Last week the MHQ2 frame was made available on the Hovership web store. The redesigned 3D printed MHQ2 folding mini quadcopter frame has arrived! Building on the success of the original MHQ frame, we have improved the functionality, durability and stability of this frame. The MHQ2 frame uses the same arms and hardware from the MHQ with the addition of 4x more 18mm screws and 4x locknuts. Upgrade kits will soon be available for MHQ v1 owners. The files to 3D print your own frame are available on this Thingiverse page. Hardware kits will soon be available in our web store. The above compilation video was shot on a GoPro Hero3 White Edition and flying with a 4s power system (see details below). KEY NEW FEATURES: Redesigned base with greatly reduced torsion for better flight stability. Camera and battery have a lower center of gravity. Both now mount down on the flight control deck. Wider landing gear and slots on the underside of the baseplate for mounting the battery if preferred. Improved landing gear thickness and durability. Mounting holes for SMA extension cables. Integrated GoPro and Mobius mount. Reinforced structure reduces damage in a crash and elevates the GoPro for […]
Found a new secret spot to do some FPV flights on the Hovership MHQ. It’s a great location with lots of obstacles and tight spaces to fly through. I am still working on getting confident flying fast in such environments. Despite crashing several times while performing maneuvers, the MHQ frame held up well. A few broken props and a damaged landing gear were the casualties. All on-board footage shot with the Replay Mini XD camera. Other gear used: Hovership H2204X 2300kv Motors Hovership H-12A ESCs HQprop 5×4 Glass Composite Propellers Tau Labs Sparky Flight Controller SkyZone TS58500 5.8GHz 500mw Video Transmitter TBS Core OSD FrSky Taranis Transmitter + D4R-II Receiver FatShark Dominator (V1) Goggles with 5.8GHz Receiver 1300-1500mah 3S Lipos (Nano-tech, Zipppy Compact & Rhino)
Hovership is proud to introduce the H2204X 2300Kv mini brushless motor, H-12A ESCs and a micro power distribution board designed for the MHQ frame. Everything you need to complete the power system is now available at: shop.hovership.com/power-systems/
Hovership now carries the AltitudeRC Nano 25mW video transmitter. This tiny transmitter is a simple lightweight solution for FPV on small RC aircraft. It can be used with 1-3 cell batteries and provides filtered output power for a 3.6v capable camera. We wanted to test the capabilities of this new product. In addition to some flight testing we performed some ground testing with a variety of antennas and receivers to see how far we could push the range. For the test the transmitter was mounted on a pole and walked across an open field (in a suburban neighborhood) until the image on the receiver was unusable for FPV piloting. Transmitter Antennas Tested: Stock Nano U.fl antenna ImmersionRC SpiroNET Omni 4-lobe skew planar Receivers Tested: Fat Shark Dominator 5.8 GHz Module ImmersionRC 5.8 GHz Uno Receiver antennas tested: 3dbi linear-polarized antenna (ImmersionRC stock antenna) ImmersionRC SpiroNET Omni 4-lobe skew planar FPVLR 9.3dBic Parasitic Helix Ground Test Results Each combination was tested two times at the same location. Results will vary based on location and many other factors. TX Antenna Reciever RX Antenna Range Distance Stock Nano Fat Shark Dominator Module Linear Polarized 100m / 328ft Stock Nano Fat Shark Dominator Module […]
Hovership now has a web store featuring our first product, the 3D printed foldable MHQ (micro h-quad). This frame has become quite popular in the DIY/maker community and was recently featured on thingiverse.com. If you don’t have a printer or a printer capable of printing this frame, visit our web store to get yours today. There is also a build guide now online for assembling the frame.
I finally got to get out and FPV the 3D printed foldable micro H-quad frame. I was on vacation, then it rained for over a week then I had to wait for spare props to arrive in the mail. No more excuses and now I am flying. Overall the frame has been performing very well. I have had some crashes with it and all the printed parts are holding up. I have made some design changes since I originally posted about it here. You can read about those on Thingiverse. The flight controller needs a little bit more tuning. Still getting the occasional wobble. I am currently waiting for some of the last parts to arrive and then I will be selling some kits of this frame. Soon! DOWNLOAD THE FILES ON THINGIVERSE.COM Current setup: Sunnysky X2204S motors 12a SimonK ESCs 5×3 Gemfan props 200mw 1.3ghz video tx OpenLRS 433 radio Tau Labs Sparky flight controller Zippy Compact 1500mAh batteries
I recently took a trip with my family to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I brought along with me a DJI Phantom (v1.1.1) that I picked up on an Amazon flash sale a few months ago. Just before the trip I added the new Tarot T-2D v2 gimbal to it and got a 5.8ghz receiver for my FatShark Dominators. This made for a rather compact setup for international travel and to hike with in/on a backpack.
I have been designing a lot of things for almost a year now. It started out as designing custom parts for my own builds but I am now working on things that I will share or sell. Here is the first creation that I am ready to show off. About 2 months ago I got a 3D printer, the MakerGear M2. Before that I was spending a lot of money to have Shapeways print all my little parts. It has been amazing to have my own (reliable) printer that I can draw up designs and immediately start making them into physical parts. Even better, I can keep refining designs at very little cost. Micro H-Quad frames have become very popular lately for FPV flights. Years ago I built similar sized (5″ prop) quads and didn’t have very good luck with them. At the time the motors and props available for multi-rotors of this size were hard to find. The motors most used were very cheap and had poor bearings, were unbalanced and thus created lots of vibrations. Fast forward to today there are about 5 motors that pilots are building their micro quads with: SunnySky X2204S (what I am using) […]
I have been learning to build and fly multi-rotor helicopters and RC planes for the past 3 years. It has had it’s highs and lows (pun intended). I have been wanting to create a video showcasing all my hardware failures and pilot errors. Here it is for your amusement.
I have been experimenting with brushless motor camera gimbals for the past few months. There have been some ups and downs getting this tech running on some of my copters. I have been trying out 3 different brushless gimbal control boards: Alexmos from Viacopter (2-axis), Martinez Open Source (2-axis) and most recently the EvvGC Open Source (3-axis). The video above was created using a 2-axis gimbal called the InfintyM by HD Air Studio and the Alexmos controller from Viacopter. This is my latest video shot with this setup and it has been quite the long road to get to this point. However, I am VERY pleased with the results I am starting to get. I purchased a Droidworx AD6 hexacopter frame a long time ago with the intent to create a copter capable of carrying an SLR-sized camera. However, it sat on the shelf while some key advancements happened in the multi-rotor universe. The 2 main ones being SimonK firmware for ESCs and now brushless gimbals & controllers. My SLR Camera Brushless Gimbal Setup Specs: Droidworx AD6 Frame (discontinued, now VM series) Droidworx XM Extended Landing Gear & Quick Release Rails InfintyM Brushless Gimbal Cobra 2826-12 760kv Motors HobbyKing F-40A […]