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Posted by l shems | Today @ 03:05 PM | 7 Views
I have spent a considerable amount of time creating the tools neccesary for the Taranis being useful and userfriendly, and getting the best out of it and it's OpenTX operating system. This was only possible by writing some custom add-ons,made possible by the LUA-interpreter being on board as of versions 2.0.x.

Those who say that OpenTX is perfect, and will suit everybodies needs, are at least ignoring the needs of the people NOT familiar with modern software technology , downloads, upgrades, firmwares, github, etc.

What I intend to do in this blog is to share my toolset, developed especially for F3K glider plane competition flying, and explain the hard lessons learned in using LUA and OpenTX to get it al done.

Enjoy reading, using and sharing, and I hope I can lower the treshold for using the Taranis for more than just controlling your plane, also for the less tech savvy people.

Posted by Crash Override | Today @ 02:36 PM | 30 Views
NOTE: Failsafe no longer functions properly with this modification. If signal is lost, failsafe engages with motor going to full throttle instead of throttle off regardless of throttle setting.

NOTE: After installing this conversion, the ESC enters programming mode with each fresh battery regardless of throttle setting. To get out of programming mode:
Power on TX, set throttle to high. Connect battery. Two tones confirm high throttle, two repetitions of three ascending tones indicates programming mode entered.
Single beep sounds - move throttle to low.
High beep sounds - move throttle to high.
Two repetitions of three descending tones - move throttle to low.
Single beep - settings confirmed. Single beep then three ascending tones - 1S recognized, then programming complete and program mode exited.

NOTE: The low voltage cutoff feature (LVC) does not work with this conversion. The plane will continue to fly until the battery can no longer power the receiver, causing it to go into failsafe mode. The motor will then go to full throttle until the battery can no longer power the motor. Bench testing shows that programming the ESC LVC to 3.2V closely matches the RX low-voltage failure point (similar to loss of TX signal). Once the RX fails, the ESC powers the motor at full throttle for less than 30 seconds before cutting power to the motor. Observed behavior also shows that as the failure point is approached, the RX will switch in and out of failsafe causing sudden left rudder.
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Posted by dmrcflyr2 | Today @ 08:19 AM | 278 Views
Yesterday I reported that I had received 2 engines, one of them being a well used Enya 19X. I completely disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled this engine. Luckily the bearings on this engine still felt pretty good. Obviously they have been changed before. The internals showed considerable run time and it had very low compression.

The parts cleaned up really well and I just ran it for the first time, much to the dismay of my neighbors.

Enya 19X first run (3 min 52 sec)

Posted by MicroFantastik | Today @ 08:11 AM | 265 Views
The other day I was Iooking for a new frame I wanted something different and unique something other than a box with motors. I came across the Green Gorilla site a while ago and bookmarked it for future consideration. I pulled the trigger on a "Lite" version of the GG frame meaning the cage portion is just for a fpv cam and you add a different cage at a later date for a GoPro or similar action cam. The GG frame has a unique geometry built into the frame as well. I plan on running a fpv cam as well as a mobius action cam on the top plate. Im really looking forward to the build and the cutting edge technology with this frame

My parts list
Green Gorilla frame Lite version
Taranis X9D Plus
Frsky D4R Rx
Mobius Action Cam w/Wide angle lens
Eachine FPV cam 200mw
Emax 12a escs
Naze32 FunFly
DYS BE1806 2-3S 2300KV Brushless Motor
Posted by MicroFantastik | Today @ 08:07 AM | 247 Views
The other day I was Iooking for a new frame I wanted something different and unique something other than a box with motors. I came across the Green Gorilla site a while ago and bookmarked it for future consideration. I pulled the trigger on a "Lite" version of the GG frame meaning the cage portion is just for a fpv cam and you add a different cage at a later date for a GoPro or similar action cam. The GG frame has a unique geometry built into the frame as well. I plan on running a fpv cam as well as a mobius action cam.

