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Posted by scousethief | Jul 12, 2017 @ 11:35 AM | 1,817 Views

Everything arrive nice and safe , a few dings on the box but Royal Mail do like a game of 5 aside now and again, everything inside was nicely protected by foam though.

Irangex I6X pretty much a Flysky I6 with a few changes to the menu system. ** You have to manually set the switches for arm/modes etc , the on/off menu for the switches is in the very last System menu, marked Aux Switches just in case you get lost , you may not have to do it but i did **

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Posted by scousethief | Jul 04, 2017 @ 11:00 AM | 1,995 Views
As it says, YET ANOTHER dead F4 v2 , FFS , had enough of this crap now . This one wont even connect to Betaflight and the LED is very low.

I am absolutely fuming.
Posted by scousethief | Jun 23, 2017 @ 10:11 AM | 2,883 Views
Just to let you know............. this things big ! well, bigger than i thought lol and it is RAPID ! at full throttle..

A new experience for me here, aside from chugging around the local parks with a "scale" tug and the odd WW2 inspired battleship many years ago RC Boats have been something i have looked at from afar with a slight green tint in my eyes. RC Boats or to be more specific Racing boats have generally been "top shelf" items ( ie out of my grubby hands reach ) and with them came a different set of challenges compared to the aerial RC i am so used to. Waterproofing the electronics is of course pretty paramount with this side of the hobby so a lot of care has to be taken to ensure their longevity by keeping them as dry as possible, the other minor issue is what to do in the event of the boat overturning when it is out of reach. For most this wouldnt be an issue at all, just wade into the water and turn the boat the right way over except.......... water and I are not the best of friends i can swim i just prefer not to, Jules Verne and Kirk Douglas ruined all my fun lol.
With that in mind comes the FeiLun FT011 a 65cm 4S Brushless racing boat that with a quick flick of the throttle will self right itself saving you the excruciating public shame of having to wade out into a big pond and turn your boat over by hand.

All safely packaged. The carbon fiber look is achieved by using a "hydrographic" sticker

At the rear, the prop , rudder, inlet for water cooling , trim tabs and two scalpels

Internally, the water cooled ESC .........Brushless motor......................battery and control servo, the yellow line is lubrication.

2.4Ghz Pistol type transmitter.

Additional trim and end point adjustment

Additional extras , in the box , protective nose cone , driver, wrench, lubrication , spare props and a nice simple stand to mount your very pretty boat on.

I havent seen this much spray since the 80's

It tears the lake up quite easily

Posted by scousethief | Jun 22, 2017 @ 07:44 AM | 2,300 Views
Errrrrm avoid this idiot if possible , i grabbed this for the spares box

Ebay dealer 2009shoppingmall

Nice fractured board

If you look closely you can see components are missing and the fracture through the board

Posted by scousethief | Jun 20, 2017 @ 06:47 PM | 4,519 Views

Discount/coupon code GBSpark will bring the price down to $529.99 / 421.69

DJI Spark, a mini drone which boasts all of DJI's signature technologies, allows you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. With various Intelligent Flight Modes, a 2-axis mechanical gimbal and a 12MP camera, your creativity is sure to meet no boundaries. With FaceAware, Spark can be launched on your palm and hover at a desirable height. You can use Gesture Mode to take selfies and control the drone when it is within 3m away. The little quadcopter is bound to spark your creativity and enable you to film like a professional.

