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Instruction Manual
Created 01/10
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ttempting to fly the helicopter without completely reading the manual may cause injury
to yourself and people in the vicinity, as well as damage to the helicopter.
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Table of Contents
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Warning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Additional Safety Precautions and Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Blade mCX2 RTF Contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Blade mCX2 BNF Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
First Flight Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Flying Checklist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Battery Warnings and Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Battery Charging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Installing the Transmitter Batteries (RTF ONLY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Installing the Flight Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Transmitter and Receiver Binding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Transmitter Control Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Control Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Specifications
Length. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.9 in (200mm)
Height. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.7 in (120mm)
Main Rotor Diameter. . . . . . . 7.5 in (190mm)
Weight with Battery. . . . . . . . 1.0 oz (28 g)
Main Motors. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Micro coreless (2 installed)
Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-Cell 3.7V 120mAh LiPo (included)
Charger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-Cell 3.7V DC LiPo (included)
Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . MLP4DSM 2.4GHz DSM 4-channel (RTF Only)
On-Board Electronics . . . . . . 5-in-1 receiver/servos/mixer/ESCs/gyro (installed)
Warning
An RC helicopter is not a toy! If misused, it can cause serious bodily harm and
damage to property. Fly only in open areas, preferably at AMA (Academy of Model
Aeronautics) approved flying sites, following all instructions.
Keep items that can get entangled in the rotor blades away from the main and tail
blades, including loose clothing, pencils and screwdrivers. Especially keep your hands
away from the rotor blades.
Channel 5 Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
5-in-1 Control Unit Description, Arming and Motor Control Test. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Understanding the Primary Flight Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Dual Rates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Choosing a Flying Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Flying the Blade mCX2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Advanced Swash Plate Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Exploded View Parts Listing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Additional Safety Precautions and Warnings
As the user of this product, you are solely responsible for operating it in a manner
that does not endanger yourself and others or result in damage to the product or the
property of others.
This model is controlled by a radio signal that is subject to interference from many
sources outside your control. This interference can cause momentary loss of control
so it is advisable to always keep a safe distance in all directions around your model,
as this margin will help to avoid collisions or injury.
Exploded View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
• Never operate your model with low transmitter batteries.
Replacement Parts List. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
• Always operate your model in an open area away from cars, traffic or people.
Option Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
• Avoid operating your model in the street where injury or damage can occur.
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
• Never operate the model out into the street or populated areas for any reason.
Compliance Information for the European Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
• Carefully follow the directions and warnings for this and any optional support
equipment (chargers, rechargeable battery packs, etc.).
Troubleshooting
If you encounter any difficulties while charging, setting up, testing functions or flying
your Blade mCX2, see page 30 to contact the appropriate Horizon Product Support
office.
• Keep all chemicals, small parts and anything electrical out of the reach
of children.
• Moisture causes damage to electronics. Avoid water exposure to all equipment
not specifically designed and protected for this purpose.
• Never lick or place any portion of your model in your mouth as it could cause
serious injury or even death.
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Blade® mCX2 RTF Contents
Item
Description
Not Available Separately. . . . Blade mCX2 RTF Airframe
EFLH1064B. . . . . . . . . . . . . MLP4DSM 4-Channel Transmitter, 2.4GHz DSM2
EFLB1201S. . . . . . . . . . . . . 120mAh 1-Cell 3.7V Li-Po
Note: These checklists are not intended to be a replacement for the content
included in this instruction manual. Although they can be used as a quick
start guide, we strongly suggest reading through this manual completely
before proceeding.
First Flight Preparation
EFLC1000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-Cell 3.7V Li-Po Charger, 0.3A
• Remove and inspect contents
EFLH1209. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Screwdriver
• Install four of the included AA batteries in the charger
Not Available Separately. . . . 8 AA Batteries
• Begin charging the flight battery
(Optional) FUG4. . . . . . . . . . 4 AA Batteries
• Install the remaining four AA batteries in the transmitter (RTF ONLY)
• Install the flight battery in the helicopter (once it has been fully charged)
• Test the controls
• Familiarize yourself with the controls
• Find a suitable area for flying
Flying Checklist
Blade mCX2 BNF Contents
Item
Description
Not Available Separately. . . . Blade mCX2 RTF Airframe
EFLB1201S. . . . . . . . . . . . . 120mAh 1-Cell 3.7V Li-Po
EFLC1000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-Cell 3.7V Li-Po Charger, 0.3A
EFLH1209. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Screwdriver
Not Available Separately. . . . 4 AA Batteries
(Optional) FUG4. . . . . . . . . . 4 AA Batteries
❏❏Always turn the transmitter on first
❏❏Plug the flight battery into the lead from the 5-in-1 control unit
❏❏Allow the 5-in-1 control unit to initialize and arm properly
❏❏Fly the model
❏❏Land the model
❏❏Unplug the flight battery from the 5-in-1 control unit
❏❏Always turn the transmitter off last
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Battery Warnings and Guidelines
The 1S 3.7V DC Lithium Polymer Battery Charger (PKZ3240) included with
the Blade mCX2 has been specifically designed to safely charge the
included 150mAh 3.7V 14C Li-Po battery. You may also use the E-flite®
Celectra™ 4-Port Charger (EFLC1004). You must read the following
safety instructions and warnings before handling, charging or using the
Li-Po battery.
