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Posted by DismayingObservation | Dec 31, 2017 @ 12:00 AM | 51,604 Views
Quadcopters – or drones if you prefer – are becoming more affordable with each passing day.

Such a quad is the very affordable DM95 Visitor from GearBest.com. Here’s a terrific little model for which not only delivers great overall performance, it does so at a budget-friendly price.

Actually, “friendly” is too mild a word. A basic version with a 0.3-megapixel camera is available for US$35.99 while the two-megapixel version I’ll discuss can be had for a mere $7.00 more. Yes, a whopping $42.99 nets a foldable brushed quad with a 2.4GHz radio system, Wi-Fi video/FPV and model control and even barometric altitude hold.

Contents:

Aside from the fully assembled model, the box contains the following:
• Four-channel 2.4GHz transmitter with digital trim tabs, screw-on smartphone holder, stick extensions and neck strap
• Clip-on propeller guards with separate covers which install in the arms when not in use
• Two spare propellers
• 900mAh 3.7V lithium polymer battery with USB charger
• Illustrated instruction manual in both English and Chinese
• Instruction sheet for the app with QR codes for downloading

Required to fly:
• Four AA-cell alkaline batteries for the transmitter

The matte black finish with silver and gold accents do a good job of imitating a more expensive folding quad. The arms swing out and rigidly lock in place but are easily refolded.

Doing a considerably lesser job of imitating an upscale unit is the transmitter. It is, without...Continue Reading
Posted by DismayingObservation | Dec 22, 2017 @ 07:30 PM | 49,689 Views
OK, I admit that I was never a fan of "Seinfeld."

The single gag which has had some staying power is that of the 1997 introduction of "Festivus," a secular holiday made popular by the show and which has become a lighthearted, anti-consumerism celebration.

Tomorrow, December 23, Festivus celebrates 20 years. To celebrate twenty years of the airing of grievances, feats of strength and mystery meat for dinner, may I present my nod to the, um, season.

It's a JJRC H67 "Flying Santa" quad with a hastily constructed Festivus pole atop a borrowed LEGO block. It's a combination of a painted drinking straw from Subway, ammo from an airsoft gun, some aluminum acrylic paint and some hot glue. By the way, this is not the same H67 I featured in a recent mini-review. That was was mailed to a friend and I bought this one for myself.

Good old Wikipedia has an article right here.

Seriously though, a very merry Christmas to all of you.
Posted by DismayingObservation | Dec 07, 2017 @ 02:37 PM | 43,106 Views
As I’d mentioned at the start of my last mini-review here on the RCGroups.com blogs, the joy of the Christmas season brings out some rather fun, but seasonal, items. That marketing angle is making its way into the hobby market.

Here for your consideration is just such an item, one which also qualifies as one of the strangest flying models I’ve ever reviewed. It’s the JJRC H66 X-Mas Egg quadcopter from GearBest.com, complete with a 720p camera which connects via Wi-Fi to a smartphone. The app also allows control of the model via Wi-Fi.

It’s easy to imagine such a bauble with a fun, secular Easter theme. But Christmas? Eggs?

That got me to thinking how eggs and Christmas are somehow related – and then it hit me.

Eggnog! If ever there were a holiday treat which should be available year-round, eggnog is above and beyond my first choice. I’m kind of kicking myself for not remembering that sooner. Now that I have, let’s crack this open.

Specifications:

• Dimensions (L x W x H): 105 x 105 x 80mm
• Construction: Injection molded plastic body, landing legs and radials; plastic propellers; steel radial springs
• Motors: 7mm coreless
• Battery: Built in 300mAh 3.7V lithium polymer
• Transmitter: 2.4GHz four-channel with various flight modes
• Claimed Range: 30 – 50m
• Claimed Flight Time: Six minutes after 45-minute charging period
• Camera: 0.9 megapixel/720p...Continue Reading