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Posted by Dirty Dee | Aug 14, 2018 @ 11:48 PM | 2,069 Views
With my current A330-300 project (Build Thread Here) I figured I'd make a parallel thread to show some back-of-the-house things mostly dealing with creating a 3D model of a plane from drawings and pictures.

What will this thread cover?
Rather than being a step-by-step guide, this be written assuming the reader has basic knowledge and understanding of CAD modeling features. This thread will cover "problem-solving", workflow, and my personal "best practices" when it comes to modeling a plane specifically for RC flight.

What if you are a beginner and need more direction?
Check out the blogs and threads posted by roscoedude and Longhorne as they cover more in-depth the features and functions in Solidworks. These guys were some of my inspiration and help with originally learning the software. They also have some pretty sweet designs and builds.

General Tips:
  • Don't just use technical line drawings, find real photos of the plane from different angles to better understand some of the more complex shapes. Some pictures can even be used to generate sketches if the picture was taken fairly head-on.
  • Rename features and sketches. You can search for names in the feature tree, and it helps with navigation when you want to hide/unhide/edit specific items.
  • Understand some compromises will need to be taken for construct-ability.
  • Try to focus on one part to completion before moving on to the next. This way you can group features/sketches into a folder to
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Posted by akkteck | Aug 14, 2018 @ 10:45 PM | 1,146 Views
Your LAST Nano VTX!

Dsigned by Oscar Liang, Developed by AKK.

Oscar's Backpack VTX Support Smart Audio
Key features
Support Pit Mode
25mW and 200mW switchable
One button frequency and power setup
OSD configuration using smart audio
5V to camera @ under 300mA

Posted by blitzen | Aug 14, 2018 @ 10:26 PM | 1,113 Views
Itís been great fun flying around the neighborhood, the park and playground this summer. But thanks to the RC Groups field finder, I found a bigger flying field that is accessible by public transit and only 20 minutes away. There are 4 soccer fields placed end to end along the river. Iím guessing they are reserved by clubs. There are shaded areas, picnic tables, restrooms, a parking lot and cold bottled water vending machines too. The whole place was deserted when I was there. I only saw friendly grounds keepers. One seemed accustomed to RC modelers asking if it was okay to fly. ďNo dogs and donít feed the geeseĒ. Thatís all he cared about. There is a fee to park but I got off a bus right outside the gates and itís free to walk in.
Posted by old4570 | Aug 14, 2018 @ 09:51 PM | 1,277 Views

Sent for review by: Gearbest

Product page.

More oximeters

First , time for a story : This be a true tale . Recently my mother went into hospital for blood clots in the lungs . Quite frankly it was nearly fatal . Let me explain , for a few months my mothers health and mobility began to slide . Now my mother can be stubborn and she refused to go to the doctor as her regular doctor was on holidays and she had an appointment with a specialist a few weeks on . One day my mother took a marked turn for the worse and I told my brother that if she did not go to hospital she would probably die , so we called in a home visit doctor ( since my mother refused to go see a doctor ) . Anyhow the home visit doctor confirmed things were dire and called the ambulance . At first it was suspected that my mothers heart was failing but after some testing it was diagnosed as blood clots in the lungs ( From her legs ) . Anyhow blood clots are bad , because if they go to the wrong place it could be almost instant death !

What the blood clots in the lungs were doing was blocking / restricting oxygen - blood flow . And the symptoms are a lot like a failing heart . So this brings us to the Fingertip Pulse Oximeter , nope we didn't have one at the time . In no way shape or form am I suggesting that this product replaces visiting a doctor , but what I might suggest is that the pulse oximeter might re-enforce the need to visit a doctor . Think of it like checking the oil in...Continue Reading
Posted by FeiJi | Aug 14, 2018 @ 08:00 PM | 1,044 Views
Added little nose wheel to drag out landings a bit. Seems to land nicer than and with less shock than just a skid. Now want to raise the nose wheel to give prop ground clearance to see if delta can take off from the ground. May have to change motor and prop to give it more thrust.
Update: I raised the nosewheel to provide clearance for the prop- did takeoff from the ground. It worked but was so unstable in the air that I clipped the nosewheel on the ground and it broke off. Wish I had videoed it - was funny and cool at the same time. Will glue it back on and try video sometime.

Delta Take Off and Landings With A Nose Wheel (2 min 16 sec)

Posted by | Aug 14, 2018 @ 05:30 PM | 1,069 Views
After completing an initial review of the EMax hawk 5 (here) I can happily say this is my favourite 5" ready to fly quad due to the well-tested and balanced components. That being said I still like to play and have found a number of mods that have improve the feel (in my opinion) and another must-do mod that addresses the poor vtx antenna mounting solution. The full blog where I discuss this and other possible improvements is here:

Hopefully you find something useful here for your own Hawk 5.

Posted by Absaroka | Aug 14, 2018 @ 04:21 PM | 1,027 Views
Rain today--so, put the rest of the Mule lights on the B/W Tundra.
Posted by Ethan Ater | Aug 14, 2018 @ 11:13 AM | 981 Views

Well since everyone is doing the ďIn My Feelings ChallengeĒ, I couldnít help but try it myself... except this one is a little different. 😉

Shoutout to Kyle Dahl and Mirko Cesena for the idea!

