Posted by EFlapper | Aug 22, 2016 @ 10:54 AM | 1,771 Views
How many of you think joysticks reflect how a pilot in a manned aircraft flies? I for one want something more scale like to match the model I fly.
So, I did something about it and made a prototype and it is the cat's meow, works like a dream. My son Scott and I have determined it will attach to almost any transmitter on the market. What's more it is super intuitive as compared to joysticks and gives the feeling of manned aircraft control. I am seeking funds to go to market check it out on kickstarter and fund real control.https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...drone-controls
Posted by MinnSpin | Aug 22, 2016 @ 10:03 AM | 2,765 Views
I really like RC flying, and building - at least to some extent. Most builds anymore are repairs. Doing a fair bit of builds in the foam arena, combat always fun. My workshop is great place to "hang-out" especially on long winter nights when it's too cold to ice fish or a good a movie is on Netflix.

What does your hobby room look like?
Posted by NeilRivera | Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:47 AM | 2,658 Views
Video courtesy of Rio_LLD... this is a practice race of 3 quads that we normally have every Wednesday. Enjoy !
Battling abba and hyperneil (1 min 29 sec)

Posted by mwhidden | Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:33 AM | 4,014 Views
During the crash depicted in the YouTube video, my HD camera was ejected from my QAV250, and as it tumbled, capture a few frames of the main body impacting the ground.

https://youtu.be/C2zj5c4o3d4?t=2m13s
Posted by Jmasula | Aug 22, 2016 @ 08:38 AM | 5,928 Views
Finally put down the heli for a minute and got the bipe up in the air! Flies well, need to figure out a better way to secure the hatch other than giant rubber bands. Also the aileron setup is kinda terrible. one servo for 4 ailerons and no real adjustment. I think I will be cutting the wing open and putting in a servo for each side.

I've got a 14.7 prop, rimfire .8, castle talon 90 and 6s 3700mah and she stays up for about 8-10 min depending on flight style. def way too much power but it works well.
Posted by skaschimer | Aug 22, 2016 @ 08:11 AM | 3,115 Views
I'm fairly new to this addictive hobby. Only about a year in now.

I originally got interested in it in the mid 90's as I was going through my first year of college. I failed miserably at both... I built a Citabria kit as my very very first RC airplane, decked it out with some good kit from Futaba (good at the time...), and managed (with no sims or instructors, or anything useful) to figure out how to counteract engine torque on take off, actually get it off the ground (the easy part), flew about 4 really sketchy patterns, before driving it into the ground like a fence post. That about ended it for me at the time.

Then I got super productive with other life things (making a real go at college, family, etc.) and lost sight of the hobby.

Fast forward 17 years...

I started dabbling in electronics, primarily Arduino, because that interested me at the time. That gateway drug led me to autonomous flight control systems, which led me to "drones" (yes I built and flew a 450-size qudcopter -- successfuly), which led me fully back to the hobby.

So here I am now, a year later. I have built many of the FliteTest foamies, some from their kits, some from scratch. I just scratch built an airframe from DTFB. Just need to finish assembly and maiden. And I want to eventually get back into balsa building and most of all scratch building...

I'm back, and now that I have some maturity under my belt, along with a wife who is a total enabler, I'm here to stay.

Special shout out to the CrashCast crew for setting the hook even deeper (CrashHancock, LMopar69, IFLYOS, CatheadBiscuit, HatefulGravey)
Posted by mandevil | Aug 22, 2016 @ 07:15 AM | 6,318 Views
After some waiting, my FPV kit is mostly complete:
  • Eachine LCD5802D as LCD display with integrated 5.8 GHz diversity receiver and DVR
  • Eachine ET600R 600 mW 5.8 GHz video transmitter
  • pair of Aomway cloverleaf antennas
I forgot to order the camera, though, so there's some more wait. Meanwhile, I range tested with my GoPro (thanks to Eachine to supplying two cables with their VTX, so that I could use one for the testing). I range tested by walking away from the transmitter with the receiver. The picture was perfect to about 300 m, then it started to exhibit some minor graininess. By 500 m mark the picture degraded quite a lot. I would be still able to control the aircraft, but it wasn't pleasant. I don't have much experience with this, but given how low both the transmitter and receiver were above the ground, I can only assume lot of the quality loss could be attributed by the Fresnel zone 1 getting big enough to be blocked by the ground.
Posted by ChillPhatCat | Aug 22, 2016 @ 07:07 AM | 9,908 Views
I had a small issue with the wing joint, the root rib on the starboard wing was angled outward at the leading edge giving the wing a minor sweep. Last night I finally ripped off the band-aid and broke a glue joint to reposition he root rib. Once it was corrected I couldn't resist joining the wings... Also reduces the number of edges that can take a hit of hangar rash.

