Axe 100 FP 2.4GHz RTF/Tx-R Instruction Manual

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Axe 100 FP 2.4GHz RTF/Tx-R
Instruction Manual
Entire Contents © 2012 Hobbico®, Inc.
HMXE0815 RTF HMXE0816 Tx-R
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
WARRANTY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
ADDITIONAL ITEMS REQUIRED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
KIT INSPECTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
KIT CONTENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Tx-R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
BATTERY PRECAUTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
CHARGING THE FLIGHT BATTERY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
INSTALL THE TRANSMITTER BATTERIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
TRANSMITTER CONTROLS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
TURNING THE MODEL ON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
FLYING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
ORDERING REPLACEMENT PARTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
PARTS LIST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
EXPLODED VIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
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INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the Heli-Max Axe 100 FP Helicopter. We are certain
you will get many hours of enjoyment out of this model. If you should have any
questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at helihotline@hobbico.
com. For the latest technical updates or manual corrections, visit the Heli-Max
web site at:
www.helimax-rc.com
Open the “Helicopters” link, and then select the Axe 100 FP. If there is new
technical information or changes to this model a “tech notice” box will appear in
the upper left corner of the page.
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Follow these safety precautions when operating this or any model
helicopter.
● Keep your face and body as well as all spectators away from the plane of
rotation of the rotors whenever the battery is connected.
● Keep these items away from the rotors: loose clothing, shirt sleeves, ties,
scarfs, long hair or loose objects such as pencils or screwdrivers that may
fall out of shirt or jacket pockets into the rotors.
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● The spinning blades of a model helicopter can cause serious injury. When
choosing a flying site for your Axe 100 FP, stay clear of buildings, trees
and power lines. AVOID flying in or near crowded areas. DO NOT fly close
to people, children or pets.
● Maintain a safe pilot-to-helicopter distance while flying.
● Your Axe 100 FP should not be considered a toy, but rather a sophisticated,
working model that functions very much like a full-size helicopter. Because of
its performance capabilities, the Axe 100 FP, if not operated correctly, could
possibly cause injury to yourself or spectators and damage to property.
● Do not alter or modify the model, as doing so may result in an unsafe or
unflyable model.
● You must check the operation of the model before every flight to insure that
all equipment is operating and that the model has remained structurally
sound. Be sure to check linkages or other connectors often and replace
them if they show any signs of wear or fatigue.
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WARRANTY
Heli-Max ® guarantees this kit to be free from defects in both material and
workmanship at the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover any
component parts damaged by use or modification. In no case shall Heli-Max’s
liability exceed the original cost of the purchased kit. Further, Heli-Max
reserves the right to change or modify this warranty without notice.
In that Heli-Max has no control over the final assembly or material used for final
assembly, no liability shall be assumed nor accepted for any damage resulting
from the use by the user of the final user-assembled product. By the act of
using the user-assembled product, the user accepts all resulting liability.
If the buyer is not prepared to accept the liability associated with the use
of this product, the buyer is advised to return this kit immediately in new
and unused condition to the place of purchase.
To make a warranty claim, send the defective part or item to Hobby Services at
this address.
Hobby Services
3002 N. Apollo Dr., Suite 1
Champaign, IL 61822
USA
Include a letter stating your name, return shipping address, as much contact
information as possible (daytime telephone number, fax number, e-mail
address), a detailed description of the problem and a photocopy of the purchase
receipt. Upon receipt of the package the problem will be evaluated as quickly
as possible.
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READ THROUGH THIS MANUAL BEFORE STARTING CONSTRUCTION. IT
CONTAINS IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNINGS CONCERNING
THE ASSEMBLY AND USE OF THIS MODEL.
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ADDITIONAL ITEMS REQUIRED
❏ For Tx-R: Tactic AnyLink and your transmitter
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KIT INSPECTION
Before starting assembly, take an inventory of the Axe 100 FP kit. If any parts
are missing, damaged, or defective, contact Product Support. When reporting
defective or missing parts, use the part names exactly as they are written in the
Kit Contents list.
Heli-Max Product Support
3002 N. Apollo Drive, Suite 1
Champaign, IL 61822
Ph: (217) 398-8970, ext. 5
Fax: (217) 398-7721
E-mail: helihotline@hobbico.com
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KIT CONTENTS
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1
2
6
3
5
1. Helicopter
2. USB Charger
3. Flight Battery
4. Transmitter (RTF only)
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5. AA Batteries (4)
6. Screwdriver
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Your new Axe 100 FP uses SLT protocol. This means that with the simple addition
of the Tactic Anylink™, you can enjoy your new machine with nearly “any” transmitter.
