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Posted by blade strike | Jul 09, 2015 @ 02:04 PM | 1,768 Views
Its time again for another video contest. The theme for this contest is
SUMMER TIME FUN!

Please make a short video (2-3mins) of what your idea of summer time fun is... This can be activities with the family, animals friends or sports. The contest will end July 31, 2015.

The best video will win a Phantom 3 battery

All entries have to be posted in this thread on either youtube or vimeo. I will select the top 3 that I feel are the best and then let YOU GUYS be the judges and select the lucky winner.

Since it's a battery contest only US residents should apply.. Sorry but shipping a lipo out of country is no fun. Please remember this is not a DJI sponsor event. I do this with my own money so please don't complain.
This contest has been approved by Jim T. Graham (RCG Super Mod)

Posted by blade strike | May 26, 2015 @ 08:45 PM | 44,002 Views

Just received my Phantom 3 HDMI upgrade board. I thought I would do a quick post to show how simple this upgrade is as long as you take it slow.

First the board and cover


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Posted by blade strike | May 12, 2015 @ 05:27 PM | 3,138 Views
Please post your unboxing photos or videos of your P3. I will give the best post a p3 battery once they are available from the DJI store (end of may).

I know most of you already posted your entries in the p3 owners thread. The thread moves too fast and I am afraid that I have missed some. So please post here.

I am extending this till Friday the 15th to make sure everyone can get theirs in.
Posted by blade strike | Apr 10, 2015 @ 09:15 PM | 6,120 Views
E1200 Pro Tuned Propulsion System Upgrade for The s900.
  • Integrated Structure
    For ultimate convenience, the E1200 Pro’s integrated ESC,
    motor, and propeller are designed as a single unit that can
    be installed quickly and easily on the arm
    of any compatible platform. It also enables
    a total solution for heat dissipation
  • 17-Inch Ultra-Carbon Folding Propeller
    As one of the largest members of the Z-blade series, the 17-inch propeller boosts both
    efficiency and thrust. The application of advanced ultra-carbon-fiber composite, provides the
    rigidity of a metal propeller with lower inertial momentum. The classic folding design protects
    the propellers while making transportation and use as simple and efficient as ever.
  • Motor & ESC Cooling System
    A built-in centrifugal fan provides active cooling for both the ESC and the motor. Grid-shaped structure in the top allows for adequate ventilation while keeping dust and other debris out. The dissipation area of the integrated base plate has been enlarged by 200-300%, greatly enhancing passive cooling of the system.
  • Next Generation Smart ESC
    The sine-wave drive ESC increases power efficiency by capturing energy that is produced during deceleration. Active braking provides better dynamic response. Dynamic battery voltage ripple compensation maintains a linear speed-throttle relationship, making the flight control experience more fluid and stable.
  • Breaking Limits
    When using the E1200 Pro to upgrade your S900 using a standard
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Posted by blade strike | Feb 09, 2015 @ 11:47 AM | 5,873 Views
I do the same for ALL my battery test. I bring it to a hover throw it in GPS mode and relax.)
Mark over at dinogylipos.com contacted me. He wanted me to put his brand to the test. When I first received the pack it almost looked identical to the Tattu 22,000mAh pack. After some closer review I was able to tell these were different cells. The pack is a little larger than the Tattu pack, 2700g versus 2500. Something you wouldn't really notice on an s1000 or larger bird.

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. The only other packs I have seen like this was the Tattu.

Below is the dataset of my 12th flight on this pack, this flight I took it down right to the 80% mark. Got over 17mins of flight time on a fully loaded s1000 with GH4 HD Gimbal and Lightbridge. I put back 17663mah in the pack, so at these flight times you will not be damaging this pack. The pack was 78F in 61F ambient, so this pack wasn't even stressing this setup or times.



What I noticed was the tight voltage curve on each cell over the flight. The only other pack I have seen this type of discharge curve was the Tattu 22,000. 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...Continue Reading
Posted by blade strike | Jan 28, 2015 @ 04:51 PM | 6,220 Views
Posted by blade strike | Dec 07, 2014 @ 07:32 PM | 7,612 Views
Basic overview of the New DJI Pilot App.
DJI PILOT APP **BETA** (8 min 19 sec)
DJI Inspire **CLICK PAN / TLILT** (1 min 59 sec)
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Posted by blade strike | Nov 08, 2014 @ 12:48 PM | 21,365 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.

V2 ESC


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 @ 10:14 AM | 7,019 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, http://www.genstattu.com

Pack dimensions & weight :
Length (mm) 195
Width (mm) 91
Height (mm) 64
Weight 2509g
Posted by blade strike | Sep 21, 2014 @ 06:29 PM | 8,718 Views
S900 H3-3D Mounting Plate
Posted by blade strike | Aug 24, 2014 @ 02:02 PM | 9,356 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
A2
Lightbridge (smooth mode)
GH4 HD Gimbal
Sticky: Dji fpv hub
Posted by blade strike | Feb 16, 2014 @ 04:19 PM | 21,176 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 | Dec 18, 2013 @ 06:35 PM | 7,723 Views
I was only able to take a quick test flight with the new lens. We have some weather coming in, very windy and dirty air. Overall I'm happy with the Sunex DSL945D. I can even switch back to the stock lens in about 5mins if I want.

As the picture below shows, the 945D has a smaller head than the stock gopro lens. This does leave an opening so I made an o-ring type solution. This fills the gap and also keeps the lens very secure with no need for glue or adhesive.

Today when I was doing some focus test I noticed the lens does have a lot of glare. I decided to make a bigger o-ring, one that sticks out further so it would work as a sun shade. It's not the cleanest look but the foam doesn't added much weight at all and that is very important.

I might order a 355A and see how that compares, I just hate how much shipping is from sunex.


Edited
Video Updated 12/21/13
GOPR0125 (4 min 2 sec)





Compatible Lenses
GoPro Hero 1
DSL377A-650-F2.8
DSL355A-650-F2.8

GoPro Hero 2
DSL377A-650-F2.8

GoPro Hero 3
(All editions)
DSL355A-650-F2.8
DSL945D-650-F2.5
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:37 PM | 13,182 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 | 12,993 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 | 13,071 Views
My current ag700 y6.
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:14 PM | 13,058 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 | 32,522 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
recognized.

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:
Code:
/**************************    The type of multicopter    ****************************/
    #define GIMBAL
/***********************************
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Posted by blade strike | Jul 02, 2012 @ 07:48 PM | 14,109 Views
June 30th 2012...
Big Bear Lake California