my new part for the third time. got my training kit also so hope this helps somewhat in the busted parts department. To the manufacturer of this blade cx-please release a stronger part as this is one amazing heli for a beginner, also up the price by 10 dollars and just make the training gear apart of what comes in the box as this would be well worth the extra money.
Ok now i must go and add the training kit. I also bought an OMP Tornado elec heli but im not even going to try to fly it until i go thru the flight sims for a few weeks. Just wanted to mention that i found a pretty good flight sim online for 30 dollars and if you dont have the 200 for the better ones then this one will do the job very well. Its called clearview and im sure some of you have heard about it. here is the link. take care all and happy flying.
http://www.rcflightsim.com/cvweb1/m...age=home1.html.

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12-06-2005 10:22 PM  12 years agoPost 18
RAK402

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Alhambra, CA

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I purchased the spare flybar support/inner shaft part when I purchased the helicopter.

So far, with only 10 or 12 flights on the machine, I have not had to use it.

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12-07-2005 05:16 AM  12 years agoPost 19
sjm

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I bought a set of upper and lower extra blades with mine. I bumped into a bench and took out the fly bar head and lower rotor head. Blades don't even have a scratch on them. I guess my extra blades will out last the rest of it.

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12-07-2005 07:18 PM  12 years agoPost 20
Riverman

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Peace River, Alberta

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Hello

I sympathize will all those who are breaking parts. Down time on a new heli is the worst.
I just think it's funny how many times I'm hearing "I just lightly touched the carpet/couch/etc" and it broke. It doesn't really matter how lightly you bump into anything when it's the rotors/flybar taking the impact. It's rotational energy pretty much rules out a light impact.


Regards

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