Posted by Sam.drotleff | Aug 01, 2017 @ 08:43 PM | 2,470 Views
I was flying today and i crashed and my battery got hit pretty hard and got smushed pretty bad. All the cells are reading normal levels and the battery is not puffed. Is it safe to fly on a lipo battery that is dented or crushed?
Posted by THEREDDESTFOX | Aug 01, 2017 @ 07:08 PM | 2,542 Views
Hello everyone im new to rc groups and I have a question about long range fpv planes I'm just getting into it and I was wondering what I should do for a setup I was going to go with a ranger ex, tbs 2.4ghz ground station, 2.4ghz unify 800mw transmitter, tbs tango with mini crossfire and I don't know for osd and autopilot and was wondering if there was a osd autopilot combo thanks anything helps-THEREDDESTFOX
Posted by Dave Eichstedt | Aug 01, 2017 @ 06:16 PM | 12,767 Views
Departing Horizon Hobby was a shock for me. I had planned to stay there until I retired! Unfortunately, we were kind-of going in different directions, so just over two years ago now (has it really been that long?) we parted ways. For the first year, I was focused on finding another job. This just didn't work out for me. However, at the beginning of the second year, I felt moved to start my own business(es) and do my own thing. One of them I have not yet begun working on, but the other one is making progress, the one you're probably interested in if you're reading this blog.

As I mentioned in a post or two, I'm working on starting my own kit business. It's gone a lot slower to this point than I expected, but things are starting to accelerate now. What took so long was learning a new CAD system. (Well, that, and a 6-8 week consulting effort that took up some time in the October-November 2016 time frame). The last CAD program I used was CATIA, and that was v4.1.9, long before the days of v5 and about the time that Dassault acquired SolidWorks. For budget reasons I decided on Autodesk Fusion360. As I assume would be the case with any package, modern CAD systems just don't work the same way they did 18 years ago. Much more powerful, but you have to go about the design process differently, and coming to terms with this new way of thinking is what has taken the most time.

I've had to start this design FOUR TIMES from scratch!

Attempt #1: Model was sized too...Continue Reading
Posted by RC Roundtable | Aug 01, 2017 @ 05:29 PM | 4,170 Views
Episode 34: 'Blue Streak' is now live!
In this episode, Fitz and Terry get the scoop on a great Bugatti model while Lee is on location at Oshkosh:

-Freewing 80mm A-4
-E-flite 1.1m PT-17
-Joshua Orchard's AMAZING Bugatti 100P
-Lee's Velcro retribution
-Terry's free-flight experience at Geneseo
-Fitz gets yelled at in 3 languages
-Fitz's European museum tour

You can visit our website at to listen over the web or download an MP3 of the show. Or, you can subscribe to RC Roundtable on iTunes.

We would love to read your comments and ideas. Please drop us a line here, our facebook page, or email: [email protected].
Posted by japecan | Aug 01, 2017 @ 03:31 PM | 2,699 Views

New to this group and sure is a lot of information! I have been flying a MD3.0 from Extreme Fliers and enjoy it a lot, but I bought a Goolrc T36 about 1 month ago and now have the bug! I had a blast with this small quad copter but the motor lasted 3 days so I sent it back Then after looking around I settled for a Eachine e011 two weeks later. Even faster than the Goolrc T36 but I must have bad luck because the motors broke on that also, I'm not that bad of a flyer either so I sent that back too but Eachine sent a new replacement to me for free, Amazon purchase. Was a little disappointed but saw an add on craigslist and bought 2 used Eachine e010c's (red & green), bought a Quanum V2 Pro from the seller earlier, and had to settle to fly the LOS because I suck at FPV right now Well I understand motors go out so I thought after reading a lot I bought some motors off Amazon, faster shipping, so I settled on the "Crazepony 4pcs 6x15mm Motor (Speed: Insane) 19000KV" for $13.00. thinking they would fit the e011 but they don't because the motors for the e011 are larger my mistake after reading maybe to much reading. After the green e010c started to perform bad I replaced the motors on it but used the board from the e011 on the e010(c) frame with the new crazepony motors using 150 mah 45c batteries and it flies very well. I got about 4-5 minutes flight time but I get better range when I go straight up and it kicks real well after multiple hovers outdoors. Very pleased with this setup. Happy flying!
Posted by rinoki71 | Aug 01, 2017 @ 03:25 PM | 3,704 Views
My review of the FQ777 "FQ02W" WIFI FPV foldable drone. Looks a bit like a "Transformer".

FQ777 FQ02W "Transformers-like" Foldable FPV Drone review (15 min 49 sec)

Posted by natester | Aug 01, 2017 @ 12:48 PM | 12,423 Views
As of Jul 31, 2017, 2:26 PM PDT, Betaflight 3.2 is in the Release Candidate stage and with this release, F7 flight controllers have arrived.

