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Posted by DutchRC | May 26, 2020 @ 11:20 AM | 13,166 Views
Halloa RC people

soooo recently I started jet another FPV quadcopter build.. In my video on the frame I posted a list of the components and quite a few people asked why I was using KO Tech motors here.. Partly probably because it is a lesser known brand (?)

The Demon Seed Cryo 2208 1900 KV's : https://www.ko-distribution.eu/demon-seed-motors

Dealer list: https://www.ko-technologies.com/where-to-buy

Well guess what.. here IS why

KO Technologies - Demon Seed Cryo Tech motors - Why I chose these for my build (12 min 9 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | May 23, 2020 @ 11:04 AM | 5,478 Views
Halloa people

so if you are into multirotors you have probably come across the new Folding propellers from DALprop (?)
And you can probably see the potential convenience of folding props right?

BUT... yeah.. that

Link to them: DALprop 5-inch Folding FPV Racing propellers

And well.. let us see what these are about

DalProp Wizardry :P The 5.1" Fold Series Propellor? :O (27 min 42 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | May 19, 2020 @ 11:04 AM | 3,807 Views
Halloa people

sometimes you come across products that are just that extra bit special. The frame the video below shows is such a product..
But in the end it turned out to be even more special as it is an 1-of-1 limited edition :O

When I ordered the frame I didn't know they'd do this

In case you are interested: Farins Frames - Frog v3 Speed Addiction

Soooo let's have a look at that frame!

Farins Frames - Special VERY Limited edition 1 of 1 (15 min 52 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | May 17, 2020 @ 11:19 AM | 9,153 Views
Halloa people

sooo a new GepRC Mark4 in 2020 huh? To be frank this setup is a bit dated and I will for sure factor that into my final review..
But is it a nice quad non the less? Maybe a value option?
We'll see in the course of a couple of video's...

Link to it: GepRC Mark4 5" freestyle quad - 6S version

So a bit dated but there was also something wrong with the way it's build :|

GepRC's 2020 Freestyle Quad! Mark4 6S :D - Show & Tell (19 min 42 sec)

type: Freestyle
wheelbase: 225 mm
base thickness: 5mm arms
material(s): CF with allu standoffs and some TPU prints
dry weight: 358 grams
flight controller: GepRC Span F405 v2
firmware version: 4.1.5
ESC's: GepRC Span 45A Blheli_S
motors: GepRC GR 2306.5 1850 Kv
propellors: GepRC 5 x 4.3 x 3
FPV camera: Caddx Ratel with 2.1mm lens
VTX: GepRC 25 mW - 600 mW
Lipo: 1050 mah - 1300 mah 6S (not included)
OSD: Yes, Betaflight
smart Audio: Yes
buzzer: Yes
LED's: nope
spare props: Yes! 2 extra sets
Posted by DutchRC | May 08, 2020 @ 11:03 AM | 6,294 Views
Halloa people

I have me a review of a FPV camera again! And this time it is actually more of a RE-review :P See this update (version 2) of the Toothless camera was more-less brought on by my review of the original version....
The V1 of the Toothless is / was a nice camera but the view-angle was somewhat BIG!
The new version is ment to adress that (and only that)

Link to the cam: Foxeer Toothless V2 Micro - all-weather FPV camera

And also: Foxeer Toothless V2 Mini - all-weather FPV camera

Foxeer Toothless V2- the Fly-All-Day FPV camera??? - FPV CAMERA REVIEW / UPDATE (8 min 54 sec)

sensor type: CMOS
sensor size: 0.5 inch
resolution: 1200 tvl
lens: 1.7mm M12
field of view: 145 OR 125 degrees selectable
aspect ratio: 4:3 / 16:9 selectable
input voltage: 4.6V - 20V
latency: not specified
size: 19mm x 19mm x 24.6mm
weight: 8.5 grams
setup OSD: yes
runtime OSD: yes
Wide Dynamic Range: 100 db (?)
Posted by DutchRC | May 04, 2020 @ 11:09 AM | 6,604 Views
Halloa RC people

guess what? I have me another Cinematic and/or Freestyle 3" quadro over here.. First time I'm trying my luck with a Holybro quad though! :O What are Your experiences with the brand?
As of the time I'm writing this I haven't flown it yet but look & feel + packaging are promissing Can't wait to fly this little 3"..
3.1 inch actually by-the-way......