AnyLink Tx Compatibility Chart
Futaba®
Hitec®
JR®
Spektrum®
Tower
Hobbies®
Graupner®
(Check Tx-ready.com for updates)
4YF (72MHz), 4YBF, 6EX, 6J, 7C, 8FG, 9C, 10C, 12FG
4VF, 5U, 6A, 6DA, 6H, 6YF, 6YG, 7NFK, 8U, 9Z
4YF (2.4 GHz), 12Z, 14MZ, 18MZ
Neon, Flash (4sx, 5, 5sx), Focus (4, 6), Laser (4, 6), Optic 5 (72MHz),
Optic 6 (72MHz, 2.4GHz), Eclipse 7 (72MHz), Prism (7, 7X)
Aurora 9
Optic 5 (2.4GHz), Optic 6 Sport, Eclipse 7 (2.4GHz)
All aircraft transmitters with trainer jack
DX6, DX6i, DX7
DX4e, DX5e, DX7s, DX8, DX10t, DX18
4TH, 6XM
4FM, 6FM
MX-16
Required Cable
INCLUDED
TACM0003
TACM0007*
TACM0003
TACM0004
TACM0005*
INCLUDED
INCLUDED
TACM0005*
INCLUDED
TACM0003
INCLUDED
*Includes a rechargeable 6.6V LiFe battery. LiFe-compatible charger required.
WARNING: AnyLink must be in Normal Mapping (1 Beep) when
Futaba or Hitec transmitters are used with Tx-R aircraft. If using
Spektrum, JR, or Graupner transmitters, AnyLink must be in
Alternate Mapping (2 Beeps). (See AnyLink manual.)
This helicopter is unique in that it can work with either an airplane or helicopter
radio. Use the following guide as a setup. Once you feel comfortable, fine tune
to your liking.
channel 1
channel 2
channel 3
channel 4
Futaba®
Reverse
Endpoint
D/R
Expo
N
140* each way
100/80
pos 20
N
140* each way
100/80
pos 20
R
N
Spektrum®
Setup Note: Only adjust the listed parameters and keep all other airplane or
helicopter functions inhibited. If you fly in heli mode, make sure your swash is
setup for a 90 deg system (H-1).
Reverse
Endpoint
D/R
Expo
N
140* each way
100/80
neg 20
N
140* each way
100/80
neg 20
R
*or as high as you can go
100
0
N
100
0
Spektrum is a registered trademark of Horizon Hobby, Inc.
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BATTERY PRECAUTIONS
This Axe 100 FP uses a lithium polymer (LiPo) battery. Follow these precautions
to insure safe and trouble free operation.
● Only use the included charger with the included battery.
● Do not attempt to use this charger with NiCd or NiMH battery packs.
● If the battery should become damaged, discard it. Do not attempt to use
a damaged battery.
● Do not leave the charger unattended while charging. Disconnect the
battery and unplug the charger immediately if either becomes hot!
However, it is normal for the charger to get warm.
● Disconnect the battery from the charger and carefully move the battery
to a fireproof location if the battery begins to swell or smoke!
● Never trickle charge.
● Never allow the battery temperature to exceed 140° F [60° C].
● Never disassemble or modify pack wiring in any way or puncture cells.
● Do not allow water, moisture or foreign objects into the charger.
● Do not place the charger or any battery on a flammable surface or near
a combustible material while in use.
● Do not charge on a carpet, cluttered workbench, paper, plastic, vinyl,
leather, wood, or inside an R/C model.
● Never charge inside a vehicle.
● Always disconnect the battery and remove the charger from the USB
port when not in use.
● Do not attempt to charge a battery if it is swollen or hot.
● Land your model immediately when the battery begins to lose
power. Recharge the battery before attempting another flight.
A dangerous situation can occur when attempting to recharge an
over-discharged battery!
● ALWAYS keep a supply of sand accessible when charging.
Dumping sand on the battery will extinguish the LiPo chemical fire.
● ALWAYS KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
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CHARGING THE FLIGHT BATTERY
WARNING!! The charger supplied with the Heli-Max Axe 100
FP Helicopter contains protective circuitry. If you experience any
difficulties while charging the battery, please disconnect the battery
from the charger and unplug the charger from the power source. Allow
the battery and charger to rest for two hours as this will allow the charge
protection circuit to reset. If this issue re-occurs during normal use, please
contact technical support for further assistance.
❏ Plug the USB charger into your USB
port. The power indicator light on the
charger will illuminate red indicating
that the charger is ready for use.
❏ Plug the battery into the charger.
