Nano drone update
The Aerix Turbo X is currently my favorite little micro drone because it is fast and durable. I was hoping that the cheaper CX-10's would be able to match its fun factor, but they are just too glitchy. When your eager 70 pound dog is your micro drone recovery system you really need to fly something reliable because glitches get expensive. Avoid the basic CX-10s, buy the Aerix Turbo-x if you can get it for $20. I seriously doubt Aerix custom designed this hardware / firmware combo so there has got to be other CX-10 clones out there, if anyone knows of other versions of this drone please let me know. Remember, the circuit boards of this one and the cx-10 are different. I am still dreaming of a nano drone like this that I can connect to a real transmitter and adjust all the rates. This one does not yaw fast enough and I would love to increase the other rates to max as well. Other dream upgrades would be a super high quality high discharge battery. This one rarely bogs down, but I do occasionally max out the throttle stick. Is there a market for more high end nano drones?!
I am still waiting on the FPV goggles from BangGood, so that is really frustrating. They also sent me an E010 with a bad rear motor and would only offer to mail me a replacement motor or give me a $2 credit. If you order from these guys, know that you are rolling the dice because you never know when you will get your stuff and you don't know if your stuff will work. I am back to trying to find a good supplier of these micro drones. The next micro drone I am going to work on is an upgraded E010 with real flight software and motors with plugs. The 5 way charger for the E010 works great and I now have more batteries than I can fly in a day and this is a good thing. You might prefer to get one that does not look like a deformed robotic centipede with all those wires but remember - you can modify the ends on any of those wires to hook up other 1S batteries and drones.
I also could not resist the temptation of the Vortex 150 race drone that I ordered last week from GetFpv.com. I also sold my old Futaba radio and after much back and forth picked the Spektrum DX6 over Taranis and Frsky. I finally decided that the cheaper and newer Chinese brands never seem to deliver the same overall level of polish of the traditional brands so I decided to give up some whiz bang features in return for robustness. Taranis radios are everywhere and they seem to be the new standard, but old habits die hard.
Kobalt electronics repair kit - modular hex wrenches
I have a love / hate relationship with hex wrenches. I have never found a set I love but I might be hard to please. If you have spent anytime working on DJI stuff or drones in general, the 2.0mm (and all the other sizes as well) are critical tools to have. I have tried expensive ones and cheap Turnigy ones and I really can not recommend any of those. I was walking in the new Lowes here on Maui and I decided to go check their selection of tools and I stumbled on this bundle of tools. It has all the important hex sizes up to 5.0 and they snap firmly into the handle with a solid clicking magic. The tool feels solid and it looks like it will not rust out. The problem with new tools is that you really want to use it so I am actively on the hunt for something to take apart or modify or destroy.
I did some more editing and put this other sunrise shot together. It turned out alright but I think shooting into the rising sun looks better because you get so much color out of the sky. I need to try this angle again but at sunset so the sky will come alive with color. I will also try shooting in HDR and 5 shot brackets just to get some comparison shots. Remember to send me your sunrise or sunset picture and I will put it into a blog post. If you don't have one, try and get one because that is the best way to learn.
Golly Chickens stickers
I made some other stickers that are not drone related but maybe you know someone that could use a world famous Golly Chickens sticker. Head over to GollyChickens.com and request a free one.