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12-08-2015 07:15 PM  35 months agoPost 1
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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I picked up a 360 CFX the Saturday after Thanksgiving and finally had the opportunity to set it up and test fly it today.

First up was a physical inspection. Everything was tight, all wiring was neatly routed and secured. My only change from the out of the box physical setup was to slightly tighten the blade grip bolts as the blades were just slightly loose from my personal preference.

I used the DX9 settings as presented. I also used the AR7200BX settings as presented with one exception. Parameter Menu Item B was programed as "Very High". I changed this to "User Defined", thus allowing me to control flight response (Dual Rate and Expo) from my transmitter. All of my AR7200BX units are set up in this manner.

As programmed, all control throws were in the correct directions and the AR7200BX control response was spot on.

OK, no more excuses, time to fly. Lifting into a hover in Normal Mode, the heli was dead stable. Blade tracking was dead on, and there were no noticeable vibrations.

The ESC comes preset in Governor Mode with a 30% throttle specified from position 2 through 5 for the normal throttle curve. While my initial thoughts were that this was too low a setting, the 360 CFX flew fine in Normal Mode.

Idle 1 is a flat 75% while Idle 2 is a flat 100%. In all modes, control response was smooth and predictable. The overall stability was excellent and quite a confidence boost.

My piloting skills are intermediate sportsman, and I describe my flying style as "Old Fart" with big air maneuvers.

Granted, I only have two LiPo packs through the 360 CFX at this point in time, but I am quite pleased so far.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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12-09-2015 02:12 PM  35 months agoPost 2
870heli

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Monson Ma. USA

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Good to see you have it up and flying.
I will stop in for a full report.
Buz

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12-09-2015 02:15 PM  35 months agoPost 3
rcmiket

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El Paso,Texas

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I've been watching one of the club members with his for a few months now. Seem like it's flying well along with no issues. I'm actually thinking of picking one up.

Mike

"When Inverted down is up and up is expensive"

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12-09-2015 07:14 PM  35 months agoPost 4
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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I managed to put 4 LiPO packs through the 360CFX today. Flight conditions were cloudy, 47 F, winds SSE at 3 gusting to 10.

The goal of today's flights was to determine safe flight times. The LiPos used were the recommended Eflite 6S 1300 mah.

The recommended flight times for the 360CFX is 3 minutes. This has to be with doing hard 3D, as yesterday after 3 minutes I still had 80% left in the packs.

I'm conservative with my batteries and generally target to land with at least 40% remaining in the pack.

3:30 flights resulted in 70% remaining in the pack while 4:00 minutes resulted in 60% remaining in the pack.

So I'll set my timer for 4 minute flights and continue to monitor remaining pack capacity.

Buz, I think you'll be happy with this heli. Dependent upon controller and TX setup, flight characteristics can range from mild to wild.

Mike, the new price is pretty good considering what you get. And some come up in the RR Classified Section every so often.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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12-15-2015 12:22 AM  35 months agoPost 5
vortechZ230

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How Cool!!... Im into "Old Man" Flying too!... I hate that 3D Crap!... lol

Blue skies, Light Winds!

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01-05-2016 05:56 AM  34 months agoPost 6
Warren

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Alpine, CA

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It's a great heli and I love mine - Expect prices to drop as it will be discontinued soon.

I'll grab another when they do...

-- Warren
Hirobo Flight Team
Don's Hobbies
Team Quick UK

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01-05-2016 06:28 AM  34 months agoPost 7
swofly33

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Blade360cfx
I bought my first 360 slightly used back in September. Flew it quite a lot before first crash. It's a fun little heli for practicing 3D without the worry of banging up one of my larger birds. After the crash, I bought another used one for back up and or parts. They're fairly durable but you better plan on having spare main gears main blades, booms and landing gear on hand if you want to be back in the air soon. This size helicopter is pretty hot with 6 s 1300ma bats, and I get 5 minutes of full 3 d no problem. My only complaint is if your not experienced at repairs, there is nothing to guide you but a exploded view in the instruction manual. This is definitely not a beginners helicopter. Otherwise it's ok.

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01-08-2016 10:41 AM  34 months agoPost 8
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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I've had mine a while now and love it! The best thing is there's room for a 1600mah 6s pack under the canopy and it still balances spot on! I like belt driven tails as they are more robust and cheaper to repair in a crash and as this one goes round a large pully at the front it spins nice and easily so you can do autos! I like the stubby canopy and long tail boom, they make orientation easier during piro moves and the tail has great authority even with the stock micro size standard pulse tail servo.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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09-25-2016 01:45 AM  26 months agoPost 9
Marinevet1812

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Middletown, CT USA

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New 360 CFX Owner
Just got this bird last week and only one thing to say AWSOME!!! I'm not much 3d'er, but rather going through middle age crisis and sport flying. Well I took this birdie for another spin today, rather a Sunday drive; Sport, hovering and few 3d maneuvers. Needless to say,due to overwhelming excitement I forgotten to set my timer. I flew the heli little over 9 min and still had 20% left in the pack, I just hope I did not ruin it :-(... Running stock settings on Pulse 6S 1800 45C - Bothe way nice fit and balance.

Watch at YouTube

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09-25-2016 08:06 AM  26 months agoPost 10
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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Leaving 20% in the pack is fine and normal practice. You can take them down to maybe 15% with your flying style with no detrimental effects. The harder you fly the more you should leave in if you want your packs to last so a hard 3der getting only 3 minutes should leave 25% or more in.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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09-30-2016 10:20 PM  25 months agoPost 11
VenusRocketry

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Connecticut, United States

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@gmcullen - Since it's been nearly 10 months since you first used your 360 CFX, I wanted to know how you're still liking it?

Been flying for over 20 years. An absolute RC Helicopter enthusiast!

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10-01-2016 01:43 PM  25 months agoPost 12
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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Definitely one of my favorite helis, and after hundreds of flights have not had to change a thing. I did adjust the tail belt tension once. Great bang for the buck. While I've not had the opportunity to try the three-blade head version, it does look interesting.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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10-01-2016 02:27 PM  25 months agoPost 13
Marinevet1812

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Middletown, CT USA

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@gmcullen I flown this bird maybe 8 times and just love it... I pushed it bit more few days ago, I was doing tick-tock's and this bird is solid, did not bog down at all. Horizon really did well with this little machine, I just wish I could get my 550 DFC tuned to that performance, I'd be all set... I wish Blade/Horizon would come out with 700 PNF Machine...

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10-01-2016 11:19 PM  25 months agoPost 14
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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Blade did make 500, 600, and 700 sized helis. Unfortunately, the "beginner heli" mind set that surrounds Blade doomed them to poor sales and they were discontinued relatively quickly. Too bad, as they were fine helis. I have two of the 500's and I know several people that have the 600 helis. Dead reliable fliers, reliable airframes. I'm sorry I didn't get a couple of the 600 helis while they were still available.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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