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Posted by TomDoesRC | Nov 12, 2014 @ 01:45 PM | 4,910 Views
WOW! It's been a while! over half a year. Ive done a few thing in my long absence

1. I got a 1mtr 3ch scratch build at and air show for 20, I have had loads of fun with it and I think it could make a googd fpv platform.

2. FPV video TX and RX from hobbyking, seems to work well. I use my keychain camera. I just need a monitor or goggles.

3. Scratch building. I've finaly dived in and started scratch building. My firts was a nutball made out of 3mm depron, as it was my first build it was of a very shody build quality and I was not happy at all.

I then got some foamboard and made version 2, I was much happier with this one and it flew good. I beefed up the power so it can climb verticly and hover with ease.
After that I tried a Bloody mick Fun Bat, I'm not sure what I did wrong but it would not fly at all.

I had a nasty crash with the Q-Bot quad in May that caued the battery connector to come unsoldered from the board, my soldering skills are not up to scratch so I have to wait for that to get fixed.

I'm looking at making an entry into Rc cars. it looks like fun from what I have seen.

Also I thinking about a multi rotor, I think I'll go 250 sized and put my fpv gear on that.

I will post pictures soon.

A car and a quad, I better get saving! The 9th of October marked my one year of model flying. I've had loads of fun and have definatly learnt loads. My flying skills have also improved.

Well it took a while but i'm back!

Posted by TomDoesRC | Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:01 PM | 3,826 Views
I am interested in a beginner FPV system. I live in the UK so I cannot use 900mhz and my radio is 2.4ghz so i cant use that either. I have been looking at the hobby king 5.8ghz systems. Also i don't know what Mw power rating system to get. Can anyone help me with a cheap beginner FPV system!

Posted by TomDoesRC | Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:48 AM | 3,700 Views
Hi! Sorry I have not posted in a long time.
A few weeks ago I received a No.16 keychain camera, it cost me only
28 ($47) and I am very pleased with it. It records in 720x1280 (HD) at 30 fps and it also takes photos. I got the 120 degree wide angle lens d model, the wide angle does add a slight fisheye but it is only slight. The camera also has a live output function making it good for FPV. The camera also has a live out Because of the cams tiny size i can just Velcro it anywhere. I strongly recommend this great camera!

Posted by TomDoesRC | Feb 20, 2014 @ 01:16 PM | 3,840 Views
In terms of non fixed wing aircraft, as some of you may know, I only have micro sized models such as the MCX2 and the Q-Bot quad. I starting to want something bigger to fly outside. I am thinking of a quad that will be able to handle wind, possibly carry a camera and is cheap. Does anyone have any suggestions to what I should buy? I have considered building my own but that can still be expensive.

Posted by TomDoesRC | Jan 20, 2014 @ 12:36 PM | 4,531 Views
Hi, you know that new safe system on some of the new horizon hobby models? Well I have seen some reviews of these aircraft and I noticed the supplied RTF transmitter has a 3 position switch. So, if I was to buy a BNF model with SAFE technology, how would I use it on my DX6i as it only has 2 position switches?

Posted by TomDoesRC | Jan 09, 2014 @ 12:55 PM | 3,710 Views
Here is the QX75, the Micro Q-bot and the DX6i
Posted by TomDoesRC | Jan 09, 2014 @ 12:45 PM | 3,753 Views
Hi, sorry I haven't posted in a while, I have been busy getting back on track after the new year.
Anyway, I thought i would tell you about my RC Christmas loot!

Firstly, I received a spektrum DX6I Transmitter, It is super easy to program and is very well made. This means I can program in some features to use with my MCX2

Secondly I got a Turnigy micro q-bot Quadcopter. This is great! It is super nice to fly and it very durable. It comes with a 2.4GHz FHSS module which connects to the trainer port on my transmitter so I don't have use a cheapy transmitter. The package also include 2 lipos, a USB charger, spare props and some leads to connect the module to other transmitters.

When I subscribed to RCM&E magazine in mid December, They sent me a free Ares ethos QX75 Quadcopter. It's similar to the q-bot but the Qx75 controls seem to have a higher resolution.

Also I revived some individual RC components, these include:

ORX 2.4GHz receiver
Two 500 mAh 2s lipo's
Turnigy accucel charger
20A brushed ESC
A 9 gram servo
Brushed Motor and Prop set
Battery checker/ low voltage alarm

I plan to use these to make a RC sled thing for when the snow comes.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and a happy 2014!
Posted by TomDoesRC | Dec 17, 2013 @ 01:05 PM | 3,513 Views
Winter is finnaly here! Unfortunately, there has been strong wind and I have been unable to fly my duet for 3 WEEKS!

During this time I have been flying my Syma S107C and taking some Ariel shots of my slot car races. On the bright side, It's nearly Christmas so I might get a load of cool of RC stuff.
Posted by TomDoesRC | Dec 08, 2013 @ 02:07 PM | 3,789 Views
Today I dug up an old Silverlit Atlas Picoo z, it is a 2 Chanel. unfortunately, when I fly it spins very quickly meaning I have very little control. I have had a quick peek inside and the tail rotor is working and the gears seem to be OK. Does anyone what is wrong with it?
Posted by TomDoesRC | Dec 04, 2013 @ 01:15 PM | 3,843 Views
My MCX2 is not in a good way. The hub that houses the fly bar has broken. AS you may have seen on my previous posts, the MCX2 has no body or tail, it in its barest form. I have decided to order a new fly bar hub, a tail boom, glow-in-the-dark rotors and tail fin. I wont bother with a canopy. I will put up a photo when it is done.
Posted by TomDoesRC | Nov 24, 2013 @ 05:22 AM | 3,795 Views
I have been flying my duet for a bit now and I think I am getting the hang of basic flying. I am thinking about going into foam scratch building as I am interested in designing my own planes. I am planning on building a nut ball when I have the stuff, I have already made some small nut balls out of the foam pizza base things and they fly really good.
Posted by TomDoesRC | Nov 16, 2013 @ 06:35 AM | 4,847 Views
The mcx2 is now flying again!
There is a slight vibration but it is nothing too major.
I dare say that i have mastered the mcx2 now and I am hoping to move on to something like the 120 sr.
Posted by TomDoesRC | Nov 14, 2013 @ 06:16 AM | 3,694 Views
Oh Dear!
Unfortunutly Ive had bit of a smash with the mcx2, despite this being an encredibly tough heli, I have maneged to break the balance bar, the lower cog that drives to upper rotors has come off, the upper rotors have come off and the main shaft is out!
Looks like my work is cut out for this evening!
Posted by TomDoesRC | Nov 11, 2013 @ 12:20 PM | 3,974 Views
Hi there!
My Hanger as of 11/11/13:

Syma S107G
Syma S107C (surprisingly good for a toy grade heli)
Blade MCX2
Hobbyzone Duet RTF
Posted by TomDoesRC | Nov 11, 2013 @ 11:50 AM | 3,872 Views
I am very new to RC and I have no particular aim for this blog, its just something to do!
I have just started flying planes and I am hoping to improve my skills as I learn.
Due to the poor weather recently, I have been flying my micro indoor helis.

I'm not quite sure where this blog will go, probably just me rambling! But I will try to keep it up to date.

Special thanks to planemad man who got me into the hobby.