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Posted by mwhidden | Feb 05, 2018 @ 10:27 PM | 1,790 Views
Owl and Gate - Two Views (1 min 0 sec)

Posted by mwhidden | Aug 02, 2017 @ 08:41 AM | 1,851 Views
I added a small all-in-one FPV camera to the cockpit of an old GWS Pico Tiger Moth. The camera has its own 1S battery, and the Tiger Moth runs on a 2S LiPo. I upgraded the motor from a geared brushed motor to brushless.

Pico Tiger Moth FPV (6 min 25 sec)

Posted by mwhidden | May 15, 2017 @ 08:33 AM | 2,533 Views
A friend of mine flipped his Phantom 2 on the first flight and didn't disarm, resulting in a burned-out ESC. He asked me to swap the ESC for him.

Phantom 2 ESC Replacement (9 min 16 sec)

Posted by mwhidden | Oct 28, 2016 @ 03:27 PM | 3,442 Views
In this video, I replace the long momentary toggle switch on a Taranis X9D Plus radio.

FrSky Taranis X9D Plus Switch Replacement (9 min 24 sec)

Posted by mwhidden | Oct 26, 2016 @ 01:25 PM | 2,637 Views
DYS 4000KV motors
3S 850mah battery
3x3x3 props
LittleBee 4-in-1 ESC
Diatone 600tvl camera
FrSky XSR receiver
TBS Unify Pro VTx
Recorded on a RunCam HD

FlexRC Owl FPV (0 min 44 sec)

Posted by mwhidden | Aug 28, 2016 @ 09:05 PM | 3,453 Views
As promised, the proof. But something went wrong on the last one...

Discovery 20160823 Flips (0 min 55 sec)

Posted by mwhidden | Aug 23, 2016 @ 11:38 AM | 4,357 Views
The last batch of parts, including the frame itself, is on the way. Looking forward to starting this build!
Posted by mwhidden | Aug 22, 2016 @ 02:04 PM | 2,979 Views
My 2nd day ever trying to pass through air gates with my QAV250. Also, first try editing together an FPV and an LOS view of the flight into a single video:

QAV250 Practice with a DIY Air Gate (2 min 34 sec)

I need to work on getting a lot more thrust behind me when making the 180s, and starting the turns earlier. I was going much to long, wide, and high on those turns.
Posted by mwhidden | Aug 22, 2016 @ 09:33 AM | 3,471 Views
During the crash depicted in the YouTube video, my HD camera was ejected from my QAV250, and as it tumbled, capture a few frames of the main body impacting the ground.
Posted by mwhidden | Aug 16, 2016 @ 09:17 AM | 3,099 Views
I've managed to do a number of flips flying a TBS Discovery frame (450 size) with a 4S running a Naza-M Lite in manual/acro mode.

By default, it's a dog-slow rotation (probably 1.5-2 seconds, but feels like a minute!), and requires a lot of altitude to avoid hitting the ground before you get the props blowing down again. I'm planning to adjust the pitch and roll rates through the configurator tonight and see if I get that improved.

I don't have any flight video of a flip yet. Hope to get some and I'll post it here.
Posted by mwhidden | Aug 16, 2016 @ 08:02 AM | 3,503 Views
I built a TBS Discovery in Fall 2015, and Tiny Whoop this summer. I bought a FlightClub-style Lumenier QAV250 a couple of months ago. I love them all.

But when I don't have time to go out to a proper flying field, I love zipping around the yard with the Tiny Whoop in its acro mode (yes it has one!). But I find now that I want more: more speed, more punch, more flips, and brushless motors (tired of replacing the brushed inductrix motors). So I've decided to build a FlexRC Owl, which is a carbon fiber 118mm frame with integrated prop guards.

I've only just ordered the parts. Here is the list:
  • Owl Frame
  • DYS BX1306-14 4000KV motors
  • Little Bee Pro 4-in-1 ESC with 5V BEC
  • RotorX RX3040T tri-blade props
  • FLIP32AIO Pro F3 (this is an all-in-one with FC, OSD, Baro, Compass)
  • Diatone 600TVL mini camera
  • FrSky XSR receiver (SBUS)
  • TBS Unify 5.8ghz 200mw VTx
  • SMA female to RPSMA male 90deg adaptor
  • XT30 male and female power plugs
  • 5V 9x5.5mm piezo buzzer
  • LHCP SpiroNet antenna

The VTx and antenna I already have sitting around, but the VTx is RPSMA and the antenna is SMA, thus the SMA to RPSMA adaptor.

I'm a bit nervous about the Flip32AIO Pro F3, because I don't believe there are any official manuals, and it seems to be a pretty new board. I'm not even sure who manufactures it, but it was part of the FlexRC Owl kit.

Everything else is in the mail, so you won't hear more on this build until things start arriving.