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Posted by old4570 | Yesterday @ 11:00 PM | 201 Views
http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_plans/index.php

Been uploading some annuals ..
Also uploaded some issues of Aeromodeller from 1939 ..

So hopefully all will be available soon for download ..

( Just my humble attempt to save our history - since it's so easily lost )
Posted by old4570 | Jul 16, 2018 @ 11:52 PM | 742 Views
Posted by old4570 | Jul 05, 2018 @ 07:04 PM | 1,291 Views
Ok some stuff :

I sent the folk at MJX a Email ..
A sort of complaining / suggestive email to the effect that they should consider doing Bind AND Fly rather than bundling their quads with junk transmitters .
I think most of us involved in RC already own a decent Tx or more ..

So my suggestion was to maybe use the FrSky / FlySky / DSM protocols so that folks already in the game can utilize the transmitters they already have .

Surprise / Surprise , I got a reply ( that was very kind - and rare ) saying the suggestion would be passed to R&D ...
Maybe they were just blowing me off ? or maybe a seed has been planted ( I don't know ) , one can certainly hope .
So many of these quads are simply let down by their toy grade controllers ( Tx ) and when bound to something better , simply perform so much better .
I really like my Taranis Q x7 , with the iRangeX IRX4 module .

What else .. Banngood is having its July sale : Definitely worth a look > So tempted by the WL V930
I think most online stores are doing July sales , so if your looking for that something special . Otherwise you may need to wait till Xmas
Posted by old4570 | Jul 04, 2018 @ 07:30 PM | 1,476 Views
Posted by old4570 | Jul 01, 2018 @ 10:32 PM | 2,165 Views
So I got like 3 Quads for my brother for Christmas ..
Christmas was like 6 months ago , how many of those quads has my brother flown - Nope , not a one .

So when I go the E32 for review and it was just so easy to fly , I decided to give it to my brother to motivate him and maybe boost his confidence .
Last time he quad'ed he killed his quad rather well . ( Motors - main board )

Anyhow , I asked him if he was going to fly the Bugs at all and he said no - take it away !
So , not to look a gift horse in the mouth !



First thing I needed to do was mod the battery for a new charge plug , I think stock is a XT30 (?) Which I dont have any off , yes I can buy an adapter or make one , but I wanted to fly NOW !

The quad itself is amazing - OK . I love it !
WHAT MJX SHOULD HAVE DONE ! is make the Bugs 6 BIND AND FLY !

I say this because the included Tx is a toy , it's horrible ..
The left stick ( Throttle Rudder ) is as lose as a goose ..
You can not input rudder without affecting the throttle setting ..

So let me just call the Tx junk and lets move on !

The MJX Bugs 6 itself is fantastico ... It handles wind , it flies really well , even on low rates it flies well and handles wind .
In high rates the Bugs 6 is fantastic .
The Bugs 6 is one of the most stable platforms I have flown ..

The Bugs really wants to be Bind And Fly , the included Tx is the sort of thing bundled with $20 quads .
Look - MJX - Just use the Frsky protocol and be...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | Jun 26, 2018 @ 07:25 PM | 2,110 Views


ESKY 150XP 5CH 6 Axis Gyro CC3D RC Helicopter
BNF Compatible With SBUS DSM PPM Receiver

Wow ! , I want one !
Apparently has a flight board CCD3
You need a Rx , SBUS-DSM-PPM ( So plug in your own Mini / micro drone Rx )
Here is a video on youtube ...

Amazing ESKY 150XP Mini RC Helicopter with CC3D (10 min 11 sec)


If it's as easy as it looks ? , you might want toss all your old flybar micro's . The 150XP looks good ..
I know my V911 wanders like a blind dog and I havent flown it since going Eachine E010 etc .
The 150XP looks interesting .. ( Temptingly so )

Affiliate Link : https://www.banggood.com/ESKY-150XP-...t=chendongling

And for those that despise AF links ( for some strange reason ) https://www.banggood.com/ESKY-150XP-...-1139581.html?

And for those that dont want to BNF , there is a version on BG that is bundled with a Transmitter ...

