Blade Nano QX 3D Review

  

Blade’s Nano QX 3D, a version of the Nano QX that has larger 7mm motors and the ability to fly upside down, was released in January. I had my doubts about whether the flight times would be long enough. If the motors would die every few flights. But I still bought it…

Note: Because this is a quadcopter review, I can’t review takeoffs and landings. Basically, a quadcopter goes up. And comes back down. I will review how it felt on the first takeoff instead.

Backstory:

There really isn’t one… I just saw the NQX 3D and it looked like it would be a quadcopter that preformed well, but with significant battery life and motor life problems.

First Impresions:

When I opened the, as always from Horizon Hobby, nicely designed box and packaging, I didn’t really know if it came out of the box right side up or upside down… The NQX 3D was packaged in nice, clear plastic with a 250 mAH 1S LiPo and USB charger.

Assembly/First Flight Preparation:

Before doing anything, I looked at the manual to see which side was the top. (Hint: the props face down). I then charged the battery. This took about 20 minutes.

Tip: Get the Celectra charger that came with the original mCPX helicopter. This just plugs into a normal outlet and you get a second charger for your second battery (definitely get a second battery).

I then bound it to my wonderful Spektrum DX6 and got ready to fly…

First Takeoff:

As I lifted off, I heard power. Lots of it. And it sounded smooth. Kind of like one of those speedboats when they are going really slowly. I knew, at this point, that this was going to be one of my favorite aircraft.

Flying:

In beginner mode, this quadcopter was like a Nano QX in Stability mode. Intermediate mode was like beginner mode, but it’s a lot faster. And, finally, advanced mode is like a regular RC helicopter, with the motor direction changing on either side of 50% throttle.

Recommended timer settings if using a Spektrum computerized transmitter:

Dx6i transmitter:

Timer: 4:30 minutes

Any Other Spektrum Computerized Transmitter:

Timer: 4:30 minutes; start/stop at 10% throttle

The Specs:

Skill Level: Intermediate

Length: 130 mm

Width: 130 mm

Height: 42 mm

Flying Weight: 1 oz

Full Specs Here

Equipment I Used:

1. Thunder Power TP103CQ-ACDC Charger (link)

2. Spektrum DX6i DSMX Transmitter Only (link)

Verdict:

This is a great all around quadcopter, and it is excellent if you have mastered the original NQX and want high preformance fun.

Rating:

10/10

Thanks for reading the much-delayed Nano QX 3D review. Comment, share, enjoy, and forgive me for the lack of pictures 🙂 ! Reader’s Opinion will be posted this Sunday, so check back…

Who’s Getting E-Flite’s UMX FPV Radian?

Who’s getting the UMX FPV Radian coming out in mid June?

Me? I’m definitely getting it! I will be able to do everything I did with the regular UMX Radain and still get probably 5-8 minute flight times (I get ten minutes on the regular one). And yes, look for a review on it here on umFlight towards the end of June or early July assuming that it is released in time and I buy it before it gets sold out.

Thanks for reading and voting in the poll/commenting, and look for a new post this Sunday! (Note: I didn’t post yesterday because of Saturday’s post and this post)

My New Fleet

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You may be wondering why I never posted yesterday. And why part 2 of last week’s post hasn’t been published. I’ll give those answers.

Firstly, I remembered that I would have a few new aircraft come in today. This gave me the idea to, instead of a part 2, give some brief previews on these new products that will be reviewed. Be assured that part 2 will come out on or before next Sunday.

1. UMX Radian:

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I couldn’t resist. The remarkable wind handling of the last one, which I reviewed here, and long flight times made me finally cave in and buy a second one. At least I was able to hold out for four months.

2. Spektrum DX6:

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I really enjoyed my old DX6, but it had a problem with no signal coming out only a few months after purchase. I decided to not send it in, but to keep it as a simulator transmitter and get a higher-end transmitter for normal flying. That never really worked out. I ended up getting another DX6i, missing the DX6’s features a lot.

So, when the time came for me to really rebuild my fleet, I decided to upgrade to the DX7. However, it was too much money to get at the same time as a Radian, Nano QX, and the NQX’s big brother. So I got another DX6, and I’m really happy with it.

(Note: my old DX6 always failed to bind on the first try. I had to try again for it to work. This one binds perfectly.)

3. Blade Nano QX:

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I really enjoyed the first one that I had in 2013. It, as I said a previous post about how I got started in RC, broke in August-ish. Then, I got another. That was still going strong until a few months ago. Somehow, I managed to lose it. I guess I’ll find it once I fly the new one.

Anyway, the Nano QX is one of the best indoor quadcopters. I would have said it was the best, but then its big brother came along…

4. NEW Nano QX 3D:

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This thing is… AMAZING! I was flying so fast around me in the living room that I thought that my head might spin off from moving in circles to keep it in view. Everything else was blurry, and that was only in intermediate mode!

