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Posted by fastmax | May 22, 2018 @ 04:29 PM | 52,729 Views
EDIT-5/26/2018 Frsky BNF is now on sale for $149

The new X140 Pro arrived on my door step today. I've been very excited about getting this one since I really like the original FuriBee X140, which this is supposed to be an improvement on. For those that haven't heard yet, it appears as though FuriBee will be changing their brand name to Helifar.

Anyway, this little racer is built on a 145mm stretched X frame with 4mm arms. The quad is equipped with an F4 flight controller, a Blheli-32 25A 4 in 1 2-4s ESC running Dshot 1200, a 25/100/200mw VTX with Pit Mode, a 600TVL CCD FPV camera, and 1408 3800kv motors. The product desciption on the Gearbest page states 3600kv motors, but mine are clearly marked 3800kv (See pics)

You also get a buzzer, a programmable LED, and 8 Racekraft 3041 4 blade props.

Many of you may have already seen Andy RC's review on YouTube, and he didn't like the stock props. He switched them out for some Gemfan Flash 3052 props and the quad performed much better. I will also be trying it with both. The Gemfan 3052 have been my favorite 3 inch prop since their release.

This little racer is available as an Frsky BNF, a Flysky BNF, or as a PNP model ready for your choice of receiver.

Check out the pictures, and flight videos, and stay tuned for more info coming soon.

First flight, completely stock on stock props.

Helifar X140 Pro 145mm Stretched X 3 Inch FPV Racer (3 min 17 sec)


Slightly adjusted rates, and Andy RC's PIDs with Gemfan 3052 props....Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | May 16, 2018 @ 10:41 PM | 49,155 Views
My Visuo XS809S just arrived. First impressions are quite good. It is well packaged, and the overall quality of the quadcopter, and transmitter seem above average for quads in this price range. I really like that there is a micro SD card slot on the quad for capturing pictures, and video from the on board camera.

After getting in a couple flights, I can say that the altitude hold on this actually works quite well. The quad remains very stable, and holds its position, even in a slight breeze. The included battery gave me nearly 10 minutes of flight time on its first charge. The LED lights are visible even during daylight hours, so I expect them to work perfectly for helping to maintain orientation when flying at night.

The 3 different rate modes make this an excellent choice for beginners. In low rates it is easy to control, and yaw is slow enough to not change directions so quickly that it takes you by surprise. The second rate increases pitch, and speeds up yaw just a bit, and the third rate gives the quad much more aggressive pitch angles, and allows the drone to easily cut through wind, and gusty conditions.

I just got the APP installed on my phone, and am anxious to get in some more flight time. I will get some pictures, video from the on board camera, and see how well the WiFi FPV actually works. The APP is called XSW UFO, and can be found in the Google Play Store for Android users, and in the APP Store for Apple users.

First quick test flight, trying the different...Continue Reading
Posted by fastmax | May 14, 2018 @ 11:59 AM | 47,483 Views
As a long time fan of all things Micro RC I figured it was time to give one of these little WLtoys A242 1/24 scale RTR 4wd micro Rally Cars a go, and see just what they're all about. I have an RCP track in my hobby room, that I love to run my Kyosho Mini-Z's and Mini-Z Buggy on. I also tried the Redcat Sumo trucks, the Losi 1/24 brushed Rally, and SCT, and the Subotech trucks. None of them came even close to being as fun, or handling as well as my Kyosho Z rigs so they generally collected dust.

I'd watched a lot of videos of these 1/24 offerings from WLtoys, and I knew they were great little vehicles for the price. The problem was that they looked a bit too fast for my RCP track, and it turns out, they are. These little things scream, especially considering they're running brushed motors. They also handle quite well, and absolutely blow away any of the Losi, Redcat, Subotech etc. cars, and trucks that I have tried.

For those not familiar with this WLtoys lineup of A series cars and trucks, here is a quick run down of the basic features. You get a 2.4ghz radio system with 2 in 1 RX/ESC, a 3 wire micro steering servo, an aluminum alloy lower chassis, and aluminum alloy top plate. The cars are equipped with shaft driven 4wd with slipper clutch, four wheel independent suspension, and a full set of ball bearings. They also include a 500mah 20C 2s 7.4v LiPo battery and a basic charger. All spare parts are available at numerous online shops, and there is a growing list of hop up...Continue Reading