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Posted by DutchRC | Yesterday @ 12:43 PM | 3,048 Views
Halloa people

recovered from the onslaught of calories over the last month I hope?

The Diatone / Mamba quad stacks have amassed a Great reputation over the last years. They have proven to be both affordable and good performers.. Don't get me wrong: even the best stacks Can fail.. I have at least 10 quads with Mamba stacks, and over the last year I have had 1 4-in-1 ESC fail after a few flights..

AND.. they just released several updates / upgrades! The first one I got my hands on is the F722s flight controller + F50 Pro ESC stack

Link to it: Mamba F722S + F50 Pro stack

Lets have a look at both the stack and how it is different from the 2019 version

Diatone Mamba F722S + F50 Pro 6S STACK REVIEW (10 min 38 sec)


Specifications of the stack:
ESC size: 36.5 x 46.5 mm
FC size: 37.9 x 37.9 mm
mount: 30.5 x 30.5 mm mounting pattern
continuous A: 4 x 50 = 200A
BEC: 5V 2A & 9V 2A
peak A: 4 x 55 220A (10 seconds)
Voltage: max 6S ( 7.4V - 25V)
protocol: Dshot300 - 1200
ESC processor: 32 bit
stock BF version: 3.5.5
OSD: yes
flash: yes, 16 MB
Posted by DutchRC | Jan 12, 2020 @ 12:05 PM | 3,377 Views
Halloa people

it's a fresh new year, so time to get our (or rather MY) hands dirty & do a first build of the season
I actually got a AIO 20A flight controller / 4-in-1 sent to me by BetaFPV, so I plannend a build around that

Time for an intro video for this project!

Ultra Light Dead Cat - P1 Project Intro :) (13 min 24 sec)


Parts used for this build:

The frame: The iFlight Cinepick 3" frame

Flight controller / ESC: The BetaFPV AIO 20A FC

Motors: Karearea 1107 motors

Propellors: Gemfan 3016 3-blade props

FPV camera: Runcam Racer nano 2 camera

VTX: Runcam TX100 nano VTX

Receiver: Crossover XR602T-F2 FrSky D16 compatible receiver
Posted by DutchRC | Jan 08, 2020 @ 12:03 PM | 2,615 Views
Halloa

so you are looking for a quad to shoot smooth video's with and is also fun to fly?
That was basically what I ordered the CineQueen for

Link to it: GepRC CineQueen 4K with Runcam Hybrid 4K

I will be doing a few video's with it but here is my initial review of it

GepRC CineQueen 4K + Runcam Hybrid 4K! :) A Cinematic FPV Cruiser - SHOW & TELL (36 min 27 sec)


Specifications:
type: Cinematic FPV cruiser
wheelbase: 145 mm
base thickness: 3 mm
material(s): carbon fiber + alluminium
dry weight: 156 grams
flight controller: Stable F4 v2
firmware version: 3.5.7
ESC's: Stable 30A Dshot 600 (not 32bit)
motors: 1206 3600 kv
propellors: Emax Avan 3 x 2.4 x 3
FPV camera: Runcam Hybrid 4K
VTX: 25-500 mW
Lipo: 650-850mah 4S (not included)
OSD: yes - Betaflight
smart Audio: yes, IRC Tramp
buzzer: yes
LED's: yes, programmable
spare props: yes, 1 set
Posted by DutchRC | Jan 03, 2020 @ 01:11 PM | 4,904 Views
Halloa RC people

best wishes for 2020 ofcourse to start things off! And to get the 2020 blog started a short video about a new flight controller
SpeedyBee is basically Runcam as you know.. And this FC is a bit different then most because it has a build in PDB.. Not usefull for fast & furious FPV quads I tihnk, but it does have it's uses

Link to it: SpeedyBee F7 AIO Flight controller with Bluetooth

and let's see what it's features are

SpeedyBee F4 & F7 + PDB + BlueTooth + Barometer - REVIEW (9 min 1 sec)


Specifications:
size: 36 x 39 x 7 mm
mount: 30.5 x 30.5 mm
IMU: single ICM20689
UARTS: U1, U2, U3 & U4
OSD: yes
blackbox: 32MB build in memory
barometer: yes
USB port: micro
Buzzer port: yes
LED port: yes
RSSI port: yes
Bluetooth: yes
3.3V BEC: nope
5V BEC: yes
9V BEC: yes
10V BEC: nope
Posted by DutchRC | Dec 27, 2019 @ 12:05 PM | 490 Views
Halloa people

if you have been having an eye on that new PL18 radio from Flysky you problable noticed there are some things to be desired in the receiver-availability for it..
Which is why I did me a DIY project to see if I could make the SMALL iBus / sBus FTr16S receiver work for (smmaller) airplanes..

Here are my findings / what I did....

Yes! A small DIY 4 channel receiver for the FlySky PL18 Paladin radio :P (14 min 17 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Dec 08, 2019 @ 12:11 PM | 3,287 Views
Halloa people

obviously OpenTX radio's are very popular because of their "flexibility".. you can make them do all kinds of things I recently heard someone say he had a hard time Feeling the center-position of a slider.. Depends on the radio ofcourse BUT.. You can add audible feedback

How?? In this short how-to I will show you...

OpenTX How-To - Center Alert Sound for sholder-slider / rotary knobs (12 min 57 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Dec 07, 2019 @ 12:14 PM | 4,854 Views
Halloa peoples

soo maybe you've been wanting to Try the FPV thing, but you're not sure what a good starter package would be..
In this video I'll tell you what IS a nice set, and what isn't.....

THE FPV Starter Kit ? Getting Started in FPV (10 min 1 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Dec 01, 2019 @ 12:05 PM | 2,135 Views
Halloa people

Sooo.. what can I say.. Below is a short video about my giveaway..
Really excellent tools by ToolKLitRC for grabs!! I wouldn't mind wining one myself

check it out.. it's only a few minutes...

ToolkitRC GIVEAWAY! :) Charger + Power-Meter + Servo-Tester! :O (3 min 43 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Nov 24, 2019 @ 12:02 PM | 7,318 Views
Halloa people

one of the essential tools for our hobby is a Servo Tester. This one from ToolKitRC is far more then just a simple servo tester.. Also has a high gatget factor by the way

Link to this servo tester: ToolKitRC ST8 advanced Servo Tester

And here is my show & tell of it

ToolKitRC - ST8 Advanced Servo tester - Show & Tell! (and GiveAway Announcement :)) (16 min 56 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Nov 17, 2019 @ 12:19 PM | 3,263 Views
Halloa peoples

today I have a LONG term update / review on my experience with the Jumper T16 radio for you.. So this is about the normal non-pro version of the radio that I've used for several months now..
I'm allso going to Upgrade the radio in this video AND I'll give it away

Jumper T16 Multi Protocol Radio - UPDATE + UPGRADE + GIVEAWAY (23 min 9 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Nov 15, 2019 @ 12:06 PM | 4,633 Views
Halloa people

one of the essential tools for our hobby is a power / watt meter. At some point you will want to know what the Amp draw of your RC actually is.. Can you prop / gear up or not?

Link to this watt meter: ToolKitRC WM150 advanced Power analyser

And here is my show & tell of it

ToolKitRC - WM150 Advanced 150A Watt Meter - Show & Tell! (and GiveAway Announcement :)) (12 min 19 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Nov 11, 2019 @ 12:04 PM | 1,503 Views
Halloa people

sooo Diatone recently released a new variation of their micro GTR line and this time we got an actual DeadCat frame
It allso looks cool (IMHO) so I had to have one
Offcourse it is a Deadcat quad to keep them pesky propellors out of view

