Blade 450X

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Gary Townsend

Helicopter

Blade

Blade 450X

4 flights, 0.30 hours flying time, 0 crashes

118 flights, 9.61 hours flying time, 1 crashes

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Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:20
Leicester Model Aero Club
1 flights
My first session at this club in over two years maybe, doesn't seem that long ago though.

I also had three flights on my CAP 232 today which was fun too.

Overall a very nice day out and some okay flying from me, but too basic really, and not feeling very confident for most of the session. Need to get out more and practice more.

During my last flight my dad shouted out that I had to stand behind the new fence LOL. Strange because I thought I'd been standing near to the far edge of the mowed grass 'D' (situated in front of this new fence) previously, but perhaps not, my memory fails me :)

Anyway about this new fence and the rule that comes with it, which I've been told came into play a few months ago. It's about waist height and runs along the flight line. The old tall netted fence behind the pilots is still there of course to protect everything behind the pilots, but this new short fence is supposed to protect the pilots toes and ankles from being chopped in the unfortunate event that somebody taxis their plane towards the flight line and fails to stop. There might be other reasons too, but I'm not sure yet.

I was quite surprised to find myself distracted by this new short fence, although I'm sure I'll get used to it after a few more flights. I think it was simply my peripheral vision that wasn't used to seeing a boundary immediately in front of me, which if I wasn't so short (5' 5") would have been less noticeable.

The weather was really nice with the wind a little strong at first but dying down later, especially during the last 1/3 of the session.
Sat, 10 Jun 2017 08:45
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
A bit too windy for the 450X and 360 CFX. The Logo flew quite nicely though. It was just nice to be outside and chat with some of the lads.
Sat, 20 May 2017 08:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
2 flights
1st session in over a year but I can still fly 😃

The 450X what can I say, the same good little heli which is always a joy to fly. I flew this 1st just to warm up.

The Blade 360 CFX has loads of power, almost no bogging in tight tic tocs, and overall a great Maiden flight. Silly me, I forgot to Velcro the batteries before I left out, but thankfully Phil had a small piece which I used on one of my packs. It feels like almost double the power of the 450X when you bang the collective, very nice indeed and I'm very happy with it. I wasn't going to mention it but it's true that Horizon provide the same 2 blade foam support that pegs onto the boom as you get with the 450X, proper stupid considering this is a three bladed heli. Anyway I'm simply supporting the middle blade (when they're all folded back) out of the 3 by using one of the slots in the support, and then using a Mikado battery strap to gently tie them all together which actually works very well.

I finished with two flights on the Logo which was super smooth as always, which for that reason probably makes it my favourite, at least for now. I just changed the swash after noticing the last time I landed (spring last year) that the middle section was coming away from the outer swash body. Anyway all is good, but even though the old swash looked pretty dodgy I honestly couldn't tell any difference, it just flies great.

Next the rain came so we all packed up. Overall a very nice morning.
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 07:55
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
Awesome! and I'm totally delighted with todays flying. My 1st proper session flying for many months, and I managed to reach quite good form considering. It was a little windy, but at times the wind almost dropped completely. Richard suggested I try a pirouetting loop during my last flight, which I managed to pull off, and one of them was even reasonably okay for my 1st attempts.

Moves flown: Rolling circuits, reverse piro flipping, 8 point tic-tocs, piro rainbows, piro half loops, piro full loops, and elevator pole dancers. Okay fair enough, at least half my efforts were very limited and in need of massive amounts of practice, but most of it was recognisable :)

I haven't seen Richard fly in many months either, and I have to say it, watching him fly his 700 has inspired me all over again. The power and blade noise from that machine is tremendous, even without turning the headspeed up to a very high RPM. Best move I saw him do was I think, a pirouetting tic-toc loop, left rudder, anti clockwise loop. Extremely well flown, which I scored him 9 out of 10 for, 8 at the lowest if I'm being mean.

The sun was out all day, a little chilly for the 1st hour or two, but overall very nice weather to be outside in.

See you next time, and I feel after today, I'm more back on track than I could have hoped for.
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:45
Central Model Helicopter Club
4 flights
Great to be back flying and overall it was a great session. My last flight was 13 weeks ago today.

I've given up on the BeastX used by my 450X as today it was behaving very unusual indeed and very inconsistent. It was only initialising every other time, and during the times it failed all the servos twitched quite a bit. That wasn't really the problem though, as it was the following two issues occurring during flight which made it difficult.

