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Posted by elburromjf | Jul 09, 2013 @ 05:09 PM | 2,872 Views
Here's an MO FrankenQuad with a couple of LEDs that are sold for the WL v959. They are seriously bright and can be seen clearly during the day for orientation purposes. This one is all about glue. I used hot glue for the LEDs, and two part Epoxy for the bind-LED window (See the photo below of the underside of the canopy).
Posted by elburromjf | Jun 27, 2013 @ 05:29 PM | 2,719 Views
Was off today so did this one in my boredom. The origianl Cyclops canopy was HEAVY, so I took a clue from my latst Frankenquad canopy and did this ...
Posted by elburromjf | Jun 22, 2013 @ 11:57 AM | 2,705 Views
Since I ordered a coupe of spare canopies this week, I decided to risk modifying my current v202 canopy. I call it The Cyclops. It's basically a cool looking window that lets me see the on-board LED ...

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... I centered it by eye and messed up the canopy trying to prep it for a new paint job, but the idea still works. The quad was lost earlier in the day and was found and retreived by Benson, a Boston terrier who was with his master going walkies in the park, so the canopy was on its last leg. This v202 is like a flying light show now!

UPDATE: The LED window works great outdoors too (was out flying this morning). I could clearly see what the LED was doing even in sunlight.
Posted by elburromjf | Jun 20, 2013 @ 04:41 PM | 2,918 Views
Now brought to you in Blog-O-Vision!!

Check this out. If you have a fish tank, or had one and you have some clear plastic vinyl air tubing (the standard size), you're in business. Your LEDS will not fall out or get damaged and they will be bright as heck.

Take of the black LED covers on the legs of your v202. Then cut 4 equal length pieces of air tubing. Try to cut the ends straight (you can do it!). One at a time, slip each piece over the end of a small needle nose pliers, or a hemostat, and open the jaws to stretch the tubing. Do this until you can slip the piece snugly over the LED and all the way up to the v202's leg (see photos). After you do that, the tubing will tighten up a bit and stay on nice and tight. If you over-stretched the tubing you'll know because it will either slip on too easy or it won't re-shrink.

If you really have to have a super permanent solution, and you find an adhesive that won't mess up how cool this looks, then please share you discovery!

I hope the photos help.

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Posted by elburromjf | Jun 11, 2013 @ 04:53 AM | 3,599 Views
This is the new FrankenQuad that I ordered along with my WL v202 from Massive RC. I haven't flown it yet, but I did paint the silly-looking bug face canopy. Here is FrakenQuad sporting a "Corvette Blue" canopy with green and black props ...

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Posted by elburromjf | Jun 10, 2013 @ 06:22 PM | 2,972 Views
Got my package from Massive RC today. A WL v202 RTF and a complete Frankenquad. The packaging was done right and the quads came in these cool little "quad boxes" in which each quad was tethered along with a piece of candy (nice touch). Our letter carrier had nothing to do with this delivery. A good thing because she has no brains, and we also think she is a functional illiterate. It came as a parcel, and my landlady signed for it. I was amazed that our genius post office didn't lose it!

I have flown the v202, and got it trimmed to where I like it. The 20% setting seems too docile to be of any use even for me. I found the 40% setting in our tiny apartment to be sort of okay. As opposed to the Hubsan X4, control was more refined, and the throttle was very linear, responding to miniscule changes. I touched the ceiling a couple of times, and I "yoyo"-ed to the floor a couple of times.

Then I found that 60% was the way to go. It was still very linear, which I liked, but it felt less padded or "damped" (remember the better cassette decks back in the 80's?). I'm not trying to knock the X4, we all know they fly great despite that some of them disintegrate from normal use. On 60% the v202 started to like me back. I think once I get used to it, we'll be great friends. I painted the silly bug face canopy Metallic Noir (nail color) while I was charging the batteries. Yes, I have nail polish, and a load of theatrical makeup in the house including black lipstick. I am an entertainer by trade. I know more about makeup and its application than some women! Photos are below ...

I discovered after my maiden v202 flight that my Hubsan X4, even though it is now made mostly of glue and tape flies even better with a set of v202 props!

Posted by elburromjf | May 11, 2013 @ 06:04 PM | 5,371 Views
Finally did two complete indoor "nose-in" hover flights today. It was a grueling bear to do. My brain worked a little overtime and my X4 took a real beating. That "shock-absorbing" feature where the legs kind of pop-apart is effective, but it's also annoying because after it happens a few times, the hold after you snap them back in starts to loosen up .. a lot. I also now have more cracked motor pods. I can handle it for now with some CA glue, but my X4 is going to need a new body shell by the time I can fly it nose-in.

I must say that since I started my affair with the X4, I have become really handy with glue. Epoxy, CA-type glues, and hot glue. I have never been particularly handy, and, my better-half knows better than to ask me to attempt any sort of home repair or improvement. Despite all this, I have managed to put together a kind of neat "Micro Hobby" kit ...

