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Posted by nigelsheffield | Oct 04, 2019 @ 10:25 AM | 905 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 https://bit.ly/332A4Zp

Link for larva X https://bit.ly/2m9RBic

Toothpick pro https://bit.ly/2pLvWyO

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

Posted by nigelsheffield | Sep 24, 2019 @ 05:47 AM | 1,044 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 | 750 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 https://bit.ly/2kUofEc

Coupon code to buy it for $510 BGFDD3SEU

Affiliate link for all ebikes etc at banggood. https://bit.ly/2kX2lQH

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 | 1,712 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 https://bit.ly/2lwvT7O 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 | 1,793 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 | 1,745 Views
Use. Code NIGELSHEFFIELD for 15% off.

https://bit.ly/2KmRwS9

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 | 3,436 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 | 4,019 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
https://bit.ly/2y0ipEv

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 | 3,685 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 https://bit.ly/2JBwFd9
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 | 4,777 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 )
Reddevil https://bit.ly/2Rx3HOa
Code BGred12

Sailfly -x https://bit.ly/2Z5yeFa

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 | 3,895 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 https://www.amazon.co.uk/HOBBYMATE-H...-1-spons&psc=1

If you want to help me please my affiliate referal thanks. https://bit.ly/2JqGut9
And this lipo safe bag is great and pretty cheap and big. https://www.amazon.co.uk/HOBBYMATE-L...gateway&sr=8-4

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 | 5,326 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 https://bit.ly/2YnfAsF

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 | 7,312 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 https://bit.ly/2FybNRL ( 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 | 3,806 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 | 2,355 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.

https://m.xt-xinte.com/h-product-det...oods_id=592554

https://m.xt-xinte.com/h-product-det...oods_id=592557

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 | 2,992 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 ) https://bit.ly/2WL9XDG
3042 props used here. https://bit.ly/2vYZI2I
3052 props for a little more power if you feel it's needed https://bit.ly/2PZKMKW
4s 650mah tuenigy graphene panther battery used here https://bit.ly/2Hjwxhp
Diatone R349 bench review.....is 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 | 2,925 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 | 5,028 Views
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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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Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 27, 2019 @ 03:22 PM | 8,871 Views
This is a whoop with difference , it's got full HD 1080p on board recording in the same camera as fpv feed.
It takes 2s or 3s ( 4s is not recommended due to possible ESC damage but is possible with care , betafpv will not cover you under warranty if you try this. )
It weighs around 70g without battery so no light weight but this is a cinewhoop and not for racing , it is for making cool video doing very close proximity and flying through areas a normal hd drone simply cannot.
Having said that it does acro quite well, loops and rolls and split s etc are all possible.
Bench review for those who'd rather watch than read.
Betwfpv Beta85x hd review / thoughts 1080p recording whoop - cinewhoop (13 min 3 sec)

The video quality is beautiful, the quad itself is very robust and can crash like any whoop without damage so no worry about hitting things as it will simply bounce off with the ducts acting like bumpers.

Here are a few videos to show the picture and capabilities, more video will defo follow as I get better batteries and set the thing up some more.
Bellow the videos I will also do more review as I get more experience of it, I've already flown about 40 packs through with no ESC troubles ( one video shows a simple mod to avoid battery possibly shorting out ).
Some early units suffered ESC failure too and betafpv will replace these damaged ones free of charge offering a lifetime warranty on the ESC and FC .
Beta85x hd freestyle on 3s 450mah around the garden overcast
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 25, 2019 @ 12:56 PM | 8,864 Views
Ive been using the frsky x9d happily since it was first released but decided I wanted to try the x-lite for easier transportation, also the x9d always felt a bit big and awkward in my hands and the reaching the corners difficult at times ..

It took me awhile to get used to the x-lite after flying RC for over 30 years with normal big txs.
But now I've got used to it I love it and don't want to use the x9d anymore lol.( Those of you who know me from old will know just how much this means )

I'll be going through some of the features here and some thoughts as to what might be improved but for now I'll give a link to my affiliate tracking link which will cost you no extra and please use it to help convince banggood to use me for future reviews .

Frsky x-lite banggood. https://bit.ly/2ISS1o7


The open source firmware is always being updated with new features so will never go out of date.
It has hall sensor gimbals which will not wear out like normal gimbals and are nice and precise .
It's small and light and comes in a nice little case which can easily be thrown into a rucksack or small bag etc.
Batteries are removable so a spare set can be carried just in case.

Not so good is the batteries are not supplied and are 2* 18500 size so need to buy those seperately.( AliExpress is cheap I got 4* 1300mah cells for 6 )

To be continued ..