This is the tale of a newly built drone, arising from a broken arm on an actual new DJI FPV HD drone, and the fact that I had on hand an analog 3″ drone I was no longer interested in flying. I had an iFlight Titan DC2 that I got a month back. A nice flying quad … Which met an untimely end after colliding with a basketball backboard while indoor flying this week. It dropped 15′ to the hardRead More
My first 5″ quad – flew it today. Been flying 3″ and smaller. This is a honey. BrainFPV supplied the BrainFPV Radix F4 FC, the Hobbywing 45A 4in1 ESC, the Hobbywing Xrotor 2306/2400 motors, the 5×3 Gemfan props, the TBS nano CRSF, the TBS vTx. I provided my own cam, frame and batt. I let BrainFPV source the gear cuz I’d not done 5″ before. And I’m really glad I did that. This thing flew for 8.5 min before myRead More
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.
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
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
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
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
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