E-Flite Blade mSR RTF Blade mSR RTF

E-Flite Blade mSR RTF Blade mSR RTF
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The E-flite Blade series is one of the most recognizeable names
in indoor R/C helicopters. With seven Blade models already on
the market, they offer electric helicopter excitement to everyone
from beginning to experienced pilots.
E-flite has just released their latest model, the Blase mSR. The
mSR (Single Rotor) fills the gap between the co-axial helicopters,
and the collective pitch machines. The goal at E-flite was to offer a
heli with the stability of the co-axial models, while allowing the
model more agility in flight.
Weighing in at one ounce, the Blade mSR is a fixed pitch, single
rotor heli designed to be that "next step" in the learning curve to
get new heli pilots well on their way to flying collective pitch
Contact Information
E-flite
Horizon Hobby, Inc.
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, IL 61822
Phone: (800) 338-4639
helicopters. E-flite also has a whole list of replacement and
optional parts, such as plain black and glow-in-the-dark main and
tail blades, main frame and landing gear, and flybar and tail fin.
Also available is a red canopy and fin kit that will allow you to set
your heli apart from your friends, when flying together.
I don't know about you, but I'm excited to get the box open and
see what's inside!
www.e-fliterc.com Name:E-flite Blade mSR
Price: $179.99 (RTF)
Very Lightweight Great Stability while
Hovering Fast and Agile in
Flight
Very Durable
Helicopter
Comes RTF with a
2.4 GHz Radio, or as
Bind N Fly Price: $149.99 (BNF)
Main Rotor Diameter: 7 in (180 mm)
Length: 7.5 in (190 mm)
Flying weight: 1 oz. (28 g) with Battery
Radio Used:2.4 GHz DSM2 (Included)
Also available as Bind N Fly
Battery: 120mAh 1s 3.7 V LiPo (included)
None Channels Used: 4 total - Fore/ Aft Cyclic Pitch , Left / Right
Cyclic Pitch, Tail Rotor, Throttle,
Skill Level:
Items Needed To Complete
Time Required to Build:
Frustration Level:
What do these ratings mean?
Nothing- everything is included to get you in the air!
The E-flite Blade mSR comes in a very attractive box that also doubles as a carrying case. Once
the box was opened, I found a foam insert that allows the contents to survive even the roughest of
shipping tumbles. The mSR arrives fully assembled, complete with a 2.4 GHz radio, a battery
charger that will charge up to four batteries at once, two single cell LiPo batteries for the heli, and
even the batteries for the transmitter. The RTF version gives you everything you need to get in the
air quickly, while the Bind-N-Fly version comes with everything, but the transmitter.
The first step in the 'assembly' process is to plug the LiPo battery charger in and get the batteries
charging. One of the neat things E-flite has done is to include a charger that will charge up to four
flight batteries at once. At $7.49 for additional 120 mAH LiPo batteries, you can keep this little heli
in the air for a long time!
While the batteries are charging, install the four AA batteries in the transmitter, and read through
the well written manual. The manual is very informative, giving you lots of tips to help you fly the
mSR successfully. After the flight batteries are charged, simply turn on the transmitter, taking care
to keep it at least two feet from the Heli, and insert a flight battery into the holder attached to the
landing gear. Make sure to face the label side of the battery down, and look for the red dots on
both the battery and the battery connector. This ensures proper polarity when plugging in the
battery.
If you are flying the RTF version, you are ready to fly! If you are using your own DSM2 radio and
the BNF version, you must now bind your radio to the Blade mSR. Binding is the process which
programs the five-in-one control board to recognize the unique signal that is transmitted from only
one radio. One of the best features I have seen with the Spektrum transmitters is that the model
name stored in the transmitter is also a part of that unique signal used. Not only will the model
recognize one radio, it will only recognize THAT radio if the proper model is selected!
Start the binding process by setting a model name (for the review, I kept it simple- model 1) in the
radio's memory. Now you will bind the helicopter to the radio. This involves plugging the flight
battery in to the heli and waiting a few seconds for the LED to start flashing. Once the LED is
flashing push and hold the binding button on the radio while turning on the power, and the radio
will start the process of binding with the mSR. Once the process is complete, you are ready to fly!
Let's get a few pictures of the Blade mSR, and then see how it flies!
The Blade mSR is quite the
little heli. It hovers very nicely,
requiring a little more control
than a co-axial heli, but it is
very stable. I'm not a very good
heli pilot, but I could get the
Blade to take off, hover, and
land on a coffee table with very
little effort!
Flying the Blade is where it
excels compared to the
co-axial helis. The mSR
accelerates and stops very
quickly, and it covers a lot of
ground in a hurry! That being
said, even I did not find forward
flight uncomfortable.
One of the best things about
this heli is its very small size
and durabilty. At one ounce
ready to fly weight, you can fly
it in the house all day and night
with out breaking it, or anything
in the house. Aerobatics are
fairly limited due to the fixed
pitch, but The Blade mSR will
do very nice pirhouettes, and is
right at home zooming around
the house!
Check out the video to see
the E-Flite Blade mSR in
action!
E-Flite Blade mSR
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(24meg)
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I will admit, that until now, I have reviewed only airplanes. I am not a great heli pilot, but I really
enjoyed the E-Flite Blade mSR! It comes fully assembled and is quite easy to fly (even for an
airplane pilot like me), and with the Ready To Fly and Bind-N-Fly versions, there is a Blade
mSR for everyone. If you are looking for an indoor heli to keep your flying skills in tune over the
winter, or looking for that next step up from a co-axial heli, The Blade mSR is THE one you just
have to have!
E-flite
Horizon Hobby, Inc.
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, IL 61822
Phone: (800) 338-4639
www.e-fliterc.com
Comments on RCU Review: E-Flite Blade mSR RTF Blade mSR RTF
Posted by: Reindeer on 01/17/2010
Profile Absolutely agree with your review. It really is very easy to fly, and very durable. Been flying it in my office which has
limited space, and have banged it into a few objects without any damage to the heli at all. IMO E-Flite came out with a
couple of real winners with the Blade MSR and Blade 400. Posted by: ct420 on 01/20/2010
The mSR is a great little heli. I've had mine for a little over 1 week, and I have been flying it constantly!
It's amazing how tough it is. Most crashes result in no damage at all. Just set it upright and fly again!
Profile Posted by: jmdairplane on 01/23/2010
Profile Posted by: jmdairplane on 01/23/2010
Profile im also an airplane guy i started out with the mcx this also fun to fly then got my hands on the msr what a difference
pretty stable but much faster its alot of fun.
Posted by: hula493172 on 02/25/2010
Profile Posted by: hula493172 on 02/25/2010
Profile Awesome heli started with Novus CX went to E-flite MCX then got the MSR it is my favorite!! The only weak things I
have found the blade grips and landing skids other than that it takes a lick! Have banged in to everything in the house !!
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