I got bit excited when I heard about the M9 gimbals for Taranis and wanted some real bad, so instead of just buying some gimbals and installing them myself I decided to get the Taranis SE with all the upgrades. You get the M9 gimbals, upgraded switches, detachable antenna and the speaker sounds louder and clearer, oh yeah you get a carry case with it too.
The other toy I got was the Aurora 90 – brushless f3 betaflight which is pretty mad. I have flown it inside and out. Done some flips, rolls & power loops. Got it just in time for winter. Not sure if the Mrs will enjoy it as much as me.
My latest build is finally complete and is an amazing quad. I got a QuadRacer Acro from quadracer.com.au, a Skitzo revolt V2 from getfpv.com and some Lumenier Skitzo motors 2205 2400kv from I think Buzz Hobbies a while ago. To finish off the build I got a TBS Unify from Hobby King and a RunCam 2 from Nemo’s Mini Quad Supplies (along with some lollies & stickers). I managed to start putting it together on Friday night. It is a tight build and to fit what I wanted in it I had to make some modifications. I took out the M3 x 10s that connected to the brass standoffs and replaced them with M3 x 12s and put spacers on them and dropped the pdb straight onto that. After that I put on some short plastic standoffs, which let me fit in my fc comfortably.
After a little bit of fiddling around and get the motors and esc’s on my bird was ready to fly, and man this is an awesome looking quad.
The other little mod I made was a VTX mount to stop the antenna from moving around and getting caught up with a prop or 2.
And of course with having RaceFlight One software on board I have a smooth ride and also I have the luxury of choosing my vtx channels & power from my radio. Set, Save and flick a switch on the Taranis and takes it out of pit mode and on to the channel I have selected.
Also you can change your PIDS from the radio too. No more laptop or mobile phone required.
Yeah boy … got my new flight controller in the mail today. I got a Skitzo Revolt V2 from GetFPV.com. It will be going into my other quad which has the Skitzo lumenier motors … I’m thinking this is going to be an insane quad. Raceflight one is the future.
Oh man …. RaceFlight One is awesome. You become one with the quad, it takes out all mechanical aspects. It is so easy to setup and with a few packs you can customise the pids to suit you. I love what these guys are doing so much that I am in the process of switching out all my other FC’s and running raceflight on all quads. When you move the sticks it moves so silky smooth, that you feel how crap your gimbals are in your controller. I may even convert back to my Spektrum radio as I see Spektrum are on board with raceflight and are doing great things with them. In my opinion raceflight are ticking all the right boxes in the quad world.
How do I even explain this …. This is the maddest flight controller I’ve had. It literally feels like butter, you are one with quad. It is an absolute pleasure to fly. I have raceflight one 193 running on it. There was a few things that didn’t work straight away but the boys in the #raceflightone channel on slack are always willing to help and with their help I’m now very happy and confident.
Wow what a holiday. I loved every second of it. It was the first time in a while that I had taken 3 weeks off and man did I make the most of it. I think that in that 3 week break there was only possibly 2 days that I didn’t fly. Any way here is a small compilation of where I was over my holidays.
Absolutely loved my TBS unify. I had a stack on my QAV-R quite a while back now and broke the mount that the pigtail went through. Being me I just drilled a hole near where the other one was and pushed it through. The problem looks like it may have been a tad to close to the vtx and the pigtail had slowly came away from the board. In saying that, it was a good 6 months ago this happened and I have still had reception, and even now that I have retired it, it still gives an image. I noticed something was wrong when the plastic had pretty much melted away and having it at 800 mw to get somewhat near what I would get at 25 mw. I tried re-wrapping it and using a cable tie to keep it all close, but 6 months does a bit of damage. I will get another one but a HV one, when I can find one. Team Blacksheep do make quality gear.
In fear that I would crash my quad I needed a back up quad, but I wanted to try something different and go with a 3 inch prop. So I got myself a Bolt 150 Tanto. Yesterday my goodies arrived from BoltRC and Desert Aircraft. I cannot wait to get building.
As I have been having issues with my ESC’s, I thought I would have a little warm up before heading out for a fly tonight. Warm up was an understatement. My QAV-R spun a little out of control and then went “pop” and motor 3 ESC started smoking up as she fell out the sky. It was still cooking when I got to it so I pulled the battery off to hopefully stop any damage happening to the pcb or flight controller. Thankfully no damage. Now time to put some little bees on, and man what a difference from afro’s to little bees. No more afro’s for me.