Link to the quad: GTR249T HD at Diatone's shop

Link to the quad: GTR249T HD at Banggood.com

spare props:
https://www.banggood.com/6-Pairs-Ema...p-1277632.html

And.. here is a first look at the quad With a LOS testflight

Diatone GTR249T HD - CineRacer? :) - Show & Tell (24 min 16 sec)


Specifications:
type: Cinematic racer
wheelbase: 115 mm
base thickness: 3 mm
material(s): Carbon fiber + allu + platic canopy
dry weight: 86 g
flight controller: Mamba F405 mk2
firmware version: Betaflight 4.0.6
ESC's: Mamba F25 mk2 25A Dshot600
motors: Mamba 1105 5500kv
propellors: 2.3 mm Avan (frame supports 2.5mm props)
FPV camera: Caddx Turtle V2 HD recorder
VTX: TBS Unify 5v
Lipo: 650-750mah 3S (not included)
OSD: Yes, Betaflight
smart Audio: Yes, TBS Smart audio
buzzer: Yes
LED's: Nope
spare props: Nope
Posted by DutchRC | Oct 27, 2019 @ 12:06 PM | 1,943 Views
Halloa FPV pilots

we have ourselves yet another new Eachine quad! :O The last one I tested was a FAIL (Wizard X140hv) sooooo
how will this one work out? Completely different quad though this LAL5 with a remarkable motor-choice..

Link to the quad: Eachine LAL5 with Tarsier v2

So let's have a good hard look at it first

Eachine LAL5 Ultra Power 4K Freestyle FPV Drone - Show & Tell (18 min 49 sec)


Specifications:
type: Freestyle / Video FPV quad
wheelbase: 225 mm
base thickness: 5mm arms
material(s): carbon fiber + allu standoffs
dry weight: 412 grams (heavy)
flight controller: F405
firmware version: BF 4.0.3
ESC's: 50A Dshot1200 4-in-1
motors: Racerstar 2507 1850 Kv !
propellors: DAL Cyclone T5046C
FPV camera: Caddx Tarsier v2 - 4K recorder + FPV cam
VTX: Eachine TX805 - 800 mW 5.8Ghz
Lipo: 1250 - 1500mah 6S (not included)
OSD: Yes, Betaflight
smart Audio: Yes
buzzer: nope
LED's: nope
spare props: Yes, 1 set
Posted by DutchRC | Oct 24, 2019 @ 09:03 AM | 3,542 Views
Halloa people,

if you have followed this sage (which has gone on for Years) it's allmost a miracle we now have a PL18 we can actually go out and buy But maybe you have Not followed along.. In that case this is simply a step-up by Flysky into a more serious and potentially professional realm of RC...

Link to the radio: FlySky Paladin PL18 at Banggoood

Also: FlySky Paladin PL18 at HobbyKing

And because my full review is a VERY long video.. to start things off, here is a short "who is it for?" video

FlySky PL18 PALADIN - Who is it for?? (6 min 37 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Oct 18, 2019 @ 11:24 AM | 2,517 Views
Halloa guys

I got this very small lipo charger in from it's distributor.. And eventhough it IS small, it packs a punch.. 400W output and 8S capable is nothing to snarf at

Link to it: ToolkitRC M8s - very small lipo charger

At this moment it's available from for instance Banggood..

ToolkitRC M8S - All-In-One Charger & Diagnoistics Tool! REVIEW (22 min 10 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Oct 17, 2019 @ 03:04 PM | 2,944 Views
Halloa FPV pilots

so yes.. I'm not really the first to be reviewing this ER349 huh? I ordered in a sale a while back and had not come around to actually flying it yet :$
BUT.. I thought it would be nice combine my first-flight-experience with it with some insight into the RC industry...

