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Posted by DutchRC | Jun 19, 2018 @ 01:04 PM | 687 Views
Halloa guys

yes sir.. I've got me a couple of new quads in, and the concept of them is more interesting in itself then just these quads.. These are 4-inch quads, and that is obviously nothing new.. These aren't the powerhouses we've come to expect though, and I think it's good to at least Try this approach

An intro:

The Italiën Job - A Different Concept For FPV Racing Quads - P1: Introduction (17 min 17 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Jun 14, 2018 @ 10:03 AM | 1,223 Views
Hi there RC people

It can be a lot of fun to buy / order up a ready made RC, and go out & fly / drive it right away On the other hand great satisfaction can be found in selecting all components yourself and then build the craft
This allso gives you more insight into how things really work (and how they do Not work :P)

The objective in this project is to build a smooth Freestyle FPV quadcopter. My last build was more of a Powerhouse.. This time I want the quad to have a more liniar power-output..

This series will be quite a nr. of video's and I'll try to put as much info into the individual video's as possible. This allso means the project won't be ready in just a few days as well offcourse

Let's first have a look all the components for this build

FREESTYLER Project - GepRC KHX5 Elegant Quad Build - P1: Parts Overview (15 min 17 sec)

Parts selected for this build:
Quadcopter frame: GEP-KX5 Elegant
Flight Controller: Matek F722 STD
ESC's: DYS Aria 32bit Dshot1200
Motors: EMAX LS2207 2550Kv
Props: GemFan Windanser 5042
FPC cam: Runcam Swift 2
FPV antenna: TBS Triumph
Receiver: FrSky XSR
Posted by DutchRC | Jun 09, 2018 @ 09:31 AM | 1,634 Views
Halloa guys

I've got me a new 3D printer in a few days ago, and got right into building it.. Well I should say I got right into shooting video's about it :P
This (new) Ender-3 is quite similar to the hugely popular CR-10 but it's footprint is a bit smaller, as is it's price

I will be doing a good nr. of video's on this printer! Here is my build-report of it (sorry.. long video)

DutchRC - Creality ENDER-3 Desktop 3D printer - Build Report (48 min 0 sec)

build square: 220 x 220 mm
build height: 250 mm
machine size: 440 x 410 x 465 mm
max speed: 180 mm / s
nozzle diameter: 4 mm
fillament diameter: 1.75mm
layer thickness: 0.1 - 0.4 mm
resolution: 0.1 mm
max nozzle temp: 255 C
max bed temp: 110 C
Posted by DutchRC | Jun 04, 2018 @ 09:13 AM | 1,315 Views
Halloa guys

yes.. another 5" FPV quad.. More then enough of those around you'd say! :P And that would be true offcourse.. TransTEC interests me as a company / brand though so I wanted to check this one out.. I could offcourse gone for the Emax Hawk 5, but that just seemed to easy to review

Here are my first findings on the quad:

DutchRC - TransTec Frog 218 Freestyle FPV Quad - Value for $$ ?? - Show & Tell (26 min 0 sec)

Wheelbase: 218 mm
Geometry: True X
Arm thickness: 4 mm
Flight controller: Omnibus F3
ESC's: 30A Dshot600 all-in-one
Motors: Brother Hobby 2205 2600Kv
Propellors: GemFan Windancer 5042x3
FPV camera: Runcam Swift Mini CCD
VTX: 25 / 200 / 500mW switchable
OSD: Yes - Betaglight configurable
Smart Audio: Yes
Beeper: Yes
Spare props: Nope
Posted by DutchRC | May 25, 2018 @ 06:04 AM | 963 Views
Halloa guys

Soooo.. I just ordered me 2 identical quads, and I'm posting this cause maybe you can save a few $$ on this as well
apart from the price I was interested to test this setup as well though..

Link to the quad: KingKong / LDARC 200GT Lightweight 5-incher

Sooo.. apart from the price.. What is different here is the weight of the quad.. They didn't go for a monster-power quad, but for a lightweight one instead.. I like that idea! In my mind this does Not make it a racer though.. I'd say it could be a fun freestyle basher..

Allso: I ordered 2 of them myself to be able to do blind-tests between firmwares with..

