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Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 03, 2020 @ 06:57 AM | 14,127 Views
eachine E160 bench review, do not buy the version 1, but version 2 looks good. (9 min 38 sec)

My Version 1 is not good so make sure to get version 2 instead linked below.
please support me by using affiliate links below, anything you buy from banggood after clocking the link will help support me making these reviews.

link for version 2

spare servo arms

landing skids

Note the bearings have reportedly been updated in newer version of V1, but I still feel that v2 is best option.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Oct 16, 2019 @ 12:14 PM | 13,309 Views
Links in the description for bikes mentioned and the phone holder which is good to have for any bike as it will not only hold the phone so you can use it for GPS computer and sat have etc but carry a power bank in there to save the battery.
Discount codes in there too.
What a great way to explore the area this is and I've found lots of interesting places in Yorkshire to fly my quads ( once the weather gives me a chance and stops RAINING )
400 mile 4 week update on the $500 Fiido d3s electric"folding" bike ebike and mods. (7 min 30 sec)

Posted by nigelsheffield | Oct 04, 2019 @ 10:25 AM | 10,699 Views
Work in progress.

This will be a full review and setup because basically the tune on this was horrid and got motors hot with bad vibrations at mid to high throttle.

However looking at other videos this can be tuned out and then the quad is actually really very good so watch this space.

As it is though with stock tune I much preferred the larva and the fullspeed toothpick pro.

Link for twig

Link for larva X

Toothpick pro

Eachine twig first impressions = needs tuning! (7 min 59 sec)

Posted by nigelsheffield | Sep 24, 2019 @ 05:47 AM | 11,103 Views
Full written review (work in progress ) and video review and flights.

PLEASE consider subscribing as I will be doing a giveaway soon if hopefully.

Happymodel larva X bench review / compare with reddevil, sailfly, fullspeed toothpick pro. (14 min 21 sec)

happymodel larva x freestyle inverted yaw spins etc on board DVR. (3 min 40 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Sep 22, 2019 @ 01:57 AM | 10,092 Views
Bit random BUT very relevant to my fpv quad flying as it will allow me to cheaply and easily get out and about further afield to fly my fpv quads which I can simply chuck in a rucksack and effortlessly explore the Yorkshire area with that electric assist to help out up the hills ( which are considerably steel and plentiful in Yorkshire lol )

$500 Fiido d3s electric"folding" bike ebike with Shimano gear and disc brakes (7 min 8 sec)

My affiliate link for this bike

Coupon code to buy it for $510 BGFDD3SEU

Affiliate link for all ebikes etc at banggood.

Coupon for the d2s. BGFDD2SEU

I will make some videos of the rides too when I get an idea of where to best ones are and can do them without stopping every 2 minutes to figure out where I'm going lol.
Yesterday I did 30 miles on it mostly on the wonders of wakefield cycle route which was meant for mountain bikes but this managed it ok and I only used the power for the hills and when I got tired , still had 4 out of 5 bars of power left when I got home!

It has a range of pure power to about about 15 miles but with pedaling it's looking like I could go for as long as I want just use the power to take the pain out of the hills.
Has proper 6 speed Shimano gears and disc brakes and though the wheels are small they are wide decent tyres with good grip and strong enough to handle the rough ground and pot holes we have around here.

I'm 5ft 10 and it is ok for me to ride size wise and of course goes much smaller and also folds down a bit to fit in a car but doesn't fold in half which is good and bad, good in that it makes it stronger but bad in that it won't fold as small.
A couple of pics from my ride out.
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Sep 05, 2019 @ 01:36 AM | 11,092 Views
This looks a bargain SD card and good reviews so I ordered one from banggood and will report on its quality when it arrives , reviews are good and all say it passes with full capacity and most importantly is NOT FAKED lol.

128gb sastfoe only $12 posted!

They also sell a 256gb for a bit over twice the price which I might get if this one works well enough.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Aug 09, 2019 @ 08:42 AM | 11,477 Views
Ok I've flown about 30 packs through this now and have a good idea of how good it is and how it compares to eachine reddevil and diatone r349 and sailfly X.

I will make a video review but for now I'll just write it and post some flight video on various batteries.

First up I will say that it fits in-between the reddevil and the r349 power and speed wise, faster and smoother than reddevil and sailfly X and slower than the r349. It can be flown in similar areas to the reddevil where as the r349 needs more room imho.
Definitely nicer to fly than the smaller quads with no jello.

On 3s lipo it had decent power but nothing amazing, but on 4s it livened up and had a lot more punch, both enough power to have fun though and I'm going to try some different props soon as they arrive. Will update on that later on.

Good points .
The supplied frsky Rx is NOT the spi one and has decent range similar to xm+ and the vtx goes up to 600mw, camera picture is nice.
It is smooth and powerful taking 3 and 4s lipo with 5 minute flight times on 450mah.
Frame is thick and strong.( I crashed into concrete with no damage apart from bemt props ( 6 spares in box )

Not so good points.
Battery strap is not useful and needs a better one to tighten up properly.
No tool supplied to fit props ( needs a 1.5mm hex / Allen key ).

