Posted by mechmove | Today @ 08:51 PM | 104 Views
This evening, I did a peak amp draw using my Wattage Amp meter designed for this task. For the stock version of the Alpha 2M RTF sold by SoaringUSA, the peak amperage at max throttle was 12 amps with installed prop, spinner, and ESC powered by a Tattu 2s 650 mAH 75C battery. Lots of good options for lightweight ESCs with onboard BEC. Later, I'll make this upgrade to get rid of that tail weight. This should allow me to push the CG even further back without adding any weight when the time comes. But for now, I have other RC stuff to work on. Also, the new 3mm x 3 set screw fits snug and tight. The motor sounds and feels healthy again.

The rubber band that came with the RTF model was replaced with "1 mm White Elastic Cord for Jewelry Making". Although the solution looks unsophisticated, (what, no electronic braking?), I am thinking about installing this on my Supra and setting the brake completely off, I believe this method is to save battery which would normally "hold" the prop in place. The bigger the prop, the more power is needed to BRAKE and stop the prop from wind milling during non-powered gliding, In good thermal conditions, this could be a significantly long time! This process is powered by your battery. With such small batteries nowadays, conservation efforts go a long way. A simple elastic band, ingenious.
Posted by Mad_angler1 | Today @ 07:13 PM | 476 Views
DJI FPV Update - New Encrypted Air Unit ? Blocking Competitors but No New Features !!!

New DJI FPV Update - New Encrypted Air Unit ? Blocking Competitors but No New Features !!! (13 min 21 sec)


Today we have seen the release of firmware version V01.00.06.06 for the DJI FPV Air Unit, FPV Remote and the Air Unit Lite also known as the CaddX Vista.

This update has only one change listed that is
“Added support for new Air Unit (Lite) hardware”

While it is not known for sure at this time what this new HW is it’s strongly believed based on comments from CaddX in the past and the new Polar Starlight camera that this is going to be new Air Unit models with onboard camera encryption to prevent use of unlicensed 3rd party cameras such as the Runcam MIPI.

While it’s understandable DJI and CaddX would want to protect their licence agreement it’s disappointing that users will potentially be affected by this moving forward with new air units and possible issues with both 3rd party cameras as well as other lower official models previously sold and released.

What’s more concerning for users of the DJI Digital FPV System is that new features and bug fixes seem to have come to stop yet a new hardware revision and firmware can be developed to block competition in sort order.

While there have been a number major issues fixed with the V2 Goggles over the last month or so there remains a number of features missing and bugs in the system that have not been addressed....Continue Reading
Posted by Kearn | Today @ 03:29 PM | 1,070 Views
Looking for a motor template for a Hanger 9 cap 232 Alitalia. Which both recommended engine are no longer available. So i hope someone can help on this problem
Posted by Sherlock | Today @ 01:36 PM | 1,340 Views
I’m still have to do more research but this Colt Navy was possibly the side arm of a relative in the Civil War. It is is rough shape and missing some parts, mostly screws. I am trying to figure out what to do with it. Leave it as is, get it cleaned up and replace some parts to get it whole. The serial number is so old that Colt did not have any information on it.
Posted by DutchRC | Today @ 11:02 AM | 1,765 Views
Halloa (FPV) people

in the last year we have seen a new brand pop up.. And Dave C's Rekon brand is for now very much specialized in Long Range / Endurance / Lightweight FPV drones.. The first Rekon quad I ordered was the Rekon 5 which I Very much like! (might do a review of it)..

And now.. now we have this 1S 18650 contraption! If nothing else, it is an interesting proof of concept.. And proof it is cause is Does fly...
Does it fly well? I think that depends on what you want, and what you were expecting

Link to it: RekonFPV Rekon 3 1S copter (at Banggood)


Sooooo here are my thoughts on it, and not unimportantly: my tune for it

RekonFPV Rekon 3 - 1S 18650 Lion FPV Cruiser - REVIEW + TUNE ! (22 min 10 sec)



Specifications:
type: FPV Cruiser / Endurance quad
material(s): CF arms + plastick body
dry weight: 62 grams
flight controller: HGLRC Zeus5 AIO
firmware version: Betaflight 4.2.0
ESC's: HGLRC Zeus5 AIO
motors: Rekon 1202.5 11600 Kv
propellors: Gemfan 3018 2-blade
FPV camera: Caddx Nano Ant
VTX: Zeus Nano 350 mW
GPS: nope
Lipo: 1S 18650 (not included)
OSD: yep, by Betaflight
smart Audio: yep.. set up correctly
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props: yes 1 extra set of props
Posted by Bill M - RC | Today @ 10:37 AM | 1,818 Views
Hi fellow rc pilots & rc enthusiasts

DEERC D10 review. In this DEERC D10 Foldable Drone with wifi FPV 1080p HD Camera review, I include unboxing, functions, features, app, calibration, flight & duration tests.

