Posted by FeiJi | Sep 25, 2016 @ 03:10 AM | 6,881 Views
Lost my wing somewhere in this picture. Frustrating build, finally got all the issues sorted out then lost link with RX and it flew here.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Sep 24, 2016 @ 11:47 PM | 6,946 Views
The guy who made a timelapse movie of traffic by writing a javascript program to load the data from the Goog developer API makes you wonder why he didn't just screen capture a browser window all day.

It brought to mind the 1+1 problem. The way modern developers add 1+1 is by creating several objects. There's a starting event broadcasted by the user. It causes a 1 object to broadcast an event. A + object waits for the 1 event. Then another 1 object broadcasts an event. The + object waits for that event. When the + object gets 2 1 events, it adds them & broadcasts an = event. There's an = object which waits for = events before broadcasting a display answer event. All the objects reside in their own threads.

Adding 1 + 1 can be done in a single line of code, but it's 1 of many more realistic examples in the mobile app boom where what could be done in a few lines of C code is done using thousands of objects & horrendously complex event passing sequences. Deciphering the simplest workflow requires much worshiping of the IDE's search tools & swapping between many files.

But a single line adding 1+1 is not a dogmatic solution & won't get you a job. The availability of plenty of money to enforce any software architecture dogma, no matter how inefficient, is a key facet of the mobile app boom. Many an interview has been failed by giving direct answers instead of dogmatic answers or worse, looking up the answer like you would do in the actual job instead of trying to recite it from memory like you're supposed to do in an interview.

It seemed to start in the 1990's with the idea of plugins & interprocess communication. The modules became smaller & more fundamental until every single thing is now done by a new object. Many a developer is shocked by the idea that a program can actually be written from left to right, top to bottom, stepped through like a book. The current generation never saw anything like that.
Posted by i-fly-any-and- | Sep 24, 2016 @ 11:06 PM | 10,055 Views
150% enlarged royal scale b-17.
116" & 5/8. Original wingspan is 77 & 3/4"
Posted by Nominalflap | Sep 24, 2016 @ 10:55 PM | 7,104 Views
Wing: (same built Nov 2013) WS 48”, Chord 6 3/4”
Length/Width/Hgt: 28”/ 1.5”/ 6.5”
Batt: 800mah & 500mah ESC: 10A Motor: Emax 2805, RX: AR6115e
2 Servos: 9gm Align Blue-L, & DS420 on R. Push-rods .47 wire somewhere near 51cm.
Prop: GWS Orange clipped 0847 to 7”.

This is a project that I just kept going back to try again, and now its flying. Think can see that its not the same as Beagle/Bandit but close in idea.
- The germ of this came back when flying my Slow-stick. I made 3cm squares that could slide onto stick to lock down the wing mounts/servos..other items, could use zip-tie around if that wouldn’t hold. Like better than drilling a hole for a screw. Flip-flop foam cuts fairly easy in straight line. (This plane has a block on dowel at Stab LE /Tail fin.) Then I started cutting out blocks to hold the battery down on stick and other planes…just got into using stuff were needed a bit of give.
- Blk-ft had almost full XLarge flop, DW has half a Med. My Funsair fuse is flip-flops --and they fly nice. Always had idea if could just skip $T foam.

If I had it to do over might change some things: I’d slant cut the baby pylon flop to get same length but lighter. The inside of pylon flop is about hollowed out as tried to fit wires & ESC for ST400, if was solid could cut half away. Also think putting a pop-stick inside might make more stable. Maybe servo forward more but pop-stick birdcage for LE wing mount & batt slot keeps where put.
- The TE skewer wing-mount tends to wear out its hole. Might need ink-pen tube, something that glues in better. My battery & ESC wires join up right inside the birdcage..not so easy to connect until practice a few times.
Posted by jetpilotrich | Sep 24, 2016 @ 08:33 PM | 10,734 Views
Posted by Tarmakin | Sep 24, 2016 @ 07:32 PM | 7,077 Views
Hey Gang,

I am trying to be my subscriber number moving on a new youtube channel. Please subscribe to help my get this ball rolling. My other channel Dans RC Workbench is moving right along.

