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02-19-2016 01:34 PM  4 years ago
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Blade Nano CPS Initial Impressions
Hello

Build: Amazing for what it is. Love the vibration isolator for the main board. Did not like how they just coiled up the antenna and shoved it under the board...I straightened out the antenna and pointed it to the front part of the canopy.

Control: I am using a 14MZ with Spektrum module so any advice in the book is taken with a grain of salt. After figuring out how to use a 3 position switch to select safe/acro/3d modes I noticed that in acro/3d mode that the swash would drift. No drifting in safe mode(at first I just took off in safe mode and switched into acro/3d). I found that the only way I could stop the drifting is to tweak the sub trim. Now I can switch between modes and the swash stays center and I can take off in all the modes...before this I could only take off in safe mode...

Safe Mode (): To me this is a marketing gimmick (regarding saving you if loose orientation if your practicing aerobatics)...the way it is implemented (Helicommand did a great job with this function on the HC3SX...fix orientation and automatically fly upwards...gracefully) will not work well and I am pretty sure it will cause more damage than help (if you are relying on it to save you when practicing advanced maneuvers). I don't really need a safe mode but in testing the function I put the heli inverted about 10ft off the deck and switched into safe. The heli did a violent maneuver to get to level but then I realized it did not take control of the pitch so I had to manually feed in positive pitch...scary. If you get lost with this heli is is MUCH safer to just hit throttle hold.

On a plus side flying in safe mode using hovering training is great and it does a great job keeping the heli level. I feel that it may cause some bad stick input habits since it can get you in the mode of putting in small sharp and quick inputs (since it self levels) vs small smooth inputs...

Overall: Very cool tech for the size and money. Mechanically I love it though they should be more mindful with the antenna. The Aero/3D mode feel decent for a small heli. The Rescue Mode needs to be updated to be a real rescue mode...but as a stability training mode I would agree that it is effective.

I would give this a 3 out of 5 stars with the intention of making it 4.5 out of 5 if they fix the rescue mode since this is a main marketing point.
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02-20-2016 03:43 AM  4 years ago
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Nice write-up, you really can't go too-wrong with the price these are selling for but,
I would still rather have a fbl MS Hornet
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07-10-2016 10:09 AM  4 years ago
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Excellent review Eco8gator, I had an Eco 8 back in the 90's but anywho, I just picked up a Blade nano CPS yesterday and looking forward to "Fartin around" with the LiL guy. The Li-po's are so inexpensive you could fly for hours for short monies !
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07-10-2016 01:34 PM  4 years ago
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I still have my fully blinged Eco 8...flys on my TREX 450 packs for a decent amount of time.

Lately I have been flying an AS3XTRA in my house since it's less harmful to the wife's stuff I kill eflight 150 45c packs in about 30 flights...i.e. they are no longer useful for flight. I have gone through a fist full so far and the bill is racking up...granted it's no where near the pucker factor of my Diabolo.

BTW, the absolute best cell for the weight is the eflight 45c 150s. Aparently there is a 220mah 45c cell in the UK that is amazing as well but I have limited experience. I have tried the 180mah 45c bargain cells and they are much worse than the eflight cells.

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07-10-2016 01:38 PM  4 years ago
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Hello

I hope Mark allows this link to stay but I have a post in another foamie plane forum with some battery discharge curves.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ghlight=As3xtra

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07-10-2016 04:25 PM  4 years ago
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I still have my fully blinged Eco 8...flys on my TREX 450 packs for a decent amount of time.
Wow ! Amazing, kinda wish I kept mine just cause it was my "first" but anyway Thanks for the battery tip. I just got this Nano yesterday and was going nuts trying to figure out why it wouldn't act right in "Idle-up" mode and discovered on another forum that you have to bind with the rudder stick all the way to right or the heli be "acting a Fool" -- I thought the control board was messed up but I was what you might call "WronG"
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