Posted by | Dec 29, 2017 @ 10:57 PM | 2,709 Views
2 of my favourites of the new coupons on Gearbest"

Leader 120 PNP for $79. This is the cheapest it has been using the code JANDEAL4

Furibee Q95 for with no receiver $69 using XMasDeal15 or with a FRSKY/Flysky receiver for $79 using XmasDeal15 . This is very similar to the Lizard 95 in looks and performance.

All of the ongoing deals here. Quite a list now and most of the earlier ones still working if you scroll down:
Posted by UpNup | Dec 29, 2017 @ 08:17 PM | 2,935 Views
The Ford Flivver has walls that are extremely rigid. But! All was well gluing together the frame formers. And all was well gluing down the 1/64 thick plywood foward sides.

The 1/32 sides needed glue and all that wetness began to bow everything. It was so bad it popped the sides of two plywood cross-beams. And it kept on bowing. I went into action and pulled everything out of the middle except for the side formers.

I threw the sides on a Formica counter and starting piling on the heaviest books I owned. The side panels began flattening out under the weight. When I removed the books 15 hours later, the glue was dry and the sides were flat.

Too much drama.
Posted by old4570 | Dec 29, 2017 @ 08:04 PM | 3,872 Views

I may have mentioned I picked up some bargains just before Christmas and the WLtoys A303 buggy was one of them .

Remote Distance: 50m
Type: RC Off-road Electric Car
Speed: About 35km/h
Charging Time: About 3 hours
Playing Time: 10mins
Car Battery: 6.4V 1000mAh Rechargeable Battery
Motor: 390 brushed motor
Brand: WLtoys
Material: Electronic components, Plastic, Metal
Remote Control: 2.4GHz Wireless Radio Control
Transmitter Power: 3 x 1.5V AA battery

The transmitter looks to be the same as the one bundled with the 12428 4x4 buggy from WLtoys .

The A303 is perhaps a little on the chunky side @ 938 Grams wet .

The A303 is almost as big as the 12428 ( Wheel base )

The 303 does sit a little low to the ground to be a true off road'er . I found the 303 was really dragging itself over the grass in our back yard . I would imagine this would really load up the motor / esc possibly creating heat and other issues . I would suggest this buggy might be ideal for flat dirt tracks / roads and such where the ground clearance would not be an issue .

I really like the turning circle on this one , much tighter than the 12428 . In fact I found it a little disconcerting at times as I over corrected ( having got used to the 12428 ) You can move the control rods so as to make steering less sensitive ( larger turning circle .

In fact there is a reasonable amount of tuning that can be done to the A303 to change its handling ( See Pictures )

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Posted by Blaze0021 | Dec 29, 2017 @ 01:47 PM | 7,431 Views
Happy Holidays! While staying over at my parent’s house in Cali during my Christmas Vacation, I received a wonderful Christmas present – the Eflite UMX P-51D BL Mustang. This is a perfect go-to UMX plane to keep at my parent’s place while vacationing so that I could have something to fly at their local grass park whenever I visit them. I had also brought my trusty Spektrum DX6 (now my secondary transmitter) on my trip to Cali, just in case flying RC during my vacation became an option. Here is the Maiden Flight of my new Eflite UMX P-51D BL Mustang.

Eflite UMX P-51D BL Mustang Maiden Flight - 2017 Cali Christmas Vacation Plane (2 min 57 sec)

I had challenged my Mom to record this on my iPhone 6. Please keep in mind that she does not know anything about RC and has never seen me fly an RC aircraft in person before, so recording this very small plane was very difficult for her (I actually had to edit out a good portion of the footage as at one point she had lost sight of the plane completely, lol). Overall, I think she did a wonderful job! And the Mustang (as most Mustangs do) flew beautifully and predictably out of the box with no surprises.. just a sweetheart of a plane, perfect for vacations. All recorded and edited during my Christmas Vacation with my iPhone 6, using the app Videoshop.


