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Posted by DutchRC | Today @ 11:02 AM | 77 Views
Halloa (FPV) people

in the last year we have seen a new brand pop up.. And Dave C's Rekon brand is for now very much specialized in Long Range / Endurance / Lightweight FPV drones.. The first Rekon quad I ordered was the Rekon 5 which I Very much like! (might do a review of it)..

And now.. now we have this 1S 18650 contraption! If nothing else, it is an interesting proof of concept.. And proof it is cause is Does fly...
Does it fly well? I think that depends on what you want, and what you were expecting

Link to it: RekonFPV Rekon 3 1S copter (at Banggood)


Sooooo here are my thoughts on it, and not unimportantly: my tune for it

RekonFPV Rekon 3 - 1S 18650 Lion FPV Cruiser - REVIEW + TUNE ! (22 min 10 sec)



Specifications:
type: FPV Cruiser / Endurance quad
material(s): CF arms + plastick body
dry weight: 62 grams
flight controller: HGLRC Zeus5 AIO
firmware version: Betaflight 4.2.0
ESC's: HGLRC Zeus5 AIO
motors: Rekon 1202.5 11600 Kv
propellors: Gemfan 3018 2-blade
FPV camera: Caddx Nano Ant
VTX: Zeus Nano 350 mW
GPS: nope
Lipo: 1S 18650 (not included)
OSD: yep, by Betaflight
smart Audio: yep.. set up correctly
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props: yes 1 extra set of props
Posted by DutchRC | Jul 18, 2021 @ 11:37 AM | 13,468 Views
Halloa people

so yeah.. that long-range hype huh? :P What about that.. I have had a couple of those myself.. To me they are more Endurance fliers though.. Which is fine
This time I set about building one myself! I considered simply using a Diatone L5 frame but wanted something different....

Sooooo the CMW Shocker 5" (light version) it is
Link to it: CMW Shocker light 5-inch at FPV-FLY.fr

Not sure what other video's I'll post about this project BUT here are my findings on the frame itself

SHOCKER! :D - Catalyst Machine Works Light 5-INCH - FRAME REVIEW (16 min 31 sec)



Frame Specifications:
type: Long range FPV cruiser
wheelbase: 125 mm
Left-to-Right: 175 mm
Front-to-Back: 133 mm
base thickness: 4mm thick arms
weight: 56 grams
material(s): carbon fiber + allu standoffs
chamfered edges: No, but well machined
clean: Yes
20x20 mount: yes Two 20x20 positions
30.5x30.5 mount: nope
Action-cam mount: optional
battery strap: yes Two
battery anti-skid pad: Nope!
Posted by DutchRC | Jul 12, 2021 @ 11:02 AM | 8,561 Views
Hi there people

this here video is very specifically ment for people that are new(isch) to the FPV drone scene.. Could also be you're wandering what is involved in getting started

Sooo in this video I will give you an unfiltered vlog of how I get a new quad in, and get it ready for action

HOW TO: From Box to Flight - getting that quad ready for Action!! (33 min 28 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jul 01, 2021 @ 11:03 AM | 6,823 Views
Halloa people,

a couple of months ago I got this ET16S radio sent to me by Wfly.. I had come across Wfly but was mostly unfamiliar with the brand otherwise..
The first thing I wordered was: do we need another radio-brand? Competition is good most times for both ends of the stick, but if they make crappy products I'd rather see them quickly leave again

Soooo I have tested the radio for a while and in the video below I'll give you my findings
Don't hesitate to add your own experiences with the radio / brand c.q. questions you might have!

Link to the radio: Wfly ET16S computer radio with touch-screen


My findings then:

Wfly ET16S 2.4Ghz RC Radio's - REVIEW + BRAND INTRODUCTION ! (17 min 46 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jun 20, 2021 @ 11:06 AM | 35,481 Views
Halloa people,

got me this one in a week ago and have had a lot of fun with it AND it's not even the kind of quad I generally like most..
So a mark / indoors FPV quad with propguards from Diatone..

