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Product Review: Pat’s Minion 260: Part 2

Check out part 2 of my review of Pat’s Minion 260 H-Quad. It weighs in at 85g for the 5″ prop version and is made of carbon fiber.

The kit contains:
– 1x Mini H-Quad Top Plate 1mm CF
– 1x Mini H-Quad Bottom Plate 2mm CF
– 2x Mini H-Quad Arms 2.5mm CF
– 1x Mini H-Quad Camera Mount 1.5mm CF
– 1x Mini H-Quad Fasteners Pack

$110 for 5″ prop version
$115 for 6″ prop version

Pat’s Mini H Quad Website

RC Groups Forum Post

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Hovership Launches MHQ2

Steve from Hovership, for those of you who don’t know, is a pioneer in the field of 3D printed quad frames. Following the success of his MHQ 3D printed frame, he has launched a new product. Be sure to check it out.

from the site:

The redesigned 3D printed MHQ2 folding mini quadcopter frame has arrived! Building on the success of the original MHQ frame, we have improved the functionality, durability and stability of this frame. The MHQ2 frame uses the same arms and hardware from the MHQ with the addition of 4x more 18mm screws and 4x locknuts. The use of 6″ props is possible with the new XL arm version. Most parts come in black, select the color of your flight/camera deck and arms.

KEY NEW FEATURES:

  • Redesigned base with greatly reduced torsion for better flight stability.
  • Camera and battery have a lower center of gravity. Both now mount down on the flight control deck.
  • Hardtail mounting: you can skip the clean layer and mount the top plate directly to the base.
  • Wider landing gear and slots on the underside of the baseplate for mounting the battery if preferred.
  • Improved landing gear thickness and durability.
  • Mounting holes for SMA extension cables.
  • Integrated GoPro and Mobius mount. Reinforced structure reduces damage in a crash and elevates the GoPro for the use of a USB live-out FPV cable.
  • Support for M3 “bobbin” style vibration dampeners.
  • Now with 35mm spacers to support flight controllers with straight header pins.

ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS:

Available Online at: www.hovership.com/guides

SPECS:

  • Weight: 165g including motor screws
  • Wheelbase: 270mm (diagnolly, motor to motor)
  • Flight controller: It is recommended to use a smaller (lighter) controller with a footprint of ~35mm. The flight control deck can accomodate boards with a max hole spacing of 45x45mm.
  • Max Prop: 5″ (6″ possible with XL arms)
  • Recommended battery: 3s 1300-1500mAh
  • ESCs: 12a
  • Motors: 1804-2204 size (22g or less)

KIT INCLUDES:

  • 1 set of printed parts
  • 4x M3 20mm screws
  • 8x M3 18mm screws
  • 4x M3 12mm screws
  • 12x M3 5mm screws
  • 4x M3 5mm nylon screws
  • 6x 35mm black aluminum spacers
  • 4x 6mm M3 white nylon spacer
  • 4x M3 white nylon nuts
  • 16\x M3 Locknuts
  • 8x M3 nylon washers
  • 8x M3 metal washers
  • 6x 7mm size vibration dampeners
  • 16x M2 or M3 screws for motors

Product Review: Pat’s Minion 260: Part 1

Check out part 1 of my review of Pat’s Minion 260 H-Quad.

The kit contains:
– 1x Mini H-Quad Top Plate 1mm CF
– 1x Mini H-Quad Bottom Plate 2mm CF
– 2x Mini H-Quad Arms 2.5mm CF
– 1x Mini H-Quad Camera Mount 1.5mm CF
– 1x Mini H-Quad Fasteners Pack

It weighs in at 85g for the 5″ prop version and is made of carbon fiber.

