BEE245: Black Edition. The Story so Far

I crashed 9 times in 21 flights. Sometimes into the ground. Sometimes into a tree. Sometimes into both – one right after the other. All the times were hard and fast (insert dick joke here) – because I like to “fly it like I stole it”.

I broke 23 props, lost 3 Moongel pads, broke 2 rubber bands, and had to rummage for my Mobius in a sea of leaves twice. Yes twice. I HAD A FUCKING BLAST.

Somewhere buried in the sea of features, flight times, and AUW comparisons lies the reason we all got into flying in the first place – it’s FUN. What is not fun is worrying about crashing and breaking some of your gear, or worse yet – part of your frame. Not having to worry about gear or a frame failing is something the sponsored pilots take advantage of, and it shows in their flight videos. Would you hesitate to attempt a double roll through a window knowing one mistake could cost you hundreds of dollars? Probably. But if you knew someone would send you another frame – that would help – right?

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The reality is that not all of us will be sponsored – so the next best thing would be to buy a frame that we knew would be tough enough to take the abuse so we could focus on what matters – flying faster, harder, and taking more new chances without the distraction of worrying. After some rigorous testing during my first FPV session a week ago – it became very clear to me that the BEE245 was up to the task of taking any and all the abuse I could throw at it. Don’t let the look of the arms fool you – they are extremely tough and after multiple meetings with the trees and ground, they have yet to show any signs of wear. Same with the bottom PDB plate. The ESCs have stayed cool and are protected from damage due to being tucked away between the two plates.

This past weekend I stopped worrying about crashing and started trying to push myself harder than I ever have before. I didn’t turn into a pro in one weekend, but I did try a few new aerial maneuvers and flew through a few gaps that I hadn’t dared try before – all at speeds that were extremely fast considering that I have the BEE245 setup on 3s. You can thank the 475g AUW for that.image

I have plenty more testing to do, and an entire month to do so – but my early thoughts are that this frame makes for one hell of a setup for proximity based flying for when slicing between trees or blasting though buildings is your passion.

I personally like having a few frames setup for different purposes. This frame isn’t about blasting around at rocket ship speeds above the trees on 4s (my Epic Mini 280 fills that need), but it isn’t designed to BEE.

Part 1 of my review of the BEE:245

BEE245: Black Edition Review Annoucement 

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Product Review: HQ 5×4.5 Props

My quick thoughts on the HQ 5×4.5 Props. Special thanks to David from Rotorgeeks for sending them out for my review.

Rotorgeeks:
http://rotorgeeks.com

 

Review Announcement: BEE245: Black Edition

Check out the teaser video for my upcoming review of the BEE245: Black Edition, from Birds Eye in Denmark.

Birds Eye:
http://birdseye.nu

 

Product Review: MB Epic Mini 280: Part 3

Check out part 3 of my review of the Multicopter Builders Epic Mini 280 where I give you my final thoughts on the last few weeks I have spent with the frame.

Watch my review on YouTube

Additional INSANE flight footage via Richard of Multicopter Builders


Details

The new MB Epic Mini 280 is a 280mm frame that comes with 2206 2000kv T-motors, MB 12 amp simon k n fet ESCs that run on 3 or 4s , power distributor board, and a set of props.

ARF Kit: $349.99

Multicopter Builders Website

 

QAV250 Mini Quad Attacked By Hawk FPV

Club Member: Daniel Bent : View his Channel

Description
I was out flying fpv. I seen a shadow through my goggles following me, turned around and was surprised to see a Hawk trying to take me out.

No Hawks were harmed in this video.

Song: Rustie – Slasherr (Flume Edit)

Setup:
QAV250
Tiger Motor MN2204-2300kv
Luminier 12A ESC’s
Gemfan 5×3
Naze32 Acro
Ublox 6M GPS
Minim OSD KV Team Mod KVOSD
Sony 600tvl Board Camera
Frsky d4R;II
ImersionRC Spironet 5.8
Fatshark Dominator V2
Pulse 3S 1350
Mobius Actioncam
Fatshark 250mw VTX

Product Review: MB Epic Mini 280: Part 2

Check out part 2 of my review of the Multicopter Builders Epic Mini 280. It covers the build process and goes into detail about some of what separates the Epic from some of the other frames out there in the marketplace.

Watch my review on YouTube

Additional INSANE flight footage via Richard of Multicopter Builders

Details
The new MB Epic Mini 280 is a 280mm frame that comes with 2206 2000kv T-motors, MB 12 amp simon k n fet ESCs that run on 3 or 4s , power distributor board, and a set of props.

ARF Kit: $349.99

Multicopter Builders Website

 

 

Multicopter Builders Epic 280

Some pictures from my review of the Epic 280, by Multicopter Builders.

– T-motor 2206 2000kv
– 4s – 1300mah lipo
– MB 12 amp simon k n fet ESCs
– Fatshark 250mw VTx
– Plastic Case mini 600tvl Sony Super HAD CCD Super FPV Camera from SurveilZone
– GoPro Hero 3+

Blackout, Meet Concrete 2 – GuerillaFPV

Check out this video from MQC Member Nate Wilcox! Visit his channel!

Description
Unexpected shut down / crash

Specs:
Motors: Cobra 2204-32 1960
ESC: Simon 12A Rapid ESC from Abusemark
Battery: 4S Turnigy 2200 MAH
FC: Naze32
Rx/Tx: Spekrtum Satellite AR8000 / DX8
Props: HQ5040
FPV: Sony 600TVL PZ0420
Fat Shark Dominator V2.2
Vtx: 5.8 ghz ImmersionRC 600mw
Video: GoPro Hero + 3

MQC: Mobius Lost

I went flying early one morning while testing the Minion 260 and lost radio contact. It took me almost two hours to find the quad and the lipo. I left without finding the Mobius.

I went back two weeks later with a metal detector. Success! Enjoy!

 

Product Review: MB Epic Mini 280: Part 1

Check out part 1 of my review of the Multicopter Builders Epic Mini 280.

Watch on YouTube

The new MB Epic Mini 280 is a 280mm frame that comes with 2206 2000kv T-motors, MB 12 amp simon k n fet ESCs that run on 3 or 4s , power distributor board, and a set of props.

ARF Kit: $349.99

Multicopter Builders Website