The ‘Nocchio – 22″ FPV Wing

The Noccio Introducing the 'Nocchio! A sweet little FPV platform. A HobbyKing Bonsai, painted, with LEDS and an extended FPV pod, or nose (get it, the "Nocchio"?). img_3324 I'm using metal gear servos, which are a bit heavier than regular 9g servos, so I was having trouble balancing the plane. I had to add nose weight with a 500mah 3S, or double stack the batteries, which isn't ideal (dead weight) and it flew like a piggy. So, I had the weird idea of adding a nose pod where I would place the FPV pod (instead of on top of the battery). img_3326 The wing is fully laminated with no extra spars. Its pretty rigid. I also added LEDs for night flying, red on the left side, blue on the right and white LEDS on the bottom. I think it looks pretty cool! img_3326 The bottom is reinforced with extra-strength packing tape, for those less than ideal landings. img_3327 Here's a full list of components with links - Hobbyking Bonsai - RCX 1707 3900kv motor - Generic 20amp ESC - 2 x 12G metal gear servos - The FliteReport FPV Pod - 500mah Zippy Compact 3S lipos - FrSky X4R receiver

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QAV210 Charpu Edition – Maiden FPV Flight

Here's the maiden FPV flight video of the latest addition to my fleet, the QAV-210 Charpu Edition. These are the components:
  • Cobra 2204 2300 KV motors
  • SN20A ESCs (OneShot125)
  • 5x4.5 Bullnose props
  • DragonFly32 running Baseflight
  • FrSky DR4-II receiver
  • 1400 4S Multistar LiPo
  • Recorded on a RunCam HD
Overall I'm really happy with this quad. Its fast, agile and very maneuverable. Just gotta keep flying to see if I become a decent pilot. Here's a photo gallery:  

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Durafly P-40N from Hobbyking – 1st Impressions & Assembly

Presenting Hobbyking's newest model airplane from the Durafly line, the Curtiss P-40N Warhawk. I ordered it the day it came out from the US West Warehouse (click here to get yours) and received it 4 working days later, via FedEx ground. Here is my first impressions and assembly video. I am really impressed with the details, the paint job and the ease of assembly. Not one drop of glue is needed (except for the small plastic details). It comes together really quickly thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions, the labeling of all the servo leads and the plastic bags that have the different types of screws. Assembly took about an hour and installing the decals with probably take another 30 minutes. Overall, I am really please with the airplane. Stay tuned for the maiden flight video!

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Mini Hex Review – Melo’s Multirotor Minute

Here's my quick review of the MJX X900 X901 3D Roll 2.4G 6-Axis First Nano Hexacopter from Banggood.com. Pros:
  • Well built, solid construction
  • Flies stable, but quick and maneuverable if in high rates
  • Flips and rolls are crisp and precise
  • Shipping to 9 days (China - California)
  • Only $20.75
Cons:
  • Remote is kind of small (but standard for this size multi rotors)
  • Need a screwdriver to install batteries in remote
  • LEDs aren't very bright
You can get your directly from Banggood here by clicking here.

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Caliber FPV Wing – Review Part 1 – Unboxing and Assembly

Introducing the Caliber FPV Wing from Snipe Air Industries. In this video I introduce the project, unbox the package and show you the finished product after it was put together. It measures 37.5 inches (95.25 cm) in wingspan and the kit includes all the nessary hardware, including a plastic center section to hold the fpv equipment, cameras and battery, winglets, stickers, laminate, pushrods and balsa elevons. It also comes with an antivibration mount for a Mobius camera. (more…)

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The Ghoul Part 2: Assembly – Building a better Phantom

Here's part 2 of the Build a Better Phantom Series: a quad with T-Motors, SimonK ESCs and an APM Mini flight controller in a Phantom shell: The Ghoul. Please visit the first part of the series to get a list of components by clicking here. Here are links to additional guides and documents needed to complete this build. Official APM documentation Un-official guide: Mini APM from Witespy Light module pinout and info In part 3, I'll show you footage captured on the Ghoul during the maiden flight and a lazy adventure around my local park (as soon as I figure out how to process video shot at 120fps). Stay tuned!  

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