Posted by frank4wing | Apr 02, 2019 @ 04:47 PM | 695 Views
I didn't change the settings of the Turtle yet. The Gecko 3 inch flies very smooth and stable, almost like a 5 inch.

Wing Watchers, Pt. 2 - Armattan Gecko, Caddx Turtle (3 min 15 sec)

Posted by mike_kelly | Apr 02, 2019 @ 02:21 PM | 7,828 Views

All good things come to and end and so it is with the Son of FrankenSolo. What a fun project.

I built a gimbal for this project using OlliW's STorM32NT gimbal controller. OlliW has provided excellent compatibility with Ardupilot and your choice of connection methods. You can use PWM, Sbus, Spektrum or serial connections between the flight controller and the gimbal. You can use Mavlink or OlliW's own STorM32 mode serial. Lastly you can use native mode STorM32 as I did which is a serial connection and the Betacopter branch of Ardupilot which includes OlliW's improvements for his gimbal. Native mode has the richest set of features.

...Continue Reading
Posted by Larron | Apr 02, 2019 @ 09:20 AM | 688 Views
My channel 509trails gives away rc cars to troubled youth and less fortunate kids

This was my first giveaway

the helion gets a new home (3 min 29 sec)

Posted by AGFRC | Apr 02, 2019 @ 05:11 AM | 688 Views
In the modern world, people's lives becoming more and more intelligent. People is not only satisfied with current condition, more and more people are tend to make their life more modern. So more and more robots appear in our daily lives.

Maybe at the beginning people make the small robots just for fun, but as time goes on, we realized that robots play an important roles in our lives. The simulate robot which imitate the people action like sport, dance etc. The smart dog which can monitor your home, clean the house and even play with you. The robot arm which use for the high precision production line. The industrial robot which use for the place where people cannot reach etc.

As the robotics growing up, the servos are becoming more and more important as well. No matter how small or large size, that will be one place for the servo in the device, which use for control the moving direction. Servos are not limited for the RC Cars, Aircrafts, Helicopters, Boats, even at the beginning servo mainly used for these fields. But people find wider application with the servos.

The robot servos comes with different setup, but almost all the servos can be programmable now, so if you find a servo manufacturer/factory, then you find your servo too. As they can custom the servo as required not matter size, torque, speed, voltage, color etc.

So if you have any projects not matter for Robotics or RC Models etc., you can contact with us. We are the servo manufacturer with around 10 years experiences, which also custom servos for many companies. Some stock products, you can go through our website:

Pls remember the servos are not only the ones showed in the website, welcome to ODM and OEM.

Posted by Jack Crossfire | Apr 02, 2019 @ 12:18 AM | 7,506 Views
It was $400 all in, without the electronicals. After 20 miles, the transmission was extremely noisy, despite lubrication & the sound damper. Despite the noise, the efficiency was a record high of 240mAh/mile empty. 2200kV is a better speed than 2400kV. The hall effect sensor worked without any firmware changes. It actually manetaned the same speed going downhill. There's no brake modulation, so it would have to always deliver the minimum power....Continue Reading
Posted by Waljojo | Apr 01, 2019 @ 11:04 PM | 743 Views
Feel free to skip the next four or so paragraphs. The waterproofing details are down the post a bit. Note: this is a work in progress. I'll post pics as I get them.

The reason I got into this hobby (read: excuse I tell my wife) was to have an inexpensive quad that I could use as a fishfinder for my kayak. I wanted a compact drone that would go up 20m, fly something like a 100m radius, and look down at my immediate vicinity. Obviously, like everything else on my kayak, it had to be able to be fully immersed. This blog is a journal of me chasing that goal.

Being far too cheap to buy a purpose-built drone, I decided I could modify a cheap drone to my liking... 19 inexpensive drones later (including one unfinished scratch built folder) I think I may have found it. Yeah, I know I've spent enuf for two Swellpros. But where's the fun in just buying it!?! Besides, it wasn't available when I started down this merry path.
BTW: If you want to skip the DIY and actually achieve my goal, the SwellPro Spry looks like its THE lick!

The 501 does far more than I originally asked and the latest prices on Ebay have brought it down into my range. Miflydrone2017 sent me a brand new bnf H501S, 901a tx, and the watch for a total of $95. Add another $33 for 4 batteries and a second watch and I'm all in at $128 bucks (all shipped free within a week!) Its a little over my original limit for THE drone (actually just shy of 3x), but so were my expanded objectives (FPV, Brushless,...Continue Reading
Posted by RushVTX | Apr 01, 2019 @ 09:41 PM | 850 Views

Keep your thumbs/fingers in the right spot with these stick ends from STP made specifically for the Taranis X-Lite. Extra pointy tips keep them right where you want them.

