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Posted by mike_kelly | Yesterday @ 05:00 PM | 753 Views
Reviews:
Mini Pixhawks compared
Daya H4 680 Alien folding quadcopter
A cheap adroid tablet for APM/Pixhawk and Droidplanner 3 - Tower
Pixraptor Pixhawk clone with sensor suspension, a better pixhawk?
Pixhawk LITE, a replacement for the now obsolete APM boards?
Marek Rokowski Simple FPV Goggle Kit
Marek's 4.3" Goggle kit
Sony QX10

Discoveries:
The 3DR Solo is raised from the Dead by the Open Solo Project
Mounting a Gimbal
New Status display for Pixhawk replaces beeps and flashing lights.
InfraRed NIR Cameras and NDVI imaging for agriculture and research
Tarot weights and measures
The Ardupliot Project Developers: The people that make it possible
Linux based Flight Controllers
Evolution of an RC Enthusiast - in search of reliability - ZMR 250 Coaxial
Mini quad motor comparision RCX H1806 RCX1804 RCTimer 1806 DYS BE1806
Ultimate LRS - APM with long range control and telemetry
Tarot 680Pro Extended arms with ESC mounted in the ends
Broken Tarot Landing Legs
Tarot Quick Detach Propeller adapters TL68B35 TL68B36
Tarot TL68B33 Anti-vibration motor mounts
Troubleshooting APM flipping on new build
My Perfect Tarot Travel Case for 650 Sport 680 680PRO 690
Canon FPV Video AV cable for S100 G10 ELPH Powershot
Boscam TS321 RC302 Channel dip switch settings mystery
What's wrong with cheap props?

Projects:
FrankenSolo: Converting a 3DR Solo to UAVCAN
A new Tarot 680Pro hybrid with Daya H4 680 metal arm clamps
Blackout mini H as a training tool
My Take on a Ground Station
ZMR 250 X8 Octocopter! Coaxial Quads
Posted by fastmax | Yesterday @ 07:19 AM | 728 Views
I've been looking forward to this ZD Racing 08425 1/8 RTR brushless buggy for a little while now. I wanted to get an inexpensive 1/8 platform to convert into a pavement punisher for high speed blasts up and down my street and driveway. I plan on using 3s in my driveway and 4s out in the street. After I get in a couple runs in completely stock form, I will be putting on some street tires, and a custom Delta Plastik USA cab forward body.

My plan is to have a fast, fun, and good looking buggy, and a few battery packs for under $300 total. So far it seems my plan is coming together. I have ordered the Delta Plastik USA EVO DP body, and the street wheels/tires. Now I need to find a couple suitable 4s batteries. Detailed pics, and running video coming ASAP. I will also be measuring max speeds on 3s and 4s with several different size pinion gears using one of my older phones with a speedometer APP. Stay tuned! This should be fun!
Posted by Wierda | Nov 16, 2017 @ 10:52 PM | 827 Views
My 55" fms sky trainer, aka "Cessna skylane 182" got a new look today with a graphic set that I had Callie Graphics make for me. She does such a incredible job! Have to pull the wheel pants now and make them plain white. I'm really happy with the way this is turning out! Added the finishing touches and painted fender skirts. I love the way this turned out! Callie Graphics does an incredible job and can help you turn any plane into what you want it to be!
Posted by DWA | Nov 15, 2017 @ 09:25 PM | 872 Views
quick video flying my carbon fiber Bird glider at world famous Fermin slope


Fermin2017-1 (1 min 32 sec)

Posted by DWA | Nov 15, 2017 @ 09:21 PM | 734 Views
just a quick video flying my Opus at Mammoth Mountain Ca

Mammoth2017Opus (1 min 12 sec)

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 15, 2017 @ 08:51 PM | 688 Views
Found a good non-slip battery pad that actually works and is cheap. Currently available for $1.50 and is enough material for a few quads

Article here: http://quadifyrc.weebly.com/tips-and...ip-battery-pad
Posted by TDisaster | Nov 15, 2017 @ 06:59 PM | 843 Views
**neons** hooked me up with a Tracker III radio and two Seeker II receivers for free. The transmitter has an issue where the output is fine until roughly the last 1/4 of the stick in which it kicks back to center. It's showing this on both gimbals and all four channels, so the first step is to pop it open and measure the outputs of the gimbals to verify if they're the root of this problem. Seeing as all four channels are showing this behavior, odds are it's not the gimbals themselves, but I've seen weirder things happen. Below is a video showing the problem.

