Maybe the second beginner RC helicopter you fly, after you have mastered a coaxial RC helicopter.
The Blade SR RTF target market is the individual who would like to learn how to fly RC helicopters, of the cyclic pitch variety and has probably flown a coaxial RC helicopter, such as the Blade Scout Micro RC Helicopter.
The Blade SR is 100% complete and sells for around $200.
With a rotor diameter of 21.8" and a total weight of 12oz. the SR can be flown indoors or can tolerate light winds outdoors.
This heli comes out of the box, with special programming that gives a softer climb and pitch and roll response around the center of the stick movement. This feature makes it a lot easier to fly and will make your RC helicopter training a lot easier!
This beginner RC helicopter is 100 % complete and has been TEST FLOWN. E-Flite say there is nothing else to buy, but maybe an extra battery and a set of training gear should be be considered.
All the above features are well proven and reliable components, that have been used in other Blade radio controlled helicopters and spare parts are readily available, to keep you flying!
This photo shows the tail rotor motor. (Say that fast-3 times!) Quite a few helicopter experts do not like a separate motor, for the tail rotor. They prefer a belt or shaft drive, from the main motor.
This mechanical connection gives faster reaction and prevents "tail blow-out". However, the electronic technology is always improving and the beginner RC helicopter pilot may take a while before he can tell a difference.
This is an option you should seriously consider for your RC helicopter training, E-Flite Training Gear Set: BSR
The training gear forms a large X and fixes to the standard landing skids.
This arrangement makes the RC helicopter very stable, when idling and greatly improves the conditions, when learning to hover. If this is your first attempt at RC helicopter training, then I strongly recommend you order a set!
As long as this is not your first attempt with a beginner RC helicopter, then I think you will find the Blade SR to be an exciting and challenging RC helicopter.
Remember that this is not a toy helicopter, but a full function, single rotor, cyclic pitch machine. Please use the training gear and if possible, practice a lot with a good RC Flight Simulator
If you have done some flying with coaxial or fixed pitch RC helicopter, then flying the Blade SR will be that much easier.
If you stick with it, then you will be a full fledged, cyclic pitch heli pilot!
This video shows what can be done with this electric helicopter. Please, if you are a beginner, do not expect to fly like this, out of the box!
The majority of the reviews were very positive regarding this beginner RC helicopter and disappointments were largely due to expecting the Blade SR to fly like a coaxial.
People did complain about tail motors burning out ,but were pleased when Horizon Hobby (The manufacturer) replaced it free of charge.
One chap said that his beginner RC helicopter flew right out of the box, whilst another said he had problems, but he was able to solve them. The training gear was mentioned as a very positive asset, by a number of pilots.