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Posted by Boris B | Jul 23, 2015 @ 05:39 AM | 4,417 Views
Due to many questions about my latest Cleanflight 1.10.0 improvements and tests here is some more central information about it.

The fork is from the current Cleanflight Master:

My PR's:
#1156 Luxfloat more precision in Configurator tuning
#1103 Luxfloat Optimisation and new defaults
#1128 RC Smoothing
#1028 + #1071 Improve soft filtering function for reuse
#1158 Remove TPA from Iterm PID1

Others:
Blackbox pause feature on switch https://github.com/cleanflight/cleanflight/pull/1157
ESC passtrhough programming through Cleanflight https://github.com/cleanflight/cleanflight/pull/1159
Improved Failsafe (Separately configurable channels for failsafe) https://github.com/cleanflight/cleanflight/pull/995

See link for full merged list.
My Local Cleanflight fork:
https://github.com/borisbstyle/clean.../commits/local

Links to firmware:
NAZE
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...light_NAZE.hex

SRF3
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...SPRACINGF3.hex

CC3D (The bin files might not work as reported by some):
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...light_CC3D.hex
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...light_CC3D.bin


Link to Cleanflight Configurator mod with more decimals for luxfloat tuning of this build (not needed):
https://github.com/borisbstyle/clean...uxfloat_tuning


My spracing Mini H example PID's. Tuned on PID1 and PID2
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...acing_pids.txt
Posted by Mochaboy | Jul 22, 2015 @ 07:54 AM | 2,175 Views
This is a work in progress. I will update this first post with the corrected sequence as soon as go through the process successfully.

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This was a sample quad kit obtained for the purposes of review from Armattan Quads.

Video List:
Unboxing

I'll be posting my build notes and observations as I go through the process.

Here's the initial component list I plan on running for this rig:

Ready to Fly Quads/Airbot Mini Titan 2208/2300kv motors
RCTimer 20A BLHeli Opto ESCs
Naze32 Acro (for Maiden, then move to a BrainFPV Flight Controller)

At this point the plan will be to test various 6" and 7" HQ props on 3s and 4s until I find the flight characteristics I'm looking for. AUW weight with electronics and a GoPro is somewhere in the 750-800g range so depending on your battery you could be north of a kilogram by the time all is said and done. As a general rule you want to keep the rigs as light as possible to take advantage of the power to weight ratios for your chosen motor....Continue Reading
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Jul 24, 2015 @ 11:18 PM | 1,873 Views
Amazon.com is transitioning from being known as a store to being known as a web services platform. For the 1st time, there was no new phone, no new kindle, no Amazon Watch, not a single new consumer product to get anyone excited, yet the stock exploded. AWS had always been a growing monster that no-one talked about, but it’s come out of nowhere in the last 6 months to account for all their net revenue.

Of course, stock gains nowadays are mainly driven by share buybacks, algorithms, & the government. Too bad their employees will never have even 1/1000th of Jeff’s 83,921,121 shares, but that’s the new economy. A typical CEO owns 99.9% of the company & the employees own nothing.

When they're bought out by Google for $500 billion, Jeff will invest it in real estate. The employees will end up homeless because they can no longer afford the rent increases caused by the buyout package they earned their CEO.

Every employee must keep their fate in mind, as their CEO frantically tries to sell the company to their nearest competitor. At the same time, employees can't jump ship to join their nearest competitor because that would violate their non compete agreement. Only the CEO can sell the company to their nearest competitor.
Posted by Blaze0021 | Jul 24, 2015 @ 09:46 PM | 1,686 Views
Friday Night Feature!

Best viewed in Fullscreen HD! A music video to my UMX Gee Bee R2. Named Izzy after my 12-week old kitten that always keeps me on my toes, this plane truly lives up to her namesake. A beautiful classic Air Racer now discontinued, this is my commemorative flight video to this immortal classic. Music: Gimme Some Lovin' (Remastered) by Steve Winwood.

