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Quadcopter with FPV SetupAnother day, another installment of Raging Rotors! As I mentioned last week, a recent episode of Modern Family featured a DJI Quadcopter set up for FPV (First Person View).  With camera technology getting more affordable for the masses, the usual next step for someone going deep into the world of Quadcopters (whether DIY or RTF) is to dive into picture/video recording  or building an FPV setup.

 

 

 

EFC-720 Mobile HD Camera

A camera setup for your RC aircraft (or RC car for that matter), is as simple as a mobile camera, like the rechargeable mini camera EFC-720 from E-Flite. It records video at 720p, takes still photos at a 1.3 Megapixels, and it’s record functions can be controlled by connecting the camera to a spare port on one’s receiver. It retails at $40, and can be found in local hobby shops now. More details can be found on Horizon Hobby’s website here.

GoPro HD Camera

If you want a high quality camera, many jump towards the ever popular GoPro. Between 1080p video and in many cases having wireless control functions, it is a great purchase for those looking for great quality video and pictures. More details can be found on GoPro’s website Right Here. No worries if you want to do FPV, one can fashion their own cable, or pick one up online.

FatShark FPV System

For an FPV setup, there are many options online built for any type of budget and any type of quadcopter. The more universally known kits are from a company called FatShark. Now FatShark technology is not very revolutionary in its camera transmitter and receiver system, its claim to fame is the goggles they sell that provide a fully immersive FPV experience. Unlike the basic receiver screen, FatShark goggles give you a true First Person View using their HD goggles. Prices vary per version of goggles, but they can be picked up via a number of websites, like HeliDirect. More information about FatShark’s FPV tech can be found here.

I know I’m sounding like a broken record, but the clock is ticking closer to the 2014 Quadcopter Championships. This should be a fun event, and I can’t wait to see what kind of skills you have to show off through our various events. Details are here.

As always, I will see you again next week, but until then Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Blade 350QX AP

Coming straight out of Nuremburg is a number of great stuff out of Horizon HobbyOne of many from Blade Helicopters is the newly upgraded 350QX AP. The AP stands for Aerial Photography and the RTF Quadcopter Kit not only come with a camera control gimble but the new E-Flite C-Go 1 1080p sport camera.

Now the questions have already been flying all over the internet and Blade has already announced the original 350QX can be upgraded to carry the gimbal and there will be a GoPro adapter mount for those who need one.

Other Specifications include:

  • Included 2-Axis Brushless Gimbal
  • Included C-Go 1 Camera 1080P/30
  • 5.8Ghz Wi-Fi Video Downlink to Supported Devices
  • Large 3S 3000mAh Flight Battery
  • Improved Receiver with External Antenna
  • Improved GPS
  • Visual Compass Error Detection
  • Compatible with All Spektrum Radios

The part number is BLH7900 and will be selling for around $1000 when it releases in late May. Hit up This Link for more information on the Blade Website.

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C-Go 1

Slipping through the cracks, the new Blade 350QX AP features a camera gimal setup along with it’s own camera included? What’s that, you want one for yourself but don’t want to fly? Announcing the E-Flite C-Go 1, a new 1080p, 30fps action camera developed by Yuneec Technology! Not only that, but it will transfer 720p video right to your mobile device giving you FPV right out of the box. It’s features include:

  • 5.8Ghz downlink to support mobile devices with included antenna
  • 1080P/30 recording or 720P/30 when streaming
  • Lightweight and small form factor
  • Low latency and long range Wi-Fi

Arriving late May for around $300, the C-Go 1 has a part number of EFLA900 and more information can be found on Horizon Hobby’s website via This Link.

 

Check out E-Flite news on BigSquidRC by clicking here.

kyosho ireceiver
Kyosho has an interesting new product for the FPV crowd, their iReceiver Wireless LAN Radio System. What can you do with the iReceiver set-up? You can install an app on your smartphone (or tablet) and control your air or surface rc from it. You can also put the optional camera in your truck/boat/plane and drive/fly from an FPV perspective.

The part number for the Kyosho iReceiver is #82260, while the part number for the on board camera is #82261. We’ll have more information on the iReceiver soon, until then check out the video below from the TeamMiniZ crew that showcases what the iReceiver can do.

Happy Friday everyone, check out a certified TGIF Mystery Link.

Cubby Toledo Weak SignalsHello everyone, I am Cubby and this is THE Cub Report, a weekly look into the world of life in the rc world.

This can’t really be a Cub Report without some Supercross bench racing, so for those of you that follow the sport you already know that RV2 put on another clinic last night in Houston Texas. Ryan is just a steamroller right now, much like RC was back in his heyday. He pulls a top 3 start, gets the lead early, then checks out. To stop him is going to take an apocoliptic ride from the Dunge, Bubba, TC41, or Bam-Bam, but so far none have done it. One of those riders will have to run RV2 down, pass him, then pull away in order to crowbar some of that confidence away from RV2. Until that happens it looks like the RV2 will continue his reign on top of the podium.

