I wish I had gotten more footage before dumping the copter in the ocean, but hey I think this video turned out pretty good all things considered.
I wish I had gotten more footage before dumping the copter in the ocean, but hey I think this video turned out pretty good all things considered.
A little late maybe but it’s finally time for a summer sale!
You will receive a discount of 5% if you place products with a value of $60 or more in your cart. The discount is automatically applied and you will be able to see how much you’ve saved at the bottom of the cart.
But it doesn’t end there! You will receive a 10% discount if you order for more than $160, 15% at $260 and a whopping 20% at $400!
A big thank you to all of you that have supported us by buying things from our store. Without you we wouldn’t be able to do what we love.
We are back from our trip to the Faroe Islands and orders will ship as usual again.
The trip was absolutely amazing. A lot of hiking to get to the top of mountains and see great views. I brought a copter with me and did some high speed flying and some pretty sweet dives down vertical cliffs. Unfortunately on one of those dives I managed to block my RF signal and the copter ended up at the bottom of the sea. I do have enough footage to make a video though.
A highlight of the trip was to see the Puffin birds. Really beautiful creatures that only pooped on me thrice. I managed to take some close up pictures with my 135mm lens and they came out great.
Time to cut another frame and do some experimenting
After the traditional Midsummer holiday (June 23rd) we will close down the premises for a short vacation. You can still place orders and/or contact us during this period, but we won’t be able to ship/respond until we open up again on July 3rd.
Orders placed after 09:00 CEST on June 22nd will not be shipped until we get back again, that is they will be shipped July 3rd or 4th. If you place an order before June 22nd, 09:00 CEST, this will be shipped as usual.
The BMS-210DMH servo has now received yet another upgrade. It now features a much tougher stainless steel output shaft. This should improve durability and reduce the slop associated with repeated crashes.
The replacement gear set have also been upgraded to include the stainless steel output shaft. So if you have a BMS-210 servo you would like to upgrade that is the way to go.
The incredible Lauka keeps on making amazing improvements to the Triflight code. The latest version is rebased on betaflight and offers all the advantages of the latest betaflight release.
Recently cleanflight also rebased to betaflight (kind of ironic as betaflight was based on cleanflight). This is why the latest cleanflight configurator no longer works with pre 0.7 triflight versions.
We recommend that you now use the betaflight configurator instead of cleanflight to get all the advantages of the code.
You can read more about the improvements of the latest Triflight here
This is a beta release of the 0.7 firmware. It might have some bugs in it. Please report any problems here
If you wish to use an older version of the Triflight code, you can by downgrading the cleanfligt configurator to a previous version.
The second video in the RC Tank Battle saga.
5 years has pasted since Green was killed by an evil balloon. Grey is on his last mission, back where it all began.
The RC Tank Battle sequel was premiered on the RC Afterhours podcast. Chris, Mike and Andre watch the video live and share their views and asks questions.
Link to the video if the above one doesn’t load
I’m one of those people that can’t fall asleep for about half an hour to an hour after going to bed. One night I got the idea to make another RC tank battle video. The first one was really fun to make and you tend to forget the difficult parts after five years, so you remember it being fun and easy. The seed was planted and I started slowly constructing a story during the many attempts to catch that elusive sleep fairy.
The Finnish mastermind Lauka has spent hundreds of hours since 2015 developing, testing and improving a special firmware for Tricopters. Very few firmwares out there that are optimized for servo control especially for the immensely complex task of yaw control. The symptoms of “normal” firmwares were that it felt like you were fighting a wet eel instead of having a locked in heading, the feeling got stronger the smaller the size of the craft and it was quite the experience trying to do acrobatics or even just flying in a straight line.
Lauka identified the underlying problems and set out to fix them. 28 releases later, we now have phenomenal performance! And the work continues to make it even better.
Lets take a moment to thank Lauka for his incredible work and his contribution to the tricopter family.
To follow along in the latest developments and helping out with testing, join the discussion on the rcexplorer forum. The next step in the Triflight development is full yaw performance even at 0 throttle!
