Author: Chris Rae

I am an FPV enthusiast, commercial drone pilot and former journalist from Scotland. By day I work in the Marketing and Communications industry and the rest of the time you'll find me in my drone cave building or repairing quads, wings, and anything else RC.

We recently featured a review of the new Anycubic Kobra 3D printer. To really put it through its paces, I am going to be printing a series of RC airplanes and FPV wings in a range of filaments to see just how well it can do. To kick it off, I went for Eclipson’s Model S motor glider. This beast has a wingspan of almost 2 metres as well as a v tail and folding 10-inch propellor making it ideal for FPV. The model was printed entirely out of PolyMaker’s PolyTerra PLA, which is an eco-friendly recycled filament with a…

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Foam FPV wings are nothing new, but now one of the biggest online names in RC is entering the arena with their own offering – and it comes flat packed. Flite Test, the Ohio-based model aviation YouTube channel and manufacturer, released the FT Flerken at the very end of 2021 and we were tasked with building and testing one to see how it stacks up against other FPV wings. Like all other Flite Test models, the Flerken is made out of flat foam board with the parts laser cut into it. This means that the whole build requires nothing more…

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The hobbies of FPV and 3D printing are intrinsically linked – both require a mindset of “just make it work” as well as patience. However, while FPV has evolved and we are seeing a slew of starter sets coming to the market, 3D printing still has a steep learning curve. Now though, one of the biggest brands in the sector has launched a brand new product, which aims to give everything you need to get printing in minutes straight out of the box. The Kobra from Anycubic has all the features needed by FPV pilots wanting to print their own…

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BetaFPV has been one of the leading brands bringing quality Express LRS (ELRS) products to the market. In the last few months there has been a swathe of releases from them and we’ve been looking at new Tx modules, a new radio and some receiver options. The original white (500w) transmitter module came out a few months ago and, while it looked great, there were some firmware gremlins that meant the joystick and screen were unusable – thankfully this was fixed in V2.2.0 as well as in the latest 1w Tx release (differentiated by being black). Both these modules now…

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FPV and 3D printing have gone hand in hand forever, with a plethora of printable quadcopter frames and accessories available on sites like Thingiverse. In recent years, a growing trend has been for RC airplanes and in turn FPV wings to be printed. Now though, one design house has gone a step further, releasing 3D designs for an FPV wing, capable of taking off and landing vertically like a quad – the Eclipson e-VTOL-1. Eclipson is one of the biggest producers of 3D printable airplanes and has released a number of FPV-capable designs which the purchaser can print as often…

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Speedybee is known for its innovative products which allow pilots to tune their aircraft using a mobile app at the field, but now they have started releasing their own line of traditional FPV products. The TX800 VTX is one such product which sees Speedybee venturing into the video market, but is it any good? Starting with the specs, the TX800 offers 5.8ghz PIT/25/200/400/800mw power outputs, and features an mmcx antenna connection – also included is an mmcx to sma pigtail – and supports power inputs of 3.7-5.5v all on the IRC Tramp protocol, which will likely immediately rule out any…

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Look on any online forum and there will be people asking what they should buy to get into FPV. Some people will say go all in on a five inch set up and learn the hard way, while others will be more conservative and advise just buying a radio and a simulator, while many others will suggest a tiny whoop. However, the choice for someone wanting everything in one package at a reasonable price has always been a bit limited, with the leading option being the Emax Tinyhawk 2, but while it was a good package, the included radio was…

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Since the launch of TBS Crossfire, it has taken over the marketplace as the most trusted and stable control link for both long range flying, as well as racing and freestyle. Its 900/868mhz band is stable, with relatively low latency and will go for miles – almost always outlasting any FPV video link. The more traditional 2.4ghz band, which came in and displaced traditional crystal radio links, was known to be patchy with little penetration in a bando setting and limited range. Newer 2.4 systems like TBS Tracer and ImmersionRC Ghost did improve things, but both had drawbacks such as…

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Last summer, Team Blacksheep (TBS) changed the game for FPV radios when it released the Tango 2 with their acclaimed Crossfire protocol built in. The small, gamepad-style form factor, price point and ability for users to upgrade and service it themselves made it arguably the must-have radio for FPV pilots – particularly newcomers to the hobby. However, later in the year, Radiomaster’s TX16S started to take over. For a start it was a full-size radio with an array of switches, pots, and sliders, making it better suited for fixed-wing pilots. It also had a JR-size module bay allowing users to…

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Zohd Talon 250g Review Fixed-wing FPV seems to be growing in popularity due to the increased flight time and relaxed nature of the flight – imagine taking your thumbs off the sticks with a quad! However, the size of FPV planes has always been a disqualifying factor for many pilots, due to their wingspan, especially in our new sub-250g world. Now though, Zohd has come out with its latest small FPV plane, the Talon 250g which joins its Dart 250g in the ultra small and lightweight category. Derived from the original Talon, a large-scale, V-Tail airplane, this mini version retains…

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New radios seem to come out all the time, but it isn’t often that they offer something really different. However, the new X20 Tandem from FrSky has some neat tricks built in – not least a brand new operating system! As you might have guessed, the Tandem name hints to the fact that this radio packs internal modules for both 2.4ghz and 900mhz bands with two slots for external antennas for each band. In time, FrSky is planning to launch dual-band receivers which will automatically switch bands to keep the signal as strong as possible. For now, this means you…

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Cinewhoops feel like they’ve been around for ages now. The ubiquitous Shendrones Squirt still seems to be the go-to choice for those looking to capture smooth, cinematic FPV footage with a full-size GoPro. However, BetaFPV is known for their small, lightweight brushless quadcopters and a few years back, an Italian pilot known as Rimzler, installed the now infamous “naked GoPro” on a miniscule drone from BetaFPV called the 85x – the resulting Dison Mini was a tiny ultra-lightweight FPV drone, capable of capturing 4K video indoors with little risk to people or property. The Beta 85x evolved into the 95x…

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