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Posted by nigelsheffield | Today @ 07:41 AM | 342 Views
So i finally plucked up the courage to move up from 1s quads and fly my 3s 150 fpv
I was nervous as heck!
My second flight with 3s lipo (3 min 7 sec)

My first flight of my 3s 150 build (4 min 4 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 14, 2017 @ 11:33 AM | 1,770 Views
Well actually my second but my first ended too quickly with a prop flying off at great height and ending the flight early, after a few repairs I flew again next day.

PICT0016 (1 min 59 sec)

PICT0017 (2 min 54 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 05, 2017 @ 11:43 AM | 2,095 Views
Work in progress.
How I built this,
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I'm building this from parts spares available from boldclash. Based on parts from this.
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Description: frame https://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-...frame-kit.html
FC and ESC towerhttps://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-...dshot-600.html
Motors https://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-...ess-motor.html
At last I'm building this amazing tiny brushless quadcopter which should be around 30 grams ready to fly with camera and battery!
It will be similar to this https://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-...fpv-drone.html ready to fly version but I wanted to build it myself from spares available from boldclash and add my own camera as I enjoy the build just as much as flying.
I reviewed the parts used in these 2 threads bellow.
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...initial-review
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...from-boldclash
I'll be noting any problems as I go so others can be prepared but it looks pretty simple, just VERY small!

Right, on with it.
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 05, 2017 @ 05:30 AM | 1,911 Views
Boldclash b05 frame and 0703 motors arrived!
Just unboxed this tiny little frame and brushless motors and am impressed how small and well made it all is.
I'm going to build a tinyfish type tiny lightest brushless quadcopter based on Simon fishpepper great design and this is a good price from a reputable company who give credit to Simon for his awesome design.
I will be doing a build blog separately but will link over but for now here are some pictures of the parts included with some weights which are unbelievable light!
Bought from here
Frame
https://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-...frame-kit.html

Motors
https://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-...ess-motor.html

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Posted by nigelsheffield | Jun 02, 2017 @ 04:24 AM | 2,268 Views
AT LAST A FISHLEPPER FC AND 4IN1 ESC THAT WORKS PROPERLY AND GIVES CREDIT FOR HIS GREAT WORK!

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Just recieved this great little FC and ESC for a micro brsuhless build I am planning and thought I would share it and give a quick review.

https://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-...dshot-600.html


BoldClash Fish01 Mini SUBS F3 and 4-in-1 1S 4A Blheli_S ESC Flight Controller Tower with built-in SBUS 8CH Receiver for Frsky X9D X7 Dshot 600

For those who don't know it is a very light flight controller and 4in1 ESC with dshot 600 based on Simon fishpepper design and boldclash have given credit to him unlike other manufacturers who took his design and renamed it their own.
I have already got the racerstar 4in1 ESC which is same size but it has a problem with not working on a fully charged lipo so I had to wait maybe 4 minutes for battery to drain via the camera vtx before I could fly on each battery.
So my first test after binding to my taranis ( which was easy, just press bind button and power up with taranis in bind mode d8) was to put a fully charged battery in and this boldclash version worked right away.
So right there are 2 good reasons to buy this one over the racerstar version.

I then did a range test and that was as expected , I tested with taranis is range check mode and was happy with the result, I think the 200m range stated with be about right and plenty enough for the tiny build this will be used for.
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Posted by nigelsheffield | May 25, 2017 @ 10:36 AM | 2,051 Views
Nice tree this one!
Horbury Carrlodge park fpv2 (2 min 30 sec)

Horbury Carrlodge park fpv1 (2 min 4 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | May 17, 2017 @ 09:48 AM | 2,794 Views
Made a start on another brushless micro quad,
Gotta use up those 20x 6500kv motors I bought lol!
This time I'm making the frame myself from bamboo skewers like I have done before with brushed motors.

Fashioning brushless motor mounts into the skewers took a lot of time and patience and careful measuring , drilling and filing.
Hope it can actually stand up to motor torque after all that work!
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So far the 2 sticks weigh 2.8 grams and will give a frame size of about 125mm diagonal between motor shafts, should give room for bigger props then on my 110 size build so one cell lipo should do well on this quad.
I've have this https://www.boldclash.com/boldclash-...dshot-600.html on the way to me and will probably fit it to this quad if it arrives in time otherwise I will use a h101 silverised board again and some cheap 3 amp ESC from bg.
Camera will of course be the akk bs2 https://de.aliexpress.com/store/prod...608.0.0.OlvVIp 3.5 grams and my favourite camera!

