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Old Sep 14, 2008, 09:39 AM
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Just got back from NEAT! Blade mcx review!

saw the new blade mcx fly today! Horizon hobby was showing off the blade mcx and it does not fly good at all!!!!!! Hover is very stable but forward flight is sloppy! The only the guy could do is hover in place the whole time! Very boring! The air hogs twin thunder can fly better forward then this plane! To make it worse, the front canopy is dentable thin plastic
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 10:41 AM
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saw the new blade mcx fly today! Horizon hobby was showing off the blade mcx and it does not fly good at all!!!!!! Hover is very stable but forward flight is sloppy! The only the guy could do is hover in place the whole time! Very boring! The air hogs twin thunder can fly better forward then this plane! To make it worse, the front canopy is dentable thin plastic
Interesting. John from RC Hobby Helicopter tested the Lama2 which is the Walkera version and said it flies awesome and is very good in flight. Its essentially the same heli so I wonder whats going on with the E Flight??
It will be interesting to see the real differences between the two once the Blade version is released. I think one in the hands of more than one person will be needed to make a good judgment
Is it dare I say possible that Walkera built something better than E Flight this time........hmmmm
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 11:28 AM
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That is interesting, I had better expectations.
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 12:40 PM
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How did you review something you didn't fly yourself I reviewed my friends trex 450 one time and gave it a 2, he wouldn't stop crashing it for me to watch and make an honest review
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 01:33 PM
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the guy tested the forward flight for me, it was very slow and sloppy. Same thing for backward.
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 09:10 PM
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the lama2 is quite a bit bigger than the mcx. Mcx is 28g lama 2 more like 50g. Also lama2 uses 5g6 style motors while mcx uses tiny coreless ones like 4#3 tail. They have same linear servo all in one 5 in one though.
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 10:37 PM
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the lama2 is quite a bit bigger than the mcx. Mcx is 28g lama 2 more like 50g. Also lama2 uses 5g6 style motors while mcx uses tiny coreless ones like 4#3 tail. They have same linear servo all in one 5 in one though.
Thanks for the clarification. I assumed they were pretty much the same. I guess I was thrown off by the integrated servos
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Old Sep 14, 2008, 10:47 PM
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Yeah they look very similar alright. I'd really like to see a side by side comparison with the Lama2 when the MCX comes out. I think Johnin2SonAZ is going to have both when the MCX is released so we might be able to get a good showdown. I really hoped the MCX would be a sweet flier being so small and DSM2 and all. It seems like the Lama2 might out handle MCX but we'll just have to wait and see when they're out in numbers.
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Old Sep 15, 2008, 12:08 AM
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the guy tested the forward flight for me, it was very slow and sloppy. Same thing for backward.
Maybe the guy wasn't used to the little heli. FF and BF looks fine to me:

youtube.com/watch?v=ImFsecQw4Bk
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Old Sep 15, 2008, 05:27 AM
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Subscribing! I love the look of this little helicopter! As well as my big Logo 10 aerial photography platform I've also got a PicooZ ... which although fun, is very limited in terms of precision flying. I look forward to having 4-channel control on something I can fly at my desk!

Regarding forward flight, I'm not sure if the logic from my Ikarus Piccolo days can still apply here, but maybe reducing the coning angle of the blades might make the MCX more stable in forward flight ... at the cost of making it less stable in the hover ... which I personally think is where most fun is to be had with this little helicopter

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Old Sep 15, 2008, 07:49 AM
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Regarding forward flight, I'm not sure if the logic from my Ikarus Piccolo
Haha I remember the first time I tried FFF with my Piccolo - almost ended in disaster as as soon as it got good speed up it pitched up into a massive stall turn and fell back to earth like a brick!

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Old Sep 15, 2008, 08:29 AM
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Indeed! One of the coolest/easiest mods of the day was to put a metal plate across the top of the rotorhead that linked the two blade bolts ... this stopped/greatly reduced the coning of the blades and made FFF (Fast Forward Flight) much more controllable. Maybe the same principle will work with the MCX?

I've been phoning around and it seems like they will be available in the UK in another week or so! *manic grin*


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Old Oct 01, 2008, 08:18 AM
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I just picked one up at a local toy store last night. It flies incredibly well. In fact, it is stable enough that I'm afraid it may get boring kind of fast. My 3 year old was actually able to fly it without too much trouble, he had to get used to having roll control and having the yaw on the left stick, because he learned on a micro mosquito, but after a minute or two he seemed to have the hang of it.

Flight times are short (around 5 minutes so far) but I am hoping this will improve with a few more cycles on the battery. Unfortunately the store had lots of MCX RTF's and BnF's and lots of spare parts, but no extra batteries.
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Old Oct 01, 2008, 11:31 AM
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I just picked one up at a local toy store last night. It flies incredibly well. In fact, it is stable enough that I'm afraid it may get boring kind of fast. My 3 year old was actually able to fly it without too much trouble, he had to get used to having roll control and having the yaw on the left stick, because he learned on a micro mosquito, but after a minute or two he seemed to have the hang of it.

Flight times are short (around 5 minutes so far) but I am hoping this will improve with a few more cycles on the battery. Unfortunately the store had lots of MCX RTF's and BnF's and lots of spare parts, but no extra batteries.
Spare batts have been an issue for now based on what Ive been reading. There is a lot more info in these little guys over in the multirotor forum. They moved all the threads over there where they belong, but this one slipped through I guess.
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Old Oct 01, 2008, 12:03 PM
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After a few flights, my 5-in-1 unit went, or at least that is how horizon diagnosed it over the phone. During flight, the lower rotor will slow down suddenly and emit a high pitched squeal.

(Edited: rant removed, in hindsight Horizon actually provided good customer service)

Horizon is sending me a new 5in1. Hopefully that will be the cause of the problem and it will be fixed in a few days. I was irritated that Horizon wouldnt work with my LHS to get me new parts today, but now that I think of it they actually did me a favor by not requiring me to send the heli in for the work.
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