Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Drift | Drift Central

What better way to start a new year, than Drifting on into it! This event was a lot of fun, got to talk and hang out with a bunch of people, such as the illiminate crew, and others. I plan to spend more time at the next event which I presume will be #iHeartDRIFT around Valentines day. So keep an eye out, and until then, enjoy this "double feature".

Goal for next time, a more vlog style video, and going on a ride-along!

Special Thanks to Drift Central for Media Access, and the Drivers, for without you, this video wouldn't be possible!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRotor Riot Swift 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky XSR
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Night Crawler


Decided to go and try flying at a spot I've flown once before (also at night), mainly to check to see how my GoPro Hero 6 stacks up in low light, and to see how my Rotor Riot Swift 2 fairs, and while flyable, is not ideal at all. I flew 3 packs at this location, and this is the footage I gleamed from it. Not my best flying, but I seriously wasn't trying to crash, it was extremely difficult to make out objects and my distance between them. Time to stick my Eagle 2 back in and try this again. This is also my first time trying Wall Stalls, overall pretty easy, as I've already done some "knife edges" in the past.

Regardless, I hope you enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRotor Riot Swift 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky XSR
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Twisted Reality


Stumbled across what is the former VA building for the area. Place is deserted, which is to be expected as the new building is much bigger, and nicer. Funny thing is I've already flown it, and at night! (Check out video Black Knight vs Dark Night) to see the new building. Either way, this spot was alot of fun to fly and, and I look forward to coming back again. As for the ending... I may have pushed the battery too far.

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRotor Riot Swift 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky XSR
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Merry DRIFTmas!

Went to another Drift Central event. Lots of cool cars, and awesome people, can't wait until next month and #HappyNewDRIFT

Special Thanks to Drift Central for Media Access, and the Drivers, for without you, this video wouldn't be possible!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRotor Riot Swift 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky XSR
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

Live Broadcast of #MerryDRIFTMAS


A live broadcast from the #MerryDRIFTMAS Event by Drift Central, as presented by myself.

Notes: This is my first LIVE stream (and thus a learning experience). For some reason my USB Capture Card wasn't wanting to work (even though I tested it prior to the event), and thus I wasn't able to provide live aerial footage as planned, or hookup my Nikon to get you a zoomed and stable view (and the reason why I ended the stream when I did). Also, I was using a GPD Win as the PC, which has some limitations, but as you can see was feasible to run this stream, and I still had plenty of battery. I look forward to trying this again at HappyNewDRIFT!

Hopefully then I will figure out a way to run multiple cams at once

(Note to self, verify the USB Capture Card and other Peripherals are working before starting the stream.)

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRotor Riot Swift 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A little bit of everything (FPV Soup) - Maiden VLOG


Come hang out and enjoy some FPV Soup with me! Decided to try my hand at a more VLOG style format, instead of the regular flight videos, don't worry, still plenty of flight footage.

Come ride-along with me on an epic day, where I fly 4 different (and new) spots, such as a bridge, wind turbine, train cars & track, and finish it off the day at different spot than normal for "Bando Land".

All footage was shot with my GoPro Hero 6 at 4k 60fps. All stabilization was done in post (apologies for any distortion it may have caused).

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Gate Was Open


After spending the afternoon re-tuning my quad, I've managed to dial it in tighter, but still needs some adjusting. Right now it is finding a balance on the TPA, while keeping the lower throttle range feeling locked in. I still think I can get it better, but definitely feel it is an improvement, at least control wise.

Wanted to find a new place to fly, and proceed to drive a little further south than last time, and found this farm equipment yard that looked like it could be fun to fly, and it was! Ripped two packs, and here is the result.

Not much time left before I won't be able to fly my drone after work, and will either have to do quick "spurts" during lunch, finding someplace to fly when its dark, or wait for the weekend. So... enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky XSR
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Back to Reality


After destroying a motor on one of my quads, and having a 4in1 ESC go bad in another, that left me unable to fly for about a week and half (hence the title, as I've only been flying in the sim since both my birds were grounded.).

Fixed the one with a bad ESC, and wanted to fly. Unfortunately looking outside, nothing but overcast/clouds for miles on end, and decided I would go for a drive to see if I could find some sunshine.

After driving about 20 miles, found deserted office building area that might be fun to fly at, pretty much the middle of nowhere. Got two (abruptly ended) flights, one of my own fault, and a random failsafe (Think I got blasted by some Wifi, because I had line of sight when I lost control, and went into a spiral). After that second crash, broke the mount (a piece I designed myself) for the GoPro, in a spot that was borrowed from an existing design. (Time to strengthen/stiffen it). Regardless, this is what I recorded from those 2 packs.

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky XSR
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Monster Drift Mash | Drift Central


Went to another Drift Central event called #monsterDRIFTmash, and had a lot of fun. Lots of sweet cars, cool people, and I look forward to next month's event.

Special thanks to Drift Central and all driver's that participated in this event, without you this footage wouldn't be possible!

In true Spirit to the previous videos, this is the same quad as before (Black Knight 250), now on a Hyperlow Frame, with Rotor Riot Hype Train Motors, and a good 60+g lighter, running the original HQProp 5x4x3 V1S. This can be considered the Maiden of the rebuild. Only thing I did to the tune was actually lower D, otherwise same PID's as before. Overall I am very happy with how this quad performed, managed to get about 2.5-3 minutes per battery and got to fly probably 20 packs, and here are some of the best clips from all of them.

Notes: Intro was shot with my LG V30 at 4k30fps, and I applied some Warp Stabilization in Premiere, did a pretty good job of smoothing the footage, however there is some lens warp going on for the horizon, will need to play around with different Effects in Premiere to see how well I can get something stabilized in post-production (as a learning experience). The drone footage was shot with the GoPro Hero6 Black in 4k at 60fps Wide. ISO is 400-800, Color: GoPro (no Lumetri Color was applied to any of the clips).

Bonus points for those who notice the Sky Divers in the background on some of the shots ;-)
Even more bonus points if you read all the way to here, thank you for watching!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsHQ Props 5x4x3 V1S
Motors: Rotor Riot Hype Train 2306 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bando Land - GoPro Hero 6 Black - 4k 60fps HDR


Went to Bando Land in order to test the Rotor Riot Special Edition Runcam Swift 2 and record DVR footage. Here is the GoPro Hero 6 footage from that same flight. Shot in 4k at 60fps "Wide".

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky XSR
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Rotor Riot Swift 2 Special Edition Runcam


Decided to give the new Rotor Riot Runcam Swift 2 a try, and it isn't bad, however I think I prefer my Eagle 2... at least under these lighting conditions.

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

AV Comparison - GoPro Hero 6 Black vs 5 - Part 2


This is a direct comparison video between the GoPro Hero 6 Black and the GoPro Hero 5 Black. This video was split into multiple parts due to the extensive comparison done.

If you haven't seen Part 1: https://youtu.be/_ptQOBbBIcI

GoPro Hero 6 Black
GoPro Hero 5 Black

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Million Dollar View - GoPro Hero 6 Black 4k 60fps HDR


This is some test 4k 60fps HDR "Wide" recorded in HEVC at 81Mb. Processed through Premiere Pro as 4k60fps 80Mb target, 100Mb Max, and here is the result. No post-production color correction done.

White Balance: Native
Color: GoPro
Sharpness: Fine
Min Iso: 200
Max Iso: 800
Low Light: Off


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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 6 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Friday, September 29, 2017

GoPro Hero 6 vs 5 Black AV Comparison Part 1


This is a direct comparison video between the GoPro Hero 6 Black and the GoPro Hero 5 Black. This video was split into multiple parts due to the extensive comparison done.

Notes: GoPro Hero 5 Audio had no wind reduction activated, and the video Stabilization for the drone footage, while it did well in a fair amount of cases, it did cause some unnatural distortion. Stay tuned for Part 2 that addresses both these issues, and tests the camera's low light capabilities.

Link: GoPro Hero 6 Black
Link: GoPro Hero 5 Black

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sunset Explosion at the Dunes


It has been over 6 months since I was last at this location, normally it is quiet, and less than a handful of people, however it resulted in an interesting day. To start off, as I pulled up, I got to watch someone else fly their 3D Helicopter, and after warming up by burning a pack, got a chance to attempt my best at capturing it (and staying out of its way). Thing was a speck in my goggles, but was alot of fun to chase around. Later I progressed more towards the beach, and had several people ask me questions about it, and even had a Principal from a local school ask for me to come by and give a demo to their students. Also, the Sunset was incredible, I hope you all enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Double Helix


Been wanting to rip up this spot for quite a while, however its really hard as there are typically people here (as it is a small college), but I appear to have got lucky yesterday, and managed to have the whole place to myself. Was a little worried about the fact its right in front of a Police Precinct, but appears either nobody was there, or nobody cared, so I got to have my way. Upped my Pitch P & D some more, seems to being flying smoother. I think D is fine where its at, and need to bump up Pitch P some more.