AF Link : https://www.banggood.com/ESKY-150-V2...t=chendongling

NON AF LINK - https://www.banggood.com/ESKY-150-V2...-1290632.html?
Posted by old4570 | Jun 25, 2018 @ 09:09 PM | 2,307 Views
Some folks are using 18650 in their transmitters ( I am ) ..
Now there are two kinds of 18650 ( in a sense ) ...
A) The old ones ( chemistry - capacity ) which can still be purchased @ various locations online etc.
B) Modern High capacity - High discharge capable 18650 that have a 2.5 volt cut of for discharge .

A) The old 18650 were generally discharged to around 3.5v as there was not much left in the tank beyond that .
B) Modern 18650 how ever are a different animal .. If you recharge around 3.5v then you have not even utilized 50% of the batteries capacity . I am discharging a 18650 / 3400mAh capacity battery right now .. It is sitting on 3.52 volts and has discharged some 1432 mA . The discharge will end at 3 volts because that's what the charger does for 1s . I discharged another battery ( 3500mAh rated ) and at 3 volts it had discharged 2868 mA . So even at 3v there is still plenty in the tank .

What does that mean for YOU ( or me ) . It means I can set my low voltage warning a lot lower than I could in the past . If I set my low voltage warning to say 7 volts in the Tx , that would be a little less than 50% of the battery capacity . ( modern high performance / high capacity batteries ) .. A far more reasonable low voltage warning might be 6.5 or 6.25 volts . I don't recall how many months it took for my Taranis Q X7 to get to around 7.2 volts , but I had only discharged the batteries around 30 something percent .

Now beware the BS 18650 out there :
You really want Panasonic / LG / Samsung / Sony / Sanyo ... Really little point buying cheaper 18650 .. ( Just not worth it )
Posted by old4570 | Jun 21, 2018 @ 09:21 PM | 1,391 Views
Posted by old4570 | Jun 21, 2018 @ 12:49 AM | 1,978 Views
I don't know how long it has been ..
But decided to recharge the batteries , I think their voltage was 3.7v or something .
And the Taranis Q x7 is no power hog , I guess I could have run them down a lot further .

But I decided to charge them up anyways .. ( How long has it been ? ) Definitely over 3 months .
Long enough so I dont actually remember recharging these particular batteries . ( NCR 18650B Panasonic 3400mAh )
Did I buy these like about 5 or 6 months ago ?
Oh well , this time I have written down the date that I am recharging on so I get some idea how long the batteries last .
I actually went outside and flew my WL Toys 686 quad
And a few days ago I flew the B-whoop . And been flying the Eachine E32HW ( Review shortly )

I hope this weather holds for a while longer
Posted by old4570 | Jun 20, 2018 @ 02:40 AM | 1,196 Views
Banggoods RC Sale has started ...

And there is so much tempting STUFF !

I nearly dropped the hammer on the WL 930 ...

Must resist the siren song !


Holly Smoke , have you seen the price on the XK Stunt X350 ? $100 USD ( I am so tempted , I nearly dropped the hammer )
Posted by old4570 | Jun 17, 2018 @ 11:30 PM | 2,561 Views


Sent for review by Banggood > Product Page

The E32 came last week , but the weather also turned for the worse with wind gust's up to 100kmh ..
This morning was far better , but still windy .

The E32 is a single cell ( 3.7v or 4.2v Fully charged ) quad with altitude hold , one click landing , headless mode and one click return as well flip capability .
Also there is the WIFI for FPV (?) as well video recording directly to SD card or to your phone VIA the Eachine APP .
Speaking of the app , if you like me find the Google app store a complete PITA (?) , then it's relatively easy to find a direct download .
https://apkpure.com/eachine-mh/com.f...chinemh.sdrone > Direct Download .

With the app installed on your smart device ( phone ) , you can receive video ( Wifi ) and record video .
You need the app to record video , which is annoying . With my Android phone lag spikes are common and 5 or more seconds long making FPV VIA Wifi not really feasible .

Altitude hold : Some quads leap off the ground up to 3 meters when power is applied or you use some form off auto take off . I was pleasantly surprised to find that such was NOT the case with the E32 .. It rises gently off the ground and when you stop giving throttle the quad hold what ever altitude you stopped at .. This is nice as if its really windy outside you can still fly indoors .

One click landing : It really works , it's not a controlled crash as with some quads but an actual landing .

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Posted by old4570 | Jun 12, 2018 @ 08:19 PM | 1,070 Views
Banggood mid year sale

Yeah , Banggood is starting it's mid year sales ..
So if you , like me , have been waiting for BG to start another round of sales .. Well the mid year madness has started .
Hopefully will be as good as or better than the last Christmas ( Xmas to some ) sales .


