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Posted by frank4wing | Aug 10, 2019 @ 05:59 AM | 915 Views
In my first Caddx Ratel night test video it was not visible how dark it actually was outside. Inspired by RCG user TinkleWid aka Silver Steve I added a Ratel to the Caddx Turtle on my Armattan Gecko because the FPV feed of the Turtle is just bad.

With both cameras on board you can directly compare the Ratel feed (the small screen) to the Turtle's HD record. The Turtle gives a good impression how dark it was to the eyes about half an hour after sunset while the Ratel made it bright and comfortable to fly.

Caddx Ratel vs Caddx Turtle Night Test (3 min 55 sec)


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Posted by frank4wing | Aug 04, 2019 @ 05:11 PM | 2,092 Views
One of the first tests of the Caddx Tarsier in a custom build based on a GEPRC CX3 frame. Unfortunately this Tarsier didn't save any sound for some reason, so what you hear in the background comes from the mic on the VTX recorded by the Fatshark goggles. The image is impressive tho, no jello and quite sharp even on 1080p.

This was supposed to be a very short test because there were some adjustments to make. Usually I don't fly near birds but a curious buzzard kept flying over my head and literally seemed to ask for a dance. This species is known for exceptional flying skills but doesn't catch prey in mid-air like falcons so there was no risk for either the bird or the tiny 213 grams copter.

GEPRC CX3 w/ Caddx Tarsier, Short Test (2 min 41 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | Jul 05, 2019 @ 08:41 AM | 2,913 Views
My first own 5" quad is finally in service. For a very long time a friend had this one lying around in parts waiting for someone to build it. That was me I had some trouble with the VTX but it's sorted now. It still needs some tuning and maybe other props. And I need to learn how to clean the front glass of the Gopro before flying

Chasing the Gigawing was a ton of fun since it's huge and slow. Watch the other quad trying to land on it, lol.

Wing Watchers 3 - Martian 2, Gopro Session 5 (4 min 28 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | Jun 22, 2019 @ 01:16 AM | 3,763 Views
Someone lost his RC sailplane in the field and we did some search and rescue using the DJI Mavic. After that I had great fun chasing wings and planes in the golden hour. Buddy 10REDFPV made a nice cut of it along with some funny footage from his cinewhoop.

MFG | FRANK4WING | 10RED FPV (2 min 31 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | Jun 22, 2019 @ 12:58 AM | 3,734 Views
This one turned out nicely but unfortunately Youtube made the distant blossoms blurry. Next time I might upscale the resolution to even more than 1440p.

Kronsberg, Armattan Gecko, Caddx Turtle (3 min 38 sec)


Caddx Turtle v2 settings:
Runcam M12 glass lens.
Exposure EV-0.3, Saturation 6, Sharpness 4.
Firmware 2019/01/24 - https://t1p.de/06nm

Armattan Gecko 3" frame - https://t1p.de/kn46
Caddx Turtle v2 - https://t1p.de/zd0s
Runcam M12 glass lens - https://t1p.de/5xyd
T-Motor 1408 3750KV - https://t1p.de/qgig
HGLRC XJB F428 https://t1p.de/mag8
HGLRC XJB TX20 v2 https://t1p.de/vshd
FrSky XM+ Receiver https://t1p.de/9d9k
Foxeer Lollipop - https://t1p.de/mywn
Gemfan Flash 3052 Props - https://t1p.de/z1qr
Tattu 4s 850mAh https://t1p.de/46hc


Posted by frank4wing | Jun 08, 2019 @ 02:35 AM | 845 Views
Sunset Cruise with the Armattan Gecko and the Caddx Turtle, this time on 3S instead of 4S, went faster than expected.

I set the Turtle from 60 to 30 FPS for a change. For that golden hour look I reduced blue significantly in the editor. The sound is recorded from the Caddx and heavily filtered as usual.

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Armattan Gecko Sunset Rip (4 min 24 sec)


Caddx Turtle v2 settings:
Runcam M12 glass lens.
Exposure EV-0.3, Saturation 6, Sharpness 4.
Firmware 2019/01/24 - https://t1p.de/06nm

Armattan Gecko 3" frame - https://t1p.de/kn46
Caddx Turtle v2 - https://t1p.de/zd0s
Runcam M12 glass lens - https://t1p.de/5xyd
T-Motor 1408 3750KV - https://t1p.de/qgig
HGLRC XJB F428 https://t1p.de/mag8
HGLRC XJB TX20 v2 https://t1p.de/vshd
FrSky XM+ Receiver https://t1p.de/9d9k
Foxeer Lollipop - https://t1p.de/mywn
Gemfan Flash 3052 Props - https://t1p.de/z1qr
Torcster 3S/850mAh
Posted by frank4wing | May 29, 2019 @ 05:00 AM | 839 Views
The Armattan Gecko is my favorite quad at the moment and the Caddx Turtle is one of the reasons. I noticed some propwash when I watched the video below so I inreased D by about 10 percent and it's almost gone now.