1) An aggressive drift/tilt to the right during hovering (happened for approximately half the flights)

2) From take-off the cyclic gain felt like it had been turned down to minimum. Again not every flight. When it was okay-ish, then after piro flipping and levelling out, the weird low gain feeling seemed to kick in for a few seconds.

Anyway then for its final flight of the day I decided to demonstrate its behaviour to Neale and it didn't drift at all. Amazingly it seemed reasonably locked in for most of the flight, but the super low gain feeling still kicked in a few times lasting for a couple of seconds. Most bizarre.

Since I'll have 3 spare VBars after fitting my Skookums (no I haven’t fitted one yet) I've decided to put one on the 450X, and so I've given away the BeastX making it quite clear that I'm not happy with it, and that it's most likely a cold weather issue, just to make him aware.

The Logo was an absolute dream to fly. Extremely smooth, solid, and perfectly consistent like always (like my Trex 550E is too).

My flying was as I expected it to be, a bit rusty, but even so I was feeling unexpectedly confident, more so than my flying revealed.

Very low wind, nice and sunny, six of us flying in total, so a very happy session overall.
Sat, 10 Oct 2015 07:25
Central Model Helicopter Club
5 flights
I left home at sunrise to go flying at CMHC, and on the way there as I was travelling down the M1 I kept driving through pockets of fog, then clear, then more fog. When I arrived at the field, upon driving through the entrance it was clear straight in front of me, but very foggy over to the left down at the bonfire point where we fly. I was half way through my first flight when Mark arrived, which is when the talking began!

I had nine flights in total and I was pleased with all of them, partly due to the fact that I was concentrating quite well. I had quite a few attempts at doing some pirouetting half loops and managed my best ones yet, so I'm really pleased with those. Me and Neale got to see Richard practicing his rolling flipping circuits which was interesting (coming along very nicely too), a manoeuvre he tells me could be good to include when competing ;)

There were nine cars at the club today and about as many pilots joining in with the flying, which was really nice to see, we were even queuing at times waiting for our turn.

Mark Devoto passed the practical part of his A Test today with Adrian as examiner, so a very well done to him, and I’m sure he’s very chuffed with his achievement, nice one :)

I still need to get my Skookum FBL and GPS2 units on my helis. I think I’ll try them on my Logo 550sx first, and then perhaps on the Goblin 700. My third set will perhaps end up on the Trex 550e, but then again I might have bought one too many combos as I’m not sure now if I want to convert all three of my large helis from VBar.

So overall a great day at the field, lots and lots of flying, plenty of people to talk to, nice weather once the fog cleared, and a nice ham and cheese mid-morning sandwich to keep me going.
Sat, 3 Oct 2015 08:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
5 flights
A very nice session indeed. I felt quite pleased with most of my flights which were all very enjoyable, and the company was great too. Ben that (who, whom, not quite sure) used to fly at LMAC visited us today and had a fly as a guest, which was nice to see. The weather was quite nice, not all that bright, but very low wind which I like a lot.

Clearly today I had the best workbench out of everybody there. Mine is a wallpaper table which spans 560mm x 1780mm, and can easily support two 550s at a slight angle without the tail dropping off the edge, unlike some of the other benches I saw today :)

See you all next time.
Sat, 22 Aug 2015 07:10
Central Model Helicopter Club
2 flights
A very nice session. My flying not really as good as last week, but was okay I suppose. Amazing weather again and low wind until about the last hour and a half during which it had picked up a bit, but still quite nice. I have the dominator setup to fly about as nice as the 450x so that'll now be spending more time in the air.

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
3 flights
An excellent session. I had quite a few good flights which I was very pleased with, and even just managed to start trying the piro half-loop. My control on piro flipping has improved, and my rolling circuits are turning out reasonable sometimes. I found flying the 450x in this low wind about as controllable as the 550, and so I'm really liking these two models at the moment. My best rolling circuits today were actually on the 450x which has proved itself many times to be a fantastic little heli.