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Johnson's Beach Guerneville Ca- Inspire 1 Dji (1 min 46 sec)

Posted by Quad808 | Sep 24, 2016 @ 06:22 PM | 220,008 Views
This is sort of a rant, but sort of not. I have been through a load of props. Maybe I should say loads. Lets just say...lots, and lots.
Carbon mix
Cheap and pricey.
8" all the way to 18".
HK Quanum
HQ Prop
no-name, generic (cheap)
no-name, generic CF
My favorite prop has been (up to now) the HQ Prop, carbon mix 1045's in the non-self-tightening category. Excellent all around prop. Great lift, and a little more give in flying than CF props. Very well balanced, right out of the package. Along with the Tarot CF 13" props - also very well balanced out of the package.
Well...I think there is a new winner in town.
Lets just say that I don't like DJI, since they are sort of like Apple in the way they try and control their customers, and lock them into their business. Brilliant really, but costly to the consumer of their products - since it is, for the most part, proprietary.
I tried to hold off as long as I could from purchasing any DJI products. Yah, I read about the DJI Phantom 3 Part no.9, 9450 props. Then I read about them some more, and more, and read about how great they were on the CX-20, but I continued to purchase other props - and was completely happy. Or so I thought. (ignorance is bliss, as they say)
Until I did two things...bought a Nova Pro, and built the HK X666 with t-motor 2213-920kv motors. (Air-gear 350 set...great set btw) They are in a set of 4 and include self-tightening props, along with ESC'...Continue Reading
Posted by DJGoogone | Sep 24, 2016 @ 04:42 PM | 6,235 Views
Cocoa Beach Pier (2 min 11 sec)

Posted by JohnCC | Sep 24, 2016 @ 04:16 PM | 38,677 Views
Syma X5UW is a brand new addition to the Syma series for 2016, sporting wifi-fpv, a brand new look, and altitude hold. The camera is 1MP, and has been designed to clip on/off the quad easily. It comes with a 4GB sd card so you're ready to start recording immediately. Finally, it features one-key take off and landing.

SYMA X5UW 2.4G Remote Control FPV Quadcopter (7 min 49 sec)
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Posted by readysetdrone | Sep 24, 2016 @ 03:04 PM | 8,185 Views
I have wanted to do a Syma X5UW review for a long time. I own quite a few other Syma quadcopters including the Syma X5C, the Syma X8C, the Syma X12 and a few others that I’m sure I am forgetting. But this Syma X5UW review is focused on a newer member of the Syma drone family, the Syma X5UW. My first observation is how cool this drone looks. It is a ruby red color with a very shiny paint finish that really makes it pop against the sky as you fly it. Second, it has some cool upgrades from the Syma X5C such as an easy to insert battery port and a better camera. Generally, I am not a big fan of cheaper FPV drones that use wifi instead of 5.8 Ghz for transmitting a live FPV video signal. But I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the way this one reforms and streams live video. It can still be a bit “laggy” in terms of the smoothness of the video, but it’s really pretty good for an inexpensive wifi FPV signal.

The other things that I really like about this drone include the newly designed remote control. This controller looks alot like a video game control and works very intuitively. It has a dedicated button for auto take off and land, a dedicated button for flips, one for starting and stopping video rolling and one for snapping aerial photos. Having dedicated, easy to reach buttons makes a big difference in the usability of this quadcopter.

Check out the video link below to see the pros and cons of this quadcopter. But to summarize in one sentence: If you are looking for a decent quality FPV quadcopter that you can learn to fly with, this is certainly one to consider!
To buy yours from Gearbest, please click here.

Thanks for reading this Syma X5UW review!

Here is the video review on my Youtube channel.
Syma X5UW Drone Review (12 min 59 sec)

Posted by TechExplorations | Sep 24, 2016 @ 02:01 PM | 7,215 Views
Hey everyone,

GearBest sent me an IdeaFly Mars 350 quadcopter to review and I have been testing it out for the past week, so without further adieu, here's my review:

Ideafly Mars - 350 RC Quadcopter (with Gimbal and GPS) Review

Purchase Link:


The Ideafly Mars 350 is a quad directed towards beginner and intermediate flyers with features such as a 2 axis gimbal and a GPS. This package come with everything you need to fly including a transmitter, a huge battery, and a charger. To start, all you will need is 4 AA batteries for the transmitter.

Package Content

1 x Quadcopter
1 x Transmitter
4 x Propeller (Similar to DJI propellers)
1 x 2 Axis Brushless Gimbal
1 x E4 Charger
1 x 11.1V 5400mAh 10C 3S Battery (with XT60 connector)
1 x CD with instructions and programming software.


The IdeaFly Mars 350 quadcopter came very well packaged in a while cardboard box. The quadcopter and the accessories were inside a block of foam which I believe was of good quality. The cardboard and foam together help prevent any damage caused by shipping. Although it was slightly hard to get the quadcopter out of the foam, the foam helped protect the quad very well.

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Posted by 512gearhead | Sep 24, 2016 @ 02:00 PM | 6,142 Views
Still love being out there, even after 50 years doing it.
Board by Steve Huerta, Ventura, Ca
Turns are similar in the water and air.
Posted by dmrcflyr2 | Sep 24, 2016 @ 01:50 PM | 10,504 Views
When I saw this engine listed on eBay I knew I had to have it. The ad stated that it was new and the three pictures in the ad were not that clear. I sent a question attempting to confirm the condition. I got a response stating that the muffler was new, no carbon residue and no smell. I pulled the trigger as these are HARD to find, especially new. The price was $212 shipped.

