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Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 18, 2017 @ 12:02 PM | 34,558 Views
This thread contains ONLY pictures that are "referenced"/linked from "other" post/threads in my blog ...

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 13, 2017 @ 11:32 AM | 31,673 Views

As I mentioned on other occasions, I DON'T solder! (So this means, I most likely will NEVER have a DEVO10 with 4in1 module ... except someone "makes" one for me ... which definitely looks like I AM missing out on a LOT ... but it seems I just can't have my cake and eat it too ... ... oh well ...)

Anyway, I also mentioned this elsewhere before, there is - by now - an ADAPTER for almost everything, so people like me get some help from "well meaning" folks throughout the RCverse (who make a buck or two in the process ...)

And again, if the cost is broken down, there are many instances, where it actually makes sense to get the adapter if you either dont solder like me or are NOT too "well versed" in it (ie not a lot of practice ...)
Oftentimes the adapters are actually surprisingly low cost - especially if you are "in the position" to wait a while and get them from China ... ...

IF I DID actually solder, I would sure not be too proficient at it - so I would STILL not get my DEVO10/4in1 ... - but I might be able to do some of those adapters actually myself.
IF I DID, the following would be to consider:
I would STILL have to get the necessary parts for the adapter (plugs, wires, heat shrink etc.) and might even have to get them from different places (as one could be out-of-stock for "just exactly the part I need right at this moment" (I know, not very likely, but possible) So there are STILL shipping...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 11, 2017 @ 05:35 PM | 32,609 Views
I just NOW realize, I should have actually started a thread like this a (VERY) long time ago, as I already bought and sold several chargers over the years that will now NOT appear in here.

However, this is an "always current", always interesting and always "discussed" topic - whenever there is a new generation of chargers "hitting the market" or a (really) new development "in the "LiPo-department", the discussions about this subject heat up ...

It is ALSO easier and LESS confusing to refer from ANY possible thread about a specific car, heli, plane or quad (YOU name it) to the same post that describes a certain charger, power source or "charger accessory" than to have to write the same stuff over and over again within the different threads that may be posted over time.

EDIT: (02-16-2017)
I just realized today that my headline "chargers and "accessories" ..." is NOT 100% clear, as there are specific "charger accessories" - but there are also a lot of "other" accessories, like for example battery pouches, LiPo bags or Heli transport cases just to name a few.
I will "interpret" my headline in a way that "accessories" actually means ANY accessory in general. Each accessory will get its own, dedicated post and the specific charger accessories will just be linked in the respective charger posts.

I DO realize also, that adapters are basically "...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Feb 01, 2017 @ 01:03 PM | 48,559 Views
Why "New Product", and NOT "Discussion" ??? Well, it is a NEW Product for ME!

I have NOT bought a heli in probably a year and had been on kind of a hiatus here on RCG for even longer (I think ... .). So about 1.5weeks ago I "browsed" the heli section at BG and all of a sudden realized: "WOW, someone actually released a NEW heli among all those hundreds of quads/drones (booooooooring ... ...)

So I went and INDEED read the WHOLE of Craigs thread for it - which brought me to the point that my "buy now" instinct suddenly showed renewed signs of life - and in the meantime I actually bought a V950 based mainly on this thread!

Help!!! I can't stop buying helis!!! (sounds familiar, Dana???)

Unfortunately, whenever I decide to buy ONE new heli, it turns into a horrible spending orgy ... cause (as already the great "Queen" said: "I want it all and I want it now!" - and that couldnt be more true this time around again. (Lucky for me, I am in the blessed position to somehow be able to swing it to follow this "instinct" ... ...)

Anyway, so it did NOT stop with the V950 (RTF), which was on special at BG AND had a coupon on top of it, (so that it turned actually almost into free shipping, despite the fact that BG usually charges almost 16$ shipping to me)
But that would have been "too easy"

As I read in the thread, the V950 is a "Walkera Master CP Clone" ... OR NOT!!!
And as I...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Apr 26, 2015 @ 08:15 PM | 37,941 Views
... yeah! I just could not resist! (I am well aware, I should not have done this, but I just cant help it ... my name is E2 and I am an addict! ...)

I was SOLD once I saw this pop up on the front page of RCG the first time! (the first time I saw it that is - dunno if it had been there before ... )
(this was the initial thread I saw [from the guy who first did it I think] - but the one that I saw on the "frontpage" was a different one, this one I stumbled upon when browsing the multicopter section [which I REALLY rarely do (I am a heli guy at heart, but 'THIS is VERY different, as it is basically something I grew up with and where I now can only WISH we had had these "technological options" when I was a kid ... ...)])

