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04-27-2013 06:18 AM  5 years agoPost 1
JKos

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I've never felt so defeated by a heli... I can't get a decent flight in on this 130x without something on the tail falling apart. Ugh.

- John

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04-27-2013 07:29 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Clark

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Cape Cod, MA

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Man, I had my heart set on buying one of those to practice 3D for my 450 birds, figured a cheap fix...
Then I read the dozens of posts on 3 different heli sites saying that exact thing[B]. Its always failure of the tail & its always some degree of disintegration of the heli.

With all the heli business E-Flite does you'd think the 130 would be stuck in "Testing/Trial" stage.
Everyone is writing about this.

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04-27-2013 01:45 PM  5 years agoPost 3
D.Magee

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kansas city mo.

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Check things real closely.Between my 130 and my boy's I have rebuilt them about 50 times. Yes I have had some problems mostly with tail wag. I just let it wag heck I am just going to crash it any way thats what I bought it for.but never with it falling apart
Maks shure the boom is tight on the tail piece so it canot slip back leting the gear fall off that has caused a lot of problems for people.
Good luck I hope you find the problem.They are a lot of fun and a good learning tool.
Dont give up.

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05-01-2013 08:48 PM  5 years agoPost 4
ThumbBumper

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Guys,

Bottom line with this heli is you have to do a little aftermarket work on it to get it to fly right.

It's unfortunate that Blade really dropped the ball on this one, but it is fixable. I can promise this, I will never buy another new release from Blade until at least the second version of it is available.... Blade (Horizon), take note, I think everyone has had enough of doing your job for you! But I digress.....

Here is what I did to both of mine. I replaced the tail case with one from Rakon. Then replaced the tail slider with the dual bearing Titanium one made by MicroHeli.

Next, I bought another boom support mount and placed it half way between the original one and the tail case. The tail control rod vibrates like a banjo string and this really helped.

Then take a very small rubber grommet (mine was from McPx canopy) and put it between the tail link and the control arm. Last and most important, balance the tail assembly and make extra sure that the tail hub is truly perpendicular to the tail shaft. Some of the original ones are WAY out of wack.

I promise, if you do these things it will act like a whole different helicopter!

Good Luck,
Bob

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06-29-2013 06:26 PM  5 years agoPost 5
honeybeeman

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kenner, LA

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imo these little birds rock
yeah i have 6 of them, a box of parts, they fly pristine now. but i had to do alot of study and read up on article, u tubes, to get a feel for fixing them, knowing them. its my fav chopper now. 3d in front of my house now, come on. it rocks.

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06-30-2013 06:36 AM  5 years agoPost 6
OICU812

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Edson, Alberta, Canada

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I'm not giving blade products another dime or a minute of my time. They're cool for their Mcpx. Otherwise they're endless money pits really...

...Once upon a time there were Nitros, flybars and frequency pins...

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06-30-2013 10:05 AM  5 years agoPost 7
2low

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elkview,WV

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I have over 20 flights and its a great heli. Tail is rock solid and never blows out.

Got to have my cup of heli in the morning.

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07-01-2013 06:49 AM  5 years agoPost 8
JKos

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Redondo Beach, CA

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Hey guys,
I've got this little guy sorted out (for now, at least). It's totally smooth and the tail is solid.

It was things like the tail case backing off the tail boom and the tail servo neutral position being out of whack.

- John

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07-01-2013 12:50 PM  5 years agoPost 9
DougPenhall

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San Jose, CA - USA

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I've got this little guy sorted out (for now, at least). It's totally smooth and the tail is solid.
I was wondering and about to ask. Glad you got things working right. It seems like every heli has it's issues. At least with this one's issues can be resolved. I'd rather have a heli with some issues that I can fly today than have to wait a few years and pay twice as much for perfection. There comes a point when a company has to say, "It's good enough." and release it. The next Blade heli of this size I'm sure will be much better, but it is probably a few years away.

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07-01-2013 02:32 PM  5 years agoPost 10
TurboRacer

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FL

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MCPX BL is where it's at. Best micro Blade heli so far.

I have never seen a 130x fly for more than two minutes.

