Diatone Tyrant 180 Quadcopter Frame: Build & Fly

Hi guys and welcome back! In this article we take a look at the Diatone Tyrant 180. We build it and then we go out and fly it. At the end of the article we list all the components which we used for this build. As you can see, this frame comes with a nice … Continued

Brushed FPV Microcopter: Rate Mode Active!

Hi guys and welcome back! In this article I’d like to show you the second generation of my 3D-printed brushed micro FPV copter. As you can see it’s quite an evolution from my first version. It is even smaller but at the same time more robust. Specially the arms were upgraded to be really crash … Continued

FPV Wristwatch – more than just a toy?

Hi guys and welcome back! In this article we take a look at the 5.8GHz FPV Artifact by GTeng for Ages 14+. So what is it? Let’s take it out of the box and we can see that it seems to be an oversized wrist watch. It’s actually an FPV wrist watch which lets you … Continued

Reggae Shark Brushed 135mm FPV Micro Quadcopter: Build & Fly

Hi guys and welcome back. In this article we take a look at the Reggae Shark 135-size fram for 8.5mm brushed motors by Micro Motor Warehouse. We put it together and take it out flying. The frame is made from polycarbonate and is very crash resistant. It’s weight is only 11.5g and you can simply … Continued

Tarot 130-size FPV Quadcopter for 140 USD

Hi guys and welcome back. In this article I’d like to show you the Tarot 130 FPV Racing drone, which is an almost ready to fly 130-size FPV quadcopter. We go through what’s in the the box, take it out for flying and then I’ll give you my conclusion about it. Here we see the … Continued

How to add a DVR to your Quanum Cyclops FPV Goggles!

Hi guys and welcome back. In this article I’d like to show you how you can easily add a DVR to your Quanum Cyclops goggles, which will let you record your FPV videos. This makes the Cyclops, which I reviewed before, an awesome set of lightweight goggles with DVR capabilities. First simply loosen the 4 … Continued

Cheap large DIY Airgates with high wind stability!

Ok, so hi guys and welcome back. In this article I would like to describe my airgates which I built myself. This is already the third generation of them and since I’m quite happy with them now, I thought that this might also be of interest to you. I will go through all the steps … Continued

Sub 250g FPV Quadcopter with over 11 minutes Flight Time

Ok, so hi guys and welcome back! My goal for the build which I want to show you today was to assemble the smallest and most lightweight quadcopter possible, which still supports 4” props and uses only off the shelf budget components. Additionally I wanted it to be able to carry my RunCam 2, in … Continued

Eachine TX600 40Ch 600mW VTX: RF Power Measurements

In this video we perform a full bench review of the Eachine TX600 40CH 5.8G 600mW VTX, which is available from BangGood. On this page you can find the complete RF power measurements which we performed in the video. Here they are for the 200mW setting: CH1 CH2 CH3 CH4 CH5 CH6 CH7 CH8 FR1 … Continued

DIY Budget Quadcopters: 180-size sub-250g FPV Quadcopter

“DIY Budget Quadcopters: Getting you started on a budget.” – I had this new idea for a series of articles where I help you to choose the right components to build your first quadcopter. What I list here are all budget components, which I have mostly used myself (and reviewed on my YouTube channel) and … Continued

DIY Budget Quadcopters: 250-size Quadcopter

“DIY Budget Quadcopters: Getting you started on a budget.” – I had this new idea for a series of articles where I help you to choose the right components to build your first quadcopter. What I list here are all budget components, which I have mostly used myself (and reviewed on my YouTube channel) and … Continued

Quanum Q58-2 5.8GHz 200mW 40Ch VTX: RF Power Measurements

In this video we perform a full bench review of the Quanum Q58-2 5.8GHz 200mW 40Ch VTX, which is available from HobbyKing. On this page you can find the complete RF power measurements which we performed in the video in a nice compact format below. CH1 CH2 CH3 CH4 CH5 CH6 CH7 CH8 FR1 (A) … Continued

