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Posted by Ssayer | Nov 18, 2018 @ 02:58 PM | 3,218 Views
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Pic of stock quad with some temporary 3D Printed legs (and yes, the cam isn't set properly for speed on these pics)


https://www.eachine.com/Eachine-Tyro...am-p-1225.html

Disclaimer: I got this from Eachine/Banggood for testing and review.
(Note that this is NOT an affiliate link. I was asked to put in an affiliate link because Banggood has decided to institute a ROI, but I have elected not to put it up here which means that this will probably be one of my last (if not my last) reviews of items provided to me. I do my reviews because it's FUN, I get to play with stuff that I might not otherwise buy, and to give others a real life clue (not the manufacturer's claims) as to how the darn thing works! Also, if you think I'm biased and won't knock an item that needs knocking, then you need to go back and check some of my other reviews...)

Now, who is this item marketed for. I can't see it being marketed for a die hard RC'er because they no doubt (like me) have plenty of quads with equal or better specs. So, I'm going to review this as a quad for a beginner to intermediate RC'er. Also, I'm going to presume that you already own (or are in the process of procuring) a transmitter, monitor or goggles, and a charger!

Viewing it that way, what do we see?

First, from everything I've seen and read, it's marketed as a $99 quad. Well, yes and no. It's a $99 PNP quad. It doesn't actually say PNP on BG (remember that I'm tailoring this review to a less experienced RC'er who may not get...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Oct 21, 2018 @ 03:32 PM | 3,241 Views
Here it is:

https://www.banggood.com/MZ-YY2003-2...r_warehouse=CN

Disclaimer: I got this from Banggood for testing and review.
(Note that this is NOT an affiliate link. I do my reviews because it's FUN, I get to play with stuff that I might not otherwise buy, and to give others a real life clue (not the manufacturer's claims) as to how the darn thing works! Also, if you think I'm biased and won't knock an item that needs knocking, then you need to go back and check some of my other reviews...)


For 44 bucks, you can already guess that it's a toy. No problem there! The package shows 8+, but... if you have a kid on your Christmas list that's older than his 6 or less than his 12 years old, then it would be a real nice gift! After I'm done going through testing it for my review, it's going to my 6 year old grandson. Trust me, he's going to be one very happy kid. It's fast enough to get his attention and strong enough to have some good fun, yet slow enough that he isn't going to get into trouble (good luck with that, eh? ).

Ok, here's a quick sub 30 second video that will show you it's speed and crawling ability, so it shouldn't endanger anybody's attention span:

MZ YY2003 Military Crawler (0 min 28 sec)


What do I think, remembering what I see as the target age group?

Pro:
Decently fast
Decently strong crawler
Typical (easy) controller
Headlights work
Has what sounds (to me) like a backup warning sound when moving
Yes, it has reverse (I absolutely hate those toys that don't!!!)
Trim adjust for straightness
Trim adjust for speed

Con:
Could use a somewhat tighter turning radius

Thoughts... At this price point, I don't see much that's any better and certainly a lot of stuff that isn't as good.
Posted by Ssayer | Oct 04, 2018 @ 02:19 PM | 4,060 Views
Eachine ROTG01 Pro UVC OTG 5.8G 150CH Full Channel FPV Receiver W/Audio For Android Smartphone

https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-ROT...p-1347396.html
(Note that this is NOT an affiliate link. I do my reviews because it's FUN, I get to play with stuff that I might not otherwise buy, and to give others a real life clue as to how the darn thing works!)

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First, the disclaimer: Banggood sent me this for testing and review (thank you!)



If your smartphone is on the list, this is a pretty darn good thing to have. I own Fatsharks and that's what I'm going to fly with but... for use as a buddy monitor... It comes in a tin about the size of a pack of cigarettes, so it'll fit safely when not in use just about anywhere. If somebody wants to check out my video feed while I'm flying, it's a quick plug in to my phone and start the app (and my phone is always on me when I'm out). The video is as good as can be expected for an FPV video and the receiver itself is tiny enough to easily be held in anyone's hand (holding it in your hand behind your phone).

