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Posted by Pancari | Aug 05, 2013 @ 02:56 PM | 3,682 Views
When Brian Adam's released this song on Jan 18, 1983, he didn't have me bleeding in mind.

Everyone has a To-Do list, and sometimes I let the top line, "Do Client Work" sit and do things at the bottom of the list. Work outside, clean the basement, trim low lying branches in the yard, wash the car(s) and fly some helis/quads, you get the idea.

So during this low priority event my right hand and forearm got cut. Fortunately I'm not on Coumadin any longer and considering this is an RC web site, I think we can remove cleaning the basement as the cause.

So the question remains, what heli/quad cut like a knife?

The interesting part is that when I get cut, it's always the same heli/quad.

Here the list.

GW 9958, WLV911, V929, V939, Vitality H36, Hubsan X4, Walkera QR LB, Super FP.

You're guess.
Posted by Pancari | Jul 31, 2013 @ 07:02 PM | 4,350 Views
OstrichCopter Second Test 27 July 2013 [original video] (1 min 25 sec)

More information here and a video you may NOT want to look at is below.


Posted by Pancari | Jul 30, 2013 @ 09:35 PM | 4,228 Views
I flew my Hubsan X4 today into an evergreen tree 150' from where I stood in a large, open athletic field while trying to recover the orientation.

A month ago I did the same thing in a different field with a Walkera QR Ladybird.

Yes, I know, I suck and need much more practice. My mistake is attempting to recover orientation when it's too high, flying away from me and fail cut the power.

Below is an interesting link to some new technology developed at the university level. It really pisses me off considering the hit I took today.

Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters (16 min 9 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Jul 21, 2013 @ 12:55 PM | 3,362 Views
I enjoy flying my Vitality H36, it’s inexpensive, well make, can be controlled with a Turnigy 9X, the WL 929/938 controller at 60% and use it as my quad trainer. My V939 has been retired and I’m questioning use of my V929.

A few weeks ago I treed my Walkera QR LB and thought I had a backup. While I looked for my spare QR LB I remembered the movie Mr/Mrs Smith with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and the scene where Pitt found his hidden 9mm in a secret compartment in his home. I looked in my secret compartment and there was no quad inside.

I bought another QR LB that day and recently purchased a second H36 anticipating doing something really stupid again. I like backups and will do the repair when I get the time and parts. This philosophy came from continually breaking 9958’s.

I find the short leads on quad LOSI plugs difficult to handle and file the plugs for easy insertion/removal and created a YT video on this subject found in my blog.

The power wires are my nemesis as I pulled a wire on my original H36 board, screwed up while soldering, purchased a second board and again ripped a wire off weeks later and fortunately soldered the connection correctly.

Anticipating another wire pull on my H36 I CA'd the power wires and board and also CA’d my Walkera QR LB and new/used Super FP. I always mask the area with paper and tape as I once dropped CA on a V911 main gear and had to deal with the consequences.
Posted by Pancari | Jul 18, 2013 @ 05:28 PM | 3,615 Views
This is a trick question... Anytime.

The low ripoff price of the Traxxas QR-1 is $67, yeah, steep isn't it, well, how about 2 Hubsan X4's for the price of one plus some money leftover for a some color blades?

Sure the Hubsan X4 is inexpensive, small, a toy grade quad, the TX is cheap and the fake TX antenna can be removed, it hurts and drew blood when it hit me multiple times, can be seen when flying outdoors and it's equivalent to my V911's in indoor performance.

Hint: Change the front white rotors to another color using Traax blades.

Did I say it was inexpensive?

Well, it just got cheaper on and called a

JXD 385 2.4GHz RC 6-Axis Mini Aircraft

Yes, it's the old version, and last time I looked the only thing you can't have two of in the US is wife's. And ya know, one is more than enough for me. Perhaps that Rule of Thumb hold's in Europe and Australia as well.

