Photos by Peter Hall
This ready to fly coaxial heli is so easy to fly, even a first-time RC pilot can be successful
When it comes to top helicopter brand recognition, it is hard not to notice all the advancements made by Heli-Max. For just about every category for heli size, type and performance, there are several to choose from with the Heli-Max brand name. Most recently, the newest addition in the micro coaxial category is the Heli-Max Axe 100 CX. Perfect for indoor RC fun, the Axe 100 CX comes out of the box ready for action. Intended for the basic beginner or for the experienced budget-minded RC flier looking for a new fun hovering machine, the Axe 100 CX provides plenty of stability with just the right amount of big machine styling to satisfy everyone.
Available as a ready to fly (RTF) or as a transmitter ready (Tx-R) version, the Axe 100 CX, comes with all you need. The RTF version is fully assembled and all you need to do is charge the LiPo flight battery (with the included USB charger) and install the included AA batteries in the transmitter, and you ready to go. The Tx-R version comes with everything the RTF version does, except for the Heli-Max TX410 SLT transmitter.
The Tx-R version is compatible with any SLT transmitter including the Tactic 4 channel and 6-channel 2.4GHz transmitter or any other brand of transmitter equipped with the Tactic AnyLink 2.4GHz Radio Adapter.
With its coaxial rotor head design, the Axe 100 CX is so stable that you can be a successful RC helicopter even if it's your very first RC model. With its on-board electronics and receiver already installed and covered with its durable full-length fuselage, there's nothing to assemble. It's compact size makes it ideal for anytime indoor flying and it extremely durable, crash-resistant construction is great for the less experienced modeler who might experience an unexpectedly hard landing.
The RTF version's 4-channel, 2.4GHz transmitter includes Beginner and Expert flight modes so as you gain experience and confidence, you can switch the reaction of the heli and experience more maneuverability for even more fun.
With a full battery charge, I consistently get flight times of about 8 to 10 minutes and I find the Axe 100 CX a delight to operate. Whether you are a absolute first-time beginner, or if you are looking for a fun, keep-in-your-car heli for anytime flights around the home or office, the Heli-Max Axe 100 CX is a perfect choice.
It is rugged enough for the novice and it is plenty responsive to keep the more experienced heli guy entertained indoors as well as outside in calm wind conditions.
Here's the RTF Axe 100 CX with transmitter, battery pack, and USB charger. The batteries for the transmitter are also included.
⊕ Heli-Max TX410 2.4GHz SLT transmitter
⊕ 3.7V 150mAh 1S LiPo flight battery w/USB-compatible charger
⊕ AA transmitter batteries
⊕ 1S 3.7V 150mAh LiPo flight battery
⊕ Miniature Phillips screwdriver and instructions
In the Air
The included Heli-Max USB charger takes about 10 to 15 minutes to charge the battery depending on how much it has been used.
With the RTF version, you can literally be flying in as long as it takes to charge the included LiPo Flight battery. For the test model, the battery was fully charged with the USB charger in about 15 minutes. Simply power up the transmitter, then slide the LiPo battery into place and place the heli on a level surface. When the LED indicator stops flashing, the heli is bound to the transmitter and you're good to go.
Stability: The Axe 100 CX is one of the most stable coaxial helis I have tested and it really is ideal as a first-time RC pilot. In both Beginner and in Expert flight modes, the heli remains well behaved and offers almost effortless hovering performance.
Response: Being coaxial, the heli remains well behaved in forward flight. Side to side cyclic response is crisp and nose yaw is smooth and fairly quick. I did have to add 4 or 5 clicks or right rudder for the heli to remain pointed in one direction while in hover. Fore and aft response is also quick and you can easily start and stop forward or aft flight simply by neutralizing the stick.
Of all the cyclic commands, aft and left are a bit more responsive than are forward and right, but only slightly so. There's no real chance of over-controlling the Axe 100 CX. The instructions are very complete and also have a detailed section for maintenance with directions for removing and replacing any broken parts should you manage to damage the heli.
AnyLink2 Transmitter Adaptor
If you do not have a Tactic SLT Transmitter, you can easily convert your existing transmitter, with the AnyLink2 Adaptor module, so you can control any Transmitter Ready (Tx-R) model. The easy to setup module enables your 2.4GHz aircraft transmitter to operate with any Tx-R model as well as any aircraft with a 2.4GHz SLT receiver, (including huge scale aircraft, park flyers and helis using glow, electric, or gasoline power.) The AnyLink2 module converts the transmitter into a frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum system using SLT (Secure Link Technology) and is compatible with most aircraft transmitters with a functioning trainer jack, including Airtronics, and even non-2.4GHz transmitters.
The AnyLink2 comes with a 1S 3.7V 450mAh LiPo battery, Cable A, (JR, Spektrum, Graupner), Cable B, (Futaba Square) and Cable C, (Hitec). The three adapter cables come equipped with headphone-type connectors for easy plug-in installation. Also included are a TC10 USB Charger 2 Hard-Locking Adhesive Strips and Instruction sheet. Charging the battery with the included USB charger is required before use. The adapter cables from the original AnyLink and the new AnyLink2 modules are not cross compatible.