E-Flite Blade mSR RC Helicopter Review

I’ve had my E-flite Blade mSR RC helicopter for several months now. Having previously mastered a coaxial heli, but struggled with several larger single-rotor helis, the mSR was pleasantly easy to fly. For a single-rotor heli, I was quite surprised at how quick and easy it was to learn to fly. I progressed very quickly from a basic hover to flying around the house. Read on to get my full review.

Small Heli that Thinks its a Big Heli

The mSR is a single-rotor, ultra-micro helicopter. It is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but flies like a heli several times its size.

I have two larger RC-helis. The mSR clearly has a performance level comparable to these two larger single-rotor helis. It is a nice size for flying around the house, and the performance to maneuver around lights, furniture, and family members without crashing into them.

In addition to the detailed review below, I’ve included some videos that help explain the mSR and demonstrate some of its flying capabilities.

Key Features

The mSR comes in two versions. The Ready-to-Fly package comes fully factory assembled, test-flown and, as the name implies, ready-to-fly. It also comes in a Bind-N-Fly version compatible with existing Spektrum 2.4GHz DSM2 radios. I have the Bind-N-Fly version, and am using a Spektrum DX-7 radio. The Ready-to-Fly also uses the 2.4GHz DSM2 technology receiver, so you can easily upgrade to a more full featured radio transmitter at a later date.

Both the Ready-to-Fly and Bind-N-Fly packages come with the fully assemble heli, two single-cell 120mAh Li-Po flight batteries, and a four battery charger with AC adapter. The package also includes a spare flybar, tail rotor, canopy grommets, linear servo shaft retainers, two swash to flybar pushrods, Phillips screw driver, and a head alignment tool. The Ready-to-Fly version also comes with a 4 Channel, 2.4GHz DSM2 transmitter.

The factory-installed 5-in-1 control unit combines the DSM2 receiver, motor ESCs, mixer, gyro and servos. The gyro on this small heli provides amazingly stable flight.

The heli itself weighs less than one ounce. The heli is so light and durable that it has survived many crashes without any damage.

In Flight

The mSR has amazing performance and agility for a little heli. The gyro on this heli is really nice. It easily locks in a hover. It also holds a nice steady flight. Check out the videos on this page to see just how fast, stable and maneuverable the mSR really is.

One Tough Little Heli

Next to performance and ease of flight, the mSR toughness impresses me most. A few years ago when I got my first RC heli, it seemed like every time I crash it, something broke. This was quite frustrating, especially since while learning to fly I crashed a lot. I wish the mSR existed a few years ago. It would have saved me considerable money and frustration. Not only is it easy to fly, so you crash less, it is one durable heli. I’ve crashed my mSR many times. Two of the most memorable were into the edge of a coffee table. The mSR’s light weigh and resilient components has taken even tough crashes without a scratch.

If you are interested in flying this little heli yourself, here is an Amazon link to the Blade mSR RTF RC Helicopter. You can find the Bind-N-Fly version here: Blade mSR BNF.

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