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Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 10, 2018 @ 01:36 AM | 22,795 Views
As some of you might know I've been flying brushless whoops a lot lately and have tried standard boldclash b06 first which was ok but needed more power and osd and d shot, on my recommendation boldclash made the changes and upped the motor kv from 15000kv to 20000kv and changed FC to d shot and osd along with buzzer and LEDs control.
I built one from their parts and it flew much better and I was very happy, then betafpv came out with a similarl one but still used 15000kv but with 4 bladed props to make up the power, again with d shot and osd.
So which is best I hear you ask?
Well here are some videos both inside and outside flying similar course and style to help decide purely from performance point of view , at the bottom of the videos I will give my thoughts.
I warn you it is very close and you will need to look hard to notice the difference but there are some important differences and depending on where you are flying will be relevent to your decision ..
Betafpv beta75 pro brushless 1s whoop with osd and turtle mode. Fpv garden flight. (4 min 14 sec)
Boldclash b06 pro garden flight brushless whoop (2 min 51 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 30, 2018 @ 01:30 AM | 19,273 Views
Just checked out the beta75 pro brushless whoop from betafpv and it's the best one so far,
Here is my review with flights fpv and Los and a written review with pictures for those who would rather read than watch video of me rambling on lol!
29 March 2018 (8 min 18 sec)
Betafpv beta75 pro brushless 1s whoop with osd and turtle mode. Fpv indoors FAST!!! (5 min 53 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 27, 2018 @ 05:19 AM | 12,591 Views
Akktek have sent me their first brushless race quad and asked me to review it.
And obviously I am doing that here ...
My conclusion before you read it all is this really is a great quad for the money with real usefulness as a starter racing quad or a cheap basher with decent power/size.
With the emphasis on cheap price the quality is still good, it's a big strong quad by the looks of it but it's weighty at 190grams plus battery

This is the base version from akktek of the cicada 180 fpv quadcopter.
Very cheap racing quad ( $100 Inc post at time of purchase)
Value for money and a great way for a beginner to get started.
Cicada 180 base , cheap but good brushless race quad review. (9 min 49 sec)

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Cicada 180 base version from akktek fpv flight evening low sun 3s lipo. (2 min 59 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 16, 2018 @ 07:12 AM | 6,248 Views
Silverware is awsome ( check out my other videos of me flying it ) for acro flying little toy quads and here is an option to have it without needing to flash anything which requires usb tools and can be a pain for some people.
Betafpv have released a FC already flashed with silverware , they also have multiprotocol tx module so check them out.
Jumper have released a multiprotocol tx module which I have tested here too.( Before I had built one from Arduino etc )
Between them it means anyone can have a silverware quad ready to acro with no fuss, and even tune pids if you need to via gestures.
It flies really well, perfectly tuned for the b03 size whoop.
It can also be flashed with updated firmware if need be. Just use the boldclash b03 silverware version.

Racing indoors with Betafpv lite FC fpv acro flying with silverware out of the box! Whoop whoop! (59 min 23 sec)

Acro Silverware without flashing using Betafpv lite brushed FC and jumper multiprotocol tx module. (10 min 14 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 14, 2018 @ 11:45 AM | 19,377 Views
One tx module to control all of my RC toys with my taranis!!!
Worked right out of the box and no need to update anything apart from your taranis fw!( Unless you are like me and want to tweak settings a bit )

This jumper 4in1 multimodule tx from here hobbycool , check it out for Los of other really cool stuff.

Module just arrived and I have updated it with my preferences and this is going to be a review on the module and build quality etc as well as bit of a "how to" update the module.(which was not quite as easy as the github instructions and needed a little extra information which I will put at the end of this review. )
It is based on the fantastic DIY multiprotocol tx module work here
Opening the box everything was well packed and no damage ,
A visual inspection of the board revealed soldering to be of good quality and no bad joints that I could see.
I already had my taranis loaded with multi module enabled on opentx 2.2 because I have built a module myself before I got this one so to get it working was simply case of plugging it into my tx module bay.

