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Posted by blade strike | Dec 07, 2014 @ 08:32 PM | 3,395 Views
Basic overview of the New DJI Pilot App.
DJI PILOT APP **BETA** (8 min 19 sec)
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Posted by blade strike | Nov 08, 2014 @ 01:48 PM | 10,444 Views
I received some of the new p2 2312 Motors and v2 ESC's. Flying at 7000' on an average I have been looking forward to this upgrade. Ever since the Installed the h3-3d on the p2 I have felt this was about all the p2 to could handle at this altitude. I did receive some of the 9450 props a few months back and they did help. Cant wait to try the new motors with the new props, should be a good combo for fat phantoms

Anyone that has soldered new ESC and or motors on the Phantoms know you need a hot iron and work fast. You can not leave the iron on the wires for any amount of time or they will be damaged, so please be carful and make sure you have the right equipment.

I chose to solder the motors to the ESC's before installing them into the body. This way just provides more room to work and don't have to worry as much while soldering.


You will need to make two sets of each motor and ESC combo (CCW / CW).
CCW, Motor 1 and 3 ( A= Black, B= Red, C= Yellow)

CW, Motor 2 and 4 (A= Black, B= Yellow, C= RED)
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Posted by blade strike | Oct 16, 2014 @ 11:14 AM | 3,801 Views
(I do the same for ALL my battery test. I bring it to a hover throw it in GPS mode and relax.)
I have been wanting to test these new batteries from GenAce for some time, I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of their 22,000mah packs.

I wanted to break this battery in correctly and watch the IR stabilize. I started by running the pack through the usual 10 break in cycles taking it down to 50-60% each time.. I noticed by these first flights that the battery was not sagging and cells seemed to be perfectly matched.

Below is the dataset of my 20th flight on this pack, this flight I took it down right to the 80% mark. Got close to 17mins of flight time on a fully loaded s1000 with GH4 HD Gimbal.I put back 17430mah in the pack, so at these flight times you will not be damaging this pack.

What I first noticed over any battery I have tested so far is how tight each cell is on the voltage loss. You will notice that it's a very tight curve and cells look to be closely matched. You will also notice how little sag there is, these are premium cells. IR has settled right at 5ohms which is very low!! The pack weighs 2509g (5lb 8.5oz), so even though these are top of the line cells, they have solid power to weight ratio as well.

If you're looking for that BIG pack to get you over the 16min mark, this is a great choice. These packs are pro level and the cells do show this. I know it's been hard to get these larger packs in the US from Tattu but that should not be an issue anymore! You can now order direct from GenAce/Tattu US,

Pack dimensions & weight :
Length (mm) 195
Width (mm) 91
Height (mm) 64
Weight 2509g
Posted by blade strike | Sep 21, 2014 @ 07:29 PM | 4,651 Views
S900 H3-3D Mounting Plate
Posted by blade strike | Aug 24, 2014 @ 03:02 PM | 5,434 Views
DJI S900 Fast Forward Flight and Wind **TEST** (3 min 13 sec)

For anyone that had concerns on the s900's stability in wind and at Forward flight here is a short little example. I should have gone farther but my battery was getting somewhat low and I was flying from the far shoreline.

DJI S900
Lightbridge (smooth mode)
GH4 HD Gimbal
Posted by blade strike | Jun 22, 2014 @ 08:27 PM | 6,831 Views
Mine new DJI Lightbridge / iPad Air ground setup.
Sticky: Dji fpv hub
Posted by blade strike | Feb 16, 2014 @ 05:19 PM | 15,268 Views
I received my DJI FPV HUB last week so I thought I would show how to install it. The FPV HUB allows you to connect a Mini iOSD or MarkII , h3-2d and AVL58 w/o the need of soldering. The hub is super small and lightweight, I saved 5 grams by installing it. My old wire harness was 10g vs 5g of the fpv hub and ribbon cables.

