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Build Log: GEPRC GEP-CX3 PRO with Caddx Vista Nebula Pro

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Sunday, July 18th, 2021
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I just finished building a GepRC GEP-CX3 Pro recently. I haven’t built a 3″ for awhile and was itching to add another fun but small ripper to the fleet. This one I decided to put in a Caddx Vista Nebula as I have no desire to add anything analog to the fleet except for larger long range FPV quads.

The frame is an H style, so there are no props in the view of the camera. The rounded front and back make the body look like a Hebrew National, so I’ve named this on “The Hebrew National Quad.”

There was not much space for both 20×20 stacks to fit. One stack was the Vista Air Unit and the other a Mamba F405 mini stack. Wiring sticking out from either stack meant issues, but I did fit it in.

Parts List

    • Frame: GepRC GEP-CX3
    • Video Transmitter/Camera: Caddx Nebula Pro
    • Flight Controller/ESC Stack: Diatone Mamba Stack Basic F405 Mini MK3.5 40A 6S 8bit – 20x20mm
    • Motors: Diatone MAMBA TOKA 1206 3600KV FPV Racing Motors
    • Receiver: TBS Crossfire Nano RX

The build went fine and the maiden flight was successful. The only issue I’ve had is the motors are hot and the battery life is not as high as I’d like.  I’ve been in Betaflight messing with the gains and may have to also adjust the flight controller dampening.


Now Flying the Autel Evo 2 Pro

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Monday, September 28th, 2020
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I’m thrilled to announce an addition to the drone fleet, the Autel Evo 2 Pro.  Finally technology has advanced enough for me to find a small, foldable drone to replace my huge hexacopter.  This is a bird I’ll be using for shooting RAW images and high quality 4K and even 6K video.

I debated with myself between the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the Autel Evo 2 Pro and a few features pushed me to Autel side.  I’ve been flying this bird regularly for about two months now, and I’m thrilled with the quality of the photos and video it produces.

The range of this drone is impressive.  The flight time I’m getting crushes my hexacopter, 6x over. But it doesn’t get the 40 minutes of flight time that’s advertised by Autel.  It’s more like 30 minutes or upper 20’s.

There are still some kinks and bugs to work out for Autel and the Evo 2 Pro model.  After the last firmware update I’m getting some yaw drift.  I’m also getting occasional situations where it seems the collision avoidance system (oh, forgot to mention that) “thinks” there are objects nearby and the bird stops and hovers.


Drone Fleet – July 2020

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Monday, July 6th, 2020
Categories: DJIDrones For GoodEquipmentFPVMultirotor Aircraft

I’ve built a few new drones so it is time to update the fleet photo.

Back Row – Left to Right

680mm Alien Quadcopter, 960mm Hexacopter with 3 Axis Gimbal & Sony Nex5T Camera, DJI Phantom One (OG)

2nd Row Left to Right

6 inch RoboCat Quad, 5 inch iFlight DC5 with DJI digital FPV, 250mm Arris quad, 7 inch long range quad

3rd Row Left to Right

5 inch Rooster, 3 inch toothpick quadcopter, 3 inch Ummagawd Acrobrat, Symma wrist controlled quad, 5 inch with Caddx digital FPV, 5 inch with DJI digital FPV

4th Row Left to Right

2 inch quad, 3-inch iFlight DC3 with DJI FPV, BetaFPV Beta85 Whoop, BetaFPV Beta65 Whoop

Front Row

Nano quad, Lego quad my 7 year old built for me, Husban nano quad

 


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