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Old 04-02-2011, 01:55 PM   #1
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Okay, so my interest in R/C heli's has gotten my future father-in-law involved in them too. He bought himself a CX3 and an mCX. He loves the little mCX and does well with it but his CX3...well he keeps breaking it. I've done some searching here inside this forum and it seems as if most people with this helicopter break a lot of blades so I'll pass that along to him. He's had the heli for about a week and has gone through 3 sets of blades now. This heli is a little on the big side to be flying inside around furniture and tables and since the rotor blades are in a fixed position I can understand why his blades are snapping off when he hits the edge of something.

Anyways, my question is can someone provide me with a link for a website that has some upgrades for this particular helicopter? Last night I was over at his house out in his garage watching him fly and he had a crash landing and his skids broke. So I think he needs some tougher parts than what comes stock from Eflite.

Are there any aluminum skid upgrades and carbon fiber blades out there for this bird? Also as much as I love the "look" of this helicopter it weighs a whole lot, are there ways to lighten it up some by doing some upgrades to it? I know he wants to take it outside and fly it when I fly my 120SR so if there are any outdoor mods he can do to it let me know too.

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Old 04-02-2011, 02:33 PM   #2
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If the skids are the same as the CX-2, I know that Boomtown Hobbies sells
a replacement that is indestructable. I've had a set for 5 years and they are
still going strong.

Helicopters don't really fly.......
They're just so ugly, that the earth repels them.
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:05 PM   #3
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Yeah, I wouldn't want aluminum skids. The energy has to go somewhere, If you're going to break something, I'd rather break cheap, easy to replace skids than the main frame of the helicopter.

As for the blades, similar proposition. If the blade doesn't break, you may break something in the hub.

Here's a site with a mod for folding blades, which should minimize if not eliminate blade breakage. http://www.flyrcrivesud.com/upgrade_parts11.html

Just do a Google search for cx3 parts, and there's a few sites out there. I haven't tried that mod on my CX2, but did get an aluminum swash-plate which seemed to make the controls more precise.

As for flying outside, I found my CX2 was only good for flying outside in zero wind conditions. Basically, when I got home from my 2nd shift job after midnight. I have a Squirrel body with scale nav lights, so it was fun. Think I got a few cars to turn down my street to see the UFO... Anyways, just like you mentioned, size is an issue. My MCX and MSR get much more flight time than my CX2. Good luck!
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Oh yeah, here's what looks like a lot of good tips:

http://www.rchelicopterfun.com/blade-cx3-tips.html

I bought his online book of tips for the MSR/SR120 and found it very helpfull and educational.
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thanks everyone, I'll pass this info along to him.
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Hi Chris
Good advice from all
Ive had a CX for 5 years only thing i added where heat sinks for the motors
I fly mine outdoors in up to 5 mph winds
Planing to upgrade her this year with some CNC parts
Was looking over the parts here
http://www.flyrcrivesud.com/
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Originally Posted by kenchiroalpha View Post
Hi Chris
Good advice from all
Ive had a CX for 5 years only thing i added where heat sinks for the motors
I fly mine outdoors in up to 5 mph winds
Planing to upgrade her this year with some CNC parts
Was looking over the parts here
http://www.flyrcrivesud.com/
Take care
Yours Hank
I can vouch for http://www.flyrcrivesud.com/ as I am a customer. When you buy the canopy and tail package, you get 2 canopys and I used 1 of them on my 120SR and it looks cool and flys well. I also purchased their "hard blades" & what you need to consider here is, if the blades don't break, where is the kinetic energy going to go? History w/me has always been the swashplate breaks. So I bought an aluminum swashplate and the harder blades, bought the navy body (Seahawk) for my CX3, and now I've got a heli that can take a puchin :-). SIDE QUESTION: for CX2&3 owners, does your anti spin thingy(don't know what to call it) keep breaking and you end up moving you helicopter to a whole new frame? Its the piece that the swashplate has to pook through. Just curious. I wish they made that a seperate part, but its part of the frame.
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Never broke mine, and while I haven't crashed it in a long time, I had some really bad crashes early on from pretty high up onto concrete, but only broke rotor blades.
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