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Posted by mark_q | Mar 22, 2015 @ 12:44 AM | 1,602 Views
The folowing links to my build pages on the very Drone-ish FPV Models Talon X-UAV. Enjoy and drop me a line if you have comments or questions.

Build Link

That's a LOT of wing!

Posted by mark_q | Jan 24, 2015 @ 07:33 PM | 2,666 Views
For those that really want to fly long distance, round cells could be in your future

So I got one set of three of the Panasonic 18650PF round cells, soldered them up and ran a pile of tests. I then built a 3S3P pack and you can see the build here:

Panasonic NCR18650PF 3S3P Pack Build

Ready to wrap!

Pack complete and flight test successful! (see the Wiki for more information)

Posted by mark_q | Jan 23, 2015 @ 07:16 PM | 2,318 Views
Came up with some pieces to make my 9XR more stable when sitting on the bench.

9XR 3D print files-

Folded out

Folded up

Feet too!
...Continue Reading
Posted by mark_q | Nov 02, 2014 @ 07:00 PM | 2,753 Views
After many flights with the PopWing sorting out my gear I decided to step up to something a little larger and certainly more robust.

Phantom FX-61 Build Notes

Posted by mark_q | Aug 22, 2014 @ 12:29 AM | 2,602 Views
I can't stop changing this rock star performer! I've added a Tarot GoPro3 camera holder to make the Gimbal much more rigid and compact.

Check it out HERE

Shown with a 37mm glass ND filter

Posted by mark_q | Jun 22, 2014 @ 10:34 PM | 2,908 Views
The following link is to my build article on this great idea from RCGroups poster "Crezzee". It is still a work in progress and I will update as the project develops.

SSG Build Page

Posted by mark_q | Mar 18, 2014 @ 09:14 PM | 3,285 Views
I've wanted an FPV wing ever since seeing my first Team Blacksheep videos. Well CommonSenseRC had a sale on 51" PopWings so I jumped in!

PopWing Build Notes

Posted by mark_q | Jan 24, 2014 @ 09:22 AM | 3,757 Views
The set-up article linked below is a How-To for the Martinez/BruGi controllers. It includes information and code sources to be successful in getting this controller running smooth. (It does not include any information about using a nulled or hacked Alexmos firmware on these boards.)


Martinez BruGi Controller Set-Up

Posted by mark_q | Jan 06, 2014 @ 09:40 AM | 3,805 Views
More Info than you need

Here is the full write up:

Posted by mark_q | Nov 06, 2013 @ 09:12 PM | 7,311 Views
Thought I might share my latest project, an inexpensive and easy to build front mounted brushless gimbal.

My build pages

Posted by mark_q | Oct 28, 2013 @ 12:39 AM | 3,890 Views
I wanted something big enough to use 15" props on. Digging around in the "Parts Bin" I found enough to get something started.

Parts Bin Quad Build Notes

(Shown with 12" Props)

Posted by mark_q | Sep 22, 2013 @ 11:06 PM | 4,091 Views
Once again I have modified my brushless gimbal (v4) to reduce weight and make it a little more compact. You can see my build notes below.

Brushless Gimbal Project

Posted by mark_q | Aug 03, 2013 @ 12:14 AM | 7,065 Views
The following is from a larger write-up on my wiki here:

You must use the older driver. 2.08.24, you can download it here:

1. Disconnect your internet to prevent Windows from auto fetching the latest driver (Keep it disconnected from the internet until the board is working correctly)
2. Go to device manager
3. Go to View and select "show all the hidden devices"
4. Expand "Universal Serial Bus Controllers" and "Ports (COM & LPT)"
5. Right click "USB Serial Converter" and select "Uninstall"
a. IMPORTANT! Also check the box "Delete the Driver software for this device"
6. Right click "USB Serial Port (COMx)" and select "Uninstall"
a. IMPORTANT! Also check the box "Delete the Driver software for this device"
7. Close all windows and re-start your system
8. Connect the board to USB and look for the warning that there is no driver for this device
9. Update with the driver that you have downloaded
(On some computers you may need to reboot the system)
10. Plug in the board, go to Device Manager and check to see the correct driver has been installed and the COM port is a number below 9

Once you have the driver installed you are ready to begin upgrading and tuning.
Posted by mark_q | Jul 27, 2013 @ 09:52 PM | 4,639 Views
Check out the build notes on my SwissGear Base Station Back Pack.


Posted by mark_q | Apr 15, 2013 @ 10:42 PM | 4,981 Views
The picture below shows results from some bench testing I did for finding the differences in 9" E-Props. You can read more on my Wiki here:

Prop Comparison

Posted by mark_q | Dec 27, 2012 @ 06:25 PM | 6,985 Views
I've now jumped in to doing FPV using a plane! The airframe is the 67" Penguin from ReadyMadeRC.com.

Here are my build notes

Posted by mark_q | Nov 18, 2012 @ 10:43 PM | 7,586 Views
After flying, crashing and learning a whole bunch using this platform, I have rebuilt it with some customization.

(Re)Build Notes


Posted by mark_q | Oct 27, 2012 @ 01:10 AM | 6,070 Views
After the experience with the HT-FPV, I decided to up the ante a bit. The link below goes to my build notes on this cool frame kit.

Build Notes

Posted by mark_q | Sep 21, 2012 @ 06:25 PM | 5,510 Views
Couldn't resist! Had the mqX, had a Keychain Camera, you know the rest

Click here for some project notes

Posted by mark_q | Sep 18, 2012 @ 09:31 PM | 6,076 Views
There is no end to spend in our fantastic hobby

Base Station Build Notes