Tracker III Radio Issues (0 min 12 sec)


I'll be updating this post as I go through the repair. I've got some other work to fit in along with this, so it may be a few days before we see a working unit.
Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 14, 2017 @ 04:20 PM | 1,739 Views
Just added a new category to my discount/coupon page - video and photography drones. Some really good specials on DJI products at present especially the Spark and the goggles.


Posted by Deserteagle | Nov 14, 2017 @ 04:19 AM | 1,154 Views
Is it possible by taking advantage of BangGood sales to build a great all around 5 inch Quadcopter for under $200?
A: Yes it is.
As we all know, BangGood is ALWAYS having a sale.. If you don't like the price of something then just wait..




Realacc Purple 215 Build a 5 inch quad for under $200 (6 min 49 sec)


I received an email about BangGood's anniversary sale back in September and seen the Purple 215 frame on sale for $19! I wasn't sure about the quality of this frame, but after looking at some other reviews, it seemed to be a very strong and good frame. It was at this point I wondered if it was possible to build a decent build for my viewers for under $200 and started looking at some of the other components that BangGood has on sale that day. I have noticed the prices on the components fluctuate and I've seen these prices on BangGood before and after the Anniversary sale so if you want to build this then just wait for the prices to match or even be better. Coupons are also nice and could actually make this build even cheaper.


Update: Black Friday sales are just right around the corner and I've noticed that they are jacking up their prices now so I'm sure they will have a half off sale coming soon!! (it seems to me they raise prices before a big sale )

Frame
Realacc Purple 215
Got mine for $19



https://www.banggood.com/Anniversary...r_warehouse=CN

Flight controller

I began searching the site for a decent AIO FC and noticed the HGLRC F3V4 was on sale for
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Posted by mike_kelly | Nov 13, 2017 @ 01:44 PM | 1,185 Views
This build was done to demonstrate the use of CANbus with Arducopter. DJI has used CANBus to connect flight components for a long time but it is new to Arducopter. CANbus is a network for add-ons like GPS, Compass, Power Modules, ESCs and Gimbal controllers. Instead of the rats nest of cables typical of an Arducopter build, there is one cable type, one connector and all the cables are the same. CANbus can also have fully redundant cabling if desired. No hassles splicing and studying pin-outs or searching online for the right cable. The build uses OlliW UC4H Uavcan for Hobbyists and Zubax parts.

This is a completed build. In the pictures you see that there are only three (count 'em) cables going to the flight controller: Power, Canbus and RC receiver. That is it!! It shows the simplicity and increased reliability that CANbus can bring to a build.





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Posted by GRW3 | Nov 13, 2017 @ 12:06 AM | 1,061 Views
We were at a flying event. We had limbered up we some afternoon flights on arrival the previous day. I flew my Sport Cub and my buddy flew his 35cc powered Extra. It flew better than ever after he had replaced a fussy throttle servo. The almost new engine was still breaking in but it was solid.

The next morning, first he made a minor repair on another plane and flew it. Then he pulled up the Extra to the starting area. We got it started, no problem. The he rolled it to the take off zone and we went to the pilot station. He gave it full throttle, it zoomed up high, arced over the top of an elliptical loop and came plummeting down into the pits, full speed. Just about as fast as you could read it. Shock! Stunned silence for a few moments. I had yelled “Watch out” but would not have done any good.

He said he wasn’t worried when the plane popped up because strong gusts had been causing serious ballooning on approaches all morning. When it wouldn’t push over... roll.. or throttle back he knew there was a problem. He yelled too but I don’t remember. All I remember is that red specter flashing straight down into the ground.

There was a guy standing in the same location as the person in the wreckage picture when it hit. He fell upon impact. I was afraid the wing had caught him but thankfully “no” it was just the startling nature of the impact that bowled him over.