You can get this DEERC D10 Foldable Drone with Camera for Adults 1080P HD FPV Live Video, Tap Fly, Gesture Control, Selfie, Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, RC Quadcopter for Beginners with 2 Batteries and Carrying Case here: https://amzn.to/3yaHYjt

DEERC D10 review - Fun Foldable Drone with WiFi FPV 1080p Camera (27 min 22 sec)

Posted by MikeHRC | Today @ 10:34 AM | 1,789 Views
I love my Moonbeam McSwine - it flies really well and has talken a real pounding - it was my main transition plane from helicopters to planes and has the scars to prove it. One of the areas that has suffered most from poor (belly) landings is the motor shaft - I bent it very early on and was concerned that my plane was dead. Fortunately I found a forum post explaining that some people had used M3 hex bolts as motor shafts, so I thought I'd try that - here is a quick explanation how...

Start by removing the motor from the plane, this is the grub screw that holds the motor into it's mount



Pull the motor out forwards - it may take some wiggling and make sure that the grub screw is fully loose to give enough clearance for the motor to slide out

Then remove this grub screw and the one opposite it - they may be tough to get started as they were held in (on my motor) with some very resolute thread lock, a little heat (I a soldering iron held on the grub screw) is really helpful for melting the threadlock - about 20-30 seconds usually works. I good quality "fresh" hex driver really helps.



Once you have removed the grub screws holding the motor shaft (best to remove them completely) you can remove the shaft, in this picture you can see the "shoulder" that I put in the socket (i.e. from a socket set that you might use to mend your car) - that's what we call them here anyway. You can also see one of the two grub screws on the motor "bell...Continue Reading
Posted by 3rd-dem | Today @ 07:49 AM | 2,254 Views
More to come.....
6s 5000/ HW125 esc with reverse thrust/15X7 prop/retracts/digital servos
Posted by Dermensch | Today @ 04:33 AM | 2,784 Views
As more of an traditional RC flyer flying my planes and helis i got interested in the mini 2 last year when it comes out and bought one. After making a few videos it layed around in the winter and a friend of mine was interested and bought it from me. But as the temperatures get warmer and the weather better it more and more got thinking: Wow now it would be cool to fly a little around with that drone and make a little video. So i bought it again... and i think now it can stay. Made 2 vids since i have it again. One on vacation in croatia and one at my local flying field chasing the air 2 from a friend of mine... was a lot of fun

Mavic Air 2 followed by Mini 2 (0 min 49 sec)


DJI Mini 2 in Croatia (3 min 27 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by Carol ZEEE | Today @ 04:00 AM | 2,844 Views
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Posted by agperrin | Yesterday @ 07:11 PM | 4,242 Views
There was a time i flew off the dunes at cape san blas in gulf county florida. 29°41'28.17"N, 85°22'27.07"W...hurricanes and overly-concerned citizens have limited this. where do you slope soar...back in the 70's there was a popular site inland laguna beach, ca, kite hill i think it was. 20 years ago i found an amazing place that was difficult to access, up a mountain near caryville tn. actually found it here on a blog...36.2925849,-84.2557398
Posted by unboxingexp | Yesterday @ 12:48 PM | 5,224 Views
Here is my take on a homemade 4s 18650 battery pack for FPV. I decided to spot weld the cells to make the pack more robust. Moreover, I went for a 3d printed TPU mount to hold the batteries in place.
DIY 4s 18650 battery for FPV (3 min 54 sec)

Posted by mechmove | Yesterday @ 10:38 AM | 5,824 Views
Last week, I picked up my latest build for this summer, a 4 meter electric Pulsar from Soaring USA. The build quality of these models are second to none. I hope I am able to do a proper radio installation. Although the receipt shows a 4 meter compact, I decided on the 3 piece wing. I plan on using the onboard 5 amp BEC for the receiver and 5 servos. The pod is ultra slick and roomy, which should facilitate final stages of installation. The tail boom is so light, its non existent, like holding nothing in your hands! I do feel at least one of these gliders should be in a museum of modern art. They deserve recognition beyond its purpose of being an RC "flying machine".
Posted by Bill M - RC | Yesterday @ 06:59 AM | 6,981 Views
Hi fellow rc pilots & rc enthusiasts

SJRC F11 4K Pro review. A short video clip in 4K with 3840x2160p resolution.

#globalrc #newdrones #dronereview #drone #drones #bestdronereviews #fpv #fpvlife #dronestagram #rcworld #rccommunity #rchobby #uav #dronefans #quadaddiction #radiocontrol #dronecatalog

SJRC F11 4K Pro - 4K 3840x2160 Video Clip with Zoom In (5 min 0 sec)

Posted by Caffeine | Yesterday @ 12:49 AM | 9,277 Views
Hi All,

There's been a bit of stagnation in TTSAutomate development lately. The tool is stable and functionally complete so there hasn't been a driver to create a new version for a while.

