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Posted by old4570 | Jun 19, 2017 @ 02:22 AM | 1,322 Views
18650 power ( 2 x 18650 cradle ) for my WL Toys 12428 (1 min 9 sec)

So here is the 18650 battery cradle in action ..
I run 50% throttle in the back yard , just not enough space for full power ..
But the 18650 are really doing a good job ..
The battery cradle is a little rough as nuts , but was sort of proof of concept ..

Posted by old4570 | Jun 18, 2017 @ 12:36 AM | 1,491 Views
Some time ago I said I was going to make a battery cradle for 2 x 18650 ( 2s ) to test 18650 for possible RC use ..

I made the cradle some time ago complete with a balance plug .

Sorry Guys ! I deserve a Tardy slip !!!!
I stuffed up ...

I forgot to do a spring bye pass !!! ( Such a dumb ass )
So there I was wondering why one spring looked like it had cooked ( because it had - cooked )
I had done a double bye pass on the other spring , but forgot all about the other ( dumb ) , I must be getting old or something .

Anyhow , I did a double bye pass on the front spring and VIOLA !! ( or is that Eureka )
Now that the batteries are not cooking a spring there is plenty of juice to feed the buggy .. ( such a )

So there you have it ... ( Lets get that link to the batteries )

So the batteries are fine , just a dumb dumb playing with them ...

I am all out of these battery carriers , but I do have some on order ...
So I might do another with thicker wire ( bye pass )

1) So yeah , if you do this remember to bye pass the springs ( They dont like current )
2) The solid contacts should be fine ( much larger surface area ) if you really wanted you could drill and solder (?) but you take the risk of melting the plastic .
3) When soldering , I would recommend pliers to hold the contact points to act as a heatsink ( That melting plastic thing )
4) I added a 2s balance harness for the battery / voltage monitor / alarm , also if you want to charge the batteries in the cradle ( balance charge )
Posted by old4570 | Jun 13, 2017 @ 02:29 AM | 2,422 Views
JJRC H36 (1 min 0 sec)

My JJRC H36 came today !
Charged the battery and bound it to my 9XR pro VIA the IrangeX IRX4 multi protocol module ( MJXq protocol / EO10 sub protocol )

I have not tried it on the factory Tx as yet !

I was not sure I was going to like the H36 at first . It is a little lack luster in performance when compared to the Eachine EO11 or the Furibee .. Takes a lot of stick to make it move , and the throttle is a little dull as well . It kind of made me think for a moment just how sweet it would be for some one just starting out .
In fact I would almost dare to say it would be perfect .. Now it can move but like I said it takes a lot of stick ..
So I went outside and tried to hot dog some .. Ok the H36 can not compete with the EO11 or Furibee ..

But what it is , is very stable and predictable .. It is not slow when you give it stick , but once again the EO11 will just eat the H36 for lunch .. But what the H36 gave me that the other micro quads have not is the confidence to fly the H36 like a plank in the confined space of my back yard .. It's simply so predictable and stable that it just builds confidence .

I have not tried the factory Tx as I purchased the H36 to be bound to my 9XR pro . For the $17 ozzi bananas I can really say the H36 is a lot of quad for the money .. If you are after performance you definitely want the Eachine EO11 , but if you are looking for something that will build confidence / skill / the JJRC H36 requires serious consideration .

Super stable , predictable , cheap ,
Throttle is a little dull , take's a lot of stick to make it move relatively fast .
It flies almost like it was on 50% Expo ...

It's insanely cheap , super stable and easy to fly .
Do I recommend it = Hell yes ..
Is there better = Eachine EO11 ...
Posted by old4570 | Jun 12, 2017 @ 10:12 PM | 2,339 Views
Ok , it was never new .. What it was was a DIY of mixed bits ..
Some one has taken a RITM and put a MK12 head on it ..