Link to this quad: Eachine ER349se 3-inch racer

Diatone / Eachine ER349se - the best Eachine E V E R ! :D (19 min 52 sec)


Lipo used: GensAce Tattu R-line 850mah 4S

Specifications:
type: FPV Racing quad
wheelbase: 135 mm
base thickness: 3.5mm
material(s): carbon fiber + plastick
flight controller: Mamba F405 mini MK2
firmware version: 3.5.1
ESC's: Mamba 4x25A 4 in one, Dshot1200
motors: Mamba MB1408 4000 kv
propellors: GemFan Flash 3052 & some other alternate props
FPV camera: Runcam micro Swift 2
VTX: TBS Unify pro
Lipo: 650mah 4S (not included)
OSD: Yes, Betaflight
smart audio: yes (TBS)
buzzer: yes
LED's: YES!
spare props: yes, 1 set
Posted by DutchRC | Oct 12, 2019 @ 09:01 AM | 5,520 Views
Halloa people

Sooo.. what can I say.. Below is a short video about my giveaway..
Really quite a nice camera system! I wouldn't mind wining one myself

check it out.. it's only a few minutes...

Runcam Split 4K HYBRID! GIVEAWAY ! :D - Sponsored by Runcam ! (5 min 37 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Sep 24, 2019 @ 09:00 AM | 2,299 Views
Halloa people

I just finished building an RTF quad.. Wait what? Well yeah.. I simply just ordered all the parts myself as I felt like building another quad
BUT.. it's also avialable as an RTF, and NOT a chaeap one at that this time..
So this is a more specced-out version of the XL5 Nazgul I guess
In this thread I'll review the frame And show what the RTF version is like

the frame: iFlight SL5 freestyle frame

The RTF version: iFlight SL5 Cidora Advanced 6S version RTF

iFlight SL5 - Cidora 5" High Spec Freestyle FPV Quad - FRAME REVIEW (13 min 39 sec)


Specifications:
type: Freestyle / Cinematic
wheelbase: 215 mm
base thickness: 5mm arms
material(s): Carbon Fiber + allu standoffs
weight: 123 grams
chamfered edges: yes.. minute but well done
clean: some carbon dust but pretty clean
buzzer: nope
LED board: nope
battery strap: yes, 2x good quality
battery anti-skid pad: yes
Posted by DutchRC | Sep 15, 2019 @ 12:47 PM | 2,436 Views
Halloa people

sooo yes.. SJcam has itself a new action camera, and in case you don't know SJcam: they are one of the less costly alternatives to Gopro camera's..
I ordered one in pre-sale and received it last week.. Time to do some tests with it!

link to the camera: SJcam SJ9 Strike - 4K action camera

First test I've been doing is microphone / vlogging tests:

Vlogging tests with SJCAM's new Flagship 4K Action Camera - SJ9 Strike Review P.1 (7 min 26 sec)


the external microphone I used:
https://www.banggood.com/Original-SJ...13974002015038

Playlist with Unedited video's:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...kPLNUK9Ye_aCGh

Specifications:
shape: classic Gopro shape
max video res: 4K at 60 fps
max frame rate:
video codec: MP4 H.264 or H.265 - user selectable
max photo res: 12 MP - 4000x3000
field of view:
max CF card size: 128 GB - (I would suggest an U3 card)
microphone: dual / stereo
external microphone: Yes, via USB-C
gyro stabi: Yes, up to 4K 30 fps
WIFI config option: Yes
battery: 1300mah Lion
max recording time: +/- 2 hours at 1080P 60 fps
viewfinder screen: Yes
touch-screen: Yes
second (front) screen: Yes
usb-type: USB-C
water proof: Yes up to 10 meters without extra case
Posted by DutchRC | Sep 05, 2019 @ 05:02 PM | 2,338 Views
Halloa people

Sooo.. what can I say.. Below is a short video about my giveaway..
To that I should add that the X9 Lite Pro looks / feels better then I expected

check it out.. it's only a few minutes...

DutchRC & Banggood.com GIVE AWAY: FrSky Taranis X9 Lite Pro! - Banggood 13th Anniversary! (7 min 40 sec)