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07-09-2008 12:14 PM  9 years agoPost 1
vortechZ230

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Im thinking of getting a Blade 400 PNP, But... I have read numerous posts saying the servos strip easily, do not center well, and the gyro that comes with it, drifts badly, any comments on this heli?, or should I just stay away?....

Blue skies, Light Winds!

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07-09-2008 05:32 PM  9 years agoPost 2
Drangon7777

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Hi,

I just purchased one. I've had a blade strike, bent the spindle,
tore up blade,and stripped the gears in one servo.
The good thing is that you can order the replacement gears instead
of the whole servo.
I've had no problem with gyro so Imho it's a nice aircraft.
Tim

Timothy Metrejean

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07-09-2008 07:03 PM  9 years agoPost 3
StevenT

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If you just replace all the servos, the blade is a wonderful heli.

Steven

Shhh, don't tell the wife.

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07-10-2008 12:57 AM  9 years agoPost 4
IFHELI

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Woonsocket,RI

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if you wait a little longer before you buy one, they will be selling a bare bone one for around 179.99. Not sure when it will be for sale so could be a long wait.

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07-10-2008 01:05 AM  9 years agoPost 5
vortechZ230

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That really sucks having to replace the servos right away because they are crap!, why cant they make it right in the first place?, I think I will stay away from the Blade 400, I dont want the same problems I had with my HoneyBee King,$$$$$

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07-10-2008 03:42 AM  9 years agoPost 6
wthford

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Monticello, Illinois

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....

I have had no problems with mine either. I really think what is going on here is too many newbies buying these things expecting them not to fail when the blades hit the ground, trees, etc. They are especially dangerous when you throw a lipo on the mix. They will/can become a fireball if they are rough handled...

Now, I am a sport flier. I have heard of a few having problems when really putting these things through the paces of 3D flight. But, then, I have not heard anything from my Horizon friends to support the possibility of a problem with servos.

I love my blade. Watch this thread go crazy now!!

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07-10-2008 04:45 PM  9 years agoPost 7
speeddemon370

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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

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I like my b400 except for the stock servo's. Everything has it's quirks.... heli's, cars, women. Nobody's perfect from the get go. Change the servo's fly the crap out of it. Enjoy.

with 2 ears and 1 mouth you should listen twice as much as you talk

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07-11-2008 12:52 AM  9 years agoPost 8
wthford

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Monticello, Illinois

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Horizon

I talked to one of my buddys from Horizon today, and he too discounts the idea that you have to change the servos right away when you buy this machine. I have not had problem one with mine yet. I've had it for about 2 months, and have flown it quite a bit. He did say, however, that if you strike the blades on the ground, the servos may strip. It's a really nice tx/rx that comes with this setup RTF out of the box for a really low price. The problem is that it has made it possible for ANYBODY to try it now. This sport is NOT for everybody. Flying choppers takes incredible skill and concentration, as well as a keen understanding of the physics of flight and controls/setup.

Again, one fine bird for a little scratch.

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07-12-2008 06:36 PM  9 years agoPost 9
JohnLund

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Corpus Christi, TX

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That really sucks having to replace the servos right away because they are crap!, why cant they make it right in the first place?, I think I will stay away from the Blade 400, I dont want the same problems I had with my HoneyBee King,$$$$$
You don't have to replace them right away. Ours lasted through about ten crashes before they stripped, probably the exception, but still. Any servo can strip, and any with plastic gears even easier. The reason the Blade 400 cost so little is that they used cheaper equipment to make an affordable heli, I mean dang, the thing comes with a decent radio, and flies pretty darn good, for the cost of a Trex 450 kit, no servos, gyro, radio, battery. It isn't made to be a 3D machine, it's a simple, affordable fun heli, and it excels at being what it is.

Ron's Heliproz South

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07-12-2008 07:27 PM  9 years agoPost 10
gooberseptember

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monroeville pa

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^^^ not made to be a 3d machine????? are you kidding. Have you seen some of the members on here who have the stock blade fipping and flopping like theres no tomorrow. The only thing holding back this heli is the pilot. End of story.

Its not the parts in this heli are "cheap", its just the skill of the pilot that breaks them. As for the servo's, i think it cost a whole $2-3 to fix the servos if you strip them.

JMO but the b400 is as or more capable than any other heli in its class. The rex has just been around longer and has more of a fan following.

