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Posted by fastmax | Apr 23, 2018 @ 01:41 PM | 849 Views
I fly alone 90% of the time, and at least half of that flying is done in my backyard, over, and around a lake. Flying near the water makes me very nervous when wearing goggles, so I decided I needed another option that would give me the benefits of both LOS, and FPV flight. So began my research for putting together an FPV ground station that would be relatively inexpensive, and quick, and easy to set up.

After some web browsing, and a few Google searches, I managed put this little GS together for $40 using items from Amazon, and eBay. So far it has worked flawlessly for me. I'll be taking it to the park with me in the next day or so to see what kind of range I can get out of it. For my yard, and the ball fields across the street it's been great.

Amazon $14 Monitor

Amazon $12 Tripod

$10 eBay 5.8ghz RX

$6 Amazon LCD Voltmeter

I power the unit with an Infinity 1300mah 11.1v LiPo battery that I already had, but any cheap 3s LiPo will do the trick.

The only soldering necessary for this build was to make a pig tail with an XT60 for the battery, and a couple JST connectors for the monitor, voltmeter, and receiver. Everything else is plug and play. In fact, for those that aren't comfortable soldering, you could use wire nuts, or crimp connectors and not have to solder anything.

I plan on upgrading the antenna with an Aomway clover leaf in the near future, but as of right now I'm pretty pleased with the way this thing performs for what I have invested.

I will post a few more pics of how I have it all hooked together ASAP. For now here is a pic of the completed build. Feel free to ask any questions you might have if you're looking to build something similar.

Happy Flying!!
Posted by GRW3 | Apr 22, 2018 @ 11:05 PM | 867 Views
Around 97-98, I bought an RTF from the local HobbyTown. I wanted it as a trainer for my boys, who were bracketing 10 at the time. For various reasons that didnt work out so I started flying it as a sport plane. I flew it as a pleasant break from the various and sundry higher performance planes that accompanied it to the field. I flew it a lot. A lot, 2 or 3 flights a trip to the field.

It started with a Thunder Tigre 0.40 engine and an Airtronics radio. I wore out that Thunder Tiger out and replaced it with an OS 46FX I had available. Woo Hoo! That was an exciting upgrade. I literally flew the covering off. Not figuratively, literally. It had that old sticky back covering that wasnt repairable. One flight led to a terrible buzzing, half the lower wing covering was in shreds. Not only that several hinges were broke. Completely removed with Monokote. Its now on its third motor and third radio flight pack.

Posted by bill34207 | Apr 22, 2018 @ 02:41 PM | 961 Views
Today is my 3rd outing with the SoloShot3. The 1st time around was a real failure as it was recording video when I thought it wasn't and vice versa.

The second outing was on 4/20 and I shot 4 videos that I condensed into 2. One long one that had all 4 combined with open sky footage removed and one more that used the take off and landing from the 4th video (medium framing) combined with video two that was shot in wide framing mode. The compilation is uploaded at 720 p60, the highligts at 1080 p60.

SoloShot 3 Compilation 4 20 18 FlexJet 90 (13 min 5 sec)

SoloShot 3 FlexJet 90 Highlights 4 20 18 (4 min 22 sec)
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Posted by newelectro | Apr 21, 2018 @ 03:45 PM | 1,244 Views
Flying today at are field. Got flights on all planes everything in one piece good day of flying.
Posted by BDOG1 | Apr 19, 2018 @ 08:16 PM | 1,505 Views
I got out for some "spring flying" on our hill after work today, 37 degrees 18 mph wind and snow...Yup I Love New York

Had one to maiden,cant say it went well.
Acted very tail heavy added a bunch of nose weight,barely flying ,conditions were not fun and tired after a full work day...I will get back to it

Then I put The Knife Edge up
This Plane just kicks Butt !
spent the next hour or so ripping with it,gusts that rocked me on my heels ,crossed and bumpy ,sink, snow ,grovel you name it the KE just does it .

Flying it in close on the top of the hill and standing it on a wing tip , pulling elevator to do a paper clip turn ,it seems to accelerate thru the turn like it was shot out of a canon,I think it is the flex in the wing loading up and then unloading like a slalom ski.....
Great way to end the day
Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Apr 19, 2018 @ 07:09 PM | 1,486 Views
It's been a good while since Gearbest have had any good quad specials on, I noticed their website has improved so maybe that is where the focus has been. Anyway I've posted my pick of specials below at http://quadifyrc.weebly.com/coupons-and-discounts.html

I like the fact that both the TX200 and an OEM CCD micro camera are both on special meaning you can upgrade your AIO camera in your brushless micro to a CCD cam with variable power vtx for less than $30. More details on this here for the leader.