If you want to fly with it, it has a very slight lag (I wouldn't be doing gates at high speed with it, but that's me). I did fly while viewing with it around my yard and had no problem going in and out between the trees. Also, I'm sure that someone that flies all out throttle all the time wouldn't be happy with it either , but any beginner would be (and it's cheap for an entry into FPV!). Also, it works with a VR headset, so......Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Sep 30, 2018 @ 09:27 AM | 3,751 Views
Eachine E015 With Flight Boat Car 3-mode Altitude Hold Mode RC Drone Quadcopter RTF

https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E01...p-1344017.html
(Note that this is NOT an affiliate link. I do my reviews because it's FUN, I get to play with stuff that I might not otherwise buy, and to give others a real life clue as to how the darn thing works!)

First, the disclaimer: Banggood sent me this for testing and review (thank you!)

What do you get for your money? Let me start with this... it's a toy. For this kind of money, don't go expecting a Phantom 4, it isn't going to happen! Now, what you do get is a transmitter, a brushed motors quad, a 220mAh battery (or up to three depending on what you've picked), a "hover" car body, a foam boat pad, charger, two extra props, and a small Phillips screwdriver (in a BIG box!!!).

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On to how it performs, which I'll divide into three segments: Quad, Car, and Boat.

Quad:
Simply for testing I charged the battery (it charged to 4.22v) and did a plain Jane hover, a couple of flips, tested Altitude hold, RTT, etc., but nothing fast. I got 5:26 until it reached it's LVC. It's LVC gave me a resting voltage of 3.37v so I won't be running it to LVC again, but this was just for an Apples to Apples test. FWIW, I have to say that Altitude hold worked extremely well. Be prepared for RTT when the quad gets close!!! On the next battery, I zipped around the viewable house (because it's LOS) doing flips, rolls, etc. and stopped at 3 minutes. After...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Sep 06, 2018 @ 03:58 PM | 20,690 Views
Banggood.com sent me this for testing and review.

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https://www.banggood.com/Jumper-T12-...r_warehouse=CN

Note that this is NOT an affiliate link. I get things to test and review because it's fun and I get to play with stuff that I normally wouldn't buy without already knowing that it was worth it. .

On to the transmitter. If you read my review on the T8SG Lite, you know that I hated it because of the sticks. Well, the sticks are far and away the main reason that I love the T12. The sticks on the one that I got are buttery smooth and very precise. So much so that I'm currently in the process of porting all my quads and sail planes over to it. It will definitely become my go to transmitter.

For size comparison, here is a pic of each of my multi protocol transmitters from worst to best. (pic) On a scale of one to ten with one being the toy transmitter that comes with most RTF stuff and ten being a transmitter that I don't yet own , I would rate their sticks as ; 1, 6, 7, and 9 respectively.

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Now, I've always been a Deviation kind of guy, and this is my first delving into OpenTx and there is a learning curve you have to go through. That said, I've easily found (so far) everything I've needed online via YouTube and OL's helpful hints. I've got 5 models set up so far and will just keep going (and learning). The hardest parts so far have been figuring out a couple of rogue DSM receivers to get them to bind and getting the endpoints correctly set on my Holybro...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Sep 04, 2018 @ 08:32 AM | 3,457 Views
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https://www.banggood.com/Jumper-T8SG...gn=T8SG%20Lite

Banggood sent this to me for review. The good thing about Banggood is that they're a retailer and not the maker. I get to say it the way it is. If I weren't allowed to, I wouldn't be reviewing...