Feel free to add / post your experiences and questions.

Link to the quad: Diatone Roma F1 D16 BNF Quad

My findings on the quad so far

The Diatone Roma F1 nano FPV quad :D - REVIEW (18 min 8 sec)



Specifications:
type: park / forrest / indoor quad
base thickness: 2.5mm base plate / arms
material(s): carbon fiber + allu
dry weight: 73 grams
flight controller: Diatone Mamba F405MINI MK3.5
firmware version: Betaflight 4.2.9 (pretty New)
ESC's: Diatone Mamba F25MK2 8BIT
motors: Diatone Mamba TOKA1103 10000 KV
propellors: Gemfan 1636
FPV camera: Runcam Nano 2
VTX: Diatone Mamba TX500
GPS: none
Lipo: 350 - 450 mah 3S (not included)
OSD: yes, by Betaflight
smart Audio: yes
buzzer: yes
LED's: nope
spare props: nope
Posted by DutchRC | Jun 16, 2021 @ 11:10 AM | 20,376 Views
Halloa RC people

as many of you will know I like building quads, and just as you might do: when I find components that WORK I keep using them for new builds..
This time however I wanted to try electronics from Foxeer.. Partly because it could be more interesting for You as well...

In this case it's the well known Predator v5 but I am using a VTX I've never used: the TBS Unify Pro32 nano....

Foxeer Predator 5 + TBS Unify Pro32 Nano + Foxeer Lollipop (Last Samurai Build Project) - FPV SETUP (10 min 26 sec)



Foxeer Micro Predator 5: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-19-19m...uper-wdr-g-303

TBS Unify Pro32 Nano: https://www.rotorama.com/fpv/tbs-uni...-v1-1-25-500mw

Foxeer Micro Lollipop ufl: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-5-8g-m...-antenna-g-280


Other components for this build

Rotorama Samurai Pro frame: https://www.rotorama.com/ramy/rotorama-samurai-v3-pro

Foxeer Reaper ESC: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-reaper...a-8s-esc-g-327

Foxeer F722 mini: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-mini-f...taflight-g-299

RCinpower Wasp Major 22.6-6.6 1860kv: https://www.rotorama.com/motory/rcin...2-6-6-6-1860kv

DALprop (new) Cyclone T5146.5 racing prop: https://www.foxeer.com/new-cyclone-t-54

Frsky XM+ receiver: https://www.rotorama.com/rc/frsky-xm
Posted by DutchRC | Jun 13, 2021 @ 11:04 AM | 33,431 Views
Halloa RC people

as many of you will know I like building quads, and just as you might do: when I find components that WORK I keep using them for new builds..
This time however I wanted to try electronics from Foxeer.. Partly because it could be more interesting for You as well...

Soooo here we are.. This is part of my 8S racer build project.. Let's see what parts are supposed to make this quad actually fly

8S Foxeer F722 Stack + RCInpowers :) (Last Samurai Build Project) - POWER SETUP (23 min 59 sec)



Foxeer Reaper ESC: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-reaper...a-8s-esc-g-327

Foxeer F722 mini: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-mini-f...taflight-g-299

RCinpower Wasp Major 22.6-6.6 1860kv: https://www.rotorama.com/motory/rcin...2-6-6-6-1860kv

DALprop (new) Cyclone T5146.5 racing prop: https://www.foxeer.com/new-cyclone-t-54


Other components for this build

Rotorama Samurai Pro frame: https://www.rotorama.com/ramy/rotorama-samurai-v3-pro

Foxeer Micro Predator 5: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-19-19m...uper-wdr-g-303

TBS Unify Pro32 Nano: https://www.rotorama.com/fpv/tbs-uni...-v1-1-25-500mw

Foxeer Micro Lollipop ufl: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-5-8g-m...-antenna-g-280

Frsky XM+ receiver: https://www.rotorama.com/rc/frsky-xm
Posted by DutchRC | May 28, 2021 @ 11:15 AM | 30,299 Views
Halloa people,

I didn't see a topic about this RGT car yet so here it is now :P
Recently ordered me this 1/10th scale scaler / crawler and with that my first RGT car..

