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Old 11-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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RC multi rotor enthusiasts......

Anyone else on the board into RC multi-rotor camera platforms?

I'm a newb in this world but I bought a Blade 350qx. I quickly destroyed the body in a crash and have been trying to convert the guts over to a flame wheel 330 frame because of the shortage on spare parts for the 350qx. I was however able to find a 350qx body and will be putting my 350qx back together this weekend.



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Old 11-22-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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I'm looking into the LaTrax Alias as a starter to get used to flight and then moving up to a DJI Phantom when I'm ready (and funds are available)
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:18 PM   #3
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Yeah that one is a nice piece for sure. I thought about the phantom but went with the 350qx because it was slightly cheaper. It's awesome to fly in stability mode. GPS mode is really tame. It won't get any closer than 30ft from you and also has IOC (intelligent orientation control) meaning no matter what direction it's facing, back on the stick goes away from you and fwd on the stick goes forward. Also the throttle corresponds to altitude not a throttle setting. Meaning if you go full throttle, it will go up to a maximum altitude of 150ft and just sit there as long as it has a GPS lock. And if you just drop it to min throttle, it will gently land itself all on that fixed GPS coordinate that it's locked onto.


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Old 12-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #4
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Got my 350qx back together finally. Added some prop adapters and some carbon fiber props




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Old 12-22-2013, 10:29 AM   #5
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Yes, I am in to this as well.

I have a DGI Phantom that I am putting a Zenmuse mount sometime soon.

I also have a DGI Flame Wheel with FPS camera and a Wookong...can do the whole groundstation thing and set waypoints.

Here's some footage from the Phantom as it currently is without the Zenmuse...I'll grab some pictures in a few minutes.

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Here's pictures of the copters...



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I've had a couple of unfortunate incidents in the last couple of months which is really testing my patience (and wallet) with this thing. But I am really enjoying myself and I hope eventually to get a brushless gimbal and FPV set up for the 350qx. I'm also interested in building one. Probably a 450 size with a full Naza or wookong.


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Old 12-22-2013, 10:41 AM   #8
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Nice setup Steve. No fatshark goggles for you?


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I've had a couple of unfortunate incidents in the last couple of months which is really testing my patience (and wallet) with this thing. But I am really enjoying myself and I hope eventually to get a brushless gimbal and FPV set up for the 350qx. I'm also interested in building one. Probably a 450 size with a full Naza or wookong.


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Yeah...gotta watch out for those branches

I've had some minor incidents so far with the Phantom...mainly when trying to get cute and fly through tight spots like an archway in my brothers back yard.

I cracked and broke a piece of my Zenmuse gimbal frame (the plastic pieces with the shock mounts) from a hard landing. I have the new part, just haven't had time to fix it yet.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:47 AM   #10
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Nice setup Steve. No fatshark goggles for you?


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Old 12-22-2013, 10:50 AM   #11
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I'm looking into the LaTrax Alias as a starter to get used to flight and then moving up to a DJI Phantom when I'm ready (and funds are available)
I used the Blade MQX which was pretty cheap and a great learner platform. Cost of yours looks similar, as does the frame....so I'm sure it'll work fine.
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I used the Blade MQX which was pretty cheap and a great learner platform. Cost of yours looks similar, as does the frame....so I'm sure it'll work fine.

I also own a blade 180qx and I've been having a lot of fun with it. It's been fun to fly around while waiting on parts for the 350qx. Plus it binds up to my DX5E no problem


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I guess I also need to get a GoPro 3 and an external mic (with a windscreen) cause it sounds like the copters pick up a lot of wind noise...
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And I like my Traxxas T-Maxx as well, even if it has turned into a money pit upgrading every little part and piece to anodized aluminum...
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Old 12-23-2013, 03:53 PM   #16
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My 350qx has definitely turned into a money pit. Its quite frustrating. Lol. But when she's in the air she's a lot of fun. My 180qx is a lot of fun as well.


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Old 12-27-2013, 08:30 PM   #17
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Here was one of my first test flights with my Flame Wheel. Definitely more stable video than my Phantom.

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I guess I also need to get a GoPro 3 and an external mic (with a windscreen) cause it sounds like the copters pick up a lot of wind noise...
Maybe, though you tend to mute sound when making video and just put your own soundtrack to whatever video you shoot...or at least that's what I've seen most people do.
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Steve what components did you use to build the F450?


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It's actually the F550...

- Flame Wheel 550
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- Six High Performance Brushless motors
- Spektrum DX8 2.4 Ghz Transmitter and AR8000 Receiver
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I got to fly a DJI Phantom Vision 2 today. All I have to say is WOW, I can't believe how easy and stable it is to fly. I'm really curious if the regular phantom is that easy and stable to fly as well? I love my 350qx don't get me wrong. But there are some things about it that I'm not too fond of. For instance the intelligent orientation control, and the fact that you can't turn that off, whereas you can turn it off on the phantom. super cool!
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I got to fly a DJI Phantom Vision 2 today. All I have to say is WOW, I can't believe how easy and stable it is to fly. I'm really curious if the regular phantom is that easy and stable to fly as well? I love my 350qx don't get me wrong. But there are some things about it that I'm not too fond of. For instance the intelligent orientation control, and the fact that you can't turn that off, whereas you can turn it off on the phantom. super cool!
I just bought one of those to add to my Phantom I have...mainly because I liked the idea of doing RTV to my phone.

They are very similar. The props are actually larger on the Vision 2.

I love the Phantom as far as flight characteristics compared to my F550. One other reason I got the Vision 2 was the new batteries, and the "up to 25 minute" flight time. The batteries for the Phantom seem to only last about 15 minutes, so the Vision 2 gives me the longest flight time of any of my multicopters.

I'm waiting on my SD cards to arrive so I can start recording video...should get those Friday.
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I'm just bummed that the vision 2 didn't come with a gimbaled camera


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I'm just bummed that the vision 2 didn't come with a gimbaled camera


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Old 01-02-2014, 04:04 PM   #25
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Pretty cool videos. Had some RC cars and planes in the past and just recently picked up a blade 120. The lightweight designs and batteries have come a long way. I still get a kick out of the $30 helicopters. We do timing races in the house with the nephew, lil bastard beat uncle Jim last time!
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