Even more impressive, the NQX 3D got five minutes forty seconds until LVC with the timer activating/deactivating when the throttle went above/below 25% with this flying! I have decided to try to make the timer start and stop at 10% throttle, leaving the timer at five minutes. Maybe I’ll change the timer to start/stop at 25% throttle and last for four minutes.

Conclusion:

Well, there’s the new fleet! I’m going to finally review what I haven’t reviewed soon.

This fleet actually has some type of structure so I don’t buy things left and right. The Radian is the plane that will be flown in high winds, the NQX is the standard house flyer, and the NQX 3D is the indoor pocket rocket! Oh, and the Champ that I’ve had since Christmas, well, I still think that everyone needs a Champ. Also, the Proto X that I’ve had for a while is my very, very, very small flyer.

Thanks for reading, and part 2 of last week’s post will be posted sometime on or before next Sunday the 1st. Then there’s Reader’s Opinion, and then more reviews.

NEW Spektrum Radios for 2015

Take a look at Horizon Hobby’s latest products, the new Spektrum DX7, which looks exactly like a seven channel version of the DX6 and the Spektrum DX18 Stealth Edition.

How many DX18 editions can they have? Version 1, QQ version, version 2, and one the stealth edition. Anyway, the color is darker and it looks more like the DX9 now. Also, it comes with a carrying case and neckstrap.

DX7: link

DX18: link

I think that I’m going to get the new DX7 to replace my broken DX6, but I don’t know if I can wait!

Also, the DX7S with receiver is now only $250 and the DX8 transmitter only is $250, so even if you don’t want the DX7, it definitely brought the price of the DX7S and DX8 down!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll get last Sunday’s post out at 5 AM this coming Sunday. Subscribe, comment, and enjoy the new products!

Are you planning on getting one of these new radios? Vote in the poll below!

New UM Planes and Quads for Christmas!

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I got some of what I predicted in last year’s last post for Christmas! Let me tell you about them…

1. Nano QX FPV

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I thought FPV would be fun. But I was wrong. It’s VERY fun! I never even felt like I was sitting on my couch. I was 5 feet in the air chasing family members and zooming through the house.

Expect a review in a month or so. It, ah, had an ‘issue’ with the camera… The lens fell off… So, I’ll have to get that worked out before the review.

2. Hobbyzone Champ

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I know. Again. Actually, I think that this is my fifth Champ, and, it still wears the crown of the best ultra micro plane I have flown so far.

You can visit my review here.

Conclusion

I had a great end of 2014, and I got the top RC planes on my wanted list! Even though I got the top wanted planes, my wanted list has actually gotten longer!

Now I want ANOTHER Nano QX FPV so people can race me, and fancy, expensive video goggles. Not to mention another FPV camera to put on a faithful Champ. Rest assured that I’ll get a review of these extra wanted things out to you if I get them.

As always, there’s a Reader’s Opinion next week. Until then, thanks for reading!

Is the Sport Cub S the new Champ? (Part 2)

Part two is on time.

Below, you will find my story regarding the Phantom SC S and its twin, the Tree SC S… And why I would name these two Sport Cubs those two incredibly strange names. Let the stories begin!

My first Sport Cub S was the Bind N Fly version (the version that doesn’t come with a transmitter). For the first couple of days that I owned my first BNF Sport Cub S (hereafter referred to as the SC S 1), I flew it in the street in front of my house. All went well until floats arrived.

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On my first day with floats, the SC S 1 flew into a tree because it didn’t have enough power, with the floats on, to go up and around the tree. When it got back, one float had come off of it. That prompted the first picture that I showed you in part 1. That picture was taken right after I got it back.

After that, I hot glued that float back on. I finally got the courage to try it again a few days later.

As I said in the Demise of the Sport Cub S post, the first SC S I bought had a small incident with water when I tried it again after I fixed the floats. Rather than tell you about it again, I am going to quote that post below. Here is what happened:

10 minutes ago, I was flying it with floats over the water behind my house. I had just mechanically trimmed in a little down elevator on the SC S, and it was going a little down. So, I landed it on the water.

I clicked in a little up trim on my DX6i and I tried to takeoff again. The left wing tipped a little into the water. The left aileron servo might have gotten wet. Because it was on the other end of the water, I had no choice but to attempt another takeoff.

It started to accelerate, but, no matter what I did, it would not leave the water’s surface. It then started to go around in circles. I slowed it down, stopped, and tried again.

Same result.

The SC S eventually got turned upside down. As I write this, it is still in the water, face down. I just looked out of the window, and I can’t see it.

You can read the full post here.

Well, I didn’t find it. As I said later in the Demise of the Sport Cub S post, I ordered a new one. This new one will, hereafter, be referred to as the SC S 2.
The new one had some issues…

Tree SC S:

On my FIRST FLIGHT with SC S 2, it went into a tree at the neighborhood park (small field surrounded by trees that has a park bench). THE VERY FIRST FLIGHT!!! It crashed into the tree about a week ago, but LAZY me is too lazy to see if it fell out of the tree… That’s why I call SC S 2 the Tree SC S.

The Phantom SC S

Three or four days ago, I found the SC S 1 in my driveway. It must have floated to the edge of the water behind my house, and someone found it and returned it to my house! Thank you to whoever brought it back! That’s why I call SC S 1 the Phantom SC S.

I said that I would call it the Phantom Cub if it got back and was working, but most of the metal parts are rusted and the propellor barely spins. I doubt that it would fly.

In Conclusion:

Well, that’s my personal Sport Cub S story. Hopefully, I will go up to the park and see if the Tree SC S is back on the ground… Hopefully, it is.

Thanks for reading part 2 of my Sport Cub S review, and I hope that you enjoyed both parts. Share, subscribe, and comment!

Part 1: link

Is the Sport Cub S the new Champ? (Part 1)

The promised Sport Cub S review is finally here.

Is the Hobbyzone Sport Cub S really the new Champ (click here to see my review on the Champ)? This question was really bugging me, so I preordered it in early September. On the 28th of September, it finally arrived, as I said in the Sport Cub S first look.

In this review I’ll be following the same format that I’ve tweaked a bit since my first review. Oh, and I’m going to include pictures.

Here’s the first pic:

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The poor SC S in a previous sad state. I’ll explain in part two…

Alright. Backstory time.

Backstory:

I have long wanted a 4 channel Champ. Floats and FPV are an added bonus for me. I have been wanting to get into floatplane flying since I have a large body of water behind my house, so the floats intrigued me. FPV did, too…

First Impressions:

In the box, the SC S looked just like a Champ that was painted blue (and had ailerons!). As I untaped the tape holding the Styrofoam plane holders in place, I noticed the battery in one of the battery slots in the Styrofoam and a USB charger in another battery slot. The plane was as nicely packaged as the Champ was.

The plane was a bit heavier than the Champ; it felt more solid than the Champ. As I mentioned in the Sport Cub S thread over at RCGroups (I’m John234), it was raining when the box came.

Assembly/ First Flight Preparation:

The SC S required NO assembly. I just had to plug the included 150 mAH E-Flite battery into the USB charger, plug the charger into a USB port (I used my iPad’s charging USB wall adapter), and wait about 15-20 minutes. Subsequent charges took about 20-30 minutes.

Takeoff:

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The SC S took off really well. It tracked perfectly straight. Hand launches with the Panic Button enabled (see my write-up about SAFE) kept the plane going straight as it left my hand. Hand launches were still uneventful with the Panic Button disabled.

Flying:

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In Beginner Mode, the flight was limited to small pitch/roll angles and had self leveling. This mode really worked well; self leveling is crisp and the pitch and roll angle limits were perfect, in my opinion, for a beginner. I flew my first flight in this.

After landing in Beginner Mode, I switched to Intermediate Mode, and I promptly took off again. Flying in Intermediate Mode was a perfect step up from Beginner Mode, yet it was a perfect intermediate step to Advanced Mode. There was no self-leveling in this mode, but there were still, though less restricted than in Beginner Mode, pitch and bank angle limits. I was able to fly around very well, but I could not get the plane in a bad attitude.

Advanced Mode removed all flight protection and self leveling from flight. I felt completely unrestricted. I am going to increase control throws to really see what the SC S can do in Advanced Mode soon.

Flight in all modes felt locked in and superb. AS3X, active in all modes, dampened the effect of the wind. In my opinion, though, the UMX Radian is still the most resistant to wind.

Landing:

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Landings were excellent. If you turn the Panic Button on at five feet or so in the air, you can easily make a great landing, HANDS OFF!!! Of course, you still need to manage the throttle, though. Nothing more to say on the landings.

Recommended timer settings if using a Spektrum computerized transmitter:

Dx6i transmitter:
Timer: 5 minutes

Any Other Spektrum Computerized Transmitter:
Timer: 5 minutes; start/stop at 10% throttle

The Specs:

Skill Level: Beginner

Wingspan: 24.3 inches

Length: 16.3 inches

Flying Weight: 2 oz

Full Specs Here

Equipment I Used:

1. Thunder Power TP103CQ-ACDC Charger (link)

2. Spektrum DX6i DSMX Transmitter Only (link)

Verdict:

This is a great all around plane. But, it doesn’t handle wind as well as I thought (my UMX Radian handles wind better) in my opinion.

Total Rating:

9/10

Thanks for reading! Part two will be here by next Sunday. Promise!

Please share and subscribe (you can subscribe to umFlight over in the sidebar, or you can subscribe to the RSS feed). I hope that you enjoyed the Sport Cub S review!

Edit (12-17-2014):
Visit Part 2! Link:link

I’m sorry I didn’t put the link in sooner (as soon as I posted part 2)!

New Product: Horizon Hobby/E-Flite UMX B-17G Flying Fortress BNF with AS3X Technology

I was just checking my email and I saw this beauty in my inbox. I’m temped to buy it… Just another thing to add to the want list. And, I have a perfect excuse to get it: for a review here, on umFlight!

Here’s the link: LINK

Enjoy. I am off to go watch the video again!