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Duck Pond - Five Months Later


Went back to the "Duck Pond" as it had been several months and I wanted a little change of scenery, and a change in quads. Need to find more places to fly in my area. Managed to go through a dozen or so batteries at this location, and learned that "wrestling with trees" results in losing lock-nuts. Kinda wish these Cobra motors were threaded in both directions. Gonna have to stock up on lock-nuts now. At least CW lock-nuts are easy to find.

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hyperlow Snake Bite @ Bando Land


Recently built a brand new quad, Hyperlow Modular Freestyle Frame, Cobra 2207 Motors with Dalprop 5046 Cyclones, Runcam Eagle 2, DYS F4 and F30A 4in1 stack, Unify Pro V2, FrSky XSR + Several Custom Designed by myself 3d Printed Pieces (Rear Antenna Mount + GoPro Adapter & Case). This would be the equivalent FPV Maiden, and what better place then my very own "Bando Land". I loaded the old PID's from my Black Knight + Upped a few values (A little P+ D on Roll/Pitch), and that is about it. Overally very happy with the way this flies. This video is composed of footage from 7 batteries, which I only flew for about 2 minutes each.

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameHyperlow Freestyle Modular
Flight Controller: DYS F4
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: DYS F30A
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Cobra Champion 2207 2450kv
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Drift | Drift Central


Went to another Drift Central Event #LaborDayDrift, overall it was a lot of fun, lots of cool people, and I look forward to next month's event! Enjoy!

This was shot in 4k @ 30fps (Wide), previous event was 1080p @ 60fps (SuperView), let me know which one you prefer, or should I try 2.7k @ 60fps (Wide)?

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: Spedix ES25
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ord Chapel


Been a while since I flew my full sized drone, and after reviewing black box logs, and watching some videos on YouTube, realized I needed to tune P. I bumped up Pitch a few points, and Roll like 10. Seems to handle better, and much smoother, propwash is now virtually gone, and I haven't even touched my notch filters. I found a spot via Google Maps, unfortunately I would have to hike in, and wasn't exactly feeling it at the moment, so opted for someplace else that had nobody around. Bando Land was having some Airsoft Tournament at it, so couldn't go there, and I wanted to fly some place new anyways, and ended up here.

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: Spedix ES25
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Summer Time Drift Party | Drift Central


First and foremost I would like to thank my friend Dustin for expressing interest in this event via Facebook, if he had not, I wouldn't have known about it.

Special Thanks to Drift Central for hosting the event!

After finding out about the event, I reached out to Drift Central via Facebook and asked if it would be OK to fly my racing drone and acquire footage (prior to a previous event), but didn't get the yes until afterwards, and had to wait a month for this event, the #SummertimeDRIFTparty .

So I went out to the event, and explained to the lady at gate that I had reached out about it, and got in for free as Media! I also had to sign a waiver to get in (like everyone else), which pretty much says your responsible for your own well being, and if something happens indemnifies the Event organizers and other participants/spectators.

Only things sketch, is that this event takes place at an Airport, so I kept my drone over the event area, and my altitude low, which is in LoS for the Control Tower; and it was windier than I prefer, but overall wasn't as bad as my initial impressions after arriving. In the end, it was ALOT of fun, some great footage was acquired, and I hope you enjoy the result.

Notes: You may notice towards the end the footage getting blurry, that was due to the high humidity and the marine layer settling essentially "misting" the lens, and effected the last 5 (of 10) packs I flew. I also changed out Motor #4 after a recent review of my Black Box logs, and not sure whether or not that fixed the issue identified. Will need to do another Black Box flight, and if that corner is still under-powered, switch out the ESC (after double checking the BL_Heli config), but otherwise it flew well.

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Eagle 2
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: Spedix ES25
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A New Beginning - Micro 2" Chronicles


Recently built myself a new 2" Micro, and I am in love! Here are some clips from the different places I've flown it. Overall Weight (without Battery): 74.6g

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameLantian 90L
Flight Controller: Eachine Minicube F4
FPV CameraRuncam Micro Swift
ESCs: RacerStar Dark18A
PropsGemfan 2035BN
Motors: RotorX 1105B 6500kv
Video TX: Eachine VTX03
ReceiverFrSky XSR
Battery: Tattu 3S 450mah 75/150C XT30
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Old Fox Park - Tree-Voidance



"The Old Fox" is a nickname given to George Washington whom this park was named after. Only flew 4 or so packs. It was a lot of fun to fly, as there are tons of trees that are perfect for flying through their branches, and the low canopy really adds to the effect. Lighting was harsh due to the time of day, but surprisingly the footage came out as great. Enjoy!