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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 08, 2018 @ 01:32 AM | 4,301 Views

These are on sale very cheap from UK ( use above link 6.14 ) 64gb micro SD , I bought one and tested with h2testw and it passed fine.
Not sure how long they will last.
These are my affiliate codes for other wh.
EU wh 9

International wh 8.40

Cost is same to you but I will get a small commission of 30p for each on purchased via my links which helps me buy more stuff to try out!
Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 23, 2018 @ 11:55 AM | 7,614 Views
I built another boldclash brushless whoop b06 with upgraded parts from boldclash, this will be available as a pro version soon.
I'll start with the videos of the result which pretty much speak for themselves.
Upgraded boldclash b06 motors from 15000kv to 20000kv comparison Los flight. (1 min 13 sec)
Boldclash b06 FC with osd and upgraded 20000kv motors fpv flight with bonus rolls and crashing end. (5 min 12 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 09, 2018 @ 10:39 AM | 6,113 Views
Akk eio DVR fpv camera first test indoors (1 min 32 sec)

Ok my first test of the akk EIO recorded directly on the camera on sd card.
Look pretty good , no lag in the fpv footage that I could tell.
Picture quality is ok, better on the recorded video than the YouTube upload, guess yt reduced quality quite a bit there for some reason.
Light handing was ok, but as all these camera struggled a little with the direct sunlight streaming in through the windows but still very flyable.
I will upload more soon.
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Find it at
Use my affiliate link to buy anything else it would appreciated and won't cost you a penny more
Currently only 12 but normally only 15 odd anyway so absolute bargain in my book.

Here is the same video but via Vimeo because youtube compressed and messed up the video so much I thought I better show it in a better light.
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 03, 2018 @ 05:02 AM | 6,018 Views
I got this from banggood to compliment my taranis for taking out with me when I don't want to carry a big bulky tx,
It comes with a futaba reciever but I flashed it with frsky firm ware so I can use it with my frsky quads.
I knew it would not be same quality as my taranis so did not expect much from the gimbals to be honest and it turned out that my expectations were about right....
The gimbals are defo better than any stock toy tx I have used but does still feel very toy like and there seems to be a dead band programmed in to cover the poor centering of such gimbals which makes flying acro indoors on my b06 brushless whoop very difficult, however in level mode it's fine and perfectly flyable indoors, I think outside in acro it would be fine too.
It's small but not too small like the supplied toy txs and fits my hands ok.

There are 2 aux channels accessed via back buttons,
One is on off the other has 3 positions, useful for flight modes and buzzers.

Some pictures, as you can see the finish is quite nice and it seems sturdy and well made.

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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jan 13, 2018 @ 08:17 AM | 6,120 Views
Just recieved another akk delivery, fast as usual and all in good working order.

Got my favourite bs2 camera but this one has osd option connections for easy adding of osd from betaflight boards etc.
Also the eio ( everything in one ) fpv camera and vtx which has DVR built into it for clear recordings independent of signal strength.
Lastly 2 aio cameras which have OSD built into the cameras!

Some pics here and video to follow when weather cheers up some..
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 16, 2017 @ 04:53 AM | 5,496 Views
Insane 19000kv motors and new 300mah batteries in my boldlcash b03 acro silverised quad fpv. (2 min 44 sec)

Motors. $8.50 a set of four, a bargain for such performance.

Batteries from same boldclash site are the 300mah b03 pro 35 to 70c ones!

Huge improvement in performance for my tired b03 stock motors and batteries.

Note i did do the motors first and speed was great but on some old batteries I got corner dipping and around 3 to 3.5 Mon flight times, with new batteries too I got no corner dipping and even more speed and flight times are over 4 minutes.