Caddx Turtle, Armattan Gecko (3 min 57 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | May 24, 2019 @ 04:40 PM | 3,244 Views
The Caddx Ratel FPV cam has amazing low light abilities. The 3" quad in this video has a cheap LED flashlight on top and weighs 170g including a 3s 450mAh battery.

Caddx Ratel Night Test (4 min 34 sec)


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Posted by frank4wing | May 09, 2019 @ 10:11 AM | 916 Views
Same settings as for the Turtle as before but I had to do some color grading, maybe because it was a bit cloudy.

Lost Bridge (4 min 3 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | Apr 22, 2019 @ 02:37 AM | 1,155 Views
In this video I used different filters for the sound in the edit but I did not touch the image quality which looks quite good to me. You'll find the changed settings, a link to the firmware and other stuff in the video description if you're interested.

I wish we could have a better FPV image quality with these cameras though. Flying safely near trees with lots of leafless branches is still a matter of luck.

Armattan Gecko, Caddx Turtle (3 min 57 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | Apr 02, 2019 @ 04:47 PM | 1,029 Views
I didn't change the settings of the Turtle yet. The Gecko 3 inch flies very smooth and stable, almost like a 5 inch.

Wing Watchers, Pt. 2 - Armattan Gecko, Caddx Turtle (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | Mar 27, 2019 @ 05:58 PM | 1,245 Views
I built a 2s brushless Whoop from Mobula7, Trashcan and other parts and it flies really awesome.

Whoop's Got Talent, Next Season (3 min 4 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | Feb 21, 2019 @ 02:06 AM | 1,874 Views
I wanted some more footage from the Mobius Mini. This thing is a bit heavy for 3 inch which made chasing the wings more difficult but I like the picture quality.

Wing Twins, Mobius Mini on XJB-145 (4 min 15 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | Feb 03, 2019 @ 12:45 PM | 2,554 Views
I had the chance to rip the snow covered quarry for another one pack one take clip.

Quarry, XJB-145, Firefly Micro (4 min 27 sec)


The HGLRC XJB-145mm I used here had its maiden flight exactly one year ago. Happy birthday little one!


Posted by frank4wing | Jan 11, 2019 @ 01:51 PM | 2,489 Views
A major part of one of Germany's most famous ruins, "Building No. 10", has been torn down. The Continental factory in Hannover-Limmer was founded in 1899. Its buildings had covered the whole peninsula until they started to tear them down after the production had been moved to other sites in 1999. The remnants are classified and protected as historical monuments by law but unlike the restored tower the big representative building at the channel side is in an extremely bad condition and its future uncertain.

The excavator driver is a very nice guy and didn't mind our little quads buzzing around his 50 tons demolition monster.

Conti No. 10 Down, DJI Mavic Pro (9 min 12 sec)

Conti No. 10 Epilogue, XJB-145, Firefly Micro (4 min 4 sec)
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Posted by frank4wing | Dec 25, 2018 @ 07:10 AM | 2,903 Views
Posted by frank4wing | Dec 10, 2018 @ 06:06 AM | 2,428 Views
Another frankensteined XJB-145, this time in a GEPRC MX3 frame with a Mobius Mini mounted to the top. The Mobius is a little gem that makes a brilliant picture and has a nice software to configure it.

XJB-145 & Mobius Mini, First Take (3 min 29 sec)

Posted by frank4wing | Nov 23, 2018 @ 01:31 PM | 3,496 Views
FlyFox 135mm, GEPRC GR1206, Superview (4 min 18 sec)


Here I tried to get the most out of a micro CCD FPV feed recorded by the goggles.

Postprocessing of the original 5:4 PAL footage has been done with the freeware programs Shotcut and GoPro Studio 2.5.9.2658 using the "4:3 to Wide" preset that apparently works like "Superview", which is nonlinear picture stretching.

DVR is made using the Eachine EV800d which is the best googles for DVR I know, much better than Fatshark. The Quad is a FlyFox 135mm frame based build with a HGLR F428 stack, GEPRC 1206 4500kv motors and a Foxeer Arrow Micro Pro cam. Links and Details in the video description text.

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Posted by frank4wing | Oct 20, 2018 @ 02:12 AM | 2,856 Views