Assembly and set up.
So I just set up betaflight as I normally do.
Binding rx needed button pressing on the tiny Rx whilst powering quad which was a little awkward but worked ok.
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Aug 07, 2019 @ 03:30 AM | 11,296 Views
Use. Code NIGELSHEFFIELD for 15% off.

I used QWinOut a few times already and they're prices and service is great, cheaper than banggood and good communication.
They were xt-xinte but this site has free postage and no PayPal charges and STILL cheap prices.

I just received my full speed toothpick pro which costs $106 with the discount link above.

Lots of good stuff there and I think will be using them a lot from now on. (bviously checking banggood prices too lol )
Posted by nigelsheffield | Jul 23, 2019 @ 08:46 AM | 12,929 Views
New trick for me powerloop myself with a whoop?
This was the second battery , using a silverised brushed 716 motor build as I didn't fancy getting hit with a brushless lol!
IGOW entry powerloop myself with a whoop (0 min 45 sec)

Posted by nigelsheffield | Jul 22, 2019 @ 02:19 AM | 14,120 Views
My contact at xt-xinte has told me of their new website with wide range of products Inc cinewhoops toothpicks etc etc parts and full quads.
Prices look good as always from xt-xinte cheaper than banggood.
Right now 20% off and free postage, with similar / cheaper prices to banggood anyway there are some deals to be had!
Defo worth checking out

And use my code for 5% off. NIGELSHEFFIELD

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Edit , I just ordered the toothpick pro for $106!!!!
Posted by nigelsheffield | Jul 17, 2019 @ 07:45 AM | 13,203 Views
I should be getting this next, should stand a better chance of 3d flying ( inverted ) than the sailfly due to the bigger motors , I got the sailfly to 3d but not brilliant due to the smaller motor and ESC sizes, this might work perhaps...

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Buy it here
And a couple of coupons to try to get it cheaper.
Coupon 1 ($111.75): BGToothpick
Coupon 2 ($115.56): bgssaff9

Current coupon is NIGELSHEFFIELD for 15% off.

Full speed toothpick pro.
Looks good from specs, bit more speed and power is always good lol.
Definitely worth checking out and I'll update when I get mine.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Jul 05, 2019 @ 06:28 AM | 14,773 Views
First up here is a discount code and affiliate product link ( 12% saving and no extra cost to you and helps me out too )
Code BGred12

Sailfly -x

Full review and I will add things later on as I discover new information experiences with this quad.
Video bench review
Eachine reddevil bench view vs sailfly (14 min 20 sec)

More Flight videos at the end.
Eachine reddevil 2nd flight at the park (6 min 2 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jul 05, 2019 @ 01:42 AM | 13,507 Views
Since I bought my hobbyking 4 port charger a while ago I always wanted something quieter and then the thing stopped working on 2 channels and the other 2 don't do storage charge anymore so I guess you get what you pay for...
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Hobbymate D6 duo pro charger review and feature look plus lipo safe bag. (14 min 49 sec)

After watching some reviews on this charger I decided to give it a try and i am glad I did, after updating firmware as per instructions and disabling wireless charging the charger is totally silent ( fan only runs when temperature inside is over 60c and goes back off again when it goes bellow about 50c iirc ) most of the time and is much smaller and runs off mains power or a DC source like a battery.

Has great features and balances cells perfectly.

I got mine from Amazon UK too so no need to worry about postage times and import duties.
Product link none affiliate

If you want to help me please my affiliate referal thanks.
And this lipo safe bag is great and pretty cheap and big.

Been using both for a about a week now and very happy with them, the bag is useful for storage and carrying batts and chargers etc,
But the charger itself is great, almost makes charging fun lol, the display is big and bright and shows either single battery info or both at the same time, whilst charging it even shows internal resistance...Continue Reading
Posted by nigelsheffield | Jul 01, 2019 @ 09:12 AM | 15,481 Views
This is a genuine 1080p 60 FPS recording camera which actually records 2.5k at 30 FPS IF you want to but I wanted the 60fps firmly quads and planes.
It also provides live video out at the same time as it records so could be used as fpv camera with a seperate vtx.
I'm going to do that later and add head tracking to my gliders for both recording hd and live fpv from one camera.
Usb for file transfer too so no need to mess about with SD cards all the time.
Again this will be a written review but video review done too and some flight footage from my glider.
If you find this or any of my articles useful please consider using my Affiliate link no extra cost to you and helps me fund the next review ( no need to buy this camera , anything you buy after clicking on that visit will earn me a small % commission )
Hawkeye firefly 2

hawkey firefly 2 camera on glider VOLUME ALERT midday flight (12 min 40 sec)
hawkeye firefly 2 first flight glider VOLUME ALERT. 1080p 60fps (9 min 55 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 25, 2019 @ 04:47 AM | 17,238 Views
This will be a written review but I also make video reviews and I included that here if you would like to watch rather than read plus I probably ramble about how it compares to other stuff too so might be interesting.
Also I make the flight videos seperate to the review video so that it's easier for you to find the parts you want to see.
I add pictures at the end of the review.
I'll be adding to this discussion if I later find anything of note like better props or if something breaks...
Please ask any questions and I'll try my best to answer them.