So today I "went all in" and acquired the "basic necessitie(s)" ... ie THE BIKE(s)"

(I found a - I think I can say "pretty reasonable" - deal on eBay (75$ on average shipped) [considering the price development this stuff took since the threads about building the quad appeared ...])

And NOW the WAITING begins ...

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Apr 14, 2015 @ 03:02 PM | 36,843 Views
this question sounds (obviously) pretty dumb on the first look ... maybe even on the second - but it keeps getting "less dumber" (...) the longer I think about it.

Is it protection? is it stabilization? Or is is only to enable the heli to lift off and land (like the designation would suggest)???
The reason is my V922/HCP100 - (yes, the one without "S" ... for which BG really killed my desire to get a hang off ...)
One of the truly "weak" points of this bird (in a figurative as well as in a quite literal sense) is the incredibly flimsy landing gear.
I have broken tons of legs in my time and used the tried and true "dental floss cast" method to try and fix them (which is always a PITA, especially in the beginning, because it is so hard to make anything you try to glue to these legs stick ...

So the last landing gear I treated with an obscene amount of dental floss on ALL 4 legs even BEFORE I flew the first time and this actullally helps noticeably (at least in my experience) to reduce the amount and extent of damage done to this part by rough landings.
But it STILL will NOT prevent the legs from ultimately breaking (like the tiny little twigs they are ...)

And then I had one of my "dangerous epiphanies" ... (I really havent seen this done EVER before, but who knows ... I am at least pretty convinced it is a "first" ... ...)
So here is my latest idea to try and prevent the legs from breaking over an...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Apr 07, 2015 @ 01:51 PM | 34,527 Views
well, not really that much of an IDEA - but a "guideline" that I decided to stick to from now on, IF I find a heli that I REALLY - and I mean really, really, really - like ... as it is currently the case with the HCP100

I will get exactly THREE of such a model and also get my batteries for it in multiples of three, for several reasons:
1 - this will allow for somewhere between 10 and 15 min of "continuous" flight/flying time (and I cant really concentrate much longer anyway
2 - the serial charge adapters (as well as all the paraboards I am aware of, even though this is not really relevant for me) are offered with 3 (or sometimes 6) plugs!!
3 - while flying #2, #1 already gets 5min rest (for motor cool down) and while flying #3, #2 gets 5min rest for motor cool down while #1 gets another 5min also ... so after a 5min break after flying #3, #1 had a total of 20min rest for motor cool down - which is definitely plenty!!! (while I only did NOT fly for 5min ...)

4 - if I apply the rule of three to finding THREE models that I really, really, REALLY like ( ...), I will have NINE (!!!) helis to fly basically back to back, and that is probably more I will "ever" be able to handle in terms of "spare time"

(now why are those THREE smileys ??? >>> ...)

(oh, and my birstday is coming up next month, so I think I will treat myself to THREE new HCP100 helis to celebrate the occasion ...)
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Mar 26, 2015 @ 07:50 AM | 34,569 Views
this is going to be a rather infrequent blog. I hope it will be a lot of things for me - focus, motivation, "therapy" among I am sure many others.
So I categorized it "idea", as it does not really fit in any of them. There will be ideas, videos, pictures, links to the classifieds ...

When I was in Germany this year, I came across something I remembered well from my young teenager days - Jaques Cousteau's exploration vessel "Calypso"
I started to research on the internet about the boat that I built (well, at least tried to ...) as a plastic model, when I was probably 12 (+ or - a little bit ...)
It did not come out too fantastic, as I was simply still too young to do that "right" without help, but it kept sticking in the back of my brain (with infrequent reappearances over time)

So I found out there are several ways to get this ship as a RC model. From around 500$ for a 1:45 kit to basically not really a limit ... or scratchbuilding it in hundreds (maybe "thousands" of man hours in the course of more than a year)

Anyway, all of a sudden this "dream" is back, but not in 1:45. There is a reason why I started looking for it in 1:32.
But for this scale, it seems it can only be either scratch built, or it could be custom made.
Thats why I call it a "dream" and it will probably stay one. But with this blog, maybe I give myself a shot at it. Guess its at least worth a try.

