;ere is no doubt that this racer is designed for the
experienced pilot—it is very responsive. ;at, along
with its high speed and tilt-rotor action, make it a
thoroughbred racer. It’s constructed mostly out of
carbon fiber with aluminum tilt-control gears and rods.
;e tilt arms incorporate shear bolts that will break
before the arms do, and this allows the arms to fold back
during hard impacts; therefore, the quad is easy to repair
at minimal cost.
I reviewed the Ready-to-Fly setup that comes
programmed and bound to a transmitter. ;e XRay
comes assembled and already tested at the factory, so I
;e camera is well protected and easy to adjust, but because its
body stays relatively flat, only a small amount of camera angle
;e gears on the tilt are solid and smooth. Notice the breakaway bolt, which means that a hit will just
swing the arm away and not hurt it.
literally just plugged in the battery and started flying.
;e tilt arms have a solid connection to the body,
with little to no play. ;ey ride on brass bushings and are
operated by two servos, one in front and one in back. In
Stabilized mode, tilt is controlled by the right stick, which
controls forward and backward pitch. Push forward and
the rotor tilts forward; move the stick back and the quad
will fly backward. ;is is the mode all pilots should start
with when first learning how to fly the XRay. After you’re
comfortable flying it, you can move to Horizon or Acro
mode, and the tilt control will transfer to the right slider.
It took me a little while to get used to this change, but
overall, it was fairly easy to learn and master.
Mastering the Tilt
This is actually easier than you might think! The
programming is done, so everything integrates well.
Start by flying in Stabilization (Angle) mode and
acquire a feel for how the tilt rotors work. You will
find that when the quad comes out of the tilt to a
level position, it will gain some altitude. To avoid
this, apply a little throttle reduction to make that
transition a little smoother and keep the quad at the
same altitude. I found that the XRay was not all that
hard to learn to fly and by the second (maybe third)
battery, the transition was smooth.
In Horizon and Acro modes, the tilt control is on
the slider, so you need to move your hand to change
from tilt to level and back. (Another option is to set
the tilt angle in those modes and just flip the mode
switch back to Stabilization mode so that tilt control
is back on the right stick.) This made landings easier
for me, but the main thing is to have fun with it and
set it up so that it works for your flying style.