CAUTION: Li-Po batteries are significantly more volatile than the
alkaline, Ni-Cd or Ni-MH batteries used in RC applications. All
instructions and warnings must be followed exactly. Mishandling of Li-Po
batteries can result in a fire, personal injury, and/or property damage.
• By handling, charging or using the included Li-Po battery you assume all risks
associated with lithium batteries. If you do not agree with these conditions,
return your complete Blade mCX2 model in new, unused condition to the place of
purchase immediately.
• You must charge the included Li-Po battery in a safe area away from
flammable materials.
• Never charge the battery unattended. When charging the battery you should
always remain in constant observation to monitor the charging process and react
to potential problems that may occur.
• After flight, the battery must be cooled to ambient temperature before charging.
• DO NOT USE A Ni-Cd OR Ni-MH CHARGER. Failure to charge the battery
with a compatible charger may cause fire resulting in personal injury
and/or property damage.
• When transporting or temporarily storing the battery, the temperature range
should be from 40–120º F. Do not store the battery or model in a car or direct
sunlight whenever possible. If stored in a hot car, the battery can be damaged or
even catch fire.
• Do not over-discharge the Li-Po flight battery. Discharging the battery too low can
cause damage to the battery resulting in reduced power, duration or failure of the
battery entirely.
Li-Po cells should not be discharged to below 3V each under load. In the case of
the Li-Po battery used for the Blade mCX2, do not allow the battery to fall below
3V during flight.
The Blade mCX2’s 5-in-1 control unit features a soft low voltage cutoff (LVC) that
occurs when the battery reaches 3V under load. When the soft cutoff occurs,
the ESCs of the 5-in-1 unit reduce power to the motors (regardless of the power
level set with the throttle stick) in order to prevent the voltage of the battery from
dropping below 3V. This power reduction usually requires you to land the model
immediately, at which point you should power down the model and unplug the
flight battery.
And while it is possible to power the model up and to fly again after the soft LVC
occurs, this is NOT recommended as continued discharging to the soft LVC will
cause permanent damage to the Li-Po battery resulting in lost power and
duration in subsequent flights, or failure of the battery entirely. Continued
attempts to further discharge the battery may also result in loss of control while
the motors are running as the voltage may drop below the minimum operating
voltage of the receiver and other electronics.
Also, it is not recommended that you fly to the soft LVC every time you fly.
Instead, be aware of the power level of the battery/helicopter throughout the
flight, and if at any time the helicopter begins to require more throttle than typical
to maintain hover or flight, land the helicopter immediately. Routinely discharging
the battery to the soft LVC can still cause permanent damage to the battery.
Note: When the battery power/voltage is getting low, you will typically find that
significant rudder trim and/or rudder stick adjustments are needed to prevent the helicopter from spinning. This usually occurs before soft LVC, and
indicates a good time to stop flying.
• If at any time during the charge or discharge process the battery begins to
balloon or swell, discontinue charging or discharging immediately. Quickly and
safely disconnect the battery, then place it in a safe, open area away from
flammable materials to observe it for at least 15 minutes. Continuing to charge
or discharge a battery that has begun to balloon or swell can result in a fire. A
battery that has ballooned or swollen even a small amount must be removed
from service completely.
• Store the battery at room temperature in a dry area for best results.
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Battery Charging
Installing the Transmitter Batteries (RTF ONLY)
Follow these steps to charge the Li-Po battery with the included charger:
Install four of the included AA batteries in the transmitter. Check for proper operation
of the transmitter by switching the power switch on (to the left). The LED light at the
top of the transmitter should begin to glow solid red while the transmitter beeps.
• Remove the cover on the bottom of the charger and install four of the included
AA batteries, noting proper polarity. Replace the cover after the AA batteries
are installed.
• Slide the battery into the slot on the charger. The endcap of the battery has been
specifically designed to allow the battery to be slid into the slot easily one way
(usually with the label on the battery facing outward) to prevent reverse polarity
connection. However, check for proper alignment and polarity before proceeding
to the next step.
Installing the Flight Battery
Once the Li-Po battery is fully charged, you can install it in the helicopter.
This is done by sliding it into the battery mounting supports/slots just below the
main gears. Slide the battery into the slots with the label facing downward and the
connector oriented toward the back of the helicopter.
• Gently press the battery and its connector into the charge jack/connector located
at the bottom of the slot on the charger.
