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02-08-2006 01:27 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Ironbutt

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Cherry Hill, NJ - USA

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This is my first post on RunRyder. Great forum, with lots of info. I stopped in a hobby shop the other day and the owner let me fly a Blade CX. I should say attempt to fly a CX. I was instantly hooked but didn't purchase. I wanted to check it out first, which led me here. After a few days of lurking, surfing, and reading, I'm now all in. I want to get off the porch and run with the big dogs. But where to start? So, I figured I'd ask those of you who are already out there running. Here are my questions:

1. Regardless of what it can teach me, the CX looks like a fun indoor machine, but, will it help me transition to a larger non coaxial machine?

2. I've been reading about 4in1 failures. How common are these and how expensive to fix?

3. How much flying time per battery pack?

4. I thought I'd buy three or four battery packs and chargers so I could just pop another battery in and keep going until I run out all the packs. Will this work?

5. Pro/con CX vs XRB?

I'm also considering going with a CP or V3, or something on that order, but, that will probably be the next step. I really want something that can be flown indoors.

I think that's more than enough for a first post. I appreciate all responses.

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02-08-2006 02:18 AM  12 years agoPost 2
t.edwards

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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1. Yes
2. Seems they're fairly UNcommon on the CX.
3. Long enough to thoroughly frazzle your nerves for a while (8 min?)
4. Yes
5. Far less expensive than XRB. XRB may fly slightly better but not enough.
Good Luck, I have a CX and a CP. Tom

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02-08-2006 02:55 AM  12 years agoPost 3
slider46

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Ocala Florida

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I started with the Hummingbird v3, it's a great flying little bird for indoor use. It's fixed pitch will teach you about basic heli setup and how to fly and hover. It's pretty rugged so flopping it over most of the time won't break anything. Parts are cheap and available on line... I would skip the xrb or cx if your serious about flying a heli.....but that is my opinion......
I also have a blade cp and it too is a good indoor heli but you will need to have good hovering skills first....

Tom..... No "D" flying....

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02-08-2006 02:56 AM  12 years agoPost 4
new flyer 101

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westborough ma usa

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i agree with tom
its the best start torwds a better heli i just ordered a honeybee its alot differnt then the cx but the cx is great indoors i have a blast with it at home and in the warehouse i work in i started out just wanting somthing to play with at lunch time now im hooked and i love it the xrb is more expensive and basically the same beside the cx looks better! and you can mod it with lights and such

youll learn head in flight and side to side and such with it then when you do want to go bigger youll understand the dynamics of flight

T(-) 5 days till honeybee loaded with cam and all that good stuff i cant wait i have a friend who is local here and he has the cp and the hb and flew my cx and loved it is very simple and great fun also can be flown outside with winds under 5mph

youll love it have fun good luck

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02-09-2006 03:04 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Ironbutt

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Cherry Hill, NJ - USA

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Thanks for the fast replys. You've answered my main concerns. Regardless of what machines I eventually go with, I'm going to pick up a CX. If for no other reason than it put a huge smile on my face the other day. Anyone else out there who has something to add, feel free.
On another note, lots of people named Tom on this forum. It's a good name, at least my mother thought so when she named me. Us Toms gotta stick together.

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02-09-2006 06:32 AM  12 years agoPost 6
86corvettematt

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Sylvania, Ohio

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E-Flite blade CX parts
I bought the CX. Love flying it, BUT I crashed it. I only dropped 2 feet or less. The only damage was to the Flybar holder, and the 1 top blade. GUESS WHAT those are to only 2 parts on backorder and it will be a month or so for parts. So check around for other helis, see if ALL parts are available. I have a 200 dollar toy, that has to set and wait for BACKORDER parts. I contacted Horizon Hobby about this, and basically they said that they are more interested in getting out the helis, and they will worry about replacement parts after the rush for them slows down. I'm not real happy

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02-09-2006 07:43 AM  12 years agoPost 7
drksky

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Bloomington, Illinois

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Heh, when I first got mine, I panicked when it got too close to the ceiling. Dropped almost nine feet straight down. Only damage was a broken skid that I CAed back together and went back to hovering.

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02-09-2006 07:02 PM  12 years agoPost 8
bbeverlie

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Hudson,New Hampshire.USA

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The CX itself never mind the parts is on back order
as well as the CP. So if your LHS has one to sell your
lucky

AMA#846952

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02-09-2006 07:43 PM  12 years agoPost 9
akerkhof

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Indianapolis, IN

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Hey Ironbutt, are you a member of the Association of the same name? If you aren't, nevermind, but if you are, I salute. I missed the SS1000 by 36 miles last year because I screwed up my route planning on a Indianapolis to New York trip, and it was too late and I was too tired to try to figure out something else at the end.


-- Aron in Indiana -- http://www.neolith.org/cp2 -- Honeybee CP2 Resources

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02-09-2006 09:37 PM  12 years agoPost 10
Renfield

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Anderson, SC - USA

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86Vette: Try here for parts: [url=http://www.rchover.com/e_flite_blade_cx_parts]

Fast shipping, good communication. eboyztoyz is cheaper, but out of stock.

No affiliation, just a heli-addicted customer.

On Topic: Ironbutt, good luck with the CX. I'm sure you'll find it worth the money. It's a blast. Keeps me smiling between flights on my CP.

Cheers,
George

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02-09-2006 11:43 PM  12 years agoPost 11
speeder

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Vermillion, SD

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It is true there are a couple of parts out of stock for the BCX. But that is because they are selling these things faster than they can make them. That means they are popular, and there is a reason they are popular, they are a good deal (of fun) for the money!

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02-10-2006 01:48 AM  12 years agoPost 12
Ironbutt

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Cherry Hill, NJ - USA

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akerkhof, I am a member of the Ironbutt Association. I have been for about 8 years. For those reading this, The Ironbutt Association is a long distance motorcycling group. My primary recreation, riding my BMW K1200LT all over the country. My wife knows not to let me take the bike to go buy milk. She knows she'll see me 2 hours and 100 miles later. And everyone knows that some of the best bar-b-que is in North Carolina. Can I help it that it's 500 miles from my house? Good seafood just south of Fiesta Key, Florida, and I'll settle for Mickey "D"s for a chance to ride the twistes in West Virginia. Yeah, Gertruda the Bug Slayer gets some serious miles put on, but hey, a guy's gotta eat right?

Missing a SS1000 by 36 miles, that's gotta hurt. Hope you're planning to try again. if you need any planning help let me know.

Back on point, my local hobby shop has both the CX and CP in stock. The shop's owner says he'll have more CXs next week. He recco'd that I buy a spare battery (Lipo $26) and a spare set of blades, $4 for the set, I think? I plan on buying a lot more spares than that. He also said that they take everything out of the box at the shop, set the helicopter up, and make sure it flies the way it's suppose to before I can take it home. This shop is an old line RC car/truck shop that just got into helicopters about 6 months ago. They are enthusiastic about the sport and very very helpful. They're the ones who led me to this site.

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