|Oct 30, 2012, 08:26 AM|
MassiveRC\HiSky: V252 Perimiter guards are here!!
OK guys, the V252 perimeter guards have arrived and I like them.
Weight is 2.7 Grams with wire tie. It has a top crossbar brace to help protect against ceiling hits which also allows you to do ceiling spins. It installs and comes off easily without having to remove props your props. To make the frame taught, install a zip tie or wire tie just underneath the motor claws and it makes a big difference.
This perimeter guard is available on our store:
Sorry for my video glasses being a little too high. I had to do this video in a rush.
I'm printing shipping labels for today's orders I come to the realization that it's our 1-year anniversary!! It's been a tough year: Getting laid off at Thanksgiving\Christmas, learning the ins-outs of starting an online business and managing e-commerce, shipping delays, shady manufacturers screwing us over, and the list goes on.
As I look back on the last year, the positives outweigh the negatives. Actually being able to make a profit and not burden the rest of the country by filing for unemployment. We started out with 1 product and expanded to over 150. Our Ebay store that still has a perfect feedback rating. We've grossed $135K in sales, fulfilling over 2500 orders, all without spending a dime on advertising but relying on word of mouth of our loyal customers. We've become a distributor for HiSky, which has a very promising future.
It's fitting that on our anniversary, my brother will also venture out of the corruption, evil, and political BS associated with the corporate world and shareholders and experience the rewards of working for yourself and working with people that appreciate everything you do.
I would like to thank and raise a glass to: my business partner James, my fiance Ellie, RC Groups, and to all our customers for believing in us and sticking with us.
You'll probably notice in the title that there's now a \HiSky next to our name. We are now going to be a US distributor and service center for HiSky
I know, I know you all have been patiently waiting and we're only asking you to wait a maybe a day or so while we get inventory situated. Today is going to be hectic.
Some good news:
Both the V252s and V262s have the updated antenna leads. These are the ones with the black wire and dipole shield......something I haven't seen anyone else who has been sent 'fixed' remotes show me that theirs has. I think WL Toys has finally gotten a grip on the drop-out problem reducing it from occasionally to nothing at all:
The PCB in the V252 TX is yet another new version, Rev 4. You'll also like the fact that the V252 remotes have black chrome instead of shiny chrome.
Our V262s........they are version 2 so if you have a V959 or V222 and want to use your modules, guess what? You'll be able to use them on the V262, which already comes with function buttons (I'll test later).
It's going to take awhile to get the V262's out. I'll try and get them up tonight or tomorrow but when you order it may not go out the next day because we're going to break the motors in, which takes time (have to rig up a 4 plug AC\DC setup and then a cooling fan to properly break them in without overheating them).
I've already stated that we have 52 Devo 7Es in stock. If you want a modded Devo with your V252\V262, I suggest you hold off as it's very labor intensive to mod these and we're still sourcing parts to make it easy for DIYers. The HiSky protocol has been added to the latest build by Victor and I'm flying my FBL 70 like it stole a V911 with my Devo 7E.
If you request it, we'll flash Deviation free of charge, keeping in mind that warranty become null and void if we do so.
For now we'll be offering the unit with the stock 'A2' module as an option. Diode mod testing is still in the works to find an easy way to determine its success without having to go out to a soccer field to test the range (it seems listening to the hum isn't a foolproof way to test it).
While you all are waiting for everything to become available, pass the time by listening to me make a fool of myself on TheCrashCast podcast. My interview starts at the 52 minute mark but if you have the time you should listen to the whole thing:
Here's the link to their page: http://www.thecrashcast.com/
Was so stoked about the good news that I forgot about the bad news. We wanted to offer the perimeter guard for free with the V252s but WL Toys is holding off on producing them due to litigation. This is why you see all perimeter guards being offered with V252s as being X4 guards.
Hopefully I can update this post later tonight.
A lot of progress has been made on the Deviation hack working with the Devo series TXs. The versatility is awesome. I can use my Devo 7E to control my V202, V212, V222 (including ALL the modules), and the V262. Since the Devo 7E only has 2 toggle switches the latest nightly build allows you to use the seldom used throttle and yaw trims as additional switches. You could also assign the roll and pitch trims for other functions as well.
I've uploaded the V2X2 configuration file, which will work with........you guessed it, any V2X2 model here:
DLing the attachment works in IE but not Chrome or Firefox
The Devo 7E can be had for as little as $70 online and as far as running protocols, rivals the mighty Turnigy 9X. It's also small and compact.
Thanks to Phractured Blue, Victzh, Daryoon, Jason, and anyone else I've neglected to mention for all their hard work.
