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Posted by ShawnecJP | Aug 25, 2015 @ 02:08 AM | 914 Views
The grass is a lot longer than it appears to be in this vid. The shortest length is probably about 1 m....
It took me about 10 minutes to find my quad....
Armattan FPV REV2 Crash Aug 25 (5 min 11 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Aug 23, 2015 @ 08:42 PM | 1,040 Views
My friend Chris, had to put down a dear friend (daitone#37). Sorry mate

Luckily he has a new zmr warming the bench

FPV Messing Around (3 min 32 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Aug 23, 2015 @ 07:57 AM | 954 Views
Definitely not as impressive as some of the videos out there but it was a first time for me
I finally got it after a couple of tries

Then I had to go and get all cocky.... Bahaha
It only cost me two props

Armattan FPV Aug In Close Fun (4 min 59 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Aug 18, 2015 @ 09:58 PM | 912 Views
I had a little trouble with my ESC the other day.

I have a foldable arm frame and it seems that after folding and unfolding it many times the servo wires from the ESC to the FC I got Nick on the frame from all the folding. As a result it shorted out and I got some magic smoke.

I ordered a new ESC and will replace it as soon as it gets here but in the meantime I decided to try a patch job.
The only real damage done was some light scoring on the frame and the servo wires themselves.
I cut the melted section off desoldered the remaining wires and attempted to resolder the wires back in place.
The pads on the ESC were pretty close together and I probably didn't do such a great job but it worked.
If anything I gained a little bit more experience with Soldering.
Anyways, I made a little video which details what I just mentioned as well as the test.

Enjoy

ESC Repair and test (4 min 58 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Aug 09, 2015 @ 05:23 PM | 1,414 Views
I might have touched on this in a previous blog entry but I will throw this out here again anyways.

If anybody has seen any of my previous FPV videos you will notice that I seem to have some midflight hiccups in what seems to be the same area. Meaning that when I'm at a specific altitude and fly into a very specific area I seem to encounter what seems to be hiccups in midflight.
These seem to be micro power losses from my point of view.
Some suggestions so far from other people

•Very short failsafe kick ins
I tend to dismiss this one based on the fact that whenever I have a "Proper" fail safe situation my quad goes to my preset values ( about -80 throttle and zero for all other controls ) which should level out my quad in whatever kind of flying I'm doing and bring it down in a controlled rapid descent.
I can regain control if I regain the signal but I have to set my throttle to zero in order to have control back ( like when you turn on your radio and try to arm your quad when the throttle is not set to zero ). When I encounter these hiccups in midair I instantly get control back ( The hiccups or just a fraction of a second ) without having to return my throttle to zero.
I guess I can't dismiss it 100% because maybe that can happen with such a very short disruption in the signal.

• my own VTX creating interference
• external interference ( I live in the middle of Tokyo Japan and I'm surrounded by lots of big city interference...Continue Reading
Posted by ShawnecJP | Aug 03, 2015 @ 10:32 PM | 1,490 Views
I think I damaged my antenna on a previous flight the other day and I wasn't getting any kind of range beyond 30 m with my FPV today so I switched over to LOS.
It wasn't so bad actually and maybe I need to practice anyhow.

I'm trying to smooth out my turns a little bit and add a little bit more aggressive banking.
My rates are actually quite tame so I think it's actually time to make some adjustments..... I'm waiting on an antenna that I ordered about a week ago so hopefully I will be back up in FPV mode soon .
I made the best out of this flight though. I'm relatively happy with how it turned out.
I think this is about as fast as aggressive as I have flown yet. Once I start flying like this on a regular basis I'm definitely going to have to tilt of the camera for FPV.....
Enjoy the show

Armattan Aug 4 LOS Low Altitude and Fast (5 min 3 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Aug 01, 2015 @ 08:01 PM | 1,889 Views
A cool and unique view from another quad of my Armattan FPV REV 2!

This video was taken by a friend and one of the guys that I fly with named Akaki! Obviously, an amazing pilot!! Thanks man!!