DutchRC - A 5-inch FPV Quad for crazy money?? :) I'll take 2! (or shouldn't I?) (5 min 55 sec)

wheelbase: 200mm (true X)
frame: 4mm CF with allu cage
motors: 1806 2500 kv
ESC's: 20A 4-in-1 DShot600
props: 5043 x 3
FPV cam: Runcam micro Swift
VTX: 25 / 100mw 16ch 5.8Ghz
buzzer: Yes
OSD: Yes
Smart Audio: Nope
Posted by DutchRC | May 11, 2018 @ 09:07 AM | 1,501 Views
Halloa guys

as a Youtuber I'm obviously allways on the look-out for better camera's I'm allso allways on a budget though, but the last thing a video should offcourse do is make viewers click away because of the bad video-quality :$
This time I tried the latest Xiaomi camera.. I've had good luck with their products so far (video-quad - Mix 2 phone - tool-set).. I had high hopes for the camera and wasn't disappointed

Link to this cam: Xiaomi Mijia 4K action camera

Link to my playlist of unedited test-clips: Click Click Click

So by now I've used the camera for about a month, and here are my findings:

DutchRC - The awesome Xiaomi Mijia True 4K Action Camera :) - Full Review (20 min 33 sec)

Chipset: Ambarella A12S75
Sensor: sony IMX 317
Video reselution: 720P 200fps / 1080P 100fps / 2.5K 30fps / 4K 30fps
video codec: H.264
Photi reselution: 8 MP
Lens: 145 degrees f/2.8
Screen resolution: 960 x 480 2.4 inch
Battery Capacity (mAh): 1450mAh Li-ion
Storage: CF max 64GB (not included)
Touch screen: Yes
Wifi: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Adroid app: Yes
iOS app: Yes
External microphone: not available Yet
Posted by DutchRC | Apr 23, 2018 @ 09:59 AM | 1,316 Views
Halloa boys & girls

so yeah.. HobbyKing released their Tomahawk about a month ago or so? At first I thought: well yes, but I build my own wings.. So I'll just skip it & stuff..
But then I just couldn't resist trying it.. so here we are.. Trying it :P

Link to this plane: Durafly 670mm Tomahawk BNF

And.. here is part one of my review of it..

DutchRC - The New Durafly 670mm Tomahawk mini FPV Wing from Hobbyking :D (15 min 25 sec)

Wingspan: 670mm
Length: 360mm
ESC: AeroStar 20A w/XT60 connector
Motor: Multistar 2206 2150KV Brushless Outrunner
Propeller: 5045BN CCW
Servos: 2 x 9g
Weight: 220g (without battery or FPV gear)
Posted by DutchRC | Apr 20, 2018 @ 09:23 AM | 1,754 Views
Haloa guys

so yeah.. that Tiny Whoop craze huh? I'm really not into that.. Them motors just don't last.. And.. I can only fly acro :P
So.. Time to try something different then! A flying tank? Pretty close to it actually

Link to the ET-115: KingKong LDARC ET 115 bnf

You'll allso want: Extra Gaoneng 2S lipo

Sooooo what's my take on it??

DutchRC - KingKong Brushless Indoors / Proximity FPV Quad? :) (LDARC ET115) Show & Tell (18 min 44 sec)

Wheelbase: 115mm
Weight: 89.1g (without receiver or battery)
Package weight: 669.7g
Propeller: 2345 3-blade
Brushless motor: XT1104 7500KV
Flight controller & ESC: PIKO BLX FC + BLHeli_S 10A 2-3S, 20*20mm
Video transmitter: Q100 25mW/100mW 16CH
Camera: OV231 800TVL 150
Receiver: optional compatible Frsky XM, compatible Flysky FS-RX2A, compatible Spektrum DSM2
Battery: 2S 7.4V 550mAh 80C
Posted by DutchRC | Apr 16, 2018 @ 01:38 PM | 1,707 Views
Howdy guys

so yeah.. we nowdays offten run smaller FPV quads right? I personally very much enjoy throwing those around.. Very conveniant to store & transport..
The drawback (for me) of them however is that putting a propper action cam onto them impacts the flight performance more then I like..
So I took a look at this (new) Firefly camera from Hawkeye..

Link to this action cam: Hawkeye Firefly.. super-mini action camera

And.. without further bla-bla.. Let's see how it did

DutchRC - The Hawkeye FireFly Super-Micro Action Camera - Review (16 min 22 sec)

Image Sensor: 2MP
Color: Black
Video Resolution: 1080P @ 30fps / 720p @ 30fps
Video Record Format; MJPG
Lens: 160 Degree
AV out: YES
Storage Card: 8G--32G
Battery Capacity: 200MAH
Battery life: 1 Hour
Charge Port: 230mAh
Size: 24*24*32mm
Weight: 14g
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 30, 2018 @ 09:12 AM | 1,455 Views
Halloa people

I came across these Very sticky silicone slabs at BG.. They aren't really ment for RC-use, but I picked up a few to try them out..
They work Very well! You'd like them and... they are pretty cheap as well..

