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Posted by nigelsheffield | Oct 15, 2018 @ 04:54 AM | 1,673 Views
Video to follow when weather is better and I get it tuned but already this is working better than betaflight 2s brushless whoop in terms of locked in flying, ( still needs more tuning for outdoors )silverware rocks!

I've already made some brushless silverware quads and some whoops but up till now never a silverware brushless whoop and having recently discovered 2s brushless whoops and the recent betafpv beta65x I decided it's time to build a silverware version a little bigger on the beta75x frame.

Parts used
Betafpv lite FC ( flashed with yets brushless silverware version )
Frame and props betafpv beta75x.
1103 10000kv racerstar motors. https://m.banggood.com/Racerstar-Rac...244425201308OD ( tracking affiliate link as motors were provided for review , no extra cost to you but they will let me have more stuff for review if people use this link )
ESC bs06d super s https://m.xt-xinte.com/Super_s-BS06D...r-p134749.html ( mention nigelsheffield123 for $5 credit )
Any 5v bec / ubec regulator ( got mine from AliExpress for about $1 )
Camera I will be using akk bs2 depending if I can find a spare one but anything will do as long as it's small and light is best.
Battery https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=3655100057

To program the FC you will need an st-linker V2 and a free program ( I will provide a bin file once it's all setup nicely or those who don't want to go through setting up in Kiel )


Soldered wires to ESC and hot glue in place to stop them breaking easily,
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jul 21, 2018 @ 09:48 AM | 3,535 Views
This is yet another offering for a cheap FC with silverware on it,
This one has reciever built in as usual but what sets it apart from others before it is the fets for the motors are updated with higher current draw and lower resistance which in theory should give more power..
In my test flights I certainly did notice a bit more power so the fets do seem to be making a difference.
The price is good too at $6.52.

Get it here from https://m.xt-xinte.com/BEECORE-Lite-...r-p527586.html
Use this name ( mention it somewhere I guess ? ) nigelsheffield123 to get $5 credit and they also promise to send me gifts for review if people do that.
Check out the xt-xinte sight for lots of other good deals for drones.

First up I will put a flight video made with a boldclash b03 whoop with this FC in, this is flown in acro mode with an akk bs2 camera stuck on with elastic bands lol.

Silverised Brushed franken whoop is crazy fast....again!! (4 min 9 sec)


beecore lite FC with silverware from xt-xinte (3 min 15 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 20, 2018 @ 08:51 AM | 2,097 Views
Very careful flying with a small quiet ducted fan quad ( whoop)
To get the puppy Charlie junior used them.
His dad Charly senior ( yes I know lol ) is an old hand and doesn't bat an eyelid , he just goes off and finds a quiet spot till I finish lol.

Puppy meets whoop (Charlie junior first encounter) his dad Charly is an old hand. (1 min 9 sec)


I don't encourage anyone to do this, I can fly very well and only use whoops for indoors around pets and only fly if it doesn't bother them.
Be safe and respect them!

Cocker spaniels make great family pets by the way, love mine more than flying and that IS saying something lol!
Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 18, 2018 @ 06:34 AM | 3,301 Views
Whoop with vtx control and osd with frsky Rx built in on one board from betafpv WOW that's a lot to cram in and I just had to try one out.

https://betafpv.com/collections/flig...rsky-rx-osd-v2

Here is my review and a video of it flying my b03 whoop with bs2 osd camera.

18 June 2018 (3 min 38 sec)


Some pictures of the build to give an idea of how easy this is, basically the motors just plug in as does the battery so very simple to get it flying.
For osd I needed to solder cam and vtx wires, my bs2 didn't have vtx control so I couldn't test that but it's got the connection there so just another solder pad to connect that wire.
It's on betaflight 3.2 and all I did was set my preferred channel order and rates and few tweaks on the osd.
Bound to my frsky taranis in D8 mode easily with a nice big button that's easy to press.
Everything worked first time and the b03 flew great on stock settings , no need to change pids or filters.

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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 10, 2018 @ 02:44 AM | 2,527 Views
Ok I already have 3x 75mm brushless whoops but decided I wanted a smaller one for easier indoors flying more like the original whoop size and this seemed to fit the bill.
It's from hobbycool http://hobbycool.com?afmc=2j affiliate link to their site please use this link if you find any of my reviews useful as I get a small commission and no extra cost to yourselves. They do a lots of good RC and quad drone related stuff and are reasonably cheap and I've always had too service from them.
First a video to show how well it fly's , this was only one of my first flights with it and immediately I found it well tuned and easy to fly indoors( it even flies nicely outside in a little wind )

Hb64 first acro flight indoors flips 64mm brushless whoop from hobbycool (3 min 13 sec)


The quality of this model is really nice, it's quiet , powerful ( for a 1s ) , responsive and has taken multiple crashes in its stride with no damage.
It has betaflight 3.2 loaded and d shot commands so TURTLE MODE and motor beeps is available and works great.

