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Posted by DutchRC | Yesterday @ 12:20 PM | 2,205 Views
Halloa people

have we arrived at the end of the line for analogue FPV camera's? I think there will still be improvements in these camera's because they are also used in the automotive industry (back-up camera's for instance)..

One of the most popular analogue FPV camera's is definitely the Foxeer Predator line.. So.. new version? Wurth a look I think

Link to the micro version: Foxeer Predator v5 micro

So.. let's see what these camera's are like

Foxeer Predator 5 - Evelution of a great FPV Racing camera - REVIEW (15 min 30 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Nov 25, 2020 @ 12:10 PM | 2,924 Views
Halloa people

so if you are into FPV drones, you can't have missed the Long Range 4" hype :P We have a lot of new PNF / BNF's to fly around with in this hobby..
Great! Unless... you want to build one yourself

Frame Review to the rescue
At the end of the video I included an overview of the parts I'll be using on this frame...

Diatone Roma F4 Long Range - FRAME REVIEW (+ Custom Configuration) (19 min 45 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Nov 22, 2020 @ 12:08 PM | 4,538 Views
Halloa people,

personally I've held the LR4 boat at bay for a while but here we are.. I actually even have Two Roma F4's by now :P
For me it's more a Long Race quad though.. Flying far away doesn't do it for me

Link to the quad: Diatone Roma F4 PNF analogue

Feel free to add Your experiences with the quad! I'll allso be adding some info on the 2nd version I build with a different setup..

Diatone Roma F4 - Long Range or Long Race?? :) Show & Tell (38 min 7 sec)



Specifications:
type: Long Range / Endurance
wheelbase:
base thickness:
material(s): Carbon fiber + allu + plasticks
dry weight: 137 grams
flight controller: Mamba F405 MK3 (with BB memory)
firmware version: Betaflight 4.1.3
ESC's: Mamba 30A Blheli_S
motors: Diatone / Mamba 1404 3000 Kv
propellors: HQprop 4025 2 blade
FPV camera: Runcam Nano 2
VTX: Diatone / Mamba TX400 400mW 5.8Ghz
GPS: yes, but not configured
Lipo:
OSD: yes, by Betaflight
smart Audio: yes, and set up correctly
buzzer: yes, included but not mounted
LED's: nope
spare props: nope
Posted by DutchRC | Nov 18, 2020 @ 12:07 PM | 3,876 Views
Halloa people

so yes.. Xmas is just around the corner though that will be "a bit" different this year I guess..
IF you celebrate Christmas at all that is

I got a few Gift Tips for you regardless!
Or maybe just Tool Tips if you want to give Yourself something

Tool Tips / Christmas Gift Tips 2020 ! :D (14 min 4 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Nov 15, 2020 @ 12:25 PM | 6,054 Views
Halloa people

so doing upwards of 100 flights with a copter takes some time, so this review is a bit "long over due" :P
I had actually not even planned to review it, but it also needing a tune made me want to do a video on it after all

Digital version: iFlight Nazgul5 2020 - Caddx Vista version

Analogue: iFlight Nazgul5 2020 analogue

So here it is then I guess
Feel free to add your experiences / questions on the quad...


iFlight 2020 Nazgul5 THE Value quad :) - Long Term Review + Tune :) (13 min 15 sec)



Specifications:
type: Digital Freestyle
wheelbase: 240 mm
base thickness: 5mm thick arms
material(s): carbon fiber + allu standoffs
dry weight: 393 grams
flight controller: iFlight SucceX-E F4 (8MB BB memory)
firmware version: Betaflight 4.2.0
ESC's: iFlight SuccX-E 45A Beheli_S
motors: iFlight Xing-E 2207 1800 Kv
propellors: Nazgul 5.1"
FPV camera: DJI / Caddx Vista
VTX: DJI / Caddx Vista
Lipo: 1100 mah - 1500 mah 6S (not included)
OSD: supplied by DJI
smart Audio: not really
buzzer: nope (Dshot command)
LED's: nope
spare props: yes, 1 extra set
Posted by DutchRC | Nov 01, 2020 @ 12:39 PM | 5,931 Views
Halloa people

a ready made 5" HGLRC? This is my first one, and I must say it's quite an impressive quad. Not in the least because it looks / feels beefy
But it also has impressive specs for a RTF / BNF quad..