Link to it: Holybro Kopis Mini - Analogue version RTF or FrSky BNF

or: Same Kopis Mini BUT DJI Digital with or without Air-unit

As allways I'll posting up my findings with the quad over here.. Both short-term and long-term

Holybro's Pocket Rocket? :) The Kopis Mini (Digital or Analogue) - Show & Tell ! (18 min 25 sec)

type: Freestyle / Cinematic 3"
wheelbase: 148mm
base thickness: 3mm arms
material(s): carbon fiber + allu standoffs
dry weight: 171 grams
flight controller: Holybro Kakute F7
firmware version: 4.1.3
ESC's: Tekko32 45A
motors: T-Motor F1507 3800kv
propellors: T-Motor T3140
FPV camera: Foxeer micro Razer 1200tvl
VTX: Atlatl HV 25 - 800 mW
Lipo: 650mah - 850mah 4S (not included)
OSD: yes, betaflight
smart Audio: yes (but needed manual setup)
buzzer: yes
LED's: nope
spare props: nope
Posted by DutchRC | May 02, 2020 @ 11:07 AM | 5,396 Views
Halloa RC people

I'll tell you this: it is offten a good practice to just use things you Know work well.. In my case I for instance know that the Diatone / Mamba F722S stacks are rock-solid (I have at least 15 in running quads)..
On the flip side however! If you never try new stuff you can't find out what works :P So today I'm taking a look at a FC stack from a company you might have never heard of (?)

Link to the stack: Zeez Design F7 stack at Banggood

or: Same stack from the TBS store

I will be posting updates on this stack but I should add I Have by now successfully test-flown the quad it's in

ZeeZ Design F7 + 60A ESC Stack with LED's! - Show & Tell (23 min 40 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Apr 30, 2020 @ 11:13 AM | 6,032 Views
Halloa people

I received a brand new frame from iFlight yesterday.. It's a DeadCat AGAIN, but with significant differences from the Titan version.
I did a build with the Titan a while back and that quad flies VERY well, so I needed to check this DC5 HD frame out as well
In this thread I'll review the frame And build a quad with Completely different components :O

the frame: iFlight DC5 222mm HD

Project 5" More DeadCat - iFlight DC5 HD 222 - FRAME REVIEW (21 min 31 sec)

type: Freestyle / Cinematic 5" DeadCat
wheelbase: 123 mm
base thickness: 4mm
material(s): carbon fiber + allu standoffs
weight: 128 grams
chamfered edges: Yes! nice and smooth
clean: not really.. needs manual cleaning
buzzer: nope
LED board: nope
battery strap: yes, 2X of good quality
battery anti-skid pad: yes, 2x big enough for 4 actually
Posted by DutchRC | Apr 24, 2020 @ 12:27 PM | 6,660 Views
Halloa peoples

so the QAV R-2 frame isn't all that new and neighter is the Skitzo (smallemed) version for that matter..
BUT I wanted one.. Took a while for me to order it as it does cost "a little" more then your avarage frame :P

got mine from a local store: Lumenier QAV R-2 Skitzo edition Slammer from fpvracingtwente.nl

So let's have a close look at that frame

Gotto check this work of art :) The SKITZO Lumenier QAV-R 2 Slammed (14 min 50 sec)

the other parts I'll use on this build:

Stack: Diatone Mamba F722S Pro F50

Motors: T-motor Pacer P2207.5 1950 KV

Propellors: DALprop Nepal N1 51435

Camera: Runcam Racer 3

VTX: Rush Tank Ultimate PLUS

VTX Antenna: Foxeer Lollipop v3

Receiver: FrSky R-XSR

Flight battery: CNHL 1300mah 6S
Posted by DutchRC | Apr 21, 2020 @ 08:40 AM | 8,272 Views
Halloa people

hope you are doing well over there! Today's post is about a FPV drone I have had for over half a year, and I guess that in itself means that I quite like it (and that is has held up).. This Diatone is one of only a few RTF 3" quads with 4K camera that are actually Freestyle capable
Having had it for this long also enables me to make a Long term review of it...

Link to the quad: Diatone TMC Airblade UAV Intrepid v2 - Tarsier 4K version

with that said.. here is my LTR of it

Diatone + Airblade UAV Intrepid v2 - LONG TERM REVIEW (19 min 54 sec)

type: Cinematic Freestyle quad
frame: Airblade UAV type: Intrepid v2
wheelbase: 150mm
base thickness: 3mm (arms)
material(s): carbon fiber + allu standoffs
flight controller: Mamba F405 mini mk2
firmware version: Betaflight 3.5.1
ESC's: Mamba F25 - Dshot600
motors: Mamba (BBB?) 1408 4000Kv
propellors: Gemfan Flash 3052
FPV camera: Cadd Tarsier (ratel + 4K recorder)
VTX: Team Blacksheep Unify 5V
Lipo: 3-4S (not included)
OSD: Yes, Betaflight
smart Audio: Yes
buzzer: Yes
LED's: nope
spare props: nope
Posted by DutchRC | Apr 14, 2020 @ 11:06 AM | 7,003 Views
Halloa people

recently I reviewed the GepRC CineQueen AND last year I tried the CX3 Cygnet.. Both nice cinematic quads in their own right..
What if I told you I now have 1 quad that combines the two?
In this topic I'll late a close look at the HGLRC Sector132 4K, which is both a 2.5" quad AND a 3" quad :O What wizardry is this :P

Link to it: HGLRC Sector132 4K (Caddx Tarsier) 2.5 and 3 inch cinematic quadro

And let's jump right into it! I will however do detailed flight reports / long term reviews of this Sector132..

