A is for Azusa

After seeing these letter on the side of the foothills all over Southern California, I decided to try to fly close to them via FPV. Here is me second attempt (the first one was B is for Burbank, click here to watch that video). Please excuse the excessive jello and vibes; the CC3D controller isn’t perfectly tuned and I’m using very cheap motors that are hard to balance. Other than that, enjoy!

Equipment used:

3D printed Mini H frame, the Mini Crow (click here for more info)
APC 6 x 4 props
Aoxing 2100 kv motors
600mw 5.8 Immersion RC Video TX
PZ0420 Clone board cam for FPV video
Mobius wide lens for video recording

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Scratch-Built Turbo Commander

The (Gulfstream? Rockwell?) Turbo Commander airplane has always had a special place in my heart; it was the plane my dad and his pilot friends used to fly. Its a twin-engine, pressurized, jet-prop 10-passenger airplane, better known as Bob Hoover’s acrobatic plane (his was a Shrike, a piston-powered Aero Commander variant).


Over the holiday season, my friend Mateo and I decided to build a scale version of this plane, using a blown-up 3-view picture I found online.


It was built using a combination of Adam’s Readi-board and pink 1″ insulation foam. The whole process took about 4 nights.

Additional specs:

  • 60″ Wingspan
  • 55″ Fuselage length
  • 2 x Turnigy D3536/8 1000KV
  • 2 x 9 x 6 APC props (CW & CCW)
  • 6 9G servos (1 for stearing, 1 for rudder, 2 for ailerons and 2 for elevators).
  • 2 x 50A Hking ESCs
  • 3,000mah 4S Turnigy Lipo
  • FrSky X8R receiver.

Check out the gallery below which shows the build process. Stay tuned for the maiden flight video.

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Warbler UAV – Scratch-built FPV Platform

They say imitation is the sincerest for of flattery, and in this case, the creators of the Talon UAV should be extremely flattered. Introducing my latest FPV platform, the Warbler UAV. Needless to say, it was heavily inspired by the Talon UAV. After some sketching and planning, I decided my try building a similar plane, a pusher V-tail type specifically for FPV. Build time was around 10 hours.

It was built using Adams Readi-board, or Dollar Tree foamboard, a carbon fiber rod as a wing spar, plywood, balsa for the ailerons, hot glue and reinforced packing tape. Here are some additional specs:

  • Motor:¬†Turnigy D3536/8 1000KV Brushless Outrunner Motor
  • ESC: 50 AMP Hobbyking Blue
  • 4 9g metal gear servos
  • 9 x 5 APC Props
  • 3,000 4S Turnigy LiPo

The overall dimensions are:

  • Wingspan: 50″
  • Wing chord: 8″
  • Fuselage length: 30″
  • Weight: [TBD]

The next step is to install a flight controller and the rest of the FPV equipment. Stay tuned for more FPV videos using the Warbler!

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