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Posted by fastmax | Aug 20, 2017 @ 06:46 PM | 1,183 Views
The new Floureon K250 is now available, and brings a few very welcome updates to the tried, and true Racer 250 platform. Click me to purchase.

This new version replaces the 2204 motors of the old 250 racer with 2205 2300kv motors. The old Naze32 flight controller has been updated to an SP Racing F3 FC with OSD. The 1000TVL FPV camera gives a clear, and clean FPV feed, and the new Pagoda FPV antenna gives an improved range with better signal quality.

One of my favorite things about these quads are the lights. The headlights are very bright, and the LED light bar on the back looks extremely cool during night flights. (See pics) They also aid in keeping correct orientation at distances when flying LOS.

These quads are excellent for anyone looking at getting into FPV flight, or those that just want a cool looking drone to fly around the yard, or local park. This K250 Racer is available as a Flysky, or Frsky BNF, or as a PNP model ready for your own choice of receiver. This is also one of the most affordable 250mm quadcopters with the PNP version costing only $121.99 and the BNF versions costing $130.99

I just finished getting mine set up in CleanFlight, and will get some flight video ASAP so stay tuned for updates as I spend some time with the quad....Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Jul 31, 2017 @ 05:30 PM | 2,071 Views
KingKong has built quite the reputation for themselves over the past year or so with some well priced, well tuned, good flying racing drones. Their 90GT brushless micro has been very successful, and very popular among back yard, and park pilots since its introduction. They are now taking their brushless micros to the next level with the KingKong FLY EGG 100. Click me to purchase one of these awesome micro racers.

Equipped with a DShot compatible 4 in 1 ESC, a PIKO BLX F3 flight controller, and a thick, robust carbon frame, with 7075 aluminum alloy upper frame supports protecting the stack, and FPV gear. This quad is built for speed, and is designed to be able to withstand some extreme punishment. The result is a great looking, and excellent performing micro that flies much like it's bigger brothers.
These new KingKong micros are available as a Flysky, Frsky, Futaba, or Spektrum BNF, or as a PNP model without receiver. They come equipped with BetaFlight right out of the box, and give a great flying experience without the need for any additional tuning.

The quad, and accessories come nicely packaged in a handy storage/travel box. They include 2 sets of props, a prop removal tool, a couple spare battery straps, prop protectors, motor protectors, a cable for connecting to the PC, and a 350mah 2s 35c battery. You will only need your choice of radio, and a charger to get in the air.

After getting in some stick time with this little racer, I am incredibly impressed with how it...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Jul 20, 2017 @ 12:41 PM | 2,283 Views
We all know that Tiny Whoops are the kings of indoor quadcopters. Their tiny size, combined with protected props, and excellent flight stability make them an absolute blast to fly around the house or office.

Everyone that is into RC quadcopters is familiar with quads such as the FuriBee F36, JJRC H36, Eachine E010, etc. All of these are great flying, inexpensive little drones that make excellent FPV machines simply by adding an AIO camera. The only problem is that once you add the extra weight of the camera, the little 6mm motors are worked harder, the quad becomes less zippy, and the flight times on the stock 150mah battery are drastically reduced.

Now I introduce to you, the new Redpawz R010. This little quad may look like just another clone of the H36, or F36, but don't let the looks fool you. It is actually an improvement on the well proven design of these popular whoops. Click me to purchase at GeekBuying

The R010 has been given a boost in the performance department by replacing the standard 6mm motors with 7mm motors. This gives the R010 more punch, and speed than its competitors, which in turn improves performance when carrying a camera.

The improvements don't stop there either. Since they knew that the motors would be more power hungry, the R010 also comes with a 260mah 30c battery for improved flight times.

With these improvements you're probably thinking ok, but how much does the price jump up compared to the others? Well, I am happy to say that you can get this new, improved model for a mere $15.99 which is only a couple dollars more than the F36 or H36, and far less than it would cost to upgrade the motors and battery on a different model.

Let's check this cool new quad out!

