TREX 450 Pro APM/FPV build update 2

Recently done: mount magnetometer. upgrade HMC-5983 from 5883 add band-aid over barometer. to smooth the pressure differential/buffeting. Makes APM more stable in auto and loiter. wire and mount 5V power supply (BEC). For discreet power for APM and 433Mhz rx and to prevent brownouts due to servo electrical draw. I’m using digital servos, that have…

Dji Phantom 2 V2 with Flysight FPV add on

Took a break from the Trex helicopter build to put this simple system together for a friend. Its his first radio controlled toy and first quadcopter so it had to be simple. The build went together smooth and easy, and it flies really great. Took it out over a quarter mile and still had a…

TREX 450 Pro APM/FPV build update 1

Completed a few items from the list today! DONE:-solder new  wiring plug on 1258Mhz video transmitter, I hate DF13 connectors! They are too fragile. Replacing with two JST connectors DONE:-mount 1258Mhz video transmitter, but still need a zip tie to double secure. DONE:-mount FPV camera DONE:-mount “minimosd extra” HUD video overlay (already programmed, procedure here),…

Helicopter: Align TREX 450 Pro V2 build plan!

This is a to-do list and build plan for the Trex 450 V2 flybarless helicopter, APM/FPV/sUAS build, so expect a lot more posts based on what you see below. I highly suggest you make your own plans like this, as it takes a lot off of your mind when its all layed out in digital…

El Camino’s first crash

I took the new El-Camino frame out for a test flight. Was a little foggy at ground level, and 50′ up started to get thicker. This little frame is very fast and punchy and flies really well. Anyway, I flew the new frame around for a minute and got disorientated in the fog and of…

New *made in China* 250mm quad frame unboxing

Editor note: to see this build click here. I got this on eBay for $19.99 shipped. The frame doesn’t have a name and I just sort of stumbled upon it accidentally, and was cheap enough to take a chance. Its sold as: “Mini 4-Axis 250mm Carbon & Glass Fiber H Quadcopter Frame Kit NOT Old…

3D printed ducted fan flying wing

This is sure interesting! but looks under powered in my opinion. “Flight testing of an FDM-printed fixed wing UAV developed at the University of Sheffield AMRC.” via: http://hackaday.com/2014/10/27/flying-wing-project-uses-3d-printing-to-reach-new-heights/#more-135815

New easy to build from scrap 250mm Lexan mini H quad

I was gonna buy a Blackout Mini H, but didn’t want to part with $150 and the long wait. So I cut some scrap 1/4 Polycarbonate sheet (lexan) with a reciprocating Skill saw with fine tooth blade and in about 20 minutes I had a super strong quad frame. Its incredibly strong but you could…