Reciever.
No reciever but that means you can choose your own and I put in a frsky xm+ which I walk bought from hobbycool and was cheapest I've found it anywhere else.
This gives FULL range and is better than other quads with built in recievers.
There is plenty of room in the canopy for the reciever and I routed the antenna out through the slots in the side of canopy.

Battery
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 08, 2018 @ 08:09 AM | 2,543 Views
In my pursuit for cheap but good to goggles I am trying out these SJ-RG01 bought from hobbycool.
Arrived to UK n under a week in and in good condition.
$79 http://hobbycool.com/shijie-fpv-dron...ity-auto-scan/
$89 US stock http://hobbycool.com/fpv-drone-goggl...gles-us-stock/
Main reason I wanted to try these is that they record video footage and they are reasonably small and light for not much money $79 .

Also very tempting is they have diversity And IPD adjustment.

Internal battery and a socket to plug in fatsharks battery or a supply such as a 12v supply I use for my taranis is useful.

Usb socket for uploading to pc / tablet without needing to remove micro SD card is also a nice feature.

Audio /video in and out is there too.

All the usual bands are there and are selectable either directly using channel/frequency buttons or with auto channel search.

As you can see it's a fully featured set of fpv goggles.

The one thing I was concerned about was the screen resolution, it is described as 960 by 240 and so only half the lines compared with other goggles which have 480 lines. Whilst this was definitely noticeable I found that I was still quite happy with the picture and could still fly my quads ok and I will use these when I want to record video and maybe as a second set to share the experience with others.

The field of view is quite big without being overpowering, similar to my attitudes V2.

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Posted by nigelsheffield | May 20, 2018 @ 07:59 AM | 2,473 Views
Being obsessed with brushless whoop I just had to gomahead and order one of these.
https://www.banggood.com/Happymodel-...244425201308OD

It's an absolute bargain at just over 70 if you get the standard version with 3 batteries AND a 6 port charger.
Receiver is built in too so very small and light.
Brushless whoop is the future in my opinion.

If anyone is thinking about a whoop then THIS is the one to get I think, especially for indoors with it being same size as a normal whoop and no brushed motors to wear out.


The slightly bigger one was tempting too but I already have 3 75mm brushless whoops lol
https://www.banggood.com/Happymodel-...244425201308OD
Same price though and probably a little better outside ..

I also have another brushless whoop in the 65mm size on the way from hobbycool http://hobbycool.com?afmc=2j and will be putting a xm+ on it so full range brushless whooping in tiny format!
Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 30, 2018 @ 12:59 PM | 3,355 Views
https://hyperion-world.com/en/p17697...-attv2ce-13981

Well couldn't resist getting these for $55 but $21 post on top , still a bargain and there are lots of bargain quads on there sale too, I would have got another quad or two but I have enough already and a few still to build...

No affiliate link or anything, just linking for the good of others!
Let me know if anyone finds more deals there.
I like a bargain lol!

I wanted a spare set of goggles pref with DVR , these don't have DVR but do have av out so hopefully I can plug in my small DVR to record.

Will update when they arrive.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 10, 2018 @ 01:36 AM | 4,209 Views
As some of you might know I've been flying brushless whoops a lot lately and have tried standard boldclash b06 first which was ok but needed more power and osd and d shot, on my recommendation boldclash made the changes and upped the motor kv from 15000kv to 20000kv and changed FC to d shot and osd along with buzzer and LEDs control.
I built one from their parts and it flew much better and I was very happy, then betafpv came out with a similarl one but still used 15000kv but with 4 bladed props to make up the power, again with d shot and osd.
So which is best I hear you ask?
Well here are some videos both inside and outside flying similar course and style to help decide purely from performance point of view , at the bottom of the videos I will give my thoughts.
I warn you it is very close and you will need to look hard to notice the difference but there are some important differences and depending on where you are flying will be relevent to your decision ..
Betafpv beta75 pro brushless 1s whoop with osd and turtle mode. Fpv garden flight. (4 min 14 sec)
Boldclash b06 pro garden flight brushless whoop (2 min 51 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 30, 2018 @ 01:30 AM | 3,662 Views
Just checked out the beta75 pro brushless whoop from betafpv and it's the best one so far, https://betafpv.com/collections/micr...oop-quadcopter
Here is my review with flights fpv and Los and a written review with pictures for those who would rather read than watch video of me rambling on lol!
29 March 2018 (8 min 18 sec)
Betafpv beta75 pro brushless 1s whoop with osd and turtle mode. Fpv indoors FAST!!! (5 min 53 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 27, 2018 @ 05:19 AM | 2,855 Views
Akktek have sent me their first brushless race quad and asked me to review it.
And obviously I am doing that here ...
My conclusion before you read it all is this really is a great quad for the money with real usefulness as a starter racing quad or a cheap basher with decent power/size.
With the emphasis on cheap price the quality is still good, it's a big strong quad by the looks of it but it's weighty at 190grams plus battery

