New stuff in the store!

Lots of stuff is going on behind the scenes. I’m trying to making things work more efficiently and smoother so that I can free up some time for other things (like making videos).

Hopefully it’s not going to be that long before I can start making fun projects again.

In the meantime the store has gotten a huge backend update, which shouldn’t be noticeable to customers (hopefully, if everything went right). There might be some slight CSS errors that I’ll have taken care of in the upcoming week hopefully.

So now on to the new stuff!

Tricopter power distribution
The biggest update is the Power Distribution tricopter frame, which makes the wiring much easier and cleaner when building the tricopter. It’s way overbuild, as usual. I tested it at 8S running 100 amps through the longest distance pads whiteout any noticeable voltage drop or the board getting warm, so it’s waaaaaay overbuild for anything a tricopter is going to pull on each pad.

Tricopter power distribution
The power distribution board is also available with a built in 5V linear BEC for supplying über clean power to the flight controller and servo.

Injection moulded Tilt top
Next new thing is an upgrade of the top piece of the tilt mechanism. From the depths of Mordor, forged in the fires of Mt. Doom, this tilt top is cast from fiberglass reinforced black nylon. Making the tilt almost indestructible.

On request the top piece is also available separately, also the 3D printed version is also available separately.
TricopterFrame3

Also on request is the new Tricopter frame that now has a hole for servo/signal wires in the centre to make wiring cleaner and safer.

Tricopter V3 Kit
The tricopter kit will now come with both the new tricopter frame and the new injection moulded tilt mechanism (and the new black hex screws and black lock nuts)!
BMS210MH-9

The Blue Bird – BMS-210MH servo is finally back in stock as well.

Thank you so much for your support. I really appreciate you guys giving feedback and writing on the page and forums. I try and keep up as well as I can and I hope to be able to give back to the community more in the future.

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New screws and tricopter back in stock

Tricopter Screw Pack

After a very lengthy search I have finally found a source for both 18 and 20mm black button head stainless steel M3 screws. I also managed to get a hold of black M3 stainless nylon lock nuts as well, making the tricopter look very pimp.

The screws are much stronger than the old philips screws. They have a temper rating of 10.9 and have 2mm hex heads that are very low profile. Only downside is that they are more expensive than the old screws so I had to bump up the price of the individual screw packs a bit. The Tricopter kit price however stays the same.

MiniTri1 MiniTri2

Since the screws showed up one day early the back ordered tricopters will start shipping out tomorrow instead of monday!

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Problem with emails sent through the contact form!

If you sent an email via the contact form on the about me page the past 3 weeks,

I have not received your email!

I’m very sorry about this! I did not mean to ignore your email, I simply did not receive it.

Please resend your email through the contact form or directly at admin@rcexplorer.se

Again, sorry about the mixup. It’s all been fixed now, but unfortunately I cannot retrieve the misrouted emails.

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Meeting – Arenan i Skövde, March 7th

omOss_arena

This Saturday, March 7th, Skövde modellflygklubb is hosting their annual indoor flying event. It starts at 10:00 and ends at 17:00. I’ll be going to hangout and fly for a bit, and maybe find a cool model to buy.

Anyone else coming?

More info about the event (In swedish)

Map to the event

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New video! – “The Mall”

Filmed during the Rotor DR1 shoot at Rolling Acres mall in Ohio, USA
Link to the episode in which the footage was used.

The Rolling Acres mall closed down in 2008. It is a really creepy place. It’s huge and empty. Every single piece of glass is broken. The glass sky lights were broken and water was dripping on the floor with an echoey splash. It was absolutely awesome! Someone in the Rotor DR1 community knew the owners and arranged that we could shoot there. Naturally I had to bring the tricopter.

Reception was surpassingly good considering I was using 5.8Ghz. Probably because there weren’t a single electrical device in or even a power-grid nearby. I broke a total of 8 props during the day and flew a total of 8 batteries. I lost all 3 landing gear during the day (couldn’t find them) due to low flying and scraping the floor.
Continue reading

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Migration to new host

The site has now moved to a new and more powerful server. Hopefully the site will run a little smoother from now on. There might be some bugs left laying around, if you find one please leave a comment or send an email through the contact from on the about me page.

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New product, new shipping…

Things have been really busy over here lately. You guys have been ordering like crazy, thank you for that! I have some new things in the works that I’m not quite ready to announce just yet, but they are coming. I’m also trying to squeeze in editing a video, which I hope to have ready soon as well.

Since people have been asking for it, the store now has an insured and (to some countries) trackable shipping option. The standard non-insured option is still available. A list of the trackable countries and more info on the different shipping options is available here.

Hobbyking seems to have trouble stocking the TGY-210DHM and the high quality BMS-210DHM is nearly impossible to find online for some reason. So to make things a bit easier I for people to get this excellent servo, I decided to buy a small batch of 100 units. Check it out in the store here.

BMS210MH-1

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Tricopters back in stock!

Just a quick update that the tricopter V3 kit now is back in stock!

RCExplorer Tricopter V3 kit

Ooo also, today I sent out the 1000th order, that kit contains a little something extra. Thanks to everyone for the awesome support!

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New version of the top part for the tilt mechanism. – Free replacement!

THIS FORM IS NOW CLOSED. If you missed out, please contact me via email.

Tilt mechanism upgrade

Now that over 600 people have gotten their tricopters the weak points of the design is starting to become apparent. I try to test all aspects of a design as thoroughly as I can before releasing it. I’ve been flying my personal tricopter like a maniac with the original tilt mechanism without any problem. I’ve had many, many crashes and it’s been holding up great. But now that other people have been flying theirs, with with a huge variety of setups ranging from small motors and props to huge ones, some people have broken their tilt mechanism much easier than intended.

I have therefore decided to redesign the top piece of the tilt to be beefier to withstand more abuse. The tilt mechanism is designed to be tough enough not to break during “normal” crashes with the recommended motor/prop setup. The zip-ties should absorb most of the impact saving the motor, servo and tilt mechanism. The tilt should however be weak enough that in an extreme crash it should break before damaging the more expensive, and much more of a hassle to change, servo.

I believe this new design is up to that spec. Actually the new tilt is as strong as the layer adhesion of the ABS. The new part is printed 100% solid, using higher temperatures and without any cooling fans to ensure maximum layer adhesion. It is also 1.2 mm longer, but it still fits the original bottom piece. Making the part thicker wouldn’t actually add much strength past this point. In the future I might develop an optional upgrade part for larger motor setups or super beater tricopters, made from another material or with another manufacturing method. But this will take some thinking and testing, and therefore quite some time.

Tiltnew1

As I think the tilt mechanism should have been designed this way from the start, I will ship out a free replacement to anyone that got the old one, and would like the new top piece.

All you have to do is fill out this form and I’ll send you a new one

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Last episode of Rotor DR1

Here is the final episode of the epic saga of Rotor DR1:

Did it end the way you expected?

If you missed the earlier episodes, you can find all 10 on Rotor DR1’s website

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