Also we should thank Bengt-M and leothehuman for helping with the firmware development. Thanks guys!
I need ideas, sketches, 3D drawings or files on turret designs for the upcoming RC Tank Battle 2!
Join us on the forums and share your ideas; https://rcexplorer.se/forums/topic/rc-tank-battle-2-the-preparations/
We’ll be discontinuing a few older products soon, as we’ve got the newer versions to take their place, and interest in the old versions is diminishing. They are now on sale, prices have been halved (but with the Winter Holidays sale coupon, you can get them for even less right now!) Products that will be discontinued are:
Yesterday when I was out shopping with the wife, Chistmas songs were playing in the stores (it’s not December yet, store managers!)
But that, and a question from a customer, made me realize that some of you might be thinking of getting some of your Christmas gifts from the RCExplorer store. The big question then is, of course: Will it arrive in time?
The general shipping times that can be found via instructions in the FAQ does NOT apply to the holiday season, as all the shipping agents, and customs services, have so much larger volumes to handle during this time of the year. According to PostNord, parcels we send before December 5th (worldwide) are expected to be delivered before Christmas, parcels within Sweden a bit later than that. This is of course not a guarantee, but their general guideline. Unexpected and unusual things may, as always, delay delivery beyond reasonable expectations, but almost all orders shipped before December 5th should be there before Chistmas.
For us to be able to ship your order before the 5th, you need to place it no later than December 2nd, 9:00 AM, CET, and, as always, all items need to be in stock (orders containing backordered items will not be shipped until everything is in stock).
And, on the subject of backorders: The F3FC’s are expected to be back in stock sometime next week (I had expected them this week, but they were unfortunately mislabeled/missent at fist, now they’re on their way here)
In other news a new FPV video from the Ukraine trip is in the works. Hope to have that up soon.
Looks like I’ve lost most of the Ukraine footage. Tried recreating files from drives and such but it’s gone. First time loosing valuable footage. Really tough lesson in data management.
Update! We’re now out of replacement servos!
BlueBird just informed me that the delivery of feedback servos have been pushed back to the end of October / early November, as they have a problem with one of their suppliers. *insert curse word here*.
We’ve come up with a temporary solution. We’ll order a batch of Turnigy branded 210 servos and modifying them to 4 wire feedback servos. The Turnigy 210 servo is a rebranded BMS-210DMH and thus have identical performance, size etc to the BMS-210DMH servos that we sell. The difference is that the Turnigy servo does not have a feedback wire. We would modify these servos (before shipping) to add a 4 wire servo cable, so that you get the same feedback functionality as with our regular servo.
This is how a modified servo would look, except it would have “Turnigy” printed on the side. Performance would be the same, but it wouldn’t look as good as the RCExplorer branded version, plus the servo wire would be slightly thicker.
We could start shipping these servos in less than 2 weeks. This means that we can ship all current backorders at that time (if you have a current backorder you will get an email about this, please respond as soon as possible).
If you place an order containing a servo after today, you may get this modified version, without special notice. As we may run out of the modified version before the regular servos are back in stock, any orders placed after today might still have to wait for the regular servos to come back in stock (estimate; early November). If you’d rather wait for the regular servos, you can leave a note with your order requesting this and we’ll ship your order as soon as the RCExplorer servos are back in stock.
Unfortunately the BMS210-DHM – Feedback servos are out of stock. We underestimated the number of sales and only placed the order a month ago (2 months delivery time). The estimated delivery time is early October according to Blue-Bird.
If you place an order now which includes a servo, your order will not be shipped until the servos get back in stock.
Sorry about the wait guys and gals.
It’s finally done! The 27 minute long BabyTricopter build video.
I think I covered most things. Please let me know if I forgot something.
Good luck on your build!
Thank you Rotor Riot for letting me come on this trip. I got some crazy memories that I will never forget.
At the end of last month I was fortunately enough to travel with the Rotor Riot crew to Ukraine. It was a crazy cool experience. We got to fly at Chernobyl, Pripyat, around Kiev and craziest of all; The Antonov 225 (The largest airplane in the world). I join up with the FT Afterhour crew to talk about this amazing experience.
