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Posted by Pancari | Jan 18, 2013 @ 12:55 AM | 3,364 Views
The wife asked me this evening "Where's your camera?", not the 808 that is attached to the belly of my Hubsan X4, my Canon Sureshot I attach to my hat to shoot video.

You see, she's going down to FLA with her sister for her yearly winter vacation which is a sacred trek to get out of the Northeast cold that can be devastating. She is really a month too early if you ask me but I stay out of her decisions that don't effect me, that's Rule No. 3 of Marriage. It's usually followed by me saying "Hey, that's a great idea". Rule No. 4 of Marriage "Praise any activity that doesn't effect you". Please note Rule No. 5, "Just because you have a better idea than the wife's, doesn't mean, she'll care and take your advice".

For the record, these rules apply to any relationship.

Now I know what you're thinking, why don't I go with her. First, I am not invited, I mean, how much of a vacation would it be if I go and second, SHE'S GOING WITH HER SISTER. I don't even like when her sister come here or we have to go up there.

Not a big fan really, not a big fan at all.

So I get to have a week of doing whatever I want, which is really every week anyway. I get up after she is almost done her morning work ritual so I don't mess it up, her Rule No 7. work when I need to, which includes nights and weekends and barely leave my home except for meetings and go to bed at ridiculous hours. Geez, it's 12:40 am. What can i say, that's when my creative...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Jan 15, 2013 @ 11:22 AM | 3,391 Views
I virtually live in my basement office, it's quiet, easy to drive to when it starts to snow and I'm never far from a box of protein bars.

After breaking multiple heli and quads in my office from hitting walls and then falling to hard surfaces like tables, printers and monitors, I decided to move up leave my basement office and fly on my first floor.

It was difficult at first as the sunlight was bright, difficult to adjust to, had to wear sunglasses and lots of black as I could feel the tingling on my skin from the sunlight. And then I had the realization that I could fly outside and all I had to worry about was flying into oncoming traffic or hitting a brick wall.

The weather was cloudy yesterday so I wasn't too afraid going outside and fly my Hubsan X4.

At first, It was difficult to fly in an area greater than 14' square I am used to and the unused footage saw the X4 flying into the street, hitting a neighbor's home, roofing the X4 on my porch covering. The last battery always seems to create the best flight videos.

I decided to fly in my neighbor's air space as my front yard has too many trees and bushes.

I hope those spare parts get here before the summer as I'm afraid of being incinerated by the summer sun.

Test Flying the Hubsan X4 Outdoors Jan 14 2013 (2 min 50 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Jan 11, 2013 @ 01:43 AM | 3,475 Views
Yeah, I know I made some resolutions about not being stupid and flying a quad down here. And after breaking a motor end car and a rotor on my FIRST Hubsan X4 because of poor flying and and no real room I decided to buy some spare parts on the same day BG supply went down to zero.

I found a new set of motors and blades and when I took the casing apart I thought "Do I really want to micro solder AGAIN after I running the wire down the obstacle course like leg? The answer was "on a good day when I have nothing else to do".

The solution was to spend list price on a SECOND X4 from CA I received in a few days and on the low rate slowly fly in the Office of Hell for a few days and watch a few vids to make sure I was doing things right including calibration.

It took 25 clicks right out the box to trim the X4 and fortunately the sliding gauge failed to pick up the movement.

Things were going well till I sped things up trying to do 180 turns and flying back to me, that's when the big hits began and the legs began popping out of the construction joints near the motor. A simple fix till I hit the walls twice and broke one of the legs.

Fortunately I was able to put it back in place and CA it together.

See attached photo for the broken leg and note the small slot in the back made with my Dremel to ease battery removal.

Let's review.

I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.
I will not fly a quad in my office.

One more thing, go to YT and search "Traxxis QR-1 Flips" and say "Hi" to Keli for me.
Posted by Pancari | Jan 06, 2013 @ 09:46 AM | 3,858 Views
I am not the creator of this video but felt it was worth shareing.

Goblin up in flames (5 min 4 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Jan 04, 2013 @ 11:59 PM | 3,709 Views
Happy New Year.

