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Blade Trio 180 CFX Helicopter

The 180 CFX now comes with a 3-bladed rotor head, improving the response and collective authority, and it's now called the Trio.

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The Blade Trio 180CFX hits the market with a few new features like a 3-bladed rotor head.

Blade has a new machine and it's based on the very popular Blade 180 CFX. The Trio is a new and improved version of the popular helicopter with a few new upgrades for the backyard pilot. The Trio has a new 3 bladed rotor head that gives some extra pop and tight response to the helicopter. It has an optimized servo layout that houses the metal gear micro servos. The motor is a higher torque outrunner that is supported by the CC Talon 15 amp ESC. The trio is a 3 cell setup running a 450 mAh battery. If you already own the 180CFX you can just replace some of the head components and you can experience the Trio for yourself. Based on these features, you can see Blade is trying to give both the beginner as well as seasoned pilots a fun little helicopter that you can pretty much fly anywhere you want with all the power that you need.

For more information on the Blade Trio 180CFX click here.

Features:

  • 3-Bladed Head
  • AS3X Technology
  • Optimized Servo Geometry
  • Nanolite Receiver
  • Castle Creations ESC
  • Rigid Carbon Fiber Frame
  • Metal Gear Servos
  • High-torque Brushless Outrunner Motor
  • 3S Li-Po Power
  • Torque-Tube Drive Tail

Included:

  • (1) Blade Trio 180 BNF Basic
  • (1) Spektrum AR6335 Receiver
  • (1) Castle Creations ESC
  • (1) Spektrum Metal Gear Servos
  • (1) Blade 5800Kv Motor
  • User Manual

Last edited by ndfly700; Jun 29, 2017 at 11:59 PM..
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Jul 01, 2017, 09:22 AM
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Thickfog's Avatar
Awesome!
Jul 03, 2017, 07:01 PM
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SpekBo's Avatar
I'm glad they brought back the 180 cfx. As a calm scale and sport pilot I own two 180 cfx's. I'd like to hear the opinion of seasoned 3D pilots, wich is the crowd this little heli is again aimed at.

It looks like there are four differences on this heli so far: the three bladed head, servos to MG, motor to higher torque and the torque tube has a new part number.

Did this heli have to be reborn as the Trio or would have the announcement of a few new parts been just fine?
Jul 03, 2017, 08:02 PM
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Looks pretty cool!

I don't own a 180 CFX although I would like to someday since i fly a lot of 3D. I've heard that overall the heli is a pretty tough bird although there were issues with the plastic servos breaking easily upon crashing. However with saying that, they have upgraded the upper two to metal BUT kept the tail servo plastic due to its size & location shouldn't be easily damaged in an average crash.

I would have LIKED to see SAFE as that alone saves you a tonne of crashes when practising 3D. I love this feature on the 230s.

Will be on the lookout for one in the future though definitely.

Cheers!
Jul 04, 2017, 08:17 AM
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Yep, around 70 - 80 for 1 blade and a set of metal gears for the servos.......
Dec 07, 2017, 04:38 PM
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A bit surprised this thread died a death. Looks like a nice heli to me and I'm tempted once I stop crashing the crap out of my 4#6...

Have any of you guys got one?
Dec 17, 2017, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by sid01
A bit surprised this thread died a death. Looks like a nice heli to me and I'm tempted once I stop crashing the crap out of my 4#6...

Have any of you guys got one?
I bought one a few weeks ago. I only have a few flights on it so far because of lousy weather. I'm still in the process of getting it dialed in to my taste and abilities (or lack thereof!) but it is very responsive and powerful. I am not a smack 3d pilot by any stretch of the imagination but it's capable of very fast flip and roll rates and the fbl unit and tail seem to be very well locked in. I own an mCPx (brushed and bl), a 300x, a 450 fbl, and a 500 fb, and this fits nicely in that lineup for me. Frankly it will probably replace the mCPx Bl as my 3D learning/practice heli.

One thing to note for future reference is that like their other nano receivers Spektrum saw fit to wire this one in a non-standard configuration. The V+ and ground are switched on the servo leads (different from how they would be on 99.9% of other receivers and servos). This is only important to note if you are messing with servos or the esc obviously but I've never understood why they did that other than perhaps to try and be proprietary...
May 08, 2018, 07:45 PM
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I need help!
I downloaded the setup file from spektrum for the 180 trio on my dx9.

But when I go into the throttle curve I have only 3pt of curve in my radio..
0%
25%
25% {nor}
25%

75%
75% { Iu 1
75%

100%
100% {iu 2
100%

like my 270 crx I have all 5 pts of curve.

why dose this trio 180 only have 3 pt of curve?
May 08, 2018, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by slowace
I need help!
I downloaded the setup file from spektrum for the 180 trio on my dx9.

But when I go into the throttle curve I have only 3pt of curve in my radio..
0%
25%
25% {nor}
25%

75%
75% { Iu 1
75%

100%
100% {iu 2
100%

like my 270 crx I have all 5 pts of curve.

why dose this trio 180 only have 3 pt of curve?
If you have not used a Castle ESC before it does look a little funny. The Castle Talon ESC is set up to have 3 fixed/governed head speeds by default. The values that you program into your Dx9 are simply "trigger" levels that trip the proper headspeed in the ESC. Other than for the Normal flight mode the "curves" are all just flat lines so it doesn't really matter how many points you have as long as you define the proper line. You can put in 5 points if you want, but maintain the same values that are already there. For the Trio and the Dx9 you have 3 flight modes:

Normal => throttle curve of 0, 25, 25, 25 => you can shut the motor down by pulling the collective all the way down but at any other position you will have a governed head speed of about 4200 rpm. Obviously do NOT try to go inverted in this flight mode as the motor may shut down as you lower the collective.

Idle up 1 => throttle curve of 75, 75, 75 => you will have a governed head speed of about 4600 rpm.

Idle up 2 => throttle curve of 100, 100, 100 => you will have a governed head speed of about 5000 rpm.

If you have a Castle link adapter you can adjust these head speeds but otherwise you are stuck with the above defaults.

I hope that answers your question.
May 08, 2018, 08:33 PM
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thanks for the fast response.
ok so Ill just stick to the 3 pt of curve then thanks.

I havent even bind the 180 yet just got it today
May 08, 2018, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by slowace
thanks for the fast response.
ok so Ill just stick to the 3 pt of curve then thanks.

I havent even bind the 180 yet just got it today
That will work. Have fun!


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