Some recent events have brought about some questions on the future of the tool;
  • Google has changed their mechanism that I used to do the TTS. I could update the tool again but it's really chasing a moving target. At this stage Google TTS voices don't work with TTSAutomate, and will not again unless I make a change to the tool.
  • The hosting that I use for the TTSAutomate website got discontinued, and the cost to continue hosting at the new owners was around 3x the contributions I've received in the lifetime of TTSAutomate, so it was going to cost more than it was worth to continue with that setup, let alone the TTS engine usage charges.
As a result, I've taken on hosting ttsautomate.com myself, and I'm considering my options regarding updating / reworking the tool.

If you have an interest in the future of TTSAutomate, could you please give me your feedback using the facility on https://ttsautomate.com/feedback/

You're the majority of customers I have for the tool, so I'd like to make sure that any change I make is heading in the right direction.

Thanks all!
Posted by VicT | Jul 25, 2021 @ 11:37 PM | 9,653 Views
This is a new BNF Aeroscout S 2 1.1M BNF BASIC from the Brandon Fl Hobby store for $149,99. After unboxing I used a 3S1300 SMART lipo to Bind my NX8 to the model. After confirming SAFE could be turned on and off I taxied her on the street to check tracking and she tracked great.

This Scout will be a club trainer using my NX8 TX on wireless training for other pilots that have the NX6 or DX transmitters.

Since most pilots do not want to remove the wings I glued the bind plug to the side of the fuselage to make it easier to bind. Yes you can use the included bind cable after removing the canopy but I prefer the side mount. Its easy to leave the bind plug installed and fly off then crash when someone in the pits binds their model. I tie a string or colored tape to the bind plug so I can see it hanging from the side of the fuselage. It’s easy to see when taxiing for take off. I sand the black plastic connector and use just a toothpick of CA on the plastic to secure it to the foam.

I make a lanyard for the canopy as eventually it will depart the fuselage and you will have to make or buy a new one.

I use an old credit card cut down and sanded to act as a guard to protect the elevator and rudder servos.

The black velcro can be made easier to use if a colored string is glued or tied to the end of one strap.

The stock tires and wheels are nice for rough terrain. However the center of mass is high and eventually the Scout will end up...Continue Reading
Posted by mojowoykin | Jul 25, 2021 @ 09:28 PM | 10,193 Views
Continuum V5 joined wing canard glider V5 maiden flight with Mike Frandsen piloting (6 min 2 sec)


At Torrey Pines Fun Fly 2021...

Continuum V5 joined wing canard glider V5 maiden flight with Mike Frandsen piloting

Q-"Continuum V.5" Maiden Flight with Mike Frandsen.

The Q- "Continuum" V.5 High Performance Joined-Wing Canard Slope Glider, as flown by Mike Frandsen.

Mike being interested in the "front-wheel drive" characteristics, stability, and response, seen here putting the glider to the test.

Featuring a laid up Kevlar-Carbon fiber-fiberglass fuselage from a mold of a 3d printed plug based on the original basswood plug.

New modified, bagged main and canard wings, with Kevlar living-hinges for control surfaces. 3D printed wing joiners, canard mount , and wing inserts of carbon infused PETG. Carbon tube wing rods and premium 3D printed PETG canopy, and "endlets", as we call them.

The Original Q- "Continuum"- V.5 High Performance Joined-Wing Canard Slope Glider maiden video.

There's nothing like having a premier pilot taking a design to it's limits.
Thanks Mike...
Posted by mechmove | Jul 25, 2021 @ 09:16 PM | 10,278 Views
Well, I had to try; after resetting my CG to 75mm I found an older prop with a 3 x 4mm set screw. I installed it, although it protrudes, it works. The correct size is 3 x 3mm. New set screws arrive tomorrow. The weight penalty is +4 grams, flying weight 539 grams. Made the drive out to Long Beach, flying much better now, in fact this is best handling airplane I have ever flown, hands down. Fly's straight and level, fast or slow, and maintains a good pitch attitude, I've only seen this in other peoples' planes.

Now the weight reduction task begins. Since I paid for the RTF ship, I believe there is only so much I should put into this effort. But I should at least eliminate the tail weight which at a minimum involves installing a smaller ESC. Need to get specs on the motor first.

It also needs to be noted, the 3mm set screw holding the motor shaft was a bit looser when I returned home. This tells me a pre-flight check of this screw is needed before every flying session. Climbing with less power is an option as is Loctite.
Posted by GBLynden | Jul 25, 2021 @ 07:09 PM | 10,655 Views
I recorded Tim last night flying his E-flite UMX Turbo Timber. This is the first real world test with my brand new Rode Wireless Go audio setup, so I will be tuning it slightly from here if it seemed too loud. Let me know what you think guys!

Tim's E-flite UMX Turbo Timber RC Plane Flight (6 min 44 sec)