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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 13, 2019 @ 06:59 AM | 406 Views
If anyone wants fpv watch or goggles in the UK I have some from xt-xinte stored in my garage ready for quick delivery.
Xt-xinte said they will sell them for $25 each posted in UK, I only have 10 goggles and 7 watches here so it's just a favour I'm doing for them clearing some stock.
Contact xt-xinte for details
https://m.xt-xinte.com/XT-XINTE-FPV-...r-p573596.html

https://m.xt-xinte.com/XT-XINTE-New-...s-p521424.html

I will delete this once sold.
Posted by nigelsheffield | May 14, 2019 @ 12:54 AM | 1,091 Views
Back from holiday and go some lovely weather for flying yesterday so went up to the park to give this R349 a go, a bit tentative flying because I'm not so used to this yet but once I do ....
Quick review, this is fast and fun and cheap, needed props changing from the 3028 to 3042 or 3052 and a bit of a tune up to fly how I like it, great on 3s or 4s, has good camera and is well under the 250g weight with batteries , flight time of 3 to 5 minutes depending on which battery I used.
More detailed review and pids to follow.
Buy it here ( affiliate link at no extra cost to you and helps me fund future reviews ) https://bit.ly/2WL9XDG
3042 props used here. https://bit.ly/2vYZI2I
3052 props for a little more power if you feel it's needed https://bit.ly/2PZKMKW
4s 650mah tuenigy graphene panther battery used here https://bit.ly/2Hjwxhp
Diatone R349 bench review.....is it any good?... Yes! (14 min 31 sec)

Diatone R329 first flight at the park 3s 850mah lipo (8 min 0 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 29, 2019 @ 03:50 AM | 1,087 Views
Yet another silverxxx build

Cheap build that's fast economical ( 6 minute flight on 2s 300mah ) and tough being a whoop will shrug off crashes hopefully.
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I used betafpv lite FC and a cheap 4in1 ESC ( suoer S I think ) akk bs2 camera, 1103 8000kv motors and of course the beta85x frame and props.
Total cost about 50 to buy it all but I had everything apart from the frame already so cost me 8 for 2 frames and $5 for 6 pairs of props.

Result is really good.
Silverised brushless beta85x frame fpv flight at the park. (5 min 43 sec)


Silverised FC on beta85x frame fpv flight FIRST tune and full flight 2s whoop. (5 min 39 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 20, 2019 @ 02:08 AM | 3,158 Views
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This is the tiny whoop I've been waiting for , a real 65mm with real punch on 1s and 2s with a fantastic camera and cheap..
65mm brushless whoop 19000kv 0802 motors, caddx eos2 camera, crazybee f4 V2, 2s 250mah. Xt-xinte kit (1 min 51 sec)

65mm 19000kv 0802 motors, caddx eos2 camera, crazybee f4 V2, 1s 300mah. Acro indoors. Xt-xinte kit (3 min 20 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 27, 2019 @ 03:22 PM | 6,879 Views
This is a whoop with difference , it's got full HD 1080p on board recording in the same camera as fpv feed.
It takes 2s or 3s ( 4s is not recommended due to possible ESC damage but is possible with care , betafpv will not cover you under warranty if you try this. )
It weighs around 70g without battery so no light weight but this is a cinewhoop and not for racing , it is for making cool video doing very close proximity and flying through areas a normal hd drone simply cannot.
Having said that it does acro quite well, loops and rolls and split s etc are all possible.
Bench review for those who'd rather watch than read.
Betwfpv Beta85x hd review / thoughts 1080p recording whoop - cinewhoop (13 min 3 sec)

The video quality is beautiful, the quad itself is very robust and can crash like any whoop without damage so no worry about hitting things as it will simply bounce off with the ducts acting like bumpers.

Here are a few videos to show the picture and capabilities, more video will defo follow as I get better batteries and set the thing up some more.
Bellow the videos I will also do more review as I get more experience of it, I've already flown about 40 packs through with no ESC troubles ( one video shows a simple mod to avoid battery possibly shorting out ).
Some early units suffered ESC failure too and betafpv will replace these damaged ones free of charge offering a lifetime warranty on the ESC and FC .
Beta85x hd freestyle on 3s 450mah around the garden overcast
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 25, 2019 @ 12:56 PM | 7,157 Views
Ive been using the frsky x9d happily since it was first released but decided I wanted to try the x-lite for easier transportation, also the x9d always felt a bit big and awkward in my hands and the reaching the corners difficult at times ..

It took me awhile to get used to the x-lite after flying RC for over 30 years with normal big txs.
But now I've got used to it I love it and don't want to use the x9d anymore lol.( Those of you who know me from old will know just how much this means )

I'll be going through some of the features here and some thoughts as to what might be improved but for now I'll give a link to my affiliate tracking link which will cost you no extra and please use it to help convince banggood to use me for future reviews .

Frsky x-lite banggood. https://bit.ly/2ISS1o7


The open source firmware is always being updated with new features so will never go out of date.
It has hall sensor gimbals which will not wear out like normal gimbals and are nice and precise .
It's small and light and comes in a nice little case which can easily be thrown into a rucksack or small bag etc.
Batteries are removable so a spare set can be carried just in case.