I am a heli guy...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Mar 24, 2015 @ 12:55 PM | 34,366 Views
everybody talks about head cams every once in a while ... or is it HAT cams ...

anyway, I am NOT the baseball cap type, so that was not really the "obvious" way to go for me.
After a while I found another possibility of doing it (with a cave exploration/mountain climbing flash light as "base") ... and I would claim it is "somewhat superior" to the baseball cap solution (and as BOTH make you look like the ultimate geek, this is getting my "nod" over mounting a camera on a baseball cap)

Just look what is "possible" (I would not necessarily recommend it - and I have not tried that in a "real world scenario", but it seems to hold just fine ... ...)
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Jan 01, 2015 @ 05:38 AM | 34,825 Views
... to ALL my "pilot-friends" here at RCgroups:


may the road rise to meet you and the winds blow always in your favor!!!
may you be healthy and happy and safe!

All the best to every one of you!!

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Dec 01, 2014 @ 06:49 AM | 34,647 Views
... alright, as RCG does only display in the "info line" if you post a completely new sub-blog so to speak (ie another BIG headline), but never if you just update - or add a comment to - something that is already "older", I decided to "create" a "sub-blog" that will take this function over FOR me!!!

So in my "info line" (or however that last grey line in my "regular" posts is called, it will only say I "JUST" made a blog post ..." from now on.
That will lead everybody here, and here I will have the dated link to the "actual" post ...
(like a "general" blog index ... a little bit anyway ... ...)
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Nov 28, 2014 @ 05:16 PM | 34,593 Views
... the Heli Addicts Anonymous - which should actually more so be called HAU for Heli Addicts UN-anonymous, as everyone of us is pretty much "WAY out of the closet" and (kinda) known to the others as far as their "addiction" is concerned, - is here:


Posted by erdnuckel2 | Nov 19, 2014 @ 06:21 PM | 35,144 Views
Ok, today I finally managed to follow Dana's suggestion and built myself a ball link removal tool for my 100size and smaller helis out of the tweezers he advised to use.

Sadly, there are NO "pre-built" ball link pliers THAT small, and I am not really a person with strong finger nails.
After my last crash with the HFP100 ... which broke ONE ball link, and the subsequent attempt to disassemble the heli ... which broke TWO MORE by trying to pop the links off ... I decided it is finally time to "take the plunge"

The whole endeavor took about one hour, but I guess this should be about expected considering the goal behind the task.

Anyway, as of right now, I would say it was well worth the effort of duplicating Dana's work ... and my finger nails will thank me later.

The "manufacturing process" is described in Dana's blog, I am not going to add too many written words, just a few pictures ...

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Oct 12, 2014 @ 04:40 PM | 35,163 Views
After I finished my latest "dual use" canopy that fits the V911 as well as the HFP100 - even though it is MUCH better suited for the HFP100 ... but it can be put on a V911 in a pinch ... I decided to make a new blog thread ONLY about canopies.

I got soo many of those by now that it really merits showcasing them in a dedicated thread

So here we go with "Exhibit A"
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Oct 08, 2014 @ 12:57 PM | 35,448 Views
I finally decided to put this "activity" into a thread of its own. Posted pictures of my other "DIY" helipads before here and there, and will add to this one occasionally.
But the real "trigger" for starting this thread is my newest DIY helipad, which I think as a nice feature here and there ...
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Sep 03, 2014 @ 12:26 PM | 36,082 Views
Granted, I dont buy as much stuff there anymore as I did years ago (before BG and TMart), but I just got another reminder on WHY this once was by far my most favorite vendor ... I why I still "love" those guys ...

Ordered some canopies for my V944 on August 27th, had them YESTERDAY!!! !!!! (night, when I got back from work)

Sure, BG and TMart ship for free, but miracle mart does too, although "only" on orders above 50$
But even if they charge, their shipping charges are usually really decent!!! (and for getting something in 5 days that I have to wait for 5 weeks if I order it from one of the "other" guys I mentioned, the 4$ shipping I paid were worth each and every single cent!!!

Just sayin' btw ... (as I just got reminded today that I ordered a V931 in JULY , which is STILL "hanging out" somewhere between china and here
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Sep 01, 2014 @ 10:27 AM | 35,729 Views
Inspired by the "Did you fly today?" - thread in the main section, I decided the first of the month is a great starting point to do a "similar" thing - just more focused on myself than in the main thread, which kind of focuses on the community.

