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E-Flite mCX and DX-7

Old 12-13-2008, 05:04 PM
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I gotta try that......that sounds like it should work just fine.

I love my mCX but it just goes so slowly forward. It flies
pretty good backwards, though.
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Old 12-13-2008, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by rlski View Post
Love the heli, it's really fantastic. When I bought it at a local hobby shop some of the other customers suggested a small, not a large, paper clip in the nose. To make it easy to get to I just taped it to the bottom of the canopy. Boy did that make a difference. Now I have to be careful that it doesn't get a way from me.
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I gotta try that......that sounds like it should work just fine.

I love my mCX but it just goes so slowly forward. It flies
pretty good backwards, though.
Just remember, weighting the front of the heli will somewhat impair backwards flight.
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Old 12-19-2008, 03:48 PM
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Well, according to UPS tracking, my mCX will arrive today! Merry Christmas to me!

Rodney, maybe we can do some formation flying next month at the school.
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Old 12-19-2008, 03:58 PM
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Kev, you'll shoot your eye out!

Originally Posted by gfdengine204 View Post
Well, according to UPS tracking, my mCX will arrive today! Merry Christmas to me!

Rodney, maybe we can do some formation flying next month at the school.
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:10 PM
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Kev, you'll shoot your eye out!
Bob, you know very well AMA rules prohibit shooting of projectiles from aircraft.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:51 AM
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When I got home, some nice man had dropped off a brown box from a big Brown Truck. In that box were a Blade mCX and a PZ Vapor, both with my name on them!

They are now bound to my DX7 and ready to rock! Guess what I will be doing at work tomorrow.

So, how many folks have broken stuff on the mCX yet? It looks pretty resilient.....But I was curious what parts I should stock up on and have on hand. Voice of experience, speak to me please!
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:31 AM
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Build Review What Breaks - mCX

What breaks the most on the mCX:
  1. top blades
    • there's a little ball joint that snaps off
  2. flybar
    • after a lot of crashes it gives up
  3. inner shaft / flybar holder
    • same as the flybar
  4. canopy
    • just use a little clear tape to fix it
At least this is what broke on mine especially after I sped it up.

The flybar & inner shaft are on backorder from Horizon, I wonder why...?

FYI: the Vapor's rudder is not real strong. I repaired mine. The LHS stocks loads of these.

You can use the same charger for either battery. So if you have extra batteries and two chargers you fly more with fewer breaks.
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by caltrop View Post
What breaks the most on the mCX:
  1. top blades
    • there's a little ball joint that snaps off
  2. flybar
    • after a lot of crashes it gives up
  3. inner shaft / flybar holder
    • same as the flybar
  4. canopy
    • just use a little clear tape to fix it
At least this is what broke on mine especially after I sped it up.

The flybar & inner shaft are on backorder from Horizon, I wonder why...?

FYI: the Vapor's rudder is not real strong. I repaired mine. The LHS stocks loads of these.

You can use the same charger for either battery. So if you have extra batteries and two chargers you fly more with fewer breaks.
Thanks caltrop. That gives me an idea what I should stock a few of.

I have 5 of the 70mAh batts for my PZ Cessna (which STILL needs me to replace the motor/gearbox assembly.....), and 2 130mAh batts on the way, so I should be golden.

As for the Vapor rudder, how did it break and how did you repair it?

(p.s. looks like we will be in your neighborhood next weekend picking up a new puppy. We'll wave as we pass thru. )
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:07 AM
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Well, kids, I got my 2 130mAh batts today. $29.99 for both, shipped. (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=200285030514) I'll report on them after I get some flights on them.

Came home from work today, and flew for about 6-8 minutes in my living room. How awesome! Flying forward, a little backwards, some side to side, and some pirouettes! This is one awesome bird!

I AM curious about something; I see no provision for trimming similar to the CX2, where you adjust the screws (pots) to get the heli trimmed out. When I slowly advance my throttle, one blade starts a couple clicks before the other. Anyone know how to trim this out?

This really has me wanting to get the CF boom for my CX2 now......
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:48 AM
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I can see that one of these is going to have to go on my "to buy" list.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by firemanbill View Post
I can see that one of these is going to have to go on my "to buy" list.
Bill, check out www.toddsmodels.com. Got mine for $89, BNF.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:57 AM
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Originally Posted by gfdengine204 View Post
Bill, check out www.toddsmodels.com. Got mine for $89, BNF.
gonna have to be after Christmas... I just spent over $400 with Cox! Blew my hobby budget for a couple of months in one afternoon
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by gfdengine204 View Post
Thanks caltrop. That gives me an idea what I should stock a few of.