• Once the connection is successful, the LED light on the charger turns solid red,
indicating charging has begun.
• A fully discharged battery (not over-discharged) takes approximately 30–40
minutes to charge. As the battery nears full charge, the LED light will blink. When
the battery is fully charged the LED light blinks approximately every 20 seconds
or goes out entirely.
Note: T
he Li-Po battery included with your Blade mCX2 will arrive partially
charged. For this reason the initial charge may only take 15–20 minutes.
Note: Y
ou can expect to charge the Li-Po flight battery approximately 15–20
times before it will be necessary to replace the AA batteries in the charger.
An optional 6V power supply is also available separately (EFLC1005).
This power supply will allow you to charge at home without the need for AA
batteries.
Note: Be sure to slide the battery into the slots until the endcap of the
battery comes into contact with the rear battery support. This allows you
to achieve the correct center of gravity for the best overall flight
performance. However, be sure the battery is not pushed far enough
forward that it makes contact with the servo gears, as this could cause
damage to the gears and a potential crash.
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Transmitter and Receiver Binding
LP5DSM
The Blade mCX2 RTF comes bound to the MLP4DSM transmitter included.
If you decide to use an E-flite LP5DSM transmitter, please position your channel
reversal dip switches as follows.
The BNF version requires you to bind to your own compatible DSM2
Aircraft Transmitter.
To bind or re-bind your mCX2 to your chosen transmitter please follow the
directions below:
Binding is the process of programming the receiver of the control unit to recognize
the GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) code of a single specific transmitter. You need to
‘bind’ your chosen Spektrum DSM2 technology equipped aircraft transmitter to the
receiver for proper operation.
Following are some of the Spektrum DSM2-equipped transmitters and modules that
bind to the receiver of your Blade mCX2.
E-flite MLP4DSM
ParkZone Vapor Transmitter
JR 12X 2.4
Spektrum DX5e
Spektrum DX7/DX7se
E-flite LP5DSM
PKZ Ember 2 Transmitter
JR X9303 2.4
Spektrum DX6i
Note: T
he Spektrum DX6 (SPM2460) is equipped with DSM (not DSM2)
technology and is not compatible with the receiver of the Blade mCX2.
The following steps outline the binding process:
• Make sure the flight battery is disconnected from the 5-in-1 unit and the
transmitter is turned off.
• Plug the flight battery into the 5-in-1 unit.
• Plug the flight battery into the 5-in-1 unit. After 5 seconds the LED on the 5-in1
unit will begin flashing.
MLP4DSM and ParkZone Vapor/Ember 2 Transmitters
After verifying the LED is flashing on the receiver/5-in-1, PUSH directly down on the
left-hand stick while switching the transmitter on (you will feel a ‘click’ when you push
in on the end of the stick).
1. Plug the flight battery into the 5-in-1 unit. After 5 seconds the LED on the 5-in-1
unit will begin flashing.
2. Move the sticks and switches on the transmitter to the desired failsafe positions
(low throttle and neutral control positions).
3. Turn the transmitter on. The red LED located under the door on the bottom left
front of the transmitter will blink rapidly.
DX5e and DX6i
1. Move the sticks and switches on the transmitter to the desired failsafe positions
(low throttle and neutral control positions).
2. For the DX5e: Pull and hold the Trainer Switch on the transmitter while turning
the transmitter on. Release the trainer switch once the LEDs on the front of the
transmitter flash.
3. For the DX6i: Pull and hold the Trainer Switch on the transmitter while turning
the transmitter on. Release the trainer switch once “BIND” Flashes on the LCD
screen of the transmitter.
4. After approximately 5–10 seconds the receiver/5-in-1 should be bound to the
transmitter and you should have full control and function.
DX7, DX7se, X9303, or 12X:
1. Move the sticks and switches on the transmitter to the desired failsafe positions
(low throttle and neutral control positions)
2. Press the bind button on the back of the transmitter while turning the transmitter
on. The bind button on the back of the transmitter will flash. Release the button
after 2–3 seconds.
3. After approximately 5-10 seconds the receiver/5-in-1 should be bound to the
transmitter and you should now have full control and function.
Additional Binding Information
After approximately 5–10 seconds the receiver/5-in-1 should be bound to the
transmitter and you should now have full control and function.
Prior to each flight, power on your transmitter and wait about five seconds before
you plug the flight battery into the receiver. This allows time for the transmitter to
scan and secure two open frequencies. If you plug the flight battery in too quickly and
miss the link, the receiver may inadvertently enter bind mode. If this occurs leave the
transmitter on, then disconnect and reconnect the flight battery.
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Transmitter Control Identification
Control Test
Although each Blade mCX2 model is test flown at the factory, you should test the
controls prior to the first flight to ensure none of the servos, linkages or parts were
damaged during shipping and handling.