Link to the pads: Very stick Silicone slabs

DutchRC - Super Sticky Silicone Pads (for your LIPO) / 3M Non-Slip-Grid / Ummagawd's UmmaGrip (6 min 13 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Mar 26, 2018 @ 09:27 AM | 1,661 Views
Halloa people

in this blog I'll try to show you (mostly people new to FPV) how to easily FPV-enable most any RC.. Planes & Quadcopters offcourse, but allso cars.. motorcycles.. boats.. Whatever You would feel like FPV-ing

Link to this set: Runcam Micro Swift 2 - TX200 combo

In the first video of this series I'll be doing a proof of concept / testing a setup I have in mind for this series (as it is Small & easy to install)

DutchRC - FPV-efy Anything Series :) - Part 1: Proof of concept (8 min 23 sec)

So.. did that work well enough you'd say??

Lens on the Micro Swift 2 cam: 2.3mm
camera mode: PAL
VTX power: set to 25mW
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 20, 2018 @ 10:52 AM | 2,166 Views
Halloa people

remember this one? It was one of the last planes Stuart announced back in 2017.. My crystal ball tells me it's finally nearing release, so I thought I'd scrape together what I know / expect from it here

Link to the PNF version: Durafly 1100mm FPV-Wing - Sidewinder PnF version

Link to the Kit version: Durafly 1100mm FPV-Wing - Sidewinder Kit version

Wingspan: 1100mm
Motor: 3536-1780kv Brushless
ESC: 60A Aerostar
Prop: 5" for 4S & 6" for 3S
Base chord: ?
Tip chord: ?
Sweep: ?
Lipo: 2600mah 3S / 2200mah 4S

And for now. here is the old announcement of it:

Durafly Sidewinder 1100mm FPV Race Wing - HobbyKing Announcement Daily (6 min 45 sec)

Hopefull I (or others) can tell you more about the plane shortly
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 16, 2018 @ 10:02 AM | 1,443 Views
Halloa guys

time (I think) to do another action-cam review.. This is a (VERY) long term review as I've had this SJ7 Star in use for over a year by now.. It still IS SJcam's flagship action-cam though..

Link to this camera: SJcam SJ7 Star true 4K action camera

The camera's price is lot nicer by this by the way then when I ordered mine :P

DutchRC - the SJcam SJ7 STAR - SJcam's Flagship camera - LONG term review (27 min 19 sec)

Video resolutions:
4K 30 fps
2.7K 30 fps
2.5K 60 fps
1440P 30fps / 60 fps
1080P 30 fps / 60 fps / 120 fps
960P 30 fps / 60 fps / 120 fps
720P 30 fps / 60 fps / 120 fps
Posted by DutchRC | Mar 14, 2018 @ 10:51 AM | 1,333 Views
Halloa guys

I've been looking forward to getting my hands on this quad sinds the day I first saw pictures of it This is offcourse not the only plus-configuration quad out there, but it's still quite uncommon Apart from that the specs are quite impressive for a little 3-inch FPV quad

Link to it: Diatone 2018 GT M3 PLUS

There is allso a normal X version of it

And allso a streched X 2018 GT M3

So! Let's see what this quad does

DutchRC - The Diatone 2018 GT M3 Plus DRAG RACER :) - Show & Tell (14 min 52 sec)

Wheel base: 110mm/170mm
Frame base: 1-piece 3mm CF
Flight controller: F4 32K
Firmware: Betaflight 3.2.1
ESC's: 20A 4S max Dshot600
Motors: 1408 4000kv (beefy!)
Camera: non-brand 600tvl CCD
VTX: Genuine TBS Unify
Props: Gemfan Falsh 3052 tri-blades
Dry weight: 120g
Smart audio: yes (SA protocol)
Receiver: none
Black box memory: yes 128 MB
OSD: yes
Buzzer: nope
Posted by DutchRC | Feb 26, 2018 @ 09:57 AM | 2,073 Views
Halloa guys

soooo yes.. I've got me another FPV quadro in about a week ago It's a 110mm size one, and if you have followed my channel you might remember me daying I didn't really want smaller then 140/130 size quads anymore.. Mostly because most/all of them have crappy Cmos camera's, and are mostly quite fragile..

