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Posted by Deserteagle | Jan 17, 2018 @ 10:35 AM | 1,616 Views


I received a RunCam Split Mini yesterday and I'm very impressed by how small it is.

The build quality on the camera unit is great but the two boards have to be mated to each other and great care needs to be happen to do it properly. There is a small blue pad that is between both pieces that is used to transfer heat and pins that are on the boards that have to line up perfectly. The blue heating pad needs to stay clean along with the surface to where the blue pad sits on the board surface. If not done properly I think heating will become an issue.

Overall I'm very happy the direction that RunCam went with this unit and with the weight of the unit with metal standoffs is 18g so 13 grams above a Swift micro. The ribbon cable is also much better than the Split V1 and V2 and is more robust. Overall I don't see the need for the V1 or V2 except for the mounting pattern of the mini is 20x20 as opposed to the 30.5 mounting pattern of it's predecessors.


Take a look at my video


RunCam split Mini Review and assembly Amazing! (8 min 47 sec)

Posted by Deserteagle | Dec 20, 2017 @ 08:50 PM | 2,301 Views
DJI has announced their race edition goggles recently. They say that the latency is AS LOW as 50ms, provides HD footage, has a DVR and also has one 5.8ghz receiver.



https://www.dji.com/dji-goggles-re



  • 12 Selectable Transmission Channels




  • Access to low-interference transmission channels is the key to success for competitive FPV racing, especially when multiple drones are flying simultaneously. Manually choose from up to 12 transmission channels to effectively avoid interference. 4
  • When encountering wireless interference, the OcuSync Module will quickly and automatically switch between the 2.4 and 5.8 GHz channels to maintain unobstructed transmission.

Also, its 148 FOV


1. Attainable when transmission resolution is set to 480p under FCC regulations at 2.4 GHz in ideal conditions. The recommended transmission distance is 2 km for fixed-wing aircraft and 200 m for drone racing.
2. Camera Module and OcuSync Video Transmission Module sold separately.
3. 720p 60 fps, 480p 50 fps transmission are also supported.
4. 12 selectable transmission channels are available at 5.8 GHz and seven channels are available at 2.4 GHz.
5. Supported with both OcuSync and analog video transmission.
6. OcuSync Video Transmission Module and Camera Module are required.


Weight (Typical)DJI Goggles RE Body: 502 g;
Headband: 500 g


WeightAir Unit: 43.7 g;
Camera (cable included): 18.2 g;
Pagoda Antenna: 9.4 g;
Cylindrical Antenna: 9.4 g;
Dipole
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Posted by Deserteagle | Dec 02, 2017 @ 03:34 AM | 2,050 Views
I finally got around to building the Japalura HGLRC F428 Runcam Split




The components used:


Japalura 3 inch frame


HGLRC F428 TX-20 combo


RunCam Split V1


Emax 1306 4000KV motors


35v 270uf capacitor


Micro Beeper


FRSky R-SXR receiver


Lumenier 2x4x3 V2 props (my favorite 3 inch props)




Overall the build was easy once I figured out how to lay it all out and pre-fit everything


The flight characteristics on this are like many heavy 3 inch quads and if I was to do it over I would build this as a 4 inch with 1407 motors and 4s. If fact it would be perfect as a 4 inch quad and fly very nice.


I built this so the battery is on the top so I could lower the stack inside the frame. This allowed space for the FC's USB connector and also allows me just to unplug the Split so I can get my files off of it though the Split's USB without the worry of feeding power back to my FC and burning it up.


The Split V1 WiFi is horrible because there is just too much interference from the VTX to allow it to work effecitvly. I have the V2 for another build and RunCam did address many of the V1's short comings.


Anyway all of it is in the videos so I hope you enjoy and maybe give some of you an idea how to mount the RunCam Split in your builds.


Japalura HGLRC F428 Runcam Split (7 min 54 sec)






Japalura RunCam Split HGLRC F428 Build Video Part 1 (10 min 2 sec)
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Posted by Deserteagle | Nov 19, 2017 @ 02:22 PM | 1,505 Views
After watching Joshua Bardwell's introduction and review of the Strix 4s Parallel charging board and all of the safety they had in mind when designing it, I decided to give it a try. I never really got into parallel charging my larger packs because of safety and what I like about the Strix is the on-board voltage readout and the poly fuses used on the balance leads. These two simple features really make this board stand out from the rest along with the overall robust quality of components and rugged construction. For $26 this is a very nice product but it does have one glaring issue.. it's only made for 4s packs.. or is it?

I decided to take a closer look and after spending some time studying the tracers and components, I could not see why this would not do 3s as well. I got out some 3s lipos to give it a try and shaved one of the nubs from the balance leads so it could plug in and it worked! I charged 5 3s 850mah lipos with the board no problem and shot off a private message to Strix letting them know that with a simple mod to the balance plug they could market this as a 3s and 4s Parallel charging board.

If you are thinking about Parallel charging for the first time or are thinking of replacing you current parallel charging board then take a look at my review and see what you think. For those that never parallel charged batteries then this board is definitely for you and I explain in my video how to parallel charge.