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07-01-2013 05:14 PM  5 years agoPost 11
DougPenhall

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San Jose, CA - USA

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MCPX BL is where it's at. Best micro Blade heli so far.
I have never seen a 130x fly for more than two minutes.
I've got over 225 five minute flights and several crashes on my 130x and it's still going strong.
I have about 10 flights on my BL and now it's very difficult to get it to bind, and when it does, it loses it's connection to the remote as soon as you try to take off. Kinda sucks because it flew nice. Seems like it needs a new main board.

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07-01-2013 06:29 PM  5 years agoPost 12
Funky Trex

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Westerville, OH - USA

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My 130 drives me crazy too. I have upgraded a few parts (swash, motor, tail box, grips, slider, etc) but it still has its problems. When it flies good, it is a fun little heli. When it starts acting up, its just one thing after another.

I finally gave up on it and just use a 450 for practice. I like the 130, but Ill wait until they fix the tail gears and tail slider problems before I try it again. I have owned a lot of helis over the last few years, but the 130 has been one of the most frustrating.

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07-01-2013 07:21 PM  5 years agoPost 13
fla heli boy

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cape coral, florida

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weird. I'm all blinged out just because I tend to do that, but I never upgraded because of a real problem. I stuffed it HARD twice last time I flew it and all I did was knock the dirt off of it and go fly. I'm about ready to take it the final step (carbon frame, Lynx boom/brg. upgrade, Spin motor). I hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying I've had no issues with it. Out of all my Blades (Nano, mcpx, mcpx BL and 130), the 130 is my favorite...

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07-01-2013 07:43 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Funky Trex

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Westerville, OH - USA

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Last trick I worked on with my 130 was piro circles. The heli would do them fine, although if there was signifigant wind and my transitions were sloppy, I could make it strip the rear gears in flight especially if I changed piro directions while flying at higher speeds. The 450 doesn't even flinch with the same maneuvers no matter how sloppy my control is. I think the 130 just has a weak tail design. The heli is great fun, but it could be so much better with a solid/stronger tail design.

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07-01-2013 07:45 PM  5 years agoPost 15
fla heli boy

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cape coral, florida

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I'm not good enough yet (very rusty after 15 years off) to really punish it, so I'm sure I'll run across all of these issues eventually...

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07-01-2013 07:47 PM  5 years agoPost 16
JKos

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Redondo Beach, CA

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> I have never seen a 130x fly for more than two minutes.

I would say I have about 40 mins on mine since getting it sorted.

I'm really surprised someone didn't/hasn't come out with an all new tail for it since that seems to be where all the issues are. I mean all new/different from front gear to tail blades. I know there are lots of upgrades that almost make it all different, but they all still use the same drive wire in the same tail boom.

Wonder if there is any hope of a 130X V2?

I will say that I'm finding the 300X more "my size" for a small heli. If my 130X hadn't been sorted before I got the 300X, it would be gone by now.

- John

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07-01-2013 10:42 PM  5 years agoPost 17
turboomni

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East of the Equator

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When they work they are a blast to fly. Lynx has come out with the 3 bearing tailboom. I get that high frequency vibration of the TT slapping the inside of the boom. It still flys ok but it must drive the gyros crazy! Anyone use the new boom? I have ordered some.

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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07-02-2013 01:14 AM  5 years agoPost 18
fla heli boy

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cape coral, florida

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I've got one on my wish list. Just have to get off my butt and hit the order button (along with about 800 bucks worth of quad stuff)....My guess is that the boom alone is probably going to be a really good upgrade.

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07-03-2013 07:54 PM  5 years agoPost 19
pigs dont fly

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City, State - Country

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Its just a case of setup on this little heli, been 3d flying the crap out of mine daily for ages. The tail works and holds fine through hurricanes, inverted backwards tail slides etc, with the quad bearing mod a RKH slider and kbdd blades. Stuck the Lynx motor in it a few weeks back and its even more fun. I have the Lynx 3rd bearing boom, but havent fitted it yet because the stock one is running smooth and silent.
Have had a servo motor die last week, but they are over a year old now. There are some tricks to getting this heli right, mostly down to fit of certain components, unfortunately RR isnt a good place to get the correct info.

Warning...This hobby is very addictive and may damage your wealth

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07-04-2013 12:26 AM  5 years agoPost 20
turboomni

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East of the Equator

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Well I just want some feed back on the 3 bearing boom..otherwise my 130 is flying just fine.

Setup is everything, All my heli's can fly far better than I can pilot them

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