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Old 08-11-2019, 09:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was having a nice time flying my 330X a few days ago after a break from the helicopters for a few weeks. Got up pretty high in the air and ended up losing orientation. I tried to recover but it was not possible. I hit TH and it ended up coming down in the nearby woods which is very dense. I searched for a few days and had to come to terms that this one is not coming back.

I liked how it flew but now it has me wondering whether or not I should get another or invest in a different model. What do you guys like to fly in this size range?
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Old 08-11-2019, 09:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a good time and excuse to try something newer. Maybe a kit heli ? Or if you don't want to build you can buy something used. Perhaps one of the 380's that are around would be something you'd like. I really do like my older 360CFX 6S but you'd be stuck with another Blade unit.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That sucks dude about your 330x , I was looking at the Fusion 360 as my next one after I retire my 330x ..
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi,

the new 450er sizes are 360-380.

Then there are some special mid sizes like 270, which you can get with the "Blade Fusion 270" (follower of 270CFX).

Right now there are special deals for the "Blade Fusion 270 ARF" - which includes the motor and (4s 1300mah) ESC: 150EUR in Europe/Germany and ~130$ in the US.


What is your more concret RC heli budget including / excluding FBL you have in mind.

Your 330x (=450X) was a 3s 2200mah lipo.

I am not sure if the bigger 360 size would work with that lipo.
Looks like most heli models got upgraded to 6s (1800mah), but there is the "Blade 360 CFX 3s" also.

Only problem with the "Blade Fusion 270" model are the expensive carbon main blades, if you cannot find other (fitting) replacements.

Align 325mm blades are ~20$ or less.

I guess 360-380mm main blades are more often flown than those non-standard 270er heli size models, so there will be more available from different vendors.

Be careful what you do:
Newer Blade heli BNF models seem to use their proprietary FBL receivers.
Not a BeastX FBL (AR7200BX or AR7210BX).
But I think you had already the same problem with your 330X.


Con argument against Blade BNF:

Included H3050MG servos + H3060MG (tail).
Bottom plastic is cheap - loosen the screws one time and the bottom mounts will break/crack!

Plastic chassis of my DS76 + DS76T servos are way better!

There are many people who wrote in the "Blade Fusion 270" sub forum about their experience with the BNF model and H3050MG cyclics that they had to replace them multiple times when their heli flipped over.

So, better put different cyclis into a new heli (kit) right from start.
There are sooo many options...cheaper ones...more expensive ones....

..(...)..

Last cyclic servos I have checked where 50EUR for full alu (per piece) from my LHS (up to 6kg) and I also have checked MKS cyclic prices because of their better one year warranty period (vendors usually give 6 months full warranty service in Germany).
Cheapest cyclic was Turnigy DMC 809.

..(...)..

Tail servo:

Personally I only own(ed) the Spektrum H3060MG as tail for my Blade4503D (with DS76 cyclics)....not sure if I can get it up into the air again after the last crash.

Well, it acts still fine on the servo tester.

But my non-connected FBL tests acted quite strange...probably I first have to put back everything (tail, servo mount, pushrod, etc.) together before trying under load.


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If you ask me:

Your crash resulted due to the fact, that the 450er heli size is too small :-)
So you would have to upgrade to 500/550+ size.


If you are looking for something more cheap, it is probably hard to not go for a ALZRC X360 kit (old Gaui X3 without L) or ALZRC Devil 380.

Or you go with their new MSH/XLPower 380 for $200 (without electronics).

I am sure you already know about OXY4 (325mm) or OXY Max....
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Having been and still remaining a stout supporter of Blade models...

I would at least consider going to another brand

The Align 470L and Gaui X3 are 380-sized heli's that are a huge leap above

Which means You will get to learn all the ins-n-outs of FBL systems...the most popular being the Brain/iKON2

Both models are tuff as hell...and parts are economical
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for all of the suggestions guys. The crash was 100% because of my carelessness of flying it a bit too high in an area where there was dense forest in close proximity. I really should have saved that for the open fields.


I am a bit torn because of the fact that I have a good amount of new parts for the 330X including blades, canopies, etc. I am going to make a few more trips to the area where it went down and if my searching is fruitless than I may end up looking for a cheaper used one. The 330 is plenty big for my comfort zone as of now but I can see getting some larger models in the future. I have a feeling my next step after the 330 will be a kit helicopter.
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Old 12-08-2019, 11:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Did u ever find your heli? Good news Horizon just released a 330S and it has everything you could want in a trainer. Panic recovery, stability mode and cheap plentiful parts
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Old 12-08-2019, 12:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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After I drilled My 330X into the ground...I did the best of both worlds...

Rebuilt it from the ground up into a MicroHeli CF frame

A kit build from something I am very familiar with...and none of the quirks of a new kit
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Old 12-09-2019, 05:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 12-30-2019, 04:29 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I can not agree, to some of the above:
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the new 450er sizes are 360-380.
Never. 450Size is 325mm Mainblade. 360Size is 360mm Mainblade. Not to Mention the root, diameter of main shaft and else.
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Newer Blade heli BNF models seem to use their proprietary FBL receivers. Not a BeastX FBL (AR7200BX or AR7210BX).
Of course they do. Smaller Modells are equipped with AR636/AR6335. The 360 modells are equipped with BeastX AR7200BX/AR7210BX.
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Con argument against Blade BNF:
Included H3050MG servos + H3060MG (tail).
Bottom plastic is cheap - loosen the screws one time and the bottom mounts will break/crack!
Still one of the best Servo Set on the market for this size. I run them since years in my Modells, from 230Size up to 360 size. Never lost a bolt or cracked the housing.
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No fact is these h3050/60 servos are one of the worst in build quality in their class. And for the price they sell..they are complete crap! You can get a ton more durable servos with same performance for a third of the price
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And about fbl units: only 360cfx 6s versions and 270cfx(6s) used BX, all the rest are using propriety fbls (including 360cfx 3s). None of the new Blade BNF helis uses anything else then spektrum FBLs
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I can not agree, to some of the above:

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the new 450er sizes are 360-380.
Never. 450Size is 325mm Mainblade. 360Size is 360mm Mainblade. Not to Mention the root, diameter of main shaft and else.
Of course, 325mm main blade length is the size of a 450er model.

With the above sentence, I will try to update it, I originally meant this:

It feels like that the 450er heli sizes are pretty much dead with some rarer exceptions (Blade 330X, 330s, Trex 450 RTF, Hirobo,...).

Those 450 heli models got replaced by the newer (bigger) 360-380 sizes.

Gaui X3 / ALZRC X360 (360)
Gaui X3L (380)
Trex 470
Goblin 380
Blade 360CFX (6s or 3s)
....
you name them


In my other thread I did not find too many cheap 450/360 heli kit options so far:

"Are there any really cheap 450/360-380 heli build kits (flybar or FBL) available?": https://www.helifreak.com/showthread.php?t=847037

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Can someone please tell me the optimal offset distance of the tail servo rod connection? On the servo arm? I'm chasing a wag!
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No fact is these h3050/60 servos are one of the worst in build quality in their class. And for the price they sell..they are complete crap! You can get a ton more durable servos with same performance for a third of the price
I often read this...but when i compare the technical data, the "more durable servos with same performance for a third of the price" can not outperform the stock servos. Of course, if You crash often and hard, a cheap servo will serve You better. I had no issues with stock H3050/3060, but i do not crash my Helis. As they are scale builds, i would appreciate to find a servo at same or better speed and torque, for same price or even a little more.
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