Mode 2
Aileron/Elevator
Functions
Rudder/Throttle
Functions
Turn the transmitter on first and lower the throttle stick completely. Then, plug the
battery into the battery lead of the 5-in-1 unit.
Note: The connectors on the battery and battery lead are keyed to prevent
reverse polarity connection. However, if you force them together in the
wrong orientation/wrong polarity it is possible to damage the battery and/
or 5-in-1 unit. To help further prevent a reverse polarity connection, one
side of the endcap on the battery and the connector on the battery lead
of the 5-in-1 unit have a red dot. The connectors are oriented for a proper
polarity connection when the red dots are on the same side (usually toward
the top of the helicopter).
Rudder Trim
Aileron Trim
Throttle Trim
Elevator Trim
Mode 2
Mode 1
Mode 1
Aileron/Throttle
Functions
Rudder/Elevator
Functions
Position the helicopter to view it from behind. Move the elevator stick on the
transmitter forward and aft to check elevator pitch control. When the stick is pushed
forward, the right-hand servo should pull the swashplate downward.
M2
Rudder Trim
Aileron Trim
Elevator Trim
Throttle Trim
M1
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With the stick pulled back, the right-hand servo should push the swashplate upward.
M2
• Hold the digital trim button down for approximately five seconds, until a series of
beeps/tones are heard confirming the selection.
• Connect the battery to the 5-in-1 and complete the flight control test, confirming
that all controls are operating in the correct directions.
If you decide to use an E-flite LP5DSM transmitter, please position your channel
reversal dip switches as follows:
M1
Move the right-hand stick left and right to check aileron roll control. When the stick is
pushed to the left, the left-hand servo should pull the swashplate downward.
M2
If you’ve confirmed proper control operation of your Blade mCX2, unplug
the flight battery.
M1
Channel 5 Information
With the stick pushed right, the left-hand servo should push the swashplate upward.
M2
Channel 5 affects rate settings of the 5-in-1 Control Unit.
• If using the stock MLP4DSM Transmitter, please read Page 21 of this manual for
Dual Rate information.
• If using an LP5DSM Transmitter, please turn the Channel 5 knob clockwise
completely.
M1
• If using any other DSM2 compatible transmitter, please ensure Channel 5 is set
to default servo reversal and the switch or knob is set to a position that allows
full travel control.
If at any time during the test the controls respond in the opposite direction, it may be
necessary to reverse/change the direction of operation of the flight controls. Follow
these steps to change the direction the various flight controls:
• Be certain that the battery is disconnected from the battery lead of the 5-in-1
control unit and the transmitter is turned off.
• Push down on the appropriate digital trim button on the transmitter for the control
you would like to change the direction of. For example:
Top elevator trim button—elevator channel normal
Bottom elevator trim button—elevator channel reversed
Left aileron trim button—aileron channel normal
Right aileron trim button—aileron channel reversed
• Continue to hold the appropriate trim button while turning the transmitter on.
Note: This can easily be tested by inducing full cyclic (Aileron/Elevator) input
and moving the switch or knob. There’s approximately 10–15% less servo
travel depending on what position Channel 5 is in.
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5-in-1 Control Unit Description, Arming and Motor Control Test
The unique Control Unit installed on your Blade mCX2 is a lightweight combination
of main motor electronic speed controls, mixer, gyro, servos and Spektrum DSM2
compatible receiver. The 5-in-1 unit is also equipped with a status indicator LED.
After confirming that the transmitter has been turned on and that the LED is glowing
solid BLUE, it is now safe to connect the flight battery to the 5-in-1 unit.
❏❏ With the transmitter turned on and the LED glowing solid BLUE, it is now safe to
connect the flight battery to the 5-in-1 unit.
❏❏ With battery power applied to the 5-in-1 unit, the status indicator LED should
glow solid BLUE within a few seconds.
Note: It is extremely important that you do not move, sway or pretend to fly the
helicopter once the flight battery is connected because the initialization
process and calibration of the gyro has begun. If you do move the
helicopter before the LED is solid BLUE, disconnect the flight battery from
the 5-in-1 unit and repeat the initialization process.
The following checklist contains the steps to ensure proper arming and operation of
the control unit, as well as proper motor response:
❏❏ Before each flight ALWAYS turn the transmitter on before connecting the flight
battery to the 5-in-1 unit. Never connect the flight battery to the 5-in-1 unit before
powering the transmitter on first. After each flight, always disconnect the flight
battery from the 5-in-1 unit before powering the transmitter off.
Note: T
he only time you should connect the flight battery to the 5-in-1 unit before
powering the transmitter on is when you are binding the receiver of the 5-in1 unit to the transmitter. Please see the Transmitter and Receiver Binding
section of this manual for more information.
