General RC Discussion

Discussion in 'Other Toys/Hobbies' started by deanx0r, Dec 26, 2001.

  1. MonoJoker

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    Hi Guys, I am looking to get a 4x4 truck or "truggy"? for my son and I to do some RC offroading. Got until April for his birthday and was hoping a budget of 200-300 might get something new that's decent. I haven't had much to do with RC other than really cheap stuff others have bought for my son (think $15 Kmart gear) so have had to do some googling.

    I'm guessing since I don't want high speed (slower the better for him to drive offroad I think) so brushed DC is the go? Also want something pretty well sealed so we can do mud bogs, etc. I saw a Redcat Racing Volcano online which seemed to tick most of the boxes and I can get one from OS delivered for ~$230 AUD. Is that decent value? What else would be a decent buy in my budget for 1:10 scale? Battery runtime seemed low on the Redcat (7-10 mins) so what sort of cost are spare batteries, etc?
     
  2. FIREWIRE1394

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    Well shit...
    I'm not too fussed about the not stocking Traxxas parts (There might be a single traxxas bolt on the "slash" somewhere.. maybe) It's more so I need to know if I can actually get my back ordered parts, and if not I'll have to go somewhere else.

    But cheers for the heads up, I'll look into it.
     
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  3. ShadowBurger

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    A friend and I built some foam planes on Friday night, then took them out Sunday for a fly. I opted to use a flight controller to keep it stable during flight while my friend opted for a traditional manual setup where the servos are simply plugged straight into the receiver and the transmitter handles mixing the aileron and elevator channels. The flight controller proved to be a big win as the wing was blowing 25km/h and gusting up to 30. Manual flight line-of-sight was nearly impossible in those conditions but was made very easy with the flight controller. My friend included an FPV camera on his plane though, and flying that way was much, much easier than line-of-sight.

    Construction of the plane itself was very easy. Getting the centre of gravity spot on (or at least a smidgen nose-heavy) was critical, but not overly difficult. We had finished the frame in half an hour and had all the electronics installed and working in another hour. This is my component list:
    • Frame: DeadSimple Flying Wing (see link for build instructions)
    • Motor: DYS SE2205 Pro
    • ESC: 20amp with BEC
    • Servos: 9g turnigy
    • Radio / Receiver: FrSky Taranis and FrSky X4R-SB
    • Flight controller: Omnibus F3, running iNav
    I built the motor mount using the end of a carbon fiber quadcopter arm attached to a couple of long standoffs, which were secured using hot glue longways into the arse-end of the plane between the layers of foam.

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    It was a hoot, and the plane even made it back alive!
     
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  4. FIREWIRE1394

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    Don't think I'm getting my back orders.. the bankruptcy papers say hobbico/tower have an unsecured claim with proline for $237,317.
    I'll probably have to find somewhere local (even if it costs a lot) so I don't have to be off the road for months while I find somewhere else.
    Still glad I'm not Futuba. 2.2 million.
     
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  5. B.D.R

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    Don't forget Amain and RCmart, both are grouse to buy from, there are others as well, but those are the best as a rule.

    If you have the part numbers, get your google-fu on and find the best prices, some are deadest rapists the amount they charge :lol:
     
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  6. FIREWIRE1394

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    RC mart have all of what I want in stock, part numbers were easy thanks to tower, so I'll see if things are shipped by the first of February, and if not, then I'll give RCmart a go.

    Thanks for the tip :)
     
  7. ShadowBurger

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    A short video of the above plane in action... what a beast!

     
  8. ShadowBurger

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    My latest, the S800 Sky Shadow

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    Also took it for a quick test flight. The flight characteristics were rubbish though and if it weren't for the flight controller, it would have been completely unflyable. (CoG was wrong, wasn't balanced left-to-right, servo horns were on backwards :rolleyes:, controller isn't tuned...)

    The video is just loosely edited raw footage, turn your volume down... There's some flight stats at the end of the vid also

     
  9. Coopz

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    I took my Phoenix Tiger 60 for its first flight in months a little while ago, stuck a few cameras on it.
     
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  10. ShadowBurger

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    That's awesome! seems to fly real smooth. Are you fling FPV or LOS?

