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Posted by RCPilot1234 | Jun 11, 2014 @ 06:06 PM | 1,316 Views
After what seems like a million test videos my friend and I finally made a review of the Duraly Junior:

Durafly Junior Review (5 min 1 sec)


I think there's quite a few things to work on regarding presentation and speech. For the time this is a good test bed for future videos.

As for the plane we really like but there's a few things to watch out for! You'll see what we like and don't like in the video. Article will be posted soon

Kind regards,
Francis
Posted by RCPilot1234 | Mar 04, 2014 @ 07:01 PM | 2,008 Views
Hi everyone, here is a test video I made of my Pro Hope you all like it

TBS Discovery Pro Test Video (3 min 11 sec)


Kind regards,
Francis
Posted by RCPilot1234 | Feb 05, 2014 @ 05:59 PM | 2,736 Views
I think this format works much better

This is just a quick test and a link-only video

Stick Cam Test 3 (0 min 21 sec)


Kind regards,
Francis
Posted by RCPilot1234 | Jan 26, 2014 @ 07:51 AM | 2,052 Views
Stick-Cam Test with the Twisted Hobbys Crack Laser (3 min 29 sec)


This isn't a final video. The the CG was off, it was fairly crowded and it's not my best flying It's just a test and hence I'll be taking it down soon

My friend Matt just shot this yesterday to see how well the stick-cam works. So far pretty good! With that being said it was slightly off position. Additionally the GoPro Hero 3 Black can't really focus in that close, so I may upgrade to the 3+ Black which is better at focusing at things closer to the lens.

GoPro settings:
1080P 25P Medium
ProTune enabled (allows for more precise colour adjustments)

Final Cut Pro X settings:
Blend Mode: Overlay
Cropped
Stabilisation enabled
Fisheye removal enabled
Blacks boosted and whites reduced

Kind regards,
Francis
Posted by RCPilot1234 | Jan 15, 2014 @ 11:17 AM | 2,096 Views
This is an animation test of a Twisted Hobbys Crack Pitts Mini. Using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects you can make cool, quick animations of simple planes and other objects.

Please bear in mind this is an incredibly rough model I did, haha! For my real video it's going to be far more detailed. But it's nice to show what you can do with fairly simple tools

Test: Modelling Animation of a Twisted Hobbys Crack Pitts Mini (0 min 41 sec)

Posted by RCPilot1234 | Dec 27, 2013 @ 12:19 PM | 2,272 Views
I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Team Precision Aerobatics (PA) pilot Daniel Dominguez earlier this week about joining the team. Shaun (all-round guru for PA) saw one of my old Addiction X videos and really enjoyed it, and was interested in whether I was on any other team. The funny thing is, is that the video that Shaun saw was shot in my infancy of 3D, when I could barely do a rolling circuit and a torque roll without doubling my heart rate (), when rolling loops where just a distant dream. Fortunately through perseverance and inspiration from pilots like Daniel Dominguez, Joe Smith, Daniel Holman, etc. I can finally do all these great manoeuvres! The Addiction line are the perfect place to practice these with awesome precision and awesome, easy 3D; a combination you rarely find in a plane. It really is incredible how much confidence they inspire in a pilot!

My main contribution to Team PA will be video production. I'm actually starting a UAV company at the moment, primarily focused on aerial cinematography. A lot of the tools used for that work beautifully for 3D flying videos, for example rotating aerial shots when the plane is prop-hanging. A series of cool overview videos of new planes will be made, too, with narration from me explaining the plane, and of course showing great 3D flying!
Posted by RCPilot1234 | Dec 13, 2013 @ 09:14 PM | 3,749 Views
As it's Christmas time I decided to put some LEDs on my quad, specifically these ones: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...trol_Unit.html

The quad is actually running on 4S, so I had to solder on an extra EC3 connector for my separate 850mAh 3S battery According to another forum user 4S works just about, but the LEDs get incredibly hot. I think 3S is best here, haha! In hindsight I would've simply made the quad 3S as it has way too much power as is (that is if you believe you can have such a thing as too much power! ). For the time being though they work great, and it's the perfect time of year to install them
Posted by RCPilot1234 | Nov 17, 2013 @ 07:01 PM | 2,288 Views
Would just like to say thanks to forum user Olive_C for this awesome guide on how to install the R7008SB with the Naza (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1973186), it was so much help!

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Built and flew my first proper quad yesterday It's a DJI F450 with some custom parts. It was so much fun!

Config:
• DJI F450 frame
• DJI Naza V2 + GPS
• AIMDROIX custom aluminium arms
• AXI Droidworx 2217/20 motors (870KV)
• Jeti HiCopter 40A ESCs
• Mejzlik 10x3.5 carbon fibre props
• Hyperion 4S 2600mAh 35c battery
• R7008SB receiver running in D-BUS
• Futaba 18MZ transmitter

The only two quads I've had before this are a DualSky Hornet 460 which I adore (lots of great night flights ), and a new Hubsan H107 FPV which is so much fun at the indoor events! So this is a great addition to my lineup (I'm planning to add lights soon so I can fly it at night like my Hornet )

Build:
Supringsly simple actually! I was rather intimidated by all the parts and all the wires, but once you get a basic understanding of what goes where and where goes what it's relatively relaxed As noted above Oliver_C's guide was super duper helpful and worked like a treat!