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: Spedix ES25
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Friday, July 14, 2017

To Kill a Black Knight - FPV Crashpilation



Here is a video composed of all crashes and bad landings that I have HD footage for since I first picked up a transmitter (some were lost thanks to the GoPro, and presumably the SD pins contacts got interrupted during the impact). This is the story of what it takes to kill a Spedix Black Knight frame by me after 6 months of ownership.
Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: Spedix ES25
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Oh Bessie" - Bessie Ridge



Had a wonderful day with the Family, and got to finish the evening off at Toro Park. Found a spot that wasn't congested with people, and took to the air. I added 5 D to Pitch, and it has made a good difference. Went to review my Black Box logs from the other day, to find the SD card unreadable, and didn't reinstall one before I went flying, so I guess I'll have to look at the Notch Filters another day.

Before I went flying I had done a thorough inspection of my Black Knight and noted that one of the arms was starting to delaminate, and the plastic reinforcement had cracked through. "The next crash could be the last" (as I stated on my Instagram), and yep, it was, taken out by a ghost branch while inverted in the middle of a roll. Overall after 6 months of abusing the )#(*$ out of this frame, it finally threw in the towel. I've thought about switching out frames, but I already have some spare parts for this one, and feel its worthy of the restoration ($35 in parts).

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: Spedix ES25
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Field Flyer - Batter Up



This footage was recorded before "Oh Bessie", and before I upped my D on pitch some more. This is the 2nd volume of Field Flyer. This was recorded the same day as "Digging these props", managed to parallel recharge all my batteries before the sun set. Was hoping to catch something of a golden hour, but was ruined by overcast. I used the wide open space to practice some different freestyle tricks, and tried to expose flaws in the tune, but as of writing I can say it is much better (as you might have seen with "Oh Bessie").

Enjoy!

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: Spedix ES25
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Digging these props! Dal T5046 Cyclones



I've finally found propellers that work well with my motors (and my heavy quad + GoPro in a diving case) that gives me enough thrust to be much more aggressive. I've also been slowly, but surely adjusting my tune. Lately I've added more Derivative, and turned anti_gravity_gain to 2.5. Still need more D on Pitch, but I think Roll might be about there. I also need to take some black box readings and possibly adjust my notch filters to help eliminate some of the propwash. It sure is a quest to find one's tune, but I'm loving the changes its making, and its only going to get better from here!

I've only been flying for a little over 6 months, and I can thank my current skills to countless hours spent in various simulators.

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: Spedix ES25
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Black Knight vs the Dark Night


Ever since I saw this building from the highway, I was fascinated by the yellow glow of its lights. Smart thinking as this is a foggy area and yellow light cuts through it much better than white/blue.

I had just got done retrieving my Black Knight 250 from a Tree I got it stuck in at Bando Land. Had to use some bamboo sticks, with a flashlight strapped to it, then strapped to a 23 ft painters extension, and I still had to stand on top of one of the barrels there to poke it out, so it was at least 30ft above the ground (pictures and video on Instagram), so what better way to celebrate getting your quad back, even if it is 10:30 at night? Go fly at a building not far away that is completely abandoned of people at night and on the weekend, that is decently lit (at least appeared that way from the freeway), and interesting enough not all the lights in the parking lot were on... which made it darker than expected. The view from my Runcam Swift wasn't really much better than this, and might actually be worse in some areas. This is the first time flying at night, I kinda wish I setup a time-lapse/long exposure camera to capture the LED's of my quad, maybe next time. As for the title, this quadcopter is called a "Black Knight", which is made by Spedix, only thing remaining original is the frame, motors and esc's.

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-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Betaflight F3
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: Spedix ES25
PropsDal T5046 Cyclones Green
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Team Black Sheep Unify Pro V2 (5V)
Antenna: SMA TBS Triumph (Stub)
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
Battery: ThunderPower Adrenaline 80c 4S 1300mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargersTurnigy Accucell S60
iSDT Q6 Plus 300W/14A
HP 900W 12V DC Server Power Supply
-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
ReceiverEachine RC840 40 Channel Receiver
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)
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