Armattan FPV ver 2 (2 min 22 sec)


If you want to see other amazing videos by him please view his YouTube site at

Akaki Kuumeri on YouTube
Posted by ShawnecJP | Aug 01, 2015 @ 07:15 AM | 1,570 Views
These goggles rock!! I pair them with a RC832 RX and it was outstanding!! I guess I should also mention that I'm using the Eachine 600mW TX. The TX gets incredibly hot but it hasn't been an issue so far
I'm pretty new to FPV and I probably have less than a dozen flights under my belt but I'm slowly getting the hang of it.
The next step will be flying in rate Mode... One step at a time I guess.
Maybe I should fly in horizon mode first...? Any thoughts on that? Please feel free to comment....

I started out on a 7 inch monitor with a built-in battery and monitor and then I made the mistake of trying out my friend's Quanum v1 goggles and I was instantly hooked! Much to my wife's dismay, I got the V2s and new RX within a week.

First Flight Using Quanum V2 (4 min 11 sec)


And here's a little preview I did about the goggles

Quanum V2 goggles (8 min 18 sec)
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Posted by ShawnecJP | Jul 21, 2015 @ 02:00 AM | 2,152 Views
Today had its ups and downs.
In one flight I lost the signal and it went into failsafe mode. Again I was only 50 or 60 m away so I'm not sure what the problem is but I'm pretty sure it's just typical interference being in the big city of Tokyo.

A prop exploded on me midflight but I didn't hit the ground that hard ( I was surprised on how much lift I could get out of 3.5 props ) and the only damage that incurred was the prop itself and two landings skids which I have on hand to replace.

The highlight of the day was when my friend let me use his goggles. Currently I am using a 7 inch monitor and this was the first time I could use goggles. I was blown away.
I see some quantum v2 in my near future
Very near future
Slowly but surely I am picking up this FPV flying and I'm having a blast!!

A friend who I was flying with (Akaki, Who is an awesome pilot btw) Took out my quad for a spin in rate mode. He took me along for the ride while he was using his own goggles and I was watching my monitor. That was a blast too!!

Armattan FPV REV2 with Goggles (6 min 13 sec)


Armattan FPV Rev2 Day 3 flight 1 (1 min 53 sec)
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Posted by ShawnecJP | Jul 19, 2015 @ 12:58 AM | 2,009 Views
Good bye LOS!
I just successfully flew FPV today. Last week I tried but the winds are too strong and I lost reception on my radio so I didn't even get a full five minutes of flight before I had a crush that destroyed all my props.

I went out this morning for my first real FPV flight.
I started flying at roughly 5 AM in the morning and it was partly cloudy so there wasn't a whole lot of sunshine. I discovered that my board camera does not handle well in low light conditions. My first four flights were using 2200mAh bats and I probably got roughly 4 to 6 minutes flight time per battery.

The first four flights I was pretty nervous and didn't have a whole Lotta confidence due to 1) it was my first real time flying FPV and 2) I couldn't really see very well due to lack of light.

After I depleted my 2200s I started on the 3700 and 4500 bats. Due to the weight difference between those batteries are found that my heavier batteries are actually a little bit easier to fly and keep under control. I'm sure once I get used to flying FPV the lighter weight batteries won't be a problem but I just thought that The heavier batteries added more stability. Something that I welcomed

Even this video isn't anything to write home about but it gave me a lot of confidence not crashing and being able to keep everything under control.

Overall I don't think it was a bad flight considering that it was my first real time out using FPV
I was happy.

I'm pretty sure I took...Continue Reading
Posted by ShawnecJP | Jul 08, 2015 @ 05:43 PM | 1,846 Views
This video is from about a week ago actually.
This is the first time I could see what my flights look like on this new quad via the Mobius. Compared to my flights with the EOX it looked terrible ( from a piloting point of view of course ).
I shouldn't be surprised I guess. The REV2 is a completely different machine and packs way more power. It is also ultra sensitive to the touch. As such, I have to fly it much differently.

I'm pretty sure this will be my last LOS flight as all my FPV here has arrived.
I imagine my first FPV video won't be super impressive either Hahahah but that will improve gradually.

Armattan FPV Rev2 LOS Mobius flight (3 min 50 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Jul 07, 2015 @ 02:04 AM | 1,867 Views
I'm sure there's many tests out there just like this one but I decided to make a little video to test the latency between the two.
As you can imagine the CCD was the clear winner but the Mobius wasn't as bad as I thought it might have been.
I think a lot of guys could probably use this Mobius as their main FPV camera without any issues at all.

