Monday, April 27, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
The outreach fundraiser last night was a huge success- we raised over $85,000 and had a fabulous time doing it. The photo booth worked perfectly (that's us with Lesley & Josh Findlay) and I just received an email telling me it was voted the hit of the night :) It's obviously a keeper and we'll do it again at things like the Christmas dinner.
And the kids this morning were awesome and did a fabulous job with leading Morning Prayer- not a dud in the bunch, they all rose to the occasion and made us very proud.
Jackie (who worked like a trooper all evening at the event last night and then took all 3 of Robyn's kids to church this morning while Robyn & David ran in the Rye Derby) and I are taking it easy this afternoon and will probably not be up much after Game of Thrones tonight :)
Click here to see the usual album of pictures from both on the church Facebook page :)
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I did quite a bit of flying, both LoS and FPV, and a lot of crashing :)
I went through a good few propellers (I should just put in a standing order for them!), but I had a blast and learned a lot- not least that this thing is tougher than it looks :)
Next time I really need to find a big, open field to fly in- somewhere without obstacles and where I can get a bit of height so I have room to manoeuvre. Rye Rec. would be perfect, and I did think of going there this morning, but I thought that perhaps a man in a black facemask flying a drone in a field next to an elementary school while school was in session might not be the best idea! I'll have to hope there's some calm evenings before the softball season starts, otherwise the next decent day off I have I think I'll head for Ward Pound Ridge which has some huge open areas- I'll just have to train the dog not to chase after the quad :)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
It's amazing that this movie is 45 years old, but it's held up well and it's awesome to look at the technology- rotary phones and dial radios. This is the one that started the whole disaster genre and was what Airplane! was mostly based on.
George Kennedy was in all the Airport movies and is awesome in this as he drives a stuck 707 out of the snow with a cigar clenched in his teeth!
What fun :)
It is so much easier to control when you see the world from it's perspective, you don't have to remember that if it's facing towards you you have to move the stick left to go right etc. The only real problem in a space as confined as the parish hall is that you can't see sideways so it's very easy to brush up against the wall or a table leg, and the props on this thing go so much faster (and are much more fragile) than the ones on my previous quad... so it's very easy to break them... which I did... a lot.
I'm a little mad because I forgot to press the record button on the on-board camera until the last flight (which was one of the shortest) when I broke the last counter-clockwise prop I had left. Anyway, here's proof that it flies- the first part of the video is from when I was still fooling around and tuning it, the second part is the aforementioned last fpv flight-
I have ordered many more props which will be here on Monday- then we're going outside!
Friday, April 17, 2015
Build: night 1
Got the transmitter switched over to the FrSky modules, most of the frame is together, the motors are mounted and the wiring loom is soldered and working.
Just finished soldering all the motor leads (3 each), and when I tested them all 4 motors are turning in the wrong directions, bah! Oh well, it just means re-soldering 2 leads on each motor, but that's for the morning- time to call it a night!
Thursday, April 16, 2015
My HobbyKing order has arrived :)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Fast forward to now as the weather has been getting warmer and I've gone back to wearing my old, favourite Converse Chucks- but I have started noticing a sharp pain in my left heel, particularly first thing in the morning or after sitting for a while. Jackie (who has long suffered from plantar fasciitis) immediately realized that this coincided with my return to loose, slip-on sneakers with little or no support and so I decided that I had to get better shoes and unfortunately retire my old, mis-matched Chucks :(
|My new winter boots (already well used) in front,|
and 2 new pairs of new LLBean shoes behind
Monday, April 13, 2015
The holes on the arms for the screws that mount the motors do not line up perfectly, so I just need to mill them out a touch with a diamond bit for my Dremel (this is a cheapish Chinese carbon fiber frame so a little adjustment is to be expected).
After a little careful work the motors fit perfectly and are nicely centered.
Then I carefully drilled mounting holes for the power distribution board and the KK2 flight controller. I went with the KK2 board with its own hard plastic case that is a little wide for this little frame, so the existing mounting holes didn't line up, but I think the fact that this board has a separate programming module with an lcd screen will be an advantage when I start flying it and need to tune it. It means I can enclose the board within the frame and the just connect the programmer as I need to to tune the configuration. The other nice thing is that the updated firmware on this board allows me to tell it that I'm mounting it 90 degrees off line to let me run the cables the way I want to.