And you know what that means, you've already dismissed failed resolutions to remove all those bad habits and hope they don't screw up your life before you get one of those big quads for 400 bucks. It's human nature to push the boundaries of a bad ideas and beliefs hoping you'll continue to slide by with it. I know that what is fixable at 45 is impossible to manage at 60.

Allow me to suggest the following life guidelines

Call a Medical Professional
Men are very difficult and non compliant patients, we believe if we don't think about things it will go away and that's because we fear our mortality and don't know how to express those fears. Men have a higher rate of suicide than women even though women have more mental health disorders. I assume it's because men have no real support system. For example, two guys in a bar.

Guy 1 "Ya know I've got this growth on my neck"
Guy 2 "Really, wanna do a shot of Jager?"
Guy 1 "Sure"

You're buddy isn't qualified to put gas in his own car, don't look to him for support, call a professional.

Stop Binging on Junk Food
Sugar is ugly stuff, sure it's addicting and uses the same Dopamine Pathway of Happiness as heroin. Sugar has a crystalline structure and when it floats through the bloodstream it scratches the blood vessels causing inflammation and damage E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E. If you consume too much refined sugars, baked goods and allot of soda, you're blood sugars will rise...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Dec 27, 2012 @ 01:17 PM | 3,314 Views
I enjoy flying my Walkera QR Ladybird V1, at least till it hits the walls of my office, and with the weather below 40 degrees and winds at 18mph, I don't even want to go outside to drive my car.

I realize now that heli's is not an east coast hobby, maybe stamp collecting or knitting would be a better cold weather activity.

Sure the LB is known to take hits, but it's a matter of just how many hits and at what speed and it seems I maxxed out the design parameters.

So after a hundred? hits the arms put too much stress on the frame connection and the battery case broke.

Not to fear as this is why God they make carbon fiber rods and CA. I put one 2mm rod across a single horizontal broken member and I used a squashed piece of rod as a sheet to repair two horizontal broken members as small pieces were tossed to unknown parts of my office.

So the LB flies just like it used to, right into walls.

I guess I better learn to fly this d*mn thing or fly one of my V911's around my office like it's on fire.
Posted by Pancari | Dec 26, 2012 @ 11:40 AM | 3,236 Views
While cruzing the Internet this morning, instead of working, I came across this article about a new device that we will be seeing allot of very soon. And it clearly has direct use for future heli technology.

So take a look, I know you'll find it interesting.
Posted by Pancari | Dec 21, 2012 @ 01:26 PM | 3,444 Views
When you're self employed and the economy is starting to get back on it's feet and when the big project finally hits you've been praying for last year finally kicks in gear you really don't have a choice but to dismiss everything in your life but work so you can pay the bills and bank a few shekels for the next rainy day.

So what if you only see your wife in the morning, at dinner and while watching Dexter and Homeland on Sunday. And as far as having time for driving my 300 hp Vette vibrating through custom dual exhaust and headers around the block on Sunday afternoon waking up who fell asleep while watching the Philadelphia Eagles lose another football game. But that's gotta wait till the weather turns around.

So when it comes to pulling out a new micro quad and run it into the office walls, well, that's gotta wait till all the big checks are deposited and I'm down to the usual "I need this yesterday" routine.

So while everyone is flying FPV I'm sitting on my *ss clearing out my backlog and waiting to fly something. And I gotta admit I'm pretty burnt out this week so I dusted off the micro quads I bought two months ago and started to mess with them.

And ya know, I really suck. Yeah, I made 2 marginal V929 vids and I can fly a V911 like it's on fire around my office perimeter but add 2 more rotors and my reflexes look like a 90 year old man eating soup. A good soup, not that crappy canned stuff with allot of salt, the stuff my little Italian...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Dec 18, 2012 @ 10:40 PM | 3,745 Views
I've been a bit too busy to have any time to enjoy any me time.

But after a few months I kind of pulled things together.

Jeez, that photo kinda kills part of it.