The only thing giving the b400 a bad name is the Newbie's who hit full throttle and away it goes. But they get pissed when it comes down just as hard as it goes up.LOL

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07-12-2008 07:51 PM  9 years agoPost 11
JohnLund

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^^^ not made to be a 3d machine????? are you kidding. Have you seen some of the members on here who have the stock blade fipping and flopping like theres no tomorrow. The only thing holding back this heli is the pilot. End of story.
That's exactly my point. It is wasn't conceived as a high end 3D machine, but it still has plenty of ability, and can take a beginner pilot to a level well above many others without breaking the bank

Ron's Heliproz South

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07-12-2008 07:58 PM  9 years agoPost 12
gooberseptember

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Im not one of those 3d pilots, but this is by far one of the best heli's i have flown.

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07-12-2008 08:00 PM  9 years agoPost 13
gooberseptember

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I forgot to mention that this heli is what brought me back to heli's. The blade cp pro made me quit, and the mx450 was just bought at a bad time in my life. So the b400 came out just when i had the bug up my azz and i have never looked back.

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07-12-2008 08:12 PM  9 years agoPost 14
30636086

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Tacoma, WA

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The only thing holding back this heli is the pilot. End of story.
That's is just the truth! I have 2 of them! and the only reason why I dont have video of the heli doing e
extreme 3d is because I just got "stupefied" by looking a it while my buddy who is an awesome 3D pilot took it up! He is a Trex guy and he was amazed of how the 400 handles and perform and the power!

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07-12-2008 08:14 PM  9 years agoPost 15
30636086

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The only thing holding back this heli is the pilot. End of story.
That's is just the truth! I have 2 of them! and the only reason why I dont have video of the heli doing e
extreme 3d is because I just got "stupefied" by looking a it while my buddy who is an awesome 3D pilot took it up! He is a Trex guy and he was amazed of how the 400 handles and perform and the power!

I dont suffer from mental iIlness, I actually enjoy mine!

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07-12-2008 08:43 PM  9 years agoPost 16
30636086

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I have heard of a few having problems when really putting these things through the paces of 3D flight.
Is thats what you heard? OK check these out then you can see for your self
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI8IeND_p4Y
That really sucks having to replace the servos right away because they are crap!,
You don't have to replace them right away I had mine for while before I replace them with HS65 metal gears! those things are indestructible! I have hit ground several times and the blades have shattered while hitting ground on stunt mode and the servos still rocking! They are the best investment and upgrade!(Not for the Blade400 only but for any 450 heli you fly!)
why cant they make it right in the first place?,
Here is your answer!
what is going on here is too many newbies buying these things expecting them not to fail when the blades hit the ground, trees, etc.

I dont suffer from mental iIlness, I actually enjoy mine!

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07-12-2008 11:11 PM  9 years agoPost 17
wthford

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Monticello, Illinois

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Problem

I know all the guys in Horizon support. They INSIST there is no problem with the servos. They are all my friends and we fly together occasionally still, even though I am not working there with them anymore. I believe them from my own personal experience so far, and because I know they would not lie to me.

The only reason I said I had heard of guys saying they have had problems with them in extreme 3D flight is because of what I have read on here. I am just at the point of trying 3D manuevers on the sim. I have done a few loops and rolls. It seems that all some guys want to do with these things is make them jump around like mexican jumping beans. I have seen some of them do it, and then some of them can't even make a smooth transition from hover to forward flight, or even land nose in. I have seen videos of some where they were doing their "extreme" manuevers, and then have to back their heli in from 100 feet away because they hadn't mastered nose in yet.

When I was learning to fly, all the literature I could find in 1989 told me to master hovering. All attitudes of it. I did. I can hover all day long in any attitude except inverted. I'm working on that. It was also STRONGLY suggested that you need to be able to make a smooth transition into and out of forward flight before EVER attempting to get into forward flight. I can't tell you how many hours I have spent learning to do this.

If you master hovering and transition, you will be much more successful at flying and have much less problem with servos, gyros, etc. DON'T HIT THE BLADES ON THE GROUND.

Just my two cents. It has worked for me. The last crash I had was two years ago. The low battery indicator in my JR8103 TX did not notify me the battery was low, and I didn't notice (got complacent). I was in a hover. I watched the heli go in very slowly about 50 feet to the left of where it was when I last had command of it. Took out my carbons, but really, damage wasn't too bad. My point is... I only have JR standard servos in my Venture... just the stock Eflites in my Blade. No problems. I do use a digital servo on the tail of my Venture though. I will probably upgrade the tail servo on the Blade just because here sometime soon. It's only money, right??

Happy flying guys!! Got a fresh gallon of fuel this morning. It's storming now...

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