Not so good is the batteries are not supplied and are 2* 18500 size so need to buy those seperately.( AliExpress is cheap I got 4* 1300mah cells for 6 )

To be continued ..
Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 21, 2019 @ 06:32 AM | 9,911 Views
Work in progress.
This by far the best 2s whoop there is out there, it's power and speed and handling are amazing and the price is ridiculously cheap.
Mobula7 V2 2s whoop crazy and smooth acro garden (back yard) flight calm conditions. (3 min 7 sec)


Mobula7 V2 2s whoop windy garden flight but it handles it fine. (3 min 14 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 18, 2018 @ 12:31 PM | 26,495 Views
Got this for my 2s whoops mainly and very pleased with it so wanted to share it with others.
As far as I know it is the only 4 port 2s charger in this handy small size , has mains built in and can also run off a battery and has most of the facilities used by the bigger chargers for a fraction of the price.

18 December 2018 (11 min 29 sec)



Got mine here.
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/DGGGmUFJ8g

Please consider clicking through this ( battery ) banggood affiliate link https://bit.ly/2C4uXgu link and anything you buy after that visit will earn me a small commission at no extra cost to you thanks. It really helps me fund my reviews and I just buy more item which would possibly be of interest.

Good points
Chagres 2s and 1s lipos 4 at a time independently
Shows mah, per cell voltage, current for each lipo in 4 separate displays.
Runs off mains power or battery.
Can set current charge rate
Does normal and HV lipos
Charges NiMH battery too.

Bad points
Slightly bigger than a 6 port 1s charger but not much
Whoop batteries with ph2.0 with no wires cannot fit all 4 in at once unless a extention is made
Cannot set individual current charge rate independently
No storage voltage setting.

Conclusion
Definitely a great option both at home and for outside for charging smaller lipos and the only real option for 2s whoop really, much smaller and quieter than an equivalent full size charger.
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 18, 2018 @ 06:22 AM | 23,321 Views
Note only the ESC can handle 3s lipo, people have flown the beta75x on 3s but I don't recommend it.

to review and share some settings which seem to cure washout issues for me.

Just got the new version to the 75x with upgraded ESC and FC because I'm defo not getting any yaw washout.
No tuning done my my part apart from rates.
ESC is rated to 3s and 10a now which could be very interesting.
This now a mcuh closer contest between the mobula7 and this, the 200mw vtx and f4 processor ,1103 smoother motors are a big plus, camera still struggles in dark areas though....

New version Beta75x yaw flips inverted yaw spin loops/rolls NO YAW WASHOUT! (3 min 13 sec)


New upgraded version beta75x garden ( back yard )acro flight NO YAW WASHOUT. (3 min 34 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 05, 2018 @ 03:51 AM | 23,984 Views
I got the emax tinyhawk from xt-xinte ( great service and cheaper than banggood and they have the mobula7 in stock btw!! )
Tinyhawk $98 https://www.xt-xinte.com/h-product-d...oods_id=561466
$10 off coupon for the tinyhawk https://www.xt-xinte.com/Coupon-cp3444-134bec.html
$5 credit to your account if you send them a message telling them nigelsheffield123 sent you , or use this coupon https://www.xt-xinte.com/Coupon-cp6905-aa7208.html

I will be comparing it to the other brushless whoops I have Inc mobula7, beta65x, beta75 pro, boldclash b06 pro and some of my DIY silverware brushless build too.
Specs on this are listed on the site and I won't go into great detail here but rather give my impression of it and information that you won't find by just looking at the sales specs.
So I don't waste too much of your time I will say that mobula7 is faster and more powerful and runs on 1s lipo or 2s so indoors and outdoors is the better option with huge punch outs and big loops etc possible, if that is what you want to look at my review on that.
However this frame is probably stronger and looks nicer with a carry case and is more stable so better for a new flyer or someone who just crashes a lot racing indoors and I definitely enjoyed flying it both in my house and garden, it handles a little better generally than the mobula7 too.

Good/bad points.

Flight times are about 3 to 3:30 minutes on 450mah ( mobula7 does 5 on same battery )
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Nov 27, 2018 @ 08:39 AM | 24,761 Views
Happymodel mobula7 75mm crazybee 2s whoop



https://bit.ly/2SF0R8L

Cheaper from xinte and mention my name nigelsheffield123 or use this coupon https://www.xt-xinte.com/Coupon-cp6905-aa7208.html for $5 credit https://m.xt-xinte.com/Happymodel-Mo...r-p555452.html

2s whoops are great as I get found out with previous builds but always built my own requiring time and skill and effort.
Now this makes it easy and cheaper than building my own!

If anyone wants to help me out without it costing you a penny please use my referral code TY1117244425201308OD for anything you buy on banggood and it will help me fund future reviews thanks.
Mobula7 from happymodel bench review. (9 min 43 sec)


Indoor flight on 1s lipo very fast still
Mobula7 1s acro indoors using 250mah for over 3 minutes flying. (3 min 2 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Oct 15, 2018 @ 04:54 AM | 25,594 Views
Build log for 2s silverware brushless whoop, is a very cheap build and it rocks!