$110 for 5″ prop version
$115 for 6″ prop version

Pat’s Mini H Quad Website

RC Groups Forum Post

Pat’s Minion 260 Mini H Quad

My Minion Mini H Quad I built for my review…

– Airbot 2300kv motors
– Blue Series 12amp ESCs
– 3s – 1300mah lipo
– GemFan 5030 / HQ5040
– Fatshark 250mw VTx
– PZ0420 FPV Cam
– Mobius Action Cam

The Minion Mini H Quad Build

Just a little sneak peek at the Minion Mini H Quad I built for my next review…

– Airbot 2300kv motors
– Blue Series 12amp ESCs
– 3s – 1300mah lipo
– GemFan 5030 / HQ5040
– Fatshark 250mw VTx
– PZ0420 FPV Cam
– Mobius Action Cam

Product Review Announcement: The Minion Mini H Quad

I am happy to announce that I will be reviewing the Minion Mini H Quad from patsminihquad.com.

The Minion is only 218mm diagonal MTM for the 5″ prop version (260mm for the 6″ prop version, 172mm wide and 129mm long MTM and weighs 85g. The kit contains the following parts:

– 1x Mini H-Quad Top Plate 1mm CF
– 1x Mini H-Quad Bottom Plate 2mm CF
– 2x Mini H-Quad Arms 2.5mm CF
– 1x Mini H-Quad Camera Mount 1.5mm CF
– 1x Mini H-Quad Fasteners Pack

I will be reviewing the Minion 260, which is the version that supports 6″ props. I am hoping to have part 1 wrapped up sometime next week – so keep checking back. A special thanks goes out to Patrizio Gualtieri for providing the frame to the MQC for review.

Thanks again for all the support!

Thrust UAV HyperLite 275 Review: Part 3

Without further adieu, here is part 3 of my review of the Thrust UAV HyperLite 275. Special thanks to E.J. Duarte from Thrust UAV for sending me out this frame to review.

Company Link: Thrust UAV

My Setup:
T-Motor 12amp ESCs
T-motor 2206 2000kv motors
Naze32
4s – 1300 mah lipo (~5 minutes flight time)
Fatshark 250mw VTx
Fatshark CMOS cam
Spektrum AR6210 receiver

 

5 Tips for FPV Newbies

I am not going to get into the particulars here about how to setup your quad for FPV. There are a TON of great resources out there for that. Instead I want to talk about a few quick tips that can help any beginner out when first taking the plunge.

#1. Your LOS Skills Don’t Mean Shit Here, Son…
I know what you are thinking. You are awesome at LOS and FPV should just be a walk in the park now that you’re LOS skills are all solid. WRONG. All your “figure 8” practice sessions in your backyard won’t prepare you to handle your quad FPV. I was awesome at LOS. I sucked for the first month or so at FPV.

#2. No Reverse
Best to forget all those times you were flying and just pressed backwards to make your quad reverse it’s course. You can’t see anything behind yourself – so those days are over. Suck it up cupcake.

#3. Bring a Spotter
I don’t care what the FAA is suggesting. Hell – I don’t think you should even follow their “rules”. But when you first start flying FPV, you need to remember that you can’t see anything around you or your quad. If you’re at the park – you might not see the small children entering the park from an entrance behind you until it is too late. Bring a friend to avoid injuring someone. We don’t need more bad press. 

#4. Get a Big Ass Battery with High MAH for Scouting
If you’re flying a new location for the first time, it really sucks to use your 1300mah pack that gets 5 minutes just to scope out where potential awesomeness could occur. Grab a higher MAH battery that you can putt around on to check out the scene before you tap in to your smaller packs meant to optimize speed and handling.

#5. Depth Perception Through Your New Eyes
One of the hardest things to get used to when flying FPV is the height and depth of the surrounding elements now that you are starting through a security camera. Do yourself a favor and get a 2.8mm or 3.6mm lens to start with. Then find things around your yard that you instinctively “know” the height of. Fly up to those and around them until you get “used to” what it looks and feels like when you are 10 feet above the ground. The same thing goes for “gaps” that you want to fly though. Find a 10 foot wide gap and fly through that. Looks like 5 feet, right?

I hope that these few tips help to get some FPV newcomers started. If  you really suck at FPV at first – don’t worry. Keep practicing as much as possible – and remember – safety first!

The Wasp Hex on 4s. Whoa.

Pat’s Wasp Hex: RC Groups Thread