Mounting everything will be worked out as I go along, bamboo skewers make good frames as they don't conduct electricity and have a natural dampening quality so electronics can be mounted directly on the wood if need be and motor vibrations will be damped out without the need for soft mounting.
Posted by nigelsheffield | May 17, 2017 @ 08:47 AM | 2,607 Views
I bought the Rc832 5.8 GHz reciever from akk technology to plug into fly 32inch TV screen to allow fpv flying using large screen TV ,
It's a good cheap way of getting fpv picture and damn good one at that!
https://de.aliexpress.com/store/prod...608.0.0.0Z1Z8C
Camera used is akk bs2 and is the best camera I've used so far and only weighs 3.5 grams!
https://de.aliexpress.com/store/prod...608.0.0.OlvVIp
Postage was fast as always from akk.
The unit is a simple affair, just av1 and av2 out , antenna , frequency button , channel button and power socket which worked directly on both 2 cell and 3 cell lipo.
It came with all cables needed and removable antenna so cp one could be used if needed.

Everything worked perfectly and picture on my telly was great, I flew around a bit a then did a flight right out of the bedroom window and round garden etc and back in through the window with ease, no lag to speak of and picture was clear even with stock antenna.

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17 May 2017 (0 min 40 sec)


Note this was recorded on the eachine vrd2 goggles as I don't have a recorder set up on the rc832 yet.
Fpv using rc832 from akk to TV screen, out of window and back in again (1 min 14 sec)
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Posted by nigelsheffield | May 17, 2017 @ 08:15 AM | 2,879 Views
Having used the eachine vr d2 goggles for a bit and found them to be uncomfortable and also suffering from a white out screen problem I ordered a set of Hyperion goggles f640 off eBay for 85
They are available in various places including Amazon and gearbest etc etc,
Just search and you will find lol...
They are much nicer to wear and so light I can just push them on top of my head when I m not flying,
Picture is not adjustable and neither is the lens position so if they don't suit your eyesight you would probably struggle, maybe glasses could be worn I guess.
For me they fitted ok , slightly less colour then eachine vrd2 and eye spacing is not quite right for me but not too far , I can still fly with them.
I've tested them for a few days now and I'm getting used to them, picture is not as large and vibrant as the vr d2 goggles but it is more in focus and much easier on the eyes, I can fly for as long as I like without getting headache ..
Battery lasts maybe 3 hours and can run on a usb charger to charge up whilst flying so more problem there.
They can be worn with or without the black out cover and work fine both ways, obviously black out cuts out any light problem reflecting on screen.
There is no DVR function which is a shame because it means I need to have my vrd2 goggles with me if I want to record the flight .
There is av in and earphones so film watching is possible but tbh I would not fancy watching a whole film with these.

Overall I am happy with them, especially at the price point which is close to the big box type goggles ,
These are much smaller and nicer and just look cool!( Star trek fans will like em just for looks alone lol.).
Only one antenna but range on stock antenna is already better then the vrd2 which has diversity.
Antenna can be swapped for different types of needed and I will be trying out some akk cp antenna on it at some point when weather allows.

Here's a few pics.
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Here I am , I'm no Geordie la forge lmfao!
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 06, 2017 @ 08:47 AM | 3,840 Views
Bought this camera / vtx combo for putting on a RC glider at some point along with head tracking should be good range and fun!
The extra weight compared to the micro cameras I've been using won't be a problem for my gliders to carry and the extra vtx power will be good, lack of a wide angle lens will actually be a bonus when used with head tracking because there won't be any fish eye effect and focus should be better.

httpsw.amazon.com/AKK-Transmitter-System-Racking-Quadcopter/dp/B01N5A6SHM/ref=sr_1_7?m=ADP3MHCS3NLR7&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1491484694&sr=1-7
Shop https://de.aliexpress.com/store/2959...108.0.0.haJNAI

Shows size compared with tx03
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Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 05, 2017 @ 12:02 PM | 4,940 Views
Just got this this https://de.aliexpress.com/store/prod...608.0.0.M0VwHY https://www.amazon.com/AKK-600TVL-Ca...237481&sr=1-32 very light 25mw camera vtx combo from akk technology.
Aliexpress shop https://de.aliexpress.com/store/2959...108.0.0.haJNAI
They do a good range of fpv gear and i also got 600mw vtx and camera too.( Will review that soon )


Arrived very fast, great service!

This review will concentrate on the s2 but I tested the bs2 later which saves 0.7 grams by using dipole antenna and found it performed just as good!

Initial impressions are very good.
It arrived well boxed and i hooked it up right away to a single cell lipo and got a very nice picture, really clear , nice colours, focus was better then other cameras i have of similar size.
Viewing angle is very wide but not distorted too much but slight fish eye effect is there, perfect for indoor and proximity quad flying.
Light handling is excellent, copes really well with changing light conditions and colours are perfect, i tested it indoors at dusk with lights off and the camera picture was much brighter then reality but with only slight grainy effect, very impressive!
Weight with connector is 4.2 grams but it has circular polarised antenna fitted , there was a dipole antenna included in the box ( not included in box anymore ) so fitting this would no doubt bring the weight down closer to the advertised 2.8 grams( instructions say 2.8g with without antenna and lead )
Built quality looks to me to be of very good quality , solder joints look cleanly soldered , everything is neat and no flux residue.