Main Features:
● 1/2.3 inch CMOS sensor, f/2.6 wide-angle lens, 2-axis mechanical gimbal for stabilized 1080P videos and 12MP stills
● Powerful propulsion enables Spark to fly at up to 50 kph in Sport Mode
● Multiple Intelligent Flight Modes available - ActiveTrack, TapFly, QuickShot etc.
● Gesture Mode is only be used to take selfies but also control the drone within 3m range
● 1480mAh 11.4V LiPo provides 16min long flight time for more footage


Max. flight time: 16 minutes ( no wind at a consistent of 12.4 mph / 12 kph )
Max. hovering time: 15 minutes ( no wind )
Operating temperature range: 32 to 104 Deg.F ( 0 to 40 Deg.C )
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Posted by scousethief | Jun 13, 2017 @ 06:43 AM | 3,471 Views
Gearbest, Orange $74.99

Banggood, Orange US$74.99
Banggood, Black US$74.99

Available from both popular vendors the Runcam Split aims to form a bridge between those who require an FPV camera and those who require a higher detailed video output and who are limited on space. The Split will perform the actions of both popular types of camera but without adding the extra weight or induced lag that occurs when trying to use an action camera as the main view camera, hopefully . The spec's listed below state 1080p@60fps for recording is an option but doesnt list the FPV resolution , trying to cram anything like 1080p across the 5.8ghz we use will result in frame skip/drop or worse lag so hopefully the Split reduces the resolution before sending the video to the transmitter.

English Manual

Description :
Brand Name : Runcam
Item Name : Split RunCam 3
FOV Angle of Field FPV FOV 130 / Recording FOV 165
Video Resolution 1080@60fps / 1080@30fps / 720@60fps
Video Files MOV
Image Resolution 2 Megapixels
TV Output NTSC / PAL Switchable
Real-Time Audio Output Yes
Interface Micro USB / UART
Max Micro SD Card Supported 64G(need Class 6 or above, recommend Class 10/UHS-I/UHS-II)
WiFi Module Support (Removable)
Dimensions PCB 36*38mm / Lens Module 22*20mm
Power Input DC 5V
Working Current 650 mAh
Weight 21g

Features :
HD recording, same effect as Runcam 3
Supper WDR FPV image with low latancy
Recording and FPV can do at the same time
26g super light
Camera + Board split, main board and FC can be installed on frame kit, camera is same as mini Swift.
Lens is removable
WiFi module is optional, support APP setting and previewing on mobile.

Package Included :
1 x Runcam Split Camera
1 x Mounting Bracket Pack
1 x Cable Pack

Posted by scousethief | Jun 05, 2017 @ 07:11 AM | 3,467 Views

**Additional reviews below**


The DYS ELF is an 83mm brushless quadcopter that incorporates some of the best features available in the micro quadcopter market, an OSD, RSSI and selectable Video Transmitter power levels are now bringing micro quads more inline with their bigger brothers. The Elf overcomes some of the hurdles faced in other similar variants of micro quads were the prop protection/ducting was too fragile or warped too easily under stresses caused by the props, this is not the case here , the props main protection is a plastic ring secured at the same level as the main frame, this keeps the props away from damage and adds a small buffer which allows the Elf to bounce when it comes into contact with an object.
The electronics that come with the RTF package include a FrSky compatible transmitter that has the majority of options that we require and are available via a menu driven system that is displayed via a small back lit screen. The flight controller is an F3 using Betaflight V3.15 and runs a version of MWOSD which is accessible via stick commands and can be viewed on your choice of monitor or goggles, power is supplied by a 600mah 2S lipo which runs 10Amp esc's using BLheli 16.6 ( Running firmware released on: Feb 7 2017 22:30:44) and 1102/10000kv brushless motors, to complete the power chain 1.7 inch propellers of 3 or 5 blades are supplied.
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Posted by scousethief | Jun 03, 2017 @ 05:50 PM | 3,396 Views
Uhuh, been thinking of this for a while and we were informed last night that the unit we were interested in will be available after January
Posted by scousethief | May 23, 2017 @ 01:05 PM | 3,683 Views

Eachines latest offering in their range of FPV single screen headsets is the VR D2 Pro , sporting a 5 inch 800x480 resolution screen with built in Diversity receiver and DVR to record every crash as and when it happens. Coming fully equipped with everything the general user needs ( minus micro sd card ) the VR D2 is an out of the box plug and play FPV headset, after simply charging the battery with the included charger attach the antenna's "turn on, tune in and bug out "

Internally everything was perfectly ok
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Posted by scousethief | May 17, 2017 @ 12:08 PM | 4,230 Views

Following on from Eachine's mobile phone controlled pocket quad the "E50" comes the more attractive and flexible "E52" . Eachine have made some small but noticeable changes to their folding pocket quad from its over all styling to the option of using a very nice transmitter alongside your mobile phone giving you more control over the quad and allowing you the option of inserting the mobile into any generic VR headset giving you a true low budget FPV experience. There's only one way to do this so lets crack on ...................