The indicator light will start flashing,
indicating that the battery is being
charged. Once the battery is completely
charged, the charge indicator light will
stop flashing. Disconnect the battery
from the charger. Under normal
operating conditions, the battery may
take up to 60 minutes to recharge.
Charger Indications
Power Indicator
Ready to charge battery.
Solid
Charging
Flashing
Battery is fully charged.
Solid
Charger is not powered.
Off
Charger error*
Flashing
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* Once the battery has been
disconnected from the charger
contact technical support for
further assistance.
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INSTALL THE TRANSMITTER BATTERIES
❏ Carefully remove the battery door
and install four AA batteries. Double
check the polarity of each battery. Slide
the battery cover back into place.
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TRANSMITTER CONTROLS
All controls are described with the tail pointing directly toward you. This is
the best way to fly in the beginning since it keeps the control inputs oriented
the same direction. Once you start getting comfortable you can work on side
hovering and nose-in.
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The dual rate switch provides dual
control rates for the cyclic and tail rotor
controls. Please use the low rate until
you become accustomed to your Axe
100 FP. Change the dual rate using a
quick push of the right stick. To adjust the
dual rate, push and “hold” the right stick
and move the throttle stick to the desired
percentage. Release the right stick to set.
Helicopter Moves Right or Left
Moving the cyclic stick
right or left will cause
the helicopter to tilt and
start moving that
direction.
Moving the cyclic stick
forward or backward
will cause the helicopter
to tilt and start moving
that direction.
Helicopter Moves
Backwards or Forwards
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Helicopter Climbs or Descends
Nose Rotates Left or Right
Moving the throttle
stick up or down will
cause the helicopter to
climb or descend.
Moving the tail rotor
stick left or right will
cause the helicopter
nose to rotate in that
direction.
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TURNING THE MODEL ON
❏ Move the throttle stick to the lowest position and then turn the transmitter on.
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Electric motors are very dangerous. Do not work on the model
while the flight battery is plugged in as interference may cause
the main rotor blades to spin, possibly causing injury to yourself.
❏ Slide
the flight battery into the
battery compartment. NOTE: The
battery will only install one way. The
helicopter will be “ON” at this point.
Your Axe helicopter has a safe start feature built in that prevents the
motor from activating unless the throttle stick has been lowered to the
lowest position. If the motor won’t run and turn the main blades, please
make sure the throttle stick is all the way down and leave it there for a
couple of seconds. Then try moving the stick up slowly.
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FLYING
The Heli-Max Axe 100 FP is a lightweight helicopter. Taking that into consideration,
you should only fly indoors or in calm winds less than 5mph. It should be flown
in a large area of at least 75 feet [15.25m] square with no obstacles.
Crashing
If you have operated radio control models in the past, then you probably already
realize that it is not a matter of “if” you are going to crash, it is a matter of “when”
you are going to crash. Once you realize the model is going to collide with
something or crash into the ground, you should always bring the throttle stick all
the way down to stop the main rotor blades from rotating. If you can remember
to do this, chances are you will not damage the helicopter in the crash. The
main rotor blades carry a lot of RPM and inertia during flight. Cutting the power
to the main rotor blades will prevent most of the crash damage.
Takeoff
Slowly add power, observe the model and make all of the necessary corrections
to keep the model level. You will find that model helicopters never allow you to
return the sticks to center. You just need to position the stick as needed to
maintain a steady hover. With the TAGS system, no trimming is needed.
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Hovering
Once the helicopter is up in the air, try to hold the helicopter in one spot. If this
is your first model helicopter, it will require some practice. Wind or air currents
have a big effect on the stability of the helicopter. Be patient and try to anticipate
where the helicopter will move.
Landing
Level the helicopter into a steady hover and slowly decrease power until the
helicopter settles onto the ground.
Basic Maneuvers
Slow Pirouettes – Add a small amount of tail rotor (left or right) and try rotating
the helicopter slightly sideways and see if you can hold it there. If you feel
uncomfortable, then bring the tail back toward you. Once you start getting
comfortable, try moving the helicopter to the side. Then turn back and fly back
to the other side in straight lines. Then work into rotating the helicopter around
360°, which is called a pirouette. The helicopter can drift during these so make
sure you have plenty of room when you first start practicing.
Nose-in Hovering – After pirouettes it’s time to move on to nose-in hovering.
Take off and climb to 10 feet [3m]. Practice half pirouettes from tail in to nosein hovering and try to lengthen the delay in between. This will give you a little
practice nose-in and still give you a chance to get out of trouble. As your skills
improve you’ll remain nose-in for longer periods of time.
