RCHeliResource received a set of 700mm “Matte Black” (who is he? lol) Spinblades for review. Made in Germany, these blades live up to the high quality engineering bar set by other German manufacturers. We had a chance to test them on both an electric and nitro powered Align Trex 700 so read on to see what we thought.
While I will admit to not personally having heard a lot about Spinblades, a little research turned up an impressive list of team pilots including Daniel Jetschin, Raquel Bellot, Jo Kullbach, and others flying these blades. Knowing that these folks could fly any blades they want to, I figured there must be something to them. In addition, RCHR editor Tommy Larson has previously reviewed their 325 flybarless offering for the 450 size market.
I don’t know what exactly they put in the beer over there, but things made in Germany seem to ooze high quality engineering. No offense to other countries but German automobiles, aircraft, and even chocolates, are some of the best in the world. It was with that critical eye that I examined the set of 700mm Spinblades that I was sent to review. The lines and finish on these blades is simply fabulous.
My gram scale suffered some damage in my recent move but the CG for the blades were identical to each other.
Spinblades has released a new line of sleek looking “matt black” rotor blades that Spinblades describes as being both stable and aggressive at the same time. Everyone at the field that examined these blades commented on the matt black finish, it looks different enough to really stand out. Gone is the high gloss finish displayed on most carbon rotor blades, these things remind me of the finish on the SR-71 Blackbird or F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter.
I had the opportunity to have two very good pilots, Ray Lovell and Jeremy Strickland test these blades out on two different platforms.
Ray was taking it easy as he was flying a fellow club members helicopter that wasn’t set up to his flying style. His comments were that the blades tracked well and flew were fast without feeling unstable or coming out of track.
Here’s Ray flying a Trex 700E with the Spinblades 700mm
Jeremy has a different idea of taking it easy! After a few flights his thoughts were that the blades were very good. One noticeable difference, and it may have to do with them being fairly stiff, is that the distinct popping sound some blades make is somewhat muted or softer. Autorotations were good and he didn’t have any reservations about doing inverted autos with them as there was plenty of energy left to flip over and land.
Jeremy Strickland, Trex 700N
Both of my video flight pilots, and others that flew or watched them fly thought that the black was hard to see in flight especially against an overcast background.
Other than the visibility issue the blades were outstanding and if black is your thing they look great to boot.
- VIDEO: Team SpinBlades at Faszination Modellbau Karlsruhe
- VIDEO: Team SpinBlades Pilot Alex Bauch Logo XXTreme flight with 800 Matt Black blades
- VIDEO: Team SpinBlades Flying at Neuenburg 2011 Indoor Funfly
- Review: SpinBlades 325 FlyBarless Rotor Blades
- VID: Wanyoung Son tests the new Gryphon 700mm CF Blades