Blade mSRx Flybarless – Any Good?
The Blade mSRx is the first step if you plan on getting into single-rotor, collective-pitch helicopters. This hobby grade fixed-pitch helicopter can teach you many of the skills needed to fly your first collective-pitch helicopter.
The Blade mSR X is a flybarless version and a step up from the mSR, with some of the same features and quality as the mSR, it changes with an upgrade of speed and performance and no flybar. With the new motor and rotor blade design, it is responsive enough but maintains stability as well.
It can fly faster than the mSR and is not intended for your first helicopter. This hobby grade single rotor micro helicopter is only “almost” as stable as a micro coaxial helicopter and should be treated as such. If you want to learn more about which helicopter to begin with depending on your level of skill, find The Best RC Helicopter here.
It comes in an RTF (Ready-To-Fly) version and a BNF (Bind-N-Fly) version. There’s some advantages to adding a computerized radio to it. The included radio with the RTF version is definitely adequate for the Blade mSRX, but may not be tame enough for a beginner pilot. Binding your own radio (with DSM2/DSMX) technology will help it be more beginner friendly. The BNF version comes with everything as the RTF version except transmitter, battery and battery charger.
Hint: If you already have a Transmitter, opt for the Blade mSRX RTF version ($30.00 difference) anyway. You can’t get a battery and charger for that and will make your life a lot easier. It may also be a good idea to have more than 1 battery so you can keep flying while others are charging and an extra set of blade grips and a Main Blade Set. The Blade Grips are only a few bucks a pop and you won’t need to wait for shipping if you need them. You can get extra batteries Here.
Tail hold is another improvement on the Blade mSR X, with a separate tail motor for the tail rotor and is the best of any stock motorized tail helicopter I can think of. The mSRx is definitely worthy of flying outdoors in very light winds, only when the winds pick up can you tell the micro mSR x gets a little unstable.
The main rotor blades are different too, using a more conventional shape (picture on right) than the blades used on the flybar version (far left). This produces movement in the swashplate that is more friendly to the beginner pilot.
It comes equipped with a 4-in-1 DSM2 receiver, ESC, two swash servos, and the AS3X 3 axis MEMS gyro. The linear servos used in the mSRx are similar to the ones used in the mCPX in that they have bearings instead of bushings.
- Type: Electric micro single rotor fixed pitch RC helicopter with electronic flybarless stabilization (AS3X System)
- Main Rotor Diameter: 7.13 in
- Main Motor Type: Coreless
- Tail Rotor Diameter: 1.46 in
- Tail Rotor Type: Coreless Motor Driven
- Length: 7.44 in
- Weight: 1.09 oz
- Flight Battery: 1S(3.7V) 150mAh 25C LiPo
- Flying Environment: Indoor/Outdoor (calm conditions)
If you’re considering a single-rotor, collective-pitch helicopter and don’t have the experience to jump into collective-pitch, then it’s definitely worth considering the mSRX, and even better if you already have your own radio with DSM2/DSMX compatibility. Add a set of Training Gear and you’ll definitely be on your way to collective-pitch helis.
Watch the video of the mSR X.