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08-07-2018 05:54 PM  68 days agoPost 1
Joe Jet


CA & Japan

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Picked up a lightly used 550X. Amazing how every used copter I have bought has had several minor and some major set up issues. I wonder how many people give up on a model or learning to fly helis due to poorly flying models? The tail rotor linkage was not set up properly and I had to redo 30% of the AR7200 set up. First flight control was good, but the swash was “busy” and it was twitching in cyclic. I dialed down the #1 pot and test flew twice. It improved, but not perfect. I noticed it had 520 cm Edge carbon fiber main blades, looked new, and stock, but scuffed tips, tail blades. I picked up some Japanese made 550cm DY Fiberglass blades on a trip to Japan. They are cool looking wide cord with cranked tips and asymmetric airfoil; I don’t do inverted or hard aerobatics. Changed the main blades and put new stock plastic tail blades on it. Flies like a dream now!

Got a second one I’m redoing now. Hopefully get that one to fly as well as the first.

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08-08-2018 02:59 AM  68 days agoPost 2
Heli Fanatix


Fountain Valley, CA

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Great job! It used to make me go hummmm aswell, now we find it to be quite normal.

There is the right way and every other way to do it.
If we are interested > we do what is “easy and convenient”
If we are committed > we do it “until”

Most lack decipline, often neglect and a pro at taking short cuts. We all need a touch of OCD to extract hobby’s full potential. It is a fun and rewarding past time ...however we need to do our part. We only get out as much out as we contribute.

08-11-2018 09:00 PM  64 days agoPost 3

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Sterling Heights, MI - USA

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I still fly a 550x and it is a great heli. I think many were bought by people who had only bought smaller blade helis "ready to fly" in the past. They failed just as you said because they were unaware of how to really do setup. I think this was a failure of the marketing strategy by Blade. This heli deserved to be a success - it was a great heli for the money.

Phil Heavin

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