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My FPV saga
I realized that I have photos almost of all my fpv stuff I had and thought that it could be interesting to put them on a timeline. So here it goes!
Everything started from here. Radio was FrSky Q X7, ImmersionRC Vortex 250 Pro 5″ quad and Fatshark HD3 goggles. And 0 experience in fpv. But I wasn’t a newbie in RC planes. I used to fly with motor-gliders 10 years ago. And got into the Acro-mode on the first day flying with fpv without any simulator experience.
I wasn’t confident at all in flying smaller places. So I wanted some smaller quad to fly inside and backyard. Got some spare parts of a brushed small drone and printed a frame found on the internet.
With so little skills and bumping constantly into the walls and stuff, I realized that I need a quad with some bumpers. I got Eachine QX105 brushed quad with prop guards. It helps to practice a bit safely.
I knew I couldn’t try any risky tricks with expensive Vortex and no skills. I had to get some cheap quad as a beater.
As other microquads were broken. I got used FatBee quad and striped its shell off. It was pretty compact to carry around in a small zip-box.
As I was gathering more skills and practising to fly low on the football field, the vortex got too much mud and wet grass inside. So I had to print bumpers and hole protectors to keep the quad’s internals clean.
Also, QAV got damages and got top plate broken. So printed a shell that covers the whole quad. And it was also possible to fly in wet conditions.
I got to know about Armattan’s life-lime warranty and was interested to get a “cooler” quad and build it from new parts. It was awesome 😀
Here starts the tiny whoop era. Again got a used Eachine quad without a camera. I was interested in a fully ducted frame. Put the AIO camera on and it was fun to fly.
Whoop was pretty fun to fly and I wanted some bigger ducted quad. Got a new Aurora, which was also the first brushless micro quad.
My first fpv wing. But it was hard to launch and I hadn’t enough patience to keep it.
I got more interested in racing so I got a used Obsession, which was a true-x racer. Very tight to build, but it was tough to break.
I got also used Youbi quad to try 3″ racers. And got it broken pretty soon.
Quickly designed my first 3D printed quad entirely from 98A TPU. The design was for Youbi parts. And It flew pretty nice and in the summertime it was indestructible. But when winter came, it got a crack into one arm as frost made TPU harder.
I got another wing to try. Heavy and hard to manoeuvre. I wasn’t satisfied. But kept looking.
Got Obsession’s aluminium brace bent. Printed a TPU version to withstand all hits.
Another whoop from Eachine spares.
I was interested in making a smaller quad. Bought a small wifi-controlled drone. Put on bigger props and camera.
I want to use proper FC, so did a smaller quad from whoops parts and printed the TPU frame.
Redesigned for vertical FC to give props more clearance. It flies but wasn’t fast. Just a fun project.
Redesigned Flex Quad’s TPU frame to accommodate universal parts from all brands. Also smoother frame design.
Got new frame for racing.
Tried Goldberg frame printed with 98A TPU. It flies, but ducts were too soft giving no protection to props.
Designed safety and unbreakable frame for 3″ quad. Printed from 98A TPU. It was a good quad in colder weather. On hot summer days, it was too soft for FC to handle. For summers it should be printed from harder filaments.
Christmas time 😀
New whoops in the house. On the let is the technical leader of the tiny whoops – Beebrain. In the middle BetaFPV’s 75mm brushless whoop. On the right some Eachine newish whoop.
New frame from Armattan. Planning to be a LR cruiser quad.
New light frame for punchy freestyle. With huge power to weight rate.
The beginning of HD tiny whoops. Striped SQ8 HD camera mounted on the whoop.
First DJI FPV drone.
My first low profile tiny whoop design.
My first frame design for sub 250g 3″ LR cruising quad with HD split camera.
Wing for LR cruising. It waited too long for maiden, as I got my eyes on the other wing. So never flew with it.
Super sturdy racing frame designed by friend and my designed camera pod printed from carbon fibre PLA.
Built low profile AC1 quad with 10mm standoffs. Separate escs put vertically on the arms.
Redesigned my Anticrime frame for thicker arms.
Designed modular frame for Emo FPV Drones Finnish PV shop. The frame design has different size boomerang arms and different lengths of the bottom and top plate. So you can build anything between True-X and a long bus framed cruiser.
New smaller radio for portability in a small box with tiny whoops.
AC2 quad done and frames for friends.
First 65 sized tiny whoop with brushless motors. CF frame with aluminium ducts. 24,5g without battery.
Moved Happymodel’s parts to a lighter nylon frame as the original was too heavy.
26g with 250mAh battery.
Emodia frames arrived and built 5″ true-x reacer.
Found new tiny HD camera with analog output. Mounted it to Beebrain tiny whoop.
Don’t remember what camera was that.
Best ever sub 250g LR wing for cruising!
5″ heavy lifter prototype built on Emodia pure-x frame.
Designed working printed 98A TPU props, which were hard to break.
New versions of Emodia’s modular plates.
Rebuilt Happymodel into low profile design. 19g without battery.
Designed minimalistic tilt-module with micro camera to fit into normal full sized camera place.
Rebuilt AC1 low profile quad to AC2 frame.
Designed new version of Flex Owl frame. Thicker and multi purposed with plenty of Twist-lock holes.
Inspired by Corza’s fantazy drone pod. Redesigned to be printable and suitable for Emodia frame. Also desinged aggresive props and arm protectors. All printed from 98A TPU.
It’s christmas time. Emodia 5″ with gingerbread props.