Foxeer TM25 5.8G 40CH 25mW VTX: RF Power Measurements

In this video we perform a full bench review of the Quanum Elite QE58-2 5.8GHz 25-200mW VTX, which is available from Surveilzone. On this page you can find the complete RF power measurements which we performed in the video (for the 25mW setting) in a nice compact format below. CH1 CH2 CH3 CH4 CH5 CH6 … Continued

Eachine ET25 5.8G 32CH 25mW VTX: RF Power Measurements

In this video we perform a full bench review of the Eachine ET25 5.8G 32CH 25mW VTX, which is available from Banggood. On this page you can find the complete RF power measurements which we performed in the video in a nice compact format below. CH1 CH2 CH3 CH4 CH5 CH6 CH7 CH8 Band F … Continued

5g DIY Micro FPV Set for 20 USD

In this article we show how to build an 5.8 GHz FPV set (camera & transmitter) for about 20 USD which only weighs 5g and runs on an 1s lipo battery. The low weight means that you will be able to use this even with your smallest aircraft. When the set is finalized, this is … Continued

RunCam 2 vs. Foxeer: Video Quality Comparison

In this video we compare the quality of the video of the RunCam 2 and the Foxeer. We perform this by mounting both the RunCam 2 and the Foxeer side by side on our mini quad: For both cameras, the latest firmware is used: RunCam 2: Stock version (no update yet) Foxeer: Firmware version 1.6 … Continued

T-Motor F40: Thrust Tests with LittleBee/Zeus ESC

In this video we unbox the new T-Motor F40 (http://bit.ly/1lLL4or) and perform thrust tests with Gemfan, DAL and HQ props together with the popular LittleBee/Zeus ESC using both 3s & 4s Lipos.   The full test data is available here: Motor / ESC Prop brand Prop size Battery Thrust (g) Current (A) Watts Full Throttle … Continued

RunCam 2: Unboxing, Features & Comparison

In this video we do a bench review of the RunCam 2 (http://bit.ly/1P8esSn) and compare it to the RunCam 1 & Foxeer. Unboxing, detailed features, weight, size & more are all discussed as well. The RunCam 2 is available from: http://bit.ly/1P8esSn   Our previous videos on RunCam 1 & Foxeer are available here: http://bit.ly/1PYmyeP Like … Continued

FPVModel ZMR180 Carbon Quadcopter Frame: Bench Review

In this video we do a full bench review of the FPVModel ZMR180 size carbon quadcopter frame (http://bit.ly/1X8m4s8). Unboxing, weight, frame quality, carbon fiber test and basic build (in fast motion).   The FPVModel ZMR180 is available here: http://bit.ly/1X8m4s8 Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

Flying Car Quadcopter by HobbyWOW (X25)

Ever wanted to drive around your Quadcopter on the ground? Or do horizontal takeoffs and landings? This new toy copter from HobbyWOW (available here: http://bit.ly/1ln8XCH) let’s you do this and it’s great fun. In this video we do a full unboxing and bench review of the flying car and also test-fly it on the bench: … Continued

DTI Lizard 180 Carbon Quadcopter Frame: Bench Review

In this video we do a full bench review of the Diatone Innovations (DTI) Lizard 180 size carbon quadcopter frame (http://bit.ly/1STnYr0) by Diatone. We cover unboxing, weight, frame quality, carbon fiber test and basic build (in fast motion).   The Diatone Lizard 180 Carbon Frame is available from Banggood: http://bit.ly/1STnYr0 Like Our Site? Please share: … Continued

DALRC DL180 Carbon Quadcopter Frame: Bench Review

In this video we do a full bench review of the DALRC DL 180 size carbon quadcopter frame. Unboxing, weight, frame quality, carbon fiber test and basic build (in fast motion).     The DALRC DL180 is available from: Multirotorshop.com.au: http://bit.ly/1Te461S Bighobby.net: http://bit.ly/1MBNIGb Chaircshop.com: http://bit.ly/1N7hBek Surveilzone.com: http://bit.ly/1I5YMwr DALRC can be contacted through their FB page: … Continued

Race it ’till you crash it!

