The author was impressed by the helicopter’s quality machining
and beautiful anodized finish. The modular frame design eases both building and repair.
Model type: Electric 700-size helicopter
Skill level: Advanced/experienced
diameter: 62. 28 inches
diameter: 11.06 inches
Length: 51. 97 inches
Height: 6. 46 inches
Weight: 11. 24 pounds with battery
Power system: 850MX 490 Kv brushless motor; RCE-BL130-amp
brushless ESC; three DS820M high-voltage brushless
servos; one DS825M high-voltage tail servo; BeastX
MicroBeast Plus flybarless system (all included)
Flight duration: Four minutes (depending on flying style)
complete: Seven-channel helicopter transmitter; seven-channel
receiver; 12S 5,000 mAh LiPo battery
system used: JR 28X 28-channel radio; JR RG612BX six-channel XBus
receiver; Pulse Battery 12S 5,000 mAh 45C LiPo battery
Street price: $1,679.99
• One of the best-priced combo kits in the hobby. For a complete 700-size
package, it is unmatched in the industry.
• All components included in the combo are designed to give the best
• Fit and finish is the best so far from Align.
• Locking push-button battery tray is smooth and easy to operate.
• Kit designed for ease of assembly and maintenance.
• Frame design is simplistic and functional.
• Head design brings smooth and responsive feel.
• Landing gear design brings the tail farther off the ground to protect tail
gears and create a more aggressive stance.
• Although the canopy is nicely painted, it’s too thin, which could result in
cracks and hangar rash.
• Because of the frame design and layout, you must be careful when
running wires close to the main gear.
• Align has included so much information in the manual that it could cause
information overload; take your time reading it.
AT A GLANCE ...
clean them properly, threadlocker will
Take the time to wet-sand your carbon-fiber frames. If you do this early on,
you will minimize the chances of wire
chaffing and an occasional cut finger.
Align has taken great care to put
every piece of information in the
manual that you will need for the
build. If you are new to building model
helicopters or have little experience
in following a diagram-based manual,
you might want to read through the
entire manual before beginning the
build. Because the manual has so much
information, it can be hard to see the
exact location of an occasional screw or
a point of attachment. Take the time to
review each section before beginning
the assembly and make some notes
before starting each build segment.
Note: There are many items that are
partially assembled. Take the time to
disassemble them and check for proper
assembly then reassemble them with
As you begin the frame assembly,
notice that you are instructed to not fully
tighten the screws because you need to
ensure that the main shaft easily slides
through all bearing blocks. I like to build
a side at a time and then join the two
halves. I experimented doing this both
ways, and each time the frame alignment
was spot on and the main shaft easily slid
through the blocks.
The frames are one sided, so follow the
manual carefully to properly choose the
correct side. Bearing-block orientation is
Photos by the author
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