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Posted by fastmax | Dec 31, 2017 @ 11:08 AM | 9,298 Views
EDIT- 2/27/2018 This quad is now also available as a PNP, or BNF model for those that aren't into building it themselves. It can be purchased here for $133.90 Click me.

Parts are starting to roll in. Got the frame for my next build. The HobbyMate Sparrow 145 145mm frame. The 20A BLHeli-S 4 in 1 ESC and F3 AIO Flight Controller with OSD should be here Tuesday. This carbon fiber frame should be very tough. The top and bottom plates are both 1.5mm thick, and the arms are a very stiff 4mm thick, and 8mm wide. I expect that this should be able to take a very good beating, and should you break an arm the entire frame kit is affordable, and readily available, so spare parts won't be an issue. This frame is designed for 130X-140X motors. I had some SZ Speed 1306 3300kv motors here that I decided to use for this build. I plan to fly this on 4s, but it should perform pretty well on 3s batteries as well.

EDIT 1/3/2018

Everything has arrived now except for the FPV camera, and the receiver, so the build continues. I have taken detailed pics of every step along the way, so that anyone wanting to do this build, even those without prior build experience, should be able to complete it relatively easily, with plenty of visual references.

The first thing to do is get the base, and arms of the frame assembled. I then mounted my motors to the arms. I also took this opportunity to add some 3D printed wire protectors, but these are obviously not a must have.

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Posted by fastmax | Dec 26, 2017 @ 01:09 PM | 9,149 Views
The TransTec TurBowing Kobe 140 is a very cool new 140mm FPV racer. This quadcopter has something we don't usually see on quads in this size class. It has prop guards that completely surround the props, much like the guards found on Tiny Whoops.

ATTENTION! The product description on the Gearbest page is outdated. This quad is equipped an F3 FC with built in OSD, 15A 2-4s DShot 4 in 1 ESC, 1306 3300kv motors, and a 700TVL CCD 1080p HD FPV camera with switchable 25/100/200mw power output on the VTX. In the product description it shows individual ESC's mounted on the arms, and also states that a CMOS FPV cameras is standard equipment. This is no longer accurate and I have notified GB that they need to update the description on their page.

The quad comes with Betaflight installed, and flies very well in completely stock form. This racer is currently in stock and on sale for $132

Check out the pics, and the flight video, and stay tuned for more video and info.

First LOS flight video on 4s

TransTec TurBowing Kobe 140 First LOS Flight Tattu 4s (2 min 36 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | Dec 22, 2017 @ 07:08 PM | 11,152 Views
During the New Year sales get this for only $149 with free priority shipping

Ever since getting some stick time with the FuriBee X140 I have been itching to get in some flying time with the HGLRC XJB 145 which is quite similar in size and specs but with more powerful 1407 3600kv motors. I finally managed to get my receiver installed and the XJB set up in Betaflight, and luckily the weather cooperated with me today so I was also able to get in a first flight with it.

This is an absolutely awesome little quad! As soon as I started to give it some throttle I knew I was in for a treat.

Here's the quick rundown of the specs. Full specs and details can be seen at the link posted above.

Main Features:
● Ultralight 145mm carbon fiber frame with 3mm thick chassis, resistant to crash
● Advanced F4 flight control system with OSD, VTX and 4-in-1 BLHeli - S 28A DShot ESC
● More powerful HF1407 3600KV micro brushless motor + 3045 three-blade propeller
● 5.8G real-time FPV, 600TVL CCD camera with 2.3mm 120-degree FOV lens

Check out the pics, and stay tuned for flight videos, and more info coming shortly!

First flight. Completely stock on Tattu 450mah 4s

HGLRC XJB 145 PNP FPV Racer First Flight Tattu 4s (3 min 23 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | Dec 04, 2017 @ 02:10 PM | 10,153 Views
FuriBee has been hitting it out of the park lately with some awesome performing FPV racers. Their new X140 Racer is no exception, and looks like it might be another grand slam!

This great looking 140mm stretched X quadcopter is loaded with great features. Available as a PNP model ready for your choice of receiver, or as a Flysky, Frsky, or Futaba BNF they have covered the bases for users of all of todays popular radios.

Equipped with an Omnibus 3.1.7 F3 flight controller with built in OSD, and pre loaded with Betaflight you'll be sure to have a great flying experience. You can also expect a very crisp, and clear FPV image from the 600TVL CCD camera, and a user selectable power output of 25mw or 150mw. The 4 in 1 BLHeli-S 20A ESC is rated for up to 5s power, and supports DShot. Power comes from 1306 3100kv motors that are rated for up to 4s batteries. You also get two sets of 3030 four blade props.

This quad is currently on sale for only $119 Click me. This is currently one of the best quads in its class, and at the current sale price it is one of the best deals going for a 3 inch racer.

Check out the eye candy, feel free to ask any questions.

First LOS flight. Completely stock tune on Tattu 4s. I am very impressed with this little quad. It is my favorite 3 inch bird I have flown yet.

FuriBee X140 140mm FPV Racer 4s LOS Flight FAST Micro!! (3 min 26 sec)
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Posted by fastmax | Dec 04, 2017 @ 01:12 PM | 9,796 Views
The new Lieber Birdy LB-1060 is a complete, ready to fly FPV drone package. This fun, and affordable package includes everything needed to start flying your FPV drone all in one box.

For only $71 you get this awesome little quadcopter that is equipped with 7mm motors, tri blade propellers, and a 25mw 40 channel all in one 5.8ghz FPV camera and video transmitter. You also get a nice 4.3 inch 40 channel FPV monitor with a mount for attaching it to the quadcopters radio.

This is an excellent package for anyone looking for an indoor quad for the winter months, and rainy days, that can also be flown outdoors when the weather permits. This is also an excellent option For those looking to get started with FPV flight. It may very well be the best starter package currently available for under $100

Here are some detailed pics of what you get in the box.

Don't hesitate to ask any questions. Stay tuned for more info and flight video coming shortly.

Indoor flight video. This thing flies GREAT! Awesome beginners FPV package.

Lieber Birdy LB-1060 RTF Micro FPV Drone Awesome $89 Beginners Package! (2 min 13 sec)
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