... the kit consists of at least one of everything I have had to seek-out, dig-up, or otherwise scrounge in order to keep my X4 and my v911 in the air, and other stuff. Toothpicks, the parts of an old pre-gyro era 3-CH heli, JST plugs, disposable ear plugs, parts for the v911 paddle mod, double-sided tape, glue, solder, soldering iron, utility knife, hemostats, nail files, tiny screw drivers, magnifying glass, zip-ties, and dry lubricant for guitars (works great on motors).

The battle for control continues ...
Posted by elburromjf | May 10, 2013 @ 11:36 AM | 2,980 Views
Tip of the day: Don't fly a WL v911 into any part of your body.

Day 9 was indoors again, as I haven't been able to get break this week. I did something a little different this time. I ran two packs of Hubsan X4, followed by two packs of WL v911. All hover flights. Still no joy on "nose-in" control. Didn't think I'd ever have this much grief mastering anything. I think I'm pretty golden on "tail-in" hovering now. I toyed with the idea of taking a little flight around my apartment, but I'm too chicken.

Flight School Day 9: Class Dismissed.
Posted by elburromjf | May 05, 2013 @ 09:03 AM | 3,726 Views
After reading THIS POST, I began my flight education indoors, and with the X4 TX set up as follows ...
  • Pitch = 45
  • Roll = 45
  • Yaw = 60

... sissy mode for sure, but when I go to fly outdoors, should I return the pitch and roll values to 50? Thats what the values were out of the box.

Posted by elburromjf | May 04, 2013 @ 11:08 AM | 3,486 Views
Headed up to the park today with my Hubsan X4, two freshly charged batteries with 8mph winds with gusts up to 12mph. This time I had issues ...

Flight Prep 1:

TX off (throttle to minimum), LiPo connected, alternating headlights. TX on, beep, binding complete based on solid headlights. Typical flight (for me anyway) of about 7 minutes. One of my rubber feet came off when I bumped the ground during an altitude adjustment. This about half way into the flight, and there were no further incidents.

Flight Prep 2:
TX off (throttle to minimum), LiPo connected, alternating headlights. TX on, beep, headlights go solid for a split second and then blinking simultaneously. No throttle response. Moved around the area. Still nothing. Held transmitter in different positions in regard to the X4. Still nothing. No second flight.

Upon arriving home, I had breakfast. Two scrambled eggs with whole wheat toast, and sugar free orange drink, but that has absolutely nothing to do with this posting. Anyway, I managed to not know which battery was the one from the first flight, so I picked one at random, put it in X4, turned on the TX and it bound in like a second and a half. No problemo. I flew it around the house for a minute and then discovered that this was the first battery. Because I have no idea what can happen if I leave a fully charged LiPo laying around or what would happen if I put it on to charge, I took the other battery and ran that one as well. That flight went just short of 8...Continue Reading
Posted by elburromjf | May 02, 2013 @ 07:18 PM | 3,942 Views
Flew indoors today, after not flying all week. Had a bout of Sinusitis, and watching a small black object wasn't my cup of tea for a few days. I'm beginning to get concerned about flying nose-in. Will I eventually adapt to it and it will become second nature or will it always feel like this?

Next time I fly will be this Saturday, and it will be outdoors. I hope to do one pack of nose-out hover flight, and and pack of tail-in hover flight. I should buy more batteries I think. Maybe better ones that make for longer flights?

Flight School Day 7: Class Dismissed.

PS: Someone please school me on radios. Am I to understand that there are transmitters that you can program to fly almost anything?
Posted by elburromjf | Apr 29, 2013 @ 08:15 AM | 3,532 Views
My experience with this was perhaps the lamest thing that ever happened. Thank goodness there is no footage or photographic record of it. Yes, I crashed the thing into my own leg and actually needed to stop everything and tend to it with Hydrogen Peroxide, Neosporin, and an adhesive bandage. With the way I fly, I gotta remember to not wear shorts, and to bring a goalie mask. LOL
Posted by elburromjf | Apr 27, 2013 @ 10:33 AM | 3,280 Views
Today I hoofed it up to the park with my Hubsan X4, and went to a familiar spot, where just two weeks ago I had a catastrophic tree encounter while flying my WL v911.

It was a short excursion because I only have two batteries, but it was the most fun I've had yet flying an RC-anything. I did two hovering flights and periodically got brave and crabbed around a bit since I was in a MUCH bigger space than my 10x10 bedroom. It was a lot easier to maintain altitude. More room gave me more time to make corrections, and without panic. One time a gust took the X4 behind me, and I got disoriented BUT I brought the throttle down in a controlled fashion and had a soft emergency landing.

No crashes! An enjoyable two flights! Flight school day 6: Class dismissed.

A couple of photos from the blessed event (LOL) ...

Posted by elburromjf | Apr 25, 2013 @ 05:47 PM | 4,034 Views
I can't really tell if I am making good progress or not. I had two crashes today. Once because I had the nose of the X4 facing me and my brain isn't ready for that yet, and another one where I let my attention wander and crashed into my own leg (those little props really hurt!). As far as hovering flight with the tail facing me, staying in one spot=not leaving the area of the bed. I can't keep the thing in a 12"x12" box for more than 5 or 6 seconds. So how tight should my hover be, and for about how long? Indefinitely?

