Heli-Max Novus N125 CP

image1034The Novus N125 by Heli-Max is a pretty neat little heli. Normally these small helis are really quite a handful and this one would be the same but for some pretty cool innovations for a heli of this size. I had the Novus CP before and when I saw this I initially thought that this was just a tiny bit bigger version of that heli, which I did enjoy quite a bit.
The N125 uses the same head design as the CP and as you can see from the picture of mine that you can use the same blades.

One of the things that I usually dislike about these small helis is that they are usually tail-driven with a tiny motor like the Novus CP or the Walkera 4G3. The motor usually you hear surging and slowing down all the time. Then in a crash the motor shaft gets bent and you have to change out the motor and re-solder the wires to the motor (ie it can be a royal pain). Not so with the N125. This one has a torque tube. A feature normally reserved for 500 size + helicopters. With no motor trying to play “catch up” the torque tube gives very smooth tail operation in a collective pitch heli of this size.


image1036This heli is a good improvement over the Novus CP. With it’s increased size, torque tube tail and stock brushless motor (brushless is a upgrade option for the Novus CP), The N125 is more stable and easier to control than the CP. One of the big reasons for this is the transmitter. While it isn’t any Spektrum DX7 or 9303, it is programmable to a certain extent. You can add ‘expo’ to the cyclic controls to make it much less twitchy around the center stick position. This really helps with the ‘twitchiness’ and makes this heli very manageable. Other advantages of this heli are the same as with the Novus CP. The break-away ball-links and the foam blades make the times between having to go to the LHS for parts better spaced. You will crash with this one but if you are quick to cut the power just before hitting something most likely you will just need to pop some ball links back on around the top of the head and / or replace a foam blade or two. So far (knock on wood) I have crashed this baby bird about 15 times and only had to replace the blades 3 times and the tail shaft once. The tail gears have held up very well as well as the rest of the helicopter. If you look closely, technically I do need a new canopy as a chunk of mine is missing from a failed attempt to fly inverted.