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A clueless newbie
« on: June 29, 2018, 10:06:52 AM »

Hi all,

I've been flying RC planes and helis for a few years now and a few cheap quads from time to time. I've recently flown a buddies FPV quad and think I've caught the bug. There's nothing quite like it.

Now I'd like to get some gear of my own but both time and money are tight. The only compatible equipment I already have is a DX6i spektrum transmitter. Would you guys be able to offer any advice on some quality but budget friendly options to get me flying? I've flown planes with standard screens but it seems only goggles do quads justice. Preferably I'd like to go the BNF route as my technical skills and time availability aren't ideal.

Really appreciate any guidance and can't wait to get going!

Cheers,

Sam.
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Re: A clueless newbie
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2018, 10:57:29 AM »

There's some nice BNF's around for relatively cheap prices - although some need a little bit of messing with to get the best from them.  Gearbest are worth looking at for their range, but they do tend to change prices almost daily - however, some real bargains can be had.

Right now you can pick up the Darkmax quad which is pretty nice for £92, but only as a FrSky BNF.  https://www.gearbest.com/brushless-fpv-racer/pp_765192.html  If you want a DMSX rx in there the price jumps to £161, or without any rx for £142 !  So would suggest you could pick up a rx separately at a better price.  Wait a week and you'll probably find another decent BNF quad in the sub £100 range.

Goggle wise, FatSharks still remain top in terms of quallity (generally speaking) but there are some very budget friendly options on the box-goggle type starting at around £30.  Banggood seems to have a better range there.  SPend a little more and try and get in-built DVR + diversity.

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Re: A clueless newbie
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2018, 12:55:59 PM »

I hate to say it but if time and money it tight then this isn't for you it'll eat through both. One thing I can say is I went buying cheap stuff in the beginning and wish I hadn't and I've had to end up buying twice. As currykitten has said some Bind 'n' fly's are really good value at the moment but not a route I've ever gone down as I really like building too.

I've heard good things about the BFlight 210 (search for reviews on YