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…

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!

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!

 

umFlight First Look: Hobbyzone Sport Cub S BNF

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I just received a Hobbyzone Sport Cub S BNF on Monday! The plane was neatly packaged. The battery and USB charger were in foam slots, and the SC S was packaged in foam. The new plane felt heavy and solid compared to the Champ. It was easy to setup on the DX6i, and then I was flying!

SAFE worked like a dream. But, it seems that there is no self leveling in intermediate mode like there is on quads equipped with SAFE. The Panic button… Well, it was just plane (pardon the pun) AMAZING! It self leveled the plane no matter what and I could even activate the Panic button and land. This could be good for teaching newbies (and me) all about how, on landing, they should use up/down throttle to change altitude, NOT up/down elevator.

Stay tuned for a full review very soon. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you on Sunday! Comment, share, and enjoy!

Who’s buying E-Flite’s NEW UMX Spacewalker

It doesn’t have AS3X. It’s small. It’s light. But, I’m planning on getting and reviewing it sometime soon. Are you going to buy it, or are you going to pass on this one?

I’ve included a poll, so vote in the poll and/or leave a comment!