Built a wing for racing in FPVWRA spec class.
Test new printed frame found on internet.
New Anticrime design, better suitable for LR cruising. Longer body in H-style with more space for two stack designs.
Added longer arms for Emodia. Now it’s possible to build 4″-9″ combinations for different purposes.
New Emodia 5″ quad with folklore fabric-covered frame.
85mm cinewhoop from BetaFPV with Caddix HD camera.
AC3 frames arrived. Created a floatie from finnfoam to prevent quad from sinking to the bottom of the lake.
Built small delta for flying indoor. But I mostly flew outdoors in calm weather.
Upgraded to X9D+ radio from Q X7. Also modded it to the red coloured scheme.
Designed an awesome minimalistic lens wiper for fpv camera.
Built 6S 7″ LR quad on Emodia long frame.
New racing wing for FPVWRA spec class.
Small 4S wing for freestyle flying. Super fun!
Designed super small and light 1S wing from 3mm depron.
New version of Tiny Whing. 2S and FilteTest’s foam.
Designed 3″ light cinequad with detacheable prop schields.
Tough 3″ freestyle quad for all-round flying.
Brain fart project.
B-fly frame arrived.
New build of Emodia 7″ LR quad with 6S Li-Ion pack.
First time floatie saved quad from sinking.
Designed waterproof submarine quad with floating RX/VTX station. All working, but it’s useless in most Finnish lakes.
I went into bigger wings and got Caipirinha.
Almost the same as V2 but with printed winglets and KFm2 airfoil. It was heavy and required more speed so I crashed it pretty quickly in a small field surrounded by trees.
I wanted to try some toothpick class quad.
New brushless 65 tiny whoop from BetaFPV
Zohd published new wing for 250g builds. Nope it’s not easy to build sub 250g with LR electronics. It can’t even fly well on 2S. I like very much how it looks, but it wasn’t for me.
Got Eachine’s slim foldable selfie drone and rebuilt it with brushed tiny whoop’s electronics. Fun project, but had no patience to tune its oscillations.
Got another Ar Wing Mini parts and built a smaller version by glueing two wings together. Long flying time on 2S Li-Ions. Named it obviously Ar Wing Nano.
I like the solutions in this design, so got it to be as a new 6″ 6S LR quad. Also first try to use iNav on the quad. It was hard to get compass and gyro to work together.
I love this cinewhoop design from Diatone, so had to get it to myself. I designed a new top plate with twist-lock holes for T-L camera mounts and other equipment.
Got new radio with an integrated multimodule. Modded with Eachine’s new RD200 FPV DVR monitor.
I am using Crossfire system for LR flyers, but IRC’s new 2.4GHz innovation for LR got me curious.
Designed minimalistic gimbal for LR wing
This wing got my attention on the first day they published it and I wanted it very much. So much room and pockets for stuff, detachable wings and modular fuselage cover and nose. Built it with three fpv cameras: Fixed main front camera, secondary pan/tilt camera on top and the third, bottom view camera. The front fixed camera has a lens wiper. Foldable crossfire antenna for transportation.
Jumper created RC controlled paper plane from a 2mm depron. It uses 1S battery.
Firstly I built it with a small AIO fpv camera but it was too much for it. The second built was without a camera. It was pretty fun to fly indoors. It is very pitch-sensitive, so you have to find the optimal pitch to keep it in the air. Not for beginners as it was promoted.
New HD camera option that was desired by many flyers. Super light HD camera that takes power from the quad. It has very good predictive gyro-based stabilization in the post process.
Proper HD tiny whoop from Happymodel. Great tiny cinewhoop for occasional filming.
Jumper created new small multimodule radio. I wanted it as my secondary and student radio for training sessions.
Inspired by DJI:s Mini2 drone, I designed a new frame for DJI Mini’s motors and props. Still under development. But with this version, I got AUW 214g and 34min flight time.
I felt that Ar Pro was little bit hard in launches alone. So moved to planes with tails. Got Volantex G2 plane with detachable wings for easy transportation.
It actually felt good and was nice to fly.
As I liked very much G2 plane, it wasn’t stabile in gusty winds while cruising. So I needed a bit bigger motor glider for longer and smoother cruisings. This Ranger has 2m wing span, but with detachable wings it is as mobile as G2.
I still have primary requirements for planes. They have to be possible to fly from a small backyard. I then realized the existence of the STOL (Short Take Off and Land) planes and got interested in this Tundra plane. Sure it has a shorter flight time comparing to gliders, but I somehow feel that I need something more agile. And it has also floaties and skis!
What I currenlty have:
- Radiomaster TX16S with Crossfire and Ghost modules – my main radio
- Jumper T-Lite – secondary/trainee radio
- Fatshark HD3 with Rapidfire – my main goggles
- Fatshark HD3 without receiver – spectator goggles wired to main
- Eachine Moneagle 5” DVR monitor
- DiA AC3 – collecting dust on the shelve
- Armattan Gecko – main freestyle and filming quad
- Diatone Roma F5 – 5″ quad for occasional filming with bigger cameras and fast speed
- DiA AC4 – (under developing) LR cruiser quad
- BetaFPV F4 Pro – tiny whoop racer
- Mobula6 HD – tiny cinewhoop
- STRIX Nano Goblin – main LR cruiser
- Readymaderc Ar Wing Mini – freestyle wing
- Jumper Dart – indoor plane
- Durafly Tundra V2 – all-around plane for cruising and aimless flying