Stay tuned for flight video with, and without an AIO camera mounted.
Posted by fastmax | Jul 20, 2017 @ 10:51 AM | 2,241 Views
The new KaiDeng K130 Alpha is a mini WiFi, FPV, flying egg. This cool little quadcopter can be flown using your tablet, or smartphone, and much to my surprise is actually an excellent flying little drone. Click me to purchase from GeekBuying.

I am not usually a fan of models that are flown using smart devices. The lack of physical sticks seems to make my thumbs forget how to fly. This little quad however gives me no such problems, and right away I was impressed with just how easy it is to control.

The WiFi FPV also works quite well, and I am able to maneuver around the room without ever actually looking at the quad. Many of these WiFi FPV quads have enough lag in the feed, that you might be running into something before it appears that close on your screen. This little flying egg doesn't seem to suffer from this problem.

Don't be fooled by its small size either. This mini quad is loaded with features, such as altitude hold, headless mode, and one key take off, and landing.
If you're looking for a small quadcopter to fly FPV around the house, or office, then this unique looking little egg might be just what you're after. At around $35 it is also very affordable.

Stay tuned for flight video!
Posted by fastmax | Jul 05, 2017 @ 10:37 PM | 3,355 Views
The Ender Desktop 3D Printer Kit is now in stock and ships for free to the USA via priority mail. Shipping to other countries will vary based upon your location. Click me to purchase one of these great kits.

Right off the bat, I want to say that this is my first experience with a 3D printer of any kind. I knew right away that I wanted something compact, that wouldn't take up a lot of space, but could still print all the neat little trinkets, and quadcopter parts etc. that I knew I'd want to make.

This printer comes as a kit, and does require quite a bit of assembly, however, do not let that scare you off. The build is not difficult, and the instructional video on the included micro SD card is easy enough to follow. I recommend pausing it at several stages, so that you can get a good look at what direction things are being assembled. The instructional video is 22 minutes in length. With pausing it, going back and double checking things, and sometimes watching a step twice, I managed to have my printer together in about 2 hours. Not bad considering I'd never laid a finger on a 3D printer prior to today.

The quality of the printer seems very good. The fit and finish on all parts is great. I noticed very little play in anything while building it, and after I had it leveled, I grabbed a file from Thingiverse for an FPV camera mount to try as my first print. I put the file on the micro SD card, installed the card, selected the file, and 45 minutes later I had my camera mount,...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Jun 26, 2017 @ 07:58 PM | 4,426 Views
The AWESOME UAV Q95 Brushless Micro FPV Racer is now available as a Flysky BNF, Frsky BNF or PNP model without receiver. Click me to purchase one of these great little micros.

AWESOME UAV has been making some nice flying quadcopters since coming into the FPV racing scene. Their Youbi 130 has been a popular 130mm option with many enthusiasts. I also recently reviewed their RS-220 model which I was really impressed with for the price. Now they have stepped into the micro brushless scene, which has been a booming segment of the hobby for the past couple months. Let's take a look at their latest offering the AWESOME Q95!

The Q95 is, as you would guess a 95mm quadcopter. This little racer has a pretty cool frame layout with twin vertical upper plates that surround the FPV camera, and radio receiver. The upper plates are 1mm thick, while the main lower frame plate is 2mm thick. The whole assembly feels quite robust, and has minimal flex. Weight without battery is 50.9 grams on my scale. I am flying it with the same Nano-Tech 300mah 2s batteries that I've been using on my ARFUN 90 and it is quite zippy. To my surprise it is also the quietest brushless micro I have flown yet.

This micro racer is equipped with an Omnibus F3 flight controller, a 600TVL 5.8ghz AIO FPV camera that transmits a surprisingly good image quality. Power is handled by a 4 in 1 BLHeli S 10A DShot ESC, and it has AWESOME 1103 7500kv motors. The quad is available as a Frsky BNF, Flysky BNF, or as a PNP...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Jun 26, 2017 @ 11:40 AM | 4,075 Views
Lately, it seems like there are new micro, brushless quadcopters being released almost every day. Many of these new micros are very similar to one another either in terms of hardware, and or appearance. One of the micros to recently hit the market though has a different, and uncommon design. The GB90 has a carbon fiber frame that completely surrounds the motors, and props, much like a Tiny Whoop. This quad also has two of its motors inverted which is something very unique to this particular racing drone. Two motors are installed in the typical manner, and two are mounted upside down. I am anxious to see how well this works, and if there are any noticeable differences in performance, or handling.