My first selfie
Click to listen. The Chernobyl experience starts at the 58 minute mark.
Image credit; Wayne Griffith. Wayne Griffith photography.
This was the 3rd annual FliteFest and it was my first chance to attend. Rolling in the first day I was hit by how absolutely massive it really is. The flight line was at least 1km long, there were hundreds of RV’s and tents, and there were a ton of vendor tents. One thing that is very different from any other RC event I’ve been to is the 3 huge build tents. When I say huge I mean huuuuuuge. There were so many tables for people to set up on and build, repair and hangout you wouldn’t believe. This was by far the best thing I’ve seen at an event. It enabled people to help each other out and connect and make new friends. Foam was free so you could build as much as you wanted. 2 guys in the corner had 2 CNC’s set up that were running constantly spitting out free kits for people, and they did this for free! Amazing to say the least. The tents also let people get out of the sun (or rain).Continue Reading
I’m finally back from my travels and will now be able get started on the Baby Tricopter build and setup videos. But in the meantime to get the guys that already received theirs up in the air, here is a full build log of the Baby Tricopter.
The 100 picture log should contain most information that you’ll need to be able to go out and race like a maniac. Good luck on the build and happy flying!
The Triflight 0.5 has moved out of the Beta stage. Now rebased on Cleanflight v1.13 which makes flashing easier. It also supports BLheli 4w interface for BLHeli passthrough among with many flight performance updates.
We would love to get your feedback on how the official 0.5 release works for you. We’ve had great success with it so far. People have reported that the feel of this release has improved greatly and the tail handles even better.
Use the link below to jump over to the forum and give your feedback!
We love hearing from you, but being stuck in a build or waiting for stuff or answers is never fun. For that reason we introduced the Support ticket system recently. The system makes sure that questions are filtered so they can be answered the fastest way possible – sometimes the answers can even be found within the FAQ it self to provide an instant answer that lets you continue your build or not having to wait for an answer, or your questions can be added to the FAQ for others to benefit from.
We have implemented this system as David’s inbox was overflowing and e-mails were being overlooked. Having Davids inbox as a single point of contract has turned out to be somewhat of a bottleneck resulting in unnecessary delays, you not getting any response, and claims regarding faulty/broken products, missing items etc to be made void. The support ticket system makes it easier for me to share the load of answering certain questions with David (so that he can focus on his areas of expertise), and to get a better overview of what has been done/said in each issue. This is especially important now that David is away. Please use the support ticket system, we want happy pilots 🙂
A new beast has hatched. Measuring 170mm motor to motor and weighing only 280 grams with electronics and FPV gear, the BabyTricopter is in size and weight really just a baby compared to its older brothers. But don’t be fooled, this baby packs a punch! Be sure that you know what you’re doing before flying this beast…
You can choose between the Baby with it’s custom F3FC racing and power distribution board included for just $99, or just the Baby Tricopter (without flightcontroller and PDB), for as little as $69.
The Baby of course will need some power, and we’re also releasing an electronics kit, with the same EMAX motors as used by the MiniTricopter, but with Aikon 30A ESC’s and three-bladed orange propellers from HQ. This kit is however currently on Pre-Order, ar we are awaiting the arrival of our chosen Aikon 30A ESC’s. You can still order the kit, but it won’t be shipped until the ESC’s have arrived.
Have some patience with the product descriptions and info, this is, after all, a Pre-Release! More info will be added, and spare parts will become visible in the store as we’ve had time to somewhat fix their respective product pages.
I’ll be jumping on a plane headed for Flite Fest tomorrow morning. During my stay I’m going to have limited internet access and time to answer emails and such. Johanna will be holding down the fort while I’m gone, answering support tickets and shipping out orders just as usual.I know I’ll be seeing some of you at Flite Fest. It’s going to be an awesome time! Just hope the Ohio weather cooperates.
After Flite Fest I’ll be joining the RotorRiot crew in Pripyat, Ukraine to do some flying. This means that if you send me an email, you shouldn’t expect a reply until August.