The Eachine E52 arrived securely packaged within its cardboard box

Packaged neatly inside in a vac formed plastic shell are the instructions , quad, transmitter , battery and charger and a small bag containing spare props and a little prop removing tool, underneath the quad is the bracket used if you want to attach your mobile phone to the transmitter to use as an FPV screen.

The E52 itself is quite a nice looking quad, this time it has some colour to the shell, inspiration taken from Ironman's red metallic suit i think. The on/off button is slightly off set and the quad has 2 Leds one of which is at the rear and could be used for basic orientation
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Posted by scousethief | May 09, 2017 @ 03:41 PM | 4,597 Views
First grab your Pagoda antenna

Find your favorite colour heatshrink , you want it just a little smaller than the diameter of the Pagoda antenna. Cut a small piece a little bigger than the space between the two bigger plates. Put the heatshrink in a pair of long nose pliers and give it a stretch.

Tweeze the now stretched piece of heatshrink over the top two plates.

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Posted by scousethief | May 02, 2017 @ 08:25 AM | 5,535 Views

Specs and various random numbers are below.

So , Pagoda antennas..........we are all used to the standard DiPole antennas which are usable over short distance but lack any real range and the now ubiquitous ( i spelt that right first time yay ) Clover pitch antenna which can have exceptionally good short/medium/long range with very little interference or signal issues ( outside of the inherent ones occurred within 5.8ghz, reflection etc) but do tend to suffer a little/lot from deformation of the array itself especially when you hit trees or concrete at about 60mph There are also a small multitude of antennas that i will term 50's Scifi because of the way they are styled which include patch, diamond, conical, helical etc etc, you know the ones i mean , they are great for the purpose but honestly im generally sat in a field with a foam box over my head i look daft enough adding one of the SciFi antennas would make me look like the love child of a fat bloke and a Dalek so err................ no.

Pagodas have been around for a while in the form of a self build antenna or more recently in factory/shop made varieties some with covers some without but all based along the same principle of a triple stacked set of array boards with an antenna etched in copper, these can be tuned to tighter frequencies by varying the distance between the boards, so...Continue Reading
Posted by scousethief | Apr 29, 2017 @ 06:48 AM | 5,303 Views

Very interesting product, add other protocols to your transmitter which should include the flysky i6 !!!!!

This 2.4G Multi-protocol RF module integrate four RF chips (CC2500,NRF24L01,A7105,CYRF6936) into one single circuit board,it supports a variety of remote control protocols,such as Futaba S-FHSS, Walkera DEVO, Spektrum DSM2, Flysky, Frsky, WLToys, Hubsan, Hisky, Esky, Assan etc. You can control your craft flexibility with it,and you will get much excellent experience with you favorite transmitter.

This Multi-protocol Module supports industry standard PPM signal,it works with most transmitters with a trainer (or DSC ) port. There is a 500mAh battery sealed in the module,no more wiring except a PPM signal cable.

Brand Name: iRangeX
Item Name: R4X Pro
Version: For Flysky, For JR, For Futaba (optional)
Built-in battery: 500mAh, 3.7V Li-Po battery
Operating Current: <=100mA
Operating Time: 5-12 hours,depends on protocol
Operating Frequency: 2.4G ISM band
RF Power: +22dBm
Material of Case: Aluminum alloy CNC
Size: 59x37x21mm, antenna not include
Weight: 68g

Flysky Version supports Flysky i6.i6x,i6s transmitter.
Integrate four RF chips (CC2500,NRF24L01,A7105,CYRF6936) into one single circuit board.
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Posted by scousethief | Apr 13, 2017 @ 11:41 AM | 5,855 Views
3 quads down

Crappy Nanotechs, complete waste of money.

