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).
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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!
Posted by CardellaTK at 01:25
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!
Posted by CardellaTK at 23:09
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...
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