Blade 450 3D, 450X Or Blade mCPx
450 vs 450X
The first thing you’ll notice between the 450 3D and the 450X is no flybar on the 450X.
E-Flites Blade 450 3D is a larger collective-pitch heli that has the capability of getting you into trouble that much faster. The Blade 450X is a flybarless version of the 450 3D. The mCPx has about 1/3 of the rotor size, is a lot lighter and can survive some lighter crashes and be back flying in no time.
The 450 3D gives you about 6 – 7 minutes flight time compared to about 4 – 5 mins. with the 2200 mAh battery on the Blade 450X. The 450X has the carbon fiber blades, is more powerful than the 450 3D and has the BeastX Flybarless system. Read more about the 450 X here.
E-Flites Blade mCPx flies much like the bigger CP helicopters, but has no flybar and fares very well when it comes to flying close to the ground. The ground affects from the mCPx are much less than the larger CP’s. You can find out more about the Blade mCP x here.
Learning to fly collective-pitch heli’s with an mCPx allows you to learn the basics of CP heli’s, but areobatics should be left to the larger, heavier and more powerful heli’s, such as the Blade 450 3D, unless you want to upgrade after becoming comfortable with the basics.
Upgrading the mCPx may be more cost-effective and easier to learn aerobatics than going and buying the 450, upgrading to a brushless motor and a more powerful tail rotor may get you to the next level of experience. The brushless motor has more power to finish a move with the mcp x better than the brushed motor, which may cause a crash on certain aerobatics due to the lack of power.
The mCPx also comes in the RTF (Ready-To-Fly) and BNF (Bind-N-Fly) version. That means if you already have a 6 Channel computerized radio with DSMX/2 technology, you can save money with the BNF version, about $40.00.
Blade mCPx with upgrade conversion kit
Watch this video of some amazing capabilities of the Blade 450 3D
So, for collective-pitch heli beginners? I would suggest the mCPx or the Blade 300 X.
Since this post, I have to include the Blade 130X for best blade rc helicopter for intermediate or I wouldn’t be giving a fair comparison. The 130X has the AS3X system and a shaft driven variable-pitch tail rotor. It has incredible tail hold due to the powerful brushless motor set-up in this micro CP heli.
It only comes in the Bind-N-Fly version so a radio and charger is needed. So if you’re looking for best intermediate rc helicopter, you can find it HERE