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Posted by Buzz_Man | Mar 21, 2014 @ 03:37 PM | 2,069 Views


Hello Everyone

A couple of years ago I had an HPI Savage Flux HP and I ran it on 4S

Although I've owned many r/c rolling vehicles, that was my first "monster truck" and that truck provided more fun than any other rolling vehicle I've ever owned - no kidding.

Three months ago, someone posted a link to a Tamiya 1/8 truggy kit sale and I thought the deal was too good to pass up so I bought a TRF801XT kit - I think I paid ~$99 which included delivery --> LINK (the deal is no longer available )

If anyone has ever witnessed the incredible durability of "decent quality" 1/8 racers, then you'll know why I picked this chassis as my platform. There's always a trade off between various types of performance: low is great for handling fast turns on a track but with the huge wheels & tires, I'm sacrificing that handling characteristic in favor of gaining very generous ground clearance - that's something monster trucks are known for: the large tires and higher ground clearance are significant contributors to the fun and appeal of these machines.

So, I believe I now have all the items needed to convert this chassis into, what I hope will be an amazing basher because that's what I enjoy doing the most with r/c vehicles.

Here's what I've selected for this machine:
  • Tamiya RC GP TRF801Xt 4x4 Racing Truggy kit, 1
  • RC Monster motor mount
  • Castle Creations CC Pinion MOD1 15T, 1
  • Castle Creations Castle Link USB Programming Kit, 1
  • Castle Creations
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Posted by Buzz_Man | Dec 15, 2013 @ 11:41 AM | 3,371 Views

Here are the settings for my Armattan M332 quad which uses the KK2 flight controller and my Spektrum DX7 radio.

The quad was setup by Chris and was delivered from Armattan Quads this way.

The quad flies like a dream - excellent flight characteristics.
PLEASE NOTE: I reverse the toggle on my radio so the "down" position for the gear switch is "auto level off" - just a personal preference that is probably not the usual switch setting for the auto level feature on/off
Apologies because some of the images are a little blurry - regardless, it seems everything is still legible

I hope someone finds this helpful

Fly safe, fly often - enjoy it!


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Posted by Buzz_Man | Sep 15, 2013 @ 07:48 PM | 3,219 Views


Last year I purchased some FPV equipment but made lots of mistakes, got frustrated, began spending more time doing other stuff and quit - sold all my stuff.

About two months ago, I got another set of FPV equipment and I have total confidence this time I'll be successful. I began my new FPV adventures using a home-made wooden H-quad (photos below). This thing, ready to fly, was ~1438g and it flew "okay" but I believe it was a little underpowered. After flying it in the backyard via LOS I began testing my FPV system and it was incredibly cool - lots of fun.

I knew I had to fly in a large field so on Labor Day, my wife and I went to a gigantic field available for public use. Nobody was there and I began flying. It was incredibly challenging - nothing like I'd ever experienced before and nothing like I thought it would be. Suffice to say, I am not a "natural" at FPV.

At the end of my first real FPV flights, I was flying around and in between trees, having a great time discovering it was really easier to keep the quad flying with speed rather than trying to putter around slowly with great precision like I'd been trying before.

I never had any crashes but we had to leave early because she stepped in an ant pile and . . . wasn't fun from that point forward.

So, believing my wooden H-quad was a tad underpowered, I transferred all my FPV equipment to another quad, an Armattan CNC 355. I just returned from flying it in the back yard and
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Posted by Buzz_Man | Jul 08, 2012 @ 10:49 AM | 3,191 Views
Hello

My history with multi-rotor aircraft has involved only quads.

First Quad --> A used Gaui 300X-S.

Second Quad --> I built one from scratch using fairly inexpensive motors & ESC's, but included a good frame (LINK) and a decent control board (LINK).

Third Quad --> I was captivated by this company so I bought their all aluminum frame (LINK) and used another FY-90Q controller with these motors (this quad and build was described in an earlier blog here at rcgroups).

I'm currently building my fourth quad:
Frame --> HT-FPV (LINK)
Motors & ESC's --> Gens Ace (LINK)
Flight Controller --> DJI Naza (LINK)

The wiring harness is "done." Maybe I'm just incredibly slow but this took me about two hours to create from start to finish. The two JST taps are for either the voltage alarm system, LED lighting system, &/or when testing FPV equipment (actual FPV system has its own, separate power supply)

I realize the "Steps to Building A Quadcopter" is incomplete, probably needs to be rearranged, and could never adequately provide everything for everyone. It's just a sketch, a "visual checklist" of the steps that are or could be necessary when building a quad copter.
Posted by Buzz_Man | Jun 17, 2012 @ 08:14 AM | 4,032 Views
Yesterday (Saturday, 16-Jun-2012), I went to the garage and came out with a camera mount for my GoPro (photos below). It was phenomenal to finally get home and watch the videos which came out much better than I had anticipated.

If anyone hasn't done this yet, I'd highly recommend it. I will be trying to figure out how to edit the 2GB of video I have into a brief, enjoyable presentation but for now, here are a few screen shots from the videos.

Hope you enjoy . . . happy flyin'