I ran two batteries, and popped all the props off during my crashes, but didn't lose any motor savers.

Flight School Day 5: Class Dismissed.
Posted by elburromjf | Apr 24, 2013 @ 07:16 PM | 3,703 Views
Today I started out doing my basic hover flight, around 1 to 2 feet above the bed with the tail facing me at all times. The X4 seemed to not want to hold it heading today requiring many yaw adjustments and some trimming. I stopped about 1/2 way through flight one, and turned the X4 so that the nose was facing me.

My brain hurts! I crashed numerous times, lost two of my motor savers (probably WAY under the bed now) and managed to pop off all but one of the props. Good thing I have spare motor savers and a set of props on stand by. After a time, I decided I wasn't ready to do this yet, or perhaps this was going to be something I did outside over soft grass with no furniture in that way (thoughts on this?).

My second (last) hover flight was done the standard way, with the tail facing me. I realized during this flight that I had too much on my mind and that I was rattled from crashing my little X4 all over my bedroom. I just was not on top of my game today. Same thing happens sometimes with my guitar playing. Some days I just don't have it. In hindsight, I didn't sleep as well as I should have last night, and I have had a lot going on lately. I called it day, and will probably hit the couch for some TV time right after this posting.

Flight School Day 4: Class dismissed.

Peace to all,
Posted by elburromjf | Apr 22, 2013 @ 06:55 PM | 3,327 Views
Today was the first time that I had a sense of being in control of the vehicle during hover flights. The X4 did well. I had no crashes (a first for me). The window was open about 4 inches and there would be an occasional breeze that I was able to compensate for. Ran 2 batteries.

Flight School Day 3: Class Dismissed.
Posted by elburromjf | Apr 21, 2013 @ 03:11 PM | 3,478 Views
Today, I worked with the advice of others and did my hover flights at an altitude of about 2 feet. My throttle is starting to get more precise although I still did my share of bouncing on the bed when trying to make altitude adjustments. For example if the x4 was go higher than I wanted it to, I would back off a little and it would gently come back down but would sink down to either bounce, or a couple inches above the bed. I found that maintaining altitude requires a knack for countering the original adjustment slightly (If I said that wrong I apologize).

I only made it to the floor (crashed) twice today. Once I saw it coming and I killed the throttle just so the x4 landed on it's feet, none of which fell off after I switched to double sided tape and rubber feet from an effects pedal (photos at end of this blog entry). I also got a little bold and flew a bit off the bed in the direction I was facing, adjusted altitude and flew back to the center of the bed, all the time with the tail facing me.

My problems at this point are mostly with the left hand. I accidentally apply throttle when adjusting the yaw, and I have not yet mastered the minute adjustment knack for maintaining somewhat steady altitude.

Photos of rubber foot mod ...

Flight School Day 2: Class dismissed.

Posted by elburromjf | Apr 20, 2013 @ 10:26 PM | 2,975 Views
Ran another two batteries after dinner while I still had the bedroom to myself. Starting to get more comfortable with the controls. At one point the X4 got away from me for a second and it damned near bit my nose off (those little props hurt!). I regained control and was able to finish the flight without incident. I still have the same two problems with accidental throttling, and over compensation but they are reduced.

I've been doing this with the tail of the X4 facing me at all times. She has a tendency to yaw slightly regardless of how the trim is set. I was able to make corrections manually without too much trouble. Eventually, I will have to turn the tail away from me. That's gonna be a freaky brain trip!

Posted by elburromjf | Apr 20, 2013 @ 02:38 PM | 3,299 Views
Today, for the first time, I took flying seriously and started learning how to properly fly my Hubsan X4 H107 micro quad. I made a foot-square helipad out of cardboard, drew a target on it with a sharpie, and laid it down in the center of my queen-size bed in my very small 10x10 bedroom (biggest room in the apartment).

I programmed the remote as suggested by THIS POST I read so that the Pitch and Roll were set to 45 and the Yaw was left at 60 which was the default. The remote is now in total newbie mode.

After doing an accelerometer calibration, I headed over to the helipad and got to work. I was determined to change my ways, and my reputation for some of the most spectacularly lame crashed in RC history. I applied throttle until the props were spinning, then until the X4 left the helipad and sort of drifted about at an altitude of like 6 inches. It was drifting forward and to the right so I landed it, gave a couple of clicks to the appropriate trim tabs, and tried again. After several attempts I was able to hold the X4 in a general area of approximately 4 feet square. I did this for around 7 or 8 minutes until battery died and the X4 landed in accordance with the force of gravity.

Second battery, and the trims are all totally different. Am I supposed to trim the thing every time I fly it or should it be generally in the ball park after I switch batteries? Anyway I ran 3 times, all at around 7-8 minutes each, and made mental notes on my weak points.

Weak Points:
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