TWO Cinematic Drones in One? :O - HGLRC Sector132 4K - Show & Tell (26 min 47 sec)

type: Cinematic (freestyle?) FPV drone
wheelbase: 132 mm
base thickness: 2mm
material(s): Carbon fiber, allu standoffs, plastick prop-guards
dry weight: 154 grams
flight controller: HGLRC Zeus F4
firmware version: 4.1.1
ESC's: HGLRC Zeus 15A Dshot600
motors: 1106 3800 kv
propellors: 2.5" and 3" (Gemfan)
FPV camera: Caddx Tarsier - 4K action camera
VTX: 5.8Ghz 25, 100, 200, 400 mW
Lipo: 650mah - 850mah 4S (not included)
OSD: yes, Betaflight
smart Audio: yes
buzzer: nope (Dshot command)
LED's: nope
spare props: yes in 2.5" and 3"
Posted by DutchRC | Apr 10, 2020 @ 04:20 PM | 4,853 Views
Halloa Easter bunny's

a couple of months ago now, I came across some new battery packs from ZOHD.. Now ZOHD is known for foam FPV airaplanes, but definately not for battery packs..
Sooo these packs are basically specifically made for the type of airplanes they sell.. And I would say making prefab LION packs is a good idea since not everybody wants to weld / solder 18650 packs together...

But.. on seeing the packs at BG I felt like taking the 4S pack "a bit" outside of it's comfort level....

The 4S pack: ZOHD 4S Lion pack

The 2S pack: ZOHD 2S Lion pack

Sooooo let us then see if the pack survived

Never been tried before! :O - ZOHD LION Pack Experiment (22 min 44 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Apr 07, 2020 @ 11:16 AM | 4,978 Views
Halloa peoples

sooo lockdown over there posibly? I hope you are doing well ofcourse.. And because we are now at home more then we probably want to be..
here is something you can do with your RC radio (for free)

Fight Boredom? Drive a (FREE!) Racing Sim with your RC Transmitter :) (30 min 11 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Apr 05, 2020 @ 11:01 AM | 4,665 Views
Halloa FPV pilots out there

hope you are doing well and keeping safe! And to keep boredome at bay, I have yet another video today.. (wait.. that actually rimes? :P)
I have had me this GepRC 3" cinematic HD quad for a couple of months now.. Have flown it at Least 60 packs, so it's time to give it my final verdict!

Link to it: GepRC CineQueen 4K - with Runcam Hybrid 4K action cam

And without further ado.. here IS my verdict on it

GepRC CineQueen 4K + Runcam Hybrid 4K! - Cinematic FPV Cruiser - LONG TERM REVIEW ! (20 min 37 sec)

type: Cinematic FPV cruiser
wheelbase: 145 mm
base thickness: 3 mm
material(s): carbon fiber + alluminium
dry weight: 156 grams
flight controller: Stable F4 v2
firmware version: 3.5.7
ESC's: Stable 30A Dshot 600 (not 32bit)
motors: 1206 3600 kv
propellors: Emax Avan 3 x 2.4 x 3
FPV camera: Runcam Hybrid 4K
VTX: 25-500 mW
Lipo: 650-850mah 4S (not included)
OSD: yes - Betaflight
smart Audio: yes, IRC Tramp
buzzer: yes
LED's: yes, programmable
spare props: yes, 1 set
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 30, 2020 @ 11:01 AM | 4,704 Views
Halloa people

Soooo about a week ago I review GepRC's Dolphin 4" quadro.. First time a flew a sub 250-gram 4" quad..
Not bad at all! But in general custom builds are just that little bit BETTER :P So let's go and build one why don't we

I will mostly be using parts that are also used on the RTF BetaFPV X Knight, with a few differences to make it better and lighter...

