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10-15-2012 12:33 AM  5 years agoPost 1
hennigm

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leesburg Va

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My heli experience consisted of flying a 20.00 coax heli in the office, had the stupid little prop on the tail, granted it was challenging making the thing fly around. Prior to this ( before electrics) I had a 30 size heli of some type, I was able to barley hover it, broke many blades due to tail boom strikes, so I sold it...I used to say the dumbest thing I ever did was buy a helicopter, the smartest was to sell it before I had a major crash...
Move to October 2012...for some dumb reason I bought a Blade MCPX V1 off of ebay fro around 125.00. I have a DX8 with 24 planes programmed into it and figured it was time to add a heli...I must have been drinking when I was on ebay that night.. Anyhow this little MCPX shows up at my door, i go online and find some programing for the DX8, I have no idea what any of these things mean, swash, throttle curve etc, I still don't..but I followed the guidance from someone who was kind enough to post it on youtube. I charged the batteries up , went out side and attempted to take off, well this is where throttle curve, pitch etc really comes into play, I gave it to much throttle/collective and the thing shot up to 50 feet, I immediately cut the throttle, similar to what I would do with the coax helis, and the little thing proceed to pound itself into the ground. I thought I was done for the day, walked over to pick up my pieces..but to my amazement nothing was broken...NOTHING! So I tried it again, this time gradually adding throttle/collective, and it actually hovered...easily...So I practiced just hovering for about 6 battery charges, then I read up on flying the little bugger, nose in, sideways etc..So I practiced this, with at least one crash a session, the throttle hold switch is the key to avoiding real damage, hit it when you get in trouble and let it flop to the ground..Very little if any damage done while over grass. So today I took it out to the big boy field, my actual club field, it is such a nice field, why just hover? So I did some figure 8s, stall turns, nose in hove etc. This little heli is a dream to fly, and it was windy today, the AX3 handles wind with no problems. The confidence is amazing, I must say that due to this little heli I have ordered a Align Trex 450, this is due to size, the MCPX is a small and very fast heli, it gets out of site fast (I wonder what the actual forward speed is?) mine even goes faster since the rotor blades are not on backwards anymore...Man there was a bad vibration when I flew it for a few days with the blades on backwards. Thankfully the local HS was able to diagnose my issue...The guy at Hobby Hanger in Chantilly Va was actually nice, he said"is there any reason the blades are on backwards?" Duuu!!! To sum it up, I expect that I will be looping the heli by next week...
So overall the MCPX is:
Very durable
Cheap to fix
stable
easy to hover

Due to its small size it is hard to see
it seems fast (for a beginner)

I must say that if you have flown coax helis ot fixed pitch, then the MCPX is a good inexpensive way to get into CCPM (?) helis. Highly recommend it.

I hope the NOOBS like me finds this helpful.

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10-15-2012 01:15 AM  5 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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keep up the good work and you will soon be looking for a bigger and bigger and bigger heli.

Wrongler

Bill Whittaker

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10-15-2012 02:27 AM  5 years agoPost 3
Gamb

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Belle Mead, NJ USA

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I have to agree. The Blade mcPx is such a good entry point for anyone interested in the hobby. It is close enough to the bigger heli's in function, that once you master the mcPx, you WANT to get a larger heli. I think is better than a sim, because you actually feel the "pain" of crashing!

Good luck with your hobby.

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10-15-2012 04:10 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Rockinar

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Houston, TX

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How were you flying and crashing 30 size helis when you did not even know what a "swash, pitch curve, throttle curve" even were?

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10-15-2012 02:22 PM  5 years agoPost 5
RCHSF

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NC

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^^^ Probably not a computer radio. I got an old JR Max 5 Ch For my Old Xcell 40. (No LCD Screen)

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10-15-2012 11:53 PM  5 years agoPost 6
hennigm

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leesburg Va

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The 30 size was years ago, 1994 vintage, I think it was an old Futaba radio, had a heli pilot set it up for me...Technology has advanced so much since then, seems electrics are the way to go now..

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10-23-2012 03:25 AM  5 years agoPost 7
hennigm

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leesburg Va

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well I am proficient at hovering, tail in, side in and a little nose in. A good maneuver is to try to pivot holding the same location really makes you work hard at all aspects. forward flight easy, backward flight easy, left turns still need work, did a roll and loop..Broke out the 130 X, flew it 5 times until a servo started failing, tried to unplug it to reset and pulled the connector off the board. Ended up with a new board, its back in the air It fly's about the same as the MCPX a little easier to see. I flew the MCPX in a 15MPH breeze, the ax3 does a really good job of maintaining stability.

Anyhow, these things are fun and addictive. I bought a Trex 450 pro 3D flybarless with the GX3. Have not flown it yet, still trying to figure out the setup. Meanwhile practicing hovering with the MCPX in the hotel room....To date I have bought new blades for the MCPX, frame(tabs broke off), swash plate. Thats all that was damaged from the at least 20 crashes I have had, I am at the point that I don't crash anymore...Just have to practice on the precision now. Still love the little MCPX.

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11-07-2012 12:11 AM  5 years agoPost 8
hennigm

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leesburg Va

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Well, moved on to the 130x. The MCPX is still fun but the 130x is easier to see,all my flying is outdoor, not having any crashes now. Will soon go back to the MCPX for loops rolls etc, then try it on the 130. My Trex 450 Pro is still sitting around, waiting for a nice day with no witnesses around....Have to say the 130X is a nice flying heli, seems more responsive than the MCPX. I would not recommend it as a starter from what I have experienced.

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