So yeah.. I couldn't resist ordering this Fly Fox because this one Does have a nice CCD cam, and on top of that: Smart Audio (Tramp protocol)

Link to this quadcopter: Fly Fox 110 micro FPV quad at HobbyCool

And here are my initial findings:

DutchRC - Fly Fox 110 - Brushless Micro FPV Quadro WITH Smart Audio :) - Review P1 (27 min 51 sec)

Wheelbase: 110mm
Frame base: 3mm carbon fiber
Flight controller: Omnibus F4
Firmware: Betaflight 3.2
Motors: 1106 7600 Kv
ESC's: Dshot 600 20A
Camera: Sony CCD 600 tvl
VTX: 25 / 100 / 200 mW 48 channel
Lipo: +/- 500 mAh 2S or 3S (2S included)
OSD: yes
Smart Audio: yes
Leds: yes
Buzzer: yes
Posted by DutchRC | Feb 14, 2018 @ 09:15 AM | 3,779 Views
Hi there guys

yes.. we don't Only have lipo's etc to charge in this hobby :P Sometimes you need AA's or AAA's for radio's.. But these kinds of batteries are used in all manner of house-hold stuff as well offcourse
So far I used like really Dumb chargers for those types of batteries.. Time to step that game up a bit

Link to this charger: ISDT C4 8 Amp battery charger

DutchRC - ISDT C4 - Smart Battery Charger - Show & Tell (10 min 53 sec)

Input power: DC 12-24V/2.5A
max.charge power: 25W
max.discharge power: 10W
Battery size: AAA, AA, 10440, 10500, 12500, 13500, 13650, 14500, 14650, 16650, 17650, 18650, 20650, 22650, 26650
Posted by DutchRC | Feb 08, 2018 @ 09:04 AM | 2,922 Views
Hi there guys

Recently I was getting a new FPV quad ready (again :P) and though it might be nice to record that process.. So this video is mostly aimed at people that transition from a brushed (FPV) quad to a brushless one, with all the Betaflight bells & wistles Can be quite dawnting I think!

As I've said over and over: it's Very advisable to first get the flying part down with a brushed quad.. such as this one:

DutchRC - THE beginner FPV Quadcopter?? The XK X130-T (32 min 6 sec)

And after that.. here is a how-to on getting your new brushless monster in the air (safely):

DutchRC - Getting a new FPV Racing Drone ready for takeoff :) - How To Video (32 min 52 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by DutchRC | Feb 06, 2018 @ 01:42 PM | 1,971 Views
Halloa guys

trying out yet another micro FPV quad over here.. Still something quite different though! We don't see a lot of 140-isch size quads with prop guards huh? Let's see if that actually works out..

Link to the quad itself: TransTec Kobe 140 PNF

and the receiver I used for it: FrSky XSR (so with smartport)

And here are findings on the little bugger

DutchRC - TransTEC KOBE 140 - a DIFFERENT FPV Quadro :) - Show & Tell (19 min 50 sec)

wheelbase: 140 mm
weight: 150 grams
frame: 3mm carbon fiber
motors: 1306 3400 Kv
ESC's: 15A
propellors: 3030
flight controller: F3 with OSD
receiver: not included
camera: CCD HS1177 (good!)
VTX: 25 / 100 / 200 mW
battery: +/- 550 mAh 3S (not included)
OSD: yes
buzzer: yes
Posted by DutchRC | Feb 04, 2018 @ 09:12 AM | 11,333 Views
Howdy peoples

soooo yes! I'm going to be doing another giveaway! Quite a nice (IMHO) 145-size FPV racing quad I'm giving away this time
At This point it's new-in-the-box.. What do you say.. Should I fly it first or give it away as-is?

Link to the quadro at Banggood: HGLRC XJB-145 at Banggood

Link to the quadro at Gearbest: HGLRC XJB-145 at GearBest

The give-away itself is coming up.. This is just an announcement

DutchRC - International GiveAway Announcement! HGLRC XJB-145 Racing Quad! :) (3 min 48 sec)

Posted by DutchRC | Feb 02, 2018 @ 09:11 AM | 2,427 Views
Halloa guys

yet another FPV quad from Furibee / Gearbest.. Rated for up to 6S this time :| (I wouldn't on the stock props by the way) .. Let's see if this is a decent flyer then

Link to this quadro: Furibee Dark Max 220 FPV quad

And here are my findings on it so far

DutchRC - The Furibee Dark Max 4-6S FPV Racer :D - Review (24 min 1 sec)

wheelbase: 220 mm
frame: 4mm Carbon Fiber true X
flight controller: Omnibus F4
ESC's: BLHeli-S DShot 600
motors: DYS 2205 2550 Kv
camera: 600 tvl CCD NTSC or PAL selectable
VTX: 25 / 100 / 200 mW 48 channels
receiver: DSMX or Flysky of FrSky or without
lipo: 2-6S! (not included)
OSD: yes
buzzer: yes
LED's: yes (programmable)