Link to it: HGLRC Sector 5 v3 HD 6S

And because it is a bit more of a quad then most BNF's the first video is an unboxing only..
Feel free to add Your video's / findings / questions on the quad

HGLRC Sector 5 v3 - Beefy Digital Freestyler :) - SHOW & TELL (27 min 23 sec)



Specifications:
type: Freestyle: High speed Freestyle cruiser
wheelbase: 218 mm
base thickness: 5mm arms
material(s): Cartbon fiber + allu standoffs + TPU parts
dry weight: 472 grams (with receiver and lipo-strap)
flight controller: HGLRC Zeus F722
firmware version: Betaflight 4.2.0
ESC's: HGLRC Zeus 60A Blheli_32
motors: HGLRC 2306.5 1900 Kv
propellors: Ethix S5 5x4x3
FPV camera: DJI Digital
VTX: DJI Airunit
Lipo: 1350 mah - 1550 mah 6S (not supplied)
OSD: yes, by DJI
smart Audio: yes, by DJI
buzzer: nope
LED's: yes A LOT
spare props: yes, comes with 2 sets
Posted by DutchRC | Oct 28, 2020 @ 12:05 PM | 7,903 Views
Halloa RC people

a while back I did a review of the (then new) ISDT Q6 Nano charger which has since then been my "field charger"..
That does NOT mean however that it's at all perfect :P

So I wanted to try it's slightly bigger brother.. the Q8 to see how much more you get for the extra $$

And I think it was wurth a video in case you are looking for a handy charger to stick into your backpack...

ISDT Q6 Nano vs Q8 ? What is the Charger for You ?? (13 min 31 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Oct 25, 2020 @ 12:20 PM | 3,687 Views
Halloa people

sooo.. Multibind? Do you know what it does? It's a feature of the TBS Crossfire TX/RX system...
I am going to do some in-depth how-to video's on it but for that to make sense I first wanted to Show what it is..

So there you go.. In this video I'll give you a very Short intro into it but mostly a demo of it

TBS Multibind - WHAT?? A Quick Demo + Why Bother? :) (8 min 11 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Oct 21, 2020 @ 10:16 AM | 4,661 Views
Halloa people

so I've been using the Tango 2 radio for a couple of months by now.. I had intended to do a shorter-term review of it.. But by now I have do sooo manny flights with it.. It has turned out to be a LONG term review

I bought mine here: TBS Tango 2 Pro at Droneshop.nl
not an affiliate link...

I am actually in the process of making several video's about the radio And Crossfire..
But let's first have a quick look at my initial flight impressions

TBS Tango 2 (version 2) - MAIDEN FLIGHT ! :) (10 min 54 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Oct 18, 2020 @ 11:52 AM | 6,261 Views
Halloa people

so yep.. I have me another Eachine here, and Lord knows it's not because most Eachine products are great :P
In this case I have a soft spot for Deadcat quads AND this Eachine has that Caddx Vista setup.. So the camera & VTX setup will at Least work out well (or will it?)

Link to the quadro: Eachine LAL3 HD Vista PNF

I will be making a couple of video's about it myself, but feel free to add your own.. Or post questions / input..

Eachine LAL3 VISTA HD - Can it restore my faith in Eachine? :) (25 min 24 sec)



Specifications:
type: Freestyle Deadcat
wheelbase: 145 mm
base thickness:
material(s): carbon fiber + allu standoffs
dry weight: 183 grams
flight controller: noname F411
firmware version: Betaflight 3.5.5 (?!??!)
ESC's: 25A BLHeli_32 Dshot1200
motors: 1408 3750 KV
propellors: Racerstar 3040 (similar to Gemfan Flash)
FPV camera: DJI / Caddx Vista
VTX: DJI / Caddx Vista
GPS: nope
Lipo: 450mah 4S suggest (not included)
OSD: Yep.. supplied by DJI
smart Audio: DJI / Caddx Vista
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props: yes, 1 extra set
Posted by DutchRC | Oct 14, 2020 @ 11:10 AM | 3,069 Views
Halloa people

some of you will have flown analogue version of the GepRC Phantom as it is/was quite a popular quad..
With good reason IMHO as it was one of the better RTF "toothpicks"..

In this topic we'll have a look at the new DJI HD version of it.. Is the added weight it's downfall??

Link to the quad: GepRC Phantom HD 2.5 - BNF or PNF

I'll be publishing a few video's on it.. Feel free to add You video's / experiences / Questions to the thread

Smallest Freestyle Capable Quad ?? GepRC Phantom HD - Show & Tell :) (21 min 6 sec)



Specifications:
type: Freestyle / Club-racer
wheelbase: 125 mm
base thickness:
material(s): Carbon fiber + allu standoffs
dry weight: 102 grams
flight controller: GepRC AIO Whoop-style F411
firmware version: Betaflight 4.1.7
ESC's: GepRC AIO Whoop-style 20 A
motors: GepRC GR1105 5000 Kv
propellors: 2.5x2.3 x 3
FPV camera: Caddx Nebula - DJI Digital
VTX: Caddx Vista - DJI Digital
Lipo: 450 mah 3S / 350 mah 4S (not included)
OSD: yes, by DJI
smart Audio: Yes. by DJI
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props: yes, 1 extra set
Posted by DutchRC | Oct 07, 2020 @ 11:08 AM | 1,962 Views
Halloa people

The Diatone / Mamba quad stacks have amassed a Great reputation over the last years. They have proven to be both affordable and good performers.. Don't get me wrong: even the best stacks Can fail.. I have at least 10 quads with Mamba stacks, and over the last year I have had 1 4-in-1 ESC fail after a few flights..

