Drones

Drones are my passion

Summer Pond – the Video

May 23, 2017 Drones, Nature

Set your resolution to either 1080p or 720p.  Else it’s not worth watching … Best bits from some pond videos.  Shot in the summertime.  In our backyard.  On some simply gorgeous days.  Nature is simply too stunning to ignore.  Vids made with two craft:  1) a Phantom 3 Professional  2) and a custom built drone sporting a Hero 3 Black camera.  All done in 1080p 60fps.

My Loki 130 - Showing the Low Vibration Stack

Cleanflight 1.14.2 – Clears up the Vibrations

January 2, 2017 Drones

Before I updated to Cleanflight 1.14.2, I was having vibration issues – causing my Loki 130mm quad to drift while in a hover.  In random directions.  And a drift that increased with time.  Made stable flying (angle mode is my preferred stable flight mode) untenable. So, while still on CF 1.14.1, I started doing physical modifications to the stack, while quantifying my accelerometer data via BlackBox logging. Besides adding the O-rings on both sides of the OSD and FC, IRead More

Loki-X3 Frame – Dodo FC

December 4, 2016 Drones

A new frame – the 130mm Loki-X3, from helipad.com. I put the gear from my HB-122 into it. I find this frame better than the RMRC HellBender 122 because it doesn’t have loose motor mounting holes, it protects the camera and it has more prop clearance (sometimes the rear props touched on the HB frame). It just about fits in the palm of my hand. Configuration Storm 130 Loki-X3 frame RMRC 3s35c1100 battery pack  (83 g) RMRC BLheli 4 in 1Read More

Such a tiny drone …

November 27, 2016 Drones

A 24g Blade Inductrix BNF FPV drone – still considered lethal by the FAA outdoors, if flown FPV without a spotter.  Well, the wind is too much for this little critter (in spite of what the FAA thinks) so I fly it indoors, FPV, during our long dark cold winter months. I boosted its performance, by replacing the 1.25mm plug with a 2.00mm plug – and now it runs like smoke and oakum.  The original power plug would cause LVC to comeRead More

Jan n Jims – from the Air

September 24, 2016 Drones, Family

Took this on labor day, at Jan and Jims place.

Some ground hugging FPV in an i200

August 21, 2016 Drones

Some ground hugging FPV, in a stock Inductrix 200 quad.  It’s smaller than my hand.  Very limited range.  And nothing but fun to fly – once you learn not to bump into everything. Main song, Slow Look, courtesy of https://www.reverbnation.com/mutantsmith

A Tiny Drone

August 17, 2016 Drones

Drones.  Specifically, this tiny 122mm drone.  Been flying it FPV about my yard.  Following the paths under the trees and larger bushes.  Can just about do this now, without catching it in the foliage – if you look closely at the following pics, you can see green crap plastered to the standoffs.  It’s from various leaves and grasses.  I think the camera lens needs a cleaning as well. The video (at the top) was taken a couple days ago – it’sRead More

A Tough Tiny Drone

June 8, 2016 Drones

Pics of my 122 mm drone.  Small enough to keep on going, no matter what I fly it into.  Trees.  Grass.  Bushes.  The side of my barn.  Doesn’t matter.  This one’s got a Dodo flight controller, a DOGE OSD, and a 4in1 ESC.

Sunset by Drone

June 1, 2016 Drones, Nature

Yet another sunset photo – this one from a drone, hovering high over our yard, early yesterday evening.

A Late Winter Drone with Optional Gravy

March 18, 2016 Drones, Nature

This is the long version of the short drone snippet published a couple posts back.  It features music by Mutant Smith, https://www.reverbnation.com/mutantsmith/, my son-in-law.  Small world.  Enjoy.