My FPV saga

Dima

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!

5.2017

QX7, Vortex 250 Pro, HD3

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.

5.2017

5.2017

Brushed DIY

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.

5.2017

6.2017

Eachine QX105

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.

6.2017

6.2017

QAV-R clone 5″

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.

6.2017

6.2017

Eachine FatBee 90

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.

6.2017

6.2017

Vortex 250 pro

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.

6.2017

7.2017

Closed QAV-R

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.

7.2017

7.2017

Armattan Chameleon 5″

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 😀

7.2017

8.2017

Eachine tinywhoop

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.

8.2017

8.2017

Eachine Aurora 90

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.

8.2017

8.2017

Eachine Fury Wing 1030

My first fpv wing. But it was hard to launch and I hadn’t enough patience to keep it.

8.2017

9.2017

Dquad Obsession 5″

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.

9.2017

9.2017

Awesome Youbi 3″

I got also used Youbi quad to try 3″ racers. And got it broken pretty soon.

9.2017

9.2017

DiA Flex Quad 130

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.

9.2017

9.2017

Reptile S800 Sky shadow

I got another wing to try. Heavy and hard to manoeuvre. I wasn’t satisfied. But kept looking.

9.2017

10.2017

Dquad Obsession TPU pod

Got Obsession’s aluminium brace bent. Printed a TPU version to withstand all hits.

10.2017

10.2017

Eachine random whoop

Another whoop from Eachine spares.

10.2017

10.2017

Some striped market drone

I was interested in making a smaller quad. Bought a small wifi-controlled drone. Put on bigger props and camera.

10.2017

10.2017

TPU frame

I want to use proper FC, so did a smaller quad from whoops parts and printed the TPU frame.

10.2017

10.2017

Vertical FC frame

Redesigned for vertical FC to give props more clearance. It flies but wasn’t fast. Just a fun project.

10.2017

11.2017

DiA Flex quad 130 v2

Redesigned Flex Quad’s TPU frame to accommodate universal parts from all brands. Also smoother frame design.

11.2017

11.2017

Cherry Cratt’s 5″ racing frame

Got new frame for racing.

11.2017

11.2017

Shendrones Goldberg

Tried Goldberg frame printed with 98A TPU. It flies, but ducts were too soft giving no protection to props.

11.2017

12.2017

DiA Flex Owl

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.

12.2017

12.2017

5″ gingerbread props

Christmas time 😀

12.2017

1.2018

Beebrain, BetaFPV, Eachine

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.

1.2018

1.2018

Armattan Rooster 6″

New frame from Armattan. Planning to be a LR cruiser quad.

1.2018

1.2018

Hyperlite Floss 5″

New light frame for punchy freestyle. With huge power to weight rate.

1.2018

2.2018

Sq8 HD camera

The beginning of HD tiny whoops. Striped SQ8 HD camera mounted on the whoop.

2.2018

3.2018

DJI FPV Mavic

First DJI FPV drone.

3.2018

4.2018

Low profile Beebrain tiny whoop

My first low profile tiny whoop design.

4.2018

4.2018

DiA Anticrime (AC1)

My first frame design for sub 250g 3″ LR cruising quad with HD split camera.

4.2018

5.2018

Zohd Nano Talon V-tail FPV plane

Wing for LR cruising. It waited too long for maiden, as I got my eyes on the other wing. So never flew with it.

5.2018

5.2018

Raaseri 5″

Super sturdy racing frame designed by friend and my designed camera pod printed from carbon fibre PLA.

5.2018

5.2018

Super low AC1

Built low profile AC1 quad with 10mm standoffs. Separate escs put vertically on the arms.

5.2018

7.2018

DiA Anticrime v2 (AC2)

Redesigned my Anticrime frame for thicker arms.

7.2018

7.2018

Emodia modular frame

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.

7.2018

7.2018

FrSky X-lite radio

New smaller radio for portability in a small box with tiny whoops.

7.2018

8.2018

DiA AC2 quad and frames

AC2 quad done and frames for friends.

8.2018

8.2018

Happymodel brushless 65 tiny whoop

First 65 sized tiny whoop with brushless motors. CF frame with aluminium ducts. 24,5g without battery.

8.2018

8.2018

Happymodel reframed

Moved Happymodel’s parts to a lighter nylon frame as the original was too heavy.
26g with 250mAh battery.

8.2018

9.2018

Emodia 5″ racer

Emodia frames arrived and built 5″ true-x reacer.

9.2018

9.2018

Beebrain with HD camera

Found new tiny HD camera with analog output. Mounted it to Beebrain tiny whoop.
Don’t remember what camera was that.

9.2018

10.2018

STRIX Nano Goblin

Best ever sub 250g LR wing for cruising!

10.2018

10.2018

Emodia 5″ pure-x

5″ heavy lifter prototype built on Emodia pure-x frame.

10.2018

10.2018

Unbreakable 98A TPU props

Designed working printed 98A TPU props, which were hard to break.

10.2018

10.2018

Emodia v2 parts

New versions of Emodia’s modular plates.

10.2018

10.2018

Happymodel low profile

Rebuilt Happymodel into low profile design. 19g without battery.

10.2018

10.2018

DiA minimalistic tilt camera

Designed minimalistic tilt-module with micro camera to fit into normal full sized camera place.

10.2018

11.2018

AC2 lowprofile

Rebuilt AC1 low profile quad to AC2 frame.

11.2018

11.2018

DiA Flex Owl v2

Designed new version of Flex Owl frame. Thicker and multi purposed with plenty of Twist-lock holes.