Posted by scousethief | Apr 10, 2017 @ 07:55 AM | 5,797 Views

Many thanks to BGJim and Banggood for giving me the opportunity to test this mini fpv camera.

Camera's and the goggles/monitor we use them with can be quite the discussion point on the forums , mostly due to our brain and eyes liking or not liking the way certain devices capture or represent the relevant images. A lot of FPV cameras come preset with a specific level of brightness or colour correction which in truth for the most part fits what we need in our RC devices , it does however help when we can tune the various settings to suit our respective part of the worlds sunlight or tune for a specific monitor/lcd/goggle, the camera we use is one of the most important parts in our setup as in FPV it is really all that we have giving us feedback from our quads.
My favorite camera to date has been the Eachine 1000tvl ccd , which is approximately the same size as the Mini Swift so trading the Eachine for the Swift was a pretty simple task, all that needed to be done was change the connector , or to be more exact i simply removed the pins from the plastic connector and swapped them over.
This is quite a nice small form factor FPV camera that is adjustable via its OSD which is were the main interests should lie. The camera itself is nicely built and comes with the necessary hardware needed to mount the Swift to your frame it also comes with an OSD cable which...Continue Reading
Posted by scousethief | Apr 06, 2017 @ 10:39 AM | 5,908 Views
Ive been looking for a case/mount to allow me to use the Firefly Q6 in a more secure method , a friend of mine recently acquired a 3d printer so what better use than to make me a nice shiny case and its YELLOW

The case is pretty simple to attach , the two main parts fit nicely around the Q6 and are bolted together making a complete protective surround that also holds 2 cut-outs to help secure the case to your quad with a cable tidy or battery strap , the case also came with a couple of lens protectors, useful because i am not the most tidy of people and an angled mount because looking at grass is very boring even on 4s.

All thanks go towards my m8 for printing it and the original designer

Cheers m8
Posted by scousethief | Mar 28, 2017 @ 05:29 AM | 6,514 Views
Eachine VR D2 Pro 5 Inches 800*480 40CH 5.8G Diversity FPV Goggles w/ DVR Lens Adjustable

So , my trusty Quanums are starting to get a little "tatty" which is a shame as they perform flawlessly , with the cost of replacements in mind i have been looking around for something to replace them with, the goggles Two are an obvious choice but realistically atm i dont need a 1080p screen and i want something with a DVR, i know i can solder in the DVR to the G2 but it would mean cutting the case, however , these popped up today. which i am considering, they may just fit my fat head

Brand name: Eachine
Item name: VR D2 Pro FPV Goggles
Screen size: 5 inches
Screen resolution: 800x480
Frequency channel: built-in 40CH 5.8GHz receiver
Battery : 2S 7.4-8.4V Lipo battery
Battery work time: 2.5-3 hours
Operating current: 600--680mA
Receiver sensitivity: -95dBM
Antenna connector: RP-SMA
DVR Max Support: 64G TF Card
Goggles weight: 285g (without antenna)
Antenna weight: 29 g (Flat: 13g, mushroom: 16g)
Dimension(mm): 150 X152 X96 (without antenna and antenne mount)

Features :
Upgraded Receiver, more sensitive.
Auto search, you can search all frequencies around or select your own frequency to avoid interference
Add the power indicator function instead of the built-in buzzer, you can check the power on displayer directly.
With white noise and snow screen
Dual receiver to get strong and steady signal
Support Lens Adjustable
Support upgrading
Built-in DVR function, record every wonderful moment and play back
With comfortable face sponge
With accurate capacity, 7.4V 2200mAh Lipo battery consists of 2 x 18650 battery
Support one key into power saving mode