Before The Install:

After Install

The FPV HUB is very small
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Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 09:37 PM | 9,357 Views
I got a deal on some 9300's. With the longer antenna's for CF gliders, I thought it would be perfect for the Phantom. And other multi-rotor use!
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 09:27 PM | 9,212 Views
This is probably my favorite to fly.. She is a blast!! Very stable but agile at the same time.

You can not ask for better performance from a gimbal. IMHO the Zen for GoPro is the Cats meow
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 09:20 PM | 9,270 Views
My current ag700 y6.
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 09:14 PM | 9,218 Views
Some old pics I thought I would share... She is the reason why I love y6 for AP type stuff. She was just under 6lb with the ag550 gimbal.

She has been retired but thought I would post since she still has a fond place in my heart!!
Posted by blade strike | Aug 12, 2012 @ 12:21 PM | 27,307 Views
Well after buying a AG550 and not happy with the WK-M new outputs I decided to see if I could find a cheaper solution than a Hoverfly $360 gimabl controller.
Well I found a Crius SE on ebay for $35 shipped. I thought what the hell, I will give it a try. after about a week of tuning I feel that I have hit the max performance I can get out of this board!
Since this was my first MultiWii controller of any kind, it took a sec to understand how it works but really like it now.. Might even get another for a sports quad.
Setting the controller up for gimbal only mode is very easy and I will outline the basic setup to do so.

First you need Arduino Compiler and Board Flashing Environment

Now you need the Latest MultiWii Software including Configuration Program

Unzip both to a common directory.

Attach the FTDI USB board to the MultiWii SE board and plug in USB cable
to PC. A new Hardware dialogs will appear and point to the \drivers\ftdi usb folder in the Arduino folder for the driver. Driver should install and new device be

With FTDI USB connected, start Arduino.exe. Set board type to Arduino Nano /w ATmega 328

Set Com port to the one the FTDI is on.

Now open the MultiWii 2.1 source code (MultiWii_2_1.ino). You will see tabs on top now. Select config.h

Now find and uncomment the following:
/**************************    The type of multicopter    ****************************/
    #define GIMBAL
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Posted by blade strike | Jul 02, 2012 @ 08:48 PM | 10,403 Views
June 30th 2012...
Big Bear Lake California
Posted by blade strike | Aug 31, 2008 @ 12:49 PM | 14,037 Views
Just thought some of you would like to see the new colors on my rex 500! It now also has all metal head and tail upgrades! Once again thanks to Joe over at tech-mp for his super fast shipping and great customer service!
Posted by blade strike | May 21, 2008 @ 09:48 PM | 15,405 Views
Fishing is wide open in Big Bear Lake!!!
Yesterdays big fish, 6lb 2oz Rainbow Trout! Todays was a 8lb 1oz Rainbow

added pic of 5lb 11oz, picked up this moring

added my Daughter's first big one!!!
Posted by blade strike | May 03, 2008 @ 07:54 PM | 14,583 Views
The rex500 has become my favorite heli to fly! Flies more like my 600e than my other smaller birds!

Thanks to Joe over tech-mp for gving me a killer deal! Joe I will buy some parts but I have not crashed her yet ( knock on wood )!
Sticky: New Beam 450E
Posted by blade strike | Mar 31, 2008 @ 01:11 PM | 14,698 Views
Just thought I would post some pics of the new Beam. I wasnt planning on buying another 450 class heli but I'm sure glade I did! I will be posting more pics once I get all electronics installed!...Continue Reading
Posted by blade strike | Jan 28, 2008 @ 09:05 PM | 15,438 Views
Here is my RCT-450 SS. The canopy was made by a RCG member EAST.

Thanks Shawn for the cool paint job, now my SS is complete ...Continue Reading
Sticky: T-Rex 600 AL
Posted by blade strike | Nov 12, 2006 @ 12:56 PM | 19,131 Views
Thought I would start my blog off with a t-rex 600 build.. I know this has been done but thought I would do it just for fun, Hope you enjoy!

Please click here for the build