My planes.

Probably My Favorite Flight To Date


Took the skywalker out for a day of testing and wound up hitting some clouds. Enjoy 😀

Skylark Dianmu OSD Testing Update

I’ve had time to log a few flights with the new Skylark Dianmu OSD and I’m really loving the stabilization feature and the RTH worked out of the box.  Here is a narrated flight I did for skylark showing off my current settings and testing rth and complete control failure.  Still need to tweak the roll gain setting a bit, but it’s already looking great!

Skylark Dianmu OSD arrived for testing!


Skylark sent a few of these out to testers and I was lucky enough to get one for testing/review.  The spec sheet and the bench testing I’ve done with it are pretty impressive so far.  It has a built in 5v and 12v power supply capable of 2A max current…plenty to power a vtx and camera.  This is a wonderful addition to those powering 12v equipment from a 4S+ power setup and eliminates the need for a step-down voltage regulator.

I have yet to fly it, but have it installed and working in the SkyWalker now and can’t wait to try out the stabilization.  Look for the maiden flights with both of them soon!

Skylark Dianmu OSD


Picked up a used SkyWalker


I’ve been wanting a SkyWalker for some time now, but since money has been tight I haven’t been able to afford one.  That is until a friend of mine offered me his old one complete with servos, motor, and LED’s for a great price.  Thanks Michael!  I did pick up two 4cell 5000mAh packs for it @$22 each from HK, but I already had the rest of the parts.  It’s currently on the bench and should be airborne in a couple days.  Stay Tuned!

Finally built a quad.

So, after my friend Keith ordered a quad from RCTimer, it got me thinking about building one up since I already had most of the parts laying around.  I ended up scrapping one together with a couple borrowed ESC’s and props.  Hit the jump to find out how it’s configured and see some flight footage:


Threw the GoPro on my FPV Slow Stick

My GoPro was sitting around collecting dust after I dismantled my DeepReaper, so I thought I’d let it get some flying time in on the slow stick.  I’m really liking this setup and having a lot of fun!

The FPV setup is a little different than before.  I did have a 300mW racewood on it, but have swapped it out for a 1W 1258 vtx prototype I had laying around after doing the testing on that.  It’s also got a Flytron inverted V on it now.  The gopro is hung upside down right at CG and the live out is used.


FPV PopWing

I finally got my FPV PopWing in the air and have been having a ton of fun flying it around.  I have to say it has been the most fun I’ve ever had flying FPV.


TechOne PopWing

  • Turningy 2826-6 2200kv motor
  • ExceedRC Proton 30A ESC
  • HobbyWing 3A Ubec
  • APC 6×5.5e prop
  • RangeLink UHF RX
  • pz0420 camera
  • Skylark Tiny III osd (prototype)
  • ReadyMadeRC 200mW 1258/1280 vtx prototype (pictures show a 2.4Ghz foxtech unit)




TechOne PopWing


I thought these looked like fun and picked one up for some LOS fun while I’m waiting on my big batteries to charge.  I ended up liking the way it flew and have parts ordered to build another one for FPV, but that’s another story.  Here’s a couple pics and the configuration I have for my LOS version:


  • TechOne PopWing
  • 2x HXT 900’s
  • 30A Proton ESC
  • ExceedRC Rocket 2210-1650kv
  • APC 7x6E
  • Gens Ace 2200 mAh 3S 25C battery
  • Hitec Optima 7 rx

The motor makes 245W @20A with the 7x6E prop on a freshly charged battery.

Deep Reaper XL FPV Maiden


Got a chance to fly the Deep Reaper XL with FPV gear for the first time this weekend.  Went pretty well considering the wind. -Pat


Deep Reaper XL Nearly Done!


I had a chance to fly it, but that didn’t go so well.  Check the hanger to read full setup and specs.  I ran her up on a watt meter tonight and she’s pulling 49 Amps making 575 Watts of power!


See it in the Hangar

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