Posted by kwasch | Oct 01, 2016 @ 12:16 AM | 7,075 Views
There's something about the flight in this video that stuck with me that day. Everything just felt right. Maybe it was because it was a quiet morning at our club field so I didn't have to worry about other pilots in the air. What ever the case was it was a fun morning. I hope the video reflects the feeling I was having.

ImpulseRC RR5 / Flowflight (4 min 14 sec)

Posted by Jack Crossfire | Sep 30, 2016 @ 11:02 PM | 3,673 Views
Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species (best audience questions) (2 min 11 sec)



Part of the problem was the show happening in Mexico. The other part was even though a lot of the world took it very seriously, there was another part which doesn't take him seriously at all. At least he didn't moderate the questions with some bureaucrat.


Good grief, the government should fund more Musk, just like governments funded Columbus, Luis & Clark. Governments just don't do that anymore.
Posted by surferguy | Sep 30, 2016 @ 10:43 PM | 4,760 Views
Do you have an F4 Flight controller yet?

New F4 boards are what's next. I show you an F4 board and how to flash this CC3D Revo.
Get ready for your next quad build. Hope this helps those looking to step up to an F4.

Main Features:
- STM32 F405 MCU, runs RaceFlight CC3D REVO firmware
- 16MB large flash memory
- MPU6000 SPI Bus
- SBUS / PPM input port ( pin header )
- 6 PWM output ports ( pin header )
- Ultra small, only 36 x 36mm
- Mounting hole spacing: 30.5 x 30.5mm

Specs:

Type: F4 CC3D REVO Flight Controller
Product weight: 0.005 kg
Package weight: 0.030 kg
Product size (L x W x H): 3.60 x 3.60 x 0.10 cm / 1.42 x 1.42 x 0.04 inches
Package size:
(L x W x H): 5.00 x 5.00 x 1.00 cm / 1.97 x 1.97 x 0.39 inches

Tutorial by
Justin Davis @ Drone Camps RC
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NEW F4 CC3D REVO Flight Controller - HOW to FLASH IT (3 min 16 sec)

Posted by Rockitglider | Sep 30, 2016 @ 09:55 PM | 6,711 Views
Hello everyone,

There was not a lot of picture opportunities, but here's a few shots, Jon and I were on the NE bowl flying electrics, and Paul and Mike were winch launching the W side, and a few guys were on the N side. Not much wind to speak of, hope tomorrow is better

Kit ...Continue Reading
Posted by Rockitglider | Sep 30, 2016 @ 08:52 PM | 6,611 Views
Hello everyone,

Here's a slide show of a bunch of pictures I took of several different birds in flight, and some great acoustic guitar music by Luca Stricagnoli, check him out on Youtube . This link is to my Facebook page, click on the video called Birds in Flight, and select HD on the video setting for a high def version if you're going to watch it full screen.

Kit

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Posted by RexGalore | Sep 30, 2016 @ 07:28 PM | 6,988 Views
The Tidewater is a great first seaplane. The water handling is easy, precise.  Takeoff runs are quite short and non-tricky. Landings are also very manageable and enjoyable. It's the flying in between the water handling and water landings that can get somewhat stale after many flights. Not that it flies poorly,  or demands that it be flown fast lest it fall out of a turn like a shot duck, but it does have some shortcomings that begin to become tiresome after a while.

The first of these annoyances is the continual wing rocking if even the slightest breeze is present.  It would seem to be the result of the wing's dihedral along with the side area of the tips floats. This was neatly solved by the installation of a Lemon stabilized receiver. In addition to eliminating the wing rocking,  the Lemon makes the Tidewater fly like a bigger,  more stable plane.

The second annoyance is the effects of high, pylon mounted motor.  Increasing the throttle also increases a nose - down force that effects ground, water and flight handling negatively.  Ground (and snow ) takeoffs have the nose burying itself in the ground (or snow ) as  the throttle is advanced  (even slowly ) and  full up elevator is required long into the takeoff run. In flight,  the off axis thrust makes rolling maneuvers uneven and awkward. Inverted flight, while possible, has to be worked at. An eighth inch of up elevator trim is required for normal level flight with the CG set near the recommendation.

The third...Continue Reading
Posted by BakersView101 | Sep 30, 2016 @ 07:13 PM | 3,981 Views
Hey all,

Get your popcorn out for the first vlog with my car actually running!

Me and a mate of mine took it down a local business park to test out the car and see how it'll perform, I attached a little SJCAM to the body and pushed the car to top speed.