This quad comes equipped with an F3 6DOF flight controller, an FX798T AIO FPV camera, 4 LittleBee 12A Opto Pro ESC's, and DYS BE1104 4000kv motors. This set up is designed to run 3 inch props, on 3s batteries. I have a good feeling that this will be an excellent performer. (flight video coming soon)

Because of the way the carbon frame surrounds the props and motors, the quad itself actually has a physical size of about 165mm even though it is classified as a 90mm quad based on the distance diagonally from motor to motor, which is 88mm. The upper and lower carbon plates are 1mm each, and are held together by 9 aluminum stand offs. The fully assembled quad comes in at 80 grams without battery. My test flights will be done with a FuriBee 620mah 3s that weighs 46 grams.

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Posted by fastmax | Jun 13, 2017 @ 12:01 PM | 4,710 Views
The DYS Elf is one of the latest of the Tiny Whoop style FPV racing quadcopters. One thing that sets the Elf apart from many of the other Tiny Whoops, is that this little 83mm ducted quad is equipped with 10,000kv brushless motors, an F3 flight controller, and a 10A Dshot compatible 4 in 1 ESC.

Click me to purchase.

This quad is available as a Frsky BNF, or as a RTF for only a few dollars more. One very notable feature, is that for those extra few dollars, you get a Frsky computerized radio that can be used to fly other Frsky BNF models. Some have said that they didn't care for the included radio with the RTF version. I find it to be perfectly fine, and while obviously not a full featured radio set, it does what it is supposed to do, and the quad flies very well with it, indoors, and out. The radio actually has some nice features, and is set up with Angle, Horizon, and Acro flight modes assigned to a 3 way switch right out of the box. It also has OSD features programmed to a switch, as well as motor arming, and a switch activated beeper to assist in finding it should you lose sight of it in a crash.

The little racer is very well built, and is fully programmable via BetaFlight. (See Betaflight config in photos) As mentioned earlier it is also equipped with OSD which is a very welcome feature, and is a must for many pilots these days. I also like that the landing legs are well lit with LED lights making LOS flight, and night flying very easy to do.

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Posted by fastmax | Jun 06, 2017 @ 10:48 AM | 5,105 Views
As many of you here know, I am fortunate enough to get to review a bunch of cool toys. As a sort of pay back to the community for having to deal with my rambling on about RC quadcopters, and trucks etc. I'm going to give one lucky member an SPCMAKER SPC90 90mm Flysky BNF. This is a great little brushed micro, that has 10mm motors, will come in a nice little storage tin, and will include a 500mah 1s battery, spare props, and a charge adapter.

Here is a video of this little guy in action

SPCMAKER SPC90 90mm Micro FPV Racing Drone 1s 10mm Motors (1 min 48 sec)

To enter is very easy, simply post in this thread, and on June 20th I will use a random number generator to select the winner. The member who's post number matches the randomly generated number will have 24 hours to send me their shipping address via PM. If I have not heard from the winner within 24 hours, I will repeat the process until someone claims their prize.

Good luck to all who enter!

Due to lipo shipping restrictions, if the winner of this contest is located outside of the USA, you will receive everything shown except for the battery.

For anyone interested in learning more about this quad, see my Blog post here.
Posted by fastmax | May 30, 2017 @ 01:55 PM | 5,141 Views
I recently had so much fun doing a build log of the HobbyMate X130, that I decided to do another build. This time I went with something a bit larger, and will be doing a build of the new Dubai 225 kit. This kit can be purchased here, click me, and is packed with some top quality hardware. Much like the last build, I will break this down into multiple parts, and will update the thread as the build progresses. First things first, let's get everything unboxed and see just what we have here.