A new race track! Including air gates! Yey! First some test runs, then going faster…and of course an epic crash at the end. Don’t miss it ;-D     Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

Noodles from Hell :-) FPV Racing

Sit back and relax for more gate-cam carnage ;-). This time we even have planes trying (!) to go through the quite small noodle gates. Good times     Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

Mid-air Collision: Airplane vs. Quadcopter!

Watch this overdramatizing video showing an airplane pilot crashing frontally into a drone. The airplane is severely damaged resulting in a high-impact crash landing. Bad drone, bad!   Disclaimer: The title and description of this video were sponsored by the Federal Droniation Administration. Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

Gate Racing: Fun & Crash

This is our fun & crash compilation from our first tries at mini quad FPV racing. Sit back and enjoy the carnage ;-).     Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

Eachine Racer 250: Roller Coaster Maiden Flight

This is the maiden flight of my friend’s Eachine Racer 250. It was very windy and my mate is a bit of a Rambo on the sticks so grab your sick bag and take a seat. We did many more flights in the meantime and I cannot say anything bad about this miniquad given its … Continued

Git1 Pro Action Camera: Unboxing Review

In this video we perform an unboxing of the 1080p@30fps Git1 Pro Action camera. This camera, while not directly targeted at the RC hobby, comes with a rich set of accessories at a very competitive price. We perform a full unboxing, discuss all the parts and do some weight & size measurements. Additionally we compare … Continued

Storm Brushless Motors by Flyingfolk: Thrust Tests!

In this video we do thrust measurements of the new Storm brushless motors by flyingfolk.com. We review the 2204/2300kv, 2206/2200kv and the 2208/2000kv. The video itself is unspectacular, but 1) shows how I did the measurements and 2) let’s you extract your own data points for the motors by simply stopping the video and checking … Continued

Storm Brushless Motors by Flyingfolk: Unboxing Review

In this video we perform an unboxing review of the new Storm brushless motors by flyingfolk.com. We review the 2204/2300kv, 2206/2200kv and the 2208/2000kv. We inspect each of the motors, discuss their features, provide close-up shots and measure their weight.   These motors can be bought from: http://flyingfolk.com. Flyingfolk is located in Germany, so you … Continued

Foxeer Legend 1: A Mobius Killer?

In this article we review the Foxeer Legend 1 – a camera in the popular Mobius format. What makes this camera special, however, is that it supports recording full HD (1080p) at 60 frames per second (fps), something which has been unknown so far for a camera in the Mobius format.   Bench Review In … Continued

Eachine Racer 250: Unboxing & Full Bench Review

In this video we do an unboxing & full bench review of the Eachine Racer 250. We unbox all parts and do weight measurements. We closely inspect the frame and all of its components. We test the carbon fiber to see if it is true carbon fiber. We then live test the frame to show … Continued

Bixler Tail Chopping – Powered by Foxeer (60 FPS!)

Guys! What’s sweeter than Bixler tail chopping? Right! Bixler tail chopping at 60 FPS powered by the Foxeer Legend 1 camera. Enjoy!   Here is a link to a raw sample: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3w8hu9djc03o3z8/foxeer-raw-test.mp4?dl=1 This link is powered by Dropbox which might limit its bandwidth. If the bandwidth is exceeded for one day, please try again tomorrow. … Continued

Arkbird UHF Module / Repeater Station: Unboxing Review

In this video we do an unboxing of the Arkbird UHF system. It is a 433 MHZ system, supporting up to 1400mW for reliable long range control of your aircraft.   Additional information from the manufacturer: For long range FPV flight, Arkbird have produced this module and repeater station radio system compatible with all transmitters. … Continued

