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Posted by DutchRC | Yesterday @ 11:11 AM | 3,969 Views
Halloa peoples!

so yeahh.. another sale or what? No surprice eventhough the Covid party did end up slowing down the slurry of sales
And is it then even interesting to have a look at this years Summer sale? As always a lot of price cuts aren't Really price cuts but it can pay off to check if your wish-list items have actually dropped in price


Bought me a Car & Helicopter in Banggood's Summer Prime Sale :D (11 min 49 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jul 05, 2020 @ 11:06 AM | 7,298 Views
Halloa people

I've said so in a couple of video's already but I've been wanting to do a build with a RacerX frame for quite a while! And here is the project-intro for it
Ofcourse the series will be a multi-part series. In today's video I give a general overview of the parts and why I chose those

Hyper Light 5" Project! The ET5 - Project Intro :) (10 min 53 sec)



The parts list:

Frame: Racer X ET5 Ultra light frame kit

FC / ESC: Diatone Mamba F411 25A AIO

Motors: Karearea 1507 3100 KV

FPV Camera: Runcam Phoenix 2

VTX: BetaFPV M02 25-350mW

Propellers: Gemfan SL 5125

Receiver: Frsky XM+

Lipo: Tattu R-Line 850mah 4S
Posted by DutchRC | Jul 03, 2020 @ 11:10 AM | 4,177 Views
Halloa people,

part of a build series this ofcourse and I have wanted to do a build with a RacerX / Twig frame for a LONG time.. And then life happened
But here it is.. My first frame from RacerXfpv.. an American company in case you don't know them..

The frame in question: RacerXfpv ET5 frame kit

also available as BNF from BetaFPV: Twig 3, 4 & 5" at BetaFPV

So let us then have a close look at that frame

Ultra Light 5" Racer! Racer X fpv ET5 Twig - FRAME REVIEW (10 min 11 sec)



Specifications:
type: Ultra light racing
wheelbase: 200 mm
Left-to-Right: 140 mm
Front-to-Back: 140 mm
base thickness: 4 mm
weight: 48 grams
material(s): Carbon fiber + TPU prints
chamfered edges: yes
clean: 98 % clean
buzzer: nope
LED board: nope
battery strap: yes
battery anti-skid pad: yes
Posted by DutchRC | Jul 01, 2020 @ 11:04 AM | 6,321 Views
Halloa people

it will come as no surprice that this quick-review of a FC is part of a build-project I am doing It is an ultra-light 5" and I had originally planned to use a BetaFPV 20A board..
Then this Diatone / Mamba board popped up and it seems more interesting to me Not least of all because of the F1 option

Link to the board: Diatone - Mamba F411AIO 25A BetaFlight or FlightOne whoop-style-board


So let's have a look at that board then

Diatone / Mamba 25A Whoop board with FlightOne Option! :D - F411AIO 25A Review (10 min 29 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jun 29, 2020 @ 11:11 AM | 4,261 Views
Halloa people

to be honest, I had had this split setup in the parts bin for a while already BUT the last firmware improved it quite a bit!
That makes it time for a review of it I say

The camera: HawkEye FireFly 4K split mini

And let's then see how it performs

Hawkeye Firefly Split mini 4K - REAL LIFE REVIEW (25 min 57 sec)



Specifications:
sensor type: cmos
sensor size: ??
resolution: 700 tvl for FPV part
resolution: 4K 30 fps max
lens: M8 FPV lens
field of view: 170 degrees max in the HD recordings
aspect ratio: 4:3 / 16:9
input voltage: 5V only!
latency: 4-6 ms (Runcam Racer 2 equivalent)
size: 19 x 19mm (micro size)
weight: 14 grams
setup OSD: yes, with controller board
runtime OSD:
Wide Dynamic Range: yes
Posted by DutchRC | Jun 27, 2020 @ 11:09 AM | 4,337 Views
Howdy RC people

so it is true.. I am FAR from the first to be flying with this DJI FPV stuff as I'm sure you know
But I wanted to record my first findings with it anyway.. So here is THAT for you :P

I am flying the Holybro Kopis Mini - Caddx Vista edition controlling it with a Jumper T18 pro in this video

First DJI Digital FPV Flight! :D With the Holybro Kopis Mini Caddx Vista edtion :) (13 min 7 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jun 25, 2020 @ 11:23 AM | 5,953 Views
Halloa people

Time for a side-by-side comparison of some interesting FPV camera's this time   
on paper the Foxeer Toothless 2 Nano & Runcam Phoenix 2 Nano are very both very similar & capable Racing FPV camera's..
Much like their micro versions are.
On top of that I need a nano-sized camera for an upcoming build-project!

