|Mostly stock 180 CFX with a few mods.|
|Close up of ESC connector and adapter cable.|
|Lynx 160mm white plastic main blades.|
|Lynx 34mm white plastic tail blades.|
|A Protos style canopy from BLHeliparts.|
|A Schweizer style canopy from the HeliMax Rotofly helicopter.|
|Close up of Align T-Rex 250 landing struts and skids.|
|Custom EZ-NAV LED board and cables.|
|A 360° white LED strobe for the tail.|
|LEDs originally designed for Hirobo Quark S.R.B. helicopter.|
|Foam 'pontoons' to help with visibility.|
|Sold in six-packs at the Dollar Tree. $1 per pack.|
|These packs weigh the same as the stock 3S 450mAh packs.|
|Spektrum DX6i DSM2 6 Channel transmitter.|
|Turnigy AccuCell 6 80W charger, with IR functionality.|
|HobbyKing 350W power supply.|
|2S & 3S RPM and required throttle curve values.|
All of the remaining mechanics are 100% stock Blade parts. A bearing here and there might be from Lynx.
AUW with 800mAh pack is 205g.
LEDs add 15g.
Red and green skid pontoons add less than a 1g.
And, of course, the Talon15 has been setup for Governor High mode, and can accept either 2S or 3S packs.
Heli #2 Arrives
So in early August 2016 Horizon Hobbies reduced the price of a new 180 CFX to $199 USD. Amain Hobbies had a $15 coupon in addition, so I picked up a 2nd heli :) Like the first one, I tore it all down and rebuilt it, looking for any factory errors or other anomalies. I found one - the soldering of the bullet connectors on the motor wires was poor and one of the bullets broke off during simple handling during disassembly. After re-soldering all 3 of the bullets I finished re-assembling the heli and proceeded to re-program the Talon15 for Auto-Lipo and Governor High modes.
I also mounted the Talon15 on the outside of the frame since I don't like stressing/folding/smashing the motor and ESC wires and solder joints in that tiny space under the battery plate. I setup a new model memory in my DX6i, tweaked the throttle, pitch, dual rate & expo settings, centered the servos, leveled the swash and gave her a test flight with a 2S pack running 3100 & 3500 RPM. Very nice & smooth!
|Another disassembled Blade 180 CFX.|
|Poor soldering of solder cups (IPC Class 1 at best).|
|Correct soldering of solder cups (IPC Class 3).|
|Talon15 mounted on side of frame in order to respect the wires & solder joints.|
|Green BLHeliParts Protos style canopy and Lynx plastic blades.|