My parts list
Green Gorilla frame Lite version
Taranis X9D Plus
Frsky D4R Rx
Emax 12a escs
Naze32 FunFly (Full Version)
4Pcs DYS BE1806 2-3S 2300KV Brushless Motor
Battery unkown
Posted by papadwight | Today @ 06:31 AM | 330 Views
I fly small RC planes under 2 oz around the house. Things get better after you stop your panic and fly that plane. Fly around that tree trash can or land just clear of that lawn mower. Many times when I first started flying the crash was me over doing the contols. Now I just try and make that turn or fly off the curb the plane's light it well be Ok if I don't go nuts. Most times you must hit a wing on the house Which I have stop doing. I also fly in less wind where at first I would fly mid day even if its was blowing 10 or 12 mph. Now I try to hold my flying to 5 or 6 mph or fly over long grass out back when its windy. There I can make a quick stall landing over grass and just let the plane fall and its ok. I just must get the speed down before the stall just over tall grass. Now I love flying around things and many times making it very close call....Continue Reading
Posted by lassehellsten | Today @ 06:22 AM | 358 Views
Some pics on mods to my Mossie.

MrRCSound V4.1 board on top of wing down under!

Nacell foam cut-outs to leave room for TT25 trancducers
Thin foam over wire channel and TT25 on top of it, epoxied, under man gear
video shows final result after painting

MrRCSound Freewing Mosquito (0 min 32 sec)

Flaps all prepared before cutting them out
90 dgr U-bent steelrod into groves filled out with balsa and 0.5 mm plywood on top epoxied in place
Centered rod in the bottom of hinge grove
Cut out and bent flaps upwards to fit hingetape instead of hinges, keeps everything aligned without effort.
Posted by XQPOWER | Today @ 05:19 AM | 345 Views
HV Titanium Gear Digital Servo XQ-S4116F

Speed:0.08 sec/60 at (7.4V)
0.10sec/60at (6.6V)
Torque: (208.3 oz-in)
(180.5 oz-in)

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60kg Large Brushless Servo XQ-S5650D

Speed:0.20 sec/60 deg at (9.6V)
0.18 sec/60 deg at (12.0V)
Torque: (667 oz-in)
(833 oz-in)60

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Full Alu CNC Digital Servo XQ-S4320D

Speed:0.12sec/60 at (6V)
0.14sec/60 at (4.8V)
Torque: (278 oz-in)
(239 oz-in)

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Posted by Jack Crossfire | Today @ 04:30 AM | 390 Views
It was the 1st new board in 11 months. The 1st truck board arrived on Dev 7, 2014. It had a lot of rework & a MOSFET for controlling the headlights. Hard to believe that old age has degraded memory so much, but I had no memory of the 1st board or even reworking it. The 2nd board arrived on Jan 18, 2015. It had no headlight control.

Memory of board etching times faded. The ideal times are exposure: 25 min, etching: 40 min. Left it etching for too long, which didn't kill anything, but it had a toner bubble which broke a trace. There's very little memory of working on boards in the last 15 years, despite all the time it took.

The 3rd board has a UART for the Odroid instead of SPI, I2C for a full IMU, a UART for GPS, but probably not enough power for GPS above 1Hz. A board for a 2nd vehicle's hand controller also emerged. Knowing whether that 2nd vehicle will ever be affordable requires checking the current rent.

Whether an IMU heading is accurate enough to keep it on a path is the 1st task. It will have some knowledge of the path heading from manual input & a rough heading from the IMU. Later on, the path heading could come from GPS. The heading from the IMU can help find the path on the camera & provide a boundary for feedback headings. Knowledge of the path edges from the camera can offset errors in the IMU heading. The camera would have a very diminished role, compared to the IMU heading.
Posted by MrSatoV | Today @ 03:58 AM | 406 Views
Check out my review of the new RCTimer BeeRotor 160 frame -

Really diggin this little guy, and the RCTimer OZE32 All-In-One FC/PDB/OSD!
Posted by Dermensch | Today @ 03:56 AM | 405 Views
Bad day for DJI F450 (0 min 57 sec)

Posted by Dermensch | Today @ 03:55 AM | 406 Views
Crack Pitts - Cold day (3 min 38 sec)

Posted by martingreen | Today @ 02:55 AM | 423 Views
I wonder whether RC beginners got the same concern as mine: want to start flying a mini quad for its controllability, but also hesitate for its great controllability. Sometimes too good controllability means easy to learn and master, which will end as very boring flying experience.