I've been having an overheating issue with my Jive 100LV after flights with high head speeds (such as 2530rpm) which include lots of tic-tocs or other aggressive collective moves. It turns out that when flying at 2350rpm it's much better. Also during my last flight (just a hover really) the governor seemed to stop working and just gave me 100 percent throttle regardless of the throttle input from the transmitter (once above the minimum required to start spinning). I unplugged the battery and reinitialised the system but it was the same. After arriving back home I removed the blades and tested again but it was still the same. Next I did a mode 1 reset and that seems to have resolved the issue.
Sat, 8 Aug 2015 07:05
Central Model Helicopter Club
3 flights
The weather was perfect, sunny, warm, but not too warm, and no wind. The flight line was busy pretty much nonstop which was nice to see as always. My Jive 100LV on my Trex 550E keeps overheating and I can't understand why. It has the heat-sink on it but it's still getting very hot. I tried the esc in KSA mode (mode 10) to see if that would make a difference, but it didn't. My next step was going to be to try a little fan as Richard was explaining about the airflow and how a fan would be a good idea, but first I think I'll rob Clare's Jive 100LV from her Goblin 570 and try that, just to make sure mine isn't slightly faulty. Anyway overall a very pleasant day, and I probably enjoyed flying the 450X today as much as flying the 550, which I guess is due to the low wind we had making it handle beautifully :)
Sat, 11 Jul 2015 07:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
Another great session with loads there doing lots of flying and chatting away.

I'm loving my Trex at the moment, and started the very beginnings of pushing my field flying (of that model) to be more like my sim, but I have a long way to go and it's great fun trying :)

Now then, and this is ridiculous. For about a year I've always felt there's something fundamentally different between my Trex 550E and Logo 550sx, that being my Trex has always felt far less agile. Last night I decided to check my transmitter settings, and discovered I've been flying that model for about a year (not many flights during this period though) with 38% expo for the cyclic. I had a friend do some test flying about a year ago at which time he added expo, but I either didn't realise he'd set it, or I'd forgotten. So then I've changed it to now have zero expo like I do on all my models, and it's like a different heli, in fact I had to turn my agility slider down on the VBar from 120 to 100, as it was a little too sensitive, but I might increase it to 105 or 110 next time as it's so much nicer to fly now.

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 12:30
Leicester Model Aero Club
3 flights
First session at LMAC this year. Mostly spent time talking a lot. Had a lovely time, and had 3 flights of the 450x since for one reason or another my 550s and 700 aren't flyable at the moment. I had a horrible fire incident with the Goblin 700 this morning. Below is a copy of my Facebook post. I'm off to the pub to get drunk :)

I can't work out how to get the album link working, so here it is for you to copy manually: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157651213184426/

I had a fire this morning. Unbelievably shocking. I'd removed the blades from my Goblin 700 to set-up the auto-bailout correctly. Anyway a few minutes after everything was plugged in, it all went horribly wrong. It appears my Ultra-Guard device lost its ability to govern the charging of its 2 cell lipo, and overcharged to the point of first splitting open, and then seconds later bursting into flames, filling the room full of fumes. I put the fire out and opened the windows. In the minutes leading up to the incident I'd just for a second or two suspected a very faint electrical smell, but I wasn't sure, and the scary thing was my face was literally right up against where the VBar and Ultra-Guard were mounted having a good look. Thankfully I've got away with zero injury, but it could have been unthinkable. When it flamed up I shot backwards and accidentally stepped on my nearly brand-new Trex 550 canopy crushing it. Total cost damage about £600 unless I salvage/redo what's left of the servo leads, but I probably won't want to do that. Please feel welcome to like this post, after all I've spent a bit of time taking some decent photos smile emoticon I'll be contacting Optipower to let them know. Also it's difficult for me at the moment to consider using another Ultra-Guard when I repair it, but I know they've sold thousands and they're used worldwide, so I've probably just been extremely unlucky, but at twice the cost of a typical crash, and considering it was supposed to make the heli more safe, I haven't decided yet:
Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:30
Whitwick Flying Field
8 flights
For the first time I played around with all the parameter settings and the three dial settings on the BeastX. Mostly it turned out the default parameter settings were close to where I've left them. The default dial settings being in the middle were also close to where I've left them. The most profound changes happened when adjusting dial 1 – swashplate cyclic gain, and dial 3 – tail dynamic. Turning dial 1 down to minimum made the heli extremely unresponsive and inaccurate, whilst turning it up past midpoint seemed to make a small difference, but the only thing I noticed was a jerking feel, so I'll have another test of dial 1 some other time. Dial 3 was nice to play with, as nothing scary happened. Turning it down simply made the tail accelerate slowly, and it felt soft and slightly sloppy. Turning it up made an equally significant difference causing the tail acceleration to increase, and the tail to stop faster, which I liked, so I've left it slightly above midpoint. It was very windy, so I need to have another play around, but overall it was quite interesting. There always seemed to be a small amount of tail bounce-back whatever the settings were, but nothing that bothers me. I didn't manage to identify the cause of one particular characteristic being a sudden jerking motion during piro flipping when the tail exceeds a certain speed, it's not major, but quite noticeable when it happens, but I'm confident with further testing in lower winds I'll be able to discover which settings have the most influence on this. I spent all 8 flights tinkering, so I never used the mitt, and my hands were very cold, and for some reason my right big toe was slightly numb after standing there for 1 hour 40 minutes.
Sun, 15 Feb 2015 08:00
Central Model Helicopter Club
1 flights
Started off quite foggy, then got very foggy, and then cleared towards the end of the session. Overall very enjoyable, feeling comfortable, but my tick-tocks today were diabolical. Halfway through my 450 flight one of the links from the swash to the blades came off (never to be found) and it went crazy and dropped to the floor, but I easily had time to hit throttle hold so the only real damage was my old canopy now needs replacing. It was great to see Richard, Neale, and Mark. Richard's tick-tocking circuits, tight continuous pirouettes, rolling loops, and some rainbow move transitioning halfway through, all looked very well flown, impressive. I only wish I’d had more packs and more time, as I missed seeing Neale's 700 fly, and was really in the mood to stay and fly some more. So a really great day :)
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:10
Whitwick Flying Field
5 flights
A very enjoyable session. It was pretty windy (the 450x didn't like it) and I found it quite difficult during the gusty spells (slightly windier than forecast at times), feeling limited in what I could practice, but it was still great fun. I did some of my best 4 (getting to be 8ish) point tick tocks so far. Unfortunately I messed around with the camera settings today and made a mess of it, so no decent footage recorded, which I'm disappointed about, but I think I've sussed it now.
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:15
Whitwick Flying Field
3 flights
My first recording session with the GoPro. It was a little foggy, but perfectly okay to fly, and I've managed to remove most of the fog using the camera software. Not my best session recently, but okay. I've selected some of my favourite clips from today's flights for the video. There are two crashes of the Blade 130X, and the one at the end is replayed in slow motion. My piro flipping is getting a little lower, but still needs a lot of work to make it look neat.