Pros:
1. Very good range.
2. The binding process was painless.
3. FrSky, FrSky V8, FrSkyX, Skyartec, S-FHSS, Corona, PPM, USBHID.
4. Programming is easy enough if you're familiar with Deviation firmware at all.
5. Deviation - which means that better things can come! The funny thing here is that some people regard Deviation as a con. I love it!
6. Ample screen size and brightness.
7. Size - you could carry this thing anywhere.
8. Price - If something were to happen to it, you wouldn't need to be devastated like you would be if your #1 transmitter got broken.
9. USB for upgrades and adding models that you can grab from Deviation as people add their specific models.
10. Two 3 position switches and two rotary.
11. Shows RSSI (with FrSky at least).

Cons:
1. To me, it's all about the sticks. The sticks are the interface between my mind and the quad (or sailplane). I could list a thousand Pros, and the sticks would still kill the deal for me. If they changed the "gimbals" to anything better, this review would be a heck of a lot more positive. Maybe if I were an XBox kind of guy or something, I might feel better about it, but I'm not. I'm an RC kind of guy...
- A. The feel of the stick movement is anything but smooth.
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Posted by Ssayer | Aug 31, 2018 @ 04:34 PM | 4,257 Views
Even though I posted this in another thread, I'm going to re-post it here. The reason being that (among other things that come to mind):
1. I'm going to be adding in info about what FCBs/cams/ and xmtrs I've tested with
2. Because my FPV video now outflys my control transmitter, I'm going to try different things with the control transmitter's setup (I consider that OT for the main RF thread and I'd like it all in one place).

I'll leave this first post as is, and use post #2 for any updates

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Ok, I'm only comparing this to a FuriousFPV V2.1 module on my Domv3 goggles, so take it for what it's worth. Also, I'm a tree flyer and not a long range flyer. 99% of my flying is done on my 4.5+ acres of modest to heavy woods. That said, WOW! Now I haven't done a calibration, and haven't even looked at the manual past the installation part (*note: the power module is hidden in between a piece of foam and the alternate face plate, so make sure you look there before you start thinking that something is missing... <-- me ), so maybe it gets even better (I doubt it can get much better).

Here's the deal, I've always flown out until the fpv signal gets so bad, that it's time to come back in a little. Never an issue and I know my property like a captain knows his ship (Galaxy Quest reference). This morning, knowing that the module was coming in today, I went out and slowly...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Sep 09, 2017 @ 08:11 AM | 6,760 Views
I received the Eachine E56 from Banggood for testing and review. https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E56...p-1187787.html

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There are already a number of reviews on this, so once again, I'll limit my review to mainly observations and opinions.

To me, at the same time, it is both innovative and a novelty. It's new, so the app is still having some growing pains, but they seem to be getting there. In it's current incantation, it works fine on my Samsung Galaxy S5, but merely loads onto my tablets and errors out immediately when I attempt to launch it. I'm presuming that it needs a minimum Android version that is higher than my old(er) tablets which (if this is the reason) they should state in their description, but I can't say for sure.

If you want video, you need to use the Android device (or Apple, I guess ). If you want to control with the remote controller and view with the Android device, you need to do it in this order:
1. Turn on quad
2. Turn on and pair remote control
3. Change WiFi network on Android device to the quad
4. Run App on Android device
5. Play
If you connect with the Android device first, then it won't pair with the remote control (at least with my device).
Obviously, you can both view video and use the Android device for control, I just like to check out all the options. Also, I prefer their Remote Controller as it's the "fun" part of this quad.

Flight time, I get between 6 and 7 minutes, so with it being rated at 7 it's about...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Aug 07, 2017 @ 03:51 PM | 7,179 Views
Just in case it matters to anyone. I put one of my Runcam Split cams on my Hubsan H501A mainly for looking down when flying high. But, I've found that I really prefer the FOV of the Split as I have a lot easier time hitting the gaps. Here's what the setup looks like and then some side by side comparisons taken from the video when I was flying. What do you think?