Eflite UMX Gee Bee R2 Flight - Immortal Classic (3 min 17 sec)


Now on Vimeo as well:

Eflite UMX Gee Bee R2 - Immortal Classic (3 min 16 sec)
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Posted by ms3164 | Jul 24, 2015 @ 08:19 PM | 1,635 Views
Today my daughter Tomi assembled her first plane. A GWS Slow Stick. She pretty much did all the work except soldering connectors to the ESC. She wasn't interested in playing with a hot soldering iron. It took us longer than it should have to build because she had to go get her hair done half way through.

It turned out quite well and she seemed to enjoy the build. Hoping she gets to maiden it this weekend, although she sounds a bit nervous about it. She has successfully flown my Champ and Sport Cub S, so I think she'll do fine with the SS....Continue Reading
Posted by ThatsBS | Jul 24, 2015 @ 11:15 PM | 1,603 Views
Posted by JordanKeyes | Jul 24, 2015 @ 10:38 PM | 1,595 Views
I'm constantly reviewing nano quadcopters, and they always get compared to the Cheerson CX-10, so when GearBest asked if I was interested in looking at the CX-10A, I decided it was worth a shot. Unfortunately, it doesn't fly quite the same as I've seen the CX-10 fly, but it's got an added headless mode, which is somewhat entertaining, if you're into that sort of thing.

GearBest Link

Cheerson CX-10A Headless Nano Quadcopter Review! (3 min 51 sec)

Posted by ThatsBS | Jul 24, 2015 @ 11:13 PM | 1,584 Views
Posted by jetpilotrich | Jul 24, 2015 @ 08:15 PM | 1,542 Views
Yes folks... Its time to recycle your Plastic! Someone has finally made a really great ALL METAL EDF unit! Look no further than the JP HOBBY ALL Metal EDF units from

www.FalconHobbySupply.com

JP HOBBY 70mm ALL METAL EDF Installation & Flight Demo By: RCINFORMER (16 min 22 sec)

Posted by Helldiver | Jul 24, 2015 @ 09:14 PM | 1,536 Views
to FPV enabled thanks to Horizon.....never realy gave it a real try before.


Now that I have....yipeee FPV racing here I come. I will sacrifice some Heli time for some adrenaline infusion. Flying low and fast with Nano is so much fun!!!!!!!!!

These are my mini babies.....and like pokemon they are still evolving...
Posted by fl0PPsy | Jul 25, 2015 @ 02:52 AM | 1,472 Views
Looks like the case I put together for my ZMR250 will also work with the Bolt250.

It fits nice and snug
Posted by Optimus125 | Jul 24, 2015 @ 11:43 PM | 1,471 Views
My dynam e razor 450 servos are acting so weird. They only move a little bit while making a weird noise. It looks like the swashplate is to heavy for the servos. Please help if you can.
Posted by fl0PPsy | Jul 25, 2015 @ 02:45 AM | 1,433 Views
To prevent the screws on the top plate from digging into the battery when its strapped down I'm mounting some foam on the top plate and then putting Velcro on top so that the battery has a soft bed to stick to and clears the screws.

The foam is actually the lid from the foam box the HobbyKing version of the Naze32 comes in. Dont throw those boxes away. The foam comes in handy for all sorts of things.

Props have been attached and the all up weight including the 1300mah Batteries I mainly use is 485.9g. That makes it the lightest quad I have now. I'm very happy with that.

Looks like its time to configure the Naze32 and then its maiden time. ...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Yesterday @ 04:38 PM | 1,420 Views
Best viewed in Fullscreen and HD! Upon recommendation, I upgraded my Hobbyzone Sport Cub S "Icarus" that has the 2S Brushless System from the stock Eflite 5 x 2.75 Prop to the 5.75 x 2.5 Yak / Pitts Prop today.

My expectation for the 5.75 x 2.5 Yak / Pitts Prop was "to see a development of more peak thrust, and a shift in the thrust-curve down to a lower speed-range. As a result, you get more thrust, and you get it at considerably lower airspeed - which allows the plane to fly with much greater authority near the lower end of its speed envelope." - Joel, aka Turboparker of RC Groups.

Hobbyzone Sport Cub S Yak / Pitts Prop Upgrade Test Flight (9 min 44 sec)

The UMX Yak / Pitts Prop did meet the expectations that were set and I noticed more power throughout the flight for less throttle. What I didn't expect were the weather conditions to worsen mid-flight, almost killing my plane a few times. I fortunately took Wind Gauge readings Pre and Post Flight, and they offer a good explanation of why you can hear a bit of my nerves through my In-Flight Commentary.