I spent the weekend in the lovely little city known as Toledo Ohio. The BigSquidRC Bash Crew was there to cover the 59th Annual (no, that is not a typo, fifty-ninth annual) Weak Signals RC Model Show. Ok, ya, I know, you might very well be a “surface” guy and have never heard of it, but this weeks Cub Report is about that unique show.

So what’s it like to hit the Weak Signals show?

It’s crowed, very, very crowded for three days straight. Weak Signals is a “selling show”, a show where exhibitors can sell to the public, and that’s pretty cool for everyone involved. Consumers flock to the show, not only to see the hottest new products, but to also stock up on all the gear they need for the upcoming season. I know that even though I’m in the industry and most any product that I want is only an email away, that I’ve been to many a trade show where I would have killed to just whipped out some cash and taken home some uber little product from some small company that is rarely heard of. At the Toledo show all the consumers are treated to the fact that most (but not all) products were for sale, and most of them were at a discounted “expo” price.

For the exhibitors that were selling, they can actually sell a LOT of product over the three days of the Weak Signals show. An exhibitor might very well line-up multiple new dealers for sales around the year, but they can also sell a lot of product straight to consumers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “It costs us 10k to do XYZ trade show and we leave feeling like we wasted our money.”. At the Toledo show an exhibitor can easily do enough sales right on the floor to cover their expenses. It’s pretty easy for “Happy Flower Battery Company” to see that if the show cost them 10k to do and they went home with 20k, that they at least covered their expenses. When you add in all the exposure they got and all the valuable face time they spent with real-life consumers, the show is a big “win” for most exhibitors and that’s why they keep coming back. Heck, there is a waiting line for exhibitors to get into the show.

Something else cool about the Weak Signals show is its second level, it’s devoted entirely to hobbyists bringing in used gear to sell, and it costs the public nothing to enter that area. If you are a hardcore hobbyist it’s just plain fun to walk around looking at used gear. Some of the gear is straight up vintage, while other stuff is current but in used condition, you just never know what you are going to see up on the second level.

The Weak Signals show is held in a place called the Seagate Center. The Seagate is located in a decent and somewhat scenic area of downtown Toledo. The minor league baseball park is right next door, as is the river. Close parking is readily available (some of it is even free on the weekend!) and with the relatively small size of the venue, there isn’t as much walking as some of the other shows. The only downside to Seagate? Their food definitely left something to be desire. It was edible, but that’s about it.

Hobbico, Horizon and Hitec had large booths while most everyone else had smaller table style set-ups. There were a LOT of exhibitors, and every possible booth space was taken up. Also, while 95% of the show was airplane gear, the other 5% was rc boating and cars. If you are surface guy there just isn’t much on display, however the trip might just be worth your while to see the spectacle of it all and to see how “the other half” does it.

Also of note, there was a LOT of FPV gear at the show. While there hasn’t been a big push of FPV gear in the surface world yet, the air crowd seems to be all over it. There were lots of ridiculously cool cameras, video transmitters, monitors, glasses, etc on display at the show, more than I’ve ever seen gathered in one place before. We are huge fans of FPV here at BigSquidRC, we can’t wait for it to catch on to a large extent with the surface guys.

To finally wrap it up, we had a great time in Toledo, the crew running the show were amazing, it was great talking to all the exhibitors, and we had an even better time hanging with the consumers walking the show. We met a lot of new airplane people and just plain (plane?) can’t wait to get back there again next year.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spot when ya can!

YOUR Cub Reporter

We do NOT condone this, nor do we recommend messing with any type of officials of any kind. Heck, we only had maybe 2 police incidents this year, which is way better than previous years! All that being said, this was one of those videos (even though it may be wrong) that made me laugh. Those TBS Discovery guys are nuts.

Speaking of quads, have you seen all of our recent Quad Reviews?

HobbyKing Car FPV Wheel and Pedal Kit
The world of driving rc cars from the FPV (first person view) is getting larger every single day, in fact, many industry insiders will tell you FPV is the future of our hobby. If you haven’t gotten your feet wet in the FPV scene yet HobbyKing has introduced a new wheel and pedal kit to make it easier to get up and going. Instead of driving your rc car with the wheel and trigger on your transmitter, you drive with the supplied wheel and pedals to give you a much more realistic driving experience. Add the this wheel and pedal kit to an on board camera transmitting to a monitor and you will be hooked up with a legit FPV system.

Some of the highlights of the new HobbyKing FPV Wheel and Pedal Kit are-

* Fully programmable FPV control unit
* Comes with interface cables
* Easy set-up with nothing to install in vehicle
* Steering wheel has 11 buttons, D-pad and gear shift paddles
* 900 mm steering wheel cable
* Comes with brake and gas pedals
* 1600mm pedal cable

Street price will be right around $150, and you can learn more by visiting HobbyKing’s official WEBSITE.

TGIF mystery LINK, you know you shouldn’t click, but how can you resist?