Quad
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Posted by Ssayer | Jul 30, 2017 @ 01:20 PM | 8,536 Views
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I kept hearing how the Advanced Transmitter was so much more precise than the Standard Transmitter, so not being happy enough with the slop in my Standard Transmitter's gimbals, I finally broke down and bought one. No contest, the Advanced Transmitter is simply that much more precise. I finally feel confident flying through the trees with this quad!

So let's compare:

Standard Transmitter:
Larger screen
Way easier to insert batteries (more on that in a minute)
Easier to feel good about setting the darn thing down! (sounds dumb, but it matters to me, the Advance Transmitter just doesn't lay down as well)

Advanced Transmitter
The gimbals are rock solid in comparison (we will give it 10 bonus points for this alone!)
It feels better in your hands (my opinion, YMMV)
Easy to turn on/off OSD while flying

Which one is better? IMHO, had I known then what I know now, I would have gone with the Advanced Transmitter right off the bat. It's that much better!

Now, on to the battery thing. With the Standard Transmitter, you simply insert 4 AA batteries. Done... With the Advanced Transmitter, you have to put them (8 AA batteries) into a battery brick and then plug them in via the JST plug. That might be easy for you young guys, but for this old dude, reaching down into the battery bay to plug that thing in with almost no clearance is a chore. The first time I did it, I thought I'd screwed up royally. I plugged it in and pushed the brick down. Man!!! The springs...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Jul 30, 2017 @ 12:29 PM | 7,524 Views
I drew and printed up some legs for my Hubsans to get them further off the ground (both for prop clearance in higher grass and for ground clearance for my Runcam Split). If you want them longer or shorter, it's easy enough to change that size in your 3D Printer's slicer. I picked this particular size as it is the minimum size which allows ground clearance for my Runcam Split at any angle.

I've attached them with 2 small zip ties and then (because I'm persnickity), I UV welded them in two spots. If you tighten the zip ties well enough there is no problem, but... with the UV weld, they won't budge (with the added benefit that a quick snap of the wrist breaks that weld if you want to remove them). Everything total (legs and zip ties) weighs in at 14g and doesn't make much difference in flight time.

Legs:
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Quad with Runcam Split and quad without:
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More of a side view of quad with Runcam Split and a close up:
...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Jul 19, 2017 @ 03:42 PM | 8,789 Views
Like my Hubsans (which I felt needed a downward facing cam), I just thought a cam that recorded in 1080P would be pretty nice on my racing quad. I had a Runcam Swift 2 on it already, making it pretty darn easy to change over to this one since the connector is the same (and obviously, was already there.) So, I designed an insert to go between the quad and the battery to hold the PCB from the Runcam Split and printed it on my 3D printer. It fits between the battery connector at the rear, screws toward the rear of the quad and has enough room to not hit the FPV antenna. I glued it down with some Gorilla Glue since that stuff hold tight but you can still pry whatever loose (from carbon fiber anyway) if/when you feel the need.

It's funny that I've heard people saying that the Runcam Split has too much lag. Not mine, I zip through and around the trees with no problem at all. Also, some people have complained that it doesn't fill their 16/9 frame well enough. It works just fine on my Dom V3, my Aomway 7" monitor, and my Boscam 5802 monitor. Go figure, eh?

What the quad looks like with the Runcam Split and the 3D printed adapter
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Close up
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Adapter
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Posted by Ssayer | Jul 13, 2017 @ 09:05 PM | 9,071 Views
I couldn't decide which thread to put this in, heck there are about 5 or so that I could, so... I'm putting it here.

My 501A/S both default to 5828, so that made this pretty easy. I set the Runcam Split to 5645, which is what everything else I own runs at.

So, first... why? Well, where I fly has way way way more trees than open area and the Hubsans look out, not down. With the Runcam, I can set it (before flight) to look down at whatever angle I feel like and get both FPV video and HD recording (with very good WDR!).