Engine is pretty much garbage ..
Completely clapped out , rod might be bent , wrist pin was broken , the rear disc is acting like a break ( binding ) ..
I will have to look in my spare parts box , I am sure there are a few wrist pins .. ( Dont know about rods )

I might be able to salvage this engine and make it run ( ) ...
The joys of buying a used engine !

Posted by old4570 | Jun 09, 2017 @ 05:50 AM | 2,436 Views
Eachine EO11 from banggood (7 min 35 sec)

Came today ...
First thing I did was bind it to my 9XR pro ( IrangX multi protocol module ) to the EO11

As soon as I turned on my Tx the EO11 bound to it .
These was no need to reverse anything ( though I like my rudder reversed ) ...

Wow ! The EO11 is simply amazing bound to the 9XR pro ..
It is amazingly light and has plenty of power with a fresh battery .
I can't recommend the Eachine EO11 highly enough if your looking to bind wit ha multi protocol module ..

Product page !
Posted by old4570 | May 30, 2017 @ 12:26 AM | 2,218 Views

FuriBee F36 (1 min 21 sec)

FuriBee F36
FeeBay $18 Australian

Wow , came this morning .. For the price of a couple of burgers and fries you get a rather remarkable little quad .
Obviously what lets it down is the toy Tx . And at this time the F36 is not supported by Multi protocol modules ( That I know of )

Toy Tx : Is some what vague , almost 50% of the control input does nothing . It takes about 30 seconds to adjust to how much stick throw is needed to make the F36 move . Ok fair enough , what do you want for $18 ozzi bananas .
I think FuriBee should make a Bind and fly version , maybe DSM2 or something . ( The FuriBee F36 would be insane on a decent Tx )

F36 : This little quad does not lack power .. I was simply amazed at how well it recovered as I played with the Toy Tx .. As it headed for the ceiling I cut power and it obviously dropped like a stone .. After about a 1 meter drop I applied power and the F36 stopped falling .. Not only that but it actually had some punch .

A micro quad for $18 that has power to spare (?) , damn it to heck this quad needs a decent Tx .. ( an absolute waste on the Toy Tx )
The Quad is done serious dis service by the included Tx ...
The FuriBee should be Bind and Fly , it's just to good to be a kids toy .

So it the manufacturer should read this - you *(&^%%*&(*&_)*& why did you go with your own protocol ? I guess you guys just wanted to limit your market share ( is...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | May 29, 2017 @ 04:00 AM | 1,819 Views
V911 micro wing (0 min 29 sec)

Woo ho ! ...
Will it fly ?
Is it a dogs breakfast ?
With a front moving in , it will be a while before I find out ..
But its done !

Flying weight is about 33.5 grams

Posted by old4570 | May 26, 2017 @ 12:48 AM | 3,007 Views
v911 wing ( Mini Micro ) (0 min 29 sec)

Everything is hot glued ...

V911 Micro Wing ( Thats its name now ) is bound to my Flysky 9X .. ( Simply allows me to configure the servos as needed )
In this regard the i10 is not that flash ..

Still needs the controls cut out and set up , and vertical fins ..
But I need a rest ( or actually my back does )

So hopefully be done in a day or two ( I hope ) , got a fair bit done today ..
Posted by old4570 | May 25, 2017 @ 10:43 PM | 3,060 Views
So I havent gone for a huge sweep , motor and V911 board are ready to be hot glued in place ..

Then I will see about adding some carbon rods to stiffen / strengthen the center section ..

Cut the control surfaces , and connect them up ..
Then make some vertical fins , add a battery and CG test ..
Posted by old4570 | May 22, 2017 @ 07:00 PM | 2,492 Views
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Posted by old4570 | May 21, 2017 @ 12:14 AM | 2,860 Views

iRangeX IRX4 Multi Protocol Module ... A user perspective !
Sent by banggood.com for review

I think I saw the first multi protocol module about a year or so ago and thought , what a fantastic idea . I actually purchased my 9XR pro with the original module in mind . Reading the add at banggood it said that there was a V2 in the works so I thought I would wait . It's about 6 months since I decided to wait and I am sort of glad I did . Every now and again I like to window shop ( and spend some $$ ) so while looking at batteries on BG I spied the iRangeX IRX4 which did appear to be the updated multi protocol module , a very hasty Email enquiry confirmed my suspicions and a IRX4 was on its way .

