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Posted by blue_peace | Aug 09, 2021 @ 10:38 AM | 12,060 Views
Vortex 3 DLG flying during smoke (8 min 13 sec)

I keep posting images/videos of this plane. This is my only plane at the moment haha, other than my busted Alula.
In this video I'm flying with ballast, it's just a second dead single cell tube battery, I think adds 16g.
10MPH wind wouldn't say it's great to fly in that kind of wind but I was at least able to fight it.

Shot with A7R3 and Sony F4 70-200mm.

I really like this plane though, the sharp lines.

I have also let myself go haha, been WFH over a year now not going to the gym/working day job and a side gig.
Posted by blue_peace | May 27, 2021 @ 12:13 AM | 29,223 Views
I finally had someone to take photos/film. This was not a great day to fly but still nice to get out there. Just been raining all week.

Working on a short video.

My hat had profanity on it hence the tape.

Still thicc not really dieting/working out, need to.

Gear info

Sony A7R3 with Tamron 28-75mm

Hitec A9, Minema 6E, 4 x MKS Servos DS75K, 3.7v 650mAh Turnigy round lipo

Vortex 3 cloudy (3 min 23 sec)


I flew again 12 days later with a better lens (Sony F4 70-200mm G), added those photos (generally closer)...Continue Reading
Posted by blue_peace | May 11, 2021 @ 08:40 AM | 3,993 Views
Got a new lens this one is a 12-24mm F4 G so trying it out. Was lucky to get out to fly it was 62F a bit cold but there are thermals in winter. I caught some thermals... I read/watched the wing's default shape (no flapperon movement) is in speed mode, so the cruising/thermal mode is some millimeters down. So yeah... it was a great day almost no wind later on. The flat sink rate was nuts my AUW is 8.4oz and was able to do 2 minute flat flights in dead air from a launch. That's if you seldomly turn, just keep it flying flat most of the time.

No video, nothing interesting to show but also the weeds were in the way, most of the time the 12mm was too wide/plane is too small in frame. I also need to remember to buy some spray for my head, these gnats were brutal just chasing me around.

Hoping for a better weather day, one day a friend will help me film it.

Yeap, still looking unpleasantly thicc to need to diet, start lifting again.

Update next day

Made a 16g ballast from a dead tube battery. Was able to launch/fly a boomer, sadly I did not film it, (didn't check camera was recording doh)... did film today, will post video.

4K Vortex 3 thermal with light ballast (4 min 15 sec)

Sorry for all the pictures, just love the sleekness of this plane. I'm also just really enjoying pulling stills from the 4K footage from the A7R3....Continue Reading
Posted by blue_peace | May 01, 2021 @ 02:39 AM | 3,623 Views
It was supposed to be like 5mph of wind but there was more than that and it was going the wrong direction. I didn't think I'd need ballast but today shows otherwise. So yeah I'm gonna look into that.

No I don't have a spring-loaded switch for take off mode. I forgot it was on one day and I almost looped it into the ground.

I know I am like a PSA of what not to do with DLGs so don't watch this. I just fly on the side when I'm not banging away at a keyboard like a monkey.

Not another Vortex 3 DLG video (5 min 37 sec)

Posted by blue_peace | Apr 10, 2021 @ 01:14 AM | 5,241 Views
I have a former history in RC but I haven't touched it in like 6 years. I tried to get back into it but never had the place... when I was younger I was in high school/didn't have any responsibilities. Lived by a field, I suppose it's all an excuse.

I switched to software, kinda failed in school, I'm an SWE now on paper. Outside of developing web applications I've been trying to get into the embedded space and robotics. Flying/submarines is still a thing that will factor into it at some point.

Just posting some other stuff I'm working on/worked on.

Eventually if my life doesn't implode my plan is to be like a homesteader somewhere but have access to tech still (Starlink/Amazon). The essentials, nevermind food.

I'm working on it.

The robot I designed/made from scratch, it sucked. Not strong enough/dumb. But it was good as far as learning to program multiple servos moving in Arduino. Also did the ESP to Arduino connection. Not really "radio controlled" but WiFi controlled ha.

The other thing is a SLAM attempt as a response/thing I wanted to address from the robot. Then I would adapt it to a smaller 12-servo true quad with a Teensy onboard. It's not in this image but there is an IMU on there. The idea is you take an image (slow processing as it's single core/not optimized) and find things in there/draw bounds around them as a cube in 3D space. The ToF sensors(2 in image eg. "Lidar" and ultrasonic) determine how far away it is. Then using kinematics to track the robot/vehicle's velocity/accel you can tell how far away you are from things/map them in memory/3Dspace. It sounds easy but it's not haha. I'm not a math wiz and the computer vision aspect alone is pretty difficult but it's a fun project, still not finished.
Posted by blue_peace | Mar 18, 2021 @ 04:59 AM | 14,869 Views
Trying to get back into RC. Took a break (growing up). Been like 9 years or so since I was really heavy into flying... tried to fly in between then.

One time I had everything, I had this Radian 2 bought RTF straight up, but I didn't feel that happy flying it.

I don't know I'm hoping I have not lost the bug for flying/doing RC stuff. It helps when you have the property to do so.

I moved to places that didn't have large open fields, there's a park near me at least that I can go to and fly with decent space in the back.

I was a different person then, dumb mostly.