Blade Chroma – Second Flight

Blade Chroma GoPro edition

Blade Chroma GoPro edition

For the second outing with the Blade Chroma I decided to try something a little bit more challenging. I was going to try and follow a friends RC Plane and get some footage of it in the air. Unfortunately I ran into an issue where I could not get any video signal on the ST-10+ this meant that the footage of the plane was a bit hit and miss as I was trying to guess where the plane was in relation to the camera. After the flight I realised that I hadn’t paired the video signal on the ST-10+. One thing I have noticed is that when the sun is in front of the drone you get a strobing effect from the sunlight passing through the front props, yet to work out how to resolve this issue.
Again all flying was done in ‘Angle’ mode and the height was kept under 50M,

 

 

3D Printing

I currently have two 3D printers, a Geeetech Prusa i3 Pro B and the Tevo Black Widow. Both these are excellent printer but occasionally things can go wrong. I was trying to print a .STL of a Terminator Genisys Skull on the Geeetech and it all went a bit wrong. The bearing that guides the Y-Axis belt collapsed, causing a lot of skipping on the Y-Axis while the printer was trying to print. The results can be seen in the video below.

 

 

 

Blade Chroma GoPro Edition

Blade Chroma GoPro Editions with ST-10+

Blade Chroma GoPro Editions with ST-10+

I recently purchased a Blade Chroma GoPro Edition, the  version I got actually came with the ST-10+ radio and Mk58 Video Downlink. I will be doing a full review on this in the future but in the meantime I will link to some video I have made using the Chroma and the GoPro.

This is a video of the first flight I had with the Blade Chroma, it was at a local park and I made sure to follow the instructions for calibrating the drone. I set the height limit to 55M so as to keep any potential failures within the area of the park, I also made sure to get permission from any of the people the drone flew ‘near’ to. I am still dialing in what settings on the GoPro work best with the drone as well as getting a feel for how the drone flies. As I fly planes and racing drones I find the ‘Smart’ mode of the Chroma to be very weird and counter intuitive, though for an absolute beginner I can see how it could be helpful.  All my flying for this video was done in Angle mode, I have yet to test the Chroma in agility mode but I have tested the Return to home a few times in different scenarios and it has always brought the drone back to within a few meters of it’s stat location.

 

Sony Action Cam AS200V

AS200VGoPro have long been held up as the ‘go to’ standard for action cameras and have a well-deserved reputation of being the ones to beat, plenty of manufacturers have been bringing products to market and while some of them simply try to copy the GoPro some have actually tried to make themselves stand out from the crowd. When I
went looking for an action-cam I looked at the GoPro and it had a lot of the features I was looking for as well as a growing range of accessories but price was still an issue, so
I began looking at alternatives. As my main use for the camera was going to be capturing aerial video from my various RC planes/helicopters/drones I initially went small
and got a Hobby King HD Wingcam but as you can see from this Youtube footage the best thing you could say about that camera is that it got the job done but it was limited to 720p (there is actually a good case to be made that it was filming in lower res and interpolating up) and was  very clunky to use.

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