Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Funday at Bando Land


So went to Bando Land on Sunday, and ran into Zoe, and someone even brought pizza! What an epic and fun evening it was to hang out with everyone. When I wasn't eating, and watching a someone fetch their quad out of the top of one of those trees, sneaked in some packs.

Oh, I put a brand new lens on my Diving Case (notice how clear it is compared to Bandolicious), to destroy it in the same day! (Pictures on Instagram) I think the old one might be PC, or I just got lucky. I am not sure what happened, but I'm thinking my battery somehow came unplugged in mid air, causing my drone to plummet face first into concrete, shattering both the GoPro lens on my RR Swift, and also the lens cover for the Diving Case in one go!

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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 T5045 5x4.5x3 Indestructible
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)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Whooping Goats at the Zoo


Sooo, I decided to press my luck and brought my Tiny Whoop to the Zoo, and here is the result. I'm only running "Stage 2" 17.5kv motors, and just "downgraded" from 4 blade props to 3 blades, and I think its time to go to "Stage 3" motors.

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--- Gear ---
Frame: Blade Inductrix
Motors: Crazepony 17500KV "Special Sauce Edition"
Propellers: Rakon Heli 3 Blades
Flight Controller: NewBeeDrone BeeBrain
Camera: NewBeeDrone "StingerPod" (FX805 Camera with Dipole Antenna + 40ch Transmitter)
BatteriesTattu 220mah 45C
Transmitter: FrSky Taranis X9D Plus
Goggles: Quanum Cyclops
Travel Case: NewBeeDrone Case

-- 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, June 10, 2017

Bandolicious Vol 1 - The Airsoft Arena


Welcome to "Bando Land". It is literally abandoned Military Land, and there is plenty of it! After having our old flying spot fenced up, we migrated elsewhere, and hit the jackpot! Plenty of spots to go flying, and air (or ground) to cover!

I managed to burn through all 8 packs I have at this location on Dal T5045 Indestructible. First few packs were spent trying to adjust the feel, and after getting my Lizard95, I have a whole different understanding of "locked in" as that thing flys like on a rail in comparison. So I upped my I's and D's, and you'll notice that the footage gets better (if you notice at all) as the sun sets. Next step is to mess with the notch filter, and possibly see if I can dial it in tighter. I also want to try a higher pitch blade prop to see how these 2300kv motors do with them (since the Lizard95 "Stitch"; is a rocket). Though this bird is heavy (around 770g with the GoPro in a Diving Case).

This is also my 6 month anniversary of picking up a transmitter, so expect a crashpilation soon. =D

I can honestly thank the honing of my skills to various simulators, such as DRL, Liftoff, and Velocidrone to make it to this point. I can't always fly, nor afford the ability to repair my drone if that was the case, so sneaking in 30 minutes of stick time here and there can really add up.

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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 T5045 5x4.5x3 Indestructible
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)

Taming the Lizard95 by the seat of my pants


Took "Stitch" my Lizard95 to "Bando Land" as I like to call it. This is a test flight on a Turnigy 370mah Nano-Tech that weighs 37g. Got about 2 minutes of flight time on it. I only got two batteries so its all about flying. All I've done since the last video is adjusted the Notch Filters on the quad and it handles better than it did previously, still need to work on the tune, and get used to the lack of mass with this quad. Either way, the thing is an absolute blast to fly, it gives you the feeling of being in control while being out of control at the same time. As Stew (uavfutures) said, "If you got the skills to pay the bills", he wasn't kidding, this little thing is a rush!

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--- Gear ---
Kit: Eachine Lizard95
Frame: Eachine Lizard95
Motors: Eachine 1104 6000kv
ESC: Eachine Minicube 10A BLHeli_S
Flight Controller: Eachine MiniCube F3 6DOF
Camera: NewBeeDrone "StingerPod" (FX805 Camera with Dipole Antenna + 40ch Transmitter)
Receiver: NewBeeDrone "StingerPod" (FX805 Camera with Dipole Antenna + 40ch Transmitter)
BatteriesEachine 550mah 40c
Camera/VTX:Eachine 48CH 25mw/100mw
Transmitter: FrSky Taranis X9D Plus
Goggles: Quanum Cyclops

-- 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, June 9, 2017

One pack blast (or until I crash) - Lizard95


So the FrSky version of Eachine Lizard95 that I purchased arrived today, unfortunately I only have access to the battery that came with it, but managed to already put 4 cycles through it. This is the story of the 4th pack.

Since I only have one battery I have not tried to tune it at all, just put in my rates, and lowered the Pitch P & D to match the Roll P & D. After flying it around, I think I need some more Roll D. This was just flying around and getting a feel for its capabilities.

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--- Gear ---
Kit: Eachine Lizard95
Frame: Eachine Lizard95
Motors: Eachine 1104 6000kv
ESC: Eachine Minicube 10A BLHeli_S
Flight Controller: Eachine MiniCube F3 6DOF
Camera: NewBeeDrone "StingerPod" (FX805 Camera with Dipole Antenna + 40ch Transmitter)
Receiver: NewBeeDrone "StingerPod" (FX805 Camera with Dipole Antenna + 40ch Transmitter)
BatteriesEachine 550mah 40c
Camera/VTX:Eachine 48CH 25mw/100mw
Transmitter: FrSky Taranis X9D Plus
Goggles: Quanum Cyclops

-- 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, June 5, 2017

Whooping Mothra and Friends at Maker Faire


Got the chance to fly my Tiny Whoop around this awesome metalwork sculpture at Maker Faire. I had no idea it made so much noise and spewed fire until after I whooped it. I thought about trying for some smaller holes, but I didn't want my whoop to fall inside of it, as I didn't know how easy/hard it would be to get it back if it did. Also sorry about the video quality, I should have setup my base station in a better spot.

Also, my apologies to the artist for not remembering the actual names of each sculpture.

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--- Gear ---
Frame: Blade Inductrix
Motors: Crazepony 17500KV "Special Sauce Edition"
Flight Controller: NewBeeDrone BeeBrain
Camera: NewBeeDrone "StingerPod" (FX805 Camera with Dipole Antenna + 40ch Transmitter)
BatteriesTattu 220mah 45C
Transmitter: FrSky Taranis X9D Plus
Goggles: Quanum Cyclops
Travel Case: NewBeeDrone Case

-- 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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