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Posted by old4570 | Yesterday @ 07:41 PM | 2,348 Views
I flew the Bee with a 2s 1000mAh battery and

It kind of blew chunks at slow speed . All that weight just made slow speed performance = Not that great . The Bee was just shimming left and right all the time and I can't help but think that was possibly because I was close to stall speed . Cranking some power and the Bee flew just fine with more velocity .

Since I am a fan of flying slow rather than fast , something needed doing .

1) That x450 motor is just hanging too far out the back needing large batteries for CG
2) Solution is simple , move the motor further in .
3) So I cut the foam motor mount off , printed up a new PLA part
4) Using a 480mAh 2s battery , I slowly cut away foam till I got to a point where I thought I could live with things . ( Moving motor forward )

It's all glued and ready to rock and or stroll !
Less flying weight should hopefully equal better low speed flying characteristics .
Posted by old4570 | May 30, 2020 @ 11:18 PM | 3,741 Views
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/v3KKftrJ6u = FMS Fox Vtail ( love mine ) If you missed out ?
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/GGv3THrJND = FMS Fox - the regular one ...
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/vDmmT5WJsy = 1 meter Wood P51
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/K3337tcrsc = MAybe a budget Hoot ? ( Thrust controlled wing )
https://www.banggood.com/custlink/KDGmTtcWQF = PNP 800mm Dragon Jet

I cant justify another Fox !!! , but what a great little plane . ( Prop blows - replace it )
Posted by old4570 | May 29, 2020 @ 08:27 PM | 3,916 Views
OMPHobby Trashmitter (1 min 41 sec)

A) Just a video to show the dead band .
B) This is the Tx from the T720 > Has less dead band than the Tx bundled with the S720
C) Not sure how the Rx is dealing with so much dead band > Might explain all that hunting up and down !
D) S720 really wants to be BNF
E) Yes you can fly the S720 on the trashmitter , but it's nothing special . For me just a very disappointing experience .
F) The trashmitter works with the T720 , probably because the T720 is a more stable / forgiving platform . ( With full stability )

I would love to fly one of those S720 that some folks have crowed the virtues over ! With a hobby grade Tx I will believe it , but on the bundled trashmitter ? I would like to fly that !!!!
Posted by old4570 | May 26, 2020 @ 08:42 AM | 13,861 Views
Round two : Using the transmitter that came with the T720 .
A) Flight was much smoother
B) Tx is still rubbish with this model
C) S720 is way too sporty for this Tx to handle

OMP S720 with T720 Tx (7 min 48 sec)

The Dinky Toy transmitter is just not good enough for the S720 . All that dead zone at the centre of the gimbals is just too much . The Tx from the T720 was better than the one bundled with the S720 , but the flight was still complete rubbish . The S720 is just too high performance for such a Trashmitter . I am really hanging out for a 3rd party Rx so I can bind the S720 to the Taranis .

From my personal experience with the S720 , there is no way I would recommend it as a first model or a model for anyone but the experienced . The S720 demands to be BNF or PNP so that a proper hobby grade tx can be used . The garbage tx that the S720 comes with , simply will not give you the flight experience a proper tx will . I am also left wondering about the CG ?

I used a zippy 350 and , is it still a little tail heavy ? or is it just the trashmitter that is so ???? The S720 did hunt up and down and for some reason rolled right all the time . ( Same as the first flight , just not so bad on the 2nd Tx ) The trashmitter simply did not fill me with enough confidence to try out the stunt mode . ( The flight performance in the fully stabilised mode was so terrible ) . The response to gimbals input was so lacking as to be almost laughable .

The first flight , did I give a score of 5 out of 10 , well this 2nd flight simply backs up my first opinion . 5 out of 10 .
Next time I fly the S720 will be on the Taranis ..
Posted by old4570 | May 23, 2020 @ 01:08 AM | 6,105 Views
39.47 grams so far
Projected flying weight looks to be a little over 50 grams I would say at this time .
A little Porky Pig for a small DLG , maybe ok for a small slope model .
Wing came out at 20.13 grams

Not terrible for my first Printed DLG effort .
Obviously the next design will have to go on a diet !
Posted by old4570 | May 21, 2020 @ 08:17 PM | 7,644 Views
OMPHobby S720 maiden (3 min 18 sec)

Forward !

