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Posted by kenfrisbee | Feb 18, 2012 @ 07:33 AM | 1,076 Views
In the last month I have flown the crap out of the V911 and 120 SR. If you are looking for a fun heli that can take a beating and still fly well, either of these would be a good choice.

About 3 weeks ago I got the Blade mSR X. I am completely aware that a good transmitter is necessary but I don't have one nor do I have the cash right now for one (The wife is softening and I intend to have one in the next couple of months) so I have been using the stock TX from the 120 SR.

The mSR X is a real handful and it took me some time to get used to not having the 45deg flybar correcting my mistakes. Two weeks into flying this heli I was able to hover tail in and nose in with no problem at all, I couldn't piro to a different orientation without smashing a wall nor could I hover well with either side in.

Yesterday I was practicing hovering in all orientations over the desk in my small office and realized that I was spinning her around to each orientation without thinking about it and without smashing into the wall. Thinking that I might be fooling myself I decided to walk the heli through my office, through doors in all orientations, over cubicle dividers, across the office and back toward me...

Yesterday I was the pilot of my mSR X and I can't wait to get her outside today!!!
Posted by kenfrisbee | Feb 15, 2012 @ 02:41 PM | 1,171 Views
Well well well.... I have been an r/c helicopter pilot for almost 2 months. I have been through a lot!

The last time I posted, I got the V911 and flew it for the first time. UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE!!! The V911 is boring! As a matter of fact the V911 AND the 120 SR are both boring!!!!!! The problem that I have them are the 45deg flybar setup. Yeah, it makes it easy to fly but when you really want to do something, the flybar strikes the main blade and BANG! out of business....

I'll back up a couple of weeks....

I could see that the V911 and the 120 SR would have their limitations so I went out on a limb and ordered the Blade mSR X. I knew that I wasn't ready for the mCP X yet but was already bored with the thing they call the 45deg flybar. Yeah, it's cool for those who don't want to think about flying but I do.

the mSR X has been great. I have learned how to hover a heli that won't hover by itself. I have learned that a heli will need to be repaired, and how to do it. I have learned that flybars SUCK!!!!!!!!!

I won't back up in my progression. Does anyone want to buy a 120 SR (bnf) that needs a new tail motor? Also for sale is the V911 which had been through the ringor but has nothing wrong with it and still flies like a champ.

While I am begging.... Who has an mCP X that thinks it sucks? I can take it off of your hands
Posted by kenfrisbee | Jan 18, 2012 @ 12:09 PM | 1,383 Views
I got the V911 in the mail yesterday and all I have to say is YIPPEE!!!!!

After reading about all of the people having trouble with their V911's I prepared myself for a disapointment and fortunately didn't get one!

The box was a little bit banged up due to only being in a plastic bag from Hong Kong, but the contents were in perfect order with nothing damaged or missing. I had no trouble charging the batteries or binding the heli to the TX included.

My first flight was uneventful. The heli lifted straight off of my desk with a little bit of right aileron and into a very nice controlled hover. I didn't need to trim at all and was even able to take hands off the sticks for a few seconds for a hands free hover - Very nice.

Indoor flight was uneventful; nice hover, very responsive to inputs, straight FF, good turns. I decided to take the heli outside in a very light breeze (about 3mph) so I put it on high rates. Had a lot of fun! Heli is amazingly controllable in a breeze, FFF was FAST, great turns and didn't seem out of control at all.

I am getting about 5 minutes of flight time out of stock batteries. Flights are timed and I am not willing to push the limit until batteries are broken in better.

All in all, I am very very happy with this new heli. Now I have the perfect indoor practice machine!!!!

My only complaint is that the only place I know of to get batteries is out of HK
Posted by kenfrisbee | Jan 16, 2012 @ 09:06 AM | 1,297 Views
Yes! Finally got outside a couple of days ago with the 120 sr and had so much fun!!! I was able to practice some FF and even a little FFF! Did a couple of banked turns, kind of, and spent a lot of time doing circuit 8's and practicing nose in hovers.

Today is a holiday and so far it isn't windy, we'll see what happens when the sun comes up. If it isn't too windy I should be able to get in up to 12 packs outdoors. If it is too windy I have the opportunity to fly at the high school gym for a couple of packs.

The V911 isn't in yet but according to USPS it is in California so I hope it gets delivered before Wednesday when it's supposed to start raining.
Posted by kenfrisbee | Jan 11, 2012 @ 11:23 AM | 1,542 Views
On Christmas morning Santa left 2ch heli's for me and my daughter. I loved mine, she hated hers so she gave it to me. I had a blast on Christmas day flying them at the family gathering, buzzing the dinner table and letting the little ones fly them.

By the day after Christmas I was bored with the 2ch helis and spent a $50 gift on a Blade Scout CX. WOW, I can actually go backwards and forwards! I soon moved the swaxh links to the "advanced" settings and had even more fun!

A couple of days later my wife and I were in LHS for a battery for the Scout and I was able to talk her into letting me get the 120 SR. OMG, what a different experience a true 4ch heli is! The trouble with the 120 SR is it's size. Just a little bit too big for indoor flight (at least in my tiny little living room) and the weather doesn't allow many outdoor flights so I keep to my bedroom learning how to hover.

I finally got 2 afternoons outdoors with the 120 and have learned how to fly forward, hover nose in (still can't do this in the small bedroom) and have a lot more fun! I have only had 1 major crash needing a tail boom, tail rotor and skids replacement. Boy oh boy, this 120 SR is a tough little bird!!!

I'm really enjoying this new hobby. A couple of weeks ago I decided that I needed a smaller 4ch for indoor flight/practice so I ordered the V911 from Banggood (mistake to do it though banggood). I am still waiting for that order to get to the US much less my office , in the meantime I continue to improve in the bedroom and trying like hell to get back outdoors for more forward flight.

I will update as soon as I get the V911 and get some more time on the sticks outside.