You racers and hotdogs who love to fly between trees and other objects probably would not want to go to Mobius way

I still haven't decided which way I will go....

Möbius vs CCD camera Latency Test (0 min 51 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Jul 04, 2015 @ 04:37 PM | 1,618 Views
This was my first major soldering job.

I ordered a bunch of batteries recently that came with a bullet connectors but I needed XT60s on them....

I had purchased a lower powered soldering iron station to lengthen some wires in another project I was working on before but my iron is only 40 W and I was a little worried it wouldn't be sufficient for the 5 mm wires of the lipos.
If I was just using the tip of the iron that would have been the case but I found if I used the flat side of the element it gave off enough heat to do the job.
The first wire took me a little while to figure that out but the second wire went pretty quickly and smoothly.

Here are some common sense things that I've learned from watching videos and listening to friends about soldering connections to the battery.

• Do not try to do both wires at the same time.
Finish one wire completely before you even take the wrapping off the second one.
• Double check that your positive and negative wires are going into the proper positive and negative part of the connector you wish to solder to.
• make sure that both male and female connectors are connected together before tinning the connector.
• Tin the connector (and wire for that matter) with a generous amount of solder.
• Crimp The wire as much as possible before connecting it to the connector.
• don't forget to put the heat shrink on the wire before you start tinning the wire..... ( I remembered on the first wire but had forgotten on the second wire so I had to desolder and start over again.... Pain in the but)

That's pretty much it. I was very intimidated by this job in the beginning as I don't really have any experience Soldering but after it was all said and done, it wasn't really all that difficult....
If I can do this anyone can.... Haha
Posted by ShawnecJP | Jul 01, 2015 @ 08:25 PM | 1,524 Views
I picked up this Matek Systems 3 in 1 Discovery buzzer / Signal loss alarm / low-voltage alarm because I sometimes fly in the long grass.
With my smaller quad I don't go too far and didn't really need something like this but now I'm flying a bigger model and I will definitely be flying further out.
And I'm just waiting on some bits and pieces for my FPV set up so once that's installed I know I will be really going far. I definitely needed something like this:

This is my equipment:
Devo 10
RX1002
Naze32 ( Full version )

Perhaps the only relevant thing in my equipment list is my radio as in the video I showed you how to set up the switch for that particular channel that you will use. Different radio different set up.
Refer to your own radios manual for that
But other than that I don't really think it matters what flight controller or receiver that you are using (as long as you have enough channels on the receiver )

I hope you enjoy the video

Banggood's Matek Systems 3 in 1 Discovery buzzer, low-voltage alarm, Signal loss alarm (11 min 37 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Jun 23, 2015 @ 08:26 AM | 1,501 Views
A much better day! No major crashes although I realized that I have sorting out to do with my fail safe on my TX.
Also realized that I have to replace my landing skids and wondering if I can come up with a quick fix till I can place an order. Hmmmm どうするがいいかな?

Sweet day with minimal wind.
Found that I can get at least 10 solid minutes on a 3s 4500mah 35c flying around similarly to the way you saw in the video below.
This is good but I'm wondering if I need that much time. I find after six or seven minutes that I want to take a break anyways.
Perhaps I might feel differently once I'm finally flying FPV (and more cheeky) but I'm thinking I'm going to step down to 2700 or 3300. The weight change makes a big difference in its agility. I actually find it a lot more fun to throw around when it's lighter with a shorter flight time then the sluggish feeling of the extra weight and a longer flight time.

Anyways, a great second day! I can't wait to get my new Möbius. I want to see some in-flight videos

I threw some Tool in there for good measure

Armattan FPV REV2 (LOS Tamagawa Sessions Day 2) (2 min 50 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Jun 19, 2015 @ 09:04 PM | 1,801 Views
The video actually started on my second flight. I didn't even record the first one ( I think my friend got it on his Mobius and maybe if he gets that to me I will post a little bit later on) but it was pretty uneventful as far as mishaps are concerned. The whole time I was in the air it flew beautifully and I have absolutely no complaints at all.

I do wonder about those stock prop nuts though. I cinched them down pretty hard Using an Allen key for leverage. After the first crush I tightened them them down even harder.