There's a few funny flips to replay, Subscribe and drop a like if you want to see more, it'll help me out

[VLOG] FPV RC Nitro Car / First Top Speed Runs - RC Crash (flips) (6 min 19 sec)

Posted by tailskid2 | Sep 30, 2016 @ 06:59 PM | 9,387 Views
Assembling one for a buddy of mine....another warbird and I'm happy with that! Attended Warbirds Over The Rockies last weekend and LOVED it! First pic is my VQ Dauntless doing a low pass

Next pictures are of the FW 190....going to be a long build because I don't have the retracts just yet....they are being sent back to Robart for fix'n I guess. Got the aileron and flap servos in and when putting the two wing panels together - whatafit!!! not a gap to be found!

Both the flap and aileron trays were given another coat of epoxy to be certain the wood servo mounting blocks wouldn't come lose. Note the Scotch Tape on the servo....keeps any glue from sticking to the servo and if it does, just remove the tape! Tape is needed when gluing the blocks in place.

Wing shot showing both pushrods connected.

Last pic showing the size of the plane.....Large Wingspan!
Posted by Micromotor | Sep 30, 2016 @ 06:32 PM | 2,778 Views
Photo F2C
Posted by RoyAceWings | Sep 30, 2016 @ 06:09 PM | 4,717 Views
Hi Guys, Just touching base with you on our line of Glider Bags from out New Slim Line glider bags to our Conventional Glider Bags along with our Side Pocket Glider bags and Backpack Glider Bags to our Scale Glider Wing Bags. . We have an assortment of colors to choose from.
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Posted by weathervane | Sep 30, 2016 @ 04:18 PM | 6,288 Views
Had the CNC machine up and running this afternoon. I had previously cut the wing panels for a plane. I decided that I needed to cut a few slots to help it fold over the ribs.
I made a test cut on some scrap foam. It looked good and I was happy with how it turned out. My first cut of the left wing half went fine. The right wing half did not work out so well. I did not account for the inconsistencies of the foam. So basically it cut all the way through in a few spots.
I could have set the cut deeper but did not think it was needed with the foam so thin to begin with.
I thought about cutting the full length of the wing as one cut. I was afraid the panels would move during the cut. And I am pretty sure it will not like the blue painters tape holding it all together.
So here is my first attempt at making a large foam wing.
Posted by Hermani | Sep 30, 2016 @ 02:22 PM | 4,568 Views
After pondering about it for a while I decided it was time to build a new quadcopter. My last scratchbuild was damaged in a crash and the other servicable quadcopter, a Hobbyking frame kit, just refused to start up when the weather just begged for some props.

This is my next build log of my WoodQuad.

Goals and requirements:
1. H-frame setup
2. 1.25 x 1.25 cm square wooden dowels as the frame base
3. Easy to replace parts
4. All other frame parts 3D printed
5. All 3 mm bolts and nuts or tie wraps
6. Room for 1 or 2 battery set-up, 3S or 4S

Materials
As stated, I wanted to use little different base materials. The wood is cheap and always on stock on my local DIY store.

For the bolts I standardised on 3 mm. Recently I ordered a bundle of them so I won't be out of stock. I use self-locking nuts as a precaution (and because I learned the hard way).

For the 3D print I already have some experience with different materials. PLA is just too brittle for use in a quadcopter. ABS is brilliant because it has just a little flex in it and it is strong; however printing larger parts in ABS is gruesome because of the tendency to warp. Recently I experimented with different kinds of materials and finally found PETG. This prints almost like PLA, is very stiff, does not warp al lot and is very tough.

Now I do most of my 3D printing in PETG and I can recommend it to anyone.

Designing the parts

For the design of the different parts I use Autodesk 123D Design. It is free for hobby...Continue Reading
Posted by ChillPhatCat | Sep 30, 2016 @ 01:29 PM | 10,049 Views
I made a push to complete the plane before last weekend but failed. I had wanted to bring this to a local biplane event, but it just wasn't in the cards... well I brought it, but as you can see... not quite airworthy yet.

In my frenzy I made a decision to turn this into a semi-scale Pitts S1C. The only problem in fact is that the lower wing is one bay bigger than it should be to accurately follow the lines, but I figure more wing should probably fly better. I also decided to do a quick and dirty aileron servo install for more accessibility.

I have subsequently finished the lower wing and most of the sheeting is complete on the fuselage. The engine is mounted along with the remote glow plug (a real must with these 4 strokes that have a forward angled plug). I finished the landing gear and most of the cabane struts are sorted out. Still need to finish the second aileron and hinge everything and cover it all. I think I'm 95% done.