This is the base version from akktek of the cicada 180 fpv quadcopter.
Very cheap racing quad ( $100 Inc post at time of purchase)
Value for money and a great way for a beginner to get started.
Cicada 180 base , cheap but good brushless race quad review. (9 min 49 sec)

fpv video
Cicada 180 base version from akktek fpv flight evening low sun 3s lipo. (2 min 59 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 16, 2018 @ 07:12 AM | 3,253 Views
Silverware is awsome ( check out my other videos of me flying it ) for acro flying little toy quads and here is an option to have it without needing to flash anything which requires usb tools and can be a pain for some people.
Betafpv have released a FC already flashed with silverware , they also have multiprotocol tx module so check them out.
Jumper have released a multiprotocol tx module which I have tested here too.( Before I had built one from Arduino etc )
Between them it means anyone can have a silverware quad ready to acro with no fuss, and even tune pids if you need to via gestures.
It flies really well, perfectly tuned for the b03 size whoop.
It can also be flashed with updated firmware if need be. Just use the boldclash b03 silverware version.

Racing indoors with Betafpv lite FC fpv acro flying with silverware out of the box! Whoop whoop! (59 min 23 sec)

Acro Silverware without flashing using Betafpv lite brushed FC and jumper multiprotocol tx module. (10 min 14 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 14, 2018 @ 11:45 AM | 5,209 Views
One tx module to control all of my RC toys with my taranis!!!
Worked right out of the box and no need to update anything apart from your taranis fw!( Unless you are like me and want to tweak settings a bit )

This jumper 4in1 multimodule tx from here http://hobbycool.com?afmc=2j hobbycool , check it out for Los of other really cool stuff.

Module http://hobbycool.com/jumper-jp4in1-module/ just arrived and I have updated it with my preferences and this is going to be a review on the module and build quality etc as well as bit of a "how to" update the module.(which was not quite as easy as the github instructions and needed a little extra information which I will put at the end of this review. )
It is based on the fantastic DIY multiprotocol tx module work here https://github.com/pascallanger/DIY-...ocol-TX-Module
Opening the box everything was well packed and no damage ,
A visual inspection of the board revealed soldering to be of good quality and no bad joints that I could see.
I already had my taranis loaded with multi module enabled on opentx 2.2 because I have built a module myself before I got this one so to get it working was simply case of plugging it into my tx module bay.

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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 08, 2018 @ 12:32 AM | 2,514 Views
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...E&_asc=6344694

These are on sale very cheap from UK ( use above link 6.14 ) 64gb micro SD , I bought one and tested with h2testw and it passed fine.
Not sure how long they will last.
These are my affiliate codes for other wh.
EU wh https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=5574036535 9

International wh https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...asc=5811492707 8.40

Cost is same to you but I will get a small commission of 30p for each on purchased via my links which helps me buy more stuff to try out!
Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 23, 2018 @ 10:55 AM | 5,030 Views
I built another boldclash brushless whoop b06 with upgraded parts from boldclash, this will be available as a pro version soon.
I'll start with the videos of the result which pretty much speak for themselves.
Upgraded boldclash b06 motors from 15000kv to 20000kv comparison Los flight. (1 min 13 sec)
Boldclash b06 FC with osd and upgraded 20000kv motors fpv flight with bonus rolls and crashing end. (5 min 12 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Feb 09, 2018 @ 09:39 AM | 4,637 Views
Akk eio DVR fpv camera first test indoors (1 min 32 sec)

Ok my first test of the akk EIO recorded directly on the camera on sd card.
Look pretty good , no lag in the fpv footage that I could tell.
Picture quality is ok, better on the recorded video than the YouTube upload, guess yt reduced quality quite a bit there for some reason.
Light handing was ok, but as all these camera struggled a little with the direct sunlight streaming in through the windows but still very flyable.
I will upload more soon.
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Find it at akktek.com. https://www.akktek.com/akk-eio.html?...c1903e7132cd68
Use my affiliate link to buy anything else it would appreciated and won't cost you a penny more https://www.akktek.com/?acc=11b9842e...c1903e7132cd68
Currently only 12 but normally only 15 odd anyway so absolute bargain in my book.

Here is the same video but via Vimeo because youtube compressed and messed up the video so much I thought I better show it in a better light.
PICT0026 (1 min 32 sec)
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