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May 30, 2016, 07:48 AM
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Microball in 8mph wind

8mph may not seem to be anything to worry about for a lot of aircraft, but, what if it weighs only 7 grams ?
Such was the case yesterday with the converted Floureon FX-10 pico quadcopter build shown in the last Blog post. It's now somewhat of a little Nutball. The span is 6", it's made from a polystyrene plate and uses differential thrust from 2x4mm motors that notoriously bind !

Because of a storm rolling in, I decided to go to the local field earlier than the usual 8pm for this time of the year.
My other Nutball type has flown well in 17mph wind, so how would this do ? the screencap below shows that winds were somewhere near to 10mph at 7pm, falling toward 5mph by 8pm. The Microball took to the air at about 7.15pm.
It retains some quad features, notably a sort of flip mode, where pressing down on the right stick allows it to roll in a spiral to quickly reduce height...very useful when taken by wind gusts. Range is a good solid 100ft or so, as tested yesterday, sometimes not by choice.

Check it out...

Microball in 8mph wind (2 min 9 sec)

No sound, due to being recorded with the Hubsan 2mp camera.
Last edited by Slider2732; May 30, 2016 at 08:25 AM.
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