Video: Flying the Blade 400

The good'ol Eflite Blade 400, my first electric helicopter, and my second overall, after having an O.S. .32-powered Hawk III, from Century Heli. In this video I am learning to hover and I still have the training skids on. As you can tell, I'm not doing a great job, but no one really does when they're starting out. Here are the specs of the Blade 400 Helicopter:
Type: RTF Collective Pitch Electric 3D Mini Heli Main Rotor Diameter: 28.2 in (718mm) Tail Rotor Diameter: 5.3 in (135mm) Gross Weight: RTF with Li-Po battery, 23.5 oz (665 g) Length: 25.6 in (650mm) Motor Size: 420H brushless outrunner, 3800Kv Kit/ARF/RTF: RTF Control System: Spektrum™ DX6i 2.4GHz DSM2™ computer programmable transmitter (included), Spektrum AR6100e Microlite receiver (installed), DS75 digital Sub-Micro servos (4 installed), 120-degree CCPM Rotor Blade Length: 12.8 in (325mm) Experience Level: Advanced
Overall, I learned a lot flying, crashing, fixing and flying again my Blade 400. It introduced me to CCPM helicopters, computer radios (DX6i) and LiPos. The heli is still available, although you'd probably wanna go with a Blade 450, the upgraded version. A good choice if you want something ready to fly out of the box.



Julian Melo

Julian Melo has been around the R/C hobby since 2001. His first plane was PT-40 trainer from Great Planes he built as a kit, powered by an O.S. 40 engine. Nowadays you can find him flying fast EDFs or FPV multirotors. Professionally, he's an L.A-based web developer, Wordpress ninja & SEO Analyst. He is quite fond of good coffee, gadgets and loud garage rock. Check out his site/portfolio at or read his technology blog. He also recently started a new site/podcast titled UAV not Drone. Check it out!