So let's see how similar the camera's actually ARE...

Link to the Foxeer cam: Foxeer Toothless 2 Nano - Starlight version

Link to the Runcam cam: Runcam Phoenix 2 Nano


Day & Night NANO-SIZE FPV Camera's ? Foxeer Toothless vs Runcam Phoenix 2 Nano Nano Nano Nano (10 min 5 sec)



Toothless 2 Nano specs:
sensor type: CMOS
sensor size: 0.5 inch
resolution: 1200 tvl
lens: 2.1mm M8
field of view: 145 degrees
aspect ratio: 4:3 / 16:9 selectable
input voltage: 3.8V - 16V
latency: not specified
size: 14mm x 14mm x ??mm
weight: 3.8 grams
setup OSD: yes
runtime OSD: yes
Wide Dynamic Range: yes

Phoenix 2 Nano specs:
sensor type: CMOS
sensor size: 0.5 inch
resolution: 1000 tvl
lens: 2.1mm M8
field of view: 155 degrees
aspect ratio: 4:3 / 16:9 selectable
input voltage: 5V - 36V
latency: not specified
size: 14mm x 14mm x 22mm
weight: 5 grams
setup OSD: yes
runtime OSD: nope
Wide Dynamic yes
Posted by DutchRC | Jun 23, 2020 @ 11:09 AM | 3,942 Views
Halloa FPV people

if you run the newest BF version you might have run into your VTX's no longering listening to your commands.. In my case I could still change the ouput-power-level, but changing the band / channel was outright Refused! :O
And yes.. this was on quad that did have the Smart Audio work on older BF versions..

So if you are in that boat.. here is the probable cause & solution to this

Smart Audio doesn't work in BetaFlight 4.1 and newer? :O FIXED ! :D (8 min 51 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jun 17, 2020 @ 01:45 PM | 7,266 Views
Halloa people

sooo have you noticed rc-motor companies are getting into RTF quads? Here is another one of those but I will say I wanted one as soon as I saw the first rendering :$
So yep.. BrotherHobby has brought us a quad we don't need to build ourselves An ultra-light 5" in this case or maybe we should call it a "twig" ?

Link to the quad: BrotherHobby HyperBola 5 FrSky BNF

I'll be doing several video's on it (if it holds up ) so lets have a first look at it first

the Impressive HyperBola 5 from BrotherHobby! - Show & Tell (14 min 18 sec)




Specifications:
type: racer / funflier
wheelbase:
base thickness:
material(s): carbon fiber + plastick canopy
dry weight: 147 grams
flight controller: HGLRC Zeus 35A 5-in-1
firmware version: 4.1.5
ESC's: HGLRC Zeus 35A 5-in-1
motors: 2004 3150Kv
propellors: Gemfan 5125 triblades
FPV camera: Caddx Ratel 2.1mm
VTX: HGLRC 600mW
Lipo: 600mah - 850mah 4S (not included)
OSD: Yes, Betaflight
smart Audio: Yes
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props: nope
Posted by DutchRC | Jun 14, 2020 @ 11:06 AM | 3,064 Views
Halloa people,

soooo it has been a while since Runcam released the Runcam 2 right? I'm not completely sure but it must have been 4-5 years
Back then the RC2 was a great action-cam option for multirotors and it indeed was the first recorder I strapped onto a quad :P

But.. time moves on and we now finally have a 4K version of it!
The shape of these camera's also make them handy for airplanes which is indeed what I was still using the RC2 for

Link to the new cam: Runcam 2 4K edition - Pillbox style action camera

And in this second video about the camera, I take it up to where it belongs!