So how do we ensure not to get a boring mini quad? For me, I think I got a very lovely one: JJRC F180. And its more a flyer than a toy decoration.

Im not going to talk about how amazing flight JJRC F180 can do, instead, I wanna take JJRC F180 for example to discuss three important factors when choosing a mini quad. As for its flying experience, youd better fly and feel it by yourself.

First of all, I always focus on its appearance including the modeling, the color, the painting, etc. Honestly, I have written many mini quadcopter reviews, specially I prefer to write those who have delicate and unique modeling. You know: mini always got an implied meaning cute as big got an implied meaning strong.

JJRC F180 looks like a flying insect. What makes mini quad so popular? Mostly because of its lovely and vivid appearance. We can, in fact, fly many things like the paper airplane. But all Im longing for is to make the flying more vivid. Therefore, the design of quads takes very first place. As for color, light golden makes JJRC F180 very friendly insect.

Secondly, detailed design shows durability and practicability. Fully-covered propeller protection as JJRC F180 takes, I...Continue Reading
Posted by Crash Hancock | Today @ 01:43 AM | 463 Views

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Posted by Jack Crossfire | Today @ 12:13 AM | 498 Views
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Posted by Helldiver | Yesterday @ 11:04 PM | 504 Views
Micro FPV Racer -Park it like it's Hot (2 min 32 sec)

Lunch Break fun at the park
Posted by dgliderguy | Yesterday @ 10:15 PM | 534 Views
Here's my newest addition to the fleet; a Dynaflite Butterfly with a Cox TD09 engine, 2 Hitec HS-81 servos and an all-up weight of 49oz. I highly recommend this kit-- good wood, light but strong construction, excellent plans and instructions, and everything fit together the way it was supposed to, with no adjusting or trim-fitting required. Well worth the eighty bucks from Tower.

I built it in October, but only recently had a good weather window for a maiden flight. I'm pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out to be just exactly what I wanted-- a simple machine for launching high and finding thermals. I did a few simple mods, for my own personal preferences. I went with the Butterfly II tail feathers instead of the stock ones shown on the plans, just because I like their funky lines more. I lowered the wing down onto the fuselage longerons to lose the faux cabin/windshield look. And I left off the landing gear and wheels, because my idea here was to have a motorglider, to be used for soaring in thermals, not for shooting touch-n-goes (I have other, better models for that sort of thing).

The Butterfly is a real sweetheart to fly. Stable and predictable, with a low minimum sink rate at slow speeds and excellent controllability in thermal turns. I used to own a Paragon, and this feels and behaves a lot like that one. A slow turkey vulture looking for some vertical puffs.

The engine is strictly a launching device. I have a one ounce fuel tank mounted behind the firewall, which provides a little over two minutes of full power engine run time-- enough to get the Butterfly up to well over 1500 feet or more (i.e., speck height). I will more likely run just enough fuel for a winch-height launch of about 400 feet, which is all I will need for finding thermals.

Can't wait for spring to get here now! I anticipate many long, enjoyable thermalling flights with this one!
Posted by punkindrublik | Yesterday @ 10:04 PM | 559 Views
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Posted by Marv0 | Yesterday @ 09:56 PM | 522 Views
I recently bought a Syma X8W.... and because of some concern over recording quality via WiFi to the iPhone 6, I also bought a Xiaomi Yi action cam.
This has inbuilt sd card and also uses FPV. Here's my problem.... The default setting for the viewing of the image on the iPhone via Xiaomi software is "portrait". This gives you a very small strip of vision at the top of the vertical screen. Not very good for viewing at the best of times, and certainly not on a bright sunny day.

It would make more sense to view it in Landscape.

I've been searching all over, but can't find any fix. Just turning the iPhone horizontally doesn't work. Plus the Syma phone clip is a "landscape" hold, as you may know, although that's probably fixable.
Has anyone had any experience of the problem with this or other cams with FPV?
Thank you in advance for reading this, and any help you can offer,