Emax BabyHawk R for $122

Tattu 3s 450mah battery for $9

Tattu 3s 850mah battery for $12

Tattu 3s 850mah battery for $16

Leader 120 PNF 2.5" brushless quad for $110

Full Speed TX200 25/200mW VTX $10

Furibee MS Micro CCD Camera $18

HAKRC 20A 4in1 2-4s 20mm ESC $17

Whoop pro f3 light controller with OSD $18

Emax LHCP pagoda antennas (pair) $5

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Posted by Gary Chen | Apr 18, 2018 @ 03:39 AM | 965 Views
Sky Speaker-I Drone Megaphone Review (6 min 39 sec)

Sky Speaker-I is a megaphone designed for SUAS,can be installed on multirotor and fixed wing platforms.Based on digital wireless transmission technology,it can play recorded sound sources and do real-time broadcasting.In this case,it will be very helpful in missions like rescue,search,fire fighting,police negotiation etc.

Compared with normal analog signal transmission based megaphone,Sky Speaker-I uses advanced digital voice coding technology,which enable the speaker to avoid analog sound disturbing in the air.

Sky Speaker-I has 2 working modes: play SD card recorded sound and real-time broadcasting.You are able to switch the modes easily on handheld intercom.Another big feature for Sky Speaker-I is its lightweight design,simple structure and small size,which makes the drone to carry it easily and fly with low resistance in the air.

1)Lightweight design,only 500grams for speaker
2)All-in one structure and small size,easy for installation and low air resistance
3)Based on digital voice coding technology,can get super clear voice and prevent disturbing from analog voice sources
4)2 work modes:recorded sound play and real-time broadcasting.Easy switch
5)Internal magnetic speaker,do not affect drone geomagnetic field
6)Anti-squeal design
7)Super clear and high strength sound,great penetrability

Product link:http://www.yangdaonline.com/sky-spea...ne-for-drones/
Posted by Bunnyshooter223 | Apr 18, 2018 @ 01:05 AM | 865 Views
I got a used, new to me, Blade 250 CFX today!

It looks like a fine step up from my sub-micro Blade 130S.

It seems to be working well after inspection & systems test. Main Motor seems a bit wobbly (? cheep) but otherwise i like it so far. It has some real power & awesome sound

I'll look further into the sloppy motor issue-it may be OK or may need servicing. We'll see...
The tail blade needs replacement soon but is okay for now. It looks bent but not torn, so i'll be easy on it. I bet my lhs has spare tail blades

This 250 CFX came with a spare Main Gear & two orange Microheli plastic Main Blades! Perfect.
The stock Carbon Fiber Main Blades are a bit fancy for me. I'll enjoy them later after i get more experience & stop crashing so often

The seller thankfully double-boxed the 250--its stock box looks dang new. I'm impressed. Hope to maiden soon, been windy down here in Texas.

Good day y'all
Posted by epoxyearl | Apr 16, 2018 @ 04:43 PM | 1,424 Views
AMA is at it again...The believers will dutifully man their keyboards , assured that if they do so, all this darkness will go away..

-Fool me once , -shame on you... Fool me twice , shame on ME !

I don't have a Horse in this race anymore..I shunned the AMA and their promises of Insurance Coverage and a return to the innocence of yesterday's modeling .
AMA has no control whatsoever over what the FAA does , yet they still convince the unknowing public that their voice will change everything.

I can't join a Club without an AMA pass , so I'll fly with my friends on the farm.
Amazingly enough , the FAA doesn't care whether I have insurance as long as I register myself as a UAV Pilot...That's done, so I'm good to go..HEY ! -This may not be so bad after all !
Posted by glassfox | Apr 15, 2018 @ 10:49 PM | 1,458 Views
Foxtech Five Oblique Aerial Cameras Prototype
Posted by newelectro | Apr 15, 2018 @ 06:31 PM | 1,377 Views
Part of wiring harness for Virage
Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Apr 15, 2018 @ 05:01 PM | 1,403 Views
The Aomway Commander V3 are about to be released and Hobbycool are offering $10 off for pre orders. Some other specials I picked out from their site too. Hobbycool are fairly new but have some good products and an easy to browse site.

COMMANDER V2 FPV GOGGLES 2018 EDITION Use code 10BUCKOFF to get these for $409



CICADA AIO F4 FC W/ 30AX4 BLHELI_S ESC, OSD Very good value @ $56


Posted by coreman | Apr 15, 2018 @ 05:50 AM | 1,399 Views
Introduced at Toledo this year, our 32" EPP Extra is now shipping

This is the next step in your aerobatic training. Working with Alan Mostek we created the follow on to our popular EPP Yak55 that will help you take your flying skills to the next level. Make no mistake that this plane will dial down so it can be flown sedately but it can be grown into and you can dial it up to 11 when you are ready. It is a bit more aggressive and agile than our Yak55 but sometimes that is what you need for the more hardcore maneuvers. Check out the 6 minute video of Alan flying it on our website

Here is the page for the RA Cores 32" EPP Extra

We will be on vendor row at Joe Nall and have a bunch of bind-n-fly Extras and Yak55s with us. Email us to reserve yours as we were sold out by wednesday last year
Posted by GRW3 | Apr 15, 2018 @ 12:50 AM | 1,245 Views
My long time modeling pal, Jim, and I went to the Weak Signals R/C show this year. Weve both been before. Ive been 6 or 7 times since 83, hes been a couple and we last came together in 06. This post is to talk about what we did and what you might do for a Toledo, or other show, trip.