1) Clear Tape Protective Film on Leading Edges of Main Wing, Nose Undercarriage, and Intake Undercarriage


Transmitter: Spektrum DX6
Rates Used: 100%-Aileron / 0% Expo, 100%-Elevator / 3% Expo, 100%-Rudder, 0% Expo
Battery: E flite 280mAh 2S 7.4V 30C LiPo
Throttle Timer: 5 Minutes


Camera: iPhone 6 at 1080P / 60 FPS
Video Editor: Videoshop for iPhone
Cameraman: Mom

Thanks for watching!
Posted by craytech | Dec 29, 2017 @ 12:55 PM | 4,145 Views
BetaFPV 550Mah LiHV 1S Lipo (4 min 52 sec)

Hello everyone welcome back.

In today's video I will be reviewing and showing you the new BetaFPV 550mah LiHV 1s Lipo batteries. These were sent over by BetaFPV so a huge thank you to BetaFPV. These are a step up from the Gaoneng 450 3.7v lipo batteries that I was using with the BetaFPV Beta 75. These batteries will give you a average of 5 minutes of flight time. In my testing I didn't notice any heat from the motors or battery. I was flying in 40-45 degree temperatures.

Here are the specs.

Capacity: 550mAh
Size: 16x7x64mm
Continuous Discharge Rate: 50/100C
Weight: 14.0g

Here is where you can get them.

Check out my video on how to build and maintain your Tiny Whoop.
How to Build and Maintain your Tiny Whoop (35 min 33 sec)
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Posted by mike_kelly | Dec 29, 2017 @ 11:50 AM | 23,594 Views
I have been an Amateur Radio operator, AL7AK, for a long time and I have done some really fun projects in HAM radio -Talking through an orbiting satellite, being part of a world wide contest station, and doing emergency tests in below zero remote locations in Alaska.

I have had the idea for a while to see if i could make an emergency VHF radio repeater drone. VHF handie talkies are used in emergencies for rescue coordination and aid delivery during disasters and HAM radio operators have a fine tradition of stepping up the plate during such events. For an active civic minded radio club it is not uncommon for them to provide for emergency backup power for their mountain top repeaters that allow the hand held radios to communicate over much farther range.

But disasters don't often conveniently happen in places where HAMs have prepared for such events and instead can happen in remote and difficult areas.

The idea behind this project is to see if I can build a tethered multirotor that can carry aloft an amateur radio emergency repeater that could be deployed anywhere and stay in the air for an extended period of time.

The problem with tethered multirotors is the current required to power a multirotor. A 6s octocopter can pull 20 amps or more and the power cable needed from the ground to the multirotor would be too big and heavy for the multirotor to lift. So most people solve this problem by feeding the multirotor with a higher voltage, which allows lower current for the...Continue Reading
Posted by eoin1 | Dec 29, 2017 @ 09:34 AM | 2,516 Views
so I've finished my chassis and have decided on the electronics for my build according to ecalc it should work however I was hoping some of you could give me your opinion ?
chassis weight 300g
propeller :size 6"
motors x4 : Multistar V spec 22205 2350KV 420w

ESC x4: Turnigy multistar 32bit 20A race spec 2~6s (opto)

receiver: comes with mode 2 controller hobby king 4 channel 2.4ghz Tx Rx v2

battery: multistar racer series 1600mah 3S 40c lipo pack

flight board: Matek PDB-XPW w current sensor 140A and BEC (5v and 12v)

in case your interested ill post a picture of my chassis here somewhere. Also I was wondering if ecalc add the weight of the parts themselves as you chose them as I entered in the weight of my chassis (300g). But I didn't include the weight of all my parts which in total is 700g approximately.
again any help at all would be much appreciated I think this will work but as it is my first time attempting to build a drone your feed back would be invaluable.
Posted by Yowoo Linda | Dec 29, 2017 @ 05:53 AM | 3,324 Views
HRB 11 1V 5000mah 3s (1 min 19 sec)

Posted by cuavlindy | Dec 29, 2017 @ 04:17 AM | 4,450 Views
CUAV PW-LINK WIFI digital transmission module Pix flight control fpv mobile phone digital generation instead of 3DR wireless data

PW-Link product description
The pw-link model is the data transmission module, 2.4G wireless data transmission module has the following advantages.:
Network processor - high performance,ESP8266;
Radio communication, simple and fast and low cost UDP;
all kinds of mobile devices can be connected quickly through WiFi module;
It should be used in all kinds of ground station software supporting UDP communication;
PW-Link product features
Posted by mlilasic | Dec 29, 2017 @ 04:10 AM | 7,486 Views
Review of EX1 from Eachine - Brushless GPS WIFI FPV With 1080P HD Camera RC Drone RTF Quadcopter

In great looking and compact box came EX1, my newest quad from Eachine. Never the less, the box was so small that it passed DHL customs process without any expenses. It was delivered to my door in very short time even holiday season is in full swing.