❏❏ T
he throttle stick MUST be set in the lowest possible position, and the throttle
trim must be set to the middle or a lower than middle position (the middle
position is indicated by a longer than usual beep/tone), in order for the 5-in-1 unit
to arm.
If this is the first test flight, or a test flight following repairs, you should also
center the rudder, aileron and elevator trims.
Set throttle stick to
lowest position.
Mode 2
Mode 1
Set throttle stick to
lowest position.
❏❏ When the status LED becomes solid BLUE, the control unit is initialized and
ready for flight. Also, as long as you set the throttle stick and trim to the correct
positions during the initialization process, the ESCs/motors will now be armed.
Use caution as both rotor blades will now spin with throttle stick input.
Note: If the status LED does not become solid BLUE, please review the following:
• If after BLUE status LED becomes solid, but you have no control of the
motors, you have a positive Radio Frequency (RF) link between the transmitter
and receiver, but the throttle stick and throttle trim may not be set to the correct
positions. Check that the throttle stick is in the lowest possible position, and the
throttle trim is set to the middle or a lower than the middle position. If you now
have control of the motors, proceed to the next step of the checklist.
• If BLUE status LED is off completely, you do not have a positive RF link between
the transmitter and receiver. Check that the transmitter has been powered on
and the LED indicator on the transmitter is glowing solid red. If the transmitter is
powered on and functioning properly, disconnect the flight battery from the 5-in-1
unit, then reconnect it. The 5-in-1 unit should initialize and arm properly.
Once you place the helicopter in a safe area, free of obstructions, and are clear of
the rotor blades, you can safely power up the model to check for proper operation of
the motors.
dvance the throttle stick upward slowly, just until both rotor blades begin to spin.
A
DO NOT attempt to fly the helicopter at this time. Note the direction each of the rotor
blades spins. When viewed from the top, the upper main rotor blades should spin
counterclockwise and the lower main rotor blades should spin clockwise. If either set
of rotor blades is operating in the wrong direction, disconnect the battery and reverse
the polarity of the corresponding motor’s input power leads.
fter confirming the rotor blades rotate in the correct direction, confirm that both
A
rotor blades respond properly to rudder control inputs.
Rudder Trim
Aileron Trim
Rudder Trim
Throttle Trim
Elevator Trim Elevator Trim
Aileron Trim
Throttle Trim
ith the rotor blades spinning at a low level of power, move the rudder (left-hand)
W
stick all the way to the right. This should cause the speed of the upper main rotor
blade to increase, and the speed of the lower main rotor blade to decrease.
ext, move the rudder stick all the way to the left. This should cause the speed of
N
the lower main rotor blade to increase and the speed of the upper main rotor blade
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to decrease. If both rotor blades are not responding properly to rudder input, simply
reverse the locations of their motor plugs on the 5-in-1 unit.
With both rotor blades rotating in the correct directions and responding properly to
rudder inputs, your Blade mCX2 is ready for flight. But you will need to review the
following sections of the manual BEFORE proceeding with the first flight.
Moving the rudder stick to the left turns the nose of the helicopter left about the axis
of the main shaft. This is accomplished by increasing the speed of the lower main
rotor blade while decreasing the speed of the upper main rotor blade.
Understanding the Primary Flight Controls
If you are not familiar with the controls of your Blade mCX2, please take a few
minutes to familiarize yourself with them before attempting your first flight.
For Mode 2 transmitters: The left-hand stick on the transmitter controls both
throttle (climb/descend) and rudder (yaw left/right). When the throttle stick is in the
lowest possible position and throttle trim is set to the middle or a lower than the
middle position, the main rotor blades will not spin. Advancing the stick upward
increases the speed of the main rotor blades, causing the model to climb.
Nose Yaws Left
Moving the stick to the right turns the nose of the helicopter right about the axis of
the main shaft. This is accomplished by increasing the speed of the upper main rotor
blade while decreasing the speed of the lower main rotor blade.
Climb
Nose Yaws Right
Decreasing the speed of the main rotor blades by lowering the throttle stick causes
the model to descend.
Descend
Use rudder trim to help keep the nose of the helicopter from rotating left or right
when in hover with no rudder stick input. For example, if the nose of the helicopter
drifts to the right when in hover, add left rudder trim (by pressing the left rudder trim
button) until the nose stays as close to straight as possible.
The elevator stick controls both elevator (pitch fore/aft) . Push the stick forward to
pitch the nose of the helicopter down and fly forward.
Forward
Once the model is off the ground to balance the throttle, carefully move the
left-hand stick up and down so the model holds a stationary hover (without climbing
or descending).
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Pull the stick back to pitch the tail down and fly backward.
Dual Rates
Backward
Use elevator trim to keep the helicopter from drifting forward or backward when
hovering with no elevator stick input. For example, if the helicopter drifts forward, add
back/up elevator trim until it hovers as level as possible with no drifting.