Let's first have a look at the frame for it

BetaFPV X-Knight - ULTRA Light 4" Racer - FRAME REVIEW ! (21 min 26 sec)

Parts I'll be using:

the bare Frame: the X Knight 4 or 5 inch frame

the stock X-Knight canopy: the canopy Beta itself uses for this frame

FC / ESC - BetaFPV 20A F4 2-4S AIO: BetaFPV 20A AIO FC & ESC

FPV camera - Runcam nano racer: Runcam nano racer

VTX - Runcam TX 100: Runcam TX100 VTX

motors used - BetaFPV 1505 3600KV: Beta 1505

props - HQprop 4025 2-blade: HQ 2 blade props
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 28, 2020 @ 12:01 PM | 6,161 Views
Halloa people

Time for a side-by-side comparison this time   
on paper the Foxeer Predator 4 & Runcam Racer 3 are very both very similar & capable Racing FPV camera's..
To this I should add that I generally very much prefer the Racer 2 & 3 from Runcam over other camera's.. BUT I am ready to be proven wrong!

Link to the Foxeer cam: Foxeer micro Predator 4 Full-Case version

Link to the Runcam cam: Runcam micro Racer 3

Racing FPV Camera's ? Foxeer micro Predator 4 vs Runcam Racer 3 (16 min 27 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Mar 26, 2020 @ 12:09 PM | 6,121 Views
Halloa RC people

yes! for a change I have me a RC airplane again! It's about time or what? And not just any plane..
a rather large 2.6 meter wingspan glider!

Link to it: Esky Albatross - PNF 2.6 meter wingspan motor glider

So let's have a look at it! In this first video I do a quick unboxing and assembly-test

Esky Albatross - BIG 2.6 Meter Wingspan Motor Glider :O - SHOW & TELL (27 min 9 sec)

wingspan: 2600 mm
length: 1225 mm
root chorde: 22 cm - 8.7 inch
weight: 2.5 Kg
material: EPS + EPO plastic / foam
kit type: Ready, minus receiver and battery
motor: 2820 600 Kv
propellor: 14 x 8 folding
ESC: 40A with 3A BEC
servo's: 4x 9 gram digital, 2x 17 gram MG
receiver: at least 5 channel (not included)
lipo: 3200mah 4S (not included)
ailerons: yes
rudder: yes
flaps: yes
retracts: nope (hand launch)
lights: nope
stabeliser: nope
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 22, 2020 @ 12:30 PM | 6,565 Views
Halloa peoples!

first of all: hope you're all safe & well.. and if not that you recover quickly..
with that out of the way: I've been testing this new orange cube for quite a while now, so it's time for my verdict I guess

Link to it: Runcam 5 Orange - 4K 30 fps Cube-style action camera

Runcam 5 Orange - Runcam's 2020 4K Action Cam for FPV :) (23 min 40 sec)

+ 2 audio settings
+ Flat image style
+ higher bitrate
+ better battery management
+ 2.7K 60 fps (was 50fps before)
+ Image stabelization

+ pretty good bitrate
+ QR code app instead of WIFI
+ fits most Gopro Session mounts
+ inexpensive
+ light

+ no ND filter
+ no 2.7K 30 fps
+ no WIFI
+ microUSB instead of USB-C
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 18, 2020 @ 12:09 PM | 7,590 Views
Halloa RC people

got me yet another FPV quad in the other day.. A 4" quad this time.. Did we need that?? 4" quads??
The concept here is these should be the biggest quads we can keep under 250 grams AUW (?) And they should be a bit more efficient then 3" quads....

Link to this GepRC: GepRC 4" Dolphin, PNP or BNF

So this will be a 2-stage rocket.. This first part is NOT super duper positive...

GepRC Dolphin 4" Racer :O Did we need 4" quads? :P - REVIEW PART 1 (21 min 59 sec)

type: lightweight Racer
wheelbase: 153 mm
base thickness: 4mm arms
material(s): carbon fiber + TPU canopy
dry weight: 144 grams
flight controller: GepRC Gep F4 20A AIO FC / ESC
firmware version: 4.1.1
esc: BLHeli_S (no RPM filtering)
motors: 1507 3200 kv
propellors: HQ 4 x 4.3 x 3
FPV camera: Caddx Turbo Eos2
VTX: GepRC 40ch 25 - 200 mW
Lipo: 650 - 850 mah 4S (not included)
OSD: yes, betaflight
smart Audio: yes, IRC Tramp
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props: yes, 1 spare set
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 14, 2020 @ 12:04 PM | 8,305 Views

so you might have seen video's from / about the new Runcam 5 Orange pass by.. I thought it would be informative to demonstrate One of it's new features. Not only to show how well the Runcam 5 does in flat colors, but also to show you why you might want to use it..
I have done a demo of the feature before but this time I actually had some sun to make things look a BIT better

Link to the camera: Runcam 5 Orange

at Banggood: Runcam 5 Orange

So.. a short video showing what "flat color profile" is.. and how you CAN use it..
I shot this video in horrible weather, because is especially hard on camera's..

Testing the Runcam 5 Orange on a sunny day :) - 4K 30fps flat color profile (11 min 11 sec)