    Got some DVR footage of a longish-range flight I did with the S800 Sky Shadow yesterday. I have a RunCam 2 Split on order which will give me HD footage in the same form factor as the existing FPV camera so hopefully this'll be the last DVR-only video I put up... can't stand awful quality footage.
    • Just under 12km total distance flown
    • Max distance from launch 2.45km
    • Max speed 118km/h
    • Flown with DragonLink
     
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  11. FIREWIRE1394

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    Fixed the "slash" with parts from RC mart and got into some real bush bashing this arvo. Then I started doing jumps and broke a shock.. not a tower or mount, but a shock itself. Fixed in field and bashed some more. I need some more batteries... so much fun!!! I'll have to film the next bash :)
     
  12. ShadowBurger

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    Landed the S800 in Lake Eildon on the weekend... oops. Apparently the lake is full of LSD

     
  13. isaakk

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    Almost gave me a heart attack man! Thought you meant a DJI S800 at first glance :lol:

    Still though, bummer! At least it floats I guess..?
     
  14. electro rc

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    Making a come back to RC. Just got myself a HPI blitz 2wd, 9t motor unknown gearing. Hopefully it's the start of another big collection :)
     
  15. electro rc

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    Aaaaand the misses loved my HPI so I had to buy her a truck too. Introducing the Losi XXX-SCT, 9t brushless/35a combo in the guts of it. Also converted my HPI to a 5700kv/120a combo I had sitting around which i managed to get working again. Now I just need my damned lipos to turn up! 20180406_211303.jpg
     
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  16. Chamelion

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    Are you up in the bay or sunny coast? I'm about to offload the rest of my RC gear.. fair few lipos, a charger.. other misc bits and bobs.
     
  17. electro rc

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    Back in the bay mate, been back since start of last year.
     
  18. RaZ

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    I don't mean to be a kill joy.. but why the hell are you guys using soft lipo packs?!

    Using Lipo's in RC cars - you should be using Hardcase lipo's! Ever seen a soft one get a hole in it? Instant fire! Then all your kit is gone.
    I have seen it many times when racing 1/10th - guys having fun with they toys - running softpacks - few flips and bang - its a melted fire mess.

    Softpacks are for flight RC. User beware! and have fun :)

    oh and PS - RC gear is exxy - there are cheap ways - but they will break easy - RC is the same as PC's IMO - you get what you pay for ;)

     
  19. munchkin1

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    Well it sure took a while but I'm finally having a proper dabble in RC :) Having built a 3d printer 6 months ago and nearing completion of a second improved one, I've really enjoyed these projects so thought DIY RC would be perfect, my printer can also do TPU to print little bits and pieces for it.

    I've decided to do a quadcopter build, aiming to be FPV but will start off LoS before I pick up goggles. My goal here is for a 'jack of all trades master of none' build to see which type of flying I prefer. And if I like it, I'll build more specialised versions down the line. So it's sort of a mid range cruiser that should have the ability to do reasonable freestyle type flying I hope, while also having reasonable range and speed.

    So far I have only ordered parts, should all be in my hands by next weekend:

    Frame: Armattan Chameleon Ti 6inch
    Flight controller: Betaflight F7
    ESCs: Lumenier 36A BLHeli_32 with telemetry
    Motors: T-motor F40 Pro II 1600kv
    FPV Cam: Runcam micro eagle
    FPV transmitter: TBS Unify Pro 5g8 HV
    FPV Antenna: Lumenier AXII
    Radio TX: TBS Crossfire Micro
    Radio TX antenna: TBS diamond
    Radio RX: TBS Crossfire micro v2
    Radio RX antenna: TBS Crossfire Immortal T
    Radio controller: FrSky X9D Plus Special Edition
    Props: A lot, and a big range of them (all tri blade, 5inch and 6inch, with pitches from 3 to 5)
    Lipo: Thunder Power Adrenaline 6S 1500mAh
    Lipo charger: isdt Q6 Plus
    Lipo charger power supply: Mean well UHP-350 350w 24v with active PFC (same as I used in my printer!)


    To buy:
    FPV Receiver: TBA, maybe immersionRC Rapidfire
    FPV goggles: TBA
    More lipos
    GPS module

    Keen as to get building!
     
  20. ShadowBurger

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    ahhh yeah! That will be quick as f**k! That's some serious gear you've ordered there. Straight onto a Crossfire as well, nice one :)
     

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