Model type: 3-D 450-size flybarless helicopter
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Main rotor diameter: 31. 10 inches
Tail rotor diameter: 6. 89 inches
Weight: 30 ounces
Length: 26. 38 inches
Width: 4. 33 inches
Height: 8. 46 inches
Tail drive: Belt
Control system: Flybarless 120° cyclic collective-pitch mixing
Power system: 1,800 Kv brushless outrunner (included); Castle
Creations Talon 35 ESC (included)
Radio system: Spektrum DX9
Flybarless control unit: Spektrum AR7200BX (included)
Servos: Three JR SLS01 QRS on cyclic; one JR SPG01 QRS on
Battery: 1,300 mAh 6S 22.2-volt LiPo
Flight duration: Five to six minutes
• Built like a larger helicopter.
• No assembly required.
• Settings provided in the instruction manual work great out of the box.
• Highly visible painted fiberglass canopy.
• Tail-heavy with recommended flight battery.
• Tail hub assembly missed out on the aluminum upgrades.
AT A GLANCE ...
This is how the Blade 360 CFX comes out of the box.
The all-aluminum head
is rigid and precise.
The box also contains a small Phillips screwdriver and a
small plastic screwdriver for adjusting the AR7200BX. The last
thing in the box was a small rubber plug that is used to protect
the end pins in the AR7200BX after you have completed the
Following the instruction manual, I was able to quickly
set up the transmitter. All of the settings are listed for each
Spektrum radio, and it is easy to set up.
The wires that connect the motor to the ESC are easily
accessed under the battery tray, so I was able to disconnect the
motor to test all of the control and gyro inputs. When I was
satisfied that my controls moved the right way, and that the
gyro responded in the correct directions, I unplugged the flight
battery and reconnected the motor.
The ESC already as an EC3-style battery connector
attached, as does the E-flite battery, so if you plan to use
different battery connectors, you will need to either make an
adapter or switch out the connector.
I like several things about the Blade 360 CFX. First is its
solid servo arrangement. The upper and lower main shaft
bearing blocks double as servo mounts. The servos are arranged
in 120° cyclic collective-pitch mixing, with the servos oriented
to give the pushrod a straight shot up to the swashplate.
This direct-drive design has proven to be an easy-to-set-up
and precise way of arranging cyclic servos. Because of this
arrangement, and the construction of the
aluminum bearing blocks, any swashplate
slop is nearly eliminated.
The swashplate follower is built into
the main head, further reducing the
complication of rebuilding and setup.
The main gear features a solid-looking
autorotation gear machined from
The tail is belt-driven, and the tail hub
seems to have been left behind in the
upgrade department because it is an all-plastic tail that has appeared on the many
models before it. It has the same plastic tail-blade grips with
counterweights, and what seems to be the same plastic hub
and tail-pitch slider. The plastic tail blades appear to do a good
job of holding the tail. The tail rotor pushrod is carbon fiber, as
are the boom support struts.
One small gripe I have about the Blade 360 CFX (and this
affects many helis of this size) is how tail-heavy it is. Even
with the recommended battery as far forward as possible, it is
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