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09-18-2013 02:44 AM  5 years agoPost 1
cwright

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I picked up my Blade 350QX BNF part number BLH7880 today. It comes neatly packaged and well protected. I am using this with my JR9303 transmitter. It comes with the manual,350QX,3 allen wrenches, 3S 2200mah 30C battery, dc powered charger, vibration resistant camera mount and a complete set of replacement props.

The only assembly there is was to assemble the camera mount. This requires installing the 4 rubber dampners between the upper and lower camera mount. They both are marked front and the assembly only took a few minutes. After the mount was assembled simply attach it to the 350QX with 4 screws using the included allen wrench. the mount attached with no issues. The mount will work with the included camera holder or you can use your own that came with your camera. Using the stock holder allows you to use the camera right side up. I have flown with both the included mount and the one that came with my GoPro 3. Both worked well. The extra weight of the water proof case was not an issue, as the 350QX had plenty of power to handle it.

One nice feature I like is the 350QX has an off on switch. Makes it real nice.

I had programmed my radio using the DX7 settings. I was having some trouble getting it to bind so called HH tech support. They sent me the settings they are using with the 9303 and I used them and they have been working great. I will post them when I figure out how to convert the file. When binding the 350QX after plugging in the battery and turning on the switch the led on the 350QX will flash fast blue indicating you are in bind mode. To get mine to bind I had to remove the battery from the compartment and actually touch the transmitter antenna to the board. It then bound right up. Once bound the green light was flashing meaning it was looking for satellites. It took about 30 seconds to go solid green and ready for flight. Before I took off for the first time I moved the flight mode switch to check the led light on the 350QX matched what flight mode I was in. All was good so time for the first flight. To arm the motors push the rudder stick left then right and back to center. At that point the motors armed and then it is a matter of just advancing the throttle. Lift off was without incident and it went into a very nice and stable hover. I moved it around some and checked out the safe circle and it works as advertised. I then switched into stability mode and I immediately noticed the controls are much more responsive. In this mode the safe circle is disengaged. It does fly very good in this mode and picks up speed in a hurry, all the while being very controllable. Next I tried agility mode and the controls are very quick. I did not try any loops or rolls, but it felt like it would easily do them. Last thing I checked out was the return to home feature. It worked very good and landed about 3 feet from where it took off. With the 9303 to shut down the motors just lower the throttle trim all the way. I am now using the flight mode switch for the 3 flight modes. The flight modes are indicated by a green solid light means you are in smart mode, blue solid means you are in stability mode, and red solid means you are in agility mode. All in all I think Blade has another huge hit on their hands. This thing is a blast to fly. Only downside I can see is the charger has alligator clips on it. The charger works well and I checked the battery voltage with a cell match and all 3 cells where 4.19, so it did do a good job. I hope you enjoy the 350QX as much as I am. Chuck

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09-18-2013 06:55 AM  5 years agoPost 2
jschenck

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I picked one up tonight - had a heck of a time getting it to arm. Reading thread on HF many people experiencing the same issue. I finally got it to arm by messing with the throttle trim, increasing the rudder EPA to 115% and moving the rudder quickly back and forth after I got a GPS lock. Spent way too much time trying to get it to arm.

should be a lot of fun now though. it definitely has a lot of power from the hops I made. All the LED's should make it a fun night flyer.

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09-18-2013 11:12 AM  5 years agoPost 3
cwright

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Here is the JR9303 settings I am using. Chuck

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09-18-2013 01:28 PM  5 years agoPost 4
chuck4040

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Nice review Chuck.

Invertix

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09-18-2013 05:19 PM  5 years agoPost 5
cwright

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For those interested here is a size comparison between the DJI Phantom and the Blade 350QX. Chuck

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09-19-2013 04:21 PM  5 years agoPost 6
tintmaster

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Wichita, Ks. U.S.A.

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Blade 350QX
Well I adjusted the rudder to 115, and it seems to work much better! Here's a video of it today. Took a little over 1 minute to realize my throttle trim was down Try not to mind the end, at around 9:28 I switched to "Smart Mode". Not real "Smart" of me! Hehehehe

Watch at YouTube

Just call me Farmer Brown. 'Cause I know how to really plant 'em

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09-20-2013 11:56 PM  5 years agoPost 7
Frank454

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Landings
If you download the full manual from Horizon and preform the Accelerometer Calibration you can kill the throttle from any height and have soft landings every time. The 350QX is more stable also between mode changes and hovering.

Frank

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09-21-2013 12:11 AM  5 years agoPost 8
cwright

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Thanks Frank. I have done that with mine. I have not done the calibration. It lands nice and soft. I think for that to work you have to be in smart mode. Chuck.

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09-21-2013 02:49 AM  5 years agoPost 9
flyrchelis

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Tintmaster

What camera were you running and what are you settings. Frame Rate Width etc.

Rich

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09-21-2013 03:28 AM  5 years agoPost 10
tintmaster

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Wichita, Ks. U.S.A.

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Blade 350QX
I m using GoPro Hero2 11megpix. I am not sure on the settings. Will check it and post later.

Not sure if I'm reading this right. But it shows: 960-30. I will switch it to 1080-30 and try it tomorrow!

Just call me Farmer Brown. 'Cause I know how to really plant 'em

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09-21-2013 06:06 AM  5 years agoPost 11
flyrchelis

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Any input on the camera settings would be great.

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09-22-2013 03:06 AM  5 years agoPost 12
tintmaster

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Blade 350QX
Settings are above.

960-30

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