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Old Jul 13, 2011, 04:12 PM
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Lol, maybe yours was but mine has been giving me a hard time for 3 weeks now.
Step one is setting up the radio - that is super easy, and there is a known correct setup for every possible radio - you can't screw this up. The helicopter itself requires no setup except the occasional ball link adjustment for pitch range. IMO, nobody should spend more than an hour trying to get an mCPX to work. It works or it's defective. Defective products go back to the manufacturer. Pretty simple really.

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I agree with that. It should just work.

Maybe you'll find something in my videos to help. Search for other videos too - some people have done some really good ones.

http://jazzyflight.blogspot.com/2011...ade-mcp-x.html
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Old Jul 13, 2011, 08:00 PM
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Yeah, I agree with Jas, airbagit. I'm beginning to think it's a defective board or something myself. You should have been flying the thing by now. I take it your 9c and Spek module work well with your other heli?

Mine acts like it's been shot down with an emp gun once in a while when the main or tail motor plugs get loose. I never glued them back after the last board change on it.... I just reseat them and all is fine for a while.
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Old Jul 13, 2011, 08:23 PM
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Yeah I realize this, it is in computer mode for sure. I gave up on it. Really wanted to light it on fire but I stuck it in the back of a closet instead. I have a buddy thats been flying helis 3d for some time that is going to take a look at it on sunday. If he cant figure it out I will send it back to horizon.
Good call. I would've sent it back from day 1 of not working despite following the manual's pre-flight checklist
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Old Jul 13, 2011, 09:17 PM
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Speaking of defective, maybe you guys can help me out. I've had a Blade MCX for about a year now and love it. I can do all the basics right in my small living room. Never had to replace a part on it. So I decide to get a MCP X because everyone says if you can fly the MCX you should be able to do the basics with a MCP X. I can't keep this thing in the air for more than 10 seconds. I'm nowhere close to being able to hover this thing. I've tried thngs like putting the grommets on the links and I make sure the shaft gear is pushed up. Am I really that bad or could the one I have be defective?
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Old Jul 13, 2011, 09:26 PM
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Speaking of defective, maybe you guys can help me out. I've had a Blade MCX for about a year now and love it. I can do all the basics right in my small living room. Never had to replace a part on it. So I decide to get a MCP X because everyone says if you can fly the MCX you should be able to do the basics with a MCP X. I can't keep this thing in the air for more than 10 seconds. I'm nowhere close to being able to hover this thing. I've tried thngs like putting the grommets on the links and I make sure the shaft gear is pushed up. Am I really that bad or could the one I have be defective?
Whoa...going straight from an MCX to an MCPx is kind of a big jump there...lol... The MCX and mSr are "self-stabilizing" helis...the MCPx however, is not, and must be fully flown, even in hover.

You could try "dumbing down" all your settings (if you're using a dx6i,7,8 etc.)...I fly mine that way in my small apartment.


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Old Jul 13, 2011, 10:10 PM
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Like Bud said, then add training gear and look into a simulator too! If you can find a club or an experience pilot in your area to help you get started, that will speed thing up a bit.

You can do it, just stay with it....

(and start budgeting for parts)
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Old Jul 13, 2011, 10:15 PM
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Thanks for the reassurance guys, I am pretty sure its defective at this point as I created a new model on my TX with good settings and its till bugging. im just going to call horizon to send it back tomorrow.
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Old Jul 13, 2011, 10:37 PM
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Got one

Read a few posts. Saw a few videos. I'm in. Ordered one just now off ebay. Comes with the new grips and 3 batteries. I'm stoked.
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 12:10 AM
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Speaking of defective, maybe you guys can help me out. I've had a Blade MCX for about a year now and love it. I can do all the basics right in my small living room. Never had to replace a part on it. So I decide to get a MCP X because everyone says if you can fly the MCX you should be able to do the basics with a MCP X. I can't keep this thing in the air for more than 10 seconds. I'm nowhere close to being able to hover this thing. I've tried thngs like putting the grommets on the links and I make sure the shaft gear is pushed up. Am I really that bad or could the one I have be defective?
Try setting your rates to 30%, no expo, and flying outside with plenty of space and little wind. If all you have flown before is the MCX it will still be hard, but you should be able to hover it for a few moments at least!

And before you send the bird back, see if a good pilot from your hobby shop can fly it and let you know if it's properly set up. Don't get discouraged; CP helis are just hard!
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 12:27 AM
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I would consider 20-30% expo on your cyclic controls to reduce the input at the mid stick positions, especially if you are doing a lot of over correcting.
What is happening after takeoff that stops your flight after 10 secs? Is it racing away on control inputs or does it fly off one way or the other on take off?
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 01:28 AM
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Speaking of defective, maybe you guys can help me out. I've had a Blade MCX for about a year now and love it. I can do all the basics right in my small living room. Never had to replace a part on it. So I decide to get a MCP X because everyone says if you can fly the MCX you should be able to do the basics with a MCP X. I can't keep this thing in the air for more than 10 seconds. I'm nowhere close to being able to hover this thing. I've tried thngs like putting the grommets on the links and I make sure the shaft gear is pushed up. Am I really that bad or could the one I have be defective?
1 fly over grass
2 immediately take it up 3 feet high to avoid ground effect
3 keep tail pointed towards you at all times
4 make sure you have expo on cyclic
5 dont be afraid to crash it. It's very durable
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 05:48 AM
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So I decide to get a MCP X because everyone says if you can fly the MCX you should be able to do the basics with a MCP X
I don't know who they are, but they're wrong. It's a bit like saying 'if you can drive a car you'll be able to do the basics on a unicycle'!

Put it back on the shelf and get an mSR (unless you're a 'natural' who was bored of the MCX after a week)
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 07:22 AM
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I have been flying a Blade CP and 400 for about two years now. I can hover, and do figure eights - nothing fancy. The Mcp X has taken me to a whole new level. It's so easy to hover, even nose in and fly circuits. I just started looping and can hold an invert. I am ready to try this with the bigger helis.
BTW - I have fixed broken landing gear twice now by joining the two pieces with heat shrink tube with a short lenghth of paper clip or other wire inside the tube for strength. Then after shrinking, seal the ends with some CA and bend to shape. Works great!
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Old Jul 14, 2011, 02:08 PM
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Try setting your rates to 30%, no expo, and flying outside with plenty of space and little wind. If all you have flown before is the MCX it will still be hard, but you should be able to hover it for a few moments at least!

And before you send the bird back, see if a good pilot from your hobby shop can fly it and let you know if it's properly set up. Don't get discouraged; CP helis are just hard!
30% rate is way low...I wouldn't recommend it that low even for beginner. I would maybe go 50 lowest and at least 20 expo.
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