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HOW TO BUILD AN FPV QUADCOPTER: Part 2

In Basics, Build, Review by Mike Tseng45 Comments

 

 HOW TO SET UP AN FPV QUADCOPTER   In part 1 of this build, we connected the ESCs, Naze32 and buzzer to the mini power distribution board and mounted the motors.  Part 2 we will set up the Naze32, program the transmitter and install the FPV camera and transmitter. First thing we’ll do is set up a new model on the …

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ImmersionRC Vortex Preview

In News by Mike Tseng0 Comments

 

 The ImmersionRC Vortex is going to be the DJI Phantom of the FPV quadcopter racing world.  ImmersionRC is mostly known for their 600mw video transmitter but now they are building ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) quads.  The reason the Phantoms fly so well is that they are all built the same so they are factory tuned to fly great.  This is …

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Drone’s Eye View

In News by Mike Tseng2 Comments

 

 I’m blown away on a daily basis by what strapping a camera on a multicopter can do.  They show you a brand new perspective on what’s happening around you everyday.  It’s the closest thing to being able to fly as I’ll ever get in my lifetime.  Here are some videos that show what a multicopter, a camera and some balls …

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HOVERSHIP ZUUL RACEHOUND REVIEW | PART 3: Flying

In Build, Review by Mike Tseng20 Comments

 

 The weather hasn’t been cooperating here so I haven’t had a lot of time to fly but after putting about 20 batteries through Hovership’s ZUUL Racehound I can say this thing kicks ass. I think most quad frames if tuned correctly will fly very similar from one brand to another so we will focus more on features, durability and build. Durability …

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HOVERSHIP ZUUL RACEHOUND REVIEW | PART 2: The Build

In Build, Review by Mike Tseng8 Comments

 

 It feels like Christmas whenever I start a new mini quad build.  In part 1 of this 3 part Hovership ZUUL Racehound review, we looked at the frame.  Part 2 we’ll hit the highlights of my setup. This is not mean to be a step-by-step how to build a mini quad post.  I will do that in a separate post. …

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Are your screws loose? Check your motors.

In Build, Crash, Quick Tips by Mike Tseng0 Comments

 

 The first thing you should do when you get new motors for your quadcopter is to check to see if the manufacture put thread lock on the set screws holding it to the motor shaft. I noticed my QAV250 quad was flying really strange.  It was having a hard time flying in a straight line without random yaw drifts.  Anytime …

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Quadcopter Basics

In Basics by Mike Tseng27 Comments

 

 When I first wanted to get into quadcopters I had no clue where to start.  I have a degree in electronics engineering but all this talk of kv, PIDs, flight controllers sounded alien to me.  There is a big learning curve when you start so here is a simple breakdown of the basic parts of a quadcopter to get you …

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Hovership ZUUL Racehound Review | Part 1: First Impressions

In Build, Review by Mike Tseng0 Comments

 

 The release of Hovership’s ZUUL Racehound couldn’t have come at a better time. The day before they released the quadcopter (Valentine’s Day 2015) I had broken my second frame on my Lumenier QAV250 in two weeks. It was getting too expensive to spend $45-$55 every time I broke an arm. I’ve been thinking about moving to a frame with replaceable …

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Quadcopter Flips on Takeoff: Naze32 Orientation

In Quick Tips by Mike Tseng20 Comments

 

 I learned this the hard way. If your quadcopter flips or pirouettes on take off, there could be three reasons for this: The motors are spinning the wrong way. Use the motors tab in Baseflight or Cleanflight to check the motor directions. To reverse a motor, switch any two of the three motor wires. *Take off the propellers before testing* The …