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Entries in Blade Helis (21)

Monday
Aug252014

Blade 200SRx Power Adjustment Video

If you own a Blade 200 SRx, you know that the power can sometimes be a bit... lacking. This was done to make the 200SRx an easy helicopter for the co-axial pilot to fly, but to those of us that are a bit more advanced in our flying skills, we want to increase the power for this fun little rotorhead.

Well, the guys over at Blade are right there with us, and have posted a nice video on how to up the motor power on the 200SRx, using two different radios: the stock radio that comes with the ready-to-Fly model, and a Spektrum DX9. In both cases, Blade Brand Manager Steve Petrotto shows us how to get these helis up to 200% power. Awesome!

The video is embedded after the break, for your viewing pleasure!

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Wednesday
Jan292014

Nürnberg 2014: New Blade 200QX BL Quadcopter

The Blade 350QX was a big hit when it came out towards the end of last year. I know that we sold more of them than even I thought we would. In the wake of that success, Blade has announced a new, smaller version: the Blade 200QX BL.

This new little quad has many of the same features as its big brother: SAFE technology, a slick looking design, and brushless motors. It does lack the SMART mode technologies that the 350QX features, so no GPS, altimeter, or compass, no position lock. But it does appear to allow for a camera to be mounted (I suspect the E-Flite 720P Camera is the camera intended for use). The 200QX BL also features a translucent frame, so the internal LEDs can be used for orientation ques.

The Blade 200QX BL will be only available as a Bind-N-Fly model, and will be selling for $229.99 when it comes out in the summer of 2014. Pre-orders are welcome!

Wednesday
Jan292014

Nürnberg 2014: New Blade 200SRx Fixed Pitch Heli

With the Blade 120SR looking a bit long in the tooth, the time had come long ago for a successor to that throne. And while I'm not entirely sure if the Blade 200SRx is that successor or if it's carving out its own little niche, it's certainly a great looking heli.

The Blade 200SRx is a flybarless helicopter outfitted with brushless main and tail motors for great fixed-pitch performance. It's also the first traditional helicopter (meaning not quadcopters) to be equipped with Horizon's SAFE technology, limiting the pitch and roll of the helicopter for beginners. It even had the panic button to bring the helicopter into a safe, level hovering position!

The Blade 200SRx will be coming out in both a Bind-N-Fly ($219.99) and Ready-to-Fly ($259.99) version. The RTF version is coming with a transmitter similar to the one used on the Blade SR, but with a cool new trim scheme. Both versions will be coming with a 3S 800mAh LiPo battery and AC/DC charger. Current ETA for the heli is Summer 2014. Pre-orders are welcome!

Thursday
Oct242013

New Blade 180QX HD w/ HD Camera!

With all the positive feedback we've gotten on the Blade 350QX, it's no surprise to see Horizon take the idea and run with it. The 350QX is already the most advanced quad-rotor camera platform on the market, and now Horizon has the mini market shored up too.

Introducing the new Blade 180QX HD. It's just under 12" square (about the size of the now-discontinued mQX). It uses the same 500mAh 1S LiPo batteries the mQX did, and now features SAFE technology, making the quad more stable than ever.

The best part is that the quadcopter comes with a high-definition 720p remotely operated camera!

The Blade 180QX HD is going to be available as either a Ready-to-Fly ($179.99) or Bind-N-Fly ($149.99), and both are expected to be available Mid-November. Pre-order now!

Friday
Sep202013

Blade 350 QX In Stock!

The Blade 350 QX is one of the hottest new products to come out in a long time. It was announced back in July, giving us plenty of time to antisipate the fun we'd have with it. Well, we don't have to wait any more! The Blade 350 QX has arrived in stock. We have 3 Ready-To-Fly models ($469.99) in stock at the time of this post. Bind-N-Fly models have already sold out, but we have more coming off of back order by the end of the month (hopefully).

For those not in the know, the Blade 350 QX is the first quadcopter to combine Horizon's fantastic SAFE technology with a frame capable of carrying a GoPro camera (the camera is not included) into the air. Coupled with the AS3X stabilization, this quad can take plenty of wind and stay on target. With features like Return to Home, SAFE Circle, and Smart Mode, the 350 QX is a great quad for anyone looking to start capturing video from the air. If aerial photography isn't your thing, the 350 QX still brings an unparalleled level of polish to the popular world of quadcopters.

Stop in and have us demo one for you soon! And check out the unboxing and startup video from Blade after the break!

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Wednesday
Jul102013

Blade 350QX Quad-Rotor Camera Platform Revealed

Many of our customers have come into the store looking for a "drone" platform; something that can have a camera attached to it, and be remotely piloted. Whether the desire stems from a search and rescue need (as some of our friends in law enforcement have asked about), to taking pictures of real estate, to just having fun with a camera, many of you have asked us about these platforms. Until now, there weren't any we could obtain - they were direct-to-consumer items only available on the Internet. Until now.

Blade has unveiled what may be their most successful product to date: the Blade 350QX. A firm release date isn't available yet - they're just saying "Fall 2013" - but I know these will be strong sellers, and even Horizon has said that they expect to sell out of pre-orders. So don't hesitate - pre-order yours today!

Details on the quadcopter and video after the break!

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Thursday
May232013

New Blade nQX Announced, Due Mid-June

Blade has been a bit behind in the super small quadcopter market. Heck, even Traxxas beat them to the punch, and HeliMax gapped the field with their immensely popular 1SQ. I even named the 1SQ as one of my "Hits of 2012". But the playing field is about to get evened out.