Cubby

I was reading your review on the new Pro-line transmission. I sent some questions to Pro-line yesterday regarding the problem I have been having with my standard Rustler gears. I was hoping you might be able to shed some additional light on the subject particularly since you have done the vigorous field testing. I got a little of mixed messaging so I wanted to forward you our email conversation which outlines the Q&A so far. By the way, my car is the electric rustler model #3705 with upgraded castle 4 pole motor #1406, running on a Venom 2S lipo 8.4v 5000, spur gear #86 with #22 pinion gear.

I appreciate any input you can offer.

Greg D.

Cubby- The above email is in addition to a series of emails we received between Greg D and Pro-Line customer service. To bring everyone up to speed, Greg had been bashing his Rustler for a couple months on a Castle 1410 using the stock tranny, then all of a sudden it started eating up the “top gear” on every run. Because Greg mentions “spur gear” separately during his emails, I’m going to assume he isn’t blowing up spurs, but instead he’s blowing up the top shaft gear.

The Magnum 272 tranny on a Rustler 3705 certainly has faults, but overall it’s solid and has proven capable of handling a 1410 on 2S. The fact Greg was able to drive it for a couple months with no issue eludes to this. The fact that he now blows a top shaft gear on every run leads me to believe one of these two things has happened- 1. the tranny case is cracked, or 2. the bearings on the top shaft are bad. If the tranny case is cracked it will allow the idler and top shaft gears to separate, causing the weaker of the two gears to be destroyed. The same can happen if the top shaft bearings are bad, but bad bearings will also cause the pinion/spur mesh to change, typically causing the spur to get eaten up before the top shaft gear. So if you are looking to fix the stock tranny I’d recommend grabbing the top shaft and trying to wiggle it around. Look to see if the top shaft wiggles because of bad bearings, or if the entire tranny case flexes because of a crack.

But my real recommendation is this- Buy the Pro-Line tranny! It’s worth a hundred bones on trick factor alone, but more importantly, overall it is better in every way than your stock tranny.


Many of your reviews seem overly positive such as the max amps power supply which had been said is good value when it would be possible to get one that is 15amps or higher easily for less money than that price.

Yours faithfully an avid reader

Lars

Cubby- What’s up Lars? Thanks for the email.

Yes indeed, there are lots of power supplies cheaper than the MaxAmps 12 volt 47 amp unit we reviewed a few weeks ago, absolutely no doubt about it. However… I don’t know of a cheaper “name brand” power supply that has the output capability of the MaxAmps for a lesser price.

15 amps might be plenty of output for most folks, but more and more people are charging multiple packs at a 2C (or higher) rate. Also, more and more people are charging 4S-6S packs at the highest rate they can get away with. A normal 12 volt 15 amp power supply just doesn’t cut it in those applications, they simply run out of juice.

To boil it down, we stick to our review of the MaxAmps power supply, it handles the monotonous daily task of powering multiple battery chargers of ours without fail. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do without issue, at a reasonable price. That’s a winner to us.

But… if you do run across a power supply with higher output at a lower price (that isn’t being sold on flee-bay by one dude out of a garage) feel free to shoot us a link.


Hey, question for you guys.
I m building an fpv (first person view) truck and would like to find what radio system will have the most range. I did read your article, but my question is: Have you ever range tested the spektrum DX3R/pro? They run on DSM2. No big deal right?
Spektrum’s “full range” DSM2 is advertised to go on average 1km+ …and there are guys all over the fpv flying forums CLAIMING 4mi ranges!!!
Proof of the longer range can be seen if you search long range summit fpv or fpv tonka summit on youtube. The guy is using a spektrum dx8 and ventures quite some distance!!
Thank You!!
MaxxMaster

Cubby- Yo to the yo, what’s up MaxxMaster? Hey, ya want a free T-shirt? Shoot Brian your snail mail as I’m proclaiming yours as the “letter of the month”. Don’t forget to include your size.

Have we ever range tested a Spektrum DX3R Pro? No we have not, so I will not speculate on its actual range. However…. I did run one for a couple months. Range was fine at the track, but when doing high speed runs on open pavement its range was shorter than the guys I was running with (who were using Traxxas and Futaba radios). We never stepped off any distances, so I can’t quote you how much better, all I know is I was always the guy doing the “walk of shame” to get within range of my car.

So… what I’m going to recommend to you is this- from our first hand testing, if you are looking for maximum range with a surface intended 2.4GHz radio, that would be Futaba. Also, we’ve got our second 2.4 GHz radio shootout right around the corner, and of course we’ll be posting range tests on a new batch of sub $200 radios, so keep an eye out for that.

And lastly… driving via FPV IS the future of rc. The “powers that be” in rc have yet to push it, but it is how we’ll be driving in the future. It’s simply more realistic and more exciting. Best of luck with yours, they are good times.


That’s it for this week, submit your questions, suggestions, and whatever else you have cooking in those brains of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com! Make the front page get free stickers, be letter of the month and get a freebie BSRC t-shirt to cover you bod.

YOUR Cub Reporter