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Posted by Deserteagle | Sep 28, 2016 @ 02:06 AM | 7,583 Views
This is one of many conversations that I love having with Craigiri. I have always enjoyed what Craig brings to RCG and even if I don't always agree, he has always shown respect. I would love to meet the guy one day!

Craig is DJI's greatest fan and for good reason. He makes many great points about the direction of DJI, it's products and it's future.


Craig is talking about somebody challenging DJI with great products.

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Originally Posted by craigiri View Post
People have been saying this for years and I had hoped the same. But now that I know a lot more about what it takes I simply don't think it can be done. Too much money and too many engineers required...plus the proper standards and leadership/vision.

I don't think there is hardly any precedent for a new company (Drone company X, for example) just somehow getting a hold of a billion or two and hiring 500+ engineers (probably the minimum) and then waiting years before any profits might be made.

It's all about risk.

It's easy to make yet another Snapdragon drone or a PX4 drone (once they get a bit further in that development). But they still have to do the camera, the software, the simulators and so much more.

It's like a little league team going against the majors. Ain't gonna happen. At least I don't see how it can given the current situation.
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hmm sure didn't take long before Honda, Toyota and Nissan took down GM and Ford a notch and helped wipe...Continue Reading
Posted by Deserteagle | Sep 19, 2016 @ 02:01 PM | 716 Views
So I watched the highly anticipated Gopro event and I'm left with some good feelings and some not so good ones.

To get the bad out of the way.

1. Something new and different?
The camera offerings miss the mark because they really don't offer much different than what they are currently selling. Yes the Hero 5 Black is water proof and yeah it does have some extra neato features but is the image quality that much different than before? Does it still have fish eye? Does it still have a massive amount of RF interference? (more on that later)

2. Price:
The price of the cameras are still too high.
I understand that GoPro sees themselves as a premium brand but with competition from actual well known premium camera brands that offer zoom and other nice to have features can GoPro really demand such prices?

3. Cheap seats.
There are many cheap cameras that come close to the performance in the minds of the average person. The average person isn't going to spend time doing massive edits or count Mbps. All they really care about is price and there are many cheapo sports cameras on the market that fit into the budget of the average family making $50 grand a year. Next year we will see even more.

4. Economy:
Many people are very leery of the market and the direction of the country this year. All market indicators look bleak as far as consumer spending going into the holiday season. Normally during an election year the market and consumer index does well but not this time around....Continue Reading
Posted by Deserteagle | Jul 09, 2016 @ 04:38 AM | 1,394 Views
The ultimate Camera Drone


What would be the ultimate Camera Drone for prosumers and professionals?


The answer depends on what you are going to do with it but for the most part, normal hobby type of users just use these to buzz around or get on the forums and buzz around talking about them.


Not ONE manufacture has come close the the ultimate regardless what the shills (paid or unpaid) have said and to be honest most within the price range of the “prosumer” is lacking in features, both safety and programmable ones. I look at what is available NOW for under $2000


The inspire.


The inspire certainly made a splash when it was released but honestly it is now actually behind the P4 both in features and price to performance. The Inspire's lightbridge lags badly compared to the P3 as I have flown the P3 and owned the Inspire (surprise!) for about three months last year. Compared to the P4 the Inspire is simply dated, and one of the reasons I sold it was because I knew something better was going to come out and I didn't want to lose money on it (also it was winter). I really thought that DJI would have released a new version after the new year but alas, they have not so I should have kept it.


The P4
The P4 is the best in the Phantom series but it's starting to become a one trick pony and it's time for DJI to move on to a different design. If they continue with the Phantom series they will become much like the Porsche of drones because they will...Continue Reading
Posted by Deserteagle | Jun 24, 2016 @ 01:53 AM | 1,830 Views
There are many touting that in the future drones will be everywhere, doing... well pretty much everything from delivering our groceries and much needed medicine to people in remote areas to farming, bridge and cell tower inspection and so on, but how much of this will be true?

Well I believe the answer will be dependant on where you live in the world.

Even though I believe there will be uses for drones in Agricultural and inspection here in the US, I don't believe we will see much in the way of delivery for many many years, if ever. The reason is simple. Liability.

Liability is a huge expense to companies and one that is hard to factor in the price of goods and services. As the saying goes, "things just happen"' and successful businesses have workforce policies to reduce liability by reducing another important factor in their day to day operations, Risk.

Risk and risk management is one of the many ways a company tries to reduce the cost incurred by accidents and therefore reducing a chance of monetary liability. Monetary liability to businesses in the US costs billions and therefore Risk management becomes an important part to the bottom line of a business. To offset the cost of monetary liability, individuals and companies rely the insurance policies.
Insurance policies help protect companies and individuals by off setting the cost of monetary losses but depends on whether the amount of coverage in the policy is enough to cover the cost of the liability....Continue Reading
Posted by Deserteagle | Jun 13, 2015 @ 05:12 PM | 4,161 Views
Looks like imageshack took down my pictures for sharing on forums Oh well I got my moneys worth LOL

Lady Shannon Clyde Puffer

Sorry about the long read but there are plenty of pictures and movies for those that don't want to.


The project started about 9 years ago when I bought a Hemmens Caton V4 from a collector. I have dreamed of owning this engine since the early 90's when I seen one at a model train show. The one I purchased came with all the original documents, manual and boiler certificate. It also had the optional attenuator which was perfect for what i was going to use the engine for. The engine had been run a couple of times but was very tight and the timing was a little off so I ran about a couple of gallons through it and readjusted the valving as per instructions. After the break in the engine runs very smooth almost clock like in precision.





The Ship.


Since I was a child I had always wanted to build a Clyde Puffer. My Grandfather had a picture of a Puffer hanging in the guest bedroom that he took while he was stationed somewhere in the UK during WWII. He told me that he took a ride on one while he traveled around Scotland after the war and it was a very memorable experience for him. He also liked the movie High and Dry (The Maggie) and I was able to get him a copy of that movie while he was still alive.


picture of the Rivercloy I found on the internet





I searched around and found the Puffer in kit form from Mount fleet Models and also found a...Continue Reading
Posted by Deserteagle | Jun 13, 2015 @ 05:11 PM | 3,913 Views
Posted by Deserteagle | Jun 13, 2015 @ 03:55 PM | 3,980 Views
Puffer part Part 3






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