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Suggestions Welcomed

MSRC is a simple, easy to use and straight forward link aggregator looking to help fill people’s spare time by making it easy for them to find quality, interesting and amusing R/C related content which they may not have seen otherwise.

We’re always looking for new content of the latest and greatest R/C videos, build logs, tutorials and how to’s to new product releases from companies, etc.

If you know someone who has a personal site, video or forum post that should be linked, or a company that’s doing something cool, or people reviewing a new product, producing tutorials, etc. then fire us a suggestion using the feedback button.  Promote yourself, promote your friends and promote your business.

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Some Alan Szabo Flying for the Weekend Start

Hey the weekend is here or almost here depending on which part of the planet you live on. What better way to start off the weekend than with some inspirational video?  This week we have some heli flying by Alan Szabo. He’s flying the Align Trex 700 DFC Pro with the Speed Fuselage.  Watch the video then get out there, stay safe and try something new this weekend!

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Need something to do this weekend?

Do you have any plans for this weekend that don’t involve vegging out on the couch and watching TV while eating junkfood? Would you rather be out flying your helicopter but don’t have anyone to hang out with? Maybe you want to get that plane in the air but nobody has mowed your field in weeks? Check out rcflightdeck.com for events in your area and find some cool people to hang out with. I was just over there myself and they have a TON of events listed all over the place! It’s all RC flight related stuff, but there is a massive amount of events going on all summer long and you should be able to find something to attend and help get the vitamin D deficiency cleared up!

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Large Highly Detailed Turbine Powered Lama

One of the great things about the R/C hobby is that you can go as simple as you want or as detailed as you want. The minimal requirements are low and the sky is the limit if you want to go for full detail.

In this entry we check out Markus Burger’s scale Turbine Vario Lama. The Lama weighs in at 25kg (55lbs for us yanks) and has a 2.56 Meter (8.4ft) rotor span!

The video shows a few of the details he’s put into the build of this aircraft such as the custom fabricated fiberglass tank and the custom welded hardware. I’m sure that a video would never be able to show all of the time and effort into making a model like this, but it sure is a good start.

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Detailed Cockpit in FPV Aircraft

Reliku over on FPVLab has posted some great videos and project logs of his efforts to build an FPV aircraft that has a great view of the sky as well as a simulated cockpit to help give him that immersive feeling.  In the video the flight looks exhilarating and certainly the cockpit helps with that.

Reliku has even added hands and a moving stick inside of the cockpit!  As an added bonus the camera is connected to a head tracker so that it follows his head as he turns left and right and up and down.  We wonder how well this works for him as any lag can result in motion sickness in a lot of people.

Here’s a video of his first test flight which also shows the setup. For full details, go to his BAE Hawk Mk.128 FPV Project post on FPVLab to check out his build.

And also a video on the setup for the moving control stick.

Awesome stuff! If you’ve done anything like this or have similar projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us through the feedback link that’s floating on the left hand side of the screen.

 

 

 

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Extreme Flight Championships 2014 AMA Coverage

The AMA has posted some of their video coverage of the Extreme Flight Championships (XFC) for 2014.

The XFC is an invitational even held during mid June at the AMA’s main flying field in Muncie, Indiana. The competition involves the top R/C helicopter and airplane pilots from around the world competing against each other to be labeled the best pilot in their respective field of R/C.

There’s a huge amount of video out there for XFC2014, so we’re just going to post a couple of them and if you like what you see, head on over to YT and check out all of the other vids people have posted. That should keep you busy for a bit.

Some video from Flying Giants TV – Freestyle Friday Gabriel Altuz

And some helicopter footage

Oops, sorry nobody has bothered posting good quality video of XFC 2014 helicopter flights, so we’ll pass on that. However, if you would like to see some awesome heli footage or attend an all helicopter event at the AMA field in Muncie, Indiana make sure to check out IRCHA for the 2014 IRCHA Jamboree going on from Aug 6th through Aug 10th! Don’t let the website fool you, it’s a huge event with over 1000 registered pilots!

Here’s the AMA video for XFC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJPaTRroNWY

You can also find out more on the AMA’s XFC 2014 section on their website.

