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04-04-2015 09:09 PM  6 years ago
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critter243

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Getting into RC helis again
After being away from the hobby completely for a little over 12 years I've decided to get back into it. I used to have a Raptor 30v2 and was a beginner at best. Learning to hover etc. I thought it would be like riding a bike but the more I read and try to relearn I find just how wrong I was. I bought a used Blade CX3 and 200SRX package deal to get my "feet wet". I've been bouncing the CX3 off the wall in my living room a bit and having some fun. I'm itching to fly the 200SRX but still very intimidated by it. I also bought a used Spectrum DX7s as a Tx upgrade. I have tried several times to bind the DX7s to the CX3 with no luck. Has anyone else tried this? I'm sure it's easy to do but I'm having no luck at all. Doing everything the manuals say to do and the servos work but the motors will not start. As for binding the 200SRX that was pretty simple but the programming and curves....well that I have no idea on yet. If there is anyone that lives in the Chicago IL area I would love for someone to help me out a little here and there. And it would also be nice to have someone to fly with. Eventually sometime soon I'm looking to get a bigger electric heli in the 500-550 range. The Blade 500x and the Trex 500 or the Trex 550 are the helis I'm looking at. Also a good charger suggestion would be apreciated.
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04-04-2015 09:24 PM  6 years ago
turbojoe

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Welcome back! I've been playing with helicopters for years but still consider myself a rank amateur heli pilot. I just love the mechanical complexity of a heli and lose myself in the immense pleasure building/tinkering with them.

Isn't the CX3 a straight DSM bird? If so I doubt your DX7 will bind with it. The later TX's are for the most part DSM2 and DSMX and aren't backwards compatible. I hope I'm wrong about this though. Hopefully someone will correct me if I am.

As far as getting the hang of flying again a simulator is probably the best bang for the buck. When I first started flying planes again after a 20 year absence (marriage) I got Real Flight and flew it until comfortable before flying a real plane again. Had zero issues on maiden flights for two new planes on the same day. Same with helicopters. I learned to hover on the sim first. Can't say the first hovers with the real thing were pretty but I didn't crash and destroy anything or anyone. I still use the sim (Phoenix 5) all the time because I get precious little time to fly anymore. The sim is worth ten times what it costs in my opinion.

Joe
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04-13-2015 03:20 AM  6 years ago
Cobra 46

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Welcome back your going to have a blast.
And the members here will bend over backwards to help !
Good luck. And I see there are members from Chicago on her. They chime in from time to time !
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04-13-2015 05:10 AM  6 years ago
grim.the.grim

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+1 for Turbojoe's suggestion on getting a simulator. Its the only was to go. Unless you have endless funds...use the simulator and your small helis to practice on. I stopped flying for a while and my MCPX was the best training tool along with the simulator for me getting back into the air. Once you have all orientations locked in with your electric helis, then you should move to the larger size electrics...somewhere between a 500-600 class Heli.*** Real Pilots BEAT the air into submission! ***
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04-13-2015 05:11 AM  6 years ago
grim.the.grim

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By the way...welcome back!! *** Real Pilots BEAT the air into submission! ***
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05-05-2015 09:15 PM  6 years ago
h2ocoolerman

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200srx great choice for skill building.
I been flying my 200srx for a couple of weeks now. Its actually easier to fly then my little mcr which was my first heli coming from flying fixed wing. The 200srx is very docile in the easiest mode. Just practice your hover and orientation before you turn stability mode off. Things can happen real fast with this heli. I will say that you may want to up the throttle rate to 200%. The climb rate is not good with bird. Make sure to account for this when desending fast.

Good luck and have fun.
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05-05-2015 09:49 PM  6 years ago
dkshema

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The Blade CX3 is a DSM2 based radio, and WILL bind with and WILL work with your DX7s.

The fact that the servos work as they should are a clear indication that the two are communicating.

That your motor won't spin, could simply be an issue of making sure your throttle range in the transmitter includes what is needed to get the speed control in the CX3 to arm properly.

Also make certain the throttle channel in your DX7s is NOT reversed. This will prevent the ESC from arming, as well.

It may be that not only does your throttle stick need to be at the full low position, but you may need to move the throttle trim all the way down as well.

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The Blade 500X was discontinued, but it seems you can still get them, as well as parts. At least for awhile.

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Programming a DX7s for the 200SRX --

http://www.bladehelis.com/ProdInfo/..._BLH_200SRX.SPM

Looks to be a file you simply add to the DX7s SD card, and then upload it to your TX.

And welcome back.
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Dave

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