And of course we all know what happens once you've got most of the final pieces together... Yep, a mock up! Granted, there's no top wing yet but it could fly right? Haha
Posted by XQPOWER | Aug 22, 2016 @ 04:28 AM | 3,047 Views
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Posted by pilotupuav | Aug 22, 2016 @ 02:02 AM | 3,437 Views
Aerial photography
Posted by zzzzzed | Aug 22, 2016 @ 12:37 AM | 4,076 Views
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Posted by Merch | Aug 21, 2016 @ 10:31 PM | 4,685 Views
Posted by Jusdingg | Aug 21, 2016 @ 10:17 PM | 3,110 Views
Update on the CX-20

I have redone the foil.
bought a new landing gear locally and another one that arrived 1 week before the Hamelin Bay trip

Took it to a Park and I tested loiter and RTL and it works well.
CX-20 lives again,
though It still rolls after the land, the forum is convinced that we need to swop to 0 Throttle on loiter or on stabilize.

Flight 012 will come up soon

I notice slight vibration during the video, not sure why it's happening, but I know 2 edge screws are not fully fasten as they are close to bore....

a Bluetooth module is on the way to bypass the need of using the wire.

Meantime, Flight 015 is now up in Australind.
Flight 015 CX-20 (3 min 1 sec)

Posted by acclivity | Aug 21, 2016 @ 08:21 PM | 8,231 Views
For various reasons, I decided to go with a t tail rather than the original x tail.

So used the upper vertical I made and attached it to the plug, sliced the top and did some buildup so there was a seat for the tail. Probably some more tweaking, and making sure I set the incidence correct. Then I can get to more sanding on the fuse plug and painting to get it ready to make molds.
Posted by DJGoogone | Aug 21, 2016 @ 08:18 PM | 3,010 Views
Truck Lives Matter 2016 (2 min 59 sec)

Posted by Jack Crossfire | Aug 21, 2016 @ 08:10 PM | 4,133 Views
Built a Baxandall tone control to try to get more treble. That did the job, but with severe distortion. The LM324 wasn't up to the job. The next step is an LF353 on a carrier board. The multiturn pots are quite impossible to center. Given the schematic for a Baxandall, simple resistor calculations give 40k when the pots are centered even though a standalone pot would give 50k. Fortunately, the only useful setting is maximum bass & maximum treble.

This is the only audio circuit the LM324 has had any problems with & the internet approves its use. Anyways, the virtual ground shows a bit of instability typical of the LM7805. Thought the distortion 10 years ago was caused by servos, but clearly it's not a perfect regulator. With the bass set to neutral, the distortion is more bearable than not having any treble. Would say the high end from the 1980's amplifier & Bax is clearer than the HTR-5230, but a true comparison with the HTR-5230 is impossible because it's dead.

Hollens family music is good at reproducing the distortion, because they have the high pitch voice & bassy piano.
Posted by Markran | Aug 21, 2016 @ 06:27 PM | 5,211 Views
Champ S+ Fly Away
Posted by crashboy1 | Aug 21, 2016 @ 06:26 PM | 2,669 Views
well I got the cleanflight flashed all is good, calibrated, stick controls work fine on the computer, esc's synced then I unplug from the computer and then nothing. I have looked everywhere, youtube forums, Im at a loss. I have also tried the bataflight, still nothing....
Help!!!!!!!! Any one know why this is?
Posted by Medometo | Aug 21, 2016 @ 05:47 PM | 3,353 Views
Hi,

I have just purchased Taranis X9D Plus which is running OpenTX v2.1.6.
I connected the Taranis to my PC and used it with FPV Event Drone Simulator. After finishing my session, I turned the power switch off but my Taranis remained ON!

Is this normal? It seems to depend on the USB cable because this did not happen with a different USB cable.

Sorry this is my first post to RC Groups, so excuse my ignorance.

By the way, I'm used to the Turnigy 9XR being powered on via the simulator cable, but I was confused with the Taranis because one USB cable did not power it up from the PC and another one did. I believe it depends on the quality of the USB cable but I jsut want to make sure that I'm not alone and that such behaviour won't damage my new Taranis.
Posted by gquiring | Aug 21, 2016 @ 05:41 PM | 8,722 Views
I got the sad news earlier today that Ed Pochinski aka Edy P passed away. It was a surprise to me, I had spoken to Ed maybe a month ago, he was his normal self. He passed away from complications due to pneumonia.

Ed was a guy full of life and always had something positive to say. He loved buying airplanes but rarely flew them. We always busted his chops and he took it well. When I moved to SC about 4 years ago Ed kept an open line with me checking in every few weeks to see how I was doing.

I won't forget him, he along with Bob Mars and Mr C were special people who always entertained us at the local flying field.