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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:
Cheap to fix
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.