Update :

Eachine E32HW came today https://goo.gl/mik7XT
Bit on the windy side today to play with a brand new quad , but I have charged the battery ..
Hopefully be playing with it soon ( and do a review )
Posted by old4570 | May 31, 2018 @ 11:59 PM | 1,388 Views
Posted by old4570 | May 30, 2018 @ 10:23 PM | 1,602 Views
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/jumper-j...___store=en_us

Just noticed this @ HK , jumper multi protocol module ...


jumper 4in1 multi protocol module (11 min 55 sec)


Wonder if it's the same as the iRangeX ?

Looks like multiprotocol is moving forward .. Hopefully bigger better things in the future for the hobby ..
Posted by old4570 | May 30, 2018 @ 09:04 AM | 1,625 Views



https://www.banggood.com/Upgraded-Su...t=chendongling - AF Link

https://www.banggood.com/Upgraded-Su...p-1171118.html - Non AF Link

Geez ! Where were these when I was a kid ..
Actually - I recall , we had those zip pull planes .. and the sling shot style launched ones ..
But these are interesting and cheap .. Might get the kids interested in model airplanes ..
Might even be a few older gents out there chasing these ..
Wonder if the power system can be utilized for anything ?
Posted by old4570 | May 26, 2018 @ 11:42 PM | 1,671 Views
Spirit 600 flying wing from Fasttech $20 USD shipped - https://www.fasttech.com/p/7327502
Hot SKY3025 2.5g Micro Servo off Ebay $4.19 each
4ch Frsky Rx from Banggood - https://www.banggood.com/2_4G-4CH-Mi...r_warehouse=CN
6 amp ESC off Ebay
Motor from GB - https://www.gearbest.com/motor/pp_11...ml?wid=1433363

The goal - to build a 100 gram RTF flying wing ( Or better )
Yes - just completed it ..

Pic 1
Pic 2 The completed Wing

Both ESC and Rx were fitted to the side of the fuse with double sided foam tape + a zip tie
Servos were hot glued into the wing
Pic 3 / Pic 4
The wing tips and control hardware did add weight where it was not wanted , behind CG ..
I still have not installed the propeller , and the 250 mAh 2s battery just , and I mean just balances at CG ..
Weight without the prop and with the battery was ....
Damned close to 90 grams = 90.5 grams ( less Prop )
So I dare say I made it past 100 grams with room to spare .

I may have to buy some slightly larger 2s batteries , maybe 350 mAh ...
Wonder what I have in the battery box ?
Posted by old4570 | May 26, 2018 @ 09:13 PM | 1,616 Views
Picture 1 :
Put some lines on the wing ( CG ) as well for servo placement .

Picture 2 :
I cut the tabs off the servos , made some holes in the wing and set up the servos

Picture 3 :
Before I glue the servos in , it would be nice to know they work , well that everything works .

Picture 4 :
Wing has been Epoxy glued to the fuse , servos hot glued into the wing , servo leads buried into the wing along the CG

All that's needed now is to put in the Rx , connect elevons to the servos , glue on the tips , and hope that everything balances far enough forward to use a nice small 2s battery . ( Oh and the self imposed weight limit of 100 Grams RTF )
Posted by old4570 | May 26, 2018 @ 01:32 AM | 1,939 Views
Picture 1 :
Just test running the motor to make sure everything is still ok .

Picture 2 :
ESC ( 6A ) has been mounted with double sided tape and a zip tie , as far forward as I can get it without stressing the motor leads .

Picture 3 :
Motor is screwed into place , hmmm two more screws or not ? ( I will run it some with the prop and see if the screws come lose )
Some super glue on the threads should hold the screws in place .

So I am on my way to trying to build a 100 gram RTF wing .. ( Lighter would be better )
Posted by old4570 | May 22, 2018 @ 03:55 AM | 1,812 Views
Update:
Pictured is the wing with ESC - Motor - Servos , sorry no Rx ..
Total weight in parts ( Without the Rx and battery ) 71.3 Grams ...

It just might be possible to build a 100 gram RTF wing .. Oh yeah the 6 amp ESC finally got here ( Already tested ok )
Will most likely make a start this week on the wing , they are very simple to build . First I will install the motor / ESC ( already soldered together ) .

https://goo.gl/mik7XT Eachine E32HW > Next Review