Tag a Kiki friend

Kiki Challenge with RC Helicopter (0 min 44 sec)

Posted by nicolasfr | Aug 14, 2018 @ 10:38 AM | 863 Views
Plan fixe 67 >50gr
Posted by Mad_angler1 | Aug 14, 2018 @ 04:46 AM | 1,488 Views
DJI Ronin S Unbox and Information with Panasonic GH5

Costing $699 US and £669 in the UK and its available to pre order from DJI Here

The Ronin S is a single handed DSLR and Mirrorless Camera gimbal that can support models up to 3.6kg and still provide stabilises footage while on the move, I purchased mine at the same time as the Panasonic GH5 and have been using this combination for over a month now.


Superior 3-Axis Stabilization with 3.6 kg Tested Payload Capacity

The Ronin S is fitted with very powerful motors, its been tested up to 3.6kg but many people have exceeded this with large cameras like a RED and still got solid stabilisation results.

The Ronin S has Autotune that is able to tune its motor power so no matter if you have a Sony A6300 or and GH5 with Cage its always giving you great performance.

Camera Control

On supported camera models you can control the shutter, start and stop recording and focus via the built-in buttons on the Ronin S Grip, it also means the Ronin S can automatically fire the shutter in intelligent modes like Motionlaps.

Currently the GH5 offers the most compatibility, DJI are working on updating camera support all the time and there is a up to date list on the DJI site of officially supported models.

Built in Focus Control

DJI include the find focus control with the Ronin S kit, this allows you to do actions
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Posted by Mad_angler1 | Aug 14, 2018 @ 03:07 AM | 1,289 Views
I created this series of videos for my subscribers on youtube as I was regularly being asked questions around how the GPS works, what relationship the compass has and how these all work with the individual flight modes.

For more info on the Mavic you can see on DJI via the below link

Please not this is an affiliate link and if you would like to support me or the channel you can use it.

Part 1 Flight Mode Basics

DJI Mavic - Explaining Compass Errors & GPS Issues - Part 1 Flight Mode Basics (6 min 42 sec)

Part 2 Compass Error

DJI Mavic - Explaining Compass Errors & GPS Issues - Part 2 Compass Error (24 min 6 sec)
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Posted by GBLynden | Aug 14, 2018 @ 01:03 AM | 1,178 Views
This Freewing MiG-21 80mm EDF Jet Fighter Performed High Alpha Maneuvers at Warbirds Over Whatcom and was piloted by a Canadian Airline Pilot named Sebastian.

Freewing MiG-21 80mm EDF Jet Fighter Performing High Alpha Maneuvers at Warbirds Over Whatcom (3 min 35 sec)

Posted by alex111 | Aug 14, 2018 @ 12:30 AM | 1,075 Views
Hi guys here all my rc boats 52 all up just put them all outside to clean the shed
Posted by Absaroka | Aug 13, 2018 @ 05:24 PM | 1,259 Views
Using the Mule parts for other planes---beacon for the Tundra.
New video Small (0 min 12 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Aug 13, 2018 @ 02:44 PM | 1,215 Views
Halloa people

in case you have come across my channel lately, you probably know I like the KHX5 Elegant frames from GepRC quite a bit.. By now I have build 3 quads with that frame..
BUT.. now there's allso a BNF / PNF version of it, for those of us that just wanna fly instead of building the quad themselves

Link to this quad: GepRC KHX5 Elegant BNF / PNF version

Excellent! The drawback of a ready-made quad is offcourse that you can't pick & chose the components yourself.. So has GepRC done a good job at that for us??

The Best RTF Freestyle FPV Quad :) - Show & tell (27 min 28 sec)

wheelbase: 230mm
material: 4mm carbon fiber + 7075 alluminium
flight controller: GepRC SPAN F4
ESC's: GepRC SPAN all-in-one 40A Dshot600
motors: GepRC 2306 2450 Kv
propellors: HQprop V1S 5040 x3
camera: Runcam Swift 2
VTX: GepRC SPAN 25-600mW 48 channel
receiver: FrSky R-XSR
OSD: Yes (BetaFlight)
smart audio: Yes
Posted by 1Ironhorse | Aug 13, 2018 @ 02:30 PM | 1,000 Views
Greetings gentle readers;

Iím continuing to work on the 3D printer enclosure. Iíve got the two side panels completed, inside painted white, and four ĺĒ aluminum angle riveted into place, and the top panel partially complete, inside painted white, and one ĺĒ aluminum angle riveted into place. Iíve ordered and received the hardware for the clear acrylic doors. Iíve ordered and just received a battery backup for the printer. I was printing a couple of parts to test the fit of the parts with some purchased parts. During the 14-hour print, we had a power glitch (lost power for about 5 seconds). That shut off the entire print and left me with ĺ complete parts. Had I been ĺ of the way through a 7-day print, it would have been more of an issue. With the battery backup/surge protector, I should be able to continue printing for approximately 45 minutes before the battery is depleted. Our house power supply is quite reliable, but there are times when the power will trip off for a few minutes every so often. So the idea is for the battery back-up to keep the printer operating through these short power outages. If we lose power for an extended time, then Iíll lose those prints. In the meantime, the printer continues to be idle.

Just got back home from attending the 2018 NMRA National Train Show in Kansas City, Missouri. Just WOW! Fantastic modular layouts in O, HO, N, and Z scales and also LEGO trains.

As for the boat itself, I have been working on the battery...Continue Reading