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Posted by fastmax | Jan 07, 2017 @ 08:15 AM | 3,697 Views
These days, when it comes to RC drones, buyers are often left wondering which one is right for me. With so many different options available for beginners, and experienced pilots alike, it's often difficult to determine which features you want, and which features you can live without. More often than not these decisions are based on the cameras capabilities. Some folks prefer a wifi camera that they can sync up to their phone or tablet. Others would rather have a 5.8ghz solution that they can sync up to an FPV monitor, or goggles for a virtual flying experience. There are yet others that just want to be able to save their flight for viewing later.

Well, I'm happy to say that the new Kai Deng Pantonma K80 RC Drone offers a new concept in camera carrying quadcopters for beginners.
The Pantonma K80 uses a modular design system for attaching its cameras and accessories. This drone offers the user the option to fly with a wifi camera, or a 5.8ghz camera, or a standard camera, all by simply sliding out one version and sliding in another. There are also optional accessories such as an obstacle avoidance module, which makes the quadcopter very forgiving for beginners, because instead of crashing into something it senses the object in its way and automatically moves away from it. There is also an optional FPV monitor, and optional FPV goggles. In this review I will be using all of the available camera options to see just how well they perform. I'll also be using the optional Kai Deng monitor, as well as trying out the 5.8ghz camera with my KDS Kylin Vision goggles. Here are some detailed pics of what came in my box. I will post videos as I get them edited and uploaded so stay tuned.

First flight test
KAIDENG Pantonma K80 RTF FPV RC Drone Test Flight Part 1 (2 min 42 sec)

New flight video in high rates
Kaideng Pantonma K80 RTF FPV Beginners Drone Flight (2 min 23 sec)

Posted by fastmax | Feb 29, 2016 @ 10:37 AM | 7,201 Views
I've really been liking the foam tires I've been making. They run very well on our RCP track, and are fun for some drifting action on tile, and hardwood floors.

Here are some on PN Racing Laser S5 wheels

Here are some on Carisma GT24B dish wheels

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Posted by fastmax | Aug 13, 2014 @ 06:17 AM | 7,385 Views
Up til now I have been carrying and storing my Mini-Z buggy in a small Plano tackle/tool box. While this worked pretty well it was still rather cumbersome, and although smaller in size it still reminded me of toting around my box for my larger scale stuff. So the search for a smaller, lighter, and easier to carry and store option began.

There are several bags and totes made specifically for this task, but most seemed overpriced considering their size. I can get 1/10 pit bags for the same price as I've seen mini/micro bags.

Anyway while browsing eBay one day I came across the Speedmind bags made a few years back for the HPI Micro RS4. A Canadian seller had them available for a very reasonable price even after slightly expensive international shipping. So I figured I'd order one and see what I could do to make it work for my Z buggy.

Here is the original configuration of the bag

I wanted to be able to have my buggy, my TX, batteries, charger, spare parts and tools all in this easy to carry and easy to store bag. As you can see from some drawn lines in the picture above I started playing with possible layouts and finally decided on one that I was confident would work quite well.

After a little cutting and trimming of the inner foam, and some glue that gave me a bit of grief I ended up with this.

The small black bag next to the TX has spare axles, gears, dogbones, differentials, arms, towers, shock oil, batteries, and all tools necessary to make repairs if/when necessary. As you can see everything else fits nice, and secure within the rest of the bag. All in all I'm quite happy with how this bag worked out for approximately $20 and a bit of my time.