Quad feels nicely build, looks great with black glossy finish and there's no weird sound from motors etc. Quad and transmitter are small in size but transmitter feels nice in hand and I can fly it without strap.

  • Frequency : 2.4G
  • Channel : 4CH
  • Gyro:6 Axis
  • Motor Type: 2300KV 1806 Brushless Motor
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Posted by japim | Dec 29, 2017 @ 03:33 AM | 4,938 Views
Some FPV flying with P-61 and a crash at the end...
P-61 FPV crash (4 min 59 sec)

Posted by day o | Dec 29, 2017 @ 01:38 AM | 9,281 Views
My new VTX finally showed up. It took 18days to get from NJ to CO. What the heck, BG??? With this final component, I stripped her down and rebuilt it. The horrible horrible horrible FPV rig from Full Speed was yanked. So was the beeper. In went an Eachine VTX03, Foxeer Arrow Micro v2, a traditional button style beeper, and since I was in there anyways, I salvaged the 4-LED strip from my Eachine QX95 to help me with my LOS flying.

The cam was mounted into some new holes that I drilled forward of the existing cam holes. I gained about 1.5mm by scootching the camera forward. The power for the cam comes straight from the lipo, since it has a huge input voltage range. The VTX03 is powered from the original camera pads. The VTX lays down on top of the FC, and then the XM+ receiver lays down on top of the VTX.
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Dec 28, 2017 @ 11:35 PM | 4,272 Views
The Delta IV heavy was a fascinating rocket, when it 1st came out. It looked like a classic giant movie spaceship when it lifted off & pitched over, revealing a row of 3 widely spaced engines. The space shuttle & Ariane 5 didn't look like classic movie spaceships, because they were obscured by solid rocket exhaust or mostly seen with just center engines after booster separation.

The Delta IV heavy never achieved its goal of economic, scalable capacity. Rather than repurposing the same cheap cores from smaller rockets, it probably matched SpaceX's experience of having to completely redesign the center core just for a handful of missions. Hopefully, making the boosters reusable will achieve better results.

Falcon Heavy will look even more massive when it pitches over. 27 engines making a rectangle of light will look like the rear end of a battlestar or a star destroyer only seen in movies until now. Then, when the side boosters separate & the opposing plumes of 3 engine burns interact, it should be a spectacular airshow.

Despite not coming close to the size of the rockets we once had, these triple core rockets are somewhat fascinating because of the potential to be affordable.
Posted by Vortrog | Dec 28, 2017 @ 10:24 PM | 12,637 Views
Summary of Model and as built conditions / settings

Build Type Plywood Frame / Balsa covered in 1/4 Oz Fibreglass and Autopaint
Wingspan 60.75Inc (1540mm)
Wing Area 642sq.Inch (
Weight 4.4kg Empty / 4.75kg Fuelled * note: you should be targetting a 4kg empty weight
Length 51.5Inch (130.81cm)
Engine OS 75AX
Motor Size Recommended .60 to .80 Actually used = 0.75
Prop Size 13x8 3-Blade Master Airscrew
Radio Spektrum 6 Channel
Battery Eneloop 5 cell 6V 2000mAh
Fuel Tank 12Oz (350ml)
Flight Time TBC
Stall Speed 47km/hr / 49km/hr
Centre of Gravity 95mm

Control Throws
Ailerons High 15Degrees / 10% expo
Ailerons Low 17 Degrees / 10% expo

Elevator High 10 Degrees / 20% expo Need higher rates
Elevator Low 28 Degrees / 50% Expo Need higher rates

Rudder High 25 Degrees / 30% Expo
Rudder Low 15 Degrees / 30% Expo

Flight Characteristics
- Extremely responsive to rudder. As a result, ensure for first flight rudder is perfectly centred and tailwheel is also set for straight travel. Will make for rolling liftoff if rudder is not centred prefectly.
- At this weight, must be flown fast.
- Rock solid in air at speed
- Stall is sudden with little warning
- Final flare cannot be held without stall.
- At this flying weight (4.5kg and above) and configuration will not loop at full throttle without dive first to gain speed.
- Will bounce back into air due to landing speed if not perfectly touched down
- high sink rate
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Posted by Barry Andersen | Dec 28, 2017 @ 08:02 PM | 2,804 Views
I've attached a picture and some information about the new series of Hyperion Lipo batteries. I've only static tested the HV900 ma. It performed well over a 30 second run. The Thunderpower and Turnigy batteries are shown for comparison size.