Today, Blade revealed their newest helicopter, the uber-tiny Blade nQX. It's about the same size as the 1SQ. But it has some cool tech inside. It features SAFE, the beginner-friendly technology, that helps prevent beginners from getting into unfortunate situations. It also has, as you can see in the picture, built-in blade protectors to prevent striking the propellers on the wall.

The Blade nQX comes with a 150mAh LiPo battery, USB charger, two canopies, and extra propellers. It will be avialable in Bind-N-Fly or Ready-to-Fly for $69.99 and $89.99, respectively. It's due out Mid-June. Pre-Order one now, because I suspect we'll be selling out of them quickly! Video is after the break.

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Tuesday
Apr092013

KBDD Blades Now In Stock!

As I mentioned in my Toledo Bus Trip 2013 Wrap Up, one of the things we did at the show is pick up a new line of products. We had originally met KBDD at the iHobby show in Cleveland, but we weren't sure at the time that we needed another line of helicopter blades. When we got back, we found that many of our customers already flew with KBDD blades. So we decided to take them on.

We now have blades for the blade mCPX, mCPX BL, Nano CPX, and the Blade 130X in both Neon Yellow and Pearl Blue. We also have matching tail rotors for those helicopters. And they are pretty reasonably priced: either the same or cheaper than Blade's offerings. We can special order for other helicopters too!

Friday
Feb012013

Blade CX4 Announced

Back in October of last year, I wrote an article about the 10 Things I Wanted to See at iHobby. In it, I asked for a Blade CX4. I didn't get on then. But now I have.

Horizon announced yesterday the true next helicopter in the CX line. On the specs front, there isn't a whole lot that is changed from the CX2. The blades are now rubber coated and pivot on the blade grips. The battery has increased from a 2S to a 3S LiPo. The biggest change is in how frickin' cool this new heli looks! I love the body design on this bird. Look for these to be shipping in about a month to all Horizon's dealers at a RTF price of $229.99.

Friday
Jan182013

Blade Heli Price Drops: 300X, mSRX, 130X

Horizon Hobby just announced new, lower pricing on a handful of their Blade Helicopters. First, the Blade 300X is now selling for $319.99, down from $379.99. Next, the Blade mSRX helicopters, both Bind-N-Fly and Ready-To-Fly, are selling for a paltry sum of $99.99. I'm guessing that these helicopters didn't light the world on fire sales-wise, and they are getting ready to be discontinued.

The final the heli to see a price cut is the Blade 130X. It's now selling for $249.99, down from $279.99. I'm not sure how to rationalize this price-drop; I always thought the 130X sold well. Time will tell, I suppose.

Thursday
Jan172013

Blade mCPX BL Announced

File this one in category "Why Won't They Let This Heli Die?". Horizon today announced the third iteration of the mCP X in under a year. Dubbed the mCP X BL, this new helicopter features brushless main and tail motors. It also has a brand new blade design (longer than the originals) and uses a 2S 200mAh LiPo instead of the 1S 200mAh it previously used. As a matter of fact, comparing images of the mCPX v2 and the new BL, I can't see anything that looks the same. Different blade grips, different landing skids, different (and cooler) canopy. The new heli will be shipping in about a month and runs $229.99. It's only available in Bind-N-Fly. Unless some customers surprise me with pre-orders, I think I'll take a wait and see on this one. Video after the break.

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Thursday
Sep062012

Nano-Size Your Flights with the New Blade Nano CP X

Blade went and did it again. Introducing the Blade Nano CP X collective-pitch helicopter. It weighs in at just over an ounce. Honestly, I can't see this being a huge winner - the 130X has been getting fantastic feedback and reviews, especially from our customers. I can't see this being necessary in a crowded market.

If you're a Nano-minded individual, however, you can pick up either the BNF version at $149.99 or the RTF version for $189.99 at the end of September.

Wednesday
Jul182012

Blade 300X Now In Stock

The Blade 300X BNF has arrived on the shelf. We currently have one on the shelf, and will special order more as needed.

The Blade 300X BNF appears to be a suitable successor to the Blade SR, which a Blade representative confirmed for me is being discontinued in the nearish future. It's a bit pricer, at $379.99, but with the BeastX flybarless stabilization on board, it will be worth the price.

Stop in and pick up for Blade 300X today

Sunday
Apr152012

Blade 130X Comin' At Ya in June

They say there are only two constants in life: death and taxes. I think we can add a third item to that list: a new Blade helicopter coming out every few months. Last week, Horizon announced the new Blade 130X collective-pitch helicopter. After seeing it at the Toledo Show, I am stoked for this to come out.

It features a brushless main motor, a shaft-driven tail with variable-pitch tail rotor, and a killer paint scheme. It's going to be available only in Bind-N-Fly mode, and will sell for $279.99. Look for this to hit shelves late June 2012.

Friday
Jan202012

Blade Scout Upper Blades Shipping Soon?

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UPDATE: Horizon Hobby has now told me that backorders of the Scout's upper blades are starting to ship. Recognizing how bad the situation was, Horizon decided that, instead of using the standard shipping method (literally by ship across the ocean), they needed to air freight them over from China.

This decision was an expensive one to make, but better to lose some margin on the blades than lose sales. Props to them for making the tough call. We should see some blades shipping in sometime in the next two weeks, depending on where we are on the backorder list.

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