This fun and informative 51 page e-guide will help you understand what makes the Blade mSR tick. Also includes tips for the new Blade 120SR as well!
It gives you all the information needed in a clear and concise way to get the most out of the Blade mSR RC helicopter while saving time, money, and frustration.
This e-guide contains over 60 actual photos to help you out along the way with the many tips, procedures, and examples.
The main goal of this e-guide is to help you understand what makes the mSR tick and give you all the information needed in a clear & concise way; along with over 60 actual photos demonstrating the many tips to get the most out of your mSR. Whether you already own a mSR, or are thinking of getting one; this 51 page e-guide will help answer many of the common and not so common questions. Some of the material is more advanced as are the procedures; there are also many basic tips to help out the very first time RC heli pilot brand new to the mSR
Excerpts Taken From The E-guide...
Chapter 1 - Introduction:
I more then often disagree with manufacturer’s claims when it comes to “recommendations” for beginner, intermediate or advanced RC heli enthusiast. That is pure hog wash in my opinion as it depends more on the individual than the helicopter at what level you can start with. Lots of people for example start with complex collective pitch birds and do so with great success because they did their homework. They understand it will take a long time to learn how to fly and know the importance of a good flight training program – methodical and logical.
That said, I do agree the mSR is the perfect stepping stone if you are intimidated by starting out with single rotor collective pitch right off the bat. The mSR will teach you as much about yourself as it will about RC helicopters – perhaps more. With the right settings, it will certainly be able to hone your skills that are transferable to single rotor collective pitch if and when you want to take that next fun step.
Chapter 2 - mSR Tail Rotor Motor Protection (TRMP):
If there is one absolute weakness on the Blade mSR, it is the fine exposed wiring that exits out the hollow tail boom to the tiny coreless tail motor. If you are flying in a carpeted room with only soft hazards such as pillows and a big comfy couch, the chances of doing damage to your tail motor wiring is slim. If on the other hand, you are flying in the garage, gym, outside, or any place where the tail motor could come into contact with a less than soft surface, your very first “to do” item is to protect the tail motor with this 30 second fix.
Chapter 3 - Adjusting mSR Blade Tracking:
“Seriously – blade tracking adjustment on the mSR, you must be joking!” I hear you saying. Yes, it is certainly worth while to check and try to adjust since every set of blades I have had for the mSR (ok, I have only had 3 sets, but others who contact me say the same thing) have been out of track. The mSR will fly not too bad with out of track blades, but it does vibrate and once you set the tracking correctly – it really smooths the bird out.
By the way, this method will work on any type of high lift plastic rotor blade. I use this method on all my Blade CX’s for example with great results every time.
Chapter 4 - Basic mSR Computerized Radio Setup:
This chapter focuses on programming a full function DSM2 computerized radio to be used with the Blade mSR. This could be anything from a Spektrum DX6i to a JR X12 or perhaps a Futaba computerized radio with a Spektrum DSM2 module. I get more questions about computerized radio setup and programming on the mSR over all other questions combined. It isn’t hard since the bird will fly pretty good with an “out of box bind” but that just scratches the surface. There is one big difference in my programming setup over E-flite’s recommendations – I strongly recommend that “HELI” mode be used – not “ACRO”, I will explain why when we get down to throttle curves.
Chapter 5 - Advanced mSR Radio Programming:
Once you are comfortable flying your Blade mSR, you may want to start altering things a bit in the radio programming to make it mimic a true single rotor collective pitch helicopter while hovering. This is especially useful for practicing nose in hovering where your cyclic controls are reversed. The Blade mSR is in my opinion one of the best single rotor collective pitch nose in hovering training aids provided it is set up correctly. Perhaps even better than a good simulator since you are actually flying something real and the “fear or stress factor” is somewhat duplicated while the “fun factor” is maintained.
The other “advanced programming” field that will be discussed in this chapter is how to eliminate the “built-in” rudder/elevator mixing that is programmed into the 5 in 1 unit.
Chapter 6 - Flybar Modification to Reduce TBO:
I am probably the last guy to recommend any low tech modifications to any RC helicopter to make it fly better. I am a firm believer to keep things 100 percent stock since 99% of the time, most low tech mods produce poor results at best. You may gain a slight edge in performance for one specific area of flight but drastically alter the flight characteristics for the worse in many other areas. Let’s face it, engineers have worked out all the bugs and done all that can be done to give the best compromise of flight performance across the board. As I have stated many times, all helicopters (model and full size) are a design compromise between stability, manoeuvrability, power consumption, lifting ability, flight speed, and of course – COST.
All that said; here is a simple modification I have experimented with to my flybar on my mSR. It actually works and doesn’t alter the flight characteristics that much...
Chapter 7 - mSR Maintenance, Repairs, Improvements:
In this chapter I will go over some common areas of maintenance required on the Blade mSR, frequent repair items, and several improvements you may want to try. I will also point out some good spare parts to keep on hand so you are not grounded when something wears out or breaks.