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Repairing Reverse Polarity Damaged Receiver

Our models have a lot of wires and plugs hanging all about and sometimes things become a tangle or the polarity is not market well on a piece of equipment. On a servo lead this should not damage the equipment since the center pin is positive, however in some special circumstances it can instantly fry things and then you’ll be out a receiver. Of course connecting a battery pack backwards might also fry it.

Well a simple fried Rx isn’t going to stop Santhosh at Make-@-Tronics. On his blog post he goes through the troubleshooting steps and finds a faulty LDO reglator, replacing it with a somewhat larger unit in the end that he has to shoehorn in to make it fit.

R/C electronics are pretty expensive, so if you can fix them yourself, you should. If you have a warranty, send it in for repair. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, you may only want to use the fixed equipment for ground based models or situations where you’re not worried about the reliability. In this case Santhosh seems to have done a great job with his repair and it sounds like he’s using it for robot projects. He will probably get many more years reliability out of that FlySky receiver.

We love DIY electronics stories here at MustSeeRC, sometimes we just don’t have time to collect content. We’re an aggregator of sorts and rely on our audience to provide things worth linking to. If you have done something or know of someone who should be noted or has an R/C related item of interest, please drop us a line and give us a heads up using the feedback button on the left.

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Super Simple Gimbal Project

If you’re into flying planes or multi-copters in FPV mode, then you know how much benefit a gimbal can be on your aircraft. Unfortunately, gimbals are not cheap. A low end brushless gimbal such as the Tarot costs well over $100 and simple servo gimbals can be cheap, but they’re not always all that great.  A group of folks has gotten together to develop a cheap as possible gimbal that still has good results. Community efforts like this are one of the reasons our hobbies have become so affordable for everyone. For every expensive piece of hardware it seems as if someone has come up with a cheaper solution for the hobbyist.

The originator of the project post is crezzee claiming to be a part of team SSG, the group of RCGroups users who got together to make this cool little module. There is full documentation on the build and how to make one yourself, as well as demo videos on the functioning of the gimbal and video taken from it as well.  Go check out the Super Simple Gimbal (SSG) post on RCGroups. If you build one, let us know and maybe drop a link to the video!

 

 

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From the You’re Hurting Your Hobby Department

Yet another multi-rotor operator calling their model multi-rotor a drone so that the media can compel the general populace into thinking there are militarized remote piloted aircraft flying around their homes day and night.  I think the biggest difference is when you tell someone the word ‘drone’ they instantly think of something like the Predator and other military aircraft which are very large and very well armed. ‘Drone’ does not bring to mind a small, several pound hobby aircraft usually slapped together with some cheap parts with a bunch of wires crammed into place on barely stable firmware that someone is flying for fun.

As long as people keep calling their R/C aircraft ‘drones’ and doing stupid things with them, other people will keep calling for them to legislated and restricting their use. We already have laws for privacy, we don’t need more. We already have laws for reckless endangerment, we don’t need more. We already have laws for trespass on private property, we don’t need more.

Anyways, the latest story that brings this to light is back from the beginning of March. A guy had a ‘flyaway’ on his multicopter so he runs out and spreads ‘reward for lost drone’ posters all over the neighborhood.  It would have been just as successful if you had posted ‘reward for lost model aircraft’ posters, but it doesn’t sound nearly as cool or edgy, does it? Make sure to read all about this clueless guy who’s helping to put the hobby at risk and do yourself a favor and don’t replicate his actions.

Drone drifts away in skies over Denver; owner posts ‘missing’ flyers around city

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Can a Radio Controlled Helicopter Lift a Person

I bet you’ve always wondered if it was possible to pick a human being up with a radio controlled helicopter, but now we can affirm that YES it is possible to lift a human being with a radio controlled helicopter. Well, two radio controlled helicopters really.

The Heligrafix team, known for their stunts with R/C helicopters which appear careless or dangerous (that’s the general definition of a stunt I think!), has lifted a woman off the ground using two radio controlled helicopters. They have done this a couple times, once as seen in this video, and once for a show down in South America in front of a live crowd. Well, love it or hate it, this is pretty impressive to watch just based on the whole idea of helicopters lifting people. I’m sure you could go one forever about the risks and hazzards involved.  Certainly do not try this one at home!

If you have any tips or suggestions, please make sure to send them our way, we’re always interested in R/C of any type and great videos of action, building, tutorials or product announcements and reviews.

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