First 5″ Drone – Radix FC


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 my goggles battery ran out. Flew LOS a couple more mins. Cells were at 3.68v when I stopped. So I think it’s good for 15 min. So quiet – compared to my 3″ and smaller drones. And on a 4cell 1300 batt – it feels and flies exactly the way I like my stuff to feel and fly. Love it. BrainFPV picked out an excellent combination of gear. Almost forgot to mention the firmware … running Betaflight 4.0.2. Default PIDs.

I love closeups of this gear – so – here we go …

Motor wires soldered to the ESC (Electronic Speed Control)
The stern – a closeup.
Looking at the stack, from motor #1.
Looking at the camera and mount – in the front – my fav view. Lens still grass smeared from flying too close to the ground.

A Tiny Drone

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.


Left side view. The cotton is covering the Dodo FC. It keeps air drafts and direct sunlight from messing with the barometer readings. Boards from the bottom up – RMRC 3in1 ESC, DOGE OSD, Dodo FC, top plate.


Top view – showing the vTx and SD logger stuck to the top of the top plate. Stuck underneath the top plate is the Rx. You can see the two Rx antennae strapped to two ty-raps, bound with red shrink tubing. The blue pinwheel is the vTx antenna. RHCP.


Bottom view – showing the battery strapped in. There’s also Velcro on the bottom plate, and matching Velcro on the battery – that and the strap keeps the batter from flopping about during flight.


Right side view.


Back side view. The props kick vegetable matter into the stack – whenever I don’t fly just so.

The video (at the top) was taken a couple days ago – it’s not HD, because it’s a recording of what I saw, the live FPV in the video goggles, while I was flying the craft.  And these tiny things transmit the roughest of video signals – they’re so small.

And someone just reminded me … A special thanks to my spotters.

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Drone Video in August

Latest drone video of the place.  For HD click on Vimeo – and then you will get the HD presentation – simply much better that way.

Taken this August.  Everything’s so green right now.  Lots of textures and shades.  Plus some pleasing reflections of the sky in the pond’s surface.

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A flight through our backyard on a very good day

Summer of 2013 – God was in our backyard that day.  I caught it with my drone.  Added some music.  And a two step at the end of the flight, with my drone looking on, filming …

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Droning About …

A drone flies like a dragonfly – out and about the pond

A fitting first post to WP.  Took this vid last summer.  Finally edited it down.  Enjoy.

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