Posted by Jack Crossfire | May 21, 2017 @ 01:10 AM | 5,522 Views
After much conceptualizing of how to make the handle/camera mount out of carbon fiber, it was decided to just extend the coroplastic.

While the coroplastic on the Ruckus came from storage boxes from 17 years ago which had long been discontinued, it turned out Home Depot still had coroplastic sheets. It cost $14, a lot more than it did 17 years ago. After much experimenting with string & adhesives to bond it, OSH turned out to still have reusable zip ties. All the coroplastic would be held together by zip ties.

After many agonizing measurements, the new cargo container was done. Every effort was made to document the relative sizes of the 3 vehicles before the Ruckus was torn down. At 10" x 7" x 5", the lunchbox has 315-350 sq in, roughly equal to the H King. The H King can't haul as much mass as the lunchbox.

While the H King looks much bigger than the Ruckus, it's only 1" wider & can't be filled any higher than the Ruckus. The extra material is manely the handles & more durable bumpers. Experience proved the container constantly runs into things & people, so it needs strong bumpers.

The new coroplastic was 4mm thick while the old coroplastic was 3.1mm thick. It's so much more massive, the bumpers may be replaced by plastic sheets.

Since the Ruckus had a dying servo & differential, the decision was made to tear it down & reuse its electronics in the H King. There were a lot of memories in the 17...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | May 21, 2017 @ 12:14 AM | 21,559 Views
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iRangeX IRX4 Multi Protocol Module ... A user perspective !
Sent by for review

I think I saw the first multi protocol module about a year or so ago and thought , what a fantastic idea . I actually purchased my 9XR pro with the original module in mind . Reading the add at banggood it said that there was a V2 in the works so I thought I would wait . It's about 6 months since I decided to wait and I am sort of glad I did . Every now and again I like to window shop ( and spend some $$ ) so while looking at batteries on BG I spied the iRangeX IRX4 which did appear to be the updated multi protocol module , a very hasty Email enquiry confirmed my suspicions and a IRX4 was on its way .

 OpenTx 2.2.0 RC18 N371

I have to talk about the firmware . You need openTx 2.2 to suport the multi protocol module . openTx is a firmware development for Taranis ( FrSky ) transmitters . Now the claim is that you can install openTx on all 9x variant transmitters ( Taranis 9x - Flysky 9x - Turnigy 9x / XR / XR pro ) . There is little choice in this regard , you need firmware that will support the multi protocol module . I was able to get all the software / firmware and install openTx on my 9XR pro transmitter . I installed the software AETR and for some reason it was RETA , but you can re assign channels in the Tx ( Which I did ) . Unfortunately for me the trims remained with the sticks , so adjusting trim on Aileron actually...Continue Reading
Posted by DutchRC | May 20, 2017 @ 06:48 PM | 7,528 Views
Halloa people

sooo.. on my daily 'what's new?' go-around, I came across this upcomming Walkera Vitus video-quad.. It does look 'a bit' like that Mavic quad huh?
In case you're interested.. here is a link: Walkera Vitus Lite drone

One thing I do like over the Mavic by the way, is this one mounts your phone Above the sticks:

Well.. and it allso includes Walkera's augmented reality thing:

What do we think?
Especially if you'd opt for the non-sensors version, the price is pretty nice
Posted by geotric | May 20, 2017 @ 06:36 PM | 26,463 Views
Tom Smith from the UK is an awesome FPV pilot and climber,,,,LOL.. Enjoy.


Posted by geotric | May 20, 2017 @ 06:31 PM | 26,471 Views
A new way to socialize with FPV. Enjoy.

Geek Gets Girl part 1 "Tonka Summit too" (5 min 58 sec)

Posted by Birds | May 20, 2017 @ 06:08 PM | 4,658 Views
LT-25 ... 23 Flights.

Extra 300sp ... 6 Flights.

AT-6 Texan ... 12 Flights.

Sensei .... Lost count. Over 200 flights total..
Posted by neonext FPV | May 20, 2017 @ 05:53 PM | 10,227 Views

Racerstar Star20 20A Blheli_S 2-4S Detachable 4 In 1 ESC D-shot Ready for FPV Racing Drone

After package delay about 40 days I finally received the brand new Racerstar Star20 20A Blheli_S 2-4S
Detachable 4 In 1 ESC from

First impressions:

The ESC are nicely packaged into electrostatic bag and they include big plastic standoffs and instruction / user guide.
Nice thing about this model of ESC from Racestar is that they can be dismantled in 4 ESC and easily returned to the
one piece again. Also you can order single one in case of damage or failure and easily solder and group it 4in1 ESC.
Quality of solder joints is done well and all components are on place , and they come with silicon wires that are
already solder on board .

