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Posted by on Jun 17, 2013

South Downs End Photo Blog

South Downs End Photo Blog

It’s the end of another sunny Sunday, and if you know me at, I’ll be up some massive hill, flying off the side of it. Today is no exception. We’re at the end of the South Downs. I say the end. The end of this bit of them. We’re overlooking Didley and Cocking. Who thinks of these names ? 4 of these pics are screen-grabs from the raw unedited video – but which 4 ? Answers on a postcard, but not to me. I can promise you some truly exceptional video tomorrow – but for now feast your eyes on this glorious bit of Hampshire, and the breath-taking clouds going on over it as the sun goes down on South Downs End… You’ll find these rewardingly large and a lot of them. See you soon...

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Posted by on Jun 15, 2013

Hill Rise

Hill Rise

Left Hand Path. This evening’s flyings were a surprise at every turn. The plan I had was to pop down to the local lake to finally get some crystal clear top-down action of the trees surrounding the cricket ground, but I arrived there only to find the cricket ground being used for… cricket, of all things. Right. Plan B. I drove out towards Buriton, through South Harting, but instead of turning right there and heading up towards Harting Down, I went left instead, and headed into uncharted territory and the ‘other way’ along the South Downs… Hobbiton in Hampshire. Driving until I found something cool to film, it wasn’t long before I found myself in Didling, Hampshire’s own version of Hobbiton, a nice little  hilly valley I hadn’t yet found the name of. A public bridleway led me all the way to a public footpath, and across a style into a beautiful take off area – some flat ground to launch from, but mainly loads of undulating hills and...

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2013

Elsted Common Narrated Flight

Elsted Common Narrated Flight

Same video, different noises. Hey peoples. Haven’t done a narrated jobby for ages, so while I’m in the test flying stages of AC1 V5.0, now seems like as good a time as any. So please enjoy (or mute, as is your wont) my extended ramblings over the entire flight, ruminating on such things as how windy it is, how well the gimbal might be doing, piloting commentary, and why APC can’t f**king deliver anything properly. If you’re wondering why it looks a bit different to the last version, I’ve turned the grading up a bit (too much if we’re honest), and shifted it a bit more sunset yellow / red. That’s all though – no stabilisation. Righty – one whole flight coming up… and this token picture....

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2013

The Golden Spring XL

The Golden Spring XL

Moor sun please ! Yep – I’m back at Elsted Heath, this time making it to the site uninjured and without breaking anything important. I’m here to test my Aeroxcraft Brushless Gimbal, and this is the first flight of the day. Settings… I’m doing 1080, 30 FPS, and no ProTune because we’re in light that is soon to be dying, and we know the GoPro does much better with all that turned off, as the sun makes its exit. I’m on an 8000 maH Zippy Flitemax LiPo, which is going to give exactly 7 minutes 20 secs worth on this flight… Still haven’t programmed the gimbal to drop 90 degrees yet. Lazy. 20 degrees still looks nice. And we do have a working FPV system today – a miracle considering the shitty little cables they plug into the VTX with… I have never seen a more ridiculous connection, and my one is dodgy, despite being almost new. I say working. I can see, but the picture is fuzzy as...

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Posted by on Jun 10, 2013

Racing the Sunset…

Racing the Sunset…

Double Sun Action… Excellent news – following last week’s ‘unpleasantness’, it’s nice to have a working gimbal again and a new Devo 10 TX with all its switches intact. Quick ! Resume the testings… Yes, let’s not forget I’m still in the test phase of the new build of my hexacopter, and this is… Ding Ding – Round 3 For Rounds 1 and 2 we were in my back garden / ground zero test ground, and my tremulous early flights there involved almost no risk and very minimal height. Now that I trust the set-up a bit more not to fall out of the sky, it’s time to venture a bit further afield so that I can improve the scenery I’m pushing past the lens, and have the freedom of a bit more space to play with, meaning I can test fly a bit more thoroughly / aggressively. I’m still not going to take big risks – there will be no overflying water or anywhere where recovery would be more...

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