I do understand that you cannot hear the wind very much through the video - My GoPro is using a GoPro black protective casing that is shielding it from sound. I actually had to adjust my sound levels so you could hear my commentary.

The Battery used for this flight was an Eflite 2S 7.4V 200mAh 30C Battery and the Timer set on my DX6 was for 6 Minutes.

With the size of the Prop, I recommend...Continue Reading
Posted by fl0PPsy | Jul 25, 2015 @ 02:29 AM | 1,420 Views
The top plate has now been put on. The Video transmitter has been plugged in and the antenna attached.

A quick power up test has shown me that everything is working. PHEW!! ...Continue Reading
Posted by Petem | Jul 25, 2015 @ 01:44 AM | 1,420 Views
I had the urge for quite a while to try a discus launched glider, but did not feel like jumping in at the deep end with a $1000 competition-level airframe. Came across the thread and plan for Mimi and started building.
See Franz Bal's thread at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...highlight=mimi
The original used a solid balsa wing, but 12mm balsa stock of the quality required is hard to find - so off to Compufoil to develop a built-up alternative.
Anyway, Mimi turned out to be a lot of fun and I flew her for several years, until seduced by the even lighter Elf. Sold her to a friend, who had a lot of fun too, until it collided with a nearby planet and came back for a rebuild under warranty.
The pics tell the story.
Cheers,
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Posted by hotdogsteve | Jul 25, 2015 @ 01:35 AM | 1,414 Views
I have been flying at Murarrie sports reserve on and off for years and in reeding some of your blogs on how there is a sign saying no r/c planes aloud. I have decided to do something and not sit on my hands but contact B.C.C to see if after some discussion they will allow the seemingly dangerous activity of park flying can join the other dangerous activities allowed in the park like bike racing,kite flying and land sailing which all I have observed. So lets see how things go and I will update you on how things go. I have sent a email to B.C.C and am seeing the local member tomorrow. If you want to help Just send a email to your local member for Brisbane or email me and I will pass it on steve.stevestoys@hotmail.com
Posted by taue2512 | Jul 25, 2015 @ 04:37 AM | 1,402 Views
I've just received a Parrot BeBop drone with the suiting Skycontroller. I have to say that this tiny thing is a real fun to fly. People outside are less afraid or suspicious about the drone taking videos and easily engage in talking. Never had that kind of reception with my larger quads and hexas...

I was taking the drone to the beach at sunset to test the video quality. I'm impressed. I just cropped some images on iMovie but left all colour and exposure values at their defaults, the result is just stunning.

Because of its small size, I really like the BeBop particularly while traveling.

BeBop - Lighthouse (3 min 34 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | Jul 26, 2015 @ 12:18 AM | 1,378 Views
Tonight was just the second time I've ever done any type of Night Flight, and with the UMX Carbon Cub Lighting System on my HBZ Sport Cub S Icarus with the 2S Brushless Conversion, I can safely say that I am very comfortable flying her with very low lighting! I managed to snap shots of her during the evening, so you can all see how her lighting becomes more prominent as the evening progresses. In previous discussions, I noted that I had never noticed the lighting system of my UMX Carbon Cub SS until now. What a difference it makes.

As some of you may know, I'm a "Solo-Wing" and almost always fly alone. My videos and photos are all shot by myself, including the photos when my plane is airborne. I took these photos while fenagle-ing the DX6 in one hand and my iPhone 6 in the other. I would highly NOT recommend doing this and would never even think to do this with any of my other planes (except my Super Champ) but even with the brushless system on my Sport Cub S, she remains as docile of a flyer when you want her to be. I was lucky enough to snag a few of these shots of her flying by. You can easily spot the red and white LED's on the left wing and the faint green LED on the right wing.. just enough for orientation. I was even comfortable enough flying her with full maneuvers (hammerheads, inverted, rolls, loops, knife edge, etc) as the lights were bright enough through each flight. Just awesome.

On a personal note, I may not be purchasing anything RC-...Continue Reading