It can be bought at ReadyMadeRC

Parallel Charging board by Strix, Joshua Bardwell Line V2 4s and 3s? (12 min 30 sec)

Posted by Deserteagle | Nov 14, 2017 @ 04:19 AM | 2,191 Views
Is it possible by taking advantage of BangGood sales to build a great all around 5 inch Quadcopter for under $200?
A: Yes it is.
As we all know, BangGood is ALWAYS having a sale.. If you don't like the price of something then just wait..




Realacc Purple 215 Build a 5 inch quad for under $200 (6 min 49 sec)


I received an email about BangGood's anniversary sale back in September and seen the Purple 215 frame on sale for $19! I wasn't sure about the quality of this frame, but after looking at some other reviews, it seemed to be a very strong and good frame. It was at this point I wondered if it was possible to build a decent build for my viewers for under $200 and started looking at some of the other components that BangGood has on sale that day. I have noticed the prices on the components fluctuate and I've seen these prices on BangGood before and after the Anniversary sale so if you want to build this then just wait for the prices to match or even be better. Coupons are also nice and could actually make this build even cheaper.


Update: Black Friday sales are just right around the corner and I've noticed that they are jacking up their prices now so I'm sure they will have a half off sale coming soon!! (it seems to me they raise prices before a big sale )

Frame
Realacc Purple 215
Got mine for $19



https://www.banggood.com/Anniversary...r_warehouse=CN

Flight controller

I began searching the site for a decent AIO FC and noticed the HGLRC F3V4 was on sale for
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Posted by Deserteagle | Oct 21, 2017 @ 04:09 PM | 3,063 Views


I decided to do another build based on the Atom V2 frame after seeing that the F4 Zeus became available from HGLRC. The first edition of the "Poor man's Atom V2" took a pretty hard crash into a water tank and unfortunately the OSD chip on the HGLRC F3 V4 FC gave out, Even though I felt bad about taking out the FC, I got hundreds of flights and crashes out of that board. I was actually surprised that after ripping the antenna off of the board three different times that the board worked for as long as it did.
I like the Atom V2 frame kit because it's extremely durable, protects the electronics, lightweight and looks damn good!



Parts used:


Atom V2 frame kit



HGLRC F4 Zeus Micro AIO 28amp ESCs,FC,PDB,OSD,BEC (Got it from HGLTECH.com direct for review)

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Posted by Deserteagle | Oct 17, 2017 @ 04:25 AM | 1,321 Views
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Posted by Deserteagle | Oct 05, 2017 @ 01:16 AM | 2,171 Views
I got this board and did an unboxing and introduction. Should have flight videos this weekend.

HGLRC Zeus unboxing and introduction (6 min 54 sec)

Posted by Deserteagle | Sep 30, 2017 @ 05:18 PM | 2,874 Views
I did a review on the HGLRC ELF Camera that is included in the HGLRC XJB F428-TX20-ELF package on GotHeliRC.com. https://www.gothelirc.com/products/3...sc-vtx-camera/

The XJB F428-TX20 stack is $71 but with this camera included it's $84 so it's a great deal! Both have free fast shipping as well!!

As you see in this review, I believe this is either made by the same factory as the RunCam or they cloned it but HGLRC is a small company so I don't think they have the ability to clone a camera like this so they probably bought the camera.

Either way I found this camera to be better for color and I liked the fit of the lens on it as opposed the RunCam.

HGLRC ELF Camera Review VS RunCam Swift Micro I have a winner that may shock you. (11 min 37 sec)

Posted by Deserteagle | Sep 26, 2017 @ 11:29 PM | 4,262 Views
I really liked the look of the GEP frames and thought I would try them out. Luckily GotHeliRC.com started to carry them so I bought the 139mm version from them. As usual the package came well packed and with fast shipping. The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was how nice the fit and finish was on the frame and the on the frame printing of the camera angles was a very nice touch.


At first I was going to put in a HGLRC XJB F428 TX20 ELF All-in-One TOWER but there wasn't one available in the US. I ended up talking GotHeliRC.com into carrying HGLRC products but they didn't have the small stack in when I did this build.

I ended up using components from previous builds plus a HGLRC F3 V3.1 that had been sitting on my bench for some time.

Components used:

  • HGLRC AIO F3 3.1 FC\PCB\OSD
  • DYS 1306 4000kv motors
  • Racestar 20amp 4 in 1
  • TBS Unify Pro with old custom antenna directly soldered on
  • FRsky FrSky X4R-SB depinned
  • RunCam Swift Micro
  • Lumenier props 3040 props

Running the above components was going to be a very very tight build but I knew with some thought and persistence it could be done.



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Posted by Deserteagle | Sep 04, 2017 @ 04:02 PM | 2,227 Views
Once again a Walkera Mod...



