RCU Review: E-Flite Blade CP
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Review by: Eric Balay
Specifications
Assembly
Flight Report Summary
Manufacturer Info
E-flite Blade CP
Distributed exclusively by:
Horizon Hobby
4105 Fieldstone Rd.
CHAMPAIGN, IL 61822
Support Phone:
(877)504-0233
Sales Phone: (800)338-4639
Website:
www.horizonhobby.com If you're looking for a hassle free, ready-to-fly micro helicopter
that flies like a dream, check out the Blade CP by E-Flite. This
little copter arrives completely assembled, including a high
quality transmitter, rechargeable flight battery pack, and a
battery charger. Each Blade CP has been test flown at the
factory to ensure that your first flight impressions will have you
smiling from ear to ear! Clear pictures and descriptions in the
instructions manual help ease the beginner pilot into the action.
For the more advanced modeler, the Blade can be easily
modified with the inexpensive aerobatic upgrade kit and lithium
polymer battery to perform loops, rolls, stall turns and even
inverted flight. Sounds too good to be true? Read on, and find
out why this little gem is so much fun to fly that E-Flite Blade CP
helis are taking flight everywhere!
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Quality
Performance
Ease of Assembly
Kit Name: E-flite Blade CP, part #EFLH1100
Price: $219.99
Rotorspan: 20.75"
Length: 20.63"
Flying Weight (stock): 324 grams
Flying Weight (with aerobatic upgrade kit & Li-Po battery): 278 grams
Motors: E-flite 370 brushed (main) and N30 (tail)
Battery used: 9.6v, 650 mah NiMH E-Flite
Battery for aerobatic flight : 11.1v, 720 mah ElectriFly
Radio equipment: E-Flite transmitter, as supplied, requires 8 AA
batteries (not included)
Also available for the E-Flite Blade CP: Aerobatic ability
Looks
Price
Manual
Packaging & Manual Flight stability Truly Ready to Fly Charger might cook the
battery if left unattended Crash Kit EFLH1169 ($18.99) Aerobatic Enhancement Kit EFLH1168 ($22.99)
Carbon Rotor Blades EFLH1147C ($29.99) Packaging
Nestled in foam Ready for take-off
Our Blade CP arrrived in a colorful box that doubles as a handy carrying case. Foam inserts protect
the completely assembled helicopter from damage during transport. A quality transmitter,
rechargeable 9.6v 650 mah NiMH flight battery, 2 hour quick battery charger, spare foam tape and
cable ties, and an excellent instruction manual are included. Only eight AA batteries are needed to
complete the model. Manual
Control Check Parts Breakdown The instruction manual is well written, and includes clear pictures that thoroughly illustrate the
content. A parts breakdown page shows all of the components, with the associated part numbers and
a drawing of each piece, which is really handy for identification. Understanding the resulting
swashplate movements for each control stick input is made simple with photos. Simple procedures
for battery installation, center-of-gravity adjustments, blade tracking, and gyro gain settings are
detailed. In addition to the pictures in the manual, Horizon Hobby shows the CCPM control inputs on the E-Flite Blade CP webpag
E-Flite Blade CP webpage. We've added a few videos to the CCPM section of this article below, so you
can see the linkage in action. Main Rotor Head Tail Rotor Assembly Since the Blade arrives assembled, after being adjusted and test flown at the E-Flite factory, all that
is necessary is to remove the helicopter from the packaging and go fly! You will need to install 8 AA
sized batteries (the only item not included and necessary for flight) in the transmitter. The
instructions alert you that the flight battery is shipped with a partial charge, and that you should fly
the helicopter before fully charging. My Blade flew for 5 minutes on this partial charge. Subsequent
flights last 10 minutes. Don't discard the colorful box and foam inserts! With the included handle, it's
the perfect carrying case for your Blade. Nicer than I expected Got Batteries? Smooth out the Throttle The included E-Flite transmitter is a high quality 6 channel unit. A multi-colored LED display shows
the battery status when the power switch is ON. Available adjustments include servo reversing for
the 4 main channels, Idle-Up and Trainer switches. My servo reversing switches were set at: aileron normal, elevator - reverse, throttle - normal, and rudder - reverse. I verified the correct swashplate
movements as shown in the manual with these factory switch settings, so I left them alone. I modified the throttle stick ratchet, as I prefer smooth throttle stick movements. This is simple to
do; just remove the 8 AA batteries, battery cover, and the screws on the rear of the transmitter case
to expose the throttle stick ratchet tab. You can adjust the tension that this tab places on the ratchet
plate by carefully bending the plate, or you can remove the ratchet tab entirely (shown with the red
arrow in the above right picture). If you would like to change the stick tension of the other gimbals,
simply adjust the screws (shown by yellow arrows in the above right picture) clockwise to tighten,
and counter-clockwise to loosen. Editors Note: Since the reviewer's model appears to be from an earlier batch with a "harsh" ratchet
on the throttle, it might be worth noting that subsequent batches of BCPs have transmitters with
"smoothed out" ratchets that many people prefer and do not feel compelled to modify. It feels much
better now than before!
I found that the Idle-Up switch is on the upper right side, which differs from the usual convention of
upper left placement on other transmitters. Be aware that if you are not accustomed to this switch
position, you might find yourself trying to deactivate the Idle-Up function using the wrong switch.
This usually results in the infamous "wallet-reach" maneuver. An error
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