|Main Rotor Dia:||96mm|
|Remote Controller:||DEVO 7 / DEVO F7|
|Main Flight Controller:||FCS-Rodeo 150|
|Brushless ESCs:||Rodeo 150|
|Battery:||7.4V 850mAh 30C 2S Lipo|
Usually a micro/small FPV quad will do a couple of things well but not others. When I saw the Rodeo 150 I wanted to give it a shot and see if this was the backyard quad I have been looking for. I'm looking for something that is rock solid, has great FPV capabilities and can also take multiple crashes with no ill affects.
In this review I put the 150 Rodeo through it's paces and then some! I flew the Rodeo in my office, out the window and through my backyard. I also utilized it's 3D capabilities. While doing that I crashed the Rodeo into a lot of things and the Rodeo 150 just kept going!
|Walkera Rodeo150 Quad - Unboxing and Flight Video - RCGroups (14 min 40 sec)|
First I'm a fan of the actual box! It has a handle and it's built to transport your Rodeo 150. It can safely store your transmitter, batteries, charger, spare props and the Rodeo with the props on.
This is the best part! Out of the box the rodeo was rock solid. To get mine going (shown in the video) i had to turn on the quad and the turn on the transmitter. That bound the two. The flight board was preloaded with CleanFlight and worked great.
In mode 1 the Rodeo very docile and easy to fly. I used this in my office, and while flying in the backyard. Mode 2 gives you 3D capabilities but is also stabilized. I used this the most. Be warned though, if you go to take off in mode 2 there is a good chance the quad will suddenly fly off in whatever input direction you give. I would suggest you always start off in Mode 1. Mode 3 is full 3D with no stabilization.
To arm you need to push down and to the left on the throttle stick. I usually set my quads up the other way so this took some time to get used to. You could always change this in CleanFlight if you want. To disarm do the opposite.
Video worked fine for me. There is no OSD with this unit. The only thing I miss there is the ability to monitor my battery voltage. I set my dual diversity monitor outside my office window on the side of my house. I was able to sit in my office with goggles on and fly the Rodeo in the office, out the window and all over my backyard. This was exactly what I was hoping I could do with the Rodeo.
The Rodeo is TOUGH. Super tough! While in mode 3 I literally drove it into the ground with zero affect. More than a few times I would crash into the ground and the Rodeo would tumble upright and the motors would still be going. This allowed me to fly away! I also had zero issues with the motors or props. The do not appear to be fragile.
If I could change one thing it would be to have the antenna come out the back and not the top. The top placement really would put a bend on the vid TX antenna.
Overall I was really impressed with the abuse this frame could take since it was plastic and not carbon fiber.
The Rodeo will beep when the battery is low and immediately starts to cut power. I would like a little more warning before the quad is forced to land. The 850 2 cell gave me around 6 minutes. That was fine with me. I just need a few more batteries.
I have to admit it, my Rodeo found my pool. I was attempting to fly all the way around my house and I lost signal for a moment. I throttled down. When I found the quad it was fully submerged in the shallow end of my pool! The lights were on and it was making beeping sounds. I fished it out, dried off the parts and put a silica pack on top of it over night. The next morning I got her powered up and was blown away when it flew like nothing happened! It has had no ill affects from that watery adventure.
I love the little Rodeo 150. It's small and not something that would cause your neighbors to call the FAA. It weighs 200 grams and can take a hit. It flies amazingly well for it's size and the video signal is what you would expect from any FPV craft. The only weak spots are the camera and it's inability to be manually focused. For me the focus was a little soft but not enough to worry about (you can check it out for yourself in the video). The stock antenna is weak and the antenna location is precarious.
Overall I'm a big fan and plan on putting a good amount of flight time on mine.