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Posted by techspy | Dec 07, 2013 @ 06:54 PM | 5,378 Views
I bought this 1994 Esprit S4 in 2003, sold it in 2007 and bought an Elise. I didn't really care for the Elise so I sold it and bought my Esprit back in 2012. It needed a few things to get it back to the shape that I like so I did a few upgrades. Then, in August of this year I lost the timing belt while driving. Well, if you know anything about an Esprit, that is bad news. I bent 8 of the 16 valves. So I pulled the engine myself and sent it to a friend/Lotus mechanic and had the whole thing rebuilt. He also ported the intake ports on the head and I had him install a set of green dot cams (gives better off-boost power. The stocks retard the timing for US specific smog tests).

Anyway, I am about ready to start the car. Just waiting on one more hose, then fill all fluids and double/triple check everything. Here are some pictures showing the "adventure"....Continue Reading
Posted by techspy | Nov 20, 2013 @ 04:50 PM | 4,717 Views
Since getting back from a year in Afghanistan I kinda went overboard with a few new multicopters. Here are some of the new ones and old ones.

- Alien frame with Naza and Tarot Gimbal. I like this one a lot and FPV, get good GoPro video with it but the Naza seems to need constant tweaking. I can get it flying well in no wind but then it gets jumpy in wind. I can time it well for wind, then it is just too sluggish in no wind. The bottom caddy with the gear and gimbal come right off and can be installed on my other quads easily and really gets rid of all vibrations.

- DeXX original with quadrino. I also have the acc addon and it flies really well. I like doing touch and goes with it (I have a couple extra frames I would consider selling )

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Posted by techspy | May 10, 2010 @ 12:55 PM | 10,884 Views
I have had a couple ask for info on my latest TriCopter design so I did a short video of the parts/build. Here is a recent video playing around at the park. It was pretty windy but It handled as if it was dead calm.

TriCopter Overview (4 min 2 sec)

Latest TriCopter (3 min 53 sec)
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Posted by techspy | Apr 24, 2010 @ 02:16 PM | 11,424 Views
Here are some pictures from SEFF. We arrived around 10am on Thursday and left around 3pm on Friday. We were camping there and glad we left when we did before the rain. I will have some videos soon.

SEFF Aerial from Mikrokopter (1 min 25 sec)

The Castle Creations "Beast" heli in action. There are 2 different camera angles back to back in this video.

CC Beast Heli at SEFF 2010 (6 min 44 sec)
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Posted by techspy | Apr 15, 2010 @ 01:22 PM | 10,970 Views
Mikrokopter Hexakopter (1 min 51 sec)

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Posted by techspy | Mar 22, 2010 @ 12:59 PM | 18,254 Views
First I must say that for those of you that were born with all the knowledge you ever need in life, never make mistakes and do everything right the first time, move along. You obviously already know it all and therefore there is nothing here for you.

For those of you that have been helpful in the various threads and Wiki's, a big "Thanks" to you.

Well, I have never used the blog feature here but I have also never felt the need to document something as much as I do with this build.

A little background. I am in the IT industry and love working with technology. I fly planes, helis and scratch built tricopters. I have done some FPV but nothing long range etc. I really want to get deeper into FPV and want to start exploring aerial video/photography. Some for my own creativity and some for possibly a little extra $. So, that is where the Mikrokopter (MK) comes in. It really has a lot of potential and comes with all the features I am looking for such as;

1. Altitude and GPS hold
2. Very stable platform for video/photography
3. Hands off return to home.
4. Waypoint programmability
5. On the fly, in the air communication via wireless and a PC interface.

There are a lot more features that make this a great platform, but these are what really piqued my interest.

Now, one thing that was immediately clear about the MK is that the build/operational info is abysmal! This is a German product and while most of the basics have been translated to English and a...Continue Reading