The engine was broken into three pieces. The head ended up in the starting station. We picked up and swept up as well as we could but little bits of debris were everywhere. After he calmed down, he flew out the day with other airplanes.
Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 12, 2017 @ 07:54 PM | 898 Views
The Furibee X140 is an extremely durable 3" stretched x quadcopter capable of 3s and 4s. The price is very sharp at around $100

In part 1 of my review where I look at this one the bench, part 2 initial flight to be completed shortly. TLDR from the article:

Early pre-flight conclusions
I really like the components on this one especially at the price point ($105 currently for PNP). I think it was unecessary to build the frame with removable arms and heavy 4mm thick ones at that. Micro quads tend to be more crash resistant because they are lighter so this looks like an overkill. In saying that it should be VERY VERY durable and should offer good flight times with the more effcient low kV motors it has. I'll comment after part 2 of this review on mods but I have a few in mind that should really make this move.

Review:

http://quadifyrc.weebly.com/reviews/...1-bench-review


Posted by Mad_angler1 | Nov 12, 2017 @ 06:39 PM | 1,041 Views
I have put a video together on 3 ways to install 3rd party apps on the DJI Crystalsky device since the removal of the restriction in firmware V02.04.02.00

Its worth noting that DJI have only just lifted the restriction and as it stands today you can not install paid app as the device does not support the Play store and has certain key Google frameworks missing, Litchi, DroneDepoy and others that use google maps will not work, DJI have hinted that a better solution is coming in the future and that this is early days.

Anyway enjoy or not


DJI Crystalsky - How to Install 3rd Party Applications - Latest FW Needed (19 min 0 sec)



For more info or to order a Crystalsky device see the DJI Store

http://click.dji.com/AFVyIV8NS7ZhhO1...0016&pm=custom


Please note the above is an affiliate link.


Posted by scale_only | Nov 11, 2017 @ 06:11 PM | 1,075 Views
So I've wanted a better and safe way to control my two chargers, accessories and batteries mess and take it all to the field and race track

I got this single transmitter case with a radio I bought, but I have a gun case I use for my aircraft TX so it never really has been used

I also bought a plug socket with a switch and wired it to power both power supplies with one cord

The icharger is just double sided taped to the wood panel which hides the batteries and extension cables

Simple but effective
Posted by Mad_angler1 | Nov 11, 2017 @ 09:46 AM | 1,277 Views
The guys over at MARS Parachutes have released an new system for DJI Inspire 2 users designed to work along side their new Nova radio system, this is a small standalone deployment controller specifically designed for RTF or other users rather than caring a whole second large radio.


They are running a Kickstarter campaign to get these two products and for a limited time only you can get the Inspire 2 system and Nova for $426, there are very limited placed left so get onboard now, more info further down .


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...arachute-radio


The Inspire 2 System





We are putting more and more money into the air than ever before as both professionals and hobby users, while failure is rare having a backup plan to prevent a total loss of craft as well as protect people and property is a very wise move, crap can go wrong and this will massively increase the chances of retrieving the craft in with little damage.


This system is designed for the inspire 2, it features

– High Strength, Light Weight Design
– Designed Specifically for the DJI Inspire 2
– Elegant, Practical & Purposeful
– Developed & Designed with the MARS 58 Parachute System (Sold Separately)
– Easy to Install w/ All hardware Included
– Quick Release Design
– Compact, Minimalistic Design
– Located Aft for Maximum Aerodynamics
– (1) Year Manufacturer Warranty





Included:
(1) MARS 58 Inspire 2 Mounting System
(1) MARS 58
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Posted by Captain Canardly | Nov 11, 2017 @ 02:04 AM | 1,061 Views
Well, it's xero degree wind chill, I have 2 more kits in Laser status, and I'm 4 years behind "schedule" After obtaining Missy, I was a tad concerned, as she managed to chew my dihedral braces bag for my (2) Chrysalii 1.5's, but other than that, she would chase the cats around the location of my buildboard from last January! I guess she figured it was part of the furniture, and when she plays "keepaway" from dad, she finds there is no more clear route to escape my grasp! Now that i've heard lots of guys mention I can get a handlaunch built in a weekend, I'm challenging myself to the task! We will have 3 more visits to VAMC next week, so I guess the best way to track is to ignore =somehow- Ace Combat Infinity! I don't mind mentioning doing build logs is a very time consuming item, so I'll just go with "chapter" status, and catch up on lots of the new F3 RES stories coming along now! my first step prep is awaiting glue, so time to "getterdunn"