Move the aileron stick left to fly the helicopter left.
Left
The MLP4DSM transmitter included with your Blade mCX2 RTF is equipped with a dual
rate feature. This feature allows the pilot the toggle between the high and low control
rates available for the aileron, elevator and rudder channels. To toggle between the
high and low rates, push in on the right-hand stick on the transmitter (while the
transmitter is powered on).
The transmitter comes set in high-rate mode. You can tell you are in the high-rate
mode when the LED on the transmitter glows solid red. In high-rate mode the controls
are allowed to reach their maximum values, typically preferred by experienced pilots
for maximum control authority.
Push the right-hand stick in while in high-rate mode to enter low-rate mode. You can
tell you are in the low-rate mode when the LED on the transmitter blinks continuously.
The low-rate mode is typically preferred by (and best for) first-time, low-time and other
pilots most interested in reduced control that allows for smoother and more easily
controlled hovering and flying.
Note: The throttle curve in the low rate mode is also different than it is in the high
rate mode. This makes low-rate-mode throttle smoother and easier
to control.
Choosing a Flying Area
Move the stick right to fly the helicopter to the right.
Right
When ready for your first flight, select a relatively open indoor area free of people
and obstructions. While it is possible for experienced pilots to fly the Blade mCX2 in
relatively small indoor areas with great success, we strongly recommend an area
with at least 10-feet by 10-feet of floor space and no less than 8-foot ceilings when
making your first few flights.
Once you properly trim your helicopter and become familiar with its handling and
capabilities, you will be able to fly in other smaller, less open areas.
Note: The Blade mCX2 is designed and intended to be flown INDOORS ONLY.
Use aileron trim to keep the helicopter from drifting left or right when hovering with no
aileron stick input. For example, if the helicopter drifts to the right when hovering, add
left aileron trim until it hovers as level as possible with no drifting to the right.
Once familiar with the primary controls of the helicopter, you are almost ready to fly.
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Flying the Blade mCX2
Note: In addition to reviewing the flight maneuvers outlined below, we
recommend you watch Videos located on the product page for the Blade
mCX2 on www.horizonhobby.com to see many of these maneuvers and
adjustments performed by the helicopter and pilot.
• Slowly raise the throttle stick, increasing the speed of the main rotor blades until
the model begins to lift off. Do not raise the throttle stick too quickly as the
model could climb too fast causing you to lose control or make contact
with objects above.
• Lift the model off the ground just a few inches and concentrate on balancing the
throttle stick position so that the model holds a steady hover altitude. In some
cases it may be best to make a few short “hops” to an altitude of just a few
inches until you become familiar with the control inputs and trim settings required
to maintain a steady hover and altitude.
As you will find, the Blade mCX2 requires minor throttle adjustments to
maintain its altitude in hover. Remember to keep these throttle adjustments as
minimal as possible as large adjustments could result in a loss of control and/or
a possible crash.
• While attempting to establish a low-level hover, you can also check to see if any
trim adjustments are required to help keep the Blade mCX2 from constantly
drifting in various directions. If you find the helicopter constantly drifts without
any directional control input, it will be best to land the model before making any
adjustments to the trim settings. Additional details regarding the location and
function of the trim buttons can be found in the “Understanding the Primary Flight
Controls” section of this manual.
- If the nose of the helicopter drifts to the left or right, adjust the rudder trim.
- If the helicopter drifts forward or backward, adjust the elevator trim.
- If the helicopter drifts to the left or right, adjust the aileron trim.
Continue making trim adjustments until the helicopter hovers at a low altitude
with very little drifting and directional control input. If the Blade mCX2 is your first
helicopter model, it may be best to have the help of an experienced helicopter
pilot to trim the model for you before making your first flight.
• With your Blade mCX2 properly trimmed and maintaining a stable low-level hover,
practice using the rudder, elevator and aileron controls to familiarize yourself
with the helicopter’s responses to control inputs. Remember to keep the control
inputs as minimal as possible.
When comfortable with low-level hovering, you can transition to hovering
and flying the helicopter at higher altitudes of three to four feet. At these higher
altitudes you will become comfortable with the flight characteristics of the
Blade mCX2.
• If you feel the helicopter drifting out of control during flight, release all of the
controls except for throttle. You will need throttle to maintain altitude, but because of the inherent stability of the coaxial, counter-rotating blade design, the
Blade mCX2 will return to a stable hover on its own, if space allows.
• Don’t be afraid to set the helicopter down on the ground quickly by lowering the
throttle when approaching walls or other obstacles to help prevent main rotor
blade strikes.
• IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH OR ROTOR BLADE STRIKE, NO MATTER
HOW MINOR OR MAJOR, LOWER THE THROTTLE STICK TO THE
LOWEST POSSIBLE POSITION AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO PREVENT
DAMAGE TO THE ESCS OF THE 5-IN-1 UNIT. ALSO BE SURE THE
THROTTLE TRIM IS SET TO THE MIDDLE POSITION OR TO A LOWER
THAN THE MIDDLE POSITION.
Failure to lower the throttle stick to the lowest possible position in the
event of a crash could result in damage to the ESCs in the 5-in-1 unit,
which may require replacement of the 5-in-1 unit.
Note: Crash damage is not covered under warranty.
Once you have gained experience and confidence in hovering the Blade mCX2, you
can attempt more advanced maneuvers including:
Forward Flight
Skidding Takeoffs
Backward Flight
Skidding Landings
Pirouettes
Spot Landings
Advanced Swashplate Settings
Long Swashplate
Control Balls
Short Swashplate
Control Balls
The Blade mCX2 comes with an adjustable swashplate. Advanced pilots may benefit
from a more aggressive setup.
To achieve a more aggressive setup, pop off the lower rotor head links and move
them onto the longer set of inner swashplate control balls.
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Exploded View Parts Listing
# Item Number
Exploded View
Description
1
1 EFLH2219B. . . . . . . Stabilizer Flybar Set
2 EFLH2412. . . . . . . . Inner Shaft with Head/Hub
3 EFLH2421. . . . . . . . Upper Main Blade Set (1 pr)
4 EFLH2421. . . . . . . . Upper Main Blade Set (1 pr)
5 EFLH2225. . . . . . . . ST1.2 x 5 (2) Screw
6 EFLH2412. . . . . . . . Inner Shaft with Head/Hub
7 EFLH2213. . . . . . . . Outer Shaft, Main Gear and Bushing Holder Set
2
4
3
5
8 EFLH2420. . . . . . . . Lower Main Blade Set (1 pair)
6
9 EFLH2213. . . . . . . . Outer Shaft, Main Gear and Bushing Holder Set
7
10 EFLH2217. . . . . . . . Lower Rotor Head and Linkage Set
11 EFLH2225. . . . . . . . M1.2 x 1.8 (2) Screw
8
12 EFLH2410. . . . . . . . Motor with Pinion, Counterclockwise
9
13 EFLH2416. . . . . . . . Swashplate (1)
14 EFLH2416. . . . . . . . Swashplate (1)
13
15 EFLH2416. . . . . . . . Swashplate (1)
14
16 EFLH2214. . . . . . . . Outer Shaft Retaining Collar Set
15
17 EFLH2409. . . . . . . . Motor with Pinion, Clockwise
16
18 EFLH2418. . . . . . . . Servo Pushrod Set
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11
12
17
19 EFLH2418. . . . . . . . Servo Pushrod Set
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20 EFLH2424. . . . . . . . Main Frame Set
20
21 EFLH1066. . . . . . . . Replacement Servo Mechanics
19
22 EFLH2401. . . . . . . . 5-in-1 Control Unit, RX/Servos/ESCs/Mxr/Gyro
21
23 EFLH2225. . . . . . . . Washers
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24 EFLH2225. . . . . . . . ST1.2 x 5 (2) Screw
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25 EFLH2427. . . . . . . . Complete Red Canopy with LEDs (installed)
26 EFLH2211. . . . . . . . Inner Shaft Main Gear
27 EFLH2211. . . . . . . . Inner Shaft Main Gear
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28 EFLH2222. . . . . . . . Landing Skid and Battery Mount Set
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29 EFLH2225. . . . . . . . M1.2 x 2.5 (2) Screw
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30 EFLB1201S. . . . . . . 120mAh 1-Cell 3.7V 14C Li-Po
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31 EFLH2213. . . . . . . . Outer Shaft, Main Gear and Bushing Holder Set
32 EFLH2215. . . . . . . . Outer Shaft Bearing 3 x 6 x 2mm (2)
33 EFLH3021. . . . . . . . Canopy Mounting Grommets (8)
34 EFLH2427. . . . . . . . Complete Red Canopy with LEDs (installed)
35 EFLH2404. . . . . . . . Replacement LED Set (4)
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Replacement Parts List
EFLB1201S. . . . . . . . . . . . . 120mAh 1-Cell 3.7V 14C Li-Po
EFLC1000. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-Cell 3.7V 0.3A DC Li-Po Charger
EFLH1064B. . . . . . . . . . . . . Blade MLP4DSM 4-channel Transmitter, 2.4GHz
EFLH1066. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Replacement Servo Mechanics
EFLH2401
ST1.2 x 5 (2)
EFLH2418
EFLH2410
EFLH2409
EFLH1067. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Replacement Servo Retaining Collars
EFLH2211. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inner Shaft Main Gear
EFLH2213. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outer Shaft, Main Gear and Bushing Holder Set
EFLH2214. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outer Shaft Retaining Collar Set
EFLH2215. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outer Shaft Bearing 3 x 6 x 2mm (2)
EFLH2219B
EFLH2427
EFLH2217. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lower Rotor Head and Linkage Set
EFLH2219B. . . . . . . . . . . . . Stabilizer Flybar Set
EFLH2222. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Landing Skid and Battery Mount Set
M0.8 x 2.5 (4)
ST1.2 x 5 (2)
EFLH2225. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hardware Set
EFLH2401. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-in-1 Control Unit, Receiver/Servos/ESCs/Mixer/Gyro
EFLH2404
EFLH1066
EFLH2416
EFLH2421
EFLH2404. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Replacement LED Set (4)
EFLH2409. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Motor with Pinion, Clockwise
EFLH2410. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Motor with Pinion, Counter-Clockwise
EFLH2412. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inner Shaft with Head/Hub
EFLH2416. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Swashplate (1)
ST1.2 x 5 (1)