Quick test flight shows that all is well Even the tune feels pretty good. I will get it in the air more tomorrow. Full flight video coming soon!

Dubai 225 GEPRC GEP ZX6 FPV Racing Drone Test Flight (1 min 21 sec)

A quick second flight on 3s with stock props.

Dubai 225 GEP ZX6 3s LOS Flight (2 min 43 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | May 30, 2017 @ 10:13 AM | 5,097 Views
SPCMAKER has been making some really nice micro FPV racers. Their lineup includes brushed, and brushless models in the 90mm class. A couple months ago I took a look at their SPC90X model, which I really enjoyed, so I was pretty confident that I would also like the SPC90 with its 10mm motors, and F3 EVO flight controller. I'm quite happy to report that even on 1s power this little quad is great! It is very stable, and has more power than I was expecting for a 1s micro. This quad can also be flown on 2s simply by changing a bridge on the board, but for backyard flying I have found 1s to be plenty quick, and lots of fun.

Here's a quick overview of the specs. As you can see this quad is available with Frsky, Flysky, or DSM2 receivers, so the majority of pilots have a BNF model available to them. Click me.

Model: SPC90
Wheelbase: 90mm
Material: 3K carbon fiber
Size: 63.5 x 63.5 x 32mm
Frame weight: 6.5g
Takeoff weight: 55g
Motor: 8520 3.7V coreless motor
Flight time: 5 - 6 minutes
Flight controller: F3 EVO brushed 2.0
Processor: STM32F303CCT6
Camera: 600TVL
FPV transmitter: 5.8G 25mW 48CH
Receiver: DSM2 Satellite / FrSky SBUS PPM / FlySky PPM
Battery: 3.7V 500mAh 25C
Propeller length: 55mm

Here are some pics of my SPC90. If you're looking for a well built micro that you can FPV around your house, or yard with, then this little model is definitely worthy of your consideration. Flight video coming shortly so stay tuned. As always, feel free to ask any questions. Happy Flying!

Here's a video of the first flight on 1s

SPCMAKER SPC90 90mm Micro FPV Racing Drone First Flight (2 min 7 sec)

Another flight on 1s with this little 10mm motored beast.

SPCMAKER SPC90 90mm Micro FPV Racing Drone 1s 10mm Motors (1 min 48 sec)

Posted by fastmax | May 18, 2017 @ 11:46 AM | 6,303 Views
I'd like to give a big thanks to Hobbymate for sending me this X130 brushless quad kit for review. In this blog post I will be doing a complete build log, with set up, configuration, and flight video. I will break this build down into a few different parts, and update with each new part as I progress through the build. As always feel free to ask any questions. Here we go with some pics.

This combo kit includes all the parts necessary to assemble the frame, the PDB, and FC stack, and the pod for the FPV camera. It also includes four HOBBYMATE BLHeli_S 20A ESC's, four HOBBYMATE 1306 3100kv Motors (2 CW & 2 CCW) eight 3 inch props, battery straps, and all necessary hardware. You will need to supply your choice of flight controller, power distribution board, FPV gear, and battery.

It's ALIVE!! Quick video of the first test flight on 3s. More flight video coming soon so stay tuned!

HobbyMate X130 130mm Brushless FPV Racing Drone Kit Test Flight (1 min 41 sec)

Here's a video of the X130's first real flight on 3s. More 3s, and 4s videos coming soon while testing some different props.

HobbyMate X130 130mm Brushless FPV Racer Kit First Flight (2 min 44 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | May 08, 2017 @ 04:59 PM | 6,341 Views
The new WLtoys Q393-C is a sleek looking quad, that caught my attention the first time I saw it. I immediately thought that this quad would make a great night flyer with all of its bright lights, and its well lit arms. As it turns out, I was right. It does make a great night flyer. In fact it is all around a great flying quad, with good flight times, and a half decent camera.

I've put a couple packs through the quad so far, and as of now my only real complaint, is that I wish it had a bit more angle in high rates mode. It does well enough to fight some wind, but a bit more forward speed would have been nice. Beginners, and intermediate pilots just stepping into a larger brushed quad, should find this to be a good performer. It has good lift, a stable hover, and the altitude hold actually works pretty well.