Package Included:
1 X VR D2 Pro FPV Goggles
1 X Mushroom antenna
1 X Flat antenna
1 X 7.4V 2200mAh Lipo battery
1 X Charger
1 X User Manual

Posted by scousethief | Mar 20, 2017 @ 06:55 AM | 6,236 Views
4-in-1 BLHeli - S 20A ESC Electronic Speed Controller $16.38 / 13.13

No Bec but for the price this is a pretty good deal for a 130-180 sized quad build

BEC: no
Processor: EFM8BB21F16G
Firmware: BLHeli - S
Continuous current: 4 x 20A
Burst current: 4 x 25A, 5 seconds
Driver: new-generation 3-in-1 MOSFET driver
Power supply: 2 - 4S LiPo / 2 - 4S HV LiPo
4-in-1 BLHeli - S 20A DShot ESC uses the latest digital signals for more accurate control

Micro F3 with 5V 2A Bec $16.21

Main Features:
- STM32F3 microprocessor, low-noise MPU6000 connected via SPI
- With built-in PDB, BEC, LC filter, it is easy to use and performs well
- Tiny but powerful, it supports up to 50A input current and 6 motors
- BetaFlight preloaded, CleanFlight support, one-key to boot

Voltage input: up to 21V ( 5S LiPo )
Max. current: 50A
BEC: 5V 2A
Receiver input: PPM 5V
Battery monitoring: yes
Size: 27 x 27 x 7.5mm
Mounting hole: 20 x 20mm
Weight: 2.7g

F3 Flight controller **dirt cheap**
F3 Flight Controller
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Posted by scousethief | Mar 16, 2017 @ 06:05 AM | 6,958 Views
SPC 90S 90mm FPV Racing Drone BNF with Omnibus F3 OSD Blheli_S 10A 5.8G 48CH 25mW VTX

The PERFECT micro ? Video antenna at the rear , 2-4s , F3 , choice of receiver , penta-props AND 25mW to keep those boring authorities away

Now, how will this compare to the Emax Baby Brushless ??

Item Name: SPC 90S 90mm Mini FPV Racing Drone
Model: SPC 90S
Wheelbase: 90mm
Material: 3K Full Carbon Fiber
Size: 73mm*85mm*23mm
Weight: 56g( battery not include)
86g ( Including battery)
Motor: 1104 7500KV brushless motor
ESC: 10A BLHELI_S 4 in 1 ESC
Propeller: 50mm 5-blades propeller
Receiver: DSM2 Receiver/ Frsky Receiver/ Futaba Receiver (optional)
Camera: 600TVL 1/4 CMOS Camera PAL/ STNC Switchable
VTX: 5.8g 25MW 48CH FPV transmitter
Battery: 7.4V 450mah Lipo battery (JST 2P Connector)

Omnibus F3 Flight Control:
Flight controller: Omnibus F3 Integrated with OSD Built in 5V@1A BEC
Processor: STM32F3CCT6 MCU
Sensor: SPI Sensor MPU6000
Size: 27mm*27mm*5mm
Mount hole: 20mm*20mm
Lipo: 2-4S
Supports popular receivers such as SBus, PPM, DSMX.
Buzzer, programmable LED, voltage monitoring, HLHeli ESC
Weight: 8g

10A Blheli_S 4 In 1 ESC:
Size: 27mm*27mm*5mm
Mount hole: 20mm*20mm
BB2, 48MHZ Chip
Lipo Battery: 2-4S
Con. Current: 10A
Peak Current: 15A (5S)
Programming: YES
Support D-Shot, Oneshot, rotation directions
Weight: 6.3g

Package Included:
1 x SPC 90S
1 x 600TVL camera
4 x 1104 KV7500 Brushless motor
1 x DSM2 receiver Or Frsky Receiver Or Futaba Receiver
1 x Mini F3 OSD Flying Tower
4 x 50mm propeller
1 x 5.8G 25mw image transfer
2 x 7.4V 500mAh battery

Posted by scousethief | Feb 28, 2017 @ 07:00 PM | 7,246 Views