What's my setup for the quad? I drew up and 3D printed a part that everything mounts to. It mounts to the quad with two Reusable Releasable Zip Ties. It takes a whole... 30 seconds to attach or detach the setup. I elected to run it from a 350maH lipo since I have a bunch of them and they are more than enough for a 18 minute flight. So...
1. Runcam Split
2. Eachine TX02
3. 350 maH battery
4. 3D printed plate
5. Velcro strap to hold battery on
6. Two releasable zip ties
7. 3 zip ties to hold TX02 and antenna on
8. 4 nylon screws and 12 nylon nuts
9. 1 losi connector to connect TX02 to Runcam PCB

What do I lose? About 25% of my flying time with the extra 51g of weight. On average (since I don't fly it to LVC), I drop from 18 minutes of flight time to 14 of flight time.

What do I gain? Heck, I wanted both of these to use as a "relatively" inexpensive AP platform. Being able to fly slowly over any given area and accurately line up...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | May 24, 2017 @ 03:03 PM | 12,353 Views
First, I got this from Banggood for testing and review. Thank you very much!

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Both Pics=H501A on left, H501S on right. Please note that I changed the front props to gold.

http://www.banggood.com/Hubsan-X4-AI...campaign=H501A

Unlike other things that I've reviewed, this review is a little tricky because there are three different ways to review this quad and I would like to give each way it's due. The three ways that I will review it are:

1. Stock quad (what you get in the box is what you've got) plus cellphone (the Android App is great!).
2. Stock quad plus cellphone plus FPV Monitor (or goggles).
3. Stock quad plus cellphone plus Standard Transmitter (that's what I already own). It would be the same for the advanced transmitter. I'll add also using an FPV Monitor at the end of this particular segment.
3a. add FPV Monitor.

Ok, here we go (short version):

1. Stock quad. If you're flying low and close to stuff, the only way to fly it is LOS. Period. Flying it LOS, you will see that the controls don't have any discernible lag, so... have fun. FPV though, I see the video seesaw between practically no lag all the way up to around 6 seconds lag, and if you're flying it strictly looking at your cellphone, you're cruising for a bruising. Once you get above the trees, who cares about the lag, you have time to react.
Why fly it with just your cellphone? To me, the biggest reason is way points on a map. It flies them and it does it well. That said, it also has Orbit, Follow...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | May 21, 2017 @ 02:12 PM | 9,786 Views
I've been looking for a case for my Hubsan H501S (and soon to be H501A), but everything I've seen that isn't humongous makes you have to take the props off. I've got some old quads that I'm decommissioning and slowly giving away to family, so I have the cases that I bought for them. Out of the blue I thought, hmmm.... this might just make it. Well, it makes it with about 3/8" to spare, so... I grabbed some of my velcro strips, my hot melt glue gun, and... voila!


The case :
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Velcro is hot melt glued in (and 4 pieces cut from the foam that comes with the case):
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Quad w/battery, 2 batteries (I made the strap long enough for 3), spare props and prop wrench (I made the straps long enough to hold a bunch of props):
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Posted by Ssayer | Feb 21, 2017 @ 07:52 PM | 12,730 Views
Banggood sent me a DM002 5.8G FPV With 600TVL Camera 2.4G 4CH 6Axis RC Quadcopter RTF for testing and review.

DIY Quad FPV footage (0 min 42 sec)


IMHO, it's main selling point is that you can buy it for your kid who can then put it together and fly it (and it flies pretty darn well). As someone that put together many, many, many, models when I was a kid... to me, this works. It takes a whole 4-1/2 minutes for an old fumble fingered guy to put together, so you know it's not too tough. What's more, because it has it's own transmitter, it's almost (needs assembly!) a RTF FPV quad. All you need is a monitor (of course you can just not put the camera on and fly it LOS). Heck, for the price, how can you beat it? Having seen all too many high priced kids toys that don't do a darn thing, this really isn't that expensive.

http://www.banggood.com/DM002-5_8G-F...p-1114854.html

There are three rates and high rate will work fine outdoors, but no acro. The way the motor connectors are on the FCB, you don't get a whole lot of room between the motor wires and the propellors, so you have to make sure that you have the motor wires out of the way.

