Monday, December 1, 2014

Are Afro ESC with SimonK firmware that good?

Hello again,

As you might know, I have amongst other quads a Flip Fpv Pro-G version, the G standing for gimbal.
Since this is my main beater quad, I thought it deserves some better ESC's than the old(non SimonK) ones it had, so I got 4 from HK + the programmer for them.

Since the main benefit over the regular ESC's is the better refresh rate, meaning the commands from your flight controller will reach the motors faster and thus giving a more stable and "locked" feeling in flight, I was expecting to see a real improvement during testing.
To be honest I was a bit disappointed  since I could barely see a faster motor reaction compared to my old ESC's .
Since these have the original SimonK firmware I assume they should work as advertised, do they?
 Below is the movie I made...please check it out and let me know if anyone else had a similar issue with their SimonK Afro ESCs? Some other movies that I have seen on youtube showed a better motors response than mines...
I want to mention that my motors are Sunnysky X2212 / 980KV.
Thanks a lot !

The Tarot bag for a 500 size rc heli

      Hi Guys
I received some time ago a really nice looking and practical bag for carrying a T-REX 500 class heli. For the smaller helis up to 450, you can, let's say improvise using some other bags, but the 500 is already quite big, so in my point of view a decent bag is needed.
This one I got from miracle-mart and is not the one in the picture on the link but is this one which looks like the Align bags.
So far I had no issues, material is fine, zipper also feels well built...
I also made a short review on the rcg forum, link here
And this is where you can get the product for only 13.5 USD !!!, link here
I attach below some more pictures that hopefully will make you decide on this bag:

Top view with my VCTRC 500 FBL resting inside

Doesn't come with included pockets but it has the velcro in place for add-ons
Enjoy the short review on my youtube channel and let me hear your way of carrying your 500 size helis.

What I liked:
  • looking good(better than the pictures on the miracle-mart website)
  • good build quality
  • enough space inside
What I disliked:
  •  wish it had also pockets inside for small bits and pieces(at least it has the velcro in place already)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The smallest mini quad I have, Cheerson CX-10

The versions available

Hello again dear friends,
Even tough I prefer the bigger, more stable quads and helis, offered to send me this tiny mini quad, offer which I couldn't refuse...I was curious about this, since it is almost as big as my Crius Aiop flight controller I use in another project, and I think it is amazing how small things got in this hobby.
Please check below the youtube movie I uploaded and let me have your comments or questions...
I guess a test flight video will follow, so stay tuned :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Syma X5C, the affordable quad with camera

After having several quads and a hexa I thought the X5C will fill a gap in my line of toys, by being not too big but still quite stable and be able to take a movie also...
And I was quite right...Bigger than my Ladybird, but smaller than my flip, the new Syma X5-C is a nice and an easy to learn on quadcopter...I would say that even if you start on quads, you can have a basic reading on the manual for the transmitter operation, and be able to take off and land safely...
The quad is light at under 70 grams, it has a 6 axis gyro, meaning it can be hand thrown( I don"t recommend this) and the camera can be operated from the TX, cool huh? :)
It also has led"s under the arms to help with orientation, but I would suggest swapping them instead of the defaults-orange in front and green in the back.

Please use the below link to purchase it, it is from banggood, for which I would like to thank for providing this sample, and they send it with free shipping everywhere in the worls...

I will upload later, a flight test and a camera footage since many people asked about these points...
Fly safe...
I like: 

I don"t like:
-battery compartment under camera
-flight commands with a tiny delay

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

WL TOYS A959 RC Buggy

Hello Friends,
Even if this blog started as "RC HELI...." here I am lately posting about multirotors and today, surprise: and RC buggy...Bare with me on this one :)
I guess all boys at a certain age dreamt of  having an RC car at some times(and other things I will not mention here :)... Mine was a Peugeot 205 with the Ari Vatanen sticker on it, but that car wasn't meant to be mine back then...Many years later, here I am being the owner of an 1:18 scale buggy from, for which I thank them...It's a 4WD buggy from WL TOYS called the A959.

 Funny thing is that for WL toys it all started a few years back with the V911, from which I also own one, and I guess with good management decisions they expanded into multirotors and now RC cars...I guess many of us were surprised when the L959 came. It looked like a real RC car that could wheelie on throttle, isnt't that something ? I looked at that but banggood (Sami at that time) suggested this smaller 4WD, and I liked the idea to be honest...
Just a few hours ago, I filmed the unboxing but I could only play a bit in my apartment, but wow what an acceleration this beast has....AMAZINGGG, I cannot wait to go outside and see really how it performs...A piece of advice still: since this buggy uses a brushed motor, take it slow on the throttle, untill the motor's brushes settle in.
The buggy has a claimed "maximum velocity " of 50 km/h (yes, you read correctly) and it uses a 2.4 Ghx tx/rx system. I like already the nice suspensions which are not too soft like the L959 seems to be, and the grip on the tires is also good.
What I don't like is that in order to access the battery you have to open 2 metal pins to remove the canopy, install the battery, and later switch the buggy on, again from under the canopy.
Not very convenient but maybe a cost saving idea for WL Toys?
I want to end this post in a positive note and tell you that I am very excited about this buggy, and I hope it will be a nice and funny ride alltogether...

Some dimensions and specs of the car:
Vehicle size (LxWxH) = 245x175x94mm;
Wheelbase  165mm
Wheelspan 105mm
Wheel diameter /width 61mm / 28mm
TX battery 4xAA
Car battery 2S (7.4V) / 1100mAh
Motor 390
Control distance 100 above is mentioned in the manual

Please enjoy the unboxing video I uploaded, and I will upload another video (at least) showing you how the buggy actually goes, and more pictures, so please stay tuned...

You can find this great product that provided me, here:

Below is the unboxing video from youtube :

 Update: 19.07.2014 I just managed to get my shaft a bit of off-set which rubs against the electronic parts. Guess it happened when my wheels were stuck and I pushed still on the throttle...

I hope you find all the pictures you need below, pictures taken during transmission shaft dissasembling:

Maximum rear wheel travel

Maximum steering left

Maximum steering right

differential opened

Please check the unboxing and short review movie:

Please check the test drive video here:

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