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Posted by Pancari | Jan 29, 2013 @ 10:54 PM | 3,110 Views
I think we can all agree that FPV is really cool stuff. Technology has driven the size and price of well designed parts for all you electronic guys, at which I do not include myself, so you can mix and match equipment and stick it on a very inexpensive quad as small as a Hubsan X4 with hot glue or some CA.

The problem remains just what is worth shooting to justify your skills and effort. I have a very nice Ivy League college nearby, a large park with a pond that would be far more interesting to shoot than my front yard.

Subject is import in photography and even more critical when the camera is flying because a boring site at grade is equally boring in the air.

I am always impressed at FVP videos from Europe as everything looks different there with amazing colors and unique architecture. If you look at some of those vids here on you YT you will find that even light switches have a different design than than here in the U.S..

To quote Mr. Spock, "Fascinating".

Videoing action is far more impressive than videoing static areas. I guess if you take the time to study Michael Bay's films perhaps you'll get an idea how to shoot FVP with alternate angles rather than simply head on.

As I was going through my car web sites I came across an article on Drone's and the Monte Carlo Rally and found the videography and background music was amazing.

I understand that this kind of production is a bit beyond sticking a 1gm camera on a Walkera QR Ladybird and doing post projection using Windows Movie Maker.

You see, a goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.

Enjoy the video.

http://jalopnik.com/5978488/a-drones...cool?tag=rally
Posted by Pancari | Jan 22, 2013 @ 10:36 AM | 2,854 Views
The new class of micro quads like the Vitality H36, WL V202, and others are the latest flyers to feed our need for speed and gratification.

We've put away our 9958's that never seemed to fly without some level of sliding, our V911's, the standard of inexpensive 4ch. FP's are put to the side and those two battery designs get shelved.

All we all flying are the flat 3.7V 350ma for our micro quads.

Change, does it ever stop?.

With the flat 3.7V, bats, we face using the LOSI connector with it's a very tight press fit that is annoying, too small for adult fingers on too short leads.

I was having difficulty easily seeing what sides match up quickly and taking them apart was a challenge.

I've watched the wife using a black Emory board and felt that it was an excellent tool for heli's as it's more course than other boards and it helped solve my LOSI connector problem.

How to Simplify LOSI Connector Removal (0 min 50 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Jan 17, 2013 @ 11:55 PM | 2,699 Views
The wife asked me this evening "Where's your camera?", not the 808 that is attached to the belly of my Hubsan X4, my Canon Sureshot I attach to my hat to shoot video.

You see, she's going down to FLA with her sister for her yearly winter vacation which is a sacred trek to get out of the Northeast cold that can be devastating. She is really a month too early if you ask me but I stay out of her decisions that don't effect me, that's Rule No. 3 of Marriage. It's usually followed by me saying "Hey, that's a great idea". Rule No. 4 of Marriage "Praise any activity that doesn't effect you". Please note Rule No. 5, "Just because you have a better idea than the wife's, doesn't mean, she'll care and take your advice".

For the record, these rules apply to any relationship.

Now I know what you're thinking, why don't I go with her. First, I am not invited, I mean, how much of a vacation would it be if I go and second, SHE'S GOING WITH HER SISTER. I don't even like when her sister come here or we have to go up there.

Not a big fan really, not a big fan at all.

So I get to have a week of doing whatever I want, which is really every week anyway. I get up after she is almost done her morning work ritual so I don't mess it up, her Rule No 7. work when I need to, which includes nights and weekends and barely leave my home except for meetings and go to bed at ridiculous hours. Geez, it's 12:40 am. What can i say, that's when my creative...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Jan 15, 2013 @ 10:22 AM | 2,678 Views
I virtually live in my basement office, it's quiet, easy to drive to when it starts to snow and I'm never far from a box of protein bars.

After breaking multiple heli and quads in my office from hitting walls and then falling to hard surfaces like tables, printers and monitors, I decided to move up leave my basement office and fly on my first floor.

It was difficult at first as the sunlight was bright, difficult to adjust to, had to wear sunglasses and lots of black as I could feel the tingling on my skin from the sunlight. And then I had the realization that I could fly outside and all I had to worry about was flying into oncoming traffic or hitting a brick wall.

The weather was cloudy yesterday so I wasn't too afraid going outside and fly my Hubsan X4.

At first, It was difficult to fly in an area greater than 14' square I am used to and the unused footage saw the X4 flying into the street, hitting a neighbor's home, roofing the X4 on my porch covering. The last battery always seems to create the best flight videos.

I decided to fly in my neighbor's air space as my front yard has too many trees and bushes.

I hope those spare parts get here before the summer as I'm afraid of being incinerated by the summer sun.

Test Flying the Hubsan X4 Outdoors Jan 14 2013 (2 min 50 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Jan 11, 2013 @ 12:43 AM | 2,788 Views
Yeah, I know I made some resolutions about not being stupid and flying a quad down here. And after breaking a motor end car and a rotor on my FIRST Hubsan X4 because of poor flying and and no real room I decided to buy some spare parts on the same day BG supply went down to zero.

I found a new set of motors and blades and when I took the casing apart I thought "Do I really want to micro solder AGAIN after I running the wire down the obstacle course like leg? The answer was "on a good day when I have nothing else to do".

The solution was to spend list price on a SECOND X4 from CA I received in a few days and on the low rate slowly fly in the Office of Hell for a few days and watch a few vids to make sure I was doing things right including calibration.

It took 25 clicks right out the box to trim the X4 and fortunately the sliding gauge failed to pick up the movement.

Things were going well till I sped things up trying to do 180 turns and flying back to me, that's when the big hits began and the legs began popping out of the construction joints near the motor. A simple fix till I hit the walls twice and broke one of the legs.

Fortunately I was able to put it back in place and CA it together.

See attached photo for the broken leg and note the small slot in the back made with my Dremel to ease battery removal.

Let's review.

I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.

One more thing, go to YT and search "Traxxis QR-1 Flips" and say "Hi" to Keli for me.
Posted by Pancari | Jan 06, 2013 @ 08:46 AM | 3,231 Views
I am not the creator of this video but felt it was worth shareing.

Goblin up in flames (5 min 4 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Jan 04, 2013 @ 10:59 PM | 3,077 Views
Happy New Year.

And you know what that means, you've already dismissed failed resolutions to remove all those bad habits and hope they don't screw up your life before you get one of those big quads for 400 bucks. It's human nature to push the boundaries of a bad ideas and beliefs hoping you'll continue to slide by with it. I know that what is fixable at 45 is impossible to manage at 60.

Allow me to suggest the following life guidelines

Call a Medical Professional
Men are very difficult and non compliant patients, we believe if we don't think about things it will go away and that's because we fear our mortality and don't know how to express those fears. Men have a higher rate of suicide than women even though women have more mental health disorders. I assume it's because men have no real support system. For example, two guys in a bar.

Guy 1 "Ya know I've got this growth on my neck"
Guy 2 "Really, wanna do a shot of Jager?"
Guy 1 "Sure"

You're buddy isn't qualified to put gas in his own car, don't look to him for support, call a professional.

Stop Binging on Junk Food
Sugar is ugly stuff, sure it's addicting and uses the same Dopamine Pathway of Happiness as heroin. Sugar has a crystalline structure and when it floats through the bloodstream it scratches the blood vessels causing inflammation and damage E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. If you consume too much refined sugars, baked goods and allot of soda, you're blood sugars will rise...Continue Reading