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Posted by on May 30, 2013

Walkera QR Ladybird V2

Walkera QR Ladybird V2

Small green thing (hover in air) Hello QR ladybird 2, acquired from Hobby King at the most ridiculous knock-down price of £28.50. Knowing how much fun I have with my Ladybird V1, and calculating that I only have to play 3 rubbish cover songs at a wedding to earn enough to pay for it, my hand automatically drifted towards the buy now button, and clicked when it got there. In today’s video, I’m at someone else’s wedding, earning my Naza 2 upgrade, and putting my previously won prize through some serious test flyings. To FPV, or not FPV The Ladybird V2 is also available, perhaps even primarily available, as an FPV kit that costs about £230 and gets you a Devo 7 TX complete with tiny colour LCD screen and ineffective pop-up sun-shield. But having owned a QRL V1 I know how hard FPV is likely to be with one of these ultra agile, slightly unpredictable machines, and I don’t fancy clumsily trying to do it on a tiny screen...

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Posted by on May 23, 2013

The 4th Dimension

The 4th Dimension

Back to the (virtual) Drawing Board… While my hex is crashed and awaiting parts, I’m knocking up some plans, and better imagery for my channel and site – thought it was time I got some 3D out of the bag. The intro stuff will be a while longer, but for a long time I’ve been waiting for some time to start modelling my flying machines. And this particular 3D is done in my favourite app of all time – Cinema 4D Studio R14 – but for now it’s just a hardware Open GL render so I can have a record of how my design changes over time, and ultimately have an accurate model to which I can easily add 3D printed custom parts later… T for Tricopter Inspired entirely by the tough no-nonsense attitude of Mr T, this is my initial plan for my new T-copter. Like it’s namesake, it will very much ‘pity the fool’ with its hefty but extremely cheap 750KV HexTronix motors. All frame components are...

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Posted by on May 20, 2013

Power Drop

Power Drop

Crash Bang Wallet ++. Oh dear. It’s crash time again. Yes – AGAIN – so soon after the last one, and as will later become apparent, for the same reason as the last one too, despite my rigorous cable check. This is the death of AC1 v4.5 – there is really not alot of gear surviving from a 200 ft drop through a tree canopy, although that probably did something to cushion the fall. It’s probably quicker to write down what did survive – it’s a much shorter list. I think I’ve saved most of the motors and the flight controller, and 2 legs, and some arm extensions, but there’s a hell of a lot broken. The GoPro3 survived, thank goodness, but was thrown 30 ft clear, and made it’s way down from the tree separately from the main craft, to videographically spectacular effect… Silver linings However thanks to the modularity of DJI’s design, I can repair the whole frame for £50 and the landing gear for about £20,...

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Posted by on May 14, 2013

To the Power of 3

To the Power of 3

Guess what I’m building ? It’s made mostly of wood and can go at 85 mph. Here’s the shopping List. 1x Hobbyking KK2.0 Multi-rotor LCD Flight Control Board = $29.99 4x hexTronik DT750 Brushless Outrunner 750kv = $46.40 4x  TURNIGY Plush 18amp Speed Controller = $44.04 1x BMS-385DMAX Digital Servo (Metal Gear) 4.2kg / .15sec / 16.5g = $20.48 1x Front Wheel Steering Arm & Mount Set 40mm (5sets) = $2.59 1x Turnigy Heat Shrink Tube 25mm Transparent (1mtr) = $0.75 3x Turnigy 4mm Heat Shrink Tube – BLACK (1mtr) = $1.05 4x Turnigy Pure-Silicone Wire 16AWG (1mtr) Red = $3.96 4x Turnigy Pure-Silicone Wire 16AWG (1mtr) BLACK = $3.96 1x 10CM Male to Male Servo Lead (JR) 26AWG (10pcs/set) = $3.96 1x Hex Screw M3x16 (20pcs) = $1.94 1x #OR017-01005-M3/6368 Hex locknuts M3 10pc = $0.79 1x #OR017-01006-M4/6369 Hex locknuts M4 10pc = $0.79 1x #S110331-46/17410 Scorpion Lipoly Lock Strap 205mm (Small) x 3 = $4.90 1x #OR021-01006A/10412 Servo Extention Lead 420mm (5pcs/bag) = $2.88 2x #AM1001A/68 PolyMax...

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Posted by on May 7, 2013

Harting Down Photoblog

Harting Down Photoblog

Spring has sprung… It’s been a full 11 days since I last went flying, work and unusual sleep patterns mainly getting in the way of the aerial fun this week. There has even been a bank holiday weekend in which I wasn’t out with the band, and the sun was gloriously illuminating the countryside for a full 3 days, and there was almost no wind – but other things conspired, and in the end I didn’t get out until late Monday night – arriving at Harting Down for around 8 pm, in time for the sunset at 8.30. Technically speaking I almost didn’t fly at all. When I arrived, I set up half way down the hill, and upon powering up immediately encountered 2 major problems. The start up sequence of ESC beeps was wrong, and continued in a cycle until power was removed. This has happened once before and is a new problem since the last crash.  GPS just would not locate more than 4 out of 7...

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