Sure, someone on RCG called the X4 "cheap", had lots of problems and sold it a few days ago with parts for $25 bucks. I never had any problems with mine and it took A LOT of beatings. It's my life, my home, my money and at my age I chose whose opinions I respect. I call the shots in my life and I rarely give an apology to anyone for anything.

I had my X4 down the Jersey shore this weekend flying circuits while fighting a 14mph headwind that my Vitality H36 could not handle. I didn't have my camera with...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Jul 04, 2013 @ 12:10 AM | 3,020 Views
FPV is a fascinating branch of the RC world. You can go low cost or go hard core with a large platform heli, mounted GoPro, document the incredible European cities or the Heartland of America and create a videographic masterpiece.

I live in an incredibly unphotogenic US suburban town and question if the financial and time invested in FPV would be worth the final product. “Oh, there’s a tree, and another tree, and another tree, and a mall with a big parking lot.”…… need I say more.

I've compiled a few of my favorite FPV vids that are photographically dramatic, compelling and hope you appreciate them as well.

San Francisco [TBS@USA 13/13] (4 min 58 sec)

HD FPV - Niagara falls - The story of a fail - (5 min 43 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Jun 29, 2013 @ 02:53 PM | 3,224 Views
I have decided to mothball by V939 as it was just too difficult to fly. Life is too short with too many excellent options to fly a substandard quad.

My quad box case currently is set up to handle a Vitality H36 and Hubsan X4.

The H36 and WL V202 has excellent reviews.

and if the H36 and V202 use the same controller, I may get a V202, paint the horrible canopy or replace it as I always want a backup if one quad goes down.

In the future I may put in a cutout in my quad case for a V911 because who doesn't enjoy flying a V911.

I keep fully charged 3.7v, 350ma, 25C batteries in a plastic bag and place used bats in a controller cutout.

The Hubsan X4 TX has a board antenna so the fake antenna has been removed for space.
Posted by Pancari | Jun 17, 2013 @ 09:42 PM | 3,452 Views
We all have bad days and I think the older we get, the more frequent they come with those short term lapse of memories sometimes called a "senior moment".

And I fully admit I have them as well, lemme tell yah, they start when you hit 50 and by 60 they are mowing down your ability to recall something menial, but you still can get through the day and get the job done with excellence.

Some days I just want to grab a bottle of Jack Daniels, get wasted while looking at YT vids but fortunately I'm a bit too mature, code for getting fat, grey and balding. I realize that everyone feels that way... ooh.... once a day.

So take a look at the video below and an employee of China Air Freight pissed off at God knows what and really not focused at his job. And remember next time your yellow styrofoam casket gets to your house a bit damaged maybe, just maybe this guy had his mits all over it.
Posted by Pancari | Jun 17, 2013 @ 07:09 PM | 3,408 Views
This is hard to justify and make the stretch into the plane or heli world except to say that Go Pro's were used, and for me, that's enough.

Posted by Pancari | Jun 08, 2013 @ 08:45 AM | 3,174 Views
Great Wall Toys is a Chinese manufacturer of varied scale radio controlled cars, trucks and helicopters. The GW 9958 in Y E L L O W was my first rc heli, but it was plagued with sliding, a pendulum effect and the need for a new flybar design is ongoing in 2013. I abandoned my 3 color squad and boxes of spare parts when I found the V911 and never understood why Great Wall Toys failed to solve these problems, build newer versions and expand into quads but chose to give up the entire segment to WL Toys.... Until now.

I'm really a car guy, not a mechanic, just a guy who has been reading Car and Driver magazine since the 8th grade and counted the number of Fords and Chevrolet's from my porch when I lived in South Philadelphia. I drive at least 15 mph over the speed limit when conditions allow to keep myself aware of my surrounding and drive a world class automobile that continually wins comparisons in their segments.

I read about the world car market and learned that there is no such thing a copyright infringement in China, this is why we have so many heli and quad knockoffs, everyone rips off everyone else without worry of a lawsuit. It just seems to me that you're either buying a Walkera or WL Toys knockoff.