Forward Flight – Now it’s time to work into basic forward flight. Just take the
basic hovering maneuvers listed above and slowly fly out farther and faster
and always bring the helicopter back after one pass. Practice controlled slow
flight in close as well. The more time you spend practicing here the easier
things will be later on.
GOOD LUCK AND GREAT FLYING!
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ORDERING PARTS
Replacement parts for the Heli-Max Axe 100 FP are available using the
order numbers in the Replacement Parts List that follows. The fastest, most
economical service can be provided by your hobby dealer.
To locate a hobby dealer, visit the Heli-Max web site at www.helimax-rc.com.
Choose “Where to Buy” at the bottom of the page.
Parts may also be ordered directly from Hobby Services by calling (217) 3980007, or via facsimile at (217) 398-7721, but full retail prices and shipping and
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handling charges will apply. Illinois and Nevada residents will also be charged
sales tax. If ordering via fax, include a Visa® or MasterCard® number and
expiration date for payment.
Mail parts orders
and payments by
personal check to:
Hobby Services
3002 N. Apollo Drive, Suite 1
Champaign, IL 61822
Be certain to specify the order number exactly as listed in the Replacement
Parts List. Payment by credit card or personal check only; no C.O.D.
If additional assistance is required for any reason contact Product Support by
e-mail at helihotline@hobbico.com, or by telephone at (217) 398-8970.
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PARTS LIST
Key No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Part No.
HMXE2105
HMXE2135
HMXE2136
HMXE2137
HMXE2138
HMXE2139
HMXE2140
HMXE2141
HMXE2142
HMXE2143
HMXE2109
HMXE2144
HMXE2145
HMXG8028
HMXM2038
HMXE2146
HMXE2147
HMXE2148
HMXE2149
HMXE2150
HMXE2151
HMXM2037
HMXG8029
HMXE2152
HMXP1007
HMXJ2024
HMXP2021
Part Name
Main Blade
Blade Grips
Screw Set (all)
Feathering Shaft
Blade Grip Spacers
Rubber Dampeners
Rotor Head
Rotor Head Linkage
Main Shaft
Swashplate
Main shaft collar
Bearing Set
Main Frame
Main Motor
TAGs 3-1 Control Board
Canopy
Main Gear
Landing Skid w/battery mount
Servo Linkages
Servo Arms with metal ball joint
Canopy Servo Mount
Servo
Tail Motor Tail Boom Assembly
Tail Rotor Blade
1S LiPo Battery
410 SLT Transmitter
1S USB Charger
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EXPLODED VIEW
Axe 100 FP Main Frame
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10
19
11
20
21
12
19
15
13
14
22
22
12
20
3
17
18
25
14
Axe 100 FP
Rotor Head
Axe 100 FP Tail
1
8
6
24
3
2
7
23
5
6
3
4
16
8
6
3
2
3
1
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FCC REQUIREMENT
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject
to the following two conditions.
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference.
(2) This device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
NOTE: THE MANUFACTURER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY RADIO OR TV INTERFERENCE CAUSED
BY UNAUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS TO THIS EQUIPMENT. SUCH MODIFICATIONS COULD VOID THE
USER’S AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT.
CE COMPLIANCE INFORMATION FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION
Instructions for Disposal of Waste Equipment by Private Users in the European
Union: This symbol on the product or its packaging indicates this product must not
be disposed of with other household waste. Instead, it is the user’s responsibility to
dispose of their waste equipment by handing it over to a designated collection point
for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The separate collection and
recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to conserve natural
resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the
environment. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for
recycling, please contact your local city office, your household waste disposal service or
location where you purchased the product.
Declaration of Conformity:
Product: Heli-Max TX410 2.4GHz 4-Channel Tx Rx
Item number: HMXJ2024 TX410, Equipment class: 1
TX410 transmitter: The objects of the declaration described here
are in conformity with the requirements of the specifications listed
below, following the provisions of the European 2006/95/EC Low
Voltage Directive:
EN 60950-1:2006 Safety
The objects of the declaration described here are in conformity
with the requirements of the specifications listed below, following
the provisions of the European R&TTE directive 1995/5/EC:
ETSI EN 300 328 V1.7.1 Technical requirements for radio equipment
ETSI EN 301 489-1 V1.8.1, 301 489-17 V1.3.2 General EMC
requirements for radio equipment
Hobbico, Inc.
2904 Research Road
Champaign, IL USA 61826
2200
The associated regulatory agencies of the following countries recognize
the noted certifications to this product as authorized for sale and use.
UK
DE
DK
BG
SE
FI
GR
EE
LV
LT
PL
CZ
SK
HU
RO
SI
AT
IT
ES
PT
IE
NL
LU
MT
CY
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