Note: Blade recently announced the 180 CFX has been discontinued. They also indicated that a 3-bladed head version with some other improvements would soon be replacing the 2-bladed head version. It appears that parts support won't be a problem at this time. This blog is written with reference to the 2-bladed head version (BLH3450).
Early in 2016 I purchased my first (pre-owned) Blade 180 CFX that was in need of some minor repairs. After tearing it all down, replacing worn or broken parts, reading up on the forums, asking all kinds of questions (Yo - Helifreaks!) and then rebuilding it, I managed to log over 100 flights in about 2 months. In doing so I've learned a few things about the heli and it's components: It's FAST, extremely sensitive to cyclic inputs, and yet VERY configurable.
Most of what I learned wasn't mentioned in the manual or on Horizon's or BladeHelis' websites. I've also stumbled across a not-so-obvious thing you can do with this heli - fly it with a 2S pack, thus lower RPM and LONGER flights. But, you must also make adjustments to it's Talon15 ESC outlined here or your heli won't ever get off the ground with a 2S pack.
|A disassembled Blade 180 CFX.|
|Testing out the electronics before re-installing.|
Don't think for a minute that this heli is 'crippled' flying on 2S. Here she is with a 2S 800mAh pack, 3300 RPM for take-off and landing, 3500 RPM for ripping around:
Okay then, if you're still here, let's get started!
All CP helicopters can be tamed down by doing any of the following:
- Using a pinion gear with less teeth.
- Using a main gear with more teeth.
- Using a motor with lower kV.
- Using a battery pack with fewer cells.
- Reducing the main and tail rotor RPM.
- Setting Dual Rates for cyclic and rudder.
- Using Expo for cyclic and rudder.
- Reducing and adjusting (dual rate-like and expo-like) collective pitch range.
|Blade 180 CFX with a yellow HeliMax Rotofly canopy.|
|Blade 180 CFX with a white HeliMax Rotofly canopy and white Lynx blades.|
|Blade 180 CFX with FXT 5.8GHz 25mW vTx and camera combo.|
|Blade 180 CFX with a BLHeliParts Protos style canopy and white Lynx blades.|
Even at 3000 RPM this heli can hurt you, badly. Remember, the tail blades spin approximately five times faster than the main blades, so when in ballistic mode at 5000 RPM the tail is spinning at 25,000 RPM! At these RPM the main blade tips are traveling at 211 miles per hour while the tail blade tips are traveling at 268 miles per hour !!! This can do SERIOUS damage to the human body.
Please! Be sure to adhere to all RC helicopter safety precautions when operating the Blade 180 CFX.
|Blade 180 CFX with EZ-NAVs (LEDs).|