Here's the original post of the beginning of the WL Toys protocol implementation:
Daryoon's pinout diagram
Small update. We've been working with a customer who works for a company that makes 2.4 Ghz devices. They've analyzed the problem and it seems that you can mitigate and maybe eliminate the drop out problem and increase range with a few simple mods that I believe all owners are capable of performing without having to wait for the updated components from WL Toys:
1) Trim the antennas to 31mm. On the RX you include the end protruding through the PCB in your measurement.
2) Orient the RX antenna so it's perpendicular to the FCB. This means punching a hole in your canopy to accommodate this.
3) Remove the TX antenna cover and bend the antenna so it's perpendicular to the ground.....this is dependent upon how you hold your transmitter when flying.
4) On V212\V222s try flying without the lights on or at least disable the landing strip lights. The LEDs aren't properly isolated from the motors. I've noticed that they dim when throttle is applied and they also suck up a lot of juice. I run single-bulb LEDs with my light saber mod on mine now.
5) Disable the LED light strip on the TX that indicate power.
Those of you with persistent problems should try at least 1-4
They've done other mods that have already been attempted with good results as well (such as CReal's antenna mod). Modding the TX has reduced power consumption as well. Their TX mod also included replacing some SMCs for better frequency isolation, which is probably similar to what WL Toys is doing in parallel to the TXs that will be coming out. These additional mods were icing on the cake.
We now carry the new Mobius 1080p Action cameras
MassiveRC just received our inventory of Mobius cameras with accessories. We are already a verified 808#16V2 reseller and have contacted the developer to confirm with Tom that we are now a verified Mobius camera reseller.
We don't have them listed on Ebay, but directly from our store:
We have all the accessories in stock (in limited quantities until we determine demand). We're debating making an Ebay listing due to fees.
We also now carry the 808 lens extension cables as well in 8", 15" and 25" sizes.
Our new batch of V212's will be shipped to us within the week (be here hopefully in 2-3). This batch is supposed to be fixed. I'm not going to stand behind that statement until some get out into the wild and get customer verification that it's true. Once we verify this batch truly is fixed we'll continue the negotiations with WL Toys to see what can be done for current customers.
To give you a hint............getting a BNF should be good enough. In addition, not every V202\V212\V222 was affected. I've been told about 1.5% were affected (please don't ask me for sources as it's confidential and I don't want to get into a pissing match about numbers either.......arguing about it isn't going to help solve the issue). We should however seperate the dropping-out-of-the-sky problem from range issues as they are indeed seperate and one can be confused for the other (hence CReal' and my little debate) and it could be possible you have both. You can see from my recent videos, that I don't have a range problem.
Turns out these 'new' boards simply had their accelerometers recalibrated.
We'll be offering BNFs and multiple options with the V212 such as different lighting and canopy options. If you want a V212 and V202 with only one remote, order the RTF V202 and then a BNF V212 as the BNF V202 is quad-only, no accessories, whereas the BNF V212 includes everything but remote.
Frankenquad upgrade package:
We already put up a V202 BNF:
Frankenquad V2 is truly amazing. We're very close to releasing it. See end post for details.
We are now offering a Vitality H36 BNF version:
The Hubsan X4 Super Glue Special is all we have left in stock. We have props and spare body shells on order and handful of RX boards. We're now including rubber feet and 1 set of spare props. Our X4's have EA4000362 board revision:
And the X4 super-glue special:
Check out Chris' review from the RC Today Show:
Fast forward to 30 minutes into the show for the review on the V202
The Crash Cast's review (starts at 3:54):
RCPA's review (starts at 40:27):
Just wanted to let you all know that James and I are going into business together. We're hoping that with both of us both being enthusiasts, that we can bring added value to the products not just from understanding them, but by directly influencing the product itself with our buying power, and also our direct personal relationship with these vendors.
Right now sales will be concentrated in the US as we all know getting product to US customers in a timely manner has been a problem or expensive.
We also don't want to be vendors that have to walk on others to get your business. There's plenty of $$$ to go around and sometimes the other vendor may be able to get you a better deal. We want to concentrate on providing good service to you and not badmouth other vendors to get your business.
With this being a new venture, there are going to be some bumps, so we apologize in advance. While we may do drop shipping, the majority of the product will be in our US Warehouse and you'll know where it's coming from and what's in stock. We will stock up heavily on spares so you can get them in a matter of days or a week. I believe that we can get good enough pricing that drop-shipping won't even be necssary. All In-house products will be tested before shipping out.
Time is critical for us to get up and running and product available before the holidays, but stay tuned. Because of the need to get up and running as soon as possible, don' t expect the website to be glamorous. We appreciate your patience.
