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September 2017

Eachine EV100 FPV Goggles – The perfect goggles for £120?

When these FPV goggles were first released their price was under £100. Now the price is climbing, and at the time of writing this review the price is just over £120. Can a set of goggles costing just £120 be any good? The answer of course is ‘no’. But no we’ve got that out of the way, let’s see if how good they actually are..
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Durafly D.H.100 Vampire

For those of us in the UK, the De Havilland DH100 plane has a special place in our hearts. It first took to the skies on the 20th September 1946 and was still in use up until 1979 in South Africa. So, it’s with that history and nostalgia I ordered one of the latest incarnations of the model from HobbyKing.
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August 2017

H-King EZIO 1500EP Review

There are pilots that love to fly fast and their models flip and roll across the sky. Some pilots, like me, prefer the easy-going lazy style of flying with loops and rolls but with more graceful (I’d like to think) controlled flying. So, as this is my first foray into the exotic world of balsa models I’ll share my views as a foam pilot coming into the world of balsa wood and reflect on my impressions and experiences with this new model powered glider.
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July 2017

Making a Smart Plane with iNav – Article #5

In the previous articles we’ve covered what iNav is and what it can do for a fixed wing pilot and we’ve also covered how to wire everything up and flashed the software onto the flight controller and set that up ready for the first flight too. So, let’s look at how we can finally get to the field and fly the newly upgraded model and test all of the modes, including GPS safely...
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Finding your lost model using RSSI

Recently during a flying day I had a tricky flight with a small very fast model in windy conditions, I struggled to establish orientation in the poor light so had no choice but to ditch the model. My flying buddy has never seen this method of finding a ‘lost’ model beforeso I’m documenting it here for all of us pilots..
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June 2017

OpenTX 2.2 - What’s the big deal?

OpenTX was finally released at the end of May. This was after many months spent working on the last of the bugs and additions to the software by the development team and testers. In this article I’ll take a look at what’s new and why upgrading to OpenTX 2.2 may be for you..
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Making a Smart Plane - Part 4

Using a $20 flight controller and a $20 GPS unit we can create a ‘smart’ model that will rival some of the systems costing 10 times as much. In this article we will continue to look at the technology and this time cover the setup steps for your fixed wing model. In this article we will setup the iNav software, calibrate the flight controller and control surface movement and get ready for the next steps...
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May 2017

Making a Smart Plane with iNav – Article #3

Here's a look at the software and the flight controller between your radio and servos on your model. Here, we use a fixed wing which can be applied to any plane using iNav.
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April 2017

Building a ‘Smart’ Plane with iNav – Article #2

In the last article we looked at one of the versions of Cleanflight/Betaflight that focused on the GPS code and also spending time on supporting us fixed wing pilots too. This time let's look at what it all entails!
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Fabrikator II Overview and Review

In recent years, as with many parts of the hobby, there has been a huge increase in the availability and affordability of what was once expensive technology. 3D printing is one of those parts of the hobby. he Fabrikator II Mini’ doesn’t seem to know it costs only about £170 and (once dialled in) prints better here than other printers costing a lot more.
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