What I like the most about this quadcopter though is that it has telemetry that sends flight battery voltage, and flight speed in KM/H back to the radio, and the radio also has a timer that lets you know how long you have been in the air. These are features rarely seen on a quad in this price range, and are very cool to see on a quad costing under $100.

We finally got a break in the crazy winds we have been having so I managed to get a bit of flight video.

WLtoys Q393-C RTF Drone With HD Camera Test Flight (1 min 32 sec)

Here's a quick video of some night time flying.

WLtoys Q393-C DragonFly-2 RTF Quadcopter Night Time Flight (3 min 19 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | May 08, 2017 @ 07:49 AM | 5,611 Views
The AKK Store on Amazon has been adding some new products, and offering quadcopters, parts, accessories, and FPV cameras to their customers with Amazon order fulfillment. This means Amazon purchase protection, and free 2 day shipping for Prime members. One of the products, the Heliway 901HS micro quadcopter, caught my interest with its small size, folding design, and transmitter with built in storage for the quad itself. Upon receiving my 901 I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it is also a great flying little quad, and is a lot of fun inside the house. Best part is it can be had for only $22.99 Here are some detailed pics of what you get.

I will get some flight video posted shortly so stay tuned.

Don't hesitate to ask any questions.
Posted by fastmax | May 08, 2017 @ 07:13 AM | 5,628 Views
Good news for USA buyers looking to purchase the JJRC H36, either for LOS fun flying, or to turn into an FPV Whoop. The REALACC Store is now offering the H36 with order fulfillment from Amazon (Click Me) which means Prime members get free 2 day shipping, and you get Amazons purchase protection. We all know how fun the JJRC H36 is, and now you won't have to wait for weeks for your order to arrive!

Here is an indoor flight video

REALACC JJRC H36 RTF Micro Drone From Amazon (1 min 41 sec)

Posted by fastmax | Apr 14, 2017 @ 08:25 AM | 6,933 Views
Micro Drones, and Quadcopters are becoming more popular by the day. With advancements in technology, we are now able to fly in smaller, more confined areas than ever before. Recently these advancements have brought about a new breed of micro. The brushless micro! These technological marvels are nothing short of amazing. We can now have a tiny, 90mm FPV racer that fits in the palm of our hands, yet has the speed, acceleration, and handling of their much bigger brothers.

Let's take a look at one of these new micros. The AR FUN (ARFUN) 90 is a 90mm brushless FPV racer brought to us by Aurora RC. Though tiny in size this little machine is BIG on features, and is loaded with some of the best hardware currently available. There are 3 different versions available. Flysky BNF, Frsky BNF, and without receiver. Click me. Use coupon code RC18OFF to get these for $140

Basic features

- True "X" carbon fiber frame, perfectly symmetrical, with 3mm thickness and smooth edges
- Mini F3 flight control system with OSD supports PPM / SBUS / DSM2 / DSMX receivers
- Superior operation with 4-in-1 BLHeli - S 20A ESC which uses the latest DShot signals
- Outstanding 600TVL HD CMOS camera, extremely sensitive to light, offers you high-quality image
- 5.8G real-time image transmission, 48CH wide coverage within 200m range
- Powerful DYS BE1104 brushless motor. Each can generate up to 118g thrust

How do all of these features stack up? That's what we're going to find out ...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | Apr 10, 2017 @ 09:48 PM | 8,100 Views
There's a new 200mm 5" racer on the block! The AWESOME ASUAV RS220 is a 220mm FPV racing drone sporting 2205R 2300KV motors, an F3 flight controller, a 700TVL FPV camera with a 600mw VTX. It even comes RTF with the Flysky FS-i6 radio, a 1500mah 3s Lipo battery, a balance charger, and a carrying case for transporting, and storing your new racer in. All for only $180. Click me.

Let's take a close up look at this very attractive new machine!

