|Apr 22, 2013, 05:09 PM|
Dodge City, Kansas
Joined Oct 2003
Turn your Infra-X into a real performer
I thought helicopters were addicting! They're nothing compared to the micro quads...plus the micro quads are much cheaper than the micro helis.
I love all of them, and they all fly differently...V202, Hubsan, Qbot, Walkera Lady Bird V1 and V2...and now the INFRA-X.
Dodge City is the windiest town in the USA and I have flown all of my quads in 20 mph wind...it's actually fun to watch it drift backwards after turning upwind from a downwind straffing run...But I wondered if the Infra-X would handle the wind better with the 8.5 mm motors..
My first venture was to buy the arm/motor combos, the frame and body. My first two ventures were not successful. The Horizon MQX board went into thermal shutdown every time I gave it throttle. My first two flights with the V202 board were great, and I loved the automatic flips. Unfortunately, I got the magic smoke treatment on the third flight.
SUCCESS...I then tried a Qbot, Walkera Lady Bird V1 and Walkera Lady Bird V2 board. ALL THREE SUCCESSFULLY FLY, even with the 600 mah battery.
THE REAL THING...I wanted to try the "real" InfraX board, but I could care less about the infra red and other crap on the Infra-X, so I put it on a diet. I stripped the middle board out and all of the wiring. It went from a portly 58 grams to 44 grams (without 600 mah battery). ANOTHER SUCCESS.
I have flown all 4 in winds up to 20 to 25 mph, and they handle it just fine. They all perform just like the originals, but with a bit more stability and smoothness (probably due to the weight gain and slightly longer arms). Another plus is that I can use a larger canopy so it is easier to see and keep orientation. The original InfraX canopy is very fragile. I've busted two of them on unscheduled landings. They completely rip out the mounting holes. So far, I am enjoying the V949 space bug canopy, the V959 spaceship canopy and a 929 oversized lime green lady bug canopy.
I just came in from flying in 25 to35 mph winds. It wasn't pretty, but it was fun....and since the mid 70's, I've never flown ANYTHING in these winds.
So, for about $40 for the arm/motors, 600 mah battery, larger canopy and Infra-X frame, you can turn your EXTRA Lady Bug or Qbot into a wind machine. Or, you can spend from $100 to $150 for an original Infra-X. (or get a used one from a friend who doesn't care about the infra red crap).
Stan in Dodge City
P.S. I hope Walkera is reading this and that they will come out with something similar without the extra crap. IT'S A REAL WINNER!
|Apr 23, 2013, 02:50 AM|
Joined Sep 2007
I've tried Walkera ladybird board v1 and 2 on infra-x, the result was poor, tested on Turnigy nano-tech 750mah 1s 35-70c it can barely last more than 4mins on hovering and landed with warm motors. Tested all kind of configurations, change all motors, used the stock lipo, change ladybird board v1 and 2. So I suspect the ladybird board is configured only for smaller motor...
p.s. that 2 ladybird boards can easily fly( aggressively) more than 6mins on original frame and motor with nano-tech 260mah 1s 35-70c.
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