Some pictures
Side by side with eachine tx03, as you can see akk s2 is much smaller
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Edit here is bs02 which weighs 3.5 grams. Performance is as far as I can tell identical to the s2. It's the same camera but with dipole antenna to save weight.
https://de.aliexpress.com/store/prod...608.0.0.CDUScj
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Video bellow.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 06, 2017 @ 02:37 AM | 3,855 Views
As some you might know I do like a deal and I'm a cheap skate but also like new tech etc so I though I'd make a blog of deals I find.
Some might be affiliate links and some won't but I will not just post any old rubbish.
Comments are welcome and suggestions welcome too.

Affiliate links will cost you no more but i will earn a few % in theory, I've not tried this before so if I find it is a just a con I will stop using the affiliate links lol...
Posted by nigelsheffield | May 18, 2016 @ 01:26 AM | 6,135 Views
Got tempted by a cheap deal and bought a few h101 from http://www.everbuying.net/product1085041.html
Or http://www.gearbest.com/rc-quadcopters/pp_230472.html
After flying the cx10w and getting a taste for indoor flying again this quad is enormous fun, it is really fast and agile and yet very stable.
I found the controls a little lacking and did not like the flips and inverted which is just the quad flying upside down but all controls work as though it was the right way up.
So I built the diy tx multimodule
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2165676
For my taranis and have much better control.
Then I decided I would rather have a real acro mode rather than the silly flips and inverted and headless modes so i flashed the h101 with new fw
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2512604
Now I have a fantastic quad which flys like a real grown up quad lol.
It handles wind easily now and with some practice i can do manual flips and possibly fly inverted but with controls as they would be on a real 3d heli.
Only down side of the quad is battery bay is small and will only fit 150mah battery which lasts 4 to 5 minutes tops but I bought a charger and 5 batteries for 9(more then the quad) ,unfortunately the ebay seller sent me batteries that were too big to fit so i hacked one of the quads battery bag to try them but quad flew badly with extra weight and rattles more because battery bay is part of the structure of the frame but seller refunded in full so can't complain.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Apr 28, 2016 @ 09:58 AM | 5,864 Views
This is another change for me from flying , this time a boat.
Double horse 7014 from tmart.com

http://m.tmart.com/DOUBLE-HORSE-7014...e_p339389.html


A few pictures of the boat and parts.

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Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 02, 2016 @ 08:51 AM | 5,811 Views
Thanks to tmart.com for sending me this fun little quad , my first quad and my first fpv all in one cheap package..

I reviewed it here.
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2602061



Snowing outside!
Cx-10w fpv snow though window (0 min 50 sec)

Posted by nigelsheffield | Mar 02, 2016 @ 08:04 AM | 5,811 Views
nigels 2.1 scripts.zip

here I've updated my scripts to work on opentx 2.1 all in one zip file as I am too lazy to upload everything separately ...
So they go in SCRIPTS/TELEMETRY and selected via the custom telemetry screen in telemetry page.
Please note these are for 2.1 version tested on 2.1.7 by me on imperial setting, they will not work on on opentx 2.0, if you need the 2.0 versions of any script they are still on rcsettings.com .
Included is the dlg/bungy launch height script and the altitude graph with flight times and personal best, you should remember to check the instructions to set personal best to zero on the rcsettings post, ie
personal best which saves your best ever time in gvar 6 fm9 which you need to set to -1000 to zero it and turn off tx and back on again.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 19, 2014 @ 04:12 AM | 8,057 Views
Ordered this half price along with gliderman, 28 half price from r2hobbies.

http://www.r2hobbies.com/4ch-rc-ep-2...sailplane.html

Again will do build log and report on flight when done.

Will be asking over here for tips.
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...507043&page=77
Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 19, 2014 @ 03:53 AM | 8,188 Views
OK I ordered the gliderman 3 meter with the motor and servos installed for half price 72 plus post of 50 odd but with that I ordered another glider too so post not so bad.

http://www.r2hobbies.com/4-channel-r...sailplane.html

will be asking for advice etc here
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...derman&page=31

and will do a build log here and of course eventually reporting on the flight probably in the summer by the time I get round to this one too.
Posted by nigelsheffield | Dec 05, 2014 @ 02:50 AM | 8,900 Views
OK I took the plung and ordered a new dlg, a thowt by ondrej
http://www.rcgliders.cz/letadla/thowt-f3k/
After scruffy bought one and showed it off I thought it looked well worth the money and should fly better then the blaster.
It will be my first dlg build as the blasters were both second hand.
Ondrej is making it as I type this hopefully and I will update once it arrives.
I will have to decide on how to install servos etc and will watch scruffys build with interest!