Tag Archives: racing drone

Hubsan X4 H502E GPS Drone

Looking for the perfect size quadcopter for this summer free youth RC training camp has narrowed down to this quiet 16.5 cm Hubsan X4 H502EGPS quadcopter. What caught our initial attention is the mini quadcopter with GPS, allowing the quadcopter to find it ways back. Other features of interest is it’s 720p camera and altitude hold.

The Hubsan H502e arrived in a small box with no instruction manual, but the usual short instructions on the packaging that reference a manual. The H502e is not even listed at Hubsan.com as such there is nothing to download.

User Segment
Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Hubsan Collectors,  Instructional Training Quadcopter, Budget USD$107 MAP (Jun 2016)

XK X251 WhirlWind Drone

Keeping it simple may be the answer to XK Innovation’s success recently. XK X251 is a new mini quadcopter with powerful brushless motors, designed to be fast and swift. If you are looking for a swift little quadcopter, this may be it, the XK X251 WhirlWind.  Shortly after the initial release, a version 2 was introduced with some slight modifications to cater for beginners. See video about the updates.

First Impression,  this quadcopter is very fast and can take a nice punch (vertical take-off).  It is easy to fly if you have flown a quadcopter and have mastered your flight orientation.  The XK radios are well made as always, but the spinning dial that gets in the way of your palm is still there on the right.  The beeping spinning dial is not in the most practical position to reach while flying, but for this aircraft, it is only used to navigate the menu. The material of the aircraft is made of a mixed of carbon fiber structure with light-weight Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a common thermoplastic polymer (also used by Lego), strong but will still destruct on direct impact on a high speed race.  It does not break easily out in the field, if it just falls out of the sky, as the total weight is only 205 grams.

Walkera Rodeo 150 Review

Introducing Walkera Rodeo 150, a unique and slick looking 15 cm size quadcopter, with a mix of  racing drone aerobatic features from the F3 flight controller, and the classic Devo 7 radio transmitter programmability.  The quadcopter was designed to weigh less than 0.55 pounds for hobbyist who rather not register with the FAA in the USA.  It is not a full fletch racer but a speedy mini quadcopter with brushless motors, a category of mini quadcopters gaining popularity recently.

First Impression, we love the Rodeo 150 design and the color scheme, a mini-me of the Walkera F210.  Kudos to the Walkera drafting engineers.  You can use an external receiver, which means you can use any programmable radio transmitter you may already have, making this a popular BNF quadcopter.  The material used is light-weight Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a common thermoplastic polymer (also used by Lego).  It is impact resistance, but not strong enough to take a direct impact against a tree or slamming onto concrete.

Target Users
Keen Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Collectors, Budget USD$229 MAP (May 2016)

FQ777-126c Spider Drone Hexacopter

Made by FQ777 (yes, that is the brand name), model Spider 126c is quite a unique radio control hexacopter.  Made to be portable, it is stored in a self-contained case / radio transmitter along with all the accessories in a compartment.  A nice showpiece if you are a collector and this hexcopter flies amazingly.

First impression, we like the radio transmitter travel case, it keeps the copter away from dust, stores a set of spare propellers, dual chargers and propeller guards.  At first glance you will also noticed there are too many buttons, the most buttons we have ever seen on a radio, unlabeled.

Target Users
Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Collectors, Budget under USD $37 (2016)

First Drone Formula Race Walkera F210

The Orlando FPV RotoRacers, a MulitGP league located in Florida, along with Leo from DroneMission.com hosted the world’s first Formula Race F210, where pilots flew the same model, the Walkera F210, on a “spec” formula race. This placed the pilots to their test of skill with the same radio transmitter, same racing drone. The winner kept what he or she flew for that race! Rules and format were defined by the club at MultiGP.com.  A fun day filled with fellowship opened to the public.  May the best pilot wins!

Pilots competed in qualifying rounds in the morning and the top 3 pilots competed for the Walkera F210…

Walkera F210 3D racing drone

Walkera does it again, taking the guesswork out of putting together a 3D racing quadcopter drone. F210 3D is a quadcopter with an optimized F3 flight controller paired with reversible electronic speed controller (ESC), allowing you to reverse the motor at mid point to fly upside down in a 3D manner. At flight mode 0 (FMOD=0 factory default) normal flight takes it toll 2D, flip the switch to FMOD=1, take-off in 3D mode, motor brakes and reverses at mid-point.

F210 3D is upgraded with faster receiver response time, stronger frame, and superior low lux Sony HD camera. Pre-installed with a 5.8 gHz video transmitter and On Screen Display (OSD) to assist pilot in flying and replaying every favorite scene of a flight…

GTeng T901F Quadcopter

GTeng T901F is an unusual symmetrically spider-looking 16.5 cm outdoor quadcopter with a camera broadcasting at 5.8G frequency images transmission to your radio transmitter receiving monitor to view your flying. At 5.8gHz that would mean you can use your personal FPV goggle or any compatible external video receiver. The radio transmitter itself uses 2.4GHz to extend the range for outdoor flying and is powered by a 3.7V 500mA LiPo battery. Yes, you read it right, you get two chargers and two 3.7V 500mA LiPo battery out of the box, the second battery is to power the flying spider. The T901F carries a 6 axis gyro to ensure the stability and performance, allowing you to toss the quadcopter in the air and regain instant leveling.

I can picture the GTeng T901F in a Sharper Image, nicely package, a mini quadcopter with copper trims around the body, ready to fly, out of the box. Everything is pre-assembled, weighing just 67 grams, legally within the limits before registration is required in the USA.

The 2 mega pixel camera captures and records video upto 300 meters (our tests under 70 meters) in real-time transmission while you view it from the radio. T901F comes with the popular headless mode, basic one key automatic return function without GPS and 360 degree flip functions…

Eachine Assassin 180 VR-007 HD Goggles I6

The scorpion looking Eachine Assassin 180 racing quadcopter has arrived with built-in OSD GPS NAZE32 Ready To Fly.

The 180 racing quadcopter flew really well, it handled a RunCam HD camera 43 grams with ease. I have not found any issues, no bad flight characteristics. On a Naze 32 flight controller, it was easy to maneuver and I give it a thumbs up.

If you have flown quadcopters manually, this is easy. For beginners, please note, it is not a drone, it is not going to auto land or auto return home.

Unboxing, I noticed the GPS is glued under the tail plate and actually fell off. Taking a look at the schematics, it seem to be intended to be on the front. However since I may be placing a secondary camera just above that spot, I decided to move it face up, keeping the same location it came with. I think it fits well there. You can see it on my FPV video. The GPS does not serves much, it is not intended for Auto Return Home, but just only to assist with directions…

Walkera Furious 320 Racing Drone

At the Photo Expo in New York, we got a sneak peek of the prototype Tilt Rotors Fixed Pitch racing quadcopter, According to Walkera the 320 size recorded high speed can reach 120km/h, with 1700kv motors. The recommended radio to pair this racing drone is with a Devo 7 or 10, since you will need an additional channel to tilt the rotors. When the rotors are tilted forward, the quadcopter gets a boost in speed.

The battery suggested is 14.8V 2600mah to give a flight time of about 9-10 minutes.  This is not the first fixed-pitch rotors that Walkera  has developed, the company had gain a lot of experience when helicopters were the best sellers a few years ago.  A GPS version is on the plans…