The Grand Unboxing (0 min 49 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Nov 24, 2012 @ 09:38 AM | 3,284 Views
Yeah, the boxes are still sitting in my office, maybe today is the day but I got stuff to do.

I am a big fan of Netflix and enjoy watching the old TV shows I never saw.

The best Netflix series was the 2004-2009 Battlestar Galactica, not the 1978 version with Lorne Green, like anyone knows who that was, but I did enjoy the shows built around Dirk Bendict.

I found the 2004-2009 BSG series compelling and always finished each show by saying to myself "Oh Sh*t", and for me is the sign of an excellent series.

Let's face it, network TV sucks and I need to go to Cinemax, USA or FX for something to satisfy my testosterone filled brain.

There is a 15 minute mini-series on YT called Battlestar Galactica, Blood and Chrome which will fold into the Sci Fi Channel 2 hour BSG B/C movie in Feb 2013. It's shot with the same style of BSG and after watching two 15 minute blocks I was hooked.

So while the lipos are charging and it's raining outside... BSG.

Then you can build yourself a Viper canopy for your V929.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 23, 2012 @ 09:00 PM | 3,381 Views
I can't catch a break, 9pm on a Friday night and I'm working.

I have 3 boxes that have been sitting in my trunk for a week and put them in my office where they have sat for 2 weeks.

6 months ago I promised myself no more purchases till 2013 after my 3rd V911 but I bought a V929 and then the yellow V911. Then I had a discussion with a buddy who is clearing out his hanger and I decided to make three purchases in one shot.

I'm taking bets on what's in them and when I'll open them up.

So I guess if I wait till Jan 1, 2013, I will at least maintain the spirit of my broken guideline. And the way things are going here, it will take another month to open at least one.

It might be nice to fly one on New Years but I just learned the wife is having her family over for a New Years brunch.

God, someone kill me.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 15, 2012 @ 12:36 AM | 3,321 Views
Everyone knows why we all love Harbor Freight, it's a place were any tool can be found, but we only care about cases for heli's and quads that cost us under 30 bucks, not including shipping.

I was going through my car web links this evening and came across a rather humorous but true article about Harbor Freight. And while they have few tools that we can use, I feel that any guy that picked up a toy hammer and broke his mother's lamp can get a laugh out of this.

It wasn't me, I swear, my brother did it.

This is a tremendous article so prepared to laugh your a-s-s off.

Back to heli's..
I took out my Bravo SX after 6 months which I love, ran it into my wall twice and now the tail rotor turns nomater what. Guess I broke another heli and think I have more broken heli's than ones that are flying.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 12, 2012 @ 08:07 AM | 3,054 Views
This has nothing to do with everyone new obsession of maximizing their quads as they try to not break anything but I found this recent report important for every guy.

Sugary soft drink consumption contributes not only to weight gain, but also may play a role in the progression of knee osteoarthritis, especially in men, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Knee osteoarthritis is caused by cartilage breakdown in the knee joint. Factors that increase the risk of knee osteoarthritis include obesity, age, prior injury to the knee, extreme stress to the joints, and family history. In 2005, 27 million Americans suffered from osteoarthritis, and one in two people will have symptomatic knee arthritis by age 85.

The link below will take you to the entire article.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 10, 2012 @ 09:34 AM | 3,305 Views
Perhaps the Banggood shipment backlog is due to a LiPo shipping panic. There is always an overreaction to anything.

Try to get through an airport with more than 3.5oz of Diet Pepsi. And sure there's a danger because the phosphoric acid in drinks has the ability to leach calcium from your bones which is a warning best heeded by women as they age. For guys, keep that testosterone levels around 650 to keep those bones strong.

Besides that, there was a study for Type 2 diabetics that those who drank diet sodas gained weight as it keep the sugar-dopamine highway to the brain happy and fulfilled.

But I digress.

New electric cars use Lipos, BIG LIPOS the same lipos that are in our laptops. If you're a car guy you know that Fisker has been having problems getting a car off the production line and lot.

Well, it looks like they have more problems, that are kinda lipo based. See photo, yeah, that's a result of a fire.

