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The popularity of three-blade rotor heads on 3-D helicopters has prompted Blade to introduce
the new Trio 360 CFX BNF Basic.
The Trio takes the popular 360 CFX
and gives it the power of a three-blade rotor head. It features the latest
Spektrum/BeastX gyro technology in
the form of the AR7210BX, which
uses a Castle Creations ESC, digital
servos, and runs on 6S LiPo battery
power. The gyro can be updated to
include a bailout feature (more on
that later) and has a bright and vibrant
fiberglass canopy design.
In the Box
Similar to most of Blade’s
helicopters, the box that the Trio
comes in is also a carrying case for the
helicopter, with a built-in handle on
the side. Inside of the box is the fully
assembled heli; only the main blades
need bolted on. There is an instruction
manual, a bag of miscellaneous
wrenches, zip ties, and Velcro. There
is a number of different-size Allen
wrenches for most of the bolts that
you might need to remove on the
helicopter. The Velcro strip and strap
are for the battery.
Needed to Complete
This is the BNF version of the heli,
which means you need to provide your
own DSMX-compatible transmitter
and a flight battery for the helicopter.
The recommended flight battery is an
E-flite 1,300 mAh 6S 22.2-volt LiPo,
which is what was used for this review.
You also need a suitable charger for the
The Trio 360 CFX
At first glance, the Trio looks like the
standard 360 CFX, mainly because, for
the most part, it is. The difference is
the three-blade rotor head (which was
available as a separate upgrade to the
standard 360 CFX). The second change
is the AR7210BX gyro/receiver combo
instead of the AR7200BX that came
with the standard 360 CFX.
The Trio is fitted with a Blade 1,800
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