Choose between two colors, Black or Red.

Material: Anodized aluminum
Color: Black or Red
Thread: M2.5
1x Set of Stick Ends (2pcs)

Starpower CNC aluminum gimbal stick ends, transmitter stick anti-slipping cap Red/Gold/Blue/Black


For a thumber, stock X-Lite stick ends lack grip. As I use a light grip, i found I often had to re-adjust mid-flight (or worse, mid-race).
These drop in replacements never slipped once for a full day of racing. (I use a fairly light grip on the transmitter)
Seem to be good quality. Nice finish.
Height adjustable using the stock grub screws from the stock X-Lite stick ends. Hex key to make adjustments is provided.
Max height is about 4mm longer than stock X-Lite ends (great for hybrid pinchers). Min height is about 2mm longer than the min height of the stock X-Lite stick ends.

High quality CNC machined aluminium stick ends, helps prevent thumb or finger slippage mid flight for precision movements, easy to install (less than 2 minutes)

3mm - X9D (Taranis), FlySKY, Spektrum, Futaba and other 3mm gimbal equipped radios

4mm - For FrSky M7 and M9 gimbal,...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | Apr 01, 2019 @ 07:33 PM | 1,385 Views
Monday Afternoon ..
Cool Overcast ( Dull grey cloudy day ) , but little wind ..

It was almost an ELF'ing day !
So I had to take the Elf to the park ..
This time I used the slightly heavier 260mAh battery to move the CG forward a little ..

Hmmm , my launch settings worked , but I had a problem by where -- When I used the trim tabs to adjust elevator for cruise it would also effect my launch elevator setting ( A lot ) .. I nearly slammed the Elf into the ground because of this ..
Because the Tx was stuffing me around , I deleted the Elevator launch .. Once I did that I was able to play with cruise settings .. And off course this is when the breeze picked up ( obviously ) . Anyhow , I have separated the launch function from the main controls ( Ele / rud ) and put them on empty channels .. So hopefully using the trim tabs wont affect my launch settings .. ( Rather than setting things up as a mix )

Might have to do this for all my DLG's ...

Stuff ...
Another FS2A Rx came ... I do like these ..
Minimum Rc J3 came today ... Will most likely put my V911 control board into it ..
Be interesting ......Continue Reading
Posted by GabeWind | Apr 01, 2019 @ 04:33 PM | 722 Views
Last time I wrote, the boat was in very bad shape.
Just to recap even to myself: Motor bearings changed, have a new prop for it, and the biggest mistake (for myself at least): broken the top cover.
In the meantime the new transmission arrived, as well as the new top cover.

Since I had time for it, I tried to find the problem, what is the source of the vibration, and found two things.
The first is that from factory the motor and the shaft is not aligned, in fact not even on the same level, the motor sits higher than the shaft, what is even more confusing is the back motor poles are higher...
It was an easy fix though , all it needed was my handy rotarty tool and a digital caliper, and a lot of patience.
Measure the motor holder one by one, sand a bit with rotary tool, measure again, put in motor, check level, begin again. The process took more than an hour, done really slow, becouse I dont have another hull, and frankly dont want to buy another
Checked how it turned out: pushed the shaft outer housing in the half of the dogbone on the motor. No binding, motor turns fine around the shaft.
Should be 90% perfection
I think it will make positive difference...

While I was at it, lowered the white plastic motor shield, as decided to keep it just to be sure, so now it wont touching the new tubing... oh, iam ahead of myself, first things first.

Anyway said it will make a positive difference, but cant test it to be 100% sure - found out the another problem:...Continue Reading
Posted by LemonC | Apr 01, 2019 @ 12:08 PM | 3,764 Views
Cyclops 100mm FPV Frame with 1102 motors (3 min 31 sec)
Its actually the 130mm cyclops..

I got a problem fpv micro flying this weekend! So small and lite, it's safe enough to fly near my house. 1102 dys motors, 6a racerstar escs, 20x20 f3 board, tiny vtx and cam.

very underpower, but it flies.

using zippy 35c 500mah 2s lipo which are 34.5 grams with wires. i might try some higher c rating lipos near this weight, 450mah or something. also might try dif props. 2" seem to work better than 3" so far. tried Hq 3035t and HQ 2035Q... Flies almost like my tinywhoop brushed but flies longer and faster.
Posted by Bill M - RC | Apr 01, 2019 @ 07:48 AM | 1,111 Views
Hi fellow rc pilots & rc enthusiasts

KINGKONG/LDARC TINY GT7 & GT8 2019 V2 2S Brushless FPV Racing Whoop Drone Introduction. These KINGKONG/LDARC TINY GT7 & GT8 2019 V2 2S Brushless FPV Racing Whoop Drones feature Betaflight Smart OSD V2, F3 FC, 10A Blheli_S Esc's, 800TVL Cam, 5.8G 25mW VTX & comes in a nice carry case.