I wanted a smaller headset that could accommodate glasses. I've looked around and most are of the refrigerator box type like my current headplays. I found some Walkera Goggle 4s on Feebay for $60 that I think were used for a review or something because the clear plastic wrap was still on them and they looked as though they were never used. They came in the original box which also looked new

Anyway I tried them out and found the following:

1. Not comfortable on the cheek bones
2. A lot of light leaking in from around the face pads, vents in the sides, around the split in the middle of the two halves and also through the white plastic.
3. The screen looked distorted and kind of bland
4. The receiver was Blah... Even with my patches, 12 turn helical!!!, Airblades, Mad Mushroom, aomways and the TrueRC X2 air antenna.... it still wasn't very good
5. Battery is not changeable!!!

But...

I did find some positives
1. Light on the head
2. Nice form factor
3. Voltage display on the screen that blinks to let you know when the battery is close to dying
4. Overall nice looking

As with all things Walkera... you have to Mod their stuff to make it right. This goes back all the way to 2006 when I first flew their 4#3 copters. Nothing Walkera makes is 100% done and nothing they make is fully thought out. They are great for coming up with nice looking designs but usually fail in execution, customer service and quality control. If Walkera was...Continue Reading
Posted by Deserteagle | Sep 03, 2017 @ 04:32 PM | 1,963 Views
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Posted by Deserteagle | Aug 15, 2017 @ 11:17 AM | 2,997 Views
Found a cool park to do some tuning
RotorX V2 custom build Great Falls New Park. (9 min 51 sec)

Posted by Deserteagle | Jul 15, 2017 @ 10:27 PM | 2,934 Views
Got some RaceKraft 3041 props in and I can say they are amazing. The trust and efficiency is that of the RX3040 props but are much more durable. Also put the RunCam micro in and what a HUGE difference!! I'll be post some onboard vids soon. Also trying to mod a Mate 808 camera to fit between the battery and the quad for better HD videos.
Posted by Deserteagle | Jun 25, 2017 @ 01:32 AM | 4,573 Views
Always liked the look of the Atom V2 but not the price and some reports of ESC fires. Also the camera on the V2 was not customers first choice and many just complained or replaced them.

So why not just build your own I thought.

I started off I started with a budget of around $200 because I don't think a 130 sized copter should be more than that.

My choices for the build were the following

1. EMAX 1306 4k motors for $48 https://www.banggood.com/Emax-RS1306...p-1060943.html


2. Racestar 4in1 20A ESC $23 https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-R...l?rmmds=search


3. Genuine HGLTECH (careful of knockoffs!!!) F3 V4 Flight Control Board AIO 25mW 200mW 600mW Switchable Transmitter OSD BEC PDB Current Sensor $42 https://www.banggood.com/F3-V4-Fligh...l?rmmds=search

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Posted by Deserteagle | Jan 10, 2017 @ 02:33 AM | 5,675 Views
Well it looks like BangGood made Good on their promise
They apologized for the mistake and I have a V4 board coming!!! I just hope this time it actually IS a V4
When I get that one, I will do a review on both boards here and youtube.

Edit 2. I got the board as promised. Thank you BangGood for your prompt service even though I think the manufacture is the one that messed up and not you guys

I'm going to put the V4 in an Atom V2 frame with a Racerstar 20A 4 in 1 ESC

I'm going to put the V3 in a Youbi VX-130 frame with a Racerstar 20A 4 in 1 ESC
I'm hoping this snow goes away soon so I can fly both for the reviews

I will say that I've had Great Customer service from BangGood but I was very nervous about it this time around.

Because they did the right thing I'm ordering it even MORE stuff from them. I wish the shipping was faster but hey at their prices and selection you can't have it all.

I probably spend $2500 a year on this hobby and BangGood will now get much more of that.



I ordered a F3 V4 Flight Control Board AIO 25mW 200mW 600mW Switchable Transmitter OSD BEC PDB Current Sensor from BangGood and paid for DHL shipping on top. I wanted to do a review here with a build I'm working on along with a youtube video as well.




What I got was the Version 3 FC with no VTX. The problem is that the V3.1 has issues with the OSD blanking out during flight.



Also on the F3 V4 thread there has been three other people that this has happened to as well.
https://www.rcgroups.
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Posted by Deserteagle | Nov 29, 2016 @ 02:27 AM | 5,667 Views
Finially got er done

Mated a Mate 808 5.6 gram 1080 camera with my slammed version of my BeeRotor 130 ultra.. Total weight with 1306 Motors is 146 grams Get anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes of flying depending on what I'm doing with it. Running the ReadymadeRC's 3s 850s.
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...oducts_id=5422
Posted by Deserteagle | Nov 06, 2016 @ 04:10 AM | 6,529 Views
Just posting them here to link off of..

It's a BeeRotor 130 ultra that I slammed and shaved 50 grams from the build.
Posted by Deserteagle | Oct 31, 2016 @ 02:05 PM | 5,903 Views
Ever since the announcement of the DJI Mavic I've been drooling.

As one of the biggest distractors of DJI in recent years they finally made a product for a guy like me that it is into flying first and shooting video second.

Fact is I've moved into racing style quads and dream of making videos and being able to fly like these guys.. The talent and reaction time to fly like this is unbelievable to me not to mention the building and tuning..

Tree Dancing Volume 3 (2 min 54 sec)


Can You Feel It? (2 min 39 sec)
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