I really wanted a S720 , especially with so many crowing about it . After watching a lot of youtube video I finally got me one . I was worried about the CG location and there for I put in a zippy 350 battery to move the CG a little more forward .

Maiden Flight !

Nothing - nothing - nothing - Too Much ! That was my flight . It was beef jerky !
That Dinky Toy transmitter deserves to be hammered to death !
The S720 is a relatively high performance model being controlled by a very low performance transmitter .
For me , I simply could not fly the S720 smoothly because when I did gentle movements = Nothing happened .
So you give more stick and still nothing , then more and nothing , and then more and the model jerks rather violently in the direction you want because you are now over controlling . The trashmitter is junk ! In my humble opinion the S720 should be BNF or PNP ..
The trashmitter simply does not cut it .

Calibration !

The calibration on my S720 was a little out . There was this slight perpetual right turn .
I came home and re calibrated the model .

A) Put the model on a flat surface ,
B) Give it the attitude you want
C) Pull both sticks down and out and hold till the lights that signify calibration stop = You just re calibrated the gyro !

Final word ? ( For now )

It's been cold / rainy / wet N windy for a while now . So my location was not the best for a...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | May 21, 2020 @ 03:28 AM | 10,038 Views
Ok , got something achieved today in the form of some stabilisers .
Weight is now 20.13 grams , up from 17.95 grams .

Looks like ! , I won't say it , might jinx the project .

Hmmm , might just give me other ideas ...
Posted by old4570 | May 19, 2020 @ 09:03 PM | 10,416 Views

Wow , all the parts are printed and ready to rock and or stroll !
3D printed parts + 3mm Square Carbon rod = 17.95 grams .
The V911 control board is 6.04 grams ..

Is that good or is that bad ? Dont know yet !
But ready to start cutting 3mm Depron .
Can I make it lighter than a whip ? ( UMX Whipit )

Posted by old4570 | May 18, 2020 @ 06:19 PM | 4,744 Views
3D printing DLG parts (1 min 19 sec)

A quick and dirty video to show the direction I am taking .
DLG will be in the 600mm to 700mm ball park .
I want to 3D print everything but the fins and wing .
Control will be VIA the V911 flight control board .
I would have preferred the F949 flight control board , but I ran out of those ( last one is in my Micro F16 )
Posted by old4570 | May 17, 2020 @ 09:32 PM | 7,355 Views

I have been searching for the OMPHobby S720 since last year .
Everywhere I looked the price was up and with a decent to horrendous chunk of green for shipping !
So I was looking at taking a hit for wanting to scratch an itch . ( The S720 was on my must have list )

After much searching I came across Makerfire , and they had a deal ( a real deal ) on the S720 with free shipping .

The S720 is here now .

Sharp eyes might pick up on the fact I put the wheels on mine the other way round ( forward ) .
Small wheels are not great on grass so I prefer having them more forward to resist nosing over .
It's windy outside and we have some nasty winter weather on the way . So not sure when I get to take the S720 for a stroll ?

I am really impressed with the physical qualities of the S720 .
Foam , and how everything goes together .
I just need a 3rd party Rx for it now so I can bind it to my Taranis . ( Do away with the toy Tx )

Posted by old4570 | May 16, 2020 @ 06:15 PM | 7,683 Views
Is it just a pipe dream ?
My first attempt at a fuse was a failure in the worst possible way .
This is my 2nd attempt , and does appear strong enough to do the job . ( Different design )

V911 board comes in just over 6 grams
The printed fuse comes in at 7.75 grams ( Is it too heavy )
And combined around 13.76 grams ( V911 board in the fuse )

Hmmm , I dream of a 3D printed DLG !

I think I need to minimalise the fuse , still need a nose cone after all .
Posted by old4570 | May 16, 2020 @ 12:08 AM | 6,366 Views
I am still playing with the design of a all moving elevator for the UMX Whipit ( or similar built micro DLG ) using a 3mm square tail boom .