AND.. they just released a new "for DJI" mini F7 stack.. I'll be using it in a build-project so have a close look at it

link to it: Diatone / Mamba F722 DJI Mini + F40 Pro ESC stack


Diatone / Mamba F722 DJI Mini + F40 Pro ESC stack - Rotorama Calypso 3 Build :) (21 min 0 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Oct 04, 2020 @ 11:01 AM | 1,767 Views
Halloa people,

the weather has turned grim over here (fall :P) Great time to start a few new builds
Also: Rotorama just released 2 new frames that I want to try.. a 3" and 5" version of the Calypso..

The 3" version is similar to the Airblade UAV Intrepid / iFlight IH3 frames.. So it has 2 spots for a 20x20 stack..

https://www.rotorama.com/ramy/rotorama-calypso-3


So let's first have a look at both the 3" and 5" frames

Rotorama Calypso Frames! Brand new Cinematic / Freestyle / Long Range ! - FRAME REVIEW (21 min 11 sec)



Later on I'll post more on the builds themselves..
Posted by DutchRC | Sep 30, 2020 @ 11:06 AM | 3,434 Views
Halloa people

if you are into FPV you probably know Runcam discontinued the (popular!) micro Eagle a while back.. You might Not know this was mostly because getting sensors for them became "a bit" expensive..
So now there is a successor to the micro Eagle.. The Eagle 3 ... Any good??

Link to the cam: Runcam Eagle 3

So let's then see if it IS a worthy successor

Runcam Eagle 3 vs Micro Eagle - NEW vs OLD (16 min 59 sec)


Specifications:
sensor type: CMOS
sensor size: 1/2.8"
resolution: 1000 tvl
lens: 2.1mm M12
field of view: 155 degrees in 4:3
aspect ratio: 4:3 / 16:9 switchable
input voltage: 5 V - 36 V
latency: ?
size: 19 x 19 x 20 mm
weight: 9 grams
setup OSD: yes
runtime OSD: nope
Wide Dynamic Range: yes
Posted by DutchRC | Sep 27, 2020 @ 11:05 AM | 4,632 Views
Halloa people

sooo another Eachine in the house.. In general lower quality products IMHO but there actually aren't that many decent beginner sets.. Most times you get an semi-indoors quad in that case.. That might not be what you want

Link to this quad: Eachine Tyro79S beginner FPV flying setup

I have a couple of video on this but let's actually start with the review

Eachine Tyo79S - Ready-To-Go FPV Drone (?) - FULL REVIEW ! (22 min 19 sec)



Specifications:
type: FPV Fun-flier / Park-flier
wheelbase: 140 mm
base thickness: 3 mm arms
material(s): carbon fiber + some alluminium
dry weight:
flight controller: generic F4
firmware version: old :P
ESC's: 20A Beheli_S
motors: Eachine / Racerstar 1607 2800 KV
propellors: Racerstar 3040 (similar to Gemfan props)
FPV camera: generic 700 tvl CMOS
VTX: generic 200 mW
Lipo: 3S 650mah (2 or 4 included) or... 4S?? (to be tested)
OSD: yes, Betaflight
smart Audio: Yes, TBS SA
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props: Yes, you get 2 sets of props
Posted by DutchRC | Sep 23, 2020 @ 01:45 PM | 3,336 Views
Halloa people

today's entry is very much aimed at people that are new to FPV drones or that might want to try them
Here are a few quick tips.. They are mostly geared towards the Eachine Tyro79S.. which in itself is a quad aimed at beginners..

But the video should also help you along if you go for a different quad

5 ESSENTIAL TIPS - Eachine Tyo79S - Ready-To-Go FPV Drone (18 min 41 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Sep 16, 2020 @ 12:04 PM | 3,086 Views
must watch in case you were considering this quadro....

iFlight IH2 HD - DJI Digital - REVIEW (16 min 27 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Sep 13, 2020 @ 11:07 AM | 2,447 Views
Halloa fixed wing pilots

in this topic we'll be taking a close look at the new Z3-FPV stabi from Detrum. This one is specifically aimed at FPV fliers.. Hence the name of it

Link to it: Detrum Z3 FPV Stabelizer with GPS and OSD

Feel free to add your own feedback / questions on the system!

For now.. a first look at what you get, and what the thing can do

Detrum Z3 FPV Airplane Stabelizer with GPS - P1: Overview (14 min 32 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Sep 09, 2020 @ 11:09 AM | 2,478 Views
Halloa again people

as this is my personal Blog, this post is mostly just for entertainment :P I obviously know the Tango 2 and Crossfire aren't new things anymore..
BUT they are new to me, so I made a video on my first experience with the setup

There is a little bit of crashing in the 2 flights, but nothing major :P

TBS Tango 2 (version 2) - MAIDEN FLIGHT ! :) (10 min 54 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Sep 04, 2020 @ 12:31 PM | 4,826 Views
Halloa people

short video this time on the TBS Tango 2.. Several people asked me to do a disassembly video and as I needed to take it apart anyway...

TBS Tango 2 (version 2) - TEARDOWN (12 min 37 sec)