Some may have read my post about the daunting task of trying to become a TRUE expert in heliflying, based on the famous (IS it actually famous??? .) 10K hour rule.
Depending on the opportunities (ie "spare time") you get, this literally means a lifetime or more (I calculated that with an actual 16 or 17 flights of 5min each EVERY day !!! it will take about TWENTY years to reach this goal/milestone

My hope is, that I will actually find the discipline to really note down the flights I do when I do them, and maybe add some little extra info to the mix every once in a while. Based on this, my "further" hope is, that I will be able to keep up some kind of a "running balance" flight log. (never actually did that before)

It would also be nice, if I could motivate a few people to do this too, and sometimes post links in the main thread to their flight logs, to maybe find some additional motivation in seeing at other peoples' examples what it takes to "succeed"

So much for the "goals" (ie hopes).

Now to my intended way of doing this: (if this was a map, I could call it a "legend" - I guess - but obviously it isn't ... DUHH ...)

As I mentioned,...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Aug 20, 2014 @ 10:43 PM | 35,224 Views
(I am absolutely NOT good at math in general, but I like those simple math "thought games" ...)

In a post earlier today in one of the threads I follow, I mentioned my intention to write "a piece" about flying my HFP100V2 for two batteries this afternoon.
Because when I did this, a "nagging thought" suddenly entered my mind ....


I always time the HFP100 flights to exactly 5:00min. (this does not mean that I am "back on the ground again" after exactly 5min, but it means I will immediately land once I hear my timer go off)

today I did these two flights - and oftentimes this is all I manage to get in.
Now, many of you, I am sure, have heard about the "rule" that one can ... uhemm ... MAY call oneself an "EXPERT" after practicing for 10 000 hours.

and now lets start calculating:

one of my flights takes 5min, so it takes 12 flights to get ONE hour or in other words 120 000 flights to ..."call myself an EXPERT" in its own right.
IF I am able to manage those 2 flights a day, it will basically take a FULL week to get one hour of airtime - or in other words: It will take 10 000 weeks to be able to call myself an EXPERT ...
The interesting thing in this calculation is, that an average human lifetime encompasses about 4100 weeks !!! (going by the current life expectancy of a "western world male" - of about 78 or so years)
Now we have to take into account, that the flying...Continue Reading
Posted by erdnuckel2 | Jul 29, 2014 @ 10:39 PM | 36,025 Views
I found this gadget a few weeks ago at BG for 5$. Upon closer "research" I found out, (having neither heard nor read about this since then) that I was - as unfortunately way too often - pretty late to the party, as these little gadgets are discussed in youtube videos since around January

Anyway, considering how much of our daily life is influenced by "things" that are powered through USB, charged through USB etc, it is - or so I thought - something rather relevant to our hobby.

Here is my video (way toooo late) ... what do you guys think about the charger doctor.

charger doctor demo (4 min 13 sec)

Also, as I am really not too experienced in electronics, if I am missing something or make a mistake somewhere and you realize this, please let me know - this is also supposed to be a "learning experience" !!

And here is my theory - the reason why I really decided to post this vid ...

If I interpret the results from my test right, then I am charging the V944 batteries on about 2C and the V955 batteries even on almost 3C if I am using the stock charger. (this would also make a lot of sense with regards to my average charge times)
Now, many people may see this as uncritical, me however, I am a firm believer in the "rather-charge-your-battery-on-1C" rule to try and optimize the life expectancy of the battery (thanks to "optimal are" ...)
This is - to what I read here on RCG - even more to be taken into consideration with the not so expensive batteries (where a lesser quality could be expected)

So what is the verdict of the viewers ???

Posted by erdnuckel2 | Jul 25, 2014 @ 01:59 PM | 36,453 Views
... and it did not work.

I started with the v929. I had an mjx 100. I still have (mainly because I put so much heart into my paint job) a HOTEN-X. I have a Scorpion (6 props, 3each top and bottom). The last ones were the Hubsan Q111 and the WLToys V272 (because they are sooo incredibly tiny and I got curious again)

But it just "didnt click"

Then came Curtis Youngblood with the Stingray (3D quad) - the first CP quad with cyclic control (variable pitch). This was the one quad that really can push my buttons for many reasons.

Flite Test - Stingray 500 - REVIEW (8 min 53 sec)

and today, I was browsing around the MM site and I found this:

Invertix 400 - The World's First 3D Fixed Pitch Multirotor! (2 min 28 sec)
...Continue Reading