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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

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Blade 230 S V2 R/C Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System

Blade 230 S V2 R/C Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System - Airplanes and Rockets

This video shows my Blade 230 S V2 R/C helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C system. Even after more than 100 flights it is still in excellent condition and flies perfectly. The helicopter has never had a crack-up and has always been flown with the training gear, so the even the rotor blades are excellent. Prior to getting this, my last helicopter was the original Blade CP, back around 2005. I was able to fly it a bit, but the heli was nowhere near as stable and easy to fly as the Blade 23S V2.

For the money, it is an excellent investment for a beginner helicopter and high quality radio.  Rumor has it their is a new version of the Blade 230 S coming out in 2022.

This is what I have into it thus far. Of course the price will likely go up eventually.

Here is a short demo flight of my Blade 230 S V2 R/C helicopter, with a Spektrum DX6 G3 radio system (apologies for the background noise). I have been flying it mostly in my basement and back yard since last August (2020). I've taken it out to a local park a few times to be able to really open 'er up and see how fast she'll go. I'm not good at estimating speeds, but easily 40-50 mph, and that's with the draggy training gear attached.

Helicopter

Blade 230 S V2 BNF Basic with SAFE ($229.99), two 11.1 V 800 mAh 3S 30C LiPo batteries ($13.99 each = $27.98), Tail Rotors (set of 3, never used, $5.99). Total New = $263.96.

Radio

This is the newest version (G3) of the Spektrum DX6 transmitter ($259.99), and it comes with the never-used AR6600T telemetry receiver ($69.99) and the SPMA9602 2,000 mAh LiPo battery ($34.99). Total New = $364.97.

Total Cost to Buy New = $628.93

Note: A standard wall-wart style 12 V DC charger supply (not included) is required for the Tx battery.

This helicopter is definitely a good trainer, and even a good first heli. I owned and flew two of the early Blade CP helicopters (the yellow ones with a brushed motor) back in the early 2000s. I had enough success to be able to honestly claim to be able to fly a helicopter, but nothing to brag about. This Blade 230 S V2 is extremely stable and seemingly perfectly balanced from the factory. It will hover in place hands-off for at least 10 seconds with no wind. Flight times with the 3S 800 mAh LiPo is around 8-1/2 minutes (charged at 0.5 A). I have not attempted any aerobatics, and fly in the Stability mode (per the transmitter program downloaded from Blade).

If you're looking for a great entry-level helicopter, I definitely recommend the Blade 230 S V2. Click on the thumbnails below for details.

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

 

 

 

 

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

 

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

 

Blade 230 S V2 R/c Helicopter and Spektrum DX6 G3 R/C System  - Airplanes and Rockets

 

Training Gear Construction

The training gear is made from a hollow 1 meter long, 4 mm carbon fiber rod cut in half and bound in the middle with fishing line. Thin CA glue was soaked into the line. 1.5" plastic whiffle balls have a hole drilled in one side to clear the rod, and then a small screw and washer hold it into the rod after it passes through the ball. Also, I added a thick piece of plastic tubing on the lower rod where the helicopter skids contact it to bring it up to the same level as the top rod. the Blade 230 S frame will not tolerate any twisting from uneven rods (it will vibrate terribly). Twist ties hold the skids to the training gear.

 

 

Posted May 15, 2021

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