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Posted by SD One. | Jul 30, 2012 @ 08:41 PM | 3,506 Views
A few weeks ago, I built a quadrotor. I had no experience with this sort of thing and I've always sucked at helis, but I built one anyway. They're neat and that's good enough for me. I looked at the E-flite mQX and flew one but for $140, I thought I could do better.

So I went to Hobbyking and found this. I have many 3S 1300 packs and this is the perfect quad for them.


To finish it, I ordered a set of HK Blue 12A ESCs, Turnigy Park 300 1080 kV motors, Turnigy 8045 / 8045R props, the HK 2.1 quad controller, an ESC programming card, the USB flash unit for the control board and a bag of short receiver leads. Cost before shipping was $138. Take that, E-flite!

One week later, I was building a quad in a hot garage. It only took a couple of hours to build, much faster than building a plane. Unfortunately, I could not get the firmware flash tool to work with Windows 7. The next day on my WinXP machine at work, I flashed the control board with X-copter 4.7 firmware, set it up according to the guy who wrote the firmware and fired it up out behind the shop in a small patch of grass.

It instantly flipped over backwards. After some troubleshooting, I determined that one of the motors was bad. I disassembled the motor and it was a mess inside. Epoxy everywhere, dripping out of the can, pooling in the dome, bubbles... lots of bubbles and some very brittle motor leads. I contacted HobbyKing and the motors were now...Continue Reading
Posted by SD One. | Dec 11, 2011 @ 11:36 PM | 3,922 Views
This is my Stormbach 442.

Inspired by the Sbach 342 and based on the FoamEIIX from 3DBatix, this is my idea of something a little different. The "Sbipe" was originally loaded with over 160 super bright LEDs but having flown it before and after, I saw the LEDs strip it of its awesomeness. They didn't add that much weight but it flew like a pig and made it difficult to balance. After only two night flights, they were removed and a lighter power system was installed.

This is what happened next.

Stormbach 442 (6 min 15 sec)

And here is the night flight.

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Posted by SD One. | Jul 01, 2011 @ 09:29 AM | 6,060 Views
Sold 4 planes. Bought one new plane and a DX8. The DX8 got recalled. I won't see it for a few weeks.

New plane! The Sebart Sebach 30E. I bought it from GravesRC in Orlando and it was in my hands two days later. (Yesterday) I started building it last night and I'm down to the two tail servos and the motor. I probably won't get to fly over the long weekend. Maybe next week.
Posted by SD One. | Mar 27, 2011 @ 01:42 PM | 4,739 Views
The weather sucked for flying this weekend so I built a new plane instead. This is the first scratch foamy build that I took the time to paint before assembly. It doubled the build time but I think the final result is worth the effort.

It has 2 HXT500s in the tail, an HXT 900 for the ailerons, Super Tiger 20A ESC, Spektrum 6110 receiver, Exceed 370 1380 Kv motor and a Graupner 10x5 prop. It will fly on 2S 1800 or 3S 1300 LiPo packs....Continue Reading