This print was R2.1 ( revision 2 in design ) . I just printed out R2.2 which hopefully addresses some printer induced errors .
Yes , the printer induces errors .
It's one thing to design something , then you have to print it and asses where the short falls are and correct them . ( Revisions )
R2.1 was close .
But corrections were needed for the way the printer lays down PLA .
Also R2 brings down the elevator height closer to default for the Whip . , as well spreading load better and being more rigid . Well , not that a whip is going to put that much load on the elevator . I think the fuse and wing take most of the load .
Fingers crossed for R2.2

R2.2 came out better and good enough to be a keeper !
Posted by old4570 | May 14, 2020 @ 11:03 PM | 7,848 Views
Leaving off from Revision 1 > https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-TinkerCad-ing

There had to be some minor design changes .

Rather than two pins to make the hinge , I extended the main pin and than made a washer to go on the end .
I also increased the internal channel for the carbon tube for less hand fitting .

Viola , Revision 1.3 works ..
Washer snaps in place = Yeah !
Carbon 3mm square tube needs minimum hand fitting = Yeah !

Weight = 0.97 grams / 0.034oz /

Now back to trying to design a Pod .. / nose / canopy / fuse ... ( 1st was a huge fail )

Posted by old4570 | May 14, 2020 @ 09:18 PM | 8,252 Views

I do like DLG , especially small DLG like the UMX Whipit .
Just one problem , a serious lack of parts to play with .

This is my 2nd Mini / Micro DLG part I have designed . The first being an abject failure !
This is a all moving elevator bracket to fit a 3mm square carbon tube . ( Like on the whip )
This part is partially good and partially bad for a overall rating of average .

Thing is , the part might look good on 3D software ! But once printed out one can quickly see where the design fails in the printing process . Thankfully such small parts use very little if any PLA . I have been stress testing this part ( bending ) and it has not broken . So for a small sub 50 gram glider it should work just fine . This is a Revision 1 part and I have modified the design to R1.2 , and as I type this I have realised that more tweaks are needed and I will do a R1.3 ASAP and then print it out .
Posted by old4570 | May 14, 2020 @ 07:51 PM | 6,111 Views
JJRC H28 ( Retro quad ) (5 min 38 sec)

I haven't played with this one very much .
Simply because it cooks the battery , JJRC 1200mAh - 2s - 30C .
So this might be the 3rd time I have flown the JJRC H28 .

It handles ok , but very much like any large prop'ed - brushed - quad = Float'y and a little slow on the throttle .
Definitely needs a high discharge battery . The factory battery never cut it for the job . Hence the H28 is like new .
What was unique about the H28 was the removable arms .
You could remove the arms for transport in a back pack or something .
This was very much Pre folding arm quads .

Posted by old4570 | May 13, 2020 @ 08:48 PM | 8,097 Views
Volantex SC with 3D printed spinner (5 min 45 sec)

Cold Morning = 9.6 deg Celsius
Only a slight breeze , no sun to speak off .
Posted by old4570 | May 12, 2020 @ 06:51 AM | 6,835 Views
HQprop T5x3 5 Thrust test (1 min 9 sec)

My little 1306 could only handle 15,000 rpm .
Motor was getting hot .
Going on BG the largest motor for this style of prop is a Aokfly BS1408 .. This motor might be able to turn 20,000 with this prop . (?)

We'll find out cos I ordered the motor .

1306 - 2700kv - 3s to 4s motor
About 270 grams of thrust / 76.5watts / 15,200 rpm / 6.22Amp ( 3s )
Posted by old4570 | May 10, 2020 @ 10:53 PM | 7,846 Views
3D printed prop (2 min 39 sec)

Yeah , just had to do it !

The prop probably blows ! , but I ran a test anyways ..
Posted by old4570 | May 10, 2020 @ 01:54 AM | 7,221 Views

Available for NON Commercial purposes !!!!!

1103 etc motor mount for pusher applications .

Wings or DIY RC conversions .

Simply make a hole , and push the mount into the hole with glue . Dont get much easier than that !