Arkbird Autopilot with OSD: Unboxing Review

In this video we do an unboxing review of the Arkbird Autopilot, which promises to be an all-in-one solution for your fixed-wing FPV model’s navigation. This is also the starting point of a series of videos featuring the Arkbird OSD and the Arkbird UHD long range control system.   Some more information on the Arkbird … Continued

Sky-HD01 camera with tiltable lens and integrated VTX

In this video we bench test the “Sky-HD01″ camera from SkySightHobby. It is a 1080p@30fps camera with a Mobius/RunCam form factor which comes with an integrated 400mW 32ch 5.8GHz transmitter. In addition it comes with a tiltable lens, which avoids the need for a tilted camera mount on quadcopters. This is a full bench review … Continued

Diatone Blade 150: Maiden Flight

In this video we do our maiden flight of the Diatone Blade 150. It is still quite twitchy and we’ll need to work on our PIDs. But hey, it flies, so that’s a success, right? 😀   Parts list: DTI Blade 150 Frame: http://www.banggood.com/Diatone-Blade-150-Carbon-Fiber-Quadcopter-Frame-Kit-Only-20g-p-982271.html?p=I32013833408201410RW CC3D Flight Controller: http://www.banggood.com/New-Version-OpenPilot-CC3D-EVO-Flight-Controller-STM32-32-bit-Flexiport-p-973582.html?p=I32013833408201410RW OrangeRx R616XN Receiver: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=73005&aff=1514 DYS 1306 3100KV … Continued

Bixler Tail Chopping!

Bixler + creped paper + mini quads = FUN! ‘Nuff said 😉     Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

Sub 250g Full HD 1080p FPV Quadcopter

A sub 250g FPV quadcopter, which is able to record full HD 1080p video. That is what the DTI Blade 150 is. In this video we do a complete build review of it and of course also measure its weight. We use the 2s 950mAh 46g lipo to achieve a final weight of 242g. It’s  … Continued

Mobius vs. RunCam HD – Which one is better?

In this article we compare two of the most popular small action cameras which are used by RC pilots on their flying machines. First we do an unboxing review of the RunCam HD. We compare its external features to the Mobius camera and also do a weight comparison. We additionally compare the contents of the … Continued

Mini Quad Hawk Encounter!

Guys! The most thrilling thing happened when we went flying last time. I was happily tail-hunting a Bixler when suddenly a hawk appeared in the air. It was an awesome and moving moment to see it soaring in the air. The strange thing was that it did not seem to notice my quadcopter. Only when … Continued

Super Bright LED Navigation Lighting System

In this video we do an unboxing review of the “Super Bright LED Navigation Lighting System” which is available from XcomLabs. This is a ready to run system, which simply needs to be plugged into your 2-6s battery and just works. However, it offers even more. The LEDs are controllable using switches on your transmitter … Continued

RunCam HD vs. Mobius: Video Quality Comparison

In this video we compare the quality of the video of the RunCam HD and the Mobius. We perform this by mounting both the RunCam HD and the Mobius side by side on our mini quad. This video shows the center section of both videos right next to each other to enable you to compare … Continued

RunCam HD vs. Mobius: Latency Tests

In this video we test the latency of the live video out of the RunCam HD and the Mobius. We perform these tests for several scenarios, that is, no recording, 720p@60fps recording and 1080p@30fps recording. This shows how good the different cameras, at their different modi, are suited to not only be used as a … Continued

RunCam HD vs. Mobius: Unboxing Review

In this video we do an unboxing review of the RunCam HD. We compare its external features to the Mobius camera and also do a weight comparison. We additionally compare the contents of the RunCam HD kit to that of the Mobius kit.     The RunCam HD is available directly from the manufacturer at: … Continued

This is the story of “Minion Quad Power”!