I will get screen shots of the stock setup, and flight video posted asap. (Screen shots, and flight video added below) I can say that this is a well tuned quad right out of the box. They have set up flight modes for you, set up the rear LED light bar, and set up motor arming. This is a truly ready to fly package. Just route the receiver antennas through the provided holder, install 4 AA batteries into the radio, install the props, charge the battery, and fly.

This package is on sale for a limited time for only $169 which is an absolutely amazing deal for a racing drone this complete, and well equipped. After my first flight, I am more impressed with this quad than I was with the KingKong 210GT, (which I really like) and this quad has a much smaller price tag.

Feel free to ask any questions. More to come soon, so stay tuned, and happy flying!!

First flight with box stock settings, stock battery, and stock props.

AWESOME ASUAV RS220 220mm FPV Racing Drone First Flight (4 min 16 sec)

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Posted by fastmax | Mar 31, 2017 @ 12:38 PM | 7,203 Views
EDIT 7/19 Now back on flash sale for only $288 Click me.

A DHK Hobby Zombie 8E 8384 Apocalypse that is!

DHK has recently revised, and brought back their formidable 1/8 brushless beast. This new version is equipped with a 2.4ghz radio system, a Hobbywing WP-8BL100 2s-4s waterproof 100 amp ESC, a 2030kv motor, 9kg metal gear servo, and a 2600mah 3s lipo battery, and balance charger. The only thing you need to add to get the action started are 4 AA batteries for the remote.

This is a 1/8 scale truck, so it is HUGE! It is very well built with aluminum alloy chassis plate, alloy chassis braces, and shock towers, and aluminum, oil filled, threaded body, big bore shocks. The truck also uses a standard 3 differential layout with all metal gears. Simply put, it is built to take some serious abuse, and keep coming back for more.

Quick parking lot run on the stock 3s battery. More videos, mods, and upgrades coming soon so stay tuned!

DHK Hobby 8384 Zombie 8E RTR Brushless Monster Truck (2 min 19 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | Mar 31, 2017 @ 11:41 AM | 7,138 Views
Eachine sure stays busy working on new, and cool products. One of their latest is this mini selfie drone, the Eachine E55. Click me to purchase.

This is a folding, pocket size drone that you can fly with your phone, or other smart device. You can use it to take pictures, or selfies, and even shoot videos. There's even a mode for VR goggles so if you have an extra phone, smart device, or the RTF version with transmitter, you can place a phone in VR mode in your goggles and fly this FPV style.

This very compact drone comes with battery, USB charger, spare props, and even a nice velvet bag for storing, or carrying it in. All for only $32.99 Here are a few pics. Flight video coming soon.
Posted by fastmax | Mar 24, 2017 @ 06:21 PM | 7,781 Views
KingKong 210GT RTF... The suspense is killing me too!

EDIT 3/25 Ok, so I had some time to get some detailed pics of this beast. Unfortunately it has been raining here since yesterday, so I haven't been able to get it in the air other than a quick hover in the house. Based on what I have seen so far I LOVE this quad! It's well equipped, well laid out, and everything is pretty well set up for you right out of the box. Flight modes are pre-set , arm switch is pre-set, and the stock tune feels pretty good. Of course I'll need to actually fly it to be certain, but I am pretty sure it is going to handle great in completely box stock form. They also include a generous amount of props. There are 10 CW and 10 CCW props in the box, along with a 1300mah 3S lipo, a low voltage alarm, Flysky FS-i6 radio, and an imax B3 AC balance charger. I will be getting some flight video of this with stock props, powered by the stock battery, as well as video with DAL Cyclone props on 3S and 4S power, so as soon as weather permits I will update this post. For now though here is some eye candy.

More info, and flight video coming soon so stay tuned. Feel free to ask any questions. Happy Flying!!

We had about a 20 minute break in the rain this morning, so I was finally able to test this thing out. Here's a short test flight with the DAL Cyclone props.

KingKong 210GT 210mm RTF FPV Racing Drone First Flight (2 min 22 sec)

Flight video on 3s with DAL Cyclone tri blade props.

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