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Old Aug 04, 2012, 03:57 PM
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Do you guys have some kind of plane finder beeper when flying full fpv? Man this tiny thing must be hard to locate if you crash it.
You can call me "Lose 'em in the trees fred" because I'm on mQx number three which arrived just yesterday. One flew out of range and vanished in trees too heavy to search. Number two flew out of range and vanished in trees in the lot next door, and was found and retrieved from the branches a day later with a puffy battery but otherwise unharmed. Not long after, number two flew into the trees (not out of range) in the lot behind me and vanished forever, as the trees are 60 feet tall and heavily forested.

Number three now has a lostmodelalarm beeper. Custom made by Nik Dobrinski, it weighs 2.3g per his measurements and will begin to beep fifteen minutes after power is applied. The other two models he makes require a connection to a receiver, not possible with the mQx, obviously.

Eight dollars, probably the best investment I'll make, especially if I never need it. My ears aren't what they once were, so I'm also going to be building a couple of parabolic reflectors and put a microphone at the focus to use if the mQx does go astray. I have the materials to build a four foot diameter reflector, so I should get some good audio, with really good directionality as well.

Nik has a forum here:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1467827

and his own web site for the non-custom versions:

http://www.lostmodelalarm.com/

but you'd have to contact him for the custom model. He's told me that the purchaser can specify the number of minutes before it activates and I've found that I'd rather have something close to 11 minutes, rather than fifteen, but I can certainly live with it.

I don't get any kickbacks, but you could say that you heard about it from fred_dot_u
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Old Aug 04, 2012, 04:35 PM
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Ok, a bit of an odd question-
Can anybody measure the box for the BnF mQx? I'm going on vacation, and planning on buying one of these while I'm there, so I'll have to leave room to bring it back. Hopefully the box is small...I know the mSRx (my backup option) has a miniscule box...
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Old Aug 04, 2012, 04:53 PM
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Aprox: L 20 1/4 X W 9 1/2 X D 5 1/2
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Old Aug 04, 2012, 05:29 PM
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I posted this in the 808 #16 thread but thought I might as well share it here too

I received my #16 V2 (Lens B) in the mail the other day. strapped it on my mQX to go have some fun before it got dark. the videos were all shot after 6:30 PM, so the lighting conditions weren't the greatest. it was fairly calm though which was good for flying!

I used iMovie to combine my 3 flights and trim them down just a tad (and add some music )... besides that I didn't edit the video.

anyways, the vid is long so feel free to skip around

comments welcome!

enjoy:

mQX + 808 #16V2 test flights & tricks (14 min 15 sec)
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Old Aug 04, 2012, 05:32 PM
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thanks, looks like it will fit in my luggage
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Old Aug 04, 2012, 07:34 PM
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A McDonalds clear dome cup top will give good protection, minimal weight and minimal drag in motion. Don't fly naked!


McDonalds chocolate shake lid.
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Old Aug 04, 2012, 11:32 PM
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ok, not sure what i did, but I decided to try the other black blade in my bag and made sure again i didnt put things on too tight and this time it flew fine! I dont get it. shouldnt the black blades all be the same? ...
You probably already know this, but just in case: some black blades are meant to rotate CW and some are meant to rotate CCW.

I have had the experience that even after placing my mQx in the same spot for a take-off, at take-off, which rotors start earlier and which later do not always stay the same.
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 06:35 AM
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McDonalds chocolate shake lid.
That's correct. It HAS to be CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 06:51 AM
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You can call me "Lose 'em in the trees fred" because I'm on mQx number three which arrived just yesterday. One flew out of range and vanished in trees too heavy to search. Number two flew out of range and vanished in trees in the lot next door, and was found and retrieved from the branches a day later with a puffy battery but otherwise unharmed. Not long after, number two flew into the trees (not out of range) in the lot behind me and vanished forever, as the trees are 60 feet tall and heavily forested.

Number three now has a lostmodelalarm beeper. Custom made by Nik Dobrinski, it weighs 2.3g per his measurements and will begin to beep fifteen minutes after power is applied. The other two models he makes require a connection to a receiver, not possible with the mQx, obviously.

Eight dollars, probably the best investment I'll make, especially if I never need it. My ears aren't what they once were, so I'm also going to be building a couple of parabolic reflectors and put a microphone at the focus to use if the mQx does go astray. I have the materials to build a four foot diameter reflector, so I should get some good audio, with really good directionality as well.

Nik has a forum here:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1467827

and his own web site for the non-custom versions:

http://www.lostmodelalarm.com/

but you'd have to contact him for the custom model. He's told me that the purchaser can specify the number of minutes before it activates and I've found that I'd rather have something close to 11 minutes, rather than fifteen, but I can certainly live with it.

I don't get any kickbacks, but you could say that you heard about it from fred_dot_u
What transmitter are you using? Almost any transmitter rather than the game controller POS will give you more range. If I was far enough out of range to lose control, I don't know how much I'd be able to see it anymore. It's not like it has a HUGE profile in the air.
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 07:15 AM
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McDonalds chocolate shake lid.
If you haven't done so, check this thread for alternate bodies
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1589171
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 09:46 AM
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What transmitter are you using? Almost any transmitter rather than the game controller POS will give you more range. If I was far enough out of range to lose control, I don't know how much I'd be able to see it anymore. It's not like it has a HUGE profile in the air.
The loss-of-range flights were done with the dinky RTF unit. The last loss was done with a DX6i and was lost because the winds got out of hand too quickly just as I lost orientation. The lost mQx is very likely within one hundred feet of my house, but the vegetation is so heavy that it might as well be miles away.
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Old Aug 05, 2012, 12:26 PM
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The loss-of-range flights were done with the dinky RTF unit. The last loss was done with a DX6i and was lost because the winds got out of hand too quickly just as I lost orientation. The lost mQx is very likely within one hundred feet of my house, but the vegetation is so heavy that it might as well be miles away.
I have an extended grass back yard to the village park, with huge trees in the background. I usually fly after sunset with no wind. I do all of my acrobatics quite high in air with the sky in background. In certain cases when the trees get into the background I loose orientation and the excercise results in a crash. My conclusion, no wind and always sky in the background. My MQx is bought last Feb and I have not broken anything and oiled anything yet
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Old Aug 06, 2012, 11:49 AM
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A minimalist mQX. I prefer the lack of weight and wind resistance while flying without a canopy. The paint only weighs a gram and helps with orientation.
How hard is it to get the motor mounts and cages off?
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Old Aug 06, 2012, 12:38 PM
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How hard is it to get the motor mounts and cages off?
It's really quite easy to take the booms and motor mounts apart. Just push the wiring cover towards the circuit board with two or three fingers, unplug the motor connector wiring socket and pull the motor mount/prop shaft holder out from the carbon boom,(it's only a pressure fit). Another motor wiring connector is on the main board for each motor, unplug them and the entire boom can be taken off the main frame, (again just a pressure fit).

John in Merrill
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Old Aug 06, 2012, 06:18 PM
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Bought one, and I'm loving it so far
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