There was once that little Minion, just came to be and well confused. Not knowing what was happening, he was already upside down! Feeling that desire from deep down, he had to start looking for a master. Not knowing what to do he captured one of the flying machines to serve his purpose! Next time … Continued

How to build a low-cost 5$ brushless motor thrust stand

In this video I show you how to build compact low-cost thrust stand for measuring the thrust of your mini-quad power systems. It can easily be extended for larger propellers as well. We also perform a live test, which nearly ends with an accident. Thankfully your friendly reviewer is still alive and unhurt ;-).   … Continued

Drunken Bixler vs. Minion Quad Power!

Guys! Just when Minion Quad Power got used to flying comfortably, something unexpected happened. He must have disturbed one of the local Bixlers in its natural habitat. Needless to say, the Bixler was not happy and what was intended as a fun ride for little Minion took quite a different track… but watch yourself!   … Continued

Minion earns his Mini Quad Wings!

That guy sure loves his new Mini Quad! Happily cruising around he even already tries some faster maneuvers. No one knows what might come next, god help us 😉     Frame: http://www.banggood.com/H250-ZMR250-250mm-Carbon-Fiber-Mini-Quadcopter-Multicopter-Frame-Kit-p-933185.html?p=I32013833408201410RW PDB: http://www.banggood.com/Diatone-37-Blade-Series-Frame-Part-PCB-Main-Frame-Plate-p-972613.html?p=I32013833408201410RW ESCs: http://www.banggood.com/ZTW-Spider-Series-12A-OPTO-ESC-With-SimonK-Program-p-946402.html?p=I32013833408201410RW Motors: http://www.banggood.com/DYS-BE1806-2300KV-Brushless-Motor-2-3S-for-Mini-Multicopters-p-933192.html?p=I32013833408201410RW Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

Diatone Blade series 250mm Carbon Fiber Frame Kit: Unboxing review

In this video we do an unboxing of the Diatone Innovations (DTI) Blade series 250mm Carbon Fiber Frame Kit. We do the unboxing and then assess the quality of the kit. We also perform weight measurements. Additionally we show and discuss components which are suggested to complete the build.     The Blade series 250mm … Continued

Red Eagle Combat & Slope Soaring Wing: Maiden flight

This is the maiden flight of the “HobbyKing Red Eagle Combat & Slope Soaring Wing”. This is an awesome wing with just the right size for portability. I really like its flight characteristics and can’t wait to fly it again. The wing is available here from HobbyKing: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=11440&aff=1514     One can currently get it … Continued

Red Eagle Combat & Slope Soaring Wing: Build review

In this video we do a build review of the “HobbyKing Red Eagle Combat & Slope Soaring Wing”. In addition to discussing the build, we measure its actual flying weight after the build and present the FPV components. The wing is available here from HobbyKing: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=11440&aff=1514     One can currently get it from the … Continued

Catch that Bixler!

It’s all about the fun, right? You bet we had fun on this day. I went flying with two friends. I was piloting my 1.5m (about 59″) FPV wing and my buddies were flying their Bixlers from HobbyKing. Of course I tried to get as close as possible to them for some nice shots … … Continued

Low-Cost FPV Flying Wing (with Quadcopter Power System!)

In this article we present you a flying wing with FPV at a low cost. Other than quadcopters, flying wings provide much longer flight times. The flying wing presented here has a wing span of 1 meter (about 39 inches) which makes it quite portable. Moreover, I’ve always loved the look of flying wings – … Continued

Low-Budget FPV Mini Multirotor with long Flight Time!

In this article I will present you a mini tricopter with an exceptionally long flight time (for its size) powered by very low-budget components. This is not your usual mini quad, but just as much fun (or more) than a quadcopter! I have built the tricopter and flew it many times already and I’m very … Continued

Bumpy Minion Ride!

Guys. What can I say. There are TWO of them now! And they are taking selfie rides on the quadcopter. Oh my god – please help! 😀       Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

How to train your Bixler!

In this video I went flying with two friends. I piloted my FPV wing, while my friends were on their Bixlers. I had great fun chasing the Bixlers in the air, and we even had some ‘touching moments’ ;-D. Hope you enjoy the fun       Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow … Continued

Minion hijacked my Tricopter!

