Posted by brett.c | Today @ 11:24 PM | 16 Views
Bucko is another name for a Bronco, which is what inspired this little plane.

I already have a Bronco (see earlier blog post) and I have always been impressed with the way it flies.
Therefore I decided to make a sleeker and smaller version of it.
I also wanted to try out a few new methods of building.
The entire airframe was hotwire cut from XPS foam and then covered with brown paper and wood glue.
This made for an extremely rigid airframe, albeit a little on the heavy side.
But the excess weight has not adversely affected the flying qualities as she flies just as well, if not better, than the Bronco.
In fact, to say that I was impressed on the maiden flight is an understatement. She is an extremely nice flying little plane. Fast, aerobatic and very easy to control.

Wingspan: 850mm
Length: 640mm
Weight: 670grams
Battery: 3s 1300
Motors : 1700kv blue wonders
Props: 7x4 APC
ESCs: 20A
Servos: 9g
Posted by FlySkyRC | Today @ 11:15 PM | 31 Views
The factory will start shipping the Paladin PL18 on July 25th (Beijing time). This is also the time in which the FlySky Paladin PL18 will be listed globally and I hope I have time to talk to everyone before launch.

1. Testing the PL18
In preparation for the PL18 launch, on June 25th (Beijing time), FlySkyís General Manager Mr. Liu Feng, our team of testers and professional level pilots carried out the last of a long list of comprehensive tests. The testing involved many model types including fixed wing, gliders, helicopters, delta wing and multiple rotor aircraft, among others.

We have 10 FlySky internal testers as well as 15 professional pilots from Australia, Germany, South Korea, Hong Kong and China mainland, specializing in cars, racing boats, FPV, Helicopter, fixed-wings and multicopter. After 6 months of testing and countless bug fixes we are happy to say the final tests indicated that the PL18 has surpassed our expectations.

2. Why does PL18 be waited for so long before its releasing?
We have spent a lot of time coming up with new design iterations from the initial FS-i18 to the FT10, and finally the PL18. This gave us lots of space for experimentation with new software platforms (some are too unstable and react too slowly), more iterations in hardware, UI, switch position, hand grips antenna optimizations, ergonomics, RF development and extensive testing.

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Posted by Qwinout | Today @ 10:59 PM | 49 Views
Happymodel XT30 Plug Pigtail Power Wire 100F Capacitor for Mobula7 HD Sailfly-X TRASHCAN UR85 UR85HD Crazybee F3 / F4 PRO Parts

Wholesale link

Wire length: 70mm(include xt30)
Height: 2.6gram
Used for : Crazybee F3 / F4 PRO series flight controller
Can avoid the risk of burning the mosfet or the 5v regulator at the moment of power on
With this Capacitor , we can use 3S 300~350mah battery for the Crazybee F4 PRO V2.0 and Crazybee F4 PRO V2.1 , and 2s 300~350mah battery for the Crazybee F4 PRO V1.0
And if you want to use the battery above 350mah , we recommend use 220 uF or above capacitor.

We found most of the 5v regulator and esc of the Crazybee F4 flight controller burnt after mod the PH2.0 to XT30 . Also, more powerful the battery is(lower esr than stock battery) , more possibility to fail. And, the temporary solution is add a low esr capacitor onto xt30 connector. This capacitor should have a esr less than 0.2 ohm and have a capacitance more than 100uF. Rubycon ZLG/ZLH series and Samyoung NXB series are what we have tested and recommended.
Following pictures show what happened after plug in battery:
Without 100uF, the max spike voltage increase to ~25v while with 100uF it decrease to about 20v, which is acceptable to Crazybee F4 PRO V2.0 and Crazybee F4 PRO V2.1
Posted by PFendi | Today @ 10:32 PM | 86 Views
A few hours after finishing the build, I was flying it in fpv for the first time and was having a great time. Then I flew right into the long edge of a van door (my van!! no noticeable damage tho!). Some frame damage, and one motor got popped open. Luckily, there is no further damage! New frame and set of motors has been ordered. This is why you all said to buy an extra frame right away, isn't it.

