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Posted by mark_q | Jun 09, 2018 @ 01:19 AM | 1,909 Views
Here is a tool you can make to help with super lightweight foam wing protectors, skids, canopy's, etc. Everything was sourced from (US) hardware stores and WallMart and total cost was <$60.

Here is more information on this project-

Hobby Vacuum Former

Posted by mark_q | May 18, 2018 @ 01:25 PM | 2,639 Views
Another wing (again)! At 840mm this one is the baby brother to my C1 and Zeta FX-61. I built it to carry in a backpack and at 512g AUW should be a fun and easy traveler!

Here is more information on my build-

WingWing Z84 Build page

Posted by mark_q | May 12, 2018 @ 09:58 PM | 3,422 Views
I was inspired by poster Mochanic on the Mini Talon thread with his DIY Spot Welder build so i had to give it a try! After lots of practice I can report it works extremely well.

Here is more information on this welder project-
DIY Battery Pack Spot Welder

And here is my first pack assembled using this welder-
Spot Welded 3S Pack

Posted by mark_q | Jan 14, 2018 @ 06:57 PM | 3,666 Views
Another plane! Decided to try something "Bix" like for a change. Really like the plastic fuse and the kit components. Kit quality is quite good too.

Here is more information on my build-

Strix StratoSurfer Build Wiki

Posted by mark_q | Nov 02, 2017 @ 11:26 PM | 4,642 Views
This is my version of a super fun project found here on RCGroups by poster cyborgcnc. It works exceptionally well balancing both motors and props (and both together). Here is a link to cyborgcnc's project pages:

RCGroups - Dynamic Propeller Balancer Build

This link is to my Wiki write-up on how I did this project.

Project Build Page

Posted by mark_q | Mar 09, 2017 @ 02:21 PM | 7,856 Views
This project is really an extension of my earlier Forward Offset Pan & Tilt and my recent Lightweight Pan and Tilt. The Lightweight P&T used printed gears and this unit uses "Store Bought" Acetyl gears which (for me) work much more smoothly. Built to the below specs, it will turn 390 degrees and tilt 110 degrees total. It is designed around the Turnigy™ TGY-R5180MG 180 Degree Metal Gear Analog Servo and a pair of 32 pitch Acetyl gears from ServoCity. It is a bit more robust and with the new gears much smoother. It will cover the entire 390 degree sweep with standard servo output of 1000µs to 2000µs and centers very well.

So, here is my 390 degree Pan & Tilt

Build Wiki

390 degrees rotation and light weight!

Posted by mark_q | Feb 22, 2017 @ 01:52 AM | 7,319 Views
Another wing! At 1200mm this one slots in nicely between the Wingwing Z84 and the Zeta FX-61. It is a great small flyer easily thrown into the car or onto a backpack and at 895g AUW seems like it will glide forever!

Here is more information on my build-

C1 Chaser Build Wiki

Posted by mark_q | Oct 11, 2016 @ 10:19 PM | 7,784 Views
After buying and building several Pan and Tilt set-ups I got tired of how cheaply the purchased ones were and how flimsy most were. The biggest problem has always been the pan axis is simply never robust enough. When I did find something that was strong enough (for me) it was always too heavy, too expensive, to complicated with gears or belts or presented too much wind area.

So, here is my Heavy Duty Pan & Tilt

Build Wiki

385 degrees rotation is just enough!

Posted by mark_q | Aug 24, 2016 @ 01:12 PM | 9,113 Views
Another number 2 . On this second Mini Talon build I have designed a 3D print "Kit" which helps keep things organized and aerodynamic. Like the Number 2 FX-61 I have really put the 3D printer to work and come away with what looks to be a very nice plane in all respects. Check it out here:

Build Wiki


Posted by mark_q | May 20, 2016 @ 12:44 PM | 9,991 Views
On this second FX-61 build I have decided to go lighter and swoopier (smoother). I have really put the Maker Select 3D printer to work on this project and still managed to keep it to 1613g AUW even with the 32 PLA prints used in the build!

Here is the link to my build pages and print files on this project:

Build Wiki

Almost Ready!

Posted by mark_q | Feb 04, 2016 @ 02:38 PM | 10,546 Views
Here is a short article on what I call the "Mel Method" after learning this from RCGroups poster Melsailsnorth. Basically it is a method of bonding Kevlar fabric to an EPO or EPP foam plane using thin CA for the purpose of creating a skid plate or wing joiner that is darn near indestructible.


Go to Article!

Posted by mark_q | Jan 20, 2016 @ 09:05 PM | 16,377 Views
The folowing links to my build pages on the baby brother to my full size Talon X-UAV. Enjoy and drop me a line if you have comments or questions.

Build Link

And with brushless gimbal!

Posted by mark_q | Sep 05, 2015 @ 10:39 PM | 11,661 Views
I've been asked a lot about how I have setup a folding prop in my pusher planes so here is a picture and a link to my Wiki page on this.

Wiki Article - How To - Set-Up a Pusher Style Folding Prop

Typical set-up using a 3D printed stop insert:

Posted by mark_q | Jun 10, 2015 @ 01:33 PM | 10,294 Views
Here are some pictures and details of my inexpensive mobile launcher I use for my Phantom and Talon FPV planes.


Mobile Launcher build pages

Posted by mark_q | Mar 22, 2015 @ 12:44 AM | 11,948 Views
The folowing links to my build pages on the very Drone-ish FPV Models Talon X-UAV. Enjoy and drop me a line if you have comments or questions.

Build Link

That's a LOT of wing!

Posted by mark_q | Jan 24, 2015 @ 08:33 PM | 15,551 Views
For those that really want to fly long distance, round cells could be in your future

So I got one set of three of the Panasonic 18650PF round cells, soldered them up and ran a pile of tests. I then built a 3S3P pack and you can see the build here:

How To - Build an 18650 Li-Ion Pack

Ready to wrap!

Pack complete and flight test successful! (see the Wiki for more information)

Posted by mark_q | Jan 23, 2015 @ 08:16 PM | 11,830 Views
Came up with some pieces to make my 9XR more stable when sitting on the bench.

9XR 3D print files-

Folded out

Folded up

Feet too!
...Continue Reading
Posted by mark_q | Nov 02, 2014 @ 08:00 PM | 12,762 Views
After many flights with the PopWing sorting out my gear I decided to step up to something a little larger and certainly more robust.

Phantom FX-61 Build Notes

Posted by mark_q | Aug 22, 2014 @ 12:29 AM | 11,796 Views
I can't stop changing this rock star performer! I've added a Tarot GoPro3 camera holder to make the Gimbal much more rigid and compact.

Check it out HERE

Shown with a 37mm glass ND filter

Posted by mark_q | Jun 22, 2014 @ 10:34 PM | 12,581 Views
The following link is to my build article on this great idea from RCGroups poster "Crezzee". It is still a work in progress and I will update as the project develops.

SSG Build Page