I've sent a message out to the forum owner to make sure we're not violating any policies with this 'advertising' but haven't heard anything back so hopefully this thead won't get locked. We have to run as lean as we can to be succesful, and if things go well, we'll get some banner advertising going on.
Thanks and stay tuned.
Here's the Home Page: http://www.massiverc.com/
Updated our store URL: www.store.massiverc.com
and the old link still works as well. Should speed it up a little and be easier to remember. You can also go to www.rc.massiverc.com, www.quad.massiverc.com, or www.shop.massiverc.com, whatever is easier for you to remember
|Oct 30, 2012, 09:20 AM|
hahaha Cheers Thetis and bangkomit!
I don't think the gf would approve of me marrying MassiveOverkill :P (or his better half allowing him to marry me!)
We saw the void in the market for a US based online hobby shop run by enthusiasts... we've talked in length about starting this venture...and now we've decided to take action.
You guys are witnessing our humble beginnings...as MassiveOverkill said, this venture is going to be operated on the basis of solid ethics and providing great service even though we are limited in manpower and finance.
We still want to give back to the r/c community as much as we could, so I will still write un-biased reviews when I have time... and we'll still be our usual selves on RCG despite having this venture...
It's just the thought of doing what you love... that's what attracts me to enter this venture with MO...and if we could get more people to be passionate about this hobby, then we're doing what we've set out to accomplish.
We have big dreams...but they say...never be afraid to dream big...right?
|Oct 30, 2012, 10:25 AM|
Joined Feb 2007
Best to both of you on new venture. USA could use good source of parts for Walkrea/ Solo-pro/ WL toys and have someone with pilot lite lit. Having to go to several sites to get stuff is big turn off. Quads are in and see no downturn in demand anytime soon. WL Toys needs to get a FBL 4 ch going, let them know as sure there are many others who would like to see this. Again, good luck....>Dan
|Oct 30, 2012, 01:01 PM|
Very happy news!
Your combined respective skills and knowledge can only lead to a positive asset for the community and to success for you.
If once you decide to involve the old Europe in your business, you can count on me to give a hand.
|Oct 30, 2012, 01:31 PM|
Joined Jan 2010
|Oct 30, 2012, 01:38 PM|
Congratulations to you both!
This is a fantastic idea and I personally am glad to see someone with the passion and ability to take something like this on. I am unfortunately a little impatient and find myself often paying a little more in order to receive items here in the US rather than wait for a month or more for products overseas. Plus the lack of support. I really hope the best for you guys and believe this will be a profitable venture if everyone gets on board.
|Oct 30, 2012, 02:17 PM|
United States, TN, Knoxville
Joined Jun 2012
Cogratulations. Hopefully you can fix several problems:
1. Keeping a fair amount of spare blades, batteries, chargers, and motors in stock for each quad. In fact it would be nice if you all sold deluxe packages that come with something like six batteries, six blade sets, etc. I don't mind paying more for a product if it keeps me from being frustrated and flighless waiting on parts. Quads are great but they are like pets. They need to be fed and maintained.
2. Pressure the manufacturers for better looking canopies. We don't want our toys looking like toys. In fact I'd urge manufacturers to have a look at Apple's designs. Simplicity is often best. Give me clear domes and solid white canopies over insects and cheesy flying saucers.
3. Have some complete DIY kits in stock like the X250 for those who want to step up our game but aren't the most tech savy. Kits that have very clear instructions.
Also, if you need any unbiased reviewing of quads I'll be happy to volunteer.
|Oct 30, 2012, 05:44 PM|
|Oct 30, 2012, 11:15 PM|
The reason why we may not be carrying the Hubsan X4 initially is due to the lack of spares, probably because of the high demand of main units plus lead times are long as you all have seen. Hopefully with the success of the X4, Hubsan can ramp up production and meet demand, but more importantly, be willing to listen to customers about improvements.
2. I am looking at a local source that could provide carbon fiber canopies but that's farther out in the timeline but hopefully we can influence the manufacturer to offer different designs. It's tough to cater to all the personal preferences though. I for one like the beetle bug look, but I know everyone else hates it.
3. Until we get on our feet, we're going to have to concentrate on specific products, but as things progress we'll see what we can do.
|Oct 31, 2012, 05:51 AM|
United States, TN, Knoxville
Joined Jun 2012
Any chance you'll sell some things via Amazon? I know they are a middleman but I really like the convenience of Amazon giftcards.
|Oct 31, 2012, 08:30 AM|
Trying to see which is going to sell more the micros or the minis.
|Oct 31, 2012, 08:48 AM|
United States, TN, Knoxville
Joined Jun 2012
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