You can pre-order this KINGKONG/LDARC TINY GT7 2019 V2 2S FPV Racing Drone here now:

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KINGKONG LDARC TINY GT7 & GT8 2019 V2 2S Brushless FPV Racing Whoop Drone Introduction (1 min 14 sec)

Posted by Reckless_fpv | Apr 01, 2019 @ 06:39 AM | 912 Views
Posted by Spaaro | Apr 01, 2019 @ 05:05 AM | 880 Views
Used last week's good afternoon weather to push through 4 focused build sessions; tried to keep hasty mistakes & dodgy technique to a minimum.

Paid off: Stab + elevators sorting out control horn & link, tying both elevator halves to their cable run atop the vertical. Just a final skin of sanded, foam fairing over the hinge line & a mylar wrap remain.

Wanna weigh this assembly--just out of curiosity, once I get to the post office's scale.

Now to create that "M"-shaped, bridging wire + angled horn mock -up...I really don't want to rely upon some cludgy, exposed "Y"-yoke type dual linkage for the elevator actuation....Continue Reading
Posted by Bill M - RC | Apr 01, 2019 @ 04:43 AM | 998 Views
Hi fellow pilots & rc enthusiasts

ACE TATTU 11.1V 850mAh 75C 3S 1P Lipo Battery review & test. With power telemetry osd, you can also see how this performs and the duration on a Geprc GEP-CX Cygnet 115mm 2 Inch RC Brushless FPV Racing Drone.

Get this ACE TATTU 11.1V 850mAh 75C 3S 1P Lipo Battery with XT30 Plug here:

ACE TATTU 11.1V 850mAh 75C 3S 1P Lipo Battery review & test (5 min 37 sec)

Posted by Blaze0021 | Mar 31, 2019 @ 11:41 PM | 2,695 Views
In 1080p 60fps - Here is the raw uncut footage of my Freewing F9F Panther 64mm EDF Jet, modified for 4S power.

Freewing F9F Panther 64mm EDF Jet 4S Flight (4 min 23 sec)

Powered by a Tattu 4S 1800mAh 75C lipo, weighing in at 193 grams and pushed as far forward into the nose as possible (to accomplish this, I had to cut a segment of the front of the interior wooden frame grid, just stopping right before where the velcro straps are screwed in, so that the 4S lipo can slide all the way forward into the nose at an angle). The CG was measured at 23mm from the leading edge of the air intake (because of the additional weight of the 4S lipo, no additional nose ballast was required and I found this CG to be spot on for this model.. and I'll let my flight video confirm that). Flight Timer was set to 3:10 minutes. Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter and using a Lemon RX DSMX 7-Channel Diversity Stabilizer / Receiver.

Personal modifications were as follows:

1) ZTW Mantis 45A ESC w/ 5A SBEC (for safe and durable 4S operation).
2) Slotted .057x.177 Carbon Fiber Flat Wing Spars (for added 4S structural reinforcement).
3) JB Weld 5-Minute Clear Epoxy-Coated Undercarriage (durable landing skid finish protection).
4) JB Weld 5-Minute Clear Epoxy-Coated Fuel Tank Heads (for additional skid finish protection).
5) Minwax Satin Finish Polycrylic Dual Coating (for overall airframe finish protection).
6) Foam Tac Surrounding Elevator Rod Keeper (additional safeguard...Continue Reading
Posted by Jack Crossfire | Mar 31, 2019 @ 10:59 PM | 7,602 Views
These are quite good, by lion standards. After running 20 miles with the crummy speaker, the lion kingdom was willing to pay anything for a better speaker. They have all sounded good over $20 & in the narrow form factor. Below $20, they sounded terrible. Never tried the pancake style ones. The lion kingdom is continually amazed by how good any bluetooth speaker over $20 sounds, compared to anything that small from 30 years ago.

The old speaker was a TV speaker modified to be very light, for a smaller vehicle. The smaller vehicles are no more, so the old speaker may end up converted into a headset.

Millenials would freak out over how bad it is, compared to their $200 Bose speakers. A generation exists which has never heard sound as bad as a 1970's transistor radio. The lion kingdom manely grew up with the sounds of 1970's transistor radios & clock radios. You wouldn't think something mechanical like a speaker could be improved.