2s brushless silverwhoop first flight loose tune but lots of power!! (3 min 19 sec)


I've already made some brushless silverware quads and some whoops but up till now never a silverware brushless whoop and having recently discovered 2s brushless whoops and the recent betafpv beta65x I decided it's time to build a silverware version a little bigger on the beta75x frame.

Parts used
Betafpv lite FC ( flashed with yets brushless silverware version )
Frame and props betafpv beta75x.
1103 10000kv racerstar motors. https://bit.ly/2NFIOy6 ( tracking affiliate link as motors were provided for review , no extra cost to you but they will let me have more stuff for review if people use this link )
ESC bs06d super s https://m.xt-xinte.com/Super_s-BS06D...r-p134749.html ( mention nigelsheffield123 for $5 credit )
Any 5v bec / ubec regulator ( got mine from AliExpress for about $1 )
Camera I will be using akk bs2 depending if I can find a spare one but anything will do as long as it's small and light is best.
Battery https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=3655100057

To program the FC you will need an st-linker V2 and a free program ( I will provide a bin file once it's all setup nicely or those who don't want to go through setting up in Kiel )


Soldered wires to ESC and hot glue in place to stop them breaking easily,
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jul 21, 2018 @ 09:48 AM | 29,153 Views
This is yet another offering for a cheap FC with silverware on it,
This one has reciever built in as usual but what sets it apart from others before it is the fets for the motors are updated with higher current draw and lower resistance which in theory should give more power..
In my test flights I certainly did notice a bit more power so the fets do seem to be making a difference.
The price is good too at $6.52.

Get it here from https://m.xt-xinte.com/BEECORE-Lite-...r-p527586.html
Use this name ( mention it somewhere I guess ? ) nigelsheffield123 to get $5 credit and they also promise to send me gifts for review if people do that.
Check out the xt-xinte sight for lots of other good deals for drones.

First up I will put a flight video made with a boldclash b03 whoop with this FC in, this is flown in acro mode with an akk bs2 camera stuck on with elastic bands lol.

Silverised Brushed franken whoop is crazy fast....again!! (4 min 9 sec)


beecore lite FC with silverware from xt-xinte (3 min 15 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 20, 2018 @ 08:51 AM | 24,479 Views
Very careful flying with a small quiet ducted fan quad ( whoop)
To get the puppy Charlie junior used them.
His dad Charly senior ( yes I know lol ) is an old hand and doesn't bat an eyelid , he just goes off and finds a quiet spot till I finish lol.

Puppy meets whoop (Charlie junior first encounter) his dad Charly is an old hand. (1 min 9 sec)


I don't encourage anyone to do this, I can fly very well and only use whoops for indoors around pets and only fly if it doesn't bother them.
Be safe and respect them!

Cocker spaniels make great family pets by the way, love mine more than flying and that IS saying something lol!
Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 18, 2018 @ 06:34 AM | 25,964 Views
Whoop with vtx control and osd with frsky Rx built in on one board from betafpv WOW that's a lot to cram in and I just had to try one out.

https://betafpv.com/collections/flig...rsky-rx-osd-v2

Here is my review and a video of it flying my b03 whoop with bs2 osd camera.

18 June 2018 (3 min 38 sec)


Some pictures of the build to give an idea of how easy this is, basically the motors just plug in as does the battery so very simple to get it flying.
For osd I needed to solder cam and vtx wires, my bs2 didn't have vtx control so I couldn't test that but it's got the connection there so just another solder pad to connect that wire.
It's on betaflight 3.2 and all I did was set my preferred channel order and rates and few tweaks on the osd.
Bound to my frsky taranis in D8 mode easily with a nice big button that's easy to press.
Everything worked first time and the b03 flew great on stock settings , no need to change pids or filters.

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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 10, 2018 @ 02:44 AM | 25,077 Views
Ok I already have 3x 75mm brushless whoops but decided I wanted a smaller one for easier indoors flying more like the original whoop size and this seemed to fit the bill.
It's from hobbycool http://hobbycool.com?afmc=2j affiliate link to their site please use this link if you find any of my reviews useful as I get a small commission and no extra cost to yourselves. They do a lots of good RC and quad drone related stuff and are reasonably cheap and I've always had too service from them.
First a video to show how well it fly's , this was only one of my first flights with it and immediately I found it well tuned and easy to fly indoors( it even flies nicely outside in a little wind )

Hb64 first acro flight indoors flips 64mm brushless whoop from hobbycool (3 min 13 sec)


The quality of this model is really nice, it's quiet , powerful ( for a 1s ) , responsive and has taken multiple crashes in its stride with no damage.
It has betaflight 3.2 loaded and d shot commands so TURTLE MODE and motor beeps is available and works great.

Reciever.
No reciever but that means you can choose your own and I put in a frsky xm+ which I walk bought from hobbycool and was cheapest I've found it anywhere else.
This gives FULL range and is better than other quads with built in recievers.
There is plenty of room in the canopy for the reciever and I routed the antenna out through the slots in the side of canopy.

Battery
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