Posted by Captain Canardly | Jul 31, 2017 @ 05:15 AM | 12,826 Views
Thanks to Kramer's Hobbies, and Ken driving to our ( Wright County Flyers) field, I get in the air. We won't discuss that it took 2.5 weeks to open the new box!
Captain Canardly gets Instructed (9 min 49 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jul 31, 2017 @ 05:00 AM | 3,688 Views
Howdy people

so yeah.. a brick-based quadcopter that's supposed to actually fly? I would have though it would be to heavy.. Turns out, the power-to-weight ratio indeed IS pretty low
Nevertheless.. it Does fly

Link to this quadcopter: Lego / Realacc quadcopter

And here is what that looks like..

DutchRC - A LEGO quadcopter that actually Flies? :O (9 min 43 sec)

Posted by glassfox | Jul 31, 2017 @ 04:00 AM | 7,844 Views
FOXTECH SEEKER-18 is a professional 3-axis Gimbal with 18X Optical Zoom Camera that designed for small multicopters. SEEKER-18 features high strength, good vibration absorbing and corrosion resistant, it can adapt to bad working conditions. The FOXTECH SEEKER-18 is small and light, also has an exquisite appearance. SEEKER-18 is driven by three powerful motors which could keep the camera steady under any states. FOXTECH SEEKER-18 adopts advanced 3-axis stabilization, it can let the camera keep stable during the movement, and the motor is controlled by high-speed processor, it keeps the camera at a steady shooting angle even at high speed and intense shaking. FOXTECH SEEKER-18 carries one 18X optical zoom camera, the 18X optical zoom camera can capture details over distance. SEEKER-18 is equipped with advanced stability system which can makes real-time compensation with camera shaking, and could ensure the stable and smooth images even on the tele end. FOXTECH SEEKER-18 can be applied in many fields like military reconnaissance, police investigation, police surveillance and evidence collection, power line inspection,disaster prevention and mitigation,emergency monitoring and rescue etc.

SEEKER 18X zoom camera sees car license plate over 200m range (2 min 35 sec)

Posted by akkteck | Jul 31, 2017 @ 03:15 AM | 2,403 Views
This video, it is a new style for FPV, nice with a pair of lovers, very cute. The author is so talented thinking out this kind of creative idea
Volantex V792-4 ATOMIC 2.4GHz, 2Ch, Brushless RC Boat, Water-Cooling system (+ FPV on board) (10 min 32 sec)

Posted by dys123 | Jul 31, 2017 @ 01:49 AM | 15,885 Views
The DYS BLHeli_32 35A 3-6S DSHOT 1200 ESC w/ LED is a 32bit ESC features the latest generation BLHeli_32 firmware, and it support the newest DSHOT 1200 protocol. The 32bit archetecture enables the ESC to run at incredible speeds resulting in better performance, faster input signals and lower latency compared to older 8bit ESCs.

The ESCs are light weight and compact in size, saving weight and making builds easy and neat.The ESC features new BLHeli_32 firmware pre-installed on them. 

The advantage of Dshot1200,Quote from OscarLiang: (

Comparing to Analog ESC protocols like Oneshot and Multishot, the same benefits of DShot applies to DShot1200:

Higher resolution and more accurate and reliable data
Data error rejection
Now with the advantage of even higher speed with DShot1200, there are more reasons to change over to digital ESC protocol now from analog
Comparing to other DShot protocol, DShot1200 is simply faster. And faster is always better if the system is capable of running it

Here come Some basic info of DYS Aria Blheli_32Bit 35A ESC:
Item name:Aria Blheli_32Bit 35A
Weight:4.37g(without motor wire)
Continue current:35A
Burst current:40A
Input voltage:Supoort 3~6S lipo

New 32bit Cortex-M0 running at 48MHz
The latest BLHeli_32 Firmware
Light weight and compact size
Onboard RGB LED for customizable color
Adaptive timing,and compatible with a wide range of motor in the market
Current limit & current sensor
Support Dshot1200/600/300/150,Oneshot125,Oneshot42,Multishot
Mosfet is covered with aluminum sheet for cooling,which can bring more efficiency and stability

Product Webpage is below:

Where to buy:

Posted by Gary Chen | Jul 30, 2017 @ 10:51 PM | 5,843 Views
Sky Eye-Z6K is a 3-axis drone gimbal specially designed for SONY A6000 DSLR.With this gimbal,you can not only realize some basic operations like gimbal Yaw and Pitch axis control,but also other much more important camera controls:zoom,record,trigger,camera power on/off etc.So it will be very useful for different industrial applications where you need both camera zooming and high definition photos,like power line and infrastructure inspection.

Another big feature for Sky Eye-Z6K is that it can be equipped with an Auto Object Tracking Module(AOTM),which will enable the pilot to track static/moving objects very easily.Further more,the AOTM is only 40 grams,do not add too much weight on the drone.
How it works:zoom in and put the object you want to track in the screen,move the cursor to the object and lock it via controller,and then the camera will track it automatically.

