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Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 26, 2015 @ 05:36 AM | 1,354 Views
Mini 250 - Roll Virginity Popped (1 min 41 sec)


Great day at the field with the guys. First time I ever rolled a mini quad. Read below for all specs & links:
Mini 250 frame, OverCraft PDB & Flight controller - Team Legit - http://www.team-legit.com/
Hq5x4 Props - http://multirotormania.com/
Motors - Sunnysky 2204/2300 - http://www.buddyrc.com/
PZ0420 - FPV Cam - East Coast FPV - http://www.eastcoastfpv.com/
ESC's - East Coast FPV - http://www.eastcoastfpv.com/
Zippy Compact Lite 3s - 2220mah - BoobyKing - http://www.hobbyking.com/
Mobius - EastCoastFPV - http://www.eastcoastfpv.com/
Frsky D4R-ii 2.4 ghz rx - Aloft Hobbies - http://www.alofthobbies.com/
ImmersionRC 5.8ghz 600mw Video Tx - Ready Made RC - http://www.readymaderc.com/store/
Lotus 5800 - Prototype 5.8 ghz RHCP Video Antenna - Spec UAV - http://specuav.com/
Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 16, 2015 @ 10:53 PM | 4,617 Views
I'm not sure of the entire back story, but RMRC at one point was selling an LC Filter that I really liked. It performed well. I think the company's name was "Let'sFpv".

One day about 6-8 months ago it just disappeared from their inventory list and never came back in stock. I used to buy the LPF-01 from RMRC until they got this one so I was pretty bummed. The LPF-01 is ok, but I don't dig the Jst connectors and it only has pos/neg leads, leaving you to still deal with the signal wire.

That was the beauty of this filter, it had all the connections. Pos/neg/signal. Just plug in. So I was flying mini quads with a friend last month and he said the guy that makes those is gonna start selling them again. WAHOO!

I just received two in the mail after he had a pre-buy special going on. So it's back and he's got 4 vendors for it. Tough luck RMRC (I think they'll stay in business anyways).

Chatted with the guy via pm over at fpvlabs and was very happy he was gonna continue making this filter. So here's a vid showing off some DVR footage results & how to set it up.

Enjoy.

http://www.matcatfpv.com/

Disclaimer: I get nothing from this. I paid for my filters and won't get anything in return for this plug. I just like to share a good product for fpv when I see it.

Mat Cat LC Filter for FPV - Review & Setup (5 min 26 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 03, 2015 @ 09:14 AM | 1,309 Views
Complete 250 Mini FPV Quad Build - FpvAv8Tr (23 min 11 sec)


First FPV flight in 2015. Specs and Links below:
Lotus 5800 5.8 Ghz Antenna - www.specuav.com
ZMR250 Mini Frame
Motors - 1806/2300kv
Props HQ 5x4
12amps escs - Simonk
Overcraft PDB
Dragonfly32 Pro Flight Controller
Frsky D4R-ii 2.4 receiver
Pz0420 FPV Cam
ImmersionRc 600mw Vtx 5.8ghz
Lotus 5800 DLS - Prototype 5.8 ghz antenna SpecUAV
Zippy Compact Lite 3s 1300 & 2200

Links

Frame & Overcraft PDB Board from Team Legit
http://www.team-legit.com/

Motors/ESC/Props/FPV Cam - East Coast FPV
http://www.eastcoastfpv.com

Lotus 5800 DLS 5.8 Ghz RHCP Antenna - Spec UAV
http://www.specuav.com

5.8 Ghz Video Tx
Ready Made RC LLC,
http://www.readymaderc.com

Frsky Reciever - D4R-ii - Aloft Hobbies
http://www.alofthobbies.com/

Dragonfly32 Pro FC Diagram by Rcg user - mstevenson1972
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=657
http://mathewstevenson.com/index_htm...onnections.jpg

DragonFly32 Pro RCG thread
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2260906

Batteries from Booby King
http://www.hobbyking.com

12v 5050 SMD LEDS lights from Ebay

Props and misc
http://witespyquad.gostorego.com/

Setting up the DragonFly32 FC Board
Youtube channel - ModifiedRC
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Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 03, 2015 @ 12:09 AM | 1,294 Views
Posted by 747Pilot | Dec 31, 2014 @ 10:58 AM | 1,406 Views
Just finished. It's 2.4/5.8
Next one is gonna be 433/1.3
These are too much fun. Have only flown 3 times but I already feel the "mini crack" entering my bloodstream. Web links are below the specs to all the websites I used .

Specs:
ZMR250 Mini Frame
Motors - 1806/2300kv
Props HQ 5x4
12amps escs - Simonk
Overcraft PDB
Dragonfly32 Pro Flight Controller
Frsky D4R-ii 2.4 receiver
Pz0420 FPV Cam
ImmersionRc 600mw Vtx 5.8ghz
Lotus 5800 DLS - Prototype 5.8 ghz antenna SpecUAV
Zippy Compact Lite 3s 1300mah
Mobious Wide Angle

Weblinks:
http://www.team-legit.com/
http://www.eastcoastfpv.com/
http://witespyquad.gostorego.com/
http://specuav.com/
http://www.hobbyking.com/

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Posted by 747Pilot | Dec 21, 2014 @ 12:49 PM | 1,630 Views
Getting voltage telemetry from a DragonFly32 Pro FC to display on a Taranis via a D4R-ii Frsky reciever. Read below for links. All credit goes to these people. I just soldered.