So if you want better car mileage, don't drive like me, back off the gas. Electric cars may use less gas but the power comes from coal fired power plants with natural gas generators along side so there is some environmental impact.

So sure, maybe buy a Prius, I hear they come with a very nice v-a-g-i-n-a. At least you're not sitting on a $10K lipo. But before you make it your next car, take a look at the vid below.

Supercars: The One Gallon Fuel Crisis Race - Top Gear - BBC (6 min 19 sec)

Lipos, I want them in my helis and laptops and my cars running on a gas engine.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 09, 2012 @ 11:44 PM | 4,128 Views
Sure, I know I'm about 5 months late on this video and commentary but I've been busy the past four month with very little time for myself.

I was on the fence when this heli came out and compiled the responses of all those who posted. It seems there was mixed feeling and the Y911 just wasn't up to par when compared to the WL 911 in black, blue and red.

The Y911 seems louder and more difficult to control as I run it as fast as possible around my office perimeter, not the smartest thing to do of course. And it sustained some damage so now it's time to get some parts.

Y911 First Flight (3 min 8 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Oct 28, 2012 @ 06:02 AM | 3,207 Views
I found this YT video humorous and worthy of watching once

Walkera QR Ladybird Quadcopter Attacks (3 min 25 sec)

This video is an example how to not to get a girl and potentially get fired at the same time.
Posted by Pancari | Oct 27, 2012 @ 09:01 AM | 3,114 Views
I received my 808-16 Lens B a few days ago and looking forward to a test flight this weekend. I'm going to do a Velcro attachment to a body and give it a run.

Next week a massive tropical storm is coming up the east coast putting down rain and high winds and I'll be taking out the V929 to see if it can holds up against high winds..

Just kidding, it failed against 15mph winds a few weeks ago.

But I do want to see how it will does in the rain. Problems is I haven't figured out how to hold an umbrella and a controller at the same time. Then there's the potential interference with the umbrella and the my hat cam.

I guess I need to put more thought into this.
Posted by Pancari | Oct 23, 2012 @ 08:31 AM | 2,937 Views
I used the stock E728 TX for this video, the wind was challenging and all I really tried to do was get the V929 in front of me for flip testing, most footage was not used.

Using the stock canopy painted black worked against me as it was difficult to see the orientation at a distance.

The Alan Parson's song was split into 6 parts to shorten time so repetitive, long video scenes was not used.

Shooting into the sun degrades the video quality and dusk is probably the best time for shooting video.

V929 Flying and Flips Oct 20 2012 (1 min 17 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Oct 14, 2012 @ 11:49 PM | 3,614 Views
Monday Update...
A V929 is no match for 10mph+ winds and had no damage after the controlled drop

V929 in 10mph Winds (0 min 25 sec)

Yesterday I slotted a time to do some flying and when that time came other priorities came up and as time ticked away the WX got colder.

On Sunday morning the wife and I jumped into the car and took a ride down the Jersey shore where I am writing this blog. And for the third time I took my go case that included my V929 and a V911 only to be met by an 11mph wind.

This is a small island, perhaps 1/2 mile wide, fully developed with little grass, only condos, homes and hotels surrounded by water on both sides and sand, lots of sand, 1/4 mile of sand from the end of the street bulkhead to the end the east coast. Sounds like lots of flying area with no trees or obstructions and a soft landing, if you don't mind blowing sand out of your gears and motors in the event of an 11mph wind taking you down.

I bet TayNinh68 is thinking wrapping Saran Wrap around the drive system for protection.

There is a boardwalk in the center of the city, 40' wide and it would be a great platform to fly except for buildings on the west side and the 1/4 mile of sand on the east 10 feet below.

At the west side of the island where I live there is some land, perhaps 30 feet wide and a marshland which is where the 11mph will put you. If I move 1/8 of a mile north I have a large bay of water.

Last time I was here I took a ride to a...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Oct 12, 2012 @ 09:27 AM | 2,969 Views
I thought of another solution to the "Downed Quad is the Lake" problem

See video below.

I need a dog.

Hey Shafter you wanna get rid of that dog that just chewed up your quad, seems he has the right instinct.