Guys! I think I got a serious issue on my hands. That little fellow appeared on my bench yesterday and insisted on confiscating one of my tricopters to ‘look for his master’. I was like ‘yeah, whatever!’. But overnight he somehow managed to put some steering mechanism on my tricopter and he already did first … Continued

HobbyKing Red Eagle Combat & Slope Soaring Wing: Unboxing review

In this video we do an unboxing review of the ‘HobbyKing Red Eagle Combat & Slope Soaring Wing’. In addition to the unboxing, we measure its weight. We also discuss a possible power and FPV system for this wing. The wing is available here from HobbyKing: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=11440&aff=1514     One can currently get it from … Continued

Introducing the Mobius Cap :-D !

In this video I show you an idea for a very simple setup for outdoor videos. I will use that for outdoor RC-videos soon, so stay tuned. Hope you like it       Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

HobbyKing Quanum Trifecta Mini Foldable Tricopter Frame: Unboxing review

In this video we perform an unboxing of the ‘Quanum Trifecta Mini Foldable Tricopter Frame’ and discuss some possible power systems for this tricopter.     Parts list: Quanum Trifecta: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=68596&aff=1514 Turnigy TGY-9018MG Metal Gear Servo: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=17322&aff=1514 DYS BE1806 1400KV Brushless Motor: http://www.banggood.com/DYS-BE1806-1400KV-Brushless-Motor-2-4S-for-Mini-Multicopters-p-933191.html?p=I32013833408201410RW MultiStar Race Spec 3S 1400mAh Lipo: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=66874&aff=1514 Gemfan 7038 Carbon Nylon CW/CCW … Continued

2B6 Dual Power Balance Charger: Unboxing and review

This is an unboxing and review of the ‘2B6 Dual Power 2*80W RC Battery Balance Charger 10V-20V Voltage’ which is available from Banggood at: http://www.banggood.com/2B6-Dual-Power-280W-RC-Battery-Balance-Charger-10V-20V-Voltage-p-961524.html?p=I32013833408201410RW     In this video we do an unboxing and perform some basic tests of this charger. Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

Diatone 3-4S LED Decoration Board: unboxing and test

In this video we unbox and test the ‘Diatone 3-4S LED Decoration Board’. We measure the weight, check the brightness and measure the power consumption of these LEDs.     These LEDs are very resonably priced and available through Banggood: http://www.banggood.com/Diatone-3-4S-LED-Decoration-Board-Strip-Set-For-250-Class-Frame-p-961260.html?p=I32013833408201410RW Like Our Site? Please share: … and follow us:

Eachine 700TVL 1/3 Cmos FPV 110 Degree Camera w/32CH Transmission: unboxing review and live test

In these videos we do an unboxing, weight measurements and a live test of the “Eachine 700TVL 1/3 Cmos FPV 110 Degree Camera w/32CH Transmission”.       This set is available from Banggood at: http://www.banggood.com/Eachine-700TVL-13-Cmos-­FPV-110-Degree-Camera-w32CH-Transmission­-p-965760.html?p=WL2504207536201306OF I have now been using this set on several of my flying machines and it works great.     … Continued

How to LED your Quad!

In this video cheap LEDs for your quadcopter (or other applications) are reviewed. They are unpacked and I show how to solder them. Then we try them out and measure their brightness and weight. Finally we do a real-life test of them mounted on a quadcopter flying in daylight. This is my second ‘review-style’ video. … Continued

Fatshark vs. DIY goggles!

In this video I compare two different types of FPV headsets. The traditional Fatshark-like headsets (such as Fatshark Dominator, Attitude, Base, Predator, Teleporter or Skyzone FPV goggles) are compared to the new DIY headsets (such as the HobbyKing Quanum DIY goggles or the DIY goggles from Marek).     Specifically we use the following equipment … Continued