The AIO camera has a good video and is power switchable at 0Mw/25mW/80mW/200mW with 40 channels. The AIO camera almost looks like a mirror image clone of the TX03, though there are some obvious differences. But frequency, band, and power are adjusted the same way. The wires for the camera are way too long. In all honesty...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Jan 30, 2017 @ 03:24 PM | 12,280 Views
Banggood sent me a VTX02 200mw mini (micro?) video transmitter for testing and review. If you're familiar with their AIO cam/transmitters, you already know how small this thing is. If you aren't, well it's small and it's very light weight (2.8g)...

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So, the big question is, how does it compare to a regular sized 200mw transmitter. I'm a tree flyer, meaning that 95% of my flying is done on my moderately to heavily tree'd 4-1/2 acre lot. Since that's where I fly, that's how I compare. I did a quick band-aid job of putting something together to test (I ran the cam off of the transmitter's 5v out),

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Posted by Ssayer | Jan 17, 2017 @ 12:09 PM | 11,944 Views
I got the Fatshark Dom3 goggles for Christmas. I can't believe how many times I've had to charge it's LiPo battery already.

We've got some really nice and very bright flashlights that use 18650 batteries and so we have a good number of spare 18650 batteries. We also have numerous "2 battery" chargers that came with the batteries (we have a real charger that we charge our batteries with). So, the other day I just happened to notice one of them and thought... hmmmm......

I rummaged through my bit boxes and found an old 12v brick power supply that had the proper connector on it, an old 2S LiPo with a long enough balance plug, a small switch, and a LED battery voltage readout (I got a few of these from BG when they had them on sale last year). I also jumped into Blender and drew up a back for it with flanges on it to hold it between the straps similar to the stock battery. Heck, you could make a back piece out of a hunk of plastic or even a piece of cardboard. So... on to the pictures!...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Jan 15, 2017 @ 09:13 AM | 12,945 Views
Holybro Shuriken 180 PRO - DSM version

I believe I'm the first to review this one, so that means I should add some more info as a preface to what I observed while I was testing it. When doing reviews, a lot of other people tend to copy and paste everything from the sellers or the company's site, but that seems a tad redundant (I'll add my own pics here at the end of my post). For any and all pertinent information, by all means check the specs out first, they're easy enough to find.

For sure, it has some pretty nice specs. From this point on, I'm presuming that you checked out the specs and all the pics. This is important because I'll give observations based on what you saw.

1. The camera is pointed up at approximately 35 in those pics. While that might be great once you've tested it all out and start really flying it, there is no way in this world that I'd have a new quad with the cam pointed at anything more than about 10 or so until I've completely familiarized myself with that quad. Here's where I ran into my first problem. At 35, the bottom of the cam is tight to the frame of the quad (If you read reviews, you'll see that this problem isn't limited to only this quad). As is, there is no way to adjust the camera to a lesser angle. So, I went into my bit box and found some 1/4" spacers (and longer screws) so that I could adjust the camera angle. Problem solved (pretty easy, eh?) I'll have a pic at the end of the review with that minor mod. The camera...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Dec 15, 2016 @ 07:08 PM | 13,501 Views
It's winter. I'm inside. I've got these neat micro quads all set up for FPV that I've been flying around the house. I wanted to "add" to the enjoyment, so... I jumped into Blender and drew up some connectors to fit some el cheapo, sub 3 buck, Wally World carbon fiber shafts (I used these same shafts in the 3D Printed lawn spinners that I drew up). It took two shafts plus 4" from a third to make one gate - 4 pcs @ 10" and 6 pcs @ 4". So the next few gates will only take two shafts plus leftovers from that 3rd shaft. The gate size is 10"x10" (just seemed like a nice size and is a breeze to change later if I want since this is all press fit). I dressed up the gate with some stuff I made up for my Ink printer...

What do you think?