Blade 300 X BNF

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The ultimate exerience of a 300-size, Bind-N-Fly heli
BeastX flybarless stabilization integrated into receiver
Belt-driven tail rotor with weighted tail blade hardware
Tail grips with thrust bearings
AR7200BX 7-channel DSMX flybarless control system installed
E-flite 320H 4500Kv brushless motor installed
E-flite 25A S-BEC brushless ESC installed
Includes E-flite 3S 1350mAh 30C Li-Po battery
Includes DC Li-Po charger
This model is one of the many available for the Phoenix RC Flight Simulator

Needed To Complete

– A 6+ channel DSM2- or DSMX-compatible computer transmitter with helicopter programming

Just got back into the hobby….first flew them as a kid in mid 80′s and then again in early 00′s.
Was considering returning the 300x after reading negative reviews on some of the forums.
Vibrations cause main shaft to fail and there were several different causes for the vibration.

Decided to give it a try anyway as it seemed like the one’s having trouble had bought them just as soon as the heli came out and it may be a Q/C issue. Not everyone was having the issue but still enough to make me concerned.

Still I waited over a week to try it not only for the above reasons but also had other concerns when using Phoenix flight sim which I also bought around the same time. I was use to flying traditional flybar Heli’s that had a gyro, but those gyros were there to assist not totally control the tail rotor. I could fly the traditional heli’s in the sim easy enough but noticed that at least several of the modern computer controlled flybarless models were giving me fits and seemed very unstable and could not make sharp turns like the older heli’s could. The 300x has the latest “on board computer” so I wondered if it would be as unstable as what I had encountered in the sim. Finally got tired of not knowing if Heli’s had taken a step backwards with all this new tech so took the 300x to a secluded park that I used to fly at years ago. Spooled up the rotors and noticed right away that this little bird turned up way more rpm’s than what I was used to. Found out later it turns about 2x as fast as those in the 80′s 1300-1500 VS 3000 rpm. So right at lift off I was expecting the Tasmanian devil, but surprisingly found it to be just the opposite. The bird just sat there and did not move or drift at all. It was rock stable. Just hovered and moved around a bit the first couple of flights but since then I have found it to be very stable and not having any bad manners like it’s bigger brother (450X) has in the sim. Turns in forward flight have been predicable and the bird has done nothing ill mannered at all. It flies like a much larger helicopter in the sense that it is so stable and handles wind really well. Hovered it in gusty wind one dark day to see how it would handle it. Other than having to correct for altitude, again it basically just sat there. Has plenty of power too as a couple of times while making the transition from forward flight back to hover I was sinking too fast (the old nitro .61 birds did the same thing) and needed power fast and it responded in a blink of an eye. Also happy to report I have had none of the issues so far that some of the others have had. They have posted youtube videos and I noticed right off that their 300x’s were louder than mine when fully spooled up. Not sure if that means anything but I have noticed it.

That said I will probably do some mods over time as preventative maintenance. Tail rotor servo has caused some people problems so eventually will replace with a heavier duty servo as they are cheap enough. Some have had vibs from the motor and have replaced it with a higher quality motor that just came out a couple of weeks ago. It is supposed to have more power so one day may switch over to that. Many of the people who initially had problems installed frame braces ($10) and never had any problems again. If I ever see any signs of vibration, will install those…. but right now my 300 is very smooth.

Bottom line: You are getting a lot of copter for the coin. The computer alone costs over $200 and the bird flies much better than it’s small size would indicate. If you have a problem, Blade tech support is supposed to be good. Just know that over time, you will probably want to upgrade some of the components to make it a bit more heavy duty. But if you look around at other brands or slightly larger models you will see a huge price increase like $1000 on up to around $3000. I could not justify that much $$ at this point so the 300 is a great way of getting a real, great flying helicopter without going broke.

The helicopter itself is probably a 5 star, but overall gets a 4 because of the way Blade handled the complaints on this bird.
Blade likes to run marketing campaigns on new products, yet when people were complaining they basically said nothing. Most people who had problems and called seem to get satisfaction by way of replacement parts or replacement of the whole helicopter. But there were many of us wanting to buy it but concerned if it was safe to do so. They need to learn to communicate to their customers/potential customers during times like this. In the end I took a chance and it worked out great for me, but I still had to take a chance on it.

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