Here's the info:

New Hyperion HVGraphene: 900 ma is rated at 90C weighs 78 grams, IR tested at 13, 14, 14 at 99% charge
the 1200 ma Hyperion HV Graphene is rated at 90C weighs 105 grams, IR tested at 9,9,9 at 99% charge
the Turnigy 750 normal voltage, graphene is rated at 65C weighs 81 grams, IR tested at 12, 12, 12 at 99% charge
the Thunderpower rampage 1300 ma is rated at 70C weighs 114 grams, IR tested at 18, 17, 18 at 97% charge

I used the Turnigy most of last season with good results. The new Hyperion have not been flown.

Well, some less than stellar reviews on the new Hyperions; see
Posted by DadaSauce | Dec 28, 2017 @ 07:34 PM | 3,417 Views
Synergy is a unique plane, and my long search for a good enough 3-views to start modeling and building was not successful. I finally was able to get a very good one (Special thanks to John, hope he reads this one day!) and the uniqueness of this one put everything else on hold (Sorry BV-208!).

Not the easiest thing to model but hey, that will only make it more fun!
Posted by old4570 | Dec 28, 2017 @ 07:24 PM | 3,656 Views
I think I mentioned I picked up some Bargains before Christmas ( The last of them came today ) ..
One of those bargains was a WL Toys A303 Buggy .. ( We are talking bargain )

Anyhow , the battery does appear to be a 2s 3.3v per cell ( Life ? ) ..
Well , there is no balance lead .. And checking after installing said balance lead , yeah ! There is a need for it ...

A) I unwrapped the battery just enough to expose the contacts ..
B) With your Multi Meter find the contact for the back or front of the batteries where they are joined for series .. On the MM this will show the individual voltage of each cell
C) Once you find the contact for the middle wire , solder in your balance lead
D) Make sure your solder joints are good
E) Re wrap the battery

I really like balance charging ( really I do ) . Not doing so can lead to all sorts of possible issues ..

Its not hard ! Positive and negative contacts are already a given .. Simply solder your Balance lead wires to these contacts ...
What is just a fraction challenging is finding a contact point for the series connection . ( Thats why you own a Multi Meter ? - Right ? )
So there you have it , another bush league mod !

2s Balance lead :

A lot of these have a black wire in the middle and a yellow wire on the outside ...
Just remember the middle wire goes to where the battery pack is connected in series ( no mater its color ) and the outside wires go to positive and negative where your power lead is connected . ( At least they use Red for the positive wire )
Posted by blackmennewstyle | Dec 28, 2017 @ 07:19 PM | 4,153 Views
Eternal Pak Chong - ปากช่อง - Thailand - DJI Phantom 4 (4 min 13 sec)

It's the end of the year, people are generally coming with an annual flight compilation, well i did the same with my P4 but through one of the most magnificent area here in Thailand.

Enjoy the last few days of 2017 and happy flying!
Posted by storm57 | Dec 28, 2017 @ 07:11 PM | 3,631 Views
Are you in need of a professional hobby model builder?
I offer my services building RC Planes, Scale helis, 3D models, Rc cars , Boats and have 30 years of building experience. Models are built according to standards and in accordance to customer specs whether intricate details or simply models. My experienced in building and flying models spans from since my childhood. Quality of equipment and materials is always what I emphasize on to my customers to make a real model flyable and realistic.

I charge basically for my labortime and depending the size of model. My materials are basically added towards my labortime like glues, covering materials, special paint and customizing using airbrush. Customers shoulders all expenses on models, upgrades, shipping and for parts required by them.

For more info. Feel free to call (253)259-1372.
I am located in Auburn, Washington.
Samples of my work done are shown in photo. I've done models for people from West to the East Coast, Canada....Continue Reading