In photos:
The bent standoff soaked up much of the crash, and the camera was spared by only half a millimeter! (hard to see in the pic)
The GoPro was ejected immediately, snapping the 3 zip-ties holding it down. Velcroed down for the pic. Crash footage coming soon!
Posted by PFendi | Today @ 10:11 PM | 104 Views
Finally finished my first quad!


Frame - Anniversary Special Edition Martian 215mm (Martian 2 Carbon Fiber Frame)
FC/ESC AIO - Racerstar StarF4S 30A
Motors - Emax RS2205 2600KV Racing Edition Motors
Rx - FrSky R-XSR
Camera - RunCam Swift 2
VTX - Eachine TX 5258
Batteries (for now) - 2x Scorpion 3s 1500mah 75C
Props - Emax AVAN Flow 5 in 5x4.3x3

If you have any suggestions, please speak up! Im new to this, and would really appreciate any feedback!
Posted by Mad_angler1 | Today @ 05:51 PM | 387 Views
DJI have launched a new version of the Ronin called the Ronin-SC

The Ronin-SC is a single handed gimbal for mirrorless cameras that can support models up to 2kg and provides 3 axis stabilised footage whilst on the move.

Being smaller and lighter than the S the Ronin-SC weights just 1.1kg and is specifically designed to be used with mirrorless cameras such as the Panasonic GH5, Sony A7 and A6500 Series among others.

This new smaller Ronin-SC has many of the features that we have already seen on the original Ronin-S however DJI have added a number of new features such as ActiveTrack 3.0 and Force Mobile.

Here is my video overview and review of the Ronin-SC Pro Combo


If you would like more info or to order the SC checkout the below link

New Design

DJI have overhauled the arm design of the Ronin-SC, this means that the arms donít clash in most cases and that it now folds away a lot easier and will fit back into its case even when balanced for most cameras.

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Posted by zFg437 | Today @ 03:29 PM | 500 Views
Posted by basslord1124 | Today @ 02:58 PM | 532 Views
So after seeing Flitetest release the FT Edge it totally blew my mind on how awesome it looked. Unlike previous Flitetest foamboard designs, this thing had more curve and sleekness to the design. It made me wonder if Flitetest used some other material besides foamboard to make it look that good....nope, the plane was made out of foamboard. So that really attracted me to the plane and made me add it to my never ending list of plane projects.

Looking at the Edge briefly, I kinda thought it may be too complex of a build and that I might just make it a low priority project. Perhaps something to tackle next year. But thanks to the awesome Flitetest community and Flitetest forums, folks encouraged me to go ahead and proceed with the build. So here it is, in its early stages.

FT Edge: Build Intro Part 1 ....What have I got myself into? (9 min 8 sec)

Expect to see more Edge build video progress and eventually a glorious maiden flight (hopefully without a crash) video.
Posted by Cox PT-19 | Today @ 02:28 PM | 568 Views
I've had this account for some time, but haven't made any entries, mostly from be swamped with involvement in my club and other pursuits. I've decided to post some notes, photos and videos from my Facebook, along with others as this develops.

All statements are my own, about my own experience with various miniature flying machines. I claim no expertise in any area, other than maybe at having which, I feel I'm pretty much a "Fun Ninja"...I have a blast with this stuff.

Because of the audience I anticipated on Facebook, many of these posts are geared toward new flyers or people with interest, but limited or no experience in the hobby.

I'll try to respond to comments in a reasonable amount of time, but there may be some stretches where I don't get back right away.

We'll see how all this goes...

Earlier in the month, I'd posted a few photos on my Facebook page of this little "Storage Locker Rescue" I'd named Lil' Punkin.

I'd been waiting for another nice evening to get some footage of the whole plane from it's top camera (having so much fun, I forgot to do it on that day), but haven't had a chance to try it.

So...I crunched together some footage of what I had.

Lil' Punkin is a rudder-only model---it has no elevator to control pitch, so has to be carefully balanced and trimmed for a gradual climb while the engine is running, then transition to a smooth glide when the engine quits.

MANY early R/C planes were flown in this configuration before more advanced radios became cheap enough for a modeler to afford.