I decided to direct solder my ESCs to my motors. I've often had trouble with bullet joints snapping, likely due to a cold solder. And where soldering is so essential on these quads, I really want the best security. I find this method to work stellar:
Flite Test - Solder
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Posted by RCPilot1234 | Mar 17, 2013 @ 06:33 PM | 4,089 Views
My Panasonic SD700 has been good to me over the last year and a half. It's full HD sensor and 1080/50P option have produced excellent results for my RC videos. With that being said I felt like I needed a change, so I got myself a new Canon Legria HF G25

This new camera is going to be used for my RadioControlAviation YouTube channel. I'm always interested in trying to improve the quality of my videos and I think this will help.

So far the image quality looks very good. It's not a massive improvement over my SD700 but it's certainly better. I think it produces a more accurate colour reproduction; the SD700 always seemed slightly murky/tinted. Furthermore the low light performance certainly trumps the SD700's, something my old Panasonic struggled with a bit. The massive lens hood it comes with should be really helpful in blocking out lens flare, which some of my shots have been susceptible to (plus it makes you look like a pro ). This is especially important when filming planes in the stark sun of summer. My video of the awesome Extreme Flight Extra MXS 48" shows this (scroll to 2:50 to see the problem):
Pilot Francis Harris: Extreme Flight MXS 48" Hucking! (3 min 5 sec)


I think my mine gripe with this new camera is that it doesn't have a 50P option, only 25P or 50i. Basically this means it has a lower frame rate. Now for most things this isn't too much of an issue, but it certain areas it will hinder me, namely that I cannot do smooth 50% slow-motion...Continue Reading
Posted by RCPilot1234 | Mar 02, 2013 @ 09:36 PM | 3,614 Views
About two years ago I got myself a top of the range iMac: quad-core i7, 12GB of ram, 256GB SSD, etc. One thing this has been really useful in is editing my RC videos. I currently use Final Cut Pro X. Whilst it takes a while to get used to it, once you know the ins and outs I've found it's great fun to edit videos!

Here on my latest video I've tried to incorporate some extra editing techniques. I'm by no means a pro when it comes to this though, haha!

Crack Yak Mini: Indoor 3D! Pilot Francis Harris (RE) (3 min 4 sec)


Thanks for watching
Posted by RCPilot1234 | Jan 24, 2013 @ 05:10 PM | 3,903 Views
I've started doing some indoor stuff. There's a meeting every Saturday from 7pm-9pm just about six miles away from me. Whilst the place is small admission is cheap and the people seem to be friendly I've started with a Crack Yak Lite; so far it has been great but some errors I made in the build meant it's probably not performing to its full potential. Anyway I have finally edited my Crack Yak Lite video from December Bear in mind this my first indoor event with my first indoor plane. Not my best flying, namely due to inexperience indoors, but also due to an incorrect throttle curve, too little expo, wrong CG, and servos that have too much blowback. But I thought it'd be nice to upload it anyway. Hoping to get more footage soon!

Twisted Hobbys Crack Yak Lite Indoor 3D! Pilot Francis Harris (3 min 55 sec)

Posted by RCPilot1234 | Jan 10, 2013 @ 08:35 PM | 3,861 Views
So I've been into 3D flying for just over year and joined RC Groups only a year ago. What a great year 2012 has been!

Firstly, my progression in the 3D realm for planes has been a lot better than expected. Last January I could barely prop-hang in real life, with every flight leaving me shaking. I thought there's no way I'm going to be able what the professionals do, but I pursued and pursued! Now, not only can I prop-hang, I can torque roll on the deck, do rolling harriers in clockwise and anti-clockwise circles, do rolling loops, pop-tops, blenders, outside and inside knife edge spins, and also weeble wobbles! Additionally, my precision flying is getting better With this being said, I still have a fair way to go to perfect my craft. I think improving my precision flight and left rolling loops and circuits is a must. I also really want to perfect a rolling vertical circle of 8! But that'll have to wait 'till I have more time available. Joe Smith's videos and RealFlight 6 have been a major aid in learning 3D so I thank both Joe and the makers of RealFlight for that.

RadioControlAviation, my YouTube channel, has also been a great success in 2012! I'm currently at 205 subscribers with a near-approaching 200,000 video views; these stats I'm very pleased with . I was delighted when the father of 3D legend Joe Smith, Jim Smith, complimented my videos and subscribed to them; thanks Joe and Jim! Fortunately, YouTube has enabled my account for custom thumbnails which has...Continue Reading