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Posted by KatrinaRosen | May 20, 2017 @ 03:57 PM | 5,123 Views
U.S. consumers who buy a drone for fun will no longer have to register it with the FAA. A Washington, D.C. court ruled Friday that the FAA drone registration rule violates the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which Congress passed in 2012. Hobbyist John Taylor argued successfully that he should not have to register because the act states that the FAA "may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft." Since December 2015, hobbyists with drones weighing between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds have had to register drones with the FAA. More than 820,000 operators have registered since then. The process can be completed online, and there is a $5 application fee. The FAA said in a statement that it launched registration to ensure drones are operated safely and don't pose security or privacy threats. The FAA also said it is considering its options and response.
Posted by rockiesguy | May 20, 2017 @ 01:41 PM | 8,043 Views
I'm trying this media to gather advice on cheap but best brands to paint over foam and other coverings...done 200 times, but never in the HHOOTTTTTT Arizona's summers.

For starters I got this HSD Mirage, typical EPO, painted over the original pain, but after a little treatment.

I used Rustoleum Ultra paints as I used to paint my patio furniture while living in Colorado (where you can go through 4 seasons in one week !)

Once again, it is EPO with a factory coat (color scheme) of Latex, scuffed with 000 steel wool, then 50/50 water-glue- treatment, then the spray thing over...decals still pending..would be water-slide one made on my computer...then a last coat all over to seal and matte it (make it flat non-shining)..

Got a CARF Europort doing nothing in the garage....will try this method this summer too...

Question is; will it survive the fuel tank filling drips (or spills) and AND the summer heat?

On the other hand there are those all composite frames like the Odyssey, that like many other brands have limited color schemes, so you see them EVERYWHERE you go ! Some of them do get closer to what one would like it would be.. but not exactly.

What I'm planning in there, since I don't do epoxy painting anymore, is getting a "vinyl wrap" color chart like that of signs on business locale windows and cars, outdoor grade.

Life span of those vinyl range from 2 to 10 years, depends on use..(but some car wrapping material can go to up to 10 years;...Continue Reading
Posted by geotric | May 20, 2017 @ 12:32 PM | 26,769 Views
getting sketchy at swamp spot (2 min 20 sec)
My friend mOke in Santa Rosa, California.
Posted by readysetdrone | May 20, 2017 @ 12:29 PM | 4,504 Views
Check out the JJPro X2G brushless drone!
Drone Review - JJPro X2G Brushless Quadcopter (9 min 50 sec)

Posted by Slider2732 | May 20, 2017 @ 11:17 AM | 9,414 Views
A friend forwarded the info about the Taylor decision against the FAA.
Looking at the FAA response,
It's unlikely they'll accept it.

It all made me think of the classic intro by Richard Burton, to Jeff Wayne's 70's musical version of The War Of The Worlds:

"Noone would have believed, in the first years of the 21st century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless halls of state. Noone could have dreamed, that we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope would study drones that swarm and multiply like drops of water. Few men even considered the possibility of lights on their Gannets and yet, across the golfing race, minds immeasurably inferior to ours regarded this hobby with devious eyes.
And slowly, and surely, they drew their plans against us"

For reference:
The Eve of the War (9 min 8 sec)

Posted by modeler10 | May 20, 2017 @ 11:05 AM | 3,785 Views
I am the owner of the rascal 168 in the video I have been in modeling for about 10 years, and have built many planes,scratch built ,kit built,and arfs. The plane was originally powered by a supo 190 kv electric motor fed by 2- 12000 ma cheeta batteries controlled by a 160 castle esc. I was worried about a balance issue and mounted the motor on a plywood motor box 51/2" off the firewall. I mounted the batteries as far forward under the motor as possible. The build was stock other tan building a battery hatch like the one used on the t clips. I also made custom wing locks for the outer wing panels. In stock form I had to add 7# of lead to the top of the motor box, this is including 71/2# of 12000ma batteries. Weight was 59# kinda porky. First flight plane flew heavy not a good climb rate had to use almost full throttle flew approx. 7 min. landed motor was hot after examination found 3 loose magnets, fixed , I then rebuilt the whole tail assembly with balsa . I must note here that I installed the Rudder and elevator servos in the tail rather than in the fuse. Also note that the stock tail with 2 hitec 7954sh brushless servos was 41/2# , the new tail was 2# ready to mount. Re balanced and was able to take the 7# off the nose Next flight much better, but still sluggish. Decided to go gas with a rcgf 120 , since gas was lighter I extended the mount another23/8", balance was perfect, no weight and a 32 oz. fuel tank. All of the flights of this model have been very...Continue Reading
Posted by Jay B. Scott | May 20, 2017 @ 08:50 AM | 22,047 Views
I'm slowly recovering from a nasty allergic reaction to balsa fine saw dust, and all my wood building is currently in limbo. Bummer! So since this is my blog, and I can do about anything I want to anyway, let me take this opportunity to share some of my previous artwork before I got into this hobby. After all, if Jay Smith and Thayer Syme can promote Vance Gilbert and his song, "Old White Men," then this old white man sees no problem with promoting his own music. I've only recently got all my stuff up on the internet, which has taken me thirty years to accomplish.

Here's my video on youtube. It's a musical comedy sketch that I wrote and performed in front of a live audience in 1993:

And here's eight songs that I wrote and fully produced from 1987 to 2001. They're all good, but my favorite is "Dark Ages"!