11.2018

11.2018

Emodia Monster 5″

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.

11.2018

12.2018

Emodia 5″ gigerbread

It’s christmas time. Emodia 5″ with gingerbread props.

12.2018

12.2018

FPVWRA Spec racing wing

Built a wing for racing in FPVWRA spec class.

12.2018

1.2019

Some printed frame tiny whoops

Test new printed frame found on internet.

1.2019

1.2019

DiA Anticrime v3 (AC3)

New Anticrime design, better suitable for LR cruising. Longer body in H-style with more space for two stack designs.

1.2019

1.2019

All Emodia v2 parts

Added longer arms for Emodia. Now it’s possible to build 4″-9″ combinations for different purposes.

1.2019

1.2019

Emodia 5″

New Emodia 5″ quad with folklore fabric-covered frame.

1.2019

2.2019

BetaFPV 85 HD whoop

85mm cinewhoop from BetaFPV with Caddix HD camera.

2.2019

3.2019

DiA Anticrime v3 (AC3)

AC3 frames arrived. Created a floatie from finnfoam to prevent quad from sinking to the bottom of the lake.

3.2019

3.2019

AD-HD indoor FPV delta wing

Built small delta for flying indoor. But I mostly flew outdoors in calm weather.

3.2019

3.2019

FrSky X9D+

Upgraded to X9D+ radio from Q X7. Also modded it to the red coloured scheme.

3.2019

3.2019

DiA fpv lens wiper

Designed an awesome minimalistic lens wiper for fpv camera.

3.2019

3.2019

Emodia Long 7″

Built 6S 7″ LR quad on Emodia long frame.

3.2019

4.2019

Spec racing wing

New racing wing for FPVWRA spec class.

4.2019

5.2019

Readymaderc Ar Wing Mini

Small 4S wing for freestyle flying. Super fun!

5.2019

5.2019

DiA Tiny Whing

Designed super small and light 1S wing from 3mm depron.

5.2019

5.2019

DiA Tiny Whing v2

New version of Tiny Whing. 2S and FilteTest’s foam.

5.2019

6.2019

DiA B-fly cinequad

Designed 3″ light cinequad with detacheable prop schields.

6.2019

6.2019

Armattan Gecko 3″

Tough 3″ freestyle quad for all-round flying.

6.2019

6.2019

Emodia 7″ toothpick

Brain fart project.

6.2019

7.2019

DiA B-fly cinequad

B-fly frame arrived.

7.2019

7.2019

Emodia Long 7″

New build of Emodia 7″ LR quad with 6S Li-Ion pack.

7.2019

7.2019

Saved by floatie

First time floatie saved quad from sinking.

7.2019

8.2019

DiA Aquad

Designed waterproof submarine quad with floating RX/VTX station. All working, but it’s useless in most Finnish lakes.

8.2019

10.2019

TBS Caipirinha II

I went into bigger wings and got Caipirinha.

10.2019

11.2019

DiA Tiny Whing v3

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.

11.2019

2.2020

Nameless N47 toothpick

I wanted to try some toothpick class quad.

2.2020

2.2020

BetaFPV F4 Pro

New brushless 65 tiny whoop from BetaFPV

2.2020

3.2020

Zohd Dart 250g

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.

3.2020

3.2020

Eachine E57

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.

3.2020

3.2020

Ar Wing Nano

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.

3.2020

4.2020

Armattan Badger 6″

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.

4.2020

4.2020

Diatone Taycan

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.

4.2020

6.2020

Radiomaster TX16S

Got new radio with an integrated multimodule. Modded with Eachine’s new RD200 FPV DVR monitor.

6.2020

10.2020

ImmersionRC Ghost TX and RX

I am using Crossfire system for LR flyers, but IRC’s new 2.4GHz innovation for LR got me curious.

10.2020

11.2020

DiA minimalistic pan-tilt gimbal

Designed minimalistic gimbal for LR wing

11.2020

11.2020

Readymaderc Ar Wing Pro

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.

11.2020

12.2020

Jumper Dart “paper” plane

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.

12.2020

1.2021

BetaFPV/Insta360 SMO 4K HD camera

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.

1.2021

1.2021

Happymodel Mobula6 HD (Image: Banggood)

Proper HD tiny whoop from Happymodel. Great tiny cinewhoop for occasional filming.

1.2021

2.2021

Jumper T-lite

Jumper created new small multimodule radio. I wanted it as my secondary and student radio for training sessions.

2.2021

2.2021

DiA Anticrime v4 (AC4)

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.

2.2021

What I currenlty have:

  • Radios
    • Radiomaster TX16S with Crossfire and Ghost modules – my main radio
    • Jumper T-Lite – secondary/trainee radio
  • Goggles
    • Fatshark HD3 with Rapidfire – my main goggles
    • Fatshark HD3 without receiver – spectator goggles wired to main
    • Eachine Moneagle 5” DVR monitor
  • Quads
    • DiA AC3 – collecting dust on the shelve
    • Armattan Gecko – main freestyle and filming quad
    • DiA AC4 – (under developing) LR cruiser quad
    • BetaFPV F4 Pro – tiny whoop racer
    • Mobula6 HD – tiny cinewhoop
  • Wings
    • STRIX Nano Goblin – main LR cruiser
    • Readymaderc Ar Wing Mini – freestyle wing
    • Readymaderc Ar Wing Pro – LR cruiser
    • Jumper Dart – indoor plane

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