RaceFlight One

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.

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Revolt Flight Controller

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.

Software and firmware are here

Got my hands on a revolt
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Summer Holidays

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.

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Dead VTX

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.

Best gear ever

 

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Some Goodies in the Mail

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.

Sweet little escs with heaps of grunt
Sweet little escs with heaps of grunt
All my goodies
All my goodies
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May-Day, May-Day … We are going down!

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.

The afro caught fire.
The afro caught fire.
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Mobius Camera Mount

It has been a great weekend for flying. For me it nearly wasn’t, when I got home Friday I was in a fowl mood and I thought a quick flight would solve some of my frustration.  However that was not to be the case, I got more irritable, my quad was not responding properly and one of the motors was only kicking in every now and then. I blamed the ESC’s, they are old anyway and I had a few other issues with them not so long ago, but fixed that up in blheli suite by syncing them all with the first ESC. The problem that I was left with is that I only have 1 quad and now I cant fly it, and that you can only buy ESC’s online, which meant I was not going to fly this weekend. So while trying to still be positive I thought I would be pro active and start pulling the old ESC’s out so it wouldn’t take as long to get back in the air once my new ones arrived. It was in this moment that I noticed that there was a broken solder join on one of the wires. A big smile came across my face and I started to fix this issue up and to make sure it would not happen again. About 20 minutes later I was up in the air again. Magic. However I do have 8 littlebee 20 amp blheli_s ESC’s coming and some other parts to have a back up quad. With being revitalised I also 3d printed a mount for my mobuis. I ended up making 2, the first 1 just didn’t have the right angle. Hopefully the second one is the right angle. I guess I’ll have to wait til I get home from work to test that out.

QAV-R with the mobius mount
QAV-R with the mobius mount

 

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Nearly There

Its been a while since my QAV 250 has been airborne. It had a terrible crash (well a lot of terrible crashes) while I was a beginner. Other than ordering another bottom plate from the states, it got shelved. Good thing for me is that I don’t throw things a way, so when I had a brain storm of super gluing it all back together, it actually worked. It seems stiff enough and I’m not going to be using it as rough as I use to, it will be used with my mobius camera for some videography. I had used most of the electronics on my QAV-R so I have had to order up some parts. I’m about 2 parcels away from getting this old bird up in the sky. I got pretty excited today when my Emax motors turned up.

EMAX 2205 2300kv
EMAX 2205 2300kv

 

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