China is known for purchasing, say a BMW 7 series and doing a knockoff for half the price. Their car market was virtually those crappy one man enclosed motor powered bikes with a wooden tray behind to carry fruits and vegetables to market five years ago. Now cars are exported to 100 different countries, but now in the US.

So in a few years when your curiosity compels you into the Great Wall Motors showrooms and they're giving away a 9958 with a test drive, you'll realize why they never expanded their r/c product line as margins are higher in automobile manufacturing.
Posted by Pancari | Jun 07, 2013 @ 12:26 PM | 2,987 Views
Drones in warfare are very big in the news right now with their political slant and now there are many high tech companies creating hi end quadcopters calling them drones for non-miltary purposes.

But it all started with hobbyists doing RC planes and when technology got so small to mount micro cameras and mini transmitters things changed.

Now the FAA is begging to stick their nose into our hobby calling it an invasion of privacy using FPV and we all now how many neked people are in the middle of empty fields and parks waiting for a buzzing quad to come as close at 5 feet so the guy at the other end of the receiver can take a good look.

I see lots of people all day, and with the average person being 30-50 pounds overweight, there really isn't much to see. This is why the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemea is increasing, Too much weight caused by too much bad food going down the American gullet.

Disclamer: I am about 10 pounds overweight and at 60, it's REAL hard to loose.

But I digress, my apologies.

With technology driving everything, including our cars, as an Audi owner I am always interested in their technology. Take a look at the vids below.

Let me try this again, with technology driving everything, there are a few guys out of the Univ. of Minnesota that came up with some new technology. Take a look.


For those who like to kill time on YT, I submit the following vids for your edification.

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: "The Challenge" (2 min 44 sec)

Audi Piloted Driving at CES 2013 (3 min 34 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Apr 12, 2013 @ 03:47 PM | 3,596 Views
The wife has the weekend off so that means we have to go down the Jersey shore so she can get away from the city. And as always I need to pack a case of heli's that I know I cant fly when I get down there due to the constant 5-15mph winds, see other parts of my blog.

But now, with newer technology, quads can now handle thee high winds compared to a V929. So in my haste I decided to throw some things into case to see if they would ft.

My 9x is too big to fly a V911 but I can put in a Hubsan X4 and a Vitality H36. But doesn't an H36 bind to a 9x and that also means it will bind to a V911, and it did.


So okay, don't shoot me if everyone figured this out wto months agao as I am 6 months behind in my posts.


And as we all know an H36 flys in Mode 1, our Mode 2 here in the U.S..

So with the obvious question is, how many different heli's can you put in a Harbor Freight case and the answer is 3.

Now I need to pull the sponge out and get it set up for batteries, chargers and a few other items.

See attached photo.

Life is good!
Posted by Pancari | Apr 09, 2013 @ 11:24 PM | 3,903 Views
There has to be a limit on just how many heli's someone needs to own. I mean besides the fact that they are so cheap and it's all about immediate gratification + 30 days.

Mommy and daddy are not here to tell me I can't buy them and the wife doesn't care as it's my money.

And I appreciate that you need a backup in case something breaks. I have 4 V911's so allot has to break before I am down to V900. And then there's the impossible to maneuver 9958 in my primary flying area, I have 3 of them in a box.

And quads..... I knew I was heading down the quad rathole after purchasing a V929. And a few months after everyone was busting on it and flying the flag for the V939, but that sucked too and the other V9's where considered garbage when the sub-micro's came out.

And everyone became happy with Hubsan H4, Vitality H36, Mini-Pet and others, I purchased a Vitality H-36 b/c it works with my Turnigy 9X.

So after less than 6 months I've accumulated a V911, V939, Walkera QR LB, 2 Hubsan X4 (I got pissed that I broke the first almost immediately and couldn't get parts fast enough) and finally a Vitality H36. And don't forget 3 Walkera controllers, D2402, Devo 4 and Devo 7 to move into a Super FP.

