Luis Muñoz

A space of my own

Mounting your Loc8tor

The Loc8tor is a device designed to help you track and find lost items, provided that you had the foresight to attach a tracking tag to it, which is kind of the point of this post. My experience is with the “Lite” version, which relies entirely in RF beacon location tecnhnology to reunite you with your RC model.

My Experience with SimonK vs BLHeli for ESCs

I like using Afro ESCs for my DIY multirotor projects because they are inexpensive and for me have been working well. However as of late I’ve been motivated to research other options after a second model started showing what seem to be random sync issues. Now, the issue with my 250 combined with my discouraging earlier experience with 690Kv motors was something I could not ignore. For me it’s clear now that SimonK’s firmware, while good for many – including myself with some of my mid-sized builds, one of which made a cameo at the video above – really has issues recovering sync for motors in the “slow pancake” and “very fast” spectrum.

Shrinking your ESCs

Particularly in small frames you need to be very careful with space and weight, as well as your cable management to keep things tidy and well protected. A way to make cabling a bit simpler I’m experimenting with consists in getting rid of some of the ESCs cables.

Multicopter Motors: The NTM Series

Turnigy produces a line of motors called “NTM”. Those are low cost brushless motors that are suitable for medium sized multicopters. At the time of this writing, these motors sell for around $15 each on HobbyKing. Since I’ve seen quite contradictory comments at various fora, I’ve decided to add this post to the confusion.

Building PVC Drone Frames

PVC pipes used for plumbing are a good choice for building resilient drone frames. I’ve used it in an H4 configuration and it works. In terms of effort, cost and results, I would definitely recommend you to give it a try, specially if you’re starting to build your own models.