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 08:35
Whitwick Flying Field
5 flights
I've mounted my S4 Mini onto the front of my baseball cap and made my first few recordings. I got used to it quite quickly and was pleasantly surprised to find it only takes minimum effort to make minor head movement adjustments to get the framing reasonable. The 550sx video is a better quality than the 450x which has quite a bit of blurring. Overall I'm very pleased with the results for a first effort. I'm considering buying a GoPro and the head strap plus baseball cap mountings, but I just need to convince myself that the quality will be significantly better and more consistent than my phone. As for flying today, it was great fun. My continuous spinning piro flipping is getting much better (especially on the 550sx being much easier to do it on than the 450x). I just need to be brave and try it closer to the ground. It was extremely cold on the hands in-between flights when messing around with the phone camera, but that's my only complaint.



Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:50
Whitwick Flying Field
6 flights
A quick 40 minute session at my local field. I was seriously jammy with the weather today. Clear blue sky for nearly the whole 40 minutes, then it clouded over and started raining just after I got into the car. I did lots of my usual stuff, and without question my best ever continuous piro flipping, so overall a magical session for me :)
Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:10
Whitwick Flying Field
1 flights
It was a nice flight (-3 degrees though). Nice to see Ewan and Mark, but very lonely after they left.
Sun, 9 Nov 2014 09:10
Leicester Model Aero Club
6 flights
Might have been a 6 star but it only goes up to 5 :) This was one of my favourite sessions (at least joint 2nd) this year. My aileron tick-tocks were getting quite good, far better than I've ever done before, and I was able to make rudder and elevator corrections to keep them half neat, which felt nice. Besides the tick-tocks it was lots of what I usually like to do. I felt very on form today even though I've not been flying very much recently. No doubt the low winds helped a lot, and perhaps all the iron in last night's 18oz steak (which I polished off for breakfast this morning) helped nourish my concentration today :) Richard was there flying excellent as always, and he's even starting to get good at 3D stuff with his planes now.
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:05
Central Model Helicopter Club
4 flights
A nice session with lots of people turning up. It wasn't too windy for the first hour or so, but it started to pick up quite a lot as the morning went on. Mostly I just started to get a good feel for the Logo after not flying it for a few weeks, and had a few nice flights with the 450x as well. It was quite cold, and Richard kept insisting that I use his Transmitter Glove/Mitt as I forgot my gloves.
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:25
Whitwick Flying Field
8 flights
If it was less windy it would have been an easy 4 star, but even so, this was the first session I've had at my local field in months, which I really enjoyed. I tried inverted piro funnels both ways (very briefly though because of the wind), nose down blades in tick-tocks, general forward and inverted flight, and lots of upright backward figure eights. Overall a good session but I was restricted by the quite strong and very gusty wind. I timed it today, and It took me exactly one hour to have my eight flights.
Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:30
Central Model Helicopter Club
5 flights
Started early at 7:30am and struggled slightly with visibility, which got pretty good by 8:30am. For the following 2 & 1/2 hours the weather was absolutely amazing, with virtually no wind and a beautiful sunny sky. Me, Richard and Chris were flying today. I've almost got to grips with my new 'backwards upright transitioning to forwards inverted' move described in my last session. Also for a very brief moment I managed 2 to 3 transitions of continuous piro flipping quite high up, which I'm not bad at on the sim, but at the field somehow I need to synchronize my mind with the sim. So overall a very nice session.
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:45
Central Model Helicopter Club
4 flights
A very enjoyable and relaxing session flying with Richard, Mark and the rest of the crew. Tried a new move today on the 450x, which was anticlockwise circuits, starting with backwards upright, transitioning into forwards inverted by doing a simple nose down elevator half flip. Although I can fly backwards and inverted circuits reasonably well, I'm finding transitioning in this manner a challenge, but feel after a few more decent sessions I'll be okay with it, hopefully.
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:00
Leicester Model Aero Club
5 flights
1st flight I was feeling extremely uncomfortable (I considered calling it a day) after a very bad nights sleep. By my 3rd flight I was amazed how much more focused I was feeling. Then the following 6 flights went pretty well, practicing funnels and general inverted in a medium strength wind. About half way into my last flight with the 450x the motor almost completely ceased up, with both bearings having broken apart, but I landed okay though.
Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:45
Leicester Model Aero Club
1 flights
A beautiful day with very low wind and a nice amount of sunshine. I felt the most confident in ages and did quite a few half decent tail down and nose down belly in funnels, as well as some inverted loops, no doubt the low wind helped loads. In addition to my 5 flights I buddied Clare twice and my Dad once. No crashes today.
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:30
Leicester Model Aero Club
2 flights
During the second flight of my 550sx I found the nerve to try the tail down belly in funnels I've been practicing on the sim, although not very well formed which wasn't helped by the wind. Then I met Kev another heli pilot who was slinging his Blade 300 around. I felt encouraged to have ago on my 450x so I gave it a go, and I was able to manage some more tail down funnels, again not very well formed. Then the wind went crazy and it hammered it down.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00
Leicester Model Aero Club
1 flights
Nice to be at Gumley in the evening for a change. A very chilled out atmosphere and great company. The sun was becoming an obstacle, but walking out onto the patch and turning around helped a lot.
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 09:30
Leicester Model Aero Club
3 flights
A great days flying at Gumley. Very windy but still lots of fun. I Started out with a warm up flight and some hover practice on the 450x with JP instructing, and then got back to practicing a few moves I've been doing on the Sim, struggling with the wind though. Clare had 3 flights on the 450x as well, and did pretty good considering the wind.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:30
Whitwick Flying Field
5 flights
My 2nd broken 450x is all mended and flying nicely as is the 1st one mended a couple of weeks ago. This one has newly fitted Savox servos on the cyclic and the tail, and today was it's 1st flight since being rebuilt. Also it has the Polaris BEC fitted as I experienced very weird behaviour when trying to get the new servos working off the stock ESC's BEC. Anyway it's all good so I'm very happy with it. The weather was good being a sunny interval within a showery day, and very low wind.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:00
Whitwick Flying Field
6 flights
A very nice 6 flights. Very Sunny and virtually no wind at all.

The date of this session could be off by a day or two.
Sun, 6 Jul 2014 00:00
Whitwick Flying Field
8 flights
A sad day. Tried doing continuous spinning piro flipping, and on flight 5 I crashed one of my 450X helis, but not too bad with only very minor damage. That didn't stop me trying again with my second 450X which went in hard in an upright position with negative collective during flight 8, shattering the main frame, bending the boom, stripping the gears, braking the boom supports and fins, etc. But amazingly the blades didn't break.

The weather was quite cloudy with quite a bit of wind.

The date for this session could be slightly off.


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