Well when the engine arrived, it took all of 5 seconds to figure out that it was NOT new and never run. Holy hell! What have a done now? I asked. I made some videos, as I always do to document the condition. I sent a message to the seller explaining the condition issues and 3 days later I got a response. My request of a 50% refund for a non-new engine was granted. Oh, I forgot to mention, the engine was LOCKED up also. It would not turn over at all!

Well I was much happier knowing I just scored a Saito FA-120S DP for $112. I knew I could fix it and, I did. The end result was it just needed some cleanup and a new set of bearings.

Here is the video I made if it running today. It is a very nice $112 engine and one I will keep for many years.

The other disassembly videos are located on my YouTube channel.

Saito FA-120S DP The First Runs (12 min 59 sec)

Posted by mfwilliams | Sep 24, 2016 @ 01:49 PM | 11,994 Views
Sorry no blog postings in a while. We have had plenty of family and friends stopping by in Middle Tennessee. That's put a damper on getting out for some flight time. This weekend was the "NashBro 2016" event put on by RCGroups. Although it's a 3D profile event, it mentioned "...focus is profile planes you can bring whatever you want."
It is held in the little town of Leipersfork, which is located outside Franklin, TN.
I called up Poh and planned to meet up on Friday (9-23) and do some sailplane flying.
Even though 3D is not my cup of tea, I had a great time. Sure enough, people were flying gas, electric, profile, warbirds, DHLG, FPV, and drones. The crowd was a pretty friendly group. There were people driving in from FL, GA, MO, IN, OH and of course locals.
Typical for Poh and I, we went looking for lunch at a nearby restaurant. The actual town of Leipersfork sits about 3 blocks from the event. Reminds me a lot of the "cutsey" town of Belle Buckle. So we bee lined there and found a combo grocery store\southern restaurant.
After a hearty lunch and plenty of sweet tea, we returned to the field to watch the mayhem. They had several mass launch events and quickest climb to altitude event. I expected lots of carnage, but surprisingly, I only observed 2 low impact collisions (no damage).
Poh and I decided against winch flying (he had brought his winch). With the amount of RC traffic, the winch line would have caused...Continue Reading
Posted by MassiveOverkill | Sep 24, 2016 @ 01:24 PM | 45,164 Views
MassiveRC has decided to close its doors. I would like to thank all of our customers, friends, family, associates, our lone employee, team pilots, and especially my loving wife for their staunch support. Last year my family decided to make the move to South Dakota and leave the business in Florida. I knew the risks and consequences of doing so.

My focus in life has admittedly shifted from FPV racing, which I was once very passionate about, but being in South Dakota has shifted my passion and priorities and while I've tried to make a last-ditch effort to revive MassiveRC, it just wasn't in God's plan. I'm very thankful for the experience and early success and even with some of the failed ventures, don't hold any grudges and sincerely wish the best to those involved.

While MassiveRC will be closing its doors, my family is doing fine and will survive, which I'm very grateful for as there are many who can't say the same in today's economy. The closing of MassiveRC is quite frankly worth the trade-off as my quality in life living in South Dakota has never been better, so I have no regrets.

We will be liquidating all inventory, most at below cost so you'll be able to jump on some good deals. Please be patient though as orders may take a couple days vs going out the same day as we wind down.

Thank you again for your support and may God bless,

Romeo Barrera, aka MassiveOverkill
Posted by nekicowek | Sep 24, 2016 @ 12:34 PM | 6,707 Views
my first daughter Ramata..
although design is highly influenced by Bolt 210 and T-14 tank, i draw it completely from the scratch in low-poly manner..
two features are not so far seen in fpv frame designs:
- double main plate.. 2+2>4.. this recipe is used in construction of armored vehicles for more than half of century
- maximized video antenna protection (see the picture).. this method completely reduces chances of stress on antenna connector as most fragile element of antenna..
maiden was done 21. september 2016.
tornado t1 2205, xm20a, brf3, brpdb, ts5823s, hs1177..
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Posted by jmdlcar | Sep 24, 2016 @ 10:57 AM | 7,196 Views
I need to find someone who can make the "KK2 Flight Controller Anti-vibration Damper Set" for me. I have a 3D case for the KK2 Flight Controller already. I want to mount the 3D Case on top Anti-vibration Damper.

I found one here. And they are well made.
Posted by crash7X | Sep 24, 2016 @ 09:01 AM | 8,042 Views
I assume no one will read this. I am going to try keeping up with myself here. This is an experimental post.