Anyway here's some pics!...Continue Reading
Posted by olddog56 | Sep 30, 2016 @ 01:05 PM | 2,024 Views
Hey Guys, I received a "Propel Gyropter" W6625 as a gift. Still in the box, looks new. Problem is the when I try to charge the helicopter the green light does not light up. Can anyone help?
Posted by theimacman | Sep 30, 2016 @ 12:58 PM | 3,785 Views
Brushless quadcopter with FPV camera and 3D/6G modes.

XK - X252 Shuttle - Review and Flight (19 min 17 sec)

Posted by FPV.Model | Sep 30, 2016 @ 08:53 AM | 2,664 Views


It is time for an upgrade! fpvmodel.com is having a yearly Chinese National Day big sale event. Starting from now and going through October 7th (Beijing Time), we are going to offer deals that you will not find anywhere else. Use OCT2016 as the coupon to save 7% at the checkout page.

Detail: http://www.fpvmodel.com/blog/holiday...-_show160.html

For example, you will save US$23.10 when purchasing the Rescue-1 10x zoom gimbal, save US$31.37 on purchasing new Skyzone SKY02S V+ 3D Goggles.



You will also find a lot of new products show up at FPVmodel.com, and you can take the advantage to get saved, like the KL200RACE and Alpha200 racing quads.

Besides, dont forget to check out our Special Sale Section as well where you can combine the National Day sale on items that are already marked way down! Save up to 60% totally.
Posted by crash7X | Sep 30, 2016 @ 08:33 AM | 5,809 Views
By nature I would want to find and apply a break in process for anything I own or use.

I googled and as usual got the full spectrum of answers on whether and how to break in the brushed micro motors popular in quadcopter toys. I also came across the idea of breaking in motors underwater! Not gonna go there.

0. Don't break them in at all. You'll miss the best 5 minutes those motors are ever gonna give you. Besides, they were probably subjected to any stress you are afraid of in a factory test at a pretty good RPMs.

50. Run your quad gently for the first few batteries.

100. [all manner of recipes]

0 sorta makes sense, although someone pointed out that the guy saying was the same guy who'll sell you the replacements - conflict of interest?

50 makes no sense. If you are hovering, the motors are already working fairly hard. Besides avoiding crashing, I don't think there's much point to holding back. But we don't ever crash, right? So take it easy may just mean fly within your capabilities.

100. I like doing something rather than nothing. So I invented my own break in process. It is completely untested and otherwise unscientific.

I hook all four motors in parallel to a power supply. If new motors, just hook them up. If installed already, you have to lift one motor lead from each motor and hook it to one side of the PS and then the other side can go to the common motor connection. I've only done this three times, in all cases the motor (+) were common and...Continue Reading
Posted by blade strike | Sep 30, 2016 @ 07:58 AM | 42,442 Views
Short example video

DJI Mavic Tap to Focus Example (1 min 9 sec)

Posted by T J Gilbert | Sep 30, 2016 @ 07:41 AM | 21,245 Views
It's been a while since I've posted on the blog.
I've been relatively busy at work and with family.
My flying has been centered around P4 and I1 adventures that also involved Litchi missions.
As many of you know, I'm a long time AMA member and fly exclusively at my AMA field.

Well, as the title of this post indicates, things change.
There are rising opinions within the AMA that they feel they have veered from their roots by embracing multirotors.
I'll admit that there is even some dissent within my own club.
I feel that many of us remained loyal to the AMA while the need for a landing strip and open spaces diminished for pilots flying rotor craft.

Now DJI jumps into the pocket drone market with the Mavic, and it is a mind-blower!
I resisted the temptation to buy one for about 24 hours.
For the first time since I started with multirotors, I'm reconsidering where I might attempt to fly safely.
Launching an I1 from a pasture or a park is one thing, but doing this with the Mavic may warrant some thought.

As long as I observe the AMA safety guidelines, there is the option of flying at locations other my official field.
The nature of the craft and the piloting of it are changing, and it might just be time for this old, bold pilot to change too.
Posted by BakersView101 | Sep 30, 2016 @ 07:40 AM | 3,741 Views
Hey everyone!

So after my last journal I hooked everything up and got it started.


I managed to get the engine to idle nicely but it does seem to have a slight delay when applying throttle, the engine also runs burning hot (which should be normal) with a fair bit of fuel and a lot of smoke escaping the spitter at high speed.


Turn it up a little, subscribe if you'd like to follow for more videos and more.

Nitro engine first start in a year - sh 18 (2 min 28 sec)


Maybe it needs more adjusting but i'll have to look up more guides! Pop your comments below!