After many an hour of flying the delightful Blade Scout, I decided to get the Blade Eflite mCX after reading the reviews. In under two weeks of owning and flying this wonder, I can tell you it is

another flying marvel from Horizon Hobby. I really think this is the first helicopter to get, if you want to get into the pastime of flying remote controlled helicopters in a more serious way. With 4 channels you have full directional control.

It is a very stable flying machine and an absolute delight to fly indoors. I have heard that you can fly them outdoors in very light winds but I have yet to try this.

This is a full 4 channel 2.4 GHz radio remote controlled helicopter. This technology along with the marvelous 5-in-1 controller give you very precise control of the helicopter. It takes awhile to master the Mode 2 controller which while intuitive takes a light touch to maintain a constant throttle input while operating the rudder. It is vital to master this as lost of orientation will result in crashes.

At 28 grams it is heavier than the Blade Scout. While it is a very resilient little helicopter that will pick itself up and fly time after time, you – can – damage it in a crash.

white mCX at http://www.bright-work.co.uk/

mCX with white canopy

I have managed to snap a strut of the luminescent landing skid after I crashed my white bodied trainer mCX into the aquarium in a moment of confusion.  So practice and more practice while taking it easy is the way to go with this delightful helicopter. Practising precision indoor flying with it will give you months if not years of delight.

The Blade Eflite mCX like other 4 channel helicopters defers from the 3 channel Blade Scout primarily in it’s ability to fly sideways as well. This is how real helicopters fly. The mCX will never fly upside down as it is a fixed pitch helicopter. What this means is that the rotor blades are moulded so that they generate lift only whilst the helicopter is in a upright position. I don’t think it’s capable of doing a loop either but the jury is still out on this one.

One thing you should not do on this or any other Blade helicopter is touch the 5-in-1 electronic control unit with first taking the necessary antistatic precautions. Static electricity is very damaging to electronic components. Ground yourself before you handle the controller board.

Product Specifications

Type: Ultra micro coaxial helicopter
Main Rotor Diameter: 7.5 in (190mm)
Gross Weight: 1.0 oz (28 g) with battery
Length: 7.9 in (200mm); Height: 4.7 in (120mm)
Motor Size: Micro coreless (2 installed)
Kit/ARF/RTF: RTF
Experience Level: Beginner
Recommended Environment: Indoor
Is Assembly Required: No

Eflite mCX at http://www.bright-work.co.uk/

Battery charger for the mCX