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Feb 17, 2018, 08:45 AM
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Blade 130 s Review

I've been flying helis since 2006. I am a sport-flier and have been looking for another heli for back-yard flying to add to my fleet. I have larger ships; a 450 and 500 for trips to the flying field, but there are times when a trip to the field isn't practical, and the Blade 130 s sure fits the bill.

The BNF model has been placed on clearance sale at HH for $169( ) and I couldn't pass it up. For a TX I'm using a dx7s, and for lipos I am using Gen Ace 520mAh 30c lipos:

I have the idle-up throttle curve set to 0,30,65,70,100 .* In calm air, flying 5min 20sec packs of sport-flying I came down right about at storage charge.

As far as flight characteristics, the model flies like a bigger ship. It is stable and has a good bit of pop. I don't use stability mode, so I can't speak to that, but as far as a back yard sport flier goes,I would recommend this model. As I put more time on the ship I'll update the review...

* Edit #1: I just flew another pack with the B130s out back over the Vermont snow; in a stiff breeze; gusts up to 12 mph, and she did quite well. In order to have some more punch available, I decided to set the TC as follows: 0,30,65,70,100. I'll be sure to keep folks posted...

Edit #2: After two more flights I decided to move the idle-up TC back to 0,35,65,65,100 and continue testing...
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