Runcam 2 4K Edition Action Camera! - FLIGHT TEST (15 min 0 sec)



Specifications:
shape: pillbox
max video res: 4K (at 30 fps)
max frame rate: 120 at 1080P
shutter speed lockable: yes
ISO lockable: yes
video codec: MP4 - H264
max photo res: video only
field of view: 155 degrees
max CF card size: 128 GB
microphone: yes
external microphone: ?
gyro stabi: limited
WIFI config option: yes
battery: 850 mah 1S Lion
max recording time: 1.5 hours at 1080P 60
viewfinder screen: on phone via WIFI
touch-screen: nope
second (front) screen: nope
usb-type: micro USB
water proof: nope
Posted by DutchRC | Jun 12, 2020 @ 12:24 PM | 12,070 Views
Halloa people,

the video below is a how-to on adding a normal (R-XSR in this case) receiver to a DJI Digital FPV setup.. I was wondering myself how easy it would be (it's easy ) So I guess the video also shows this for people wondering if they Need to get that DJI radio as well...

DJI Digital FPV + Second Receiver HOW TO (Frsky R-XSR F-port setup) (11 min 57 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jun 10, 2020 @ 11:16 AM | 14,968 Views
Halloa RC people

in this topic I'll be taking a look at the new Kopis Mini with Caddx Vista air-unit! I must add that this is actually my first digital FPV setup..
Also feel free to add Your experiences or questions about this quadro

So it IS another Cinematic and/or Freestyle 3" quadro but with the Caddx / DJI setup this time.
As of the time I'm writing this I haven't flown it yet but look & feel + packaging are promissing Can't wait to fly this little 3"..
3.1 inch actually by-the-way......

Link to it: Holybro Kopis Mini with Caddx Vista BNF

As always I'll posting up my findings with the quad over here.. Both short-term and long-term

Holybro Kopis Mini with CADDX VISTA! :D - First Look (12 min 28 sec)




Specifications:
type: Freestyle / Cinematic 3"
wheelbase: 148mm
base thickness: 3mm arms
material(s): carbon fiber + allu standoffs
dry weight:
flight controller: Holybro Kakute F7 HDV
firmware version: Betaflight 4.1.2
ESC's: Holybro Tekko32 45A
motors: T-Motor F1507 3800kv
propellors: T-Motor T3140
FPV camera: DJI camera
VTX: Caddx Vista
Lipo: 650mah - 850mah 4S (not included)
OSD: yes, DJI
smart Audio: DJI channel choice
buzzer: yes
LED's: nope
spare props: nope
Posted by DutchRC | Jun 08, 2020 @ 11:06 AM | 2,574 Views
Halloa RC people

a short review this time for a Very small product! I just got this new ISDT Q6 Nano charger in, which I ordered to be my new backpack charger..

Link to the charger: ISDT Q6 Nanon - Smart Charger

"smart" charger? :P Not sure.. hopefully it won't establish selfawareness :P

BUT.. does it charge lipo's???

ISDT Q6 Nano - Ultimate Backpack Lipo Charger? - REVIEW (18 min 2 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jun 04, 2020 @ 11:12 AM | 4,221 Views
Halloa peoples

Sooo yes you probably know the T-Motor brand and there is a good change you use, or have used them (cause they also OEM for other brands).. But T-Motor has a reputation of making slightly more expensive motors probably?
Recently however they released some Budget motors (Velox) and mid-range (Pacer) motors In the video I review the last ones after doing at least 100 flights with them..

The motors: T-Motor Pacer P2207.5 (4S and 6S versions available) drone motors

For my tests with these motors I used CNHL 1100mah 6S Black Series lipo's.. I would hereby like to appologize to those lipo's :P

T-Motor Value Motors? The Pacer P2207.5 (1950KV) REVIEW (24 min 44 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | May 28, 2020 @ 11:14 AM | 4,183 Views
Halloa people,

soooo it has been a while since Runcam released the Runcam 2 right? I'm not completely sure but it must have been 4-5 years
Back then the RC2 was a great action-cam option for multirotors and it indeed was the first recorder I strapped onto a quad :P

But.. time moves on and we now finally have a 4K version of it!
The shape of these camera's also make them handy for airplanes which is indeed what I was still using the RC2 for

Link to the new cam: Runcam 2 4K edition - Pillbox style action camera

BUT.. is it any good??

