The fixed-pitch flybarless helicopter’s
direct-drive tail features an included
5, 100 Kv brushless tail motor. Parts and
accessories for the Blade 200 SR X are
available through retailers.
Model type: Fixed-pitch flybarless
Experience level: Beginner to advanced
Main rotor diameter: 16. 1 inches
Tail rotor diameter: 2. 4 inches
Length: 14. 8 inches
Flying weight: 8. 82 ounces
Radio: RTF: Spektrum DSMX 2. 4 GHz transmitter
(included); BNF: DSM2- or DSMX-compatible
six-plus-channel 2. 4 GHz transmitter (required);
Spektrum DX8 DSMX eight-channel transmitter
used with test model
Minimum flying area: Large basement or gymnasium
Price: $219.99 (BNF); $259.99 (RTF)
Power system included: 3900 Kv brushless motor; 800 mAh 3S 30C LiPo
battery; three-cell LiPo AC-powered balancing
charger and AC to DC adapter
Flight duration: 8 to 10 minutes
• Integrated SAFE technology for beginner to advanced pilots.
• Panic Recovery mode offers additional level of confidence.
• Substantial spare parts available.
• Canopy grommets tend to pull out when attaching or removing the
• Manual could be more in-depth.
• Foam blade holder is too large to stay on the tailboom.
AT A GLANCE ...
What’s in the Box
As is the case with many of the smaller Blade helicopters,
the box can double as a carrying case with the Styrofoam
insert—making it handy to transport to and from your flying
spot. Included in both versions are an 800 mAh 3S 11.1-volt
30C LiPo battery, a 3S LiPo balancing charger with AC to DC
adapter, as well as spare linkages, screws, a small screwdriver,
and a bind plug for binding/rebinding.
The RTF 200 SR X also includes a Spektrum LP6DSM
SAFE transmitter already bound to the 200 SR X and four
helicopter pilot helped
me set up the 200
SR X BNF heli on
the DX8; if I had not
had help, I may have
ended up frustrated or
confused. (The manual
on how to bind to
different DSM2 and
If you are a fairly
new flier and do not
have knowledge or
experience with radio
setups, choose the
RTF version. The RTF transmitter is already set up for you to
fly. Simply read the manual and look at the diagram to learn
which switch does what and how to use it. If you need to
rebind the transmitter, there are also instructions for how to
rebind the radio to the helicopter with the bind plug.
The LiPo balancing battery charger and AC to DC adapter
are easy to use. Plug the adapter into a household AC outlet,
then connect it to the charger. The battery balance lead on the
battery is keyed with a yellow tag and plugs into the side of
the charger. Lights on the top of the charger indicate status,
making it simple to determine if the battery is charging. Red
and green lights indicate that it is charging, and solid red
means the battery is ready and the charge is complete.
A fully discharged battery takes at least an hour to
charge. After an 8-minute flight on a full battery, it took
approximately 30 minutes to recharge.
Alligator clips are included on the charger. If you’re at the
field and have an 11.5- to 15-volt power source handy but not
an electrical outlet, the clips can be used for charging. Make
sure to note polarity. The alligator clips are color-coded with
black and red.
When the transmitter is set up and the battery is charged,
head to your favorite flying spot and prepare to fly!
I wouldn’t recommend flying indoors in a living room with
the Blade 200 SR X. A large, open space, such as an empty
basement with higher ceilings or a gymnasium, would be
ideal for indoor flying. If you want to fly outdoors, do so on a
calm day with light winds.
The first time I flew the Blade 200 SR X outdoors, the
wind was blowing at approximately 8-10 mph. Flying in
Beginner Mode limited my control authority and the heli
drifted away from me. The next time, I flew it on a sunny,
calm day, with breezes at roughly 3-5 mph. These conditions
were perfect and it was easier to keep the aircraft in front of
me and stay in control.
The battery is attached beneath the canopy at the front of
the fuselage with Velcro. As is always the case when plugging
in model batteries, first turn on the transmitter, making sure
the throttle stick is all the way down (and the radio out of
the way to avoid bumping the throttle stick), and plug in the
I also use a throttle-hold setting on my radio to avoid an
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