 OpenTx 2.2.0 RC18 N371

I have to talk about the firmware . You need openTx 2.2 to suport the multi protocol module . openTx is a firmware development for Taranis ( FrSky ) transmitters . Now the claim is that you can install openTx on all 9x variant transmitters ( Taranis 9x - Flysky 9x - Turnigy 9x / XR / XR pro ) . There is little choice in this regard , you need firmware that will support the multi protocol module . I was able to get all the software / firmware and install openTx on my 9XR pro transmitter . I installed the software AETR and for some reason it was RETA , but you can re assign channels in the Tx ( Which I did ) . Unfortunately for me the trims remained with the sticks , so adjusting trim on Aileron actually adjusted the trim on the rudder . (...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | May 20, 2017 @ 01:10 AM | 2,577 Views
Wow , this module ( Rather the software / firmware that allows its use ) is keeping me busy ..

Ok I was able to also bind my Eachine H8 mini ( This is so much quad )

iRangeX IRX4 bound to Eachine H8 Mini (1 min 3 sec)

Video gives the protocols needed ..

So I am to date not that impressed by openTX 2.2 ..
I removed all software / files , downloaded everything a-fresh and re-installed openTX to my 9XR pro ..
This time I installed the software ( Not AETR ) RETA , and it looks to be functioning in the Tx as AETR , even though the menu shows something else ( ?? ) oh yeah , I dare say some more work might be needed .. Either that or you need a Taranis to run openTX reasonably reliably ...

So I moved the iRange IRX4 module to my 9XR equipped with the latest er9x firmware .
Then proceeded to bind my WL Toys 959 quad .

iRangeX IRX4 Turnigy 9XR running er9x bound to my WL959 (1 min 1 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | May 19, 2017 @ 11:13 PM | 2,248 Views
Playing with the iRangeX IRX4 multi protocol module meant installing openTX 2.2 firmware to my 9XR pro ..

"AND" I have to honestly say , openTX 2.2 Bites hard ..
Seriously , can you trust this open source firmware = No you can't ( so is my opinion ) ...
I have found several issues , and one issue makes the firmware some what NQR ( not quite right )
I post this as moments ago openTX crashed and burned , wiping all settings etc .

A) Installing openTX AETR does not mean you get AETR because for me Aileron and rudder were switched ..
So I got RETA , even though the firmware was installed AETR ( ????????? )
Now you assign function to channels , but this then leaves the trim tabs as they were , so if you need to trim on the fly it could be problematic ...
Possible solution is to install the firmware RETA , so if Rudder and Aileron revers it will then be AETR ..
B) After re flashing openTX after it crashed , it began to freeze on start up .. Removing the SD card seems to be the cure , so also looks like some sort of SD card issue as well ...

So what does this mean ?
It simply means that openTX is not entirely stable , and if its not stable , then how safe is it to use ?
Posted by old4570 | May 19, 2017 @ 05:23 AM | 2,360 Views
iRange IRX4 bound to Walkera QR W100s (1 min 0 sec)

iRange IRX4 @ BG

Wow ! The bind was painless ...
( Turnigy 9XR pro / openTx 2.2 )

It took me something like 20 attempts to bind the W100s to my Devo 7e ..
Binding the W100s to the IRX4 took all of one attempt .

Let me describe the bind process , seems to be some what reliable !

In the first menu ( setup )
go to multiprotocol ( where you chose your module )
Just chose Devo for the protocol ( for the W100s )

There is a option for Bind ( BND ) in the menu under multiprotocol ..

