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03-10-2013 01:31 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Teeg

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Woke up with weather that seems to be the new norm for my area; clear skies on the weekends but quite blustery. Unfortunately my large birds are all in for some sort of upgrade or repair. Disappointing to realize there would be no flying for me

But wait! How about the 130x? Sure, I fly it around the basement and in vacant offices during the week, but it's never been outside. Grab a few packs and off to the back yard and we're off. First flight found the 130 stable but a bit too 'floaty' due to the tame indoor pitch curve I'd been running. Dialing in a new curve with ~2 degrees neg on the bottom and a bit more power in idle up and now we find out little heli has turned out to be quite the backyard hero.

Getting past the little tail twitch that shows itself on occasion, I found the 130x to be very stable, even to the point of holding the tail sideways to the wind, with no tendency to drift or weathervane. The stabilization system does a great job and it really makes the heli easy to fly even in mild gusts. Who would have thought...but with performance like this, the 130 might very well be my new everyday machine.

Tom

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03-10-2013 03:04 AM  5 years agoPost 2
OLROY

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That has been my to go to bird

Flown the crap out of mine with all 33 batteries
And tons of crashes...just hit that throttle hold and keep on flying it. I've only had to repair it twice now with all the crashes she's had. Can't beat that
This is one of my favorite Heli's to date

Glad you like it

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03-18-2013 07:45 AM  5 years agoPost 3
lovespicyfood

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Westlake Village, CA- U.S.A.

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Love my 130x too! I have found that usually an intermittent tail twitch is the symptom of something wrong. Once it was the fact that my stock tail pitch slider pin was damaged and bent to the touch. Replaced with a metal unit. Last time it was that my main shaft was split and would twist under load. Replaced with a solid main shaft.

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03-19-2013 03:07 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Teeg

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Monroe, NJ 08831

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The tail twitch is not a persisting problem, just something that pops up on occasion, and although I have not found the cause it doesn't stay long enough to figure out. The exception might be tonight's failure at an attempt to land inverted on the ceiling, in which my 130x definitely has a buzz/twitch now and requires a minor rebuild.

I seem to routinely wreck the tail shaft and tail rotor blade grips and wonder if an aftermarket tail shaft would be more durable. This is while flying indoors...have never had much damage flying outside and I've been getting pretty aggressive with it.

Tom

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04-22-2013 09:45 PM  5 years agoPost 5
dbursch

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Monterey, CA

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I too have found the 130x to fly well in moderate wind...a good steeping stone from the mcpx bl to my 450 fbl!

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05-08-2013 06:04 AM  5 years agoPost 6
lje553

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I try to fly my 130x outside all the time. I used in the backyard tonight. It is one of my favorites.

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05-10-2013 09:12 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Teeg

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Monroe, NJ 08831

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If Horizon would just add some piro comp to the 130x we'd have it made. Need a 300x to get that.

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05-11-2013 12:16 AM  5 years agoPost 8
lovespicyfood

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Westlake Village, CA- U.S.A.

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I had a nagging tail twitch on my 130X that perplexed me for awhile. The tail would consistently twitch and I had the hardest time figuring out what was causing the problem.

Turns out that the wires to the servo motor had fatigued and the connection was intermittent. This happened to a cyclic servo on my 130X at one time too...it just stopped working completely.

This airframe has well over a 100 flights on it so I'm not disappointed. Just something to check if you develop a problem; this bird does tend to vibrate a lot...

Glad to report my 130X is back to normal!

Pete

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05-11-2013 02:46 PM  5 years agoPost 9
Teeg

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I have two 130x's in which both are mechanically similar and the settings are almost identical, yet each has its own flight characteristics. Could very well have 150+ flights on the first model and plenty of crashes on each. Seems I put a new set of main blades, tails, and tail shaft on them every other week. Wrecked my first main gear this week on the oldest heli so can't complain about that. Went through a few canopies until I realized the battery was coming loose and breaking the canopy from the inside. Larger velcro and a better strap fixed that.
The tail thing comes and goes depending on the severity of my last meeting with terra firma. Whenever I tank one of them and it picks up the tail twitches, I just check the tail boom & gears, replace the tail shaft and put on new blades if necessary. A tiny bit of grease on the tail driveshaft helps to offset the resonant point on spool up.
On my last rebuild I put Microheli main and tail blades...the mains are white with a crosshatch pattern ingrained on them. They balanced fine, tracking was OK, and they fly great. I found (and I don't know why) that this model flies better with the blade bolts a little on the tighter side.
So no complaints here, considering how hard I've been on them. It took some time to figure out all of the little problems and associated fixes but I find myself flying the 130x more than any of my other helis.

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05-14-2013 04:44 PM  5 years agoPost 10
fla heli boy

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cape coral, florida

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I love mine. Handles the wind great. Just that once or twice a flight tail wag. I'll get around to fixing that eventually.

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05-15-2013 02:48 AM  5 years agoPost 11
Teeg

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Monroe, NJ 08831

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Arrrrghhhhh...stripping tail gears quite a bit with the Microheli mains. Not sure what the blades have to do with it, but perhaps they're more durable than stock hence the gears have to absorb the beatings.

On the other hand, I did plant it pretty hard this evening

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