ST1.2 x 5 (2)
EFLH2420
M1.2 x 2.5 (2)
EFLH2412
M1.2 x 2.5 (2)
EFLH2213
EFLH2211
M1.2 x 1.8 (2)
EFLH2418. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Servo Pushrod Set
EFLH2420. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lower Main Blade Set (1 pr)
EFLH2421. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Upper Main Blade Set (1 pr)
EFLH2424. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Main Frame Set
EFLH2427. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Complete Red Canopy with LEDs (Installed)
EFLH2214
EFLH2215
EFLH3021. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Canopy Mounting Grommets (8)
Option Parts
EFLH2220GL. . . . . . . . . . . . Lower Main Blade Set, Glow-in-the-Dark (1 pr)
M1.2 x 1.8 (3)
ST1.2 x 5 (7)
M0.8 x 2.5 (8)
M1.2 x 2.5 (2)
EFLH2424
EFLH3021
EFLH2225
EFLB1201S
EFLHB1501S
EFLH2221GL. . . . . . . . . . . . Upper Main Blade Set, Glow-in-the-Dark (1 pr)
EFLH2222GL. . . . . . . . . . . . Landing Skid and Battery Mount Set, Glow-in-the-Dark
EFLH2428. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carbon Fiber Tail Boom with Fin
EFLH3023. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carbon Fiber Training Gear Set
EFLH2222
ST1.2 x 5 (5)
EFLB1501S. . . . . . . . . . . . . 150mAh 1-Cell 3.7V Li-Po
EFLC1005. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6V AC Power Supply
EFLH2217
EFLH1067
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Warranty
Warranty Period
Exclusive Warranty- Horizon Hobby, Inc., (Horizon) warranties that the Products
purchased (the “Product”) will be free from defects in materials and workmanship at
the date of purchase by the Purchaser.
Limited Warranty
Horizon reserves the right to change or modify this warranty without notice
and disclaims all other warranties, express or implied.
(a) This warranty is limited to the original Purchaser (“Purchaser”) and is not
transferable. REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS
THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF THE PURCHASER. This warranty covers only those
Products purchased from an authorized Horizon dealer. Third party transactions are
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Further, Horizon reserves the right to change or modify this warranty without notice
and disclaims all other warranties, express or implied.
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Horizon reserves the right to inspect any and all equipment involved in a warranty
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By the act of use, setup or assembly, the user accepts all resulting liability.
If you as the Purchaser or user are not prepared to accept the liability associated with
the use of this Product, you are advised to return this Product immediately in new and
unused condition to the place of purchase.
Law: These Terms are governed by Illinois law (without regard to conflict of law
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This is a sophisticated hobby Product and not a toy. It must be operated with caution
and common sense and requires some basic mechanical ability. Failure to operate
this Product in a safe and responsible manner could result in injury or damage to the
Product or other property. This Product is not intended for use by children without
direct adult supervision. The Product manual contains instructions for safety,
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and avoid damage or injury.
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warranty consideration. Be sure your name, address, and RMA number are clearly
written on the outside of the shipping carton.
Warranty Inspection and Repairs
To receive warranty service, you must include your original sales receipt verifying the
proof-of-purchase date. Provided warranty conditions have been met, your Product
will be repaired or replaced free of charge. Repair or replacement decisions are at the
sole discretion of Horizon Hobby.
Non-Warranty Repairs
Should your repair not be covered by warranty the repair will be completed and
payment will be required without notification or estimate of the expense unless the
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you are agreeing to payment of the repair without notification. Repair estimates are
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repair estimates will be billed a minimum of ½ hour of labor. In addition you will be
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include your credit card number and expiration date. Any repair left unpaid or
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model engines.
mCX2 BNF
EFLH2480
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877-504-0233
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4105 Fieldstone Rd
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(All other products) 61822 USA
877-504-0233
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General EMC requirements
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Horizon Hobby, Inc.
Instructions for Disposal of WEEE by Users in the European Union
This product must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, it is the
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