I like to fire up the Tx , and highlight the BND ( bind ) function ready for activation ( menu key )
Then plug the battery into the model , which will go into bind mode ...
As soon as this happens I start the bind process in the Tx ...
This method is as yet to fail to bind ..

See picture for throttle cut ..

Under special functions ...
Pick a empty slot , toggle your throttle cut ..
And just do what is shown in the picture ...
Now you can play ...
Posted by old4570 | May 19, 2017 @ 02:10 AM | 2,575 Views
iRange IRX4 Multi protocol module from Banggood (3 min 36 sec)

Came in the mail today iRange IRX4 Multi Protocol Module from Banggood

To get my 9XR pro ready for this Module I installed openTx 2.2 ...

How good is this firmware (?) ... Give me some time , I am finding a few things that seem to be NQR .. So far I have been able to work around them .

I have bound ( this afternoon ) to date ( a few hours ) a Orange Rx ( DSM2 ) as well another DSM2 Rx ( I don't remember which one ) , as well a Flysky FS-R6B 6 ch Rx that is in my Rainbow 2 wing , and a WL Toys 959 Quad .
( 9XR pro - openTx 2.2 Firmware )

Now I would also like to try my 9XR with er9x Firmware , as it looks to support a Multi protocol module as well ..
I don't know that it will support this one ?
But hey !

Still some playing needed , lots and lots of playing with the iRange IRX4 ( And openTx )
I will do a review , but first I need to educate myself with the IRX4 and openTx .. ( Both go hand in hand )
With is better ? openTx or er9x ?
Which is easier to use , lets not forget - does er9x work with the module ?

So many questions needing answers !
Posted by old4570 | May 17, 2017 @ 08:30 PM | 2,125 Views
rainbow2 cg test (0 min 45 sec)

Now I read some one say they were flying with a CG 165mm from the front of the wing ..
So my CG was set bang on 165mm and quite clearly that makes the wing nose heavy .
I might try 175mm and see if its better ..

The wing definitely has a tendency to push the nose down very quickly as speed drops ...
I will also have to update my previous post ..

( Rainbow 2 @ banggood )
Posted by old4570 | May 11, 2017 @ 11:02 PM | 2,759 Views

Product page

I am super excited by this one ... Really looking forward to getting my hands on one ..

I have receivers and models to try and bind to , should be very interesting . Been waiting for something like this for some time ..
Hopefully be able to lighten the Tx load ( own fewer transmitters and maybe buy more mini / micro's )

Posted by old4570 | May 10, 2017 @ 07:00 PM | 2,649 Views
No its not dead ! , simply going to analyze the build now that the wing is done ( Built )
If you had all the parts and gear and equipment needed to assemble this wing , and you thought about it a little , I don't see why it could not be built in about an hour .. Honestly for experienced builders ! This is bush league !

For Noobs to RC ! The lack of instructions is some what disturbing .. But not a deal breaker .
This wing is easy enough build from pictures , and the hardest part would be the fuse/pod .. ( Some planning and thought required here - just a little )

The sticky wicket is the elevator/aileron , the skin tension is huge on my wing .. I did fold mine back like 180 deg onto themselves to try and soften / stretch the foam and it did that .. ( They were much easier to move ) But when I put the carbon rods in place ( Elevator horns ) , the tension was simply too much .
So I got out the hobby knife and cut through 50% of the material joining the ele/ailerons .. Now the carbon rod was no longer flexing .. But there was no way the servos could do 100% movement .. The skin tension was too high for that .. So limiting the servos to 50% throw is a solution for now ..

Rainbow2 Post Build (4 min 15 sec)

What would I change ?

Obviously laying the servos down on their sides ( I did that )
Some instruction , for Noobs the pictures may not be enough ..
The Elevator/Ailerons , I would hinge them ...
Something on the bottom of the wing to grip/hold...Continue Reading