Have fun, everybody!
Posted by Pax82 | May 20, 2017 @ 06:36 AM | 5,051 Views
Recensione DYS MI200 (7 min 22 sec)

Posted by epoxyearl | May 20, 2017 @ 06:21 AM | 19,400 Views
After paying my final AMA dues two years ago, I voiced my opinion that the Organization was nothing more than a money grubbing, self righteous bunch of people indicating they would fight to the death for our freedom to fly model airplanes, and forcing a catazine on us, as parts of their 'deal'...

One modeler took on the FAA in Federal Court, and won a reversal of the FAA's interference in modelers, and their models...Registration is no longer required, and the restrictions regarding flight of models is once again under the rules we the modelers instilled eons ago, concerning safety.

I can barely contain my anticipation of the AMA's 'spin' on these events, considering the large amounts of money spent, incurred on Hotel rooms, food, travel, and entertainment, whilst the representatives were in DC, 'representing the modelers'..

If the talking heads at AMA were to give Mr. John Taylor full credit for his accomplishment, I may be pleasantly surprised.- One man accomplished what an entire organization was not capable of doing...
Posted by kiwi_craig | May 20, 2017 @ 02:14 AM | 18,073 Views
The 230s is a nice flier and a great trainer but lets face it, its no power house, the little 3900Kv Motor has been dumped in the new 200s for a more powerful unit and blade went with the 300x / cfx motor in the 250cfx, which shares the same rotor head as the 230s.

My 230 is destined for a huey scale shell but i wanted a boost in power so it can fly with decent authority with the weight gain. The 230 s chassis is pretty restricive space wise and whilst the blade 320 motor out of the 300x/cfx/250cfx is an option its quite tall and would likely stick out the bottom of the chassis and i'm betting is going to be allot harder on batteries.

By chance i have two FZW 2625 3900kv motors that where originally offered in the MJX F45 brushless kits. These motors run sweetly on 3s and provide good performance. Ive had one runnng in a v950 and it was preety decent power wise. Only odd detail on these motors is the 2.5mm shaft size, so drilling the blades pinion and or an aftermarket 12t 2.3mm pinions is required and is easy enough.

Eyeballing it, it all looked spot on fit wise so into it!

I hade to use a flat file to nudge the openings a fraction on the blades motor plate, reused the orginal motor mount screws.

Decided to drill an aftermarket 12t pinion, longer overall than the blades unit.

Due to the increased motor can height the esc is now run under the chassis like on the 200srx, this actually makes it allot easier to see the low voltage led on the...Continue Reading
Posted by Jack Crossfire | May 20, 2017 @ 02:03 AM | 5,675 Views
The H King wheels from edge to edge came in at 8.25" x 12.5". The Ruckus wheels from edge to edge were 7.5" x 10"

It was only slightly bigger than the Ruckus despite going from 1/16 to 1/12. Being 2 wheel drive, there was no shaft down the middle, freeing up a large space. The wheels were all on ball bearings. It was such a better value than the Ruckus, 2015 feels like the dark ages.

Applying lessons learned, there would only be a cargo container & a handle/camera mount with no material over the wheels. The LEDs & radios would all go on top of the cargo walls. The electronics would go under the battery. The cargo would expand from 244 cubic in to 318 cubic in. The old cargo was 15" x 5" x 3.25". It would increase to 4.25" wide.

The handle/camera mount is key. Designing this feature is the great challenge & going to keep the Ruckus on the road for much longer. The scale is big enough to get the camera a little higher, but this requires reinforcing the side panels.

Since cargo is increasing from 3.25" to 4.25" wide, the camera platform either needs to get wider or the handle needs to bend when the camera is on it.
Posted by LDPower1 | May 20, 2017 @ 01:22 AM | 3,867 Views
LDPOWER FR2307 motors available at:
LDPOWER motors, as the smoothest FPV racing motor , 2307 is released!

2150KV--4S 6040X2--1500g
2450KV--4S 5045X3 --1600g
Posted by old4570 | May 20, 2017 @ 01:10 AM | 8,630 Views
Wow , this module ( Rather the software / firmware that allows its use ) is keeping me busy ..

Ok I was able to also bind my Eachine H8 mini ( This is so much quad )

iRangeX IRX4 bound to Eachine H8 Mini (1 min 3 sec)

Video gives the protocols needed ..

So I am to date not that impressed by openTX 2.2 ..
I removed all software / files , downloaded everything a-fresh and re-installed openTX to my 9XR pro ..
This time I installed the software ( Not AETR ) RETA , and it looks to be functioning in the Tx as AETR , even though the menu shows something else ( ?? ) oh yeah , I dare say some more work might be needed .. Either that or you need a Taranis to run openTX reasonably reliably ...

So I moved the iRange IRX4 module to my 9XR equipped with the latest er9x firmware .
Then proceeded to bind my WL Toys 959 quad .

iRangeX IRX4 Turnigy 9XR running er9x bound to my WL959 (1 min 1 sec)
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