The painted fiberglass canopy shows up great in the air.
The Blade 360
BeastX three-axis MEMS
impossible to balance the heli around the main shaft.
One way to get around that is to use a larger flight battery. I
found that a 6S 45C 1,800 mAh battery fits under the canopy
and nicely balances the helicopter.
I charged the flight battery and headed out to my local flying
field. It was a calm day, with light to moderate winds. It takes
roughly 20 seconds for the AR7200BX to fully initialize, and
I made sure that I left it stationary until the initialization was
complete. I also ensured that the throttle hold was on until I
was ready to fly.
When everything was ready, I spooled up and lifted the
heli into a hover. The aircraft felt stable, and I tried some
slow pirouettes to get a feel for the tail. The tail started on
command, and stopped just as well.
Although the helicopter is small, it handled the light wind
well. I cruised around in forward flight, flying some lazy Figure
Eights before switching to aerobatics mode.
The Blade 360 CFX has ample power! The brushless motor
turns the little heli into a beast (no pun intended), and it
quickly became apparent that it would be almost impossible
to bog the motor down with anything I could throw at it. The
tail handled great during inverted backward flight, and only
required minor tweaking on the gain to suit my flying style.
Inverted pirouettes proved to be wobbly because the heli
was tail-heavy, but this was cured with the larger flight pack.
The helicopter had plenty of “pop” on the collective pitch, and
aggressive maneuvers that start and stop suddenly were easily
performed. I even felt comfortable doing short autorations
(not too high up). Despite my misgivings about the plastic
tail end, it performed well—a testament to the AR7200BX’s
If you are looking for a small 3-D helicopter with unlimited
flying potential and plenty of power, the Blade 360 CFX BNF
If you are a sport pilot looking to try out 3-D, then this heli
gives you the best of both worlds. I was impressed with the
components used in the kit, and in my book, it gets bonus
points for featuring a Castle Creations speed controller.
The Spektrum servos performed well, and the Blade motor
has plenty of power for even the most advanced 3-D pilots.
Don’t let that scare you away though—the beast can be tamed
into a great sport flyer too!
53 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015