12/21/14

LSU Indian Mounds

Took my LSU quadcopter out to the Indian Mounds on campus this weekend. High altitude panoramic shots, woo!

12/17/14

Q450 Ghost Quadcopter build

For a while now, I've wanted to integrate LEDs into my quadcopters. It really seems to add to the "wow factor", especially flying at night. So during a recent Hobbyking purchase, I picked up a Q450 Ghost frame. So far, so good. I love the integrated power distribution board (Saved me a couple bucks on a separate board, saves space, and it looks pretty neat).
Also in the order I received some other goodies, to include an FrSky Taranis! This thing is pretty sweet. Having been using the Hobbyking model of the T6A V2, the Taranis is light years ahead. There's a screen on the transmitter, no need to plug it into a computer. More switches than you can shake a stick at. And it even talks to you when you turn it on. I think I'm in love, ladies and gentlemen.

12/14/14

My Hubsan X4 rides again - Hubsan X4 repair

The drones episode of Southpark was hilarious. While watching it tonight, I repaired my Hubsan X4. The video is a bit lacking on detail, but you'll get the gist.
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12/9/14

Forest Flight FPV

Had an opportunity to go fly in the woods by my parent's house this weekend. It was beautiful, and the footage was pretty neat! Let me know what you think in the comments.

12/5/14

Zoomin' Around the Church

Took my FPV250 out to a church, and shot some proper HD FPV footage with a Mobius camera. Neat.

Flite Test Versa Wing Blunt Nose Build

It's "Dead week" at my university this week. That's the week before final exams. Rather than studying, I've been building a foam flying wing. Oh joy!

Enjoy!

10/8/14

Why not FPV?

Many of my friends are asking why I don't have gopro first person video footage up yet. Well, my FPV250 is a bit small to haul the gopro around. The tiny MD80 I attached offsets the weight a great deal already, so I'm sure it would flip over with a gopro attached. The good news is, I'm building a larger quad, to take HD video!

FPV250 Flyin' Around - Line of Sight Flight

Took my FPV250 out for a walk yesterday, got some neat footage.
Hope you like it! Let me know what you think in the comments.

9/16/14

FPV250 Quadcopter Build

I'm excited to say that I've built a new quadcopter! This one's a little bit smaller, a 250mm model.
Once the weather here dries out, I'll be able to take it for a proper test flight outside.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with the end result. It's leaps and bounds better than my previous quadcopter, an x525 build, which you'll see later.  
Why is it so much better? The flight controller. The new FPV250 uses a HobbyKing KK2.1.5 board, whereas my x525 used a clone KK(1) board. As this picture shows, it has a nice little screen onboard, which you can use to tweak the sensitivity, motor layout, etc.
Old versus new. My x525 (the larger one) became a bit of a beater, taking damage every single flight. The FPV 250 is actually shorter than one of the 1045 (10" long by 45° pitch) props on the big one. 
Once I'm more sure of my piloting skills, I hope to attach my gopro to the little guy, and get some neat FPV video.
I picked up a toolbox from Harbor Freight, which is a perfect fit. The foam comes out in little squares, allowing me to pull out just enough for a snug fit. 
The removed foam creates almost an 8-bit art style  quadcopter. I also pulled out some foam to hold extra props and batteries.
In the same order, I received some FPV gear. Pictured above is an 5.8 GHz transmitter, matching receiver, cheap-o Quanum FPV goggles, and cloverleaf antenna.
Besides looking super neat, these antenna are much more reliable than the stock whip antenna that this sort of thing ships with.  
After I start working more with this equipment, I'll have to clean up this rat's nest.
Currently, my mission is to tune the crap out of this little quad until I'm supremely confident in my piloting skills. Then I'll throw on the FPV gear and perhaps an action camera, and start taking high-speed videos. Be sure to let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!


6/21/14

Handmade moccasins

These moccasins were a father's day gift for my dad.

For the last few weeks, I've been messing about with different patterns and designs for moccasins. Soft sole, hard sole, pucker toe, suede, all kinds of stuff. Finally, after three or four failed moccasin patterns, I managed to hit the sweet spot. 
The suede I use is about 5oz, and can be cut with normal scissors.
After learning how painful driving leather needles in by hand is, I started pre-punching all the holes.
A modified whip stitch holds everything together quite nicely, keeping the puckers in place. I'm using artificial sinew, rather than waxed cotton thread. I wasn't a fan of it at first, but the sinew has less bulk (Which makes the seams more comfortable), and seems plenty strong,
 Punching the heel...
 Done!

5/3/14

Low/No Cost GoPro Accessories!

Around Christmas I picked up a GoPro Hero 3 Silver. Much to my dismay, it used a proprietary quick-disconnect system. Options? Spend a bunch of money on proprietary mounts, or kit-bash as much as I could to re-use my current camera accessories. Obviously, I went the DIY route. Each of these mounts cost under $10 to build, with little or no tools.