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    RULE #1 of R/C helo's and drones...
    UNTIL YOU ARE GOOD AT CONTROLLING IT...
    attach some fishing line to it...release the spool and practice...a LOT.

    Make sure the controller is set up properly &
    that you have FULL control before running without a line...
    and even then it's still a good idea to leave 20' or so on it,
    just in case you need to make a grab due to controller error.

    My first one decided it had a mind of its own and it went UP...and UP...and UP...
    wind carried it southeast and into a fog bank...never saw it again.
    Searched for months afterwards...3 apartment complexes right together...
    should have landed somewhere, right?? Nawp...never seen again.


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    I'm not going to be attaching fishing line to it, but I will be setting up failsafe where all the motors will stop if I flip a switch on the radio or it loses signal.



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    So I tried to build my first 5" quadcopter last weekend and it didn't go very well. I won the build kit in a raffle, but it turns out that its made more for experienced builders, as there is not much space inside the frame to fit everything. I got frustrated after a few hours of tinkering and ended up buying a used quad from a local pilot. I plan on finishing out the original build, but I'm going to wait on a few parts to arrive that will make it easier. I'll also be happier once I get the first one built, because I've got a gopro mount for it that will make the videos much higher quality over just the DVR footage from the goggles.

    Until then, I can get some stick time in with the used quad. In fact, I was able to take it out on Sunday and fly a few packs. As fun as it was flying around an empty field, I found that I need to adjust a few of the settings and I need to have obstacles to better judge depth. A few times I felt like I was brushing the grass when I was likely at least 10ft off the deck, and other times I thought I was high enough to do a flip and ended up catching the ground and crashing. I'm hoping to hook up with some local pilots this coming weekend and actually try flying through gates.

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    I also bought this little quadcopter from the same guy that sold me the 5" quad.



    This one is small enough to fly around the yard, although I need more practice and need to adjust a few of the settings to make it a little less twitchy. I felt like I was on the edge of control most of the time.

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    I found a good deal on a frame that has a lot more room inside, so I decided to use that for my first build. I had some problems with the flight controller, because some of the pads were mislabeled. Fortunately I didn't fry anything during that process. I finished the build on Saturday morning and took it out for it's maiden flight shortly thereafter. I tried out several different kinds of props over the course of the day before finally finding a kind I liked.

    Anyway, here is a video of the testing, getting used to the quad, and practicing for my first race next weekend. I slapped the gopro on right before I started flying and forgot to change the settings from back when I was wearing as a hatcam while shooting. I've also got a new gopro on the way, so future footage should be better.

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    I had my first FPV race this past Saturday. I had a couple good practice heats and two decent race heats. The first video is some good flight footage, the second video is a compilation of most of my crashes over the course of the day.



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    Very cool. Do you feel yourself moving your body as your flying or do you stay pretty stationary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by madeSICC88 View Post
    Very cool. Do you feel yourself moving your body as your flying or do you stay pretty stationary?

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    I feel like I stay pretty still while I'm flying, but I find myself ducking my head and leaning while watching my videos.
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    Haha I imagine that I would be moving a lot when making turns and all that. I move a lot when using the Oculus VR stuff.

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