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Posted by blade strike | Aug 24, 2014 @ 02:02 PM | 2,218 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 | Aug 16, 2014 @ 03:48 PM | 2,492 Views
Below is the first logged flight with my new TBM 6s 15,000mah packs. These packs come ready with the xt150 & as150 already installed. Got about 12.5 minutes and put 70% back. The pack weighs 1920g and the dimensions are 7" x 3" x 2 1/2" . Fits perfect on the s900 and cant beat the price.

GH4 HD Gimbal

Posted by blade strike | Jun 30, 2014 @ 01:05 PM | 4,105 Views
I wanted to break this battery in correctly and watch the IR stabilize. I started by running the pack through 10 break in cycles taking it down to 50% each time.. I noticed by these first flights that the battery was not sagging as bad as the other packs I have tested. But still had doubt on how much more flight time I would honestly get.

Below is the dataset of my first flight taking it down to 80% (78% to be exact). Got just over 16mins of flight in very windy conditions. I do the same for ALL my battery test. I bring it to a hover throw it in GPS mode and relax. The only difference in testing conditions yesterday versus my other test was the wind, it was pretty gusty during this test.

I'm very pleased with this battery. This is the first battery that I have tested that performs well without sagging and doesn't break the bank. It's light compared to my GenACE 8000 x2 packs. @ 16,000mah configuration they weigh 5lb 8oz. The AGA 20,0000 comes in @ 5lb 13oz.

The IR has settled as well, we are at an unbelievable 4 Ohm. GenACE are now at 10 Ohms. The Zippy's I have that perform about the same as the GenACE are around 14 Ohm.

If you're looking for that BIG packs to get you over the 15min mark, imho this is it. It also includes the AS150 & XT150 connectors, it's truly ready to charge and fly
Posted by blade strike | Jun 22, 2014 @ 07:27 PM | 3,510 Views
Mine new DJI Lightbridge / iPad Air ground setup.
Sticky: Dji fpv hub
Posted by blade strike | Feb 16, 2014 @ 04:19 PM | 10,060 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 @ 08:37 PM | 6,353 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 @ 08:27 PM | 6,234 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 @ 08:20 PM | 6,287 Views
My current ag700 y6.
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:14 PM | 6,233 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 @ 11:21 AM | 23,090 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 @ 07:48 PM | 7,430 Views
June 30th 2012...
Big Bear Lake California
Posted by blade strike | Aug 31, 2008 @ 11:49 AM | 11,074 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 @ 08:48 PM | 12,443 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 @ 06:54 PM | 11,652 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 @ 12:11 PM | 11,768 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 @ 08:05 PM | 12,525 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 @ 11:56 AM | 16,197 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