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Eflite MSR Helicopter
Author: Bill Cousins

The Eflite MSR is the brother to the Eflite MCX. Once you have mastered the MCX thoroughly then it is time for the MSR. This heli is really not a first time micro heli because of the quickness and agility but don't get me wrong, it is very stable. That said let us have a look at this helicopter. The MSR is basically the same size as the MCX with the rotor plades at 7.0 in, height 3.5 in and the length is 7.5 in. The weight with battery is the same as the MXC at 1.0 ounces. One main motor that is coreless and also the tail motor is micro coreless. One thing that is really a plus is that when you purchase either a RTF or a BNF is that it comes with a celectra 4 port 1 cell 3.7v 0.3a DC Li-po charger pllus 2 120 MAH li-po batteries with it. This charger can chargte 4 batteries at a time. Also with this charger you can charge the same batteries for the MCX 110 MAH or the 70 MAH batteries for the Vapor's and Ember's or others that require the same type of batteries.

If you purchase an Efllite MSR RTF (Ready to Fly) it comes with the heli, charger, two 3.7v 120 MAH batteries plus the MLPHDSM 2.4 GHZ DSM2 4 channel transmitter plus 4 batteries for the transmitter. This DSM2 works just fine. You can also use it with other BNF versions of the ultra-micro planes such as the Vapor or Ember. Remember to read the manual for both the RTF or BNF thoroughly 2 or 3 times before you start flying. For more information go the The BNF version (Bind and Fly) comes with the MSR helicopter, the celectra charger plus two 120 3.7v li-po batteries. This version does not come with the transmitter but you can bind it with Eflite LP5DSM, HP6DSM, JRX9302 2.4, JR-12X 2.4, Spektrum DX5E, DX61, DX7 and DX75E as well as the Spektrum modules. Red the manual and you will be fine.

The E-flite MSR utilizes a 5 in 1 receiver which makes it very stable. Basically the same receiver they use in the MXC, but don't be fooled, the MSR can move quickly. You may have to trim it a bit the first time up. I fly mine on my DX7 transmitter so I can fly it on the heli verion or on aircraft. I have flown it on both and flying it on the heli version is quicker. Right now I am flying it on aircraft which tames it down a bit. I can also use hi or low rate for the servos.

The MSR is one tough heli, I have banged into the cupboards and fallen off the table, wacked it into walls with literally no damage. I have not even had to change the blades yet due to damage. The one thing that seems a little tender is the rotor motor and wiring. Twice I have been flying in the gym and did not turn fast enough and wacked into the wall. It seems that I hit the tail rotor shaft on the end of the plastic rotor blade thus pushing the shaft and at the other end of the motor, the end cap came off. Once this happens you are doomed and it must be replaced. The tail motor and boom only costs $13.99 so that isn't bad.

What I have done to rectify this is tape the motor and wires with electrical tape. I used 2 thin pieces and crisscrossed them tight, then wrapped the whole motor and wires in electrical tape while stretching the tape as I go. You might be able to see it in the picture. This seems to have solved the problem and I don't forsee the motor coming apart anymore.

To bind the MSR, first connect the battery, wait until the light flashes then turn the transmitter on and bind the heli. After you are finished flying or the battery gets low, always remember to disconnect the battery first and then turn off the transmitter. When you are ready to fly again, turn the transmitter on first, then connect the battery to the heli. It is most important that you follow this procedure. If you don't do this correctly you will get out of Bind. Also very important, connect the battery on the MSR with the two red dots. One red dot on the battery and one red dot on the receiver wire. If you connect it wrong you will smoke the receiver and that becomes expensive.

Parts are readily available from hobby shops and are very reasonable in price. Do not run the battery down to nothing, if the heli can't get off the floor it is time to charge it. Wait for five minutes to let the battery cool then place it on charge Never charge a warm or hot battery. They will last a lot longer if you treat them right.

I hope you have as much fun as I am flying the MSR and as long as you look after it, you will have years of fun, Please remember safety when flying the MSR indoors or outdoors. When you are flying indoors keep it away from small children and pets, especially your wife. She might take it away from you and hide it. Keep it away from your body, especially your face. It is very capable of cutting your face or taking out an eye.
This is just my opinion about the E-flite MSR and others might have a better knowledge of it.
. With that said, enjoy it and have fun.

P.S. If you fly the MSR outside keep it close or it can disappear, also you can fly the heli in a light wind but be careful.


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Another view of MSR
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Indoor flight
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Kitchen flight
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Makeshift heli pad
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Tail Rotor

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