The fully formatted version of this article (with pictures) is here:

That is a photo of an early OmnibusF7 prototype with 2, user selectable, gyros: MPU6000 and ICM-20608-G

While an F7 MCU is not entirely necessary, not yet anyway, having a very fast and very capable MCU is future proof. I expect some of the most exciting new performance features in Betaflight will target the F7 MCU. This article is an overview of the current F7 landscape.

As of this writing, there are 8 F7 targets in the Betaflight source code:

The only 2 that I've got my hands on so far are the OmnibusF7 and AnyFCF7. I hope to add more to this article over time.

Why choose an F7 flight controller?

Compared to the F4 flight controllers, which run at 180 MHz, the F7 runs at 216MHz.

More important than clock speed, the F7's "superscalar pipeline and DSP capabilities" put it ahead of the F4. Ok, sounds cool, but what are "superscalar pipeline" and "DSP capabilities."

DSP stands for digital signal processing, which includes special commands for Multiple ACcumulate (MAC) and Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) instructions. These special instructions let the...Continue Reading
Posted by decreale | Aug 01, 2017 @ 10:59 AM | 7,019 Views
Just got this plane yesterday. Looks absolutely great. Will be busy building the plane this week. Details about the build later.
This plane calls for a RimFire 50-55, I purchased a Leopard Motor 50-55 650kv for $50. However the motor box is set up for the RImFire. I popped out the wing nuts. Filled the hole with a wood dowel and wood putty and repositioned the wing nuts to fit the Leopard Motor.
Finally got this together, it was easy enough. Just concerned about the CG. It’s 4 inches from leading edge. When I put in the battery it’s slightly back from that. I will try to make adjustments where I can. Don’t want to add weights
This is a BIG plane. I will most likely have one of the more experienced pilots take her up first.
It has been a long time since I got to this plane but finally put it together. It’s a big plane and flies GREAT
Posted by Calcifer | Aug 01, 2017 @ 10:00 AM | 9,906 Views
We humans... especially us smart ones.... can read stuff that is not written with the correct letters? Evidently, if the first letter and last letter in a word are correct.... our brains can decipher what the word is But, even this one with the wrong letter at the end of the word, or a number at the start... we can still read it easily, especially after the first read thru...

Pretty cool... If you can read this..... you are pretty smart....
Posted by thijs slotman | Aug 01, 2017 @ 09:50 AM | 5,632 Views
syma's newest quadcopter
the X15!
have a look:
New syma x15 review! ultimate beginner quad! (16 min 31 sec)

Posted by Prof100 | Aug 01, 2017 @ 08:21 AM | 11,099 Views
DX8 setup for Guardian on Elevon plane
Note: F22 by Golem with TV tabs. CG is 17.5" from the nose. Below is maiden video back in 2008. FF to about 30 seconds. Video is not edited well but camera work is pretty good. Back in the day it had the state-of-the-art 20C lipo
F22 with KFm2 airfoil -- Maiden -- built by Prof100 (Golem's (5 min 11 sec)

  • EDIT: 8-3-17
  • RANGE TESTS (30 paces to pass per Spektrum)
    • Range tested a basic 2010 vintage 6 channel Orange DSM2 that I optimistically installed in the plane. This RX has one very short antenna and while it has the capability for a satellite RX, none was available. Results -- Test failed at 10 paces. Not good. Conclusion, this RX, as installed is not suitable for use in this plane
    • Swapped out for a twin antenna Orange 6 channel R618XL -- antenna routed on the left side of plane. Left side range check 100 paces. Right side 60 paces. This RX was a 2017 version. One of three I bought on a flash sale for $5 each. It is a "keeper."

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I am posting this to make it easier for the next person who wants to program their DX8 radio for Guardian use.. Hope this helps someone else. This DOES NOT COVER SETTING UP THE GUARDIAN. The Guardian was already updated with desired firmware and mode preferences prior to programming the radio. Elevon mixing was pre-selected in the Guardian...Continue Reading
Posted by Sawee | Aug 01, 2017 @ 03:19 AM | 3,763 Views
AKK A1 cheap and light fpv camera! (6 min 22 sec)

Good news for you all. Recently Akk Technology has a 30% off discount sales, you can get it for only $11.89 now.
Posted by chelsea fc | Aug 01, 2017 @ 02:52 AM | 2,146 Views
hi I am new to this would anybody who has got a sea vixen please tell me where the power lead with another lead attached to it with no 9 on it goes into receiverthanks
Posted by scruffy1 | Aug 01, 2017 @ 02:05 AM | 23,978 Views
the depron frenzy continues

inspired by the flydreams "bird type power unit" i set to it, and the result is documented over here

teaser shots below
Posted by faby | Aug 01, 2017 @ 01:08 AM | 2,253 Views
a nice video -----How to setup Dshot and 3D (without losing a finger) MicroRCFiend
Wizard X220 - How to setup Dshot and 3D (without losing a finger) (6 min 47 sec)

Posted by Trev63 | Aug 01, 2017 @ 01:04 AM | 2,525 Views
The big and beautiful Flying Fortress that is the B-17F