The XK X450 is an interesting option for people that like to fly drones and planes. It is a little bit of both. The XK X450 is a VTOL, a vertical takeoff and landing unit. You can take off like a drone, flip a switch and fly it like a plane. We’ve flown a few VTOLS. The XPlus One, the X520 and now the X450. They are always a lot of fun.
The XK X450 is a small VTOL drone/plane. It comes with a nice hobby grade remote, the X8. It even uses the S-FHSS protocol, so if you are a Futaba pilot you can opt for that. For only $119 you get a ready to fly VTOL and it is a lot of fun to control. There are three motors on this craft and they are controlled by servos. That allows it to fly in three different modes.
The first mode, M-mode is a multirotor mode where the X450 will fly like a drone. It isn’t super maneuverable but stable. I wouldn’t recommend flying it in any of the three modes on windy days.
The second mode or 6G mode is airplane mode. It will cruise along like a typical plane in this mode. There is a red 3G/6G button you can push to switch from altitude hold mode to full-on acro mode so you can stabilize or perform tricks depending on how you want to fly.
The third mode or V-mode is a vertical mode. It isn’t particularly useful to fly this way but is a good way to help recover from maneuvers and keep the drone hovering in one place.
Should you get the XK X450?
The XK X450 is a good beginner plane. It isn’t terribly expensive and it comes with a good hobby grade remote. Keep in mind however that planes tend to be a little more fragile than most drones. The X450 is made of styrofoam and has a lot of intricate working parts. A hard crash will most definitely result in you having to do some repair work.
I recommend picking up a small AIO FPV camera to add to the fun of flying the XK X450. They aren’t expensive and we found one for less than $20 on Amazon. This will put you into the cockpit for the flight and is a whole new experience. There is a JJRC clone of the X450. It looks to have a slightly different controller but is only $99. Either way, VTOL planes are a lot of fun.
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