Getting There

I fly a lot for business. In general, more flying as a reward for flying isnt that exciting. Over the years, most my miles have gone to friends and family. This was a good occasion. We decided to do this trip in November so I got two round trip tickets from San Antonio to Detroit, on American for 50K miles, Thursday to Sunday. If you dont have miles consider Southwest Airlines. They routinely have buy ahead sales and April in Detroit is not high tourist season so Toledo weekend shouldnt be a blackout time. Jim rented a car.


The attached to the show Park Inn is convenient but not cheap. I have travel related hotel points so I got us a room at the Marriott Fairfield just inside the state line off Alexis Rd. On a Texas driving scale, Toledo is small so it was fine with the downtown cutoff being two exits down the highway. The free morning breakfast was pretty good. I use Fairfields and Hamptons for routine business travel.


I put up a post in the Toledo Show forum page asking for recommendations on where to eat, and got plenty. On Thursday, we went to Tony Packos. It was great. Friday we went to Jason Coles favorite, Shortys Roadhouse (...Continue Reading
Posted by blitzen | Apr 14, 2018 @ 09:40 AM | 1,352 Views
This is the 24 gram, 0703 KV15000 brushless motor version of the Trainer90 BNF kit. In the box of parts I found 2 sheets of paper showing wiring diagrams and the steps needed to bind the receiver to a transmitter. The model is assembled as shown in the pictures. It is important to note that the bottom end of the motor shafts must be supported while pushing on the props. I've already made a few modifications. The 3D printed camera mount was replaced. The receiver board is now part of the stack. And, snazzy new 3 blade props. The power supply is a "Whoop" style stick battery so the fun is interrupted every few minutes. The main board is a combo flight control and a 4 way ESC that eliminates wiring and compacts the setup. Solder connections are on the top and bottom of the board. And, inboard mounting holes let the board fit onto the 16mm x 16mm stack. It overhangs but the ESC solder pads conveniently line up with the frame arms. Ive tightly wrapped the slender arms with vinyl tape which also protects the motor wiring. Otherwise, the electronics are typical for a micro these days. Using Betaflight OSD, adjusting the PIDS and rates while flying was faster and easier than going back and forth to a computer. I really like that feature. My configurations and transmitter setups have gotten more sophisticated lately but that is a subject for a different post.
Flying around the apartment, it is safe and durable even without propeller guards. But, I fly away from people, pets and delicate items. It has more power than needed. Outdoors, it is light, airy and beautifully acrobatic. Now the Trainer90 name makes sense to me.
Posted by LDGILLS | Apr 13, 2018 @ 09:20 PM | 1,035 Views
Well, engine tuning to do yet, still just not right. Its an ugly flight, 20-25mph crosswind landing....... But for my second flight I'll take it! This is my second flight, not maiden. Still trying to figure out the edit... Lol
TR-260 Maiden Flight (5 min 49 sec)

Tough to keep it on the small road it that x wind... Lol
Posted by miket216 | Apr 13, 2018 @ 09:09 AM | 1,190 Views
I was thinking that this build is not that complicated of a fiberglass structure (Ace 230 Extra 30%). I got to thinking , do I really need to make a female mold. Build here https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-30cc-Gasoline

What I started to think about was the idea that I found from researching the process a few years ago by reading Nextcraft and the article I stumbled across a few years ago "The Art of Fiberglassing By: George Miller." See attachment if you like. I think I will use his method. I can still make many models off of the work I have done up to this point. I am very happy with the plug as it stands now. The document I pulled from the internet did not indicate or give credit to George Miller in the document name. That may have been a length restriction and that is not an issue today. I renamed the document with the title and the authors name to give proper credit.
I'll post in the build thread later today or tomorrow showing my progress with the build. I hope to get my structure installed in the fiberglass body by Monday.
Posted by GRW3 | Apr 12, 2018 @ 10:25 PM | 1,395 Views
I posted the story of my old friend in the Sport Cub thread.

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Apr 12, 2018 @ 05:28 PM | 808 Views
I've just completed my review for the Babyhawk R 136mm (3 inch version). Although at first I didn't find anything about the specs of this micro quad that great, the way that they come together means that is is much better than the sum of it's parts.

Further to that the PIDs that are supplied by Emax are really good and allow me to fly much tighter in proximity with more confidence.

The robustness of the frame, the well thought out components and community support make this little quad pretty easy to recommend to a micro quad newcomer or FPV drones in general.

Of course being a lightweight 3inch you also have more confidence flying in smaller areas where it is much more quiet and less frightening to on-lookers than 5" or larger quads.

Check out my review here: