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Posted by DutchRC | Nov 24, 2021 @ 01:37 PM | 12,996 Views
Halloa people

soooo are Cinewhoops quads still a thing in 2021 (or 2022 for that matter)??? Diatone seems to think so as they have a brand new version of their 3" Taycan
I must say I'm always a bit sceptical about quads like these as most people seem to (also) buy them for "fun flying".. And let's be honest: a cinewhoops does things well, but "fly" is not something they do exceptionally good :P

Which (for me) makes them all the more of a challenge to tune (that is a good thing :P)

I'll be doing a couple of video's on this new version.. First up is a first look + test flights.. Later on I'll be posting a review + tune for the quad

The Diatone Taycan C3 2022 version! Show & Tell & Test (23 min 47 sec)



Specifications:
type: Cinewhoop - Video drone
wheelbase: 158 mm
base thickness: 2.5mm base plate
material(s): Carbon fiber, allu plastick and foam
flight controller: Diatone / Mamba AIO F411 35A / 20MM
firmware version: Betaflight 4.2.9 ESC 16.7 (Blheli_S)
ESC's: Diatone / Mamba AIO F411 35A / 20MM
motors: Diatone / Mamba 2203.5 2650 KV
propellors: Gemfan D75 3-blades
FPV camera: Runcam Phoenix HD or DJI Digital
VTX: Diatone / Mamba tiny 400mW
GPS: nope
Lipo: 850 - 1100mah 6S
OSD: yes by Betaflight or DJI
smart Audio: yes (in the Analogue version)
buzzer: yes
LED's: YES
spare props: nope
Build quality: 9.5 / 10
Configuration: 5 (maybe due to pre-production sample)
packaging: 7.5 / 10
Posted by DutchRC | Nov 18, 2021 @ 12:07 PM | 7,809 Views
Howdy people,

soooo finally Runcam was allowed to make an official DJI-digital setup :P Took long enough! I guess Caddx rubbed DJI the wrong way in some way or another (?)

BUT! Is this Runcam Link thing good enough? What about value for $$$ ??

Link to it: Runcam Link + Phoenix HD + Air unit

Well then. Let's see if it is any good...


Runcam + DJI Link and Phoenix HD - Digital Camera Setup - REVIEW (15 min 4 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Oct 29, 2021 @ 11:19 AM | 19,404 Views
Hi there

a couple of weeks ago the new Light 3.5" quads showed up, and to be honest: from the specs I thought I would not like these at all :P To make a bit more interesting I decided to order Two so I could compare them!

What do you know? I like them more then I expected but they are also Very very similar :P

Links in case you would want to support my channel..... (affiliate links)
the BetaFPV X-Knight 35: https://bit.ly/3EmYIrl

the GepRC SMART 35 HD: https://bit.ly/39giqXr

AND here is my take on these 2 quads and the 3.5" size itself

BetaFPV X-Knight 35 HD vs GepRC SMART 35 HD - 2 Polar cam quads! Only 1 can win :) (16 min 36 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Oct 05, 2021 @ 11:08 AM | 12,478 Views
Hi there people,

so I was looking for "something" to make my radio's look a bit different.. Yes I guess I AM that vain :P
And I liked non of the vinal wrap for the TBS Mambo radio..
BUT I did also like the idea of adding some grip somehow..

Soooooo! Grip Tape? What is that? Does that maybe add comfort to holding your radio? Is it nice and squishy??

NOOOOO! :P It is actually more like sanding paper :P But it Does work! Ads a lot of grip..

Link to the stuff I used here: TweetFPV custom made Grip tape (in the USA)

Soooo here is a quick look at it:

TweetFPV Radio GRIP TAPES ??? :O - Shout Out (5 min 34 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Sep 25, 2021 @ 12:02 PM | 26,306 Views
Howdy people

I have me another FPV drone in.. In fact I have Two similar quads in:
+ GepRC Smart 35 HD
+ BetaFPV X-Knight 35 HD
Almost identical quads really.. Therefor my reviews of the 2 will be a bit different!

First I'll do a "box 2 flight" review of both in which I show you how easy (or hard) it turned out to be to get them to fly (well)..
After that I'll do 1 extra video in which I compare the 2...

Sooooo let's first see how flight ready the GepRC one is
Link to it: GepRC SMART 35 HD

GepRC SMART 35 - 3.5" Endurance quad? :) - Show & Tell & Test (20 min 50 sec)


Specifications:
type: Endurance Light Weight
wheelbase: 154 mm
base thickness: 4mm arms
material(s): Carbon Fiber + allu standoffs
dry weight: 151 grams
flight controller: GEP-F411 35A AIO board
firmware version: BetaFlight 4.2.3 (old!)
ESC's: GEP-F411 35A AIO board
motors: GepRC 1404 3850 Kv
propellors: EMAX 3.5 * 2.8 * 3
FPV camera: Caddx Polar (DJI Digital)
VTX: Caddx Vista (DJI Digital)
GPS: nope!
Lipo: 850-1300mah 4S (not supplied)
OSD: yes by DJI
smart Audio: yes by DJI
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props:
Build quality: 8.5 / 10
packaging: 8 / 10
Posted by DutchRC | Sep 22, 2021 @ 11:13 AM | 26,111 Views
Howdy people

I have me another FPV drone in.. In fact I have Two similar quads in:
+ BetaFPV X-Knight 35 HD
+ GepRC Smart 35 HD
Almost identical quads really.. Therefor my reviews of the 2 will be a bit different!

First I'll do a "box 2 flight" review of both in which I show you how easy (or hard) it turned out to be to get them to fly (well)..
After that I'll do 1 extra video in which I compare the 2...

Sooooo let's first see how flight ready the BetaFPV one is
Link to it: BetaFPV X-Knight 35 HD

BetaFPV X-Knight 35 - 3.5" Endurance quad? :) - Show & Tell & Test (21 min 2 sec)


Specifications:
type: Endurance Light Weight
wheelbase: 155 mm
base thickness: 3 mm arms
material(s): T700 Carbon Fiber + allu standoffs
dry weight: 151 grams
flight controller: BetaFPV F4 AIO 20A v3
firmware version: BetaFlight 4.2.3 (old!)
ESC's: BetaFPV F4 AIO 20A v3
motors: BetaFPV 1404 3800 kv
propellors: HQ 3520 x3 AND Gemfan 3520 x3
FPV camera: Caddx Polar (DJI Digital)
VTX: Caddx Vista (DJI Digital)
GPS: nope!
Lipo: 750mah 4S (not included)
OSD: yes by DJI
smart Audio: yes by DJI
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props: yes.. you get Two (different) sets
Build quality: 6 / 10
packaging: 8.5 / 10
Posted by DutchRC | Sep 19, 2021 @ 11:02 AM | 9,261 Views
Howdy people

last week I released a video of my first flight with the Esky 300 v2 And eventhough it flew pretty o.k. I thought I should be able to do better :P (I had not flown a heli in years).. sooooo take 2 today!

Let's see if I can actually fly it as bit better this time

Esky E 300 v2 Helicopter! Flight Test RETRY :P (9 min 54 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Sep 13, 2021 @ 11:01 AM | 11,146 Views
Howdy people

something very different this time on my channel / on my blog
A Helicopter! :O It has been years since I last flew one.. So let's see if I can keep one in the air :P

Link to it: Esky E300 v2 helicopter (at Banggood)

Sooo I will be doing a couple of video's on it BUT again: let's first see if I can fly it :P

Esky E 300 v2 Helicopter! Your First Helicopter! :D - Flight Test (13 min 43 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Sep 10, 2021 @ 11:57 AM | 17,552 Views
Hi there people

in case you follow my channel / postings, you probably know I've been building a couple of new quads with Foxeer's Aura frame.. I wanted one of those to be night / evening flyable so in the video below you will see me try Foxeer's micro Cat 3 FPV cam
Marketed very much as a LOW light camera....

Link to it: Foxeer micro Cat 3 -low light FPV cam

So?? Any good? AND! Can that camera also be used in normal daytime conditions, or is a one-trick-pony??

Foxeer Cat 3 - a (very) Low Light FPV Camera - REVIEW (20 min 13 sec)


sensor type: Sony CMOS
sensor size: 1/3"
resolution: 1200 tvl
lens: M12 2.1mm
field of view: 115 degrees in 4:3 - 125 degrees in 16:9
aspect ratio: 4:3 / 16:9
input voltage: 4.6V - 20V
latency: not specified (so Not fast)
size: micro. 19mm x 19mm
weight: 10.7 grams
setup OSD: yes
runtime OSD: yes
Wide Dynamic Range: 100 dB
Posted by DutchRC | Sep 08, 2021 @ 11:03 AM | 17,999 Views
Hi there people,

a couple of weeks back I got the Tandem X20 and have been working on a couple of video's... I had intended to first do a "first impressions" / Show & Tell video but had to open up the radio anyway..

Sooooooo let's have a look at it's inners together

Frsky Tandem X20 / X20S Radio - TEAR DOWN (18 min 1 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Sep 05, 2021 @ 11:02 AM | 24,831 Views
Howdy people

I've been very busy building several quads with the new Foxeer Auro frame.. Great frame though I must admit it does look a bit dull :P
The stack I selected for the build is NOT dull however

The esc: Foxeer Reaper 60A 96khz ESC

the FC: Foxeer F722 v2 Pro Flight Controller

I don't think Foxeer is really known for their stack components so always interesting to have a look at / try out

Foxeer Reaper 60A 96Khz + F722 v2 Pro - Night Fever 2021 Build Project - SHOW & TELL ! :) (39 min 6 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Aug 20, 2021 @ 12:51 PM | 36,662 Views
Halloa people

first: have a good weekend over there! Hope you are all safe & well...

This entry is a second post about this 'Aura 5' build.. Which might seem like just another FPV drone build project at first glance...
BUT.. it is not

First: this FPV quad will be 8S capable.. But also: I'm building this one to be useable in the evening / low light

So.. what parts did I pick for this project:

Foxeer Aura 5 - Night Fever 2021 Build Project - SHOW & TELL ! :) (10 min 21 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Aug 09, 2021 @ 11:03 AM | 13,538 Views
Halloa FPV people,

you might have come across 2 new quad frames from Foxeer and those are actually their first frames More then enough reason to check them out I say
You will also have noticed Foxeer is ramping up their electronics game! (ESC's / FC's / VTX's) So for this build I decided to make it as much of a "Foxeer build" as I could

Not only that: I had not tried Foxeer's evening / night camera's.. Why not try those as well

But... Let's first have a look at their new Freestyle frame.. The Aura...


Foxeer Aura 5 Frame! - Night Fever 2021 Build Project - FRAME REVIEW! (20 min 14 sec)


Link at Foxeer: https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-aura-5...ame-t700-g-349

Other build parts ----------

ESC - Reaper 65A 30.5x30.5
https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-reaper...in1-bl32-g-340

FC - mini F722 v2 Pro
https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-mini-f...pit-pass-g-354

Motors - RCinpower Wasp Major 22.6-6.6 1860kv
https://www.banggood.com/RCINPOWER-W...13974002015038

VTX - TBS Unify PRO 5G8 V3
https://www.team-blacksheep.com/prod...:unify_pro_sma

Cam - Micro Cat 3 (white)
https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-micro-...t-camera-g-319

Antenna - Micro Lollipop - Black - RHCP - SMA
https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-5-8g-m...-antenna-g-280

Antenna - Micro Lollipop - Black - RHCP - straight MMCX
https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-5-8g-m...-antenna-g-280

Props - Nepal N2
https://www.foxeer.com/dalprop-nepal...le-props-g-337

Receiver - Frsky R-XSR
https://www.banggood.com/FrSky-R-XSR...13974002015038

Lipo straps (recommended!)
https://www.foxeer.com/foxeer-1-8mm-...250-15mm-g-359
Posted by DutchRC | Aug 06, 2021 @ 12:18 PM | 42,233 Views
Halloa people

yes.. I am a little late to the show.. That's what you get when you buy things yourself :P
But maybe you had not ran into this new radio from TBS...

So.. around the middle of 2020 TBS released their new 2.4 Ghz "Tracer" RC control system, and marketed it mostly for it being a Shoer Latency system.. At the time I personally passed as I was happy with my 2.4Ghz radio... The Mambo radio did however interest me.. Not to big.. not to small.. should be easy to transport AND possibly usable for airplanes...

And.. here is my first look at the radio

TBS Ethix Mambo 2.4 Radio system! - SHOW & TELL :) (22 min 50 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jul 27, 2021 @ 11:02 AM | 17,613 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 | 15,338 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 | 10,439 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 | 8,649 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 | 37,591 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 | 22,445 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