So somewhere in there is an FPV platform, and while I can solder as good as the next guy I'm severely electronically handicapped when it comes to designing a system and figuring when a capacitor or resister is required.

I either stay at this level of the game and put in some flight time in or move forward into FPV. It's April 9 and I've flown about 4 batteries the past 3 months.

It kinda draws the line doesn't it.
Posted by Pancari | Apr 07, 2013 @ 12:21 AM | 3,614 Views
This package was delivered on February 4, 2013 and been sitting on top of my heli cases in my office. I did open it, took a look and put the contents back.

I'll give you a hint, it's not for my Audi or Corvette, and the bump in the box is not a growth.

I'm just sayin.....
Posted by Pancari | Apr 07, 2013 @ 12:11 AM | 3,819 Views
Yeah, I'm alive and been to busy to have any kind of personal enjoyment. Last year I pulled my hair out for the last 6 months of the year with work. This year it's been busy AND we got a dog, a 7#, that's 3.2kg to everyone outside the US, Yorkie. U.S. Disclaimer AND there's tax time which took me a few weeks to get through as I do it myself on Turbo Tax. I'm pretty good with any kind of software but TT takes time and hopefully you know someone who's been there, done that to try it yourself.

I also decided to remove books and junk from my front office to display some heli's making it easier to fly as they really do no good in a case or box. I just can't make my office look like a bedroom of 14 year old. Guess I should take down those posters of Kate Beckinsale and Candice Swanepoel as well.

Anyway, the list of heli's to fix is long so I decided to pull out my 2 Hubsan X-4's, one with a 808 attached to the underbelly and looks like it's been through a war and the newer one.

The 808/X-4 flew but the camera seemed too heavy and the newer one would not fly AT ALL! It's been months so I have no idea what state I left them. But the batteries were fine, the TX was good and both X-4's was calibrated. I just couldn't get it off the ground and figured it was time to do that LLOONNGG calibration on the X-4 board.

I looked online and was reading and suddenly it it me, the last thing I did was buy some blades and I wondered if I installed them correctly. I placed both X-4's together...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Mar 17, 2013 @ 03:51 PM | 3,559 Views
Sometimes you see things on BG and you say Ehh.. nah, I don't need that, I got a Bla Bla Bla. I mean, just how many micro-quads or V911 color variations do you need.

Every single one, yeah, I know.

By now everyone has seen all the additional adds for that 3ch heli, kid stuff really, you can carry a hook, squirt water or have a plastic missile to mess with. Snore.

But how about doing some real damage, go for squirrel or that cat that is always peeing in your front lawn. Now we're talkin.

I live about about 10 miles from the University of Pennsylvania here in ... Pennsylvania, those robotics guys really have a great job. Get a degree in mechanical engineering, like to put things together and let the University pay for your play time.

They coulda asked me, I would have done it for free.

Before you go to the link make sure you take a look at the bottom of the page for the other interesting stuff.

After you see the vid of a human powered helicopter I'm sure you won't complain about buying some 3.7v, 250 ma bats any longer.
Posted by Pancari | Mar 07, 2013 @ 11:40 PM | 3,191 Views
I'm a big fan of WL's V911, they fly easily, turn on a dime, almost as cheap, come in multiple colors and I have a ton of spare parts. Isn't it odd how we have only blades for our micro quads but can put together a V911 a few times with what we accumulated in parts.

I don't hold excessive parts against the V911's as I can fly them in my office instead of working which I cannot do with a micro quad w/o running into walls.

There have been adequate discussions on the merits of the newer clone V911's, Some say they are made by Junchion (sp) and other say they are made by Satan in a small production facility somewhere west of the netherlands.I guess the answer is somewhere in the middle.

Sure the V911, either flavor is toy grade and can't compare to the Walkera FP's, so lets be fair of the comparison. The V911 is in a class by itself with cost and performance and the only 4ch FP heli worth buying above an S107.