The uruav 85 basic version reviewed here by there is also a hd version with caddx turtle V2 1080 60fps recording for more money and more weight and the picture on the live feed is worse on that so if like me you just enjoy flying rather than filming get the basic version as it will give you a better experience.
Bought from banggood here ( affiliate link at no extra cost to you but helps me fund future reviews so please use this link even if you buy sometimes by else I still get a little bit of a % of anything you buy on that visit )
First up a couple of flight videos on supplied 3s 300mah and 2s 300 turnigy nano techs so you can see if it's fast enough for you.
Quite fast and good flight times of 4 minutes maybe more on 300mah.

Uruav85 3s lipo none hd version park flying freestyle (4 min 17 sec)
Uruav85 on 2s 300mah lipo at the park freestyle cruising. (4 min 11 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 20, 2019 @ 06:53 AM | 13,772 Views
First and most importantly , lift up your stack!
Seriously the FC sits too low and is going to break a component off by hitting the frame from either vibrations or in a crash rendering the FC dead ...
The fix is simply to turn the rubber grommets upside down so that the longer part of the grommet is between the frame and FC.

Next if you intend using the 3s lipo I strongly suggest limiting your throttle to 70%,
More than that and people have reported that FC burns out, to be honest there is so much vibration from the props at high throttle on 3s that it is unusable anyway.

I did both of the above before flying and not had a problem, I prefer 2s anyway because I have lots of those 300mah turnigy nano techs 45c already and a 4 port charger for them. On 2s 300mah it is manifested fast enough as you can see from the video bellow.

Happymodel sailfly X on 2s 300mah freestyle park (5 min 19 sec)

I'll write the review here but also I've done a video bench review here.
Sailfly X important tips before flying and review. (10 min 10 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 13, 2019 @ 06:59 AM | 11,694 Views
If anyone wants fpv watch or goggles in the UK I have some from xt-xinte stored in my garage ready for quick delivery.
Xt-xinte said they will sell them for $25 each posted in UK, I only have 10 goggles and 7 ( now 5 ) watches here so it's just a favour I'm doing for them clearing some stock.

Links to buy from xt-xinte UK stock.

I will delete this once sold.

Shipping will be normal post office second class and is included in the $25 (( 20 )
Posted by nigelsheffield | May 14, 2019 @ 12:54 AM | 12,564 Views
Back from holiday and go some lovely weather for flying yesterday so went up to the park to give this R349 a go, a bit tentative flying because I'm not so used to this yet but once I do ....
Quick review, this is fast and fun and cheap, needed props changing from the 3028 to 3042 or 3052 and a bit of a tune up to fly how I like it, great on 3s or 4s, has good camera and is well under the 250g weight with batteries , flight time of 3 to 5 minutes depending on which battery I used.
More detailed review and pids to follow.
Buy it here ( affiliate link at no extra cost to you and helps me fund future reviews )
3042 props used here.
3052 props for a little more power if you feel it's needed
4s 650mah tuenigy graphene panther battery used here
Diatone R349 bench it any good?... Yes! (14 min 31 sec)

3052 props seem best I decided.
R349 3052 props on 4s 650mah turnigy graphene panther. At the park (5 min 16 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 29, 2019 @ 03:50 AM | 12,603 Views
Yet another silverxxx build

Cheap build that's fast economical ( 6 minute flight on 2s 300mah ) and tough being a whoop will shrug off crashes hopefully.
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I used betafpv lite FC and a cheap 4in1 ESC ( suoer S I think ) akk bs2 camera, 1103 8000kv motors and of course the beta85x frame and props.
Total cost about 50 to buy it all but I had everything apart from the frame already so cost me 8 for 2 frames and $5 for 6 pairs of props.

Result is really good.
Silverised brushless beta85x frame fpv flight at the park. (5 min 43 sec)

Silverised FC on beta85x frame fpv flight FIRST tune and full flight 2s whoop. (5 min 39 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 20, 2019 @ 02:08 AM | 15,045 Views
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Description: next to my mobula7 it looks very small!
This is the tiny whoop I've been waiting for , a real 65mm with real punch on 1s and 2s with a fantastic camera and cheap..
65mm brushless whoop 19000kv 0802 motors, caddx eos2 camera, crazybee f4 V2, 2s 250mah. Xt-xinte kit (1 min 51 sec)

65mm 19000kv 0802 motors, caddx eos2 camera, crazybee f4 V2, 1s 300mah. Acro indoors. Xt-xinte kit (3 min 20 sec)
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