Taranis Frsky Telemetry & DragonFly32 Pro FC for Mini 250 (5 min 14 sec)


Johnny Meg from Team Legit
http://www.team-legit.com/#!mini-quad/c1q4h

Rcg user - mstevenson1972
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=657

Chris Riccio - From Facebook. Mini fpv pilot.

The Mini Quad Club at Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/groups/miniquadclub/

DragonFly32 Pro RCG thread here
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2260906

ModifiedRC Youtube channel - ModifiedRC
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Posted by 747Pilot | Dec 16, 2014 @ 01:03 PM | 1,664 Views
How to fly an RC airplane at you - Tutorial

Video meant for those at the very beginning stages of learning how to fly rc airplanes. I've been flying rc for 30 years and I know that one of the toughest aspects of learning how to fly an rc plane is proper control when the airplane is heading at you.

I've used this "method" since day one and it is awesome because it removes having to think about "left and right" during flight and having to ask yourself "which way to I move the stick".

This also works when the plane is upside down coming at you.

Enjoy.
How to fly an RC airplane at you - Tutorial (4 min 13 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Dec 08, 2014 @ 11:10 PM | 2,862 Views
To my fpv and rcgroups family,

I am BEGGING you for your assistance. Some of you may know that I'm a full scale pilot. This evening I got news that a friend and fellow pilot I've flown with at a previous company, passed away. His name is Jonathan Hill. He leaves behind a wife, Heather, also someone I've worked with in the past (flight attendant) and 3 children.

It's gut wrenching for me. I myself have three kids. He was only 43. He was away on a trip and didn't show up for his flight the next day. He worked at JetBlue. It's Christmas and there now a family of 4 in need that won't be waking up with their father on Christmas morning to open presents..........ever.

Heather is now left holding the reigns to support three children and raise them on her own. I've cried openly a few times tonight already over this. The mothers and fathers out there will fully understand.

So as it now stands I am completely not below begging at this point when I humbly ask you to send SOMETHING to them. I doesn't matter if it's only $5. It's $5 they wouldn't else have. Something......please. If you can't donate please share the web link to this post. Facebook, Twitter, email, etc..anywhere.

If you can donate, please sign the comment card with, "Our deepest condolences from Rcgroups - friends of Tyler Darby."

Thank you.
Happy Holidays
God bless.

http://www.gofundme.com/ig7h0w

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Tyler,
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Posted by 747Pilot | Nov 24, 2014 @ 07:28 PM | 2,114 Views
Blunt Section for PopWing/TekSumo by Hangar Cats

After building my own DIY Monkey Blunt for my PopWing 900, (which I love!) I just found this new Blunt section in a thread, made Hangar Cats. My own made kit for just $5 but I would have paid for this in a second. Looks well designed. I only paid $7 plus $3 s&h. A DEAL! Gotta order up another PopWing to so I can get working on this kit.

Rcg thread
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2267614

Hangar Cats
http://hangarcats.com/index.php?main...products_id=14

Blunt Section for PopWing/TekSumo by Hangar Cats (1 min 28 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:36 AM | 1,655 Views
Dji Thanks for contributing to the end of the party.
Disco Demolition Night Comiskey Park July 12, 1979 (Fall Out Boy) (3 min 12 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Nov 11, 2014 @ 10:11 AM | 2,197 Views
Posted by 747Pilot | Oct 23, 2014 @ 10:29 AM | 2,050 Views
New toy arrived today.
Phantom FX-61 (0 min 20 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Oct 13, 2014 @ 08:23 PM | 1,979 Views
Since I have no builds on the bench but two kids about to go trick oR treating, I had an idea to spruce up their Transformer Halloween Masks. They are gonna be the coolest kids in the neighborhood!

Required:
9v battery
9v battery connector
Small switch - optional
12v LEDs. Various colors
Led controller
Servo wire
Soldering iron
Hot glue gun.

About $10 in parts.

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Posted by 747Pilot | Sep 15, 2014 @ 09:29 AM | 2,587 Views
Rcgroup users - I need your help in finding two rc pilots.....SERIOUSLY.

As I approach my mid 40s, I now have 30+ years behind me in Rc & I've often thought about my beginnings in the hobby that would lead me into a career as a full scale pilot. In particular, I've been wondering what ever happend to the two guys that helped me when I couldn't even get a glow engine to start, let alone successfully fly an Rc plane without crashing it. I would very much like to find them.

The back story.

I grew up in Holmdel Nj across the street from what used to be called Bell Laboratories which happens to sit on a few hundred acres of prime real estate. It would later be called AT&T and also Lucent. Who knows what it's called these days. In 83' I was 13 and had already been building static models for years, some stick & tissue and some plastic, when my father took me to the Hobby Shop in Red Bank and bought me my first rc plane.

It was a styrofoam 3ch Cessna with an Enya .15 and a Futaba controller. I literally stayed awake at night thinking I owned the coolest toy ever designed by man, to the point I think it led to my partial insomnia today. As cool as I thought it was, that quickly faded when I realized they weren't so easy to get running and keep running. At least it seemed that way without anyone to help me out. I was on my own and in my vast wisdom decided that Enya's just sucked..period and I was gonna go with the more expensive OS engines.
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Posted by 747Pilot | Sep 14, 2014 @ 09:12 AM | 2,425 Views
SpecUAV (3 min 15 sec)