I have 5 of the 70mAh batts for my PZ Cessna (which STILL needs me to replace the motor/gearbox assembly.....), and 2 130mAh batts on the way, so I should be golden.

As for the Vapor rudder, how did it break and how did you repair it?

(p.s. looks like we will be in your neighborhood next weekend picking up a new puppy. We'll wave as we pass thru. )
Breaks right at the base where it hinges to the tail. A really small drill, a 1mm piece of carbon fiber, & some CA.

I drilled out the little washer/tube and ran some new carbon fiber through it and the tail and CA'd it all together. I used a medium to thick CA being careful not to make a solid rudder.

I did mine & my friends rudders. Both broke in the same place and have yet to break again since the repair. I've heard of people having trouble with the wings too. I think sometimes the carbon fiber might not be very good.
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Old 12-21-2008, 01:56 PM
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Do you have (or can you take) a pic or two to illustrate how this works for you?


I'm a very visual kinda guy; irritates my missus to no end.
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by gfdengine204 View Post
Do you have (or can you take) a pic or two to illustrate how this works for you?


I'm a very visual kinda guy; irritates my missus to no end.

See the post:
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...&postcount=174


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Old 12-25-2008, 06:05 AM
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thought you all might like to see some stuff I found for the mcx, like scale bodys, better landing gear, etc....
http://www.micro-flight.com/BLADE-MCX.htm







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Old 01-06-2009, 05:36 PM
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Hey Guys,
Chuck here from West Virginia,
My local hobby shop has a great new AC powered charger for the E-flite MCX batteries. I works great and he is selling them for $20 plus shipping or charger and spare battery for $30 plus shipping.
Thanks,
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by helichuck View Post
Hey Guys,
Chuck here from West Virginia,
My local hobby shop has a great new AC powered charger for the E-flite MCX batteries. I works great and he is selling them for $20 plus shipping or charger and spare battery for $30 plus shipping.
Thanks,
Chuck
Chuck,

Got a name of that hobby shop, and a web address or telephone number?
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Old 01-06-2009, 05:54 PM
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Yes, it is Fulton's Hobby Shop in Wheeling WV
304-233-5355

Tell him Chuck told you about it.

I can't post his email as I am too new a member here.

Chuck
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:43 AM
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Originally Posted by caltrop View Post
What breaks the most on the mCX:
  1. top blades
    • there's a little ball joint that snaps off
  2. flybar
    • after a lot of crashes it gives up
  3. inner shaft / flybar holder
    • same as the flybar
  4. canopy
    • just use a little clear tape to fix it
G'day from Oz

I'm using the mCX B 'n F with a DX6i with all the directional rates rates set to 125%, as suggested by Horizons or e-Flite, as I recall.
It flies well but, as noted in quote #1, I have had the flybar balljoint link to the upper rotor blade snap off when I was not quick enough shutting down after hitting the floor when I missed ... by that much!!! ... ... the landing pad on the coffee table!
Easy fix though, just swap the blades, as they're both identical, the other one comes with a ball joint too. E-Flite kindly supply a micro-x-head screw driver too ... very kind of them.
Now I only have to wait for a couple of days for a spare set of upper blades to arrive from my closest local supplier. No luck at my LHS.
Re quotes #2,#3 and #4 - All I can say to that is: Minimise your crashes caltrop ... just straighten up and fly right, mate ... , although to be fair, I also had to use some clear tape to fix a crack in my canopy too. ...
Y'know, come to think of it ... If E-Flite had used some slightly thicker material for the canopy, this extra very small added weight up front would probably fix the slow forward, and faster backwards tendency, which is apparently fairly common with the mCX, and at the same time strengthen it too. O'course that won't happen!
However, once again, the easiest fix to go quicker forward is just to add a 1/8" dia (or 3mm - 'cos we're metric in Oz ... ) blob of 'Blue-tack' on the underside of the nose, and compensate with some back trim.

Hope this added info helps.

Daffy ...

P.S. Can't wait for the new CX3 to arrive here, and despite the considerable additional cost, due to the rotten AU$ to US$ exch. rate, I'll still probably have to get one ... looks really good being semi-scale and all tarted up in it's 'Police' livery.
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