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More Than ‘Just A Trainer’: Bixler 1.1 V2

Introduction

My first ever ‘proper’ fixed wing model was a Bixler V2. That was back in early 2014 and it became the ‘plane that helped me to get back into flying a fixed wing. It was such a great experience that these models and have become one of my top suggestions for pilots looking to learn to fly. Continue reading More Than ‘Just A Trainer’: Bixler 1.1 V2


How to Setup Differential Thrust

What is Differential Thrust?

Differential thrust is essentially where each motor on your aircraft can be driven with a different throttle output setting. A multirotor (or drone as the cool kids call them) is essentially an aircraft that has motors capable of being independently driven by a flight controller. Subtle differences in thrust are used for balancing and general flight. Continue reading How to Setup Differential Thrust


Drone Start-Up, Airware, Announces Closure

Californian based drone start-up company, Airware, recently announced its closure. According to the company, Airware was one of the first commercial drones in the marketplace. Having specialised in data collection and analytics through drone technology for the purposes of insurance, construction and general property management. Airware certainly was ‘pioneers’ in bringing drones into the commercial sector. Continue reading Drone Start-Up, Airware, Announces Closure


Painting Models with a Humble Brush

If you’ve read my previous articles you’ll know I’m a fan of airbrushes for painting models but it’s not always practical for various reasons, which is why I might suggest using a brush. The job or the budget might just not stretch that far so before throwing your hands up in the air there are many ways to skin a cat. The paint finish is very important because even a poorly made model, painted well looks good. Continue reading Painting Models with a Humble Brush


Review: Durafly T-28 Trojan Naval Aviation

Introduction

The newly released T-28 Naval from Durafly isn’t a new model design, but it does sport a lively new US Navy colour scheme. Its predecessor has been through a lot with me since I got my hands on it back in May 2017 so I was keen to get the new one to replace it when it’s finally retired. Continue reading Review: Durafly T-28 Trojan Naval Aviation


HP Announces 3D Printing for Mass Production

HP had recently announced the new HP Metal Jet at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2018. HP Metal Jet is a manufacturing technology that will allow mass production of metal parts which is significantly faster and cheaper to make than other 3D printing methods. HP have labelled as being ‘50x more productive’. Continue reading HP Announces 3D Printing for Mass Production


Forget Trees, Now Drones Can Provide Shade!

In a new research project, called Cyber-Physical Macro Material, conducted by the University of Stuttgart, researchers have created what is known as a ‘live’ shapeshifting canopy which uses drones to keep people in the shade. As the sun moves through the sky, the drones ‘actively rebuild itself’ by changing its configuration to constantly ensure that it is providing adequate shade. Continue reading Forget Trees, Now Drones Can Provide Shade!


Do I Need to Discharge LIPO Batteries for Storage?

To answer this question we discuss basics LIPO batteries and the reasons for discharging batteries after use.

If you have been in this hobby for any length of time your first rechargeable battery was either a NiCad or NiMH battery. Continue reading Do I Need to Discharge LIPO Batteries for Storage?



Want to try FPV?

Introduction

First Person View (FPV) is now the most popular way for pilots to fly the majority of multirotor and fixed wing ‘drones’. The cost of a camera, video transmitter and some entry level goggles or FPV screen is now so low that many traditional Line of sight (LOS) pilots have tried it for themselves and become hooked. Continue reading Want to try FPV?


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