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Jasmine2501
01-28-2012, 11:51 PM
Jasmine2501 (http://www.helifreak.com/member.php?u=59911) totally agree. I know wrt the mCPx I've bot 7 of them


I like the mCPx but I don't fly it as much as I thought I would. I'm not into modification that much but maybe I would fly it more if it flew a little better. It's a little under powered for here.


OBTW how did you do that quoted sections in your reply - that was cool :D

Just click the quote button and you should see the tags to use...

I made some lights for my mQX...

Tailbender
01-28-2012, 11:57 PM
Jasmine2501 (http://www.helifreak.com/member.php?u=59911)... for someone that doesn't like to do modification that's a sweet light setup on your mQX... Fly that around the neighborhood at night and really shake up the 'Tin-Foil' hat people..

Just click the quote button and you should see the tags to use...Very cool...

Thanks for the tip! :peace

Jasmine2501
01-29-2012, 01:37 AM
Night flying IS one thing I like to do. Now that I'm not the membership officer I'm planning to do a regular night event at our club. We'll see how that goes :)

WNCmotard
01-29-2012, 09:06 PM
My brushless MCP X is my favorite heli for sure, but my new Q isn't far behind, nipping at it's heels. :D

Tailbender
01-29-2012, 09:16 PM
WNCmotard... I agree w you.. I think the Blade mCPx is incredible... what I used to practice on the simulator before trying on the 450 or 500 I now train w the mCPx - most crashes you can flip the heli over and fly it back... A friend of mine did the brushless conversion and that thing is a beast / I'm amazed the small servos can handle the power - he flies it like a 450 size heli.

Someone was ask about Arial video and I found a small key chain video camera in my parts box so just put a Velcro battery band on it and connected it to the tail for the battery.... here's a quick shot just out of my backyard... Some I did find is this could be a very cheap video platform but found if you get to hot on the sticks the extra weight does make it a bit more challenging as you'll see about 1.5min in, when I was curling my toes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ9kEXeWpA4

Jasmine2501
01-29-2012, 09:58 PM
Cool, I gotta get me one of those little cams, all mine are heavy...

I finished the video showing the lights on mine...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uorKVwL6kx4

alexmit
01-29-2012, 10:33 PM
I still remember my Blade CP 4 or 5 years ago. The Blade CP almost convinced me that helicopters weren't for me. Years later my MCPX is just as lackluster as the Blade CP was then. I had to modify the MCPX to no end just to get it to do simple tricks. Mine was very weak compared to others I had seen and flown. Eflite Blade has always left me asking for more no matter what I buy from them or have tried to help newbies set up at my field. It always felt like every heli model they sold could easily be leaps and bounds better even if they just put $20 more into them. Most people that buy into the Blade series aren't aware they have missed anything until they try a heli that is a step up first hand. It is many times a first heli purchase.

I hope this new quad copter offers a different experience. I'm sure I'll probably see one at my field soon to look over in person.

WNCmotard
01-29-2012, 10:44 PM
@Jasmine and tailbender - great videos, both of them. We have a video thread going on here.

http://helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=377397

This is my home made AV canopy I came up with, and some video I shot with it before deciding the wind and cold was just too much for me that day.

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e148/speedracer93/RC%20hobbies/Helis/Blade%20MQX/P1030581Small.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WjQdRSTBEo&list=UUsHcJlNdf5PXie7yd9GcPhQ&index=1&feature=plcp

Tailbender
01-29-2012, 11:10 PM
Jasmine2501 (http://www.helifreak.com/member.php?u=59911) - man those are some seriously intense LED - great install...

WNCmotard (http://www.helifreak.com/member.php?u=105561) - thanks for the video line and some cool arials / I like the front facing camera install...

I see the guy that flies for xHeli has some cool tricks as well something that fun to try, a toss up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUsWGhntZx4&

Marine6680
02-04-2012, 04:32 AM
So what is the difference in flight between + and x configuration?

From the video from xheli, it seems that + would be better for flips and tricks, as he was doing flips on an angle not straight from the front.




I am really interested in this thing, or maybe even a larger quad. I went from a house with many acres of open field to a tiny apartment with only a small yard around 60'x120' spread between two buildings. (The drive way divides it in half, luckily it is a back road and only 8 apt's so traffic is low)

My skill level was not that great (basic hovering and flight with wrecked nerves with full CP heli) when this happened and I am not able to practice any more. It has been almost a year since I was able to actually practice for any real time. I actually have a couple small helis as well, I bought them in hopes to use them to keep practicing, but the apt is just too small inside, and wind kills any attempt outside. I have lost the skills I had to the point that I can't even hover my CP without getting in trouble. I can still hover and fly my little single rotor FP heli, but I just don't have the room to practice any real flight maneuvers.

So I am thinking about selling my current birds and getting a quad. It fits my skill level better and can fly in smaller areas. Even this little thing seems to handle the outdoors well.

Shame, as I had just upgraded to the CP (Trex 250) and have barely 30 minutes of flight time on it. Most of that was a friend of mine giving her a couple flight checks to ensure I had set everything up properly and that it flew well before I attempted my first flight.

Sorry to derail the thread a bit. But one last thing, if anybody has any other quad models that they think are good (and reasonable in price) let me know in a PM. Thanks

TomQ
02-04-2012, 06:11 AM
So what is the difference in flight between + and x configuration?

From the video from xheli, it seems that + would be better for flips and tricks, as he was doing flips on an angle not straight from the front.

The lead person on the development of the Blade MQX talks briefly about the differences in an interview for Horizon Hobby. From my understanding the X mode configuration has an advantage over the + mode during aerobatics. For example, during loops, in + mode the two side motors are primarily used only for stabilization and only the one rear motor would be driving the quad forward. In X config the two rear motors are both driving the quad forward as well as contributing to the necessary stabilization.

The podcast is at: http://horizonhobby.cachefly.net/pod...ast_010512.mp3 (http://horizonhobby.cachefly.net/podcasts/RCast_010512.mp3) They talk about the MQX from 11:00 to 41:00, the most relevant discussion of X vs + modes is between 27:30 and 30:15.

As a relative newb who is far from the aerobatic stage, I don't see too much difference between the two modes after more than a week flying the MQX inside and out in both configurations.

The Q is great fun but I am a bit concerned about the reliability of the motors, I have two and both have exhibited some issues with the motors although only one motor has stopped working all together.

Tom

Jasmine2501
02-04-2012, 11:49 AM
The system is very sensitive to the alignment of the gear - if it's pressed on too tight, the motor will lag, and it obviously will be putting more wear on it. So, what I did was to back off those gears a little bit - a fingernail of space. And then, put some Tri-flow on the little bearings... it's smoother after you do that. And it probably helps the motors last longer.

Tailbender
02-05-2012, 01:46 PM
Doubling up... not quite there yet, but working w another pilot to shoot aerial video w a video equipped mQX flying above a Blade mCPx

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n33t0PafaRA

Tailbender
02-07-2012, 04:02 PM
TomQ: The Q is great fun but I am a bit concerned about the reliability of the motors, I have two and both have exhibited some issues with the motors although only one motor has stopped working all together.What I notice is the mQX is very efficient and the motor unlike a heli running at nearly 100% is most times running 50-60% throttle... being that they look like small tail motors, my guess is they are very cheap.

I do have one motor (left rear) after some hard crashes seems to have a dead spot. Sometimes on spool-up it doesn't come on but if I move the blade a bit (away from the dead zone) it's fine...