Total damage was minimal and it could've been much worse. I think I got off lucky:
• Six props
• Two sunken bolts ( to lock the folding her arms in place
• two landing skids
• Lost a stock prop not in the first crash
Two landings skids
• I put a pretty big dent in my battery during the first crash. Nothing was punctured but it was definitely put out of shape. I pushed it back into shape again with my hands. Not sure if I should continue using it or not....

This thing is incredibly powerful! Most of the time I had the throttle under 50% and I was barely touching the forward stick. This is definitely not a LOS machine ( I guess that's why it's called the FPV rev2 and not LOS rev2 haha)

I'm going to get my gear on as soon as my camera arrives.

I'm incredibly happy with this machine!!
Time to go to the hardware store and get some locknuts I guess

Armattan FPV REV2 Maiden flight (9 min 19 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Jun 17, 2015 @ 11:42 PM | 1,995 Views
I couldn't help myself. I'm sitting here with a fully built ready to fly model and it's been raining for the last couple of days and in the forecast there's no end in sight.
Hovered like a dream. Even more stable than my EOX.
If it flies like this hovering indoors I can't wait to get it outside.

Armattan FPV Rev2 indoor flight test (3 min 36 sec)

Posted by ShawnecJP | Jun 14, 2015 @ 07:08 AM | 1,848 Views
I am now the proud owner of this beautifully engineered piece of art!
And it seriously is a piece of art!
Incredible strength and rigidity.

I'm a little embarrassed to say I bought the "ready for rx" version though. This means I had it Built and tuned for me and all I need to do is add my own battery and receiver.
It should have been a DIY build but I I don't have near the skill for that for a machine like this.

But is that so bad....? Naaaa
I have tons of time for that and I fully intend to pursue that on a simpler smaller frame.
Perhaps on a smaller 250 frame that I recently received from a friend of mine.

But for now, I'll fly this masterpiece build and tuned by a master builder and all around great guy.

I highly recommend any machine from Armattan.

http://www.armattanquads.com

The attention to detail and craftsmanship is unparalleled. And if I'm not mistaken it is the only company in the world that has a lifetime guarantee on their frames ( I believe this just applies to the CF and CNC models ).

Customer service is amazing.
He provides video tutorials from everything from total DIY builds to tuning and setting up all the fbs that he offers.
If you go for prebuilt model like I did he will even send you a personalized video of your model complete with a full explanation of what he has done as well as a flight test. What other companies will offer a service like this? Customer service like this is few and far between if not completely...Continue Reading
Posted by ShawnecJP | May 30, 2015 @ 01:27 AM | 2,073 Views
On this frame I went with an h frame design.
A definite improvement over my last one.

Rather than repeat what I said in the video, I'll just post that... It's easier that way....

It's sweet and super fast.
My möbius is on the fritz at the moment so I took a video with my iPhone.
I'll fix my möbius and I'm sure I'll post a video at a latter date.
Weight is 320g
Stock fb
Stock motors
Alu motor mounts
Short legs
Möbius cam
1150mh stock battery
Gf 6045 props
Ppm rx w/sat module
Devo 10 tx

DIY EOX up close and personal (8 min 46 sec)


EOX DIY h-frame w/Devo 10 (4 min 57 sec)
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Posted by ShawnecJP | May 21, 2015 @ 02:09 AM | 2,792 Views
When I purchased my new Devo 10 I had some problems connecting it with my computer. I was told by various pop-ups that the drivers needed to be installed.
Everything is supposed to stall automatically but mine did not.
Eventually with the help of a friend I found out that I had to install the manually.
The following is the process I followed to install these drivers manually which enabled my radio to properly connect to my computer which in turn allow me to successfully install the deviation software.

First I installed the dfuse USB software on my computer. I had no problem doing this from the very beginning so please first do this.

Go to your "C Drive/program files/devention upgrade tools/drivers" file on ur computer.

double cluck on dpinst_x86

When prompted choose accept "A".
(this will install the drivers manually)

Then run the dfuse USB software upgrade program.
Next
Connect to your radio via USB.
While pressing the "EXT" button.
If you're radio appears in the drop-down menu in the dfuse USP software upgrade program then you are successful.
You can now install your deviation software ( or upgrade your Devo firmware) as normal.

I hope this can be of use to somebody who has the same trouble as me.