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Posted by DutchRC | Yesterday @ 09:03 AM | 845 Views
Hi there people

this thread will be more less a combo of a review and log of the development for this new FlySky radio..
At the moment I start this thread the firmware isn't really ready, so I'll post updates on that as we go along..
Obviously others are more then welcome to post their findings / thoughts / updates!

Link to this radio: FlySky NV14 Nivana drone / FPV radio

So the NV14 Nirvana huh? It is a radio specifically designed for drone / FPV pilots. Does that mean the radio can't be uses for planes / heli's etc? It definately can AND I will test that.. Regardless of that I think it's refreshing to see a company try a design that's very different from what we are used to

To start things.. Here are my (current) first thoughts on this transmitter.. I've done my best to make this as unbiased / objective / honnest as possible:

FlySky NV14 NIRVANA Transmitter - P1: INTRO (21 min 57 sec)


Updates on this sage will follow shortly

Download page for firmwares: http://www.flysky-cn.com/download.html

Link to my NV14 Nirvana Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...5XIPrTgSbWed9G
Posted by DutchRC | Aug 21, 2018 @ 08:17 PM | 660 Views
Halloa people

I didn't come across an owners / general discussion topic on this quad / drone, so now there IS one I guess
Is this the actuall quad with a FrSky sticker on it? Not completely.. I'm aware of one before this: the Frsky Apus MQ60.. a tyni-woops like quad..

SO! Now FrSky are going to be making a serious FPV quad of their own.. The Vantec BQ210.. Obviously BNF with a FrSky receiver..
Aparantly there is still $$ in making BNF quads.. One could be forgiven to think the market is kinda saturated (?)

Some pictures then





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Posted by DutchRC | Aug 18, 2018 @ 07:56 PM | 1,307 Views
Halloa guys

I got me a new FPV goggle in last week, so I have set about testing the thing It is a box-style goggle, and I should tell you that my current daily driver is the TopSky F7X v2, which is offcourse a Fatshark style of goggle..
I think most people never give box-goggle a second look after switching to Fatshark-style goggles, so I really wonder if the FXT Viper has a chance of converting me :P

LInk to this new V2 version: FXT Viper v2 - Box style FPV goggle

So basically most tests I'll do are to see if these goggles are something I would want to be my daily drivers.. If I like them at all, I'll at least use them exclusively for a month so I can do a long-term-review for you..

For now.. I've only done a bit of flying around with them.. here is what that looked like:

Testflying the new FXT Viper V2 - FPV Goggle - Proximity flyin :) (7 min 11 sec)


Specifications:
resolution: 800x480
field of view: 45 degrees
screen type: TFT LCD
channels: 40 channels
power input: 7 - 28 V
4/3: yes
16/9: yes
use with glasses: yes (easy)
Diversity: yes
HDMI in: yes
DVR: yes
OSD: yes
audio out: Nope (but has a speaker)
Posted by DutchRC | Aug 13, 2018 @ 02:44 PM | 1,077 Views
Halloa people

in case you have come across my channel lately, you probably know I like the KHX5 Elegant frames from GepRC quite a bit.. By now I have build 3 quads with that frame..
BUT.. now there's allso a BNF / PNF version of it, for those of us that just wanna fly instead of building the quad themselves

Link to this quad: GepRC KHX5 Elegant BNF / PNF version

Excellent! The drawback of a ready-made quad is offcourse that you can't pick & chose the components yourself.. So has GepRC done a good job at that for us??

The Best RTF Freestyle FPV Quad :) - Show & tell (27 min 28 sec)


Specifications:
wheelbase: 230mm
material: 4mm carbon fiber + 7075 alluminium
flight controller: GepRC SPAN F4
ESC's: GepRC SPAN all-in-one 40A Dshot600
motors: GepRC 2306 2450 Kv
propellors: HQprop V1S 5040 x3
camera: Runcam Swift 2
VTX: GepRC SPAN 25-600mW 48 channel
receiver: FrSky R-XSR
OSD: Yes (BetaFlight)
smart audio: Yes
Posted by DutchRC | Aug 11, 2018 @ 03:19 PM | 1,415 Views
Halloa guys,

I didn't come across a thread on this camera yet.. Sorry in case this is a double-post..

So.. a while back Runcam released the Runcam 3 action camera right? It was short lived because GoPro didn't like it much.. with Runcam now discontinuing it's Session line of camera's I guess Runcam felt they wouldn't have a problem with a re-release of the Runcam 3

Link to the camera at Runcam's site: https://shop.runcam.com/runcam-3s/

Link at Banggood: Runcam 3S at Banggood.com

At this point in time I don't have a lot of info on it, but I'll update this thread as more info comes in..

Pictures:





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Posted by DutchRC | Aug 06, 2018 @ 09:44 AM | 654 Views
Halloa guys (and girls)

allright.. so offcourse I check out what's new & fresh quite a lot.. But after a while all new quads kinda are the same thing.. right?
The first version of the Kopis was pretty popular I think? Correct me if I'm wrong offcourse..

This new one though has some relatively unique features..
Link to it: Holibro Kopis V2 with carbon / kevlar arms



So the first thing I noticed was the F7 flight controller.. I haven't seen a lot of PNF / BNF quads come with an F7 yet..

Second thing I though: looks nice.. black + bronze.. even the props.. nice.. Not something unique offcourse, but I do like it



and yep.. offcourse it kinda looks A LOT like the Flosstyle :P yep.. It even has motor-protection Fingers...
A clone? Neh. I don't think so.. the contruction isn't the same IMHO..

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Posted by DutchRC | Jun 19, 2018 @ 01:04 PM | 1,213 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 | 1,874 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
PDB: Matek FCHUB 6S
VTX: Matek VTX HV
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 | 2,713 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)


Specifications
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 | 1,867 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)


Specifications:
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 | 1,429 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)


Specifications:
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 | 2,169 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)


Specifications:
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 | 1,853 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)


Specifications:
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 | 2,272 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)


Specifications:
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 | 2,174 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)


Specifications:
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 | 2,130 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 | 2,110 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 | 2,949 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

Specs:
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 | 2,110 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 | 1,830 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)


Specifications:
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