I'll be posting a couple of video's on the car but feel free to add your own experiences or questions!

First of all: what kind of car is this? It is somewhere inbetween a scaler & crawler.. Had it had a 100% lexane body I'd say it leans more towards a crawler but as a lot of modern lexane bodies cars in this segment, the body has a good nr of scale additions:
+ plastick molded grille
+ extra roof "slab" plus a roof-rack
+ mirrors + wipers + snorkel + spare wheel mount

But then it also doesn't have transparant windows.. This is more a reflection of it's price-point (?)
Speaking off: pretty affordable for what you get IMHO...

First video then.. mostly an unboxing + first impressions..

RGT 136100V3 Rock Cruiser - Value for $$?$ - Show & Tell (37 min 1 sec)



Specifications:
type: scaler / crawler
scale: 1/10
drive train: 4x4 1-speed
wheelbase: 255 mm
wet weight: 1.98 Kg
motor: 390 size brushed
ESC: HobbyWing 40A integrated with receiver
servo: 6 KG
diffs: locked front & back
wheel adapters: 12mm hax
speed: 10 km/h ? (slow :P)
run time: several hours
battery: 1500 mah 2S
radio: Flysky FS-G4P 2.4Ghz 4 channel
radio batteries: 4x AA (not supplied)
charger: yes.. basic
lighting: yes and remotely controllable
Posted by DutchRC | May 19, 2021 @ 01:04 PM | 37,050 Views
Howdy poeple

I recently noticed Foxeer's new Reaper ESC's which is a 20x20 4-in-1 and that is nothing new ofcourse
But.. this is one 8S capable (or so they say :P) ... Very exciting and interesting! More then enough reason for a new build!

Comoing across these new ESC's coiincided with Rotorama releasing a new 5" racing frame If you follow my channel, you probably know I often use their frames.. Sooo done deal! This will be a 5" 8S racer build

Link to the frame: Rotorama Samurai v3 Pro

First things first! Here is a review of that new frame

Rotorama Samurai V3 Pro (Last Samurai Build Project) - FRAME REVIEW (14 min 34 sec)



The other parts I'll use:

Foxeer Reaper ESC: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-reaper...a-8s-esc-g-327

Foxeer F722 mini: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-mini-f...taflight-g-299

RCinpower Wasp Major 22.6-6.6 1860kv: https://www.rotorama.com/motory/rcin...2-6-6-6-1860kv

DALprop (new) Cyclone T5146.5 racing prop: https://www.foxeer.com/new-cyclone-t-54

Foxeer Micro Predator 5: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-19-19m...uper-wdr-g-303

TBS Unify Pro32 Nano: https://www.rotorama.com/fpv/tbs-uni...-v1-1-25-500mw

Foxeer Micro Lollipop ufl: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-5-8g-m...-antenna-g-280

Frsky XM+ receiver: https://www.rotorama.com/rc/frsky-xm
Posted by DutchRC | May 16, 2021 @ 11:21 AM | 28,417 Views
Halloa RC people

not so much a review video this time.. This is more-less a vlog of me testing several things.. I am in the process of testing:
+ Orqa FPV.One FPV Goggle
+ Wfly ET16S radio
+ ZOHD Drift airplane

And I guess I'm also still in the process of trying the Gopro 9 (this is my second video recorded with the cam)

Soooo some things worked out great.. some not so much

Orqa FPV.One + Wfly ET16S + ZOHD Drift + ZOHD VC400 (19 min 48 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | May 12, 2021 @ 11:27 AM | 12,983 Views
Halloa people

first video on an (for most) unknown radio / radio-brand and I've combined it's maiden with a first plane of the ZOHD Drift...
The Drift isn't a new-new plane ofcourse.. it IS new to me though :P

Soooo a Wfly ET16S radio.. Ever heard of the brand?
Also: it was sent to me for free.. Just so you know...