Lil' Punkin Flying Late in the Day (4 min 13 sec)

Posted by Joe Pierson | Today @ 12:09 PM | 688 Views
Hi Guys,
Here is my 1930 Granger, has home made wire wheels, Tail wheel and pilot ,
Posted by UpNup | Today @ 11:17 AM | 730 Views
Aces of Iron Products insisted on replacing the U.S. WW2 Fighter Pilot they sent due to some blemishes. This gave me the opportunity to paint one in a khaki color scheme. My figure is 1/7 scale.

Some tips to pass along:

1. Brush olive green paint into the folds of the coat and shadows.

2. Paint a very thin base color. A khaki camo rattle can spray was used making sure the dark colors showed through.

3. I wanted my pilot to have on a shirt and tie rather than an ascot. The tie and shirt collars were cut from a discarded foam elevator. CA was used to glue the pieces in place. The tie was painted khaki and shirt dark brown. The shirt was lightly dry-brushed with a lighter shade of brown to show some weathering. The tie was crammed in place and I left the wrinkles. They were glued at an angle to hide the lumpy ascot beneath.

4. Brush on enamel paints starting with the eyes and face. Generally follow the AoI painting tips. Enamels layer and don’t blend well. I’ve basically smeared the colors together using odorless mineral spirits on a clean brush.

5. Paint light colors to dark colors across the figure. It is okay to use gloss colors, but only if you plan to use a final lacquer coat at the end.

6. Touch up any spots that need to be brought back in line.

7. Washes: Mix one drop of brown paint with 10 drops of odorless mineral spirits. Use the wash on the life vest and white straps. Some can be used on the face, adding steaks below the eyes and in the...Continue Reading
Posted by HD48 | Today @ 09:05 AM | 879 Views
This is the 73" Pilot Yak 54 with a DLE 35 in it. Really enjoying this plane!
Posted by nigelsheffield | Today @ 02:19 AM | 1,405 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

And use my code for 5% off. NIGELSHEFFIELD

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Edit , I just ordered the toothpick pro for $106!!!!
Posted by Ivy long | Today @ 01:56 AM | 1,308 Views
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Posted by JohnCC | Today @ 12:11 AM | 1,423 Views
Diatone 2019 GT R349 TBS VTX Edition 135mm 3 inch 4S FPV Racing RC Drone (aff)
US$149.99 Promotion Sale From July 16 to July 31

Video Reviews

(In Progress)

Main Specifications

● Weight: 130g
● FC: Mamba F405mini/MPU6000 ;OSD;16M Flash;BEC
●Camera: RunCam Micro Swift
● ESC: Mamba F25 /25A 4S ESC Dshot 600
● Motor: Mamba Racing MB1408 4000KV

Comments + Criticism

In progress.


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Posted by old4570 | Yesterday @ 10:05 PM | 1,541 Views
UMx Whipit's (two whips) Old Modified Whip VS 100% Stock Whip ( Short Version ) (1 min 6 sec)

Took the two Whips out , was windy .
Too windy to really compare , but here is the very short version .

Picture 1

FMS V-tail 800mm - Wanted one for a long time ! ( Not a house brick like a certain Super K )
I will do a pictorial on it when the wind backs off ( Northerly Gale Blowing ) , weather says next week end .

Picture 2 and 3

MG 800 from GB , only took about 2 months to get it .. ( 3 months after checking )
It is a very interesting kit - I will do a thing on it !

Bare Bones Kit weight = 119 Grams ( Just the foam bits )
Building to Federally Mandated 250 Gram Limit for unregistered , unlicensed pilots .
Gives us some 130 grams of stuffing .

Picture 4

100cm Hand Throw Glider -
I ordered two , and I took this one out of the box . Did I mention the Northerly Gale ?
Anyhow , I had to replace the steel ballast ball for a larger one to get CG .
And it looks to be a capable glider .
Ok , it is BENT !!!! , a little here , a little there . In fact , the only thing not bent a little was the vertical stab .. That was straight for some reason .
SO it looks like a bit of time with the hair dryer is required .
BUTT !!!! - It does glide , even bent .
How to RC it ? Thats the question .