Blade is a brand of RC helicopter products that is designed, manufactured, and distributed to the RC hobby market place. The brand is owned and managed by Horizon Hobby of Champaign, Illinois, USA.
The Blade brand of electric RC helicopters was originally part of the E-flight brand before being divided into its own brand entity in early 2011. The brand consists primarily of a nice sized assortment of electric helis that are targeted to the beginner to intermediate helicopter pilot with a few more advanced models mixed in. The kits are mostly available in multiple package levels that consist of Plug-and-Play, Bind-and-Fly, and Ready-to-Fly models.
Notable products within the Blade brand are the Blade mCP X (new in 2011), the Blade CP series, the Blade 450 (successor to the Blade 400 3D).
The Blade mCP X took the RC heli market by storm in early 2011 when it was revealed as not only one of the smallest collective electric helis on the market, but with a new flybarless system, as well. The helicopter had been much anticipated and requested for years by the RC helicopter community but the Blade team surprised everyone with the features and performance of their market entry.
Staples of the entry-level heli market place, the Blade CP and the Blade 400 have always been a good product for the money. The Blade CP series has, in recent years, been tamed down through a transformation into the more Blade 400-like, docile Blade SR. The venerable Blade 400 underwent a transformation in early 2011 and became the Blade 450. The helicopter is not physically larger than its predecessor, however, it has undergone many design changes that make it significantly different. Most notable of the changes were improvements to the servo, gyro, and power system that come stock on the heli.
Because of the popularity of Blade products throughout the world and their typically long product life cycles, Blade product owners generally benefit from a ready supply of first hand and second hand kits and replacement parts.
Blade RC Helicopter products can be purchased directly from the Horizon Hobby website or through the company's vast array of online and local hobby shops located across the US and around the world.