Let's at least see if the plane + radio combo results in a flight

New Radio + New Plane + New Camera ! :O What could go wrong :P (14 min 17 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Apr 28, 2021 @ 11:02 AM | 8,145 Views
Halloa people

so yes.. We have ourselves a brand new sub 1-meter flying wing, and it is again aimed at FPV flying..
This time however from a company you had not seen fixed wing RC's from In fact: if you only fly airplanes, you might not even know the Diatone brand...

Link to it: Diatone Ripper R690 kit (at Banggood)

So is it any good / wurth considering? IF you are into wings (eighter for LOS flying or FPV) I think it could be.. so far it looks well made BUT I have not assembled, let alone flown it..

A first look at it:

RIPPER R690 (FPV) Wing - Diatone's First Airplane :) - Show & Tell (25 min 29 sec)



Specifications:
wingspan: 690 mm
length: 415 mm
weight: depends on the setup you use
material: EPP Foam
kit type: airframe only
motor: 2205 - 2208 2450Kv (not included)
propellor: 5x5 (3S setup) or 6x4 (3S setup)
ESC: 40A (not included)
servo's: 9 - 12 gram (not included)
receiver: 4 channel (not included)
lipo: 1550 - 2200mah 3S / 1300 - 1550mah 4S
ailerons: yep
rudder: nope
flaps: nope
retracts: nope
lights: yes!
stabeliser: not included
Posted by DutchRC | Apr 25, 2021 @ 11:12 AM | 9,625 Views
Halloa people

It has been a while since I did a video on running 5" FPV quads on Lion packs.. At the time I was one of the first, and the quad was NOT a lightweight at all
By now Light Weight / Long-Range / Endurance quads are all the rage (as you no doubt know)..

in this video I test both the 4S and 6S version of the new Diatone Roma L5 on Lion packs

Let's see if that plays out as expected

18650 LION Testing the Diatone Roma L5 ! :D Both 4S & 6S (14 min 48 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Apr 16, 2021 @ 11:25 AM | 10,061 Views
Howdy people

another new Diatone quad?!?! :O ahhh well sure.. why not :P And you could be mistaken to think All new offerings in this space ar Light Weights..
I'm happy to see at least this one is Also fun to fly in a sporty way

Link to one of them: Diatone Roma L5 digital version

I should add that was a bit disappointed by the flight-experience at first.. It definately needs a different tune

First look + a few test-flights

Diatone Roma L5 ! :O 4S & 6S - Digital or Analogue - First Look + Test Flights (30 min 8 sec)



Feel FREE to add your thoughts / experiences /video's / questions to this thread!

Specifications:
type: Long range FPV cruiser
wheelbase: 214 mm
base thickness: 4mm arms
material(s): carbon fiber + allu
dry weight: 215 grams
flight controller: Mamba F722 AIO Mk1 board
firmware version: Betaflight 4.2.5
ESC's: Mamba 35A Blheli (AIO board)
motors: Mamba 2004 1700 Kv or 2900 Kv
propellors: Gemfan 5125 3-blade
FPV camera: Caddx Nebula Pro (for DJI)
VTX: Caddx Vista / DJI Digital
GPS: M8PLUS
Lipo: 1050 mah 6S or 1300 4S
OSD: yes, by DJI
smart Audio: DJI Digital
buzzer: yes
LED's: nope
spare props: nope. 1 set in the box
Posted by DutchRC | Apr 11, 2021 @ 11:08 AM | 9,414 Views
Halloa people

soo this here is basically the last video in my "flying tank" series Ofcourse this FPV quad needs a FPV-setup, and I decided to try the brand new Caddx Ratel v2 to see what that's about
Should be quite nice as the v1 already is.. I only have one of these Ratel v2 camera's so I can't tell you much about the production-quality other then "mine works" :P

Link to it: Caddx Ratel v2 Freestyle FPV cam

And the VTX I use for this quad is a known quantity (to me).. the Rush Ultimate Plus has proven itself...

