Upgrading?

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    i'm loving the 150....i really am. its a great little quad and so fast and nippy.

    BUT

    the battery life is getting to me a tad.

    i'm feeling like i'm just getting going when i have to stop...

    so i would like a walkera platform with the ability to put a nice big battery on it.

    what are my options??

    clearly i still want FPV and the ability to flips etc but still be easy and cheap to fix

    any advice is greatly appreciated

    JJ

     
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    What sort of flight times you getting? I'm pretty sure I was getting six minutes on mine.

    The 215 can take various sized 4s batteries and is a lot more crash resistant that the 150. It also has a far better camera and is a lot faster.

    Still the short run times might not suit you. I was shocked on my maiden flight coming in at 1.40.

    Got like 12 batteries now lol.
     
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    so i guess paying £200+ for a furious is not going to get me much more run time.

    just buy a few more batteries and a charger for the 150

    its a great little quad and uber fast

    JJ
     
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    I feel you mate, loved my 150. They should remake it in carbon.
     
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    just ordered 4x turnigy nano-tech for 10% of a new quad

    yeah defo but its a v complex shape

    i like the 3D printed airframes

    JJ
     
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    has anyone used a carbon frame and fitted the rodeo parts to it?

    JJ
     
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    just ordered a diatone grasshopper carbon frame

    maybe if someone has an old rodeo thats in need of repair i'd be interested

    JJ
     
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    Yup! 150mm frame that was similar shape to the Rodeo.

    I had to MacGyver the heck out of it, but it flies great! Nothing a little black tape, zip ties, double stick tape, and velcro couldn't handle. Everything is solid and has survived several hard crashes!!

    The motor positions were too close and had to cut the props down to make them fit. I feel confident they're balanced as I took careful measurements and sanded them down. Wish I didn't have to and I'm sure the added weight and shorter blades are affecting it, but I don't notice a difference in acceleration or performance.

    Dalprop 3545 bull nose tri-blades fit, but I need spacers (so the prop is centered and don't wobble); used small strips of black tape and worked fine. You need M4 hex nuts to fit the motor. They're definitely quieter, but don't feel as sturdy as the original props.

    The front ESCs were half exposed (not directly aligned on frame) so I added a piece of cf that acts as guard and brace. Even got the motor guards to fit (lot of sanding down).

    I used a flat plastic (hotel key) to mount the flight controller above the the power board. And battery is bottom mounted..

    Have fun with your transformation!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Also, I used the same camera, just changed the mount..

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    fabulous - thanks

    from what i have seen, the grasshopper 160 frame allows the walkera power board to fit nicely and even allows the rear ESCs to connect properly.

    the front ESCs need to be soldered but i'm sure i can work something a little more modular out.

    what blue standoffs are they? M4 ones?

    the other thing I was going to do was just but a few cheap PDBs (99p) and some nylon standoffs to provide mounting points for the receiver etc.

    i suppose it needs to go on clean flight after to set the gyros (for when i have a pootle around the park on horizon mode)??

    the only other thing i was going to add was LED bars on the arms and feed them from the connectors for the halo lights

    camera wise i've already added a 700tvl cam to the OEM walkera mounting and have a 1000tvl on order so i will see what i can do with that ;)

    Ta

    (think i need a better soldering iron too)

    JJ
     

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