Heli-Max Axe CX Nano Review

Heli-Max has introduced a very inexpensive CPM coaxial heli that has that classic trainer look. See how the Axe CX Nano flies and watch the review scoring…

Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring

 

Summary

In a sea of coaxials, there’s a strong divide between “toys” and “flying models”. The former guarantees, well, nothing. Only that you may be able to get it to hover and nudge it around in the air a bit. The latter is a totally different experience. Flying models, or “hobby class” helicopters, insure that you can actually learn valuable piloting skills, repair and work on your heli, and even progress to larger, more capable and challenging helicopters without picking up a bunch of bad habits.

The Axe CX Nano is definitely a flying model. Master this little guy, and you can move on to a single rotor, fixed pitch model without sudden, absolute and total destruction!

The Axe CX Nano is a very basic coax heli without any frills but it offers a solid flight experience. It’s not quite as tough as some of the others we seen out there but it also offers more forward flight authority than most other models, out of the box.

Many coaxial pilot gets a little “lazy”, treating their helis like a simulator; crashing and bashing at will and knowing that you can usually just pick it up and fly again. Not the case with the Axe CX Nano. Sure, it can handle a few beginner mishaps and brush off the punishment, but start applying regular abuse and you’ll be spending your time doing repairs instead of flying.

With care, and intentional flying, the Axe CX Nano will last you for a very long time.

5X5 Review Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
5 / 5

Finish:

Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
3.5 / 5

Power:

Specified Powerplant Performance...
4 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
4 / 5

Durability:

Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
3.5 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
4 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
4.5 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation
Living Room

Portability:

How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
4 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level
Beginner - Interm.

Model Specifications

Model Type:

RTF

Weight:

1.37 oz. (39g)

Length:

6.3 in. (160mm)

Width:

1.8 In. (45mm)

Main Rotor:

7.9 in. (200mm)

Motor Design:

Brushed DC

Volt Range:

1s

Construction:

Composite

Radio Channels:

4

Height:

4.7 in. (120mm)

Included Radio System:

4-Channel 2.4 GHz

Included Charger:

A/C Wall Charger

Included Battery:

3.7V 1s LiPo 350mAh

Needed Items:

(4) "AA" Batteries

Street Price:

$79.99 USD
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2 Responses to Heli-Max Axe CX Nano Review

  1. avatar ems1016 says:

    I’ve been flying my first helicopter, the Blade MCX2 ($120 retail), for a couple of months now. I can land it on a dime and it seems indestructible. To my pleasure, both my wife, daughter and son took to this hobby and wanted copters of their own. After reading positive reviewed by seemingly experienced hobbyists, I made the mistake of buying two Axe Nanos on FeeBay. One came broken with the landing gear snapped and the other copter would go up for literally three seconds and then drop. Not impressed at all with Heli-Max’s obvious lack of quality control.

    The instructions advise that “You will notice the cyclic controls lag behind your inputs” and then reassure you that “This is normal and something you get the feel for with time.” The implication is that hobby grade helicopters, at least entry level ones, are prone to this “lag.” That is an outright falsity. The Blade MXC2 responds immediately. The “lag” is a characteristic of this very poorly designed copter.

    The trim control are so delicately set that they are very easily knocked out of proper settings—a factor when, on a good day, you only have a 10-minute flight and have to spend a good amount of time re-trimming the heli.

    There are two rotor motors unintelligently set behind the propellers where your fingers naturally go whenever you pick up the heli. These motors get hot. Now I’m not saying you’ll sustain second degree burns or anything, but it is not a pleasant feeling to come in contact with them routinely.

    The landing gear is of a brittle extremely thin plastic of sorts and breaks very easily. At $5 a pop, that can add up.

    It is unfortunate that Heli-Max would offer such a poorly designed entry-level hobby helicopters to beginners such as me. I am now ready for the next level outdoor helicopter and have to admit that I am now prejudiced, rightfully or wrongfully, against buying another Heli-Max product. Personally, I do not know how anybody in good faith could possibly recommend this heli.

    My advice: buy the Blade MCX2 ($120 retail). It is as true to the bigger hobby helicopters as you can get, so if you decide to move up, you’ll be ready. It is much easier to control and much more durable.

    • avatar Kurt says:

      ems1016, Thanks for your feedback and details of your experience. Heli-Max has two sides of their product line. Walkera makes the Novus line of helis and some other OEM makes the Axe side of things. The Huey was the best coaxial they put out and it is a good product. The Novus line is second to none and is by far their premium product. If you’re considering the 125CP, or the new 200FP, don’t be concerned. You’ll be very pleased. As for the Blade mCX2, it’s the benchmark for coaxial trainers. It would be the “all 5’s” coaxial on our score card. Another impressive new coaxial is the Ares MD500D. Flies on par with the mCX2 with the improvement of much more aggressive forward flight and less washout that the mCX2. Also long run-times and a great looking scale fuse. Good luck and thanks for commenting!

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