Link to that: Rush Tank Ultima Plus 800mW VTX


So? Let's see how this addition to the Flying Tank works out

Caddx Ratel 2 + Rush Tank Ultimate Plus! Project 2021 Flying TANK :) - FPV Setup :) (15 min 38 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Apr 07, 2021 @ 11:17 AM | 9,762 Views
Hallo FPV people

I recently started a new build project, and as the 5" frame for the quad has SIX millimeter thick arms I dubbed this project "Flying Tank 2021"
Ofcourse to have it actually fly it will also need a flight-stack

So for this Flying Tank I tried a GepRC stack (which is unusual for me, but wanted to try this particular stack)

link: GepRC Span F722 HD - Blheli_32 stack

DID that actually work out well??

GepRC SPAN F7 HD ! Project 2021 Flying TANK :) - STACK REVIEW + Manual (28 min 11 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Apr 04, 2021 @ 11:09 AM | 8,882 Views
Hallo FPV people

I recently started a new build project, and as the 5" frame for the quad has SIX millimeter thick arms I dubbed this project "Flying Tank 2021"
Ofcourse to have it actually fly it will at least allso need some motors

For the Ammax Inno frame I picked motors from the same company:

link: Amax Inno Performate 2207 (5-pack) motors

Sooo let's have a look at them motors but allso do some test flights

Amax Inno Performante Motors! Project 2021 Flying TANK :) - 2207 1750 kv (16 min 7 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Mar 28, 2021 @ 12:22 PM | 13,364 Views
Howdy people

start for a fresh new project over here! I have not used anny Amax things at all so far, and came across their new frames a while back
Soooo.. a "flying tank" is the objective here

Frame and motors will be from Amax Inno who have a warehouse in Germany & China..

First things first.. Let's have a look at their Freestyle 5" frames

Amax Inno Freestyle Frames! Project 2021 Flying TANK :) - FRAME REVIEW (23 min 9 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Mar 21, 2021 @ 12:23 PM | 17,565 Views
Halloa people

soooo with thhe Diatone F4 beinng my current favourite quad, I wanted to try at least One other LR4 rendition..
And here it is.. GepRC's Crocodile Baby 4"... It is an analogue version With a build-in 4K recorder

Link to it: GepRC Croc Baby 4 with Caddx Tarsier v2

And.. how did I like this one? Let's find out

GepRC Baby Crocodile 4 - Cinematic Endurance Quad - SHOW & TELL (28 min 13 sec)



Specifications:
type: Long range / endurance / Cinematic
wheelbase: 174 mm
base thickness: 2.5 mm arms
material(s): carbon fibre + allu standoffs + TPU
flight controller: GepRC F4 + 20A AIO board
firmware version: Betaflight 4.2.3
ESC's: 20A in the AIO board
motors: GepRC GR 1404 2750 kV
propellors: Gemfan 4024 2-blades
FPV camera: Caddx Tarsier 4 (incl 4K recorder)
VTX: GepRC Stable 600 mW
GPS: yes BN-228
Lipo: 750mah 4S or LION pack
OSD: yes by BF
smart Audio: yes, BF
buzzer: Yes with backup battery!
LED's: nope
spare props: Yep. 2 full sets of props
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 17, 2021 @ 12:38 PM | 20,163 Views
Halloa people

I've been 'working' on this cinematic quad for a while now.. It's been flying well for a few weeks BUT it was faaaaaar to noise with the original GemFan Windancer props..

In this mini-update I'm trying alternate props And there is a video-demo flight at the end

Ethix Cinerat - 3 INCH Video Production Quad - Gemfan D76 Whoop Propellers???? (10 min 40 sec)


Tell me what You think!