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Posted by mark_q | Oct 11, 2016 @ 10:19 PM | 895 Views
After buying and building several Pan and Tilt set-ups I got tired of how cheaply the purchased ones were and how flimsy most were. The biggest problem has always been the pan axis is simply never robust enough. When I did find something that was strong enough (for me) it was always too heavy, too expensive, to complicated with gears or belts or presented too much wind area.

So, here is my Heavy Duty Pan & Tilt

Build Wiki

385 degrees rotation is just enough!

Posted by mark_q | Aug 24, 2016 @ 01:12 PM | 1,448 Views
Another number 2 . On this second Mini Talon build I have designed a 3D print "Kit" which helps keep things organized and aerodynamic. Like the Number 2 FX-61 I have really put the 3D printer to work and come away with what looks to be a very nice plane in all respects. Check it out here:

Build Wiki


Posted by mark_q | May 20, 2016 @ 12:44 PM | 3,304 Views
On this second FX-61 build I have decided to go lighter and swoopier (smoother). I have really put the Maker Select 3D printer to work on this project and still managed to keep it to 1613g AUW even with the 32 PLA prints used in the build!

Here is the link to my build pages and print files on this project:

Build Wiki

Almost Ready!

Posted by mark_q | Feb 04, 2016 @ 01:38 PM | 3,999 Views
Here is a short article on what I call the "Mel Method" after learning this from RCGroups poster Melsailsnorth. Basically it is a method of bonding Kevlar fabric to an EPO or EPP foam plane using thin CA for the purpose of creating a skid plate or wing joiner that is darn near indestructible.


Go to Article!

Posted by mark_q | Jan 20, 2016 @ 08:05 PM | 8,916 Views
The folowing links to my build pages on the baby brother to my full size Talon X-UAV. Enjoy and drop me a line if you have comments or questions.

Build Link

And with brushless gimbal!

Posted by mark_q | Sep 05, 2015 @ 10:39 PM | 4,615 Views
I've been asked a lot about how I have setup a folding prop in my pusher planes so here is a picture and a link to my Wiki page on this.

How To - Set-Up a Pusher Style Folding Prop

Posted by mark_q | Jun 10, 2015 @ 01:33 PM | 3,874 Views
Here are some pictures and details of my inexpensive mobile launcher I use for my Phantom and Talon FPV planes.


Mobile Launcher build pages

Posted by mark_q | Mar 22, 2015 @ 12:44 AM | 5,009 Views
The folowing links to my build pages on the very Drone-ish FPV Models Talon X-UAV. Enjoy and drop me a line if you have comments or questions.

Build Link

That's a LOT of wing!

Posted by mark_q | Jan 24, 2015 @ 07:33 PM | 6,971 Views
For those that really want to fly long distance, round cells could be in your future

So I got one set of three of the Panasonic 18650PF round cells, soldered them up and ran a pile of tests. I then built a 3S3P pack and you can see the build here:

How To - Build an 18650 Li-Ion Pack

Ready to wrap!

Pack complete and flight test successful! (see the Wiki for more information)

Posted by mark_q | Jan 23, 2015 @ 07:16 PM | 5,241 Views
Came up with some pieces to make my 9XR more stable when sitting on the bench.

9XR 3D print files-

Folded out

Folded up

Feet too!
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Posted by mark_q | Nov 02, 2014 @ 07:00 PM | 5,844 Views
After many flights with the PopWing sorting out my gear I decided to step up to something a little larger and certainly more robust.

Phantom FX-61 Build Notes

Posted by mark_q | Aug 22, 2014 @ 12:29 AM | 5,464 Views
I can't stop changing this rock star performer! I've added a Tarot GoPro3 camera holder to make the Gimbal much more rigid and compact.

Check it out HERE

Shown with a 37mm glass ND filter

Posted by mark_q | Jun 22, 2014 @ 10:34 PM | 5,998 Views
The following link is to my build article on this great idea from RCGroups poster "Crezzee". It is still a work in progress and I will update as the project develops.

SSG Build Page

Posted by mark_q | Mar 18, 2014 @ 09:14 PM | 6,358 Views
I've wanted an FPV wing ever since seeing my first Team Blacksheep videos. Well CommonSenseRC had a sale on 51" PopWings so I jumped in!

PopWing Build Notes

Posted by mark_q | Jan 24, 2014 @ 09:22 AM | 6,845 Views
The set-up article linked below is a How-To for the Martinez/BruGi controllers. It includes information and code sources to be successful in getting this controller running smooth. (It does not include any information about using a nulled or hacked Alexmos firmware on these boards.)


Martinez BruGi Controller Set-Up

Posted by mark_q | Jan 06, 2014 @ 09:40 AM | 6,936 Views
More Info than you need

Here is the full write up:

Posted by mark_q | Nov 06, 2013 @ 09:12 PM | 10,421 Views
Thought I might share my latest project, an inexpensive and easy to build front mounted brushless gimbal.

My build pages

Posted by mark_q | Oct 28, 2013 @ 12:39 AM | 6,692 Views
I wanted something big enough to use 15" props on. Digging around in the "Parts Bin" I found enough to get something started.

Parts Bin Quad Build Notes

(Shown with 12" Props)

Posted by mark_q | Sep 22, 2013 @ 11:06 PM | 6,997 Views
Once again I have modified my brushless gimbal (v4) to reduce weight and make it a little more compact. You can see my build notes below.

Brushless Gimbal Project

Posted by mark_q | Aug 03, 2013 @ 12:14 AM | 10,937 Views
The following is from a larger write-up on my wiki here:

You must use the older driver. 2.08.24, you can download it here:

1. Disconnect your internet to prevent Windows from auto fetching the latest driver (Keep it disconnected from the internet until the board is working correctly)
2. Go to device manager
3. Go to View and select "show all the hidden devices"
4. Expand "Universal Serial Bus Controllers" and "Ports (COM & LPT)"
5. Right click "USB Serial Converter" and select "Uninstall"
a. IMPORTANT! Also check the box "Delete the Driver software for this device"
6. Right click "USB Serial Port (COMx)" and select "Uninstall"
a. IMPORTANT! Also check the box "Delete the Driver software for this device"
7. Close all windows and re-start your system
8. Connect the board to USB and look for the warning that there is no driver for this device
9. Update with the driver that you have downloaded
(On some computers you may need to reboot the system)
10. Plug in the board, go to Device Manager and check to see the correct driver has been installed and the COM port is a number below 9

Once you have the driver installed you are ready to begin upgrading and tuning.