My Y911, yellow V911, was down immediately after it's maiden run from flying into my home which sustained no damage. The video is on my blog and during repairs I dropped some CA on the main gear. CA Remover failed to do the job and order some spare parts which sat for 6 months. I finally caught up with my life and re-installed the new gear.

I know the V911's are toy grade compared to a Walkera Super FP at five times the price, but the Y911 is incredibly loud and sounds cheap because of the canopy design compared to a real V911. I suggest flying a yellow or white V911 while playing classic rock to drown out the unacceptable sound. See video below.

V911 Discussion Video (1 min 24 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Feb 06, 2013 @ 05:40 AM | 3,264 Views
I see allot of guys saying "I just blew my heli budget on my <insert latest toy here>". Technology along with China's inability to understand the word "Copyright" has brought some incredibly inexpensive flying toys the past few years. And with quads having one tenth the parts of an FP or CP heli, at $45 bucks a pop all we really need is the room to store them.

Some of us are real electronic guys with a real penchant for technology, others like me can handle a soldering iron and there are those who chose to stay away from anything hotter than a toaster handle.

My entire formal training of electricity came from Mr. Williams, my 8th grade Electrical Shop teacher, thank you sir where ever you are, a massive ball of solid core, single stand copper wire, a big 6V battery, doorbells, buzzers, bulbs, SPST and SPDT switches, series and parallel wiring diagrams and a healthy respect for touching a hot wire. I did not like my E&I course in college and preferred the more physical formulas of mass, velocity and summing moments about a point.

Heli's got me back to electricity, but whatever breaks on the board stays on the board, I'll just buy another board and fly it.

But to have someone PAY me to fly, well that's another deal. I do get the wife telling me to get out of the house and leave her alone, I guess that's like getting paid, right?

With unmanned drones being a very hot topic in the news today you may get the notion that our technology might have...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Jan 29, 2013 @ 11:54 PM | 4,025 Views
I think we can all agree that FPV is really cool stuff. Technology has driven the size and price of well designed parts for all you electronic guys, at which I do not include myself, so you can mix and match equipment and stick it on a very inexpensive quad as small as a Hubsan X4 with hot glue or some CA.

The problem remains just what is worth shooting to justify your skills and effort. I have a very nice Ivy League college nearby, a large park with a pond that would be far more interesting to shoot than my front yard.

Subject is import in photography and even more critical when the camera is flying because a boring site at grade is equally boring in the air.

I am always impressed at FVP videos from Europe as everything looks different there with amazing colors and unique architecture. If you look at some of those vids here on you YT you will find that even light switches have a different design than than here in the U.S..

To quote Mr. Spock, "Fascinating".

Videoing action is far more impressive than videoing static areas. I guess if you take the time to study Michael Bay's films perhaps you'll get an idea how to shoot FVP with alternate angles rather than simply head on.

As I was going through my car web sites I came across an article on Drone's and the Monte Carlo Rally and found the videography and background music was amazing.

I understand that this kind of production is a bit beyond sticking a 1gm camera on a Walkera QR Ladybird and doing post projection using Windows Movie Maker.

You see, a goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at.

Enjoy the video.
Posted by Pancari | Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:36 AM | 3,937 Views
The new class of micro quads like the Vitality H36, WL V202, and others are the latest flyers to feed our need for speed and gratification.

We've put away our 9958's that never seemed to fly without some level of sliding, our V911's, the standard of inexpensive 4ch. FP's are put to the side and those two battery designs get shelved.

All we all flying are the flat 3.7V 350ma for our micro quads.

Change, does it ever stop?.

With the flat 3.7V, bats, we face using the LOSI connector with it's a very tight press fit that is annoying, too small for adult fingers on too short leads.

I was having difficulty easily seeing what sides match up quickly and taking them apart was a challenge.

I've watched the wife using a black Emory board and felt that it was an excellent tool for heli's as it's more course than other boards and it helped solve my LOSI connector problem.

How to Simplify LOSI Connector Removal (0 min 50 sec)