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Posted by Deserteagle | Nov 14, 2017 @ 04:19 AM | 1,183 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 )

Realacc Purple 215
Got mine for $19

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 | 2,225 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 direct for review)

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Posted by Deserteagle | Oct 17, 2017 @ 04:25 AM | 619 Views
Posted by Deserteagle | Oct 05, 2017 @ 01:16 AM | 1,458 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 | 2,025 Views
I did a review on the HGLRC ELF Camera that is included in the HGLRC XJB F428-TX20-ELF package on

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 | 3,295 Views
I really liked the look of the GEP frames and thought I would try them out. Luckily 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 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:

  • 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 | 1,481 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!!!


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 | 1,338 Views
This is just where I'm going to deposit pics for the blog entries I do... Not much to read here.....Continue Reading
Posted by Deserteagle | Aug 15, 2017 @ 11:17 AM | 2,389 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 | 2,345 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 | 3,945 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

2. Racestar 4in1 20A ESC $23

3. Genuine HGLTECH (careful of knockoffs!!!) F3 V4 Flight Control Board AIO 25mW 200mW 600mW Switchable Transmitter OSD BEC PDB Current Sensor $42

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Posted by Deserteagle | Jan 10, 2017 @ 02:33 AM | 5,043 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.
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Posted by Deserteagle | Dec 10, 2016 @ 07:12 PM | 4,731 Views
Always wanted to go to the South Pole and now not so much
Posted by Deserteagle | Nov 29, 2016 @ 02:27 AM | 5,040 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.
Posted by Deserteagle | Nov 06, 2016 @ 04:10 AM | 5,907 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 | 5,276 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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Posted by Deserteagle | Oct 09, 2016 @ 05:21 PM | 5,098 Views
Already made a thread for this guy but I wanted to keep a copy here. It looks like he may have settled down but who knows..

Many responsible hobbyists have been outspoken about this guy in many threads so I thought I would start this one as a public awareness and to clean up the other threads for people that are disgusted by this grown man's reckless behavior.

Let's talk about reckless behavior and personal drones. As we know, personal drones have caught the attention of the media and governments because of the careless acts and reckless behavior of a few. We also know that people within the FAA view youtube videos of people doing reckless things with personal drones.
Casey Neistat

Who is this YouTube star. Well apparently he started out making some video about Apple and had some skit on HBO that caught some people's attention and from there he's done a few things but then opened a Youtube channel

People seem to be entertained by him for whatever reason but what catches my attention in these uncertain times in our hobby, is that this guy doesn't seem to pay any attention to safety and promotes the aspect of safety as a joke. I'm not sure why the State of New York doesn't exercise their rights to charge him with Reckless Endangerment for his standard of behavior definitely calls for it. I also wonder why the FAA hasn't taken him to task for these videos that he makes money off of. It would seem to me that if he's making...Continue Reading
Posted by Deserteagle | Sep 28, 2016 @ 03:06 AM | 12,362 Views
This is one of many conversations that I love having with Craigiri. I have always enjoyed what Craig brings to RCG and even if I don't always agree, he has always shown respect. I would love to meet the guy one day!

Craig is DJI's greatest fan and for good reason. He makes many great points about the direction of DJI, it's products and it's future.

Craig is talking about somebody challenging DJI with great products.

Originally Posted by craigiri View Post
People have been saying this for years and I had hoped the same. But now that I know a lot more about what it takes I simply don't think it can be done. Too much money and too many engineers the proper standards and leadership/vision.

I don't think there is hardly any precedent for a new company (Drone company X, for example) just somehow getting a hold of a billion or two and hiring 500+ engineers (probably the minimum) and then waiting years before any profits might be made.

It's all about risk.

It's easy to make yet another Snapdragon drone or a PX4 drone (once they get a bit further in that development). But they still have to do the camera, the software, the simulators and so much more.

It's like a little league team going against the majors. Ain't gonna happen. At least I don't see how it can given the current situation.
My Responce
hmm sure didn't take long before Honda, Toyota and Nissan took down GM and Ford a notch and helped wipe...Continue Reading
Posted by Deserteagle | Sep 19, 2016 @ 03:01 PM | 5,277 Views
So I watched the highly anticipated Gopro event and I'm left with some good feelings and some not so good ones.

To get the bad out of the way.

1. Something new and different?
The camera offerings miss the mark because they really don't offer much different than what they are currently selling. Yes the Hero 5 Black is water proof and yeah it does have some extra neato features but is the image quality that much different than before? Does it still have fish eye? Does it still have a massive amount of RF interference? (more on that later)

2. Price:
The price of the cameras are still too high.
I understand that GoPro sees themselves as a premium brand but with competition from actual well known premium camera brands that offer zoom and other nice to have features can GoPro really demand such prices?

3. Cheap seats.
There are many cheap cameras that come close to the performance in the minds of the average person. The average person isn't going to spend time doing massive edits or count Mbps. All they really care about is price and there are many cheapo sports cameras on the market that fit into the budget of the average family making $50 grand a year. Next year we will see even more.

4. Economy:
Many people are very leery of the market and the direction of the country this year. All market indicators look bleak as far as consumer spending going into the holiday season. Normally during an election year the market and consumer index does well but not this time around....Continue Reading