Sky Eye-Z6K provides an outstanding wiring hub for RC receiver and video output port,which makes the wiring job simpler and clean.
Also the gimbal offers 2 smart speed modes:FAST speed and LOW speed.Fast speed mode is used for small zooming range,which makes the gimbal control sensitive and quick.LOW speed mode is used for large zoom range,will enable you to target the object more accurately.

Sky Eye-Z6K Drone Gimbal For SONY A6000,With Zoom&Recording&Triggering (1 min 14 sec)

Auto Object Tracking Module
Yangda object tracking module for drone zoom camera (4 min 1 sec)
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Posted by GRW3 | Jul 30, 2017 @ 10:26 PM | 4,381 Views
I captured this image from the Flite Test video highlights of Flite Fest East '17. I think it really shows the spirit of the event, a mixture of flying and community. I like the big events for experienced modelers. I've been to some in the past and I'd like to catch some others in the future but it think the Flite Test guys are seeding the future of the hobby. We won't get all the people they touch but hopefully we get enough to keep the hobby alive.
Posted by VicT | Jul 30, 2017 @ 09:36 PM | 3,712 Views
Sometimes because of noise the audio from my DX9 is difficult to hear. I've turned both battery meter/volume control and system setting volume control to 100% but the stock speaker is just not loud enough. I have a second DX9 and it is the same. The DX 6, 7, and 8 are even worse. Spektrum Technical recommends wired ear buds or headphones. I have a Bluetooth transmitter and headphones that work very good but sometimes a louder speaker is better.

Mike B (fellow clubmember) found a speaker for me to experiment with and with some extra hardware I'm very pleased with the performance and ease of use. The speaker comes with a cord for charging and you must use your own USB type charger. It does not come with a male to male 3.5 mm cable but does work with Bluetooth so you can use it with a smart phone for phone conversations or music. I have a $15 Bluetooth transmitter that plugs into the rear DX9 audio jack and the speaker works fine this way. However the transmitter is another thing to charge and pair between the DX9 and speaker so it's more of a hassle. Mounting the speaker so that it's easy was a challenge. Initially I used 3M Dual Lock but ended up with Velcro screwed to the back of the speaker. I had to disassemble the speaker to ensure the 1/16" drill bit did not damage any speaker or component. The speaker comes with a rubber strap and suction cup for shower mounting and I shortened the rubber strap by drilling a 1/8" hole in the strap. Email me for more info.
Posted by Sawee | Jul 30, 2017 @ 09:21 PM | 3,038 Views
A small camera weighing in at 9.5g, yet still delivering a superb picture at 700tvl. The camera comes in prewired and easy to install, including a custom FPV servo cable for easy hookup. The 120 Degree Lens gives you a wide and full forward view, Use this camera in aircraft where size and weight is important, perfect for small multi-rotors, airplanes and even RC cars.
Review: AKK K31P 5 8GHz 40Ch 600MW CA40 Mini 700TVL Camera (10 min 45 sec)

Posted by canino | Jul 30, 2017 @ 09:20 PM | 8,402 Views
DJI SPARK wind test (2 min 22 sec)

Posted by Pete ulibarri | Jul 30, 2017 @ 08:45 PM | 13,213 Views
I thought Id get the ball rolling on a build I did of the 1M Hawk DLG that Nikoli Gorban is selling from the Ukraine. I bought the it from a fellow who purchased this kit and several items from Nikoli.
I didn't take pictures during the build, but I'd like to share what I did, what I did wrong/right, and learn from others on what may work better.
Getting Info is a little difficult as Nikoli does not speak much english. I messaged him via Facebook a few times and did get some basic info from him.
Here is what I have as of now.

Airframe kit weight: 86gr
(Fuse, wings, elevator, and rudder with control horns attached)

3 dymond 47 2 for flaperons, 1 for elevator
1 Hitec HS-35HD for the rudder.

Receiver: Spektrum Ar6100E

Battery: Venom 1s 250mah

CG: 55mm

AUW: 132g

Im using the Hitec servo in place of another dymond, because I was doing QT's and dropped the plane on the tail which broke the servo gears(didn't have any damage to the tail!)
The fuse is super small and not much else will fit in there. the hitter is .5gr lighter than the D47 but has about 1/2 the torque.
If there is something smaller with decant torque that will fit in this airframe Id like to know.
I built the servos into a "brick" similar to what is shown in one of the build threads for the 1M strike2. I used Kapton tape and a small amount of shoe goo to hold the servos to the small fiberglass plate that came with the kit, then glued the brick into the fuse...Continue Reading
Posted by Hrm42 | Jul 30, 2017 @ 07:18 PM | 1,947 Views
I would really appreciate it if someone knowledgeable could help me understand the details of the smoke el system, for example how the heating tube works, how does it heat up, and what tempature does the smoke liquid burn at? Thanks a lot
Posted by Alarabie | Jul 30, 2017 @ 05:28 PM | 5,753 Views
To fix my Split, I used a small heat gun to reflow the solder for the large chip on the SD card side of the board.