Highly recommend this upgrade to anyone.
Oh and of course I fly on acro silverware and will be doing a how to on that soon.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 05, 2017 @ 07:50 AM | 4,965 Views
Just short unboxing video, will build with these later on and upload video of each respectively once done and written review here on my blog but for now I can say that everything looks good as usual with boldclash and akk tech.

Boldclash pcb antenna looks good and tested fine a quick check walking around the house and garden.
The akk fx2 fx3 and X5 are all different sizes of vtx which support betaflight osd control of frequency and power levels.
I've been very impressed with boldclash and akk tech and they are my main supplier of parts for my quads these days, be sure to check them out, both make quality products and reasonable prices and I've not been disappointed with anything I bought from either of them.
Here are some links to purchase.
Akk tech home page
Boldclash pcb antenna

Unboxing fpv gear, boldclash omnidirectional antenna, akk fx2 fx3 X5 and mmcx linear antenna (4 min 45 sec)

Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 01, 2017 @ 11:09 AM | 5,266 Views
Just installed these motors in my boldclash b03 whoop and WOW it's a whole lot faster and better control all round, almost feels like a brushless quad now.

19000kv insane boldclash motors upgraded in b03 (3 min 20 sec)

Motors. $8.50 a set of four, a bargain for such performance.

I will be getting more for my other b03 pro.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Nov 11, 2017 @ 04:00 AM | 12,552 Views
I have been flying the boldclash b06 brushless fpv whoop for a couple of days now and it is seemingly unbreakable (I've crashed it a lot ) and here is my written review.
Video review here for those who prefer that.
Boldclash b06 brushless fpv quad bind and fly whoop review unboxing and short setup (9 min 26 sec)

Item and spares here link
Price is around $100 for bnf versions which are available as frsky, spektrum dsm2/X, futaba and a version without reciever for $90
First up some pictures of what you get in the box.
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Nov 01, 2017 @ 12:43 PM | 7,067 Views
Just been informed that there is a boldclash b06 whoop on its way to me which is a total redesign of the b05 with a aio FC and ESC and should be a great indoor brushless quad at last, just in time too hopefully because it's getting a bit cold outside here in the UK!

I've looked at specs and reviews and it seems like it should be great for indoors with the prop guards but still have enough power to have some fun outside too, though obviously not as much as my 2s bamboo rocket which is just waaay too fast for indoors or even the garden lol..

Edit, first Los video
Boldclash b06 brushless whoop line of sight indoors acro flight with flips. (1 min 3 sec)
Boldclash b06 brushless fpv quad bind and fly whoop review unboxing and short setup (9 min 26 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Oct 31, 2017 @ 04:56 AM | 5,261 Views
Post man just brought me some goodies from akk teck who are my favourite fpv supplier of fpv cameras.
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Oct 26, 2017 @ 06:10 AM | 4,712 Views
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Apart from a barbecue some of these will be flying lol.....

If you don't know check out my blog and all will become clear lol!
Posted by nigelsheffield | Oct 18, 2017 @ 09:36 AM | 4,799 Views
This is just so much fun i can't stop flying it lol, punch outs and flips are so addictive!

Just playing with the tree, so much fun! Feels like a much bigger quad than it really is! Power!!!!! (5 min 27 sec)

Again camera is the akk teck bs2 which is still working great!
6500kv motors 1103
Silverised h101 as FC and Rx
6a 4in1 ESC from banggood
Cheap a setup as you can get but flies so well!
Posted by nigelsheffield | Sep 28, 2017 @ 11:13 AM | 4,917 Views
Just opened this fpv transmitter and it will be going on a bigger quad or a plane sometime soon once I figure out how to use it and connect it all up to beta flight and a camera etc,
It has uart control so it can be controlled via betaflight with osd to switch channels and set power output levels ( has 25mw 200mw 500mw and 800mw )and also has a mode where the power is only very weak so not to interfere with other flyers whilst setting up.

For now I just tested the setup of power output and channel frequency and that was easy with one button.
Here are a few pics of the unboxing , everything was well packed and looks top quality as usual from akkteck.
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