Runcam 2 4K Edition Action Camera! (finally :P) - REVIEW (25 min 0 sec)



Specifications:
shape: pillbox
max video res: 4K (at 30 fps)
max frame rate: 120 at 1080P
shutter speed lockable: yes
ISO lockable: yes
video codec: MP4 - H264
max photo res: video only
field of view: 155 degrees
max CF card size: 128 GB
microphone: yes
external microphone: ?
gyro stabi: limited
WIFI config option: yes
battery: 850 mah 1S Lion
max recording time: 1.5 hours at 1080P 60
viewfinder screen: on phone via WIFI
touch-screen: nope
second (front) screen: nope
usb-type: micro USB
water proof: nope
Posted by DutchRC | May 26, 2020 @ 11:20 AM | 14,426 Views
Halloa RC people

soooo recently I started jet another FPV quadcopter build.. In my video on the frame I posted a list of the components and quite a few people asked why I was using KO Tech motors here.. Partly probably because it is a lesser known brand (?)

The Demon Seed Cryo 2208 1900 KV's : https://www.ko-distribution.eu/demon-seed-motors

Dealer list: https://www.ko-technologies.com/where-to-buy

Well guess what.. here IS why

KO Technologies - Demon Seed Cryo Tech motors - Why I chose these for my build (12 min 9 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | May 23, 2020 @ 11:04 AM | 6,051 Views
Halloa people

so if you are into multirotors you have probably come across the new Folding propellers from DALprop (?)
And you can probably see the potential convenience of folding props right?

BUT... yeah.. that

Link to them: DALprop 5-inch Folding FPV Racing propellers

And well.. let us see what these are about

DalProp Wizardry :P The 5.1" Fold Series Propellor? :O (27 min 42 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | May 19, 2020 @ 11:04 AM | 4,369 Views
Halloa people

sometimes you come across products that are just that extra bit special. The frame the video below shows is such a product..
But in the end it turned out to be even more special as it is an 1-of-1 limited edition :O

When I ordered the frame I didn't know they'd do this

In case you are interested: Farins Frames - Frog v3 Speed Addiction

Soooo let's have a look at that frame!

Farins Frames - Special VERY Limited edition 1 of 1 (15 min 52 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | May 17, 2020 @ 11:19 AM | 9,706 Views
Halloa people

sooo a new GepRC Mark4 in 2020 huh? To be frank this setup is a bit dated and I will for sure factor that into my final review..
But is it a nice quad non the less? Maybe a value option?
We'll see in the course of a couple of video's...

Link to it: GepRC Mark4 5" freestyle quad - 6S version

So a bit dated but there was also something wrong with the way it's build :|

GepRC's 2020 Freestyle Quad! Mark4 6S :D - Show & Tell (19 min 42 sec)



Specifications:
type: Freestyle
wheelbase: 225 mm
base thickness: 5mm arms
material(s): CF with allu standoffs and some TPU prints
dry weight: 358 grams
flight controller: GepRC Span F405 v2
firmware version: 4.1.5
ESC's: GepRC Span 45A Blheli_S
motors: GepRC GR 2306.5 1850 Kv
propellors: GepRC 5 x 4.3 x 3
FPV camera: Caddx Ratel with 2.1mm lens
VTX: GepRC 25 mW - 600 mW
Lipo: 1050 mah - 1300 mah 6S (not included)
OSD: Yes, Betaflight
smart Audio: Yes
buzzer: Yes
LED's: nope
spare props: Yes! 2 extra sets
Posted by DutchRC | May 08, 2020 @ 11:03 AM | 6,822 Views
Halloa people

I have me a review of a FPV camera again! And this time it is actually more of a RE-review :P See this update (version 2) of the Toothless camera was more-less brought on by my review of the original version....
The V1 of the Toothless is / was a nice camera but the view-angle was somewhat BIG!
The new version is ment to adress that (and only that)

Link to the cam: Foxeer Toothless V2 Micro - all-weather FPV camera

And also: Foxeer Toothless V2 Mini - all-weather FPV camera

Foxeer Toothless V2- the Fly-All-Day FPV camera??? - FPV CAMERA REVIEW / UPDATE (8 min 54 sec)


Specifications:
sensor type: CMOS
sensor size: 0.5 inch
resolution: 1200 tvl
lens: 1.7mm M12
field of view: 145 OR 125 degrees selectable
aspect ratio: 4:3 / 16:9 selectable
input voltage: 4.6V - 20V
latency: not specified
size: 19mm x 19mm x 24.6mm
weight: 8.5 grams
setup OSD: yes
runtime OSD: yes
Wide Dynamic Range: 100 db (?)