The large chip on the SD card side of the board seems to have failed solder joints.
Possibly from vibration, or board flex from a crash or hard landing.

Test: Apply a bit of pressure to this chip while applying power and see if your board boots.

In my case the Split booted up normally and started recording.
I found that it was a specific corner of the chip (the one closest to the SD card), So I used a small butane reflow gun and heated up that corner of the chip.
After I let it cool, I gave it power, and it booted up and started recording, without having to apply any pressure to the chip.

At this point the camera powers up and records, but the Power/Shutter button doesn’t work.
The Wifi/Mode button works, but it only pauses or takes a still. To get to WiFi or use the OSD for settings, I needed to be able to stop recording.

I found that if I apply pressure to the corner of the chip closest to the Power/Shutter button that button started working.

I have not reflowed this corner of the board yet, nor have I flown my quad yet.
So, I can't say if this fix is permanent, or even long lasting.

Anyway, I don’t know much about electronics, and Im not an engineer so don’t quote me on any of this.
Your Split issues may be totally different than mine.

This is simply the methods I used to determine and (sorta) resolve the faults on my board.

Hope this helps..
Posted by craytech | Jul 30, 2017 @ 04:03 PM | 2,169 Views
Beta 75 Q100 Frame (4 min 50 sec)

Hello everyone welcome back!!

I have been wanting to pick up a Q100 frame for sometime. I originally bought it to replace the frame on my Eachine FB90. It flew horrible even after a lot of tinkering. So I figured this would give me change to use the new BetaFPV Flight controller with a better layout and added OSD. I do not have a camera yet that support OSD so for now im using the BetaFPV H01 AIO Camera. The build is very easy. I attached the FC with double sided foam tape and wrapped the BetaFPV 720 brushed motors with electrical tape to fit the 8520 motor pod. After securing the camera I was ready to rock. I did find that out of the box if I plugged in the battery it began to spin the props. After a quick configuration adjustment in Betaflight I was all set. It looks like it wasnt set to brushed under the configurations tab and I was sure to match the settings that I used from BetaFPVs support documentation.

You can get all the parts below on amazon or
BetaFPV Flight Controller
BetaFPV 720 Brushed motors 17500kv
Hobbymate Q100 Frame
BFG 65mm dual blade props

I hope you enjoyed this video.

Thank you for watching!!

Big thanks to Ryan Little.
Track by Ryan Little
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Posted by Woodinthesky | Jul 30, 2017 @ 01:49 PM | 2,157 Views
Posted by Ssayer | Jul 30, 2017 @ 01:20 PM | 58,340 Views
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I kept hearing how the Advanced Transmitter was so much more precise than the Standard Transmitter, so not being happy enough with the slop in my Standard Transmitter's gimbals, I finally broke down and bought one. No contest, the Advanced Transmitter is simply that much more precise. I finally feel confident flying through the trees with this quad!

So let's compare:

Standard Transmitter:
Larger screen
Way easier to insert batteries (more on that in a minute)
Easier to feel good about setting the darn thing down! (sounds dumb, but it matters to me, the Advance Transmitter just doesn't lay down as well)

Advanced Transmitter
The gimbals are rock solid in comparison (we will give it 10 bonus points for this alone!)
It feels better in your hands (my opinion, YMMV)
Easy to turn on/off OSD while flying

Which one is better? IMHO, had I known then what I know now, I would have gone with the Advanced Transmitter right off the bat. It's that much better!

Now, on to the battery thing. With the Standard Transmitter, you simply insert 4 AA batteries. Done... With the Advanced Transmitter, you have to put them (8 AA batteries) into a battery brick and then plug them in via the JST plug. That might be easy for you young guys, but for this old dude, reaching down into the battery bay to plug that thing in with almost no clearance is a chore. The first time I did it, I thought I'd screwed up royally. I plugged it in and pushed the brick down. Man!!! The springs...Continue Reading
Posted by Ssayer | Jul 30, 2017 @ 12:29 PM | 57,172 Views
I drew and printed up some legs for my Hubsans to get them further off the ground (both for prop clearance in higher grass and for ground clearance for my Runcam Split). If you want them longer or shorter, it's easy enough to change that size in your 3D Printer's slicer. I picked this particular size as it is the minimum size which allows ground clearance for my Runcam Split at any angle.

I've attached them with 2 small zip ties and then (because I'm persnickity), I UV welded them in two spots. If you tighten the zip ties well enough there is no problem, but... with the UV weld, they won't budge (with the added benefit that a quick snap of the wrist breaks that weld if you want to remove them). Everything total (legs and zip ties) weighs in at 14g and doesn't make much difference in flight time.

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Quad with Runcam Split and quad without:
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More of a side view of quad with Runcam Split and a close up:
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