The Panic Recovery Mode will help keep
flying enjoyable, even if you make a
mistake or if orientation is lost.
I had high expectations for this helicopter because I already own the first version of the Blade 230 S,
which is not set up for night flying. It
is one of my primary helicopters, and I
really wanted the night version for those
occasions when darkness calls.
I wasn’t disappointed when I opened
the box, which, as for most Blade helis,
doubles as a carrying case. The finish
on everything looked great, and the
innovative battery mount for the main
blade lighting jumped out.
All of the wiring was neatly contained
and the LED strips were well secured.
I could see that a quick run-through of
the instruction book and some radio
programming would have me flying
in no time.
There isn’t any! Instead of describing
how to build it, let me take a look at
how it’s constructed. There is nothing
to do after it’s unpacked other than
program the radio.
The instruction manual is extremely
clear about how to program all of the
various models of Spektrum radios. If
you’ve done any programming, this will
take you approximately 10 minutes.
Nicely formatted charts will walk you
through every step. When you program
your radio for the type of swashplate,
be sure to select “normal” so that
the flybarless controller doesn’t get
Digital, metal-geared servos are
mounted to the plastic frame and are
easily accessed when the canopy is
removed. In fact, everything is easily
accessible. Neatness counts when it
comes to wiring helicopters, and Blade
contained the wires without interfering
with access to any of the components.
Simplicity was surely a consideration
when the people at Blade designed this
machine. By eliminating the flybar unit
and associated linkages, flybarless helis
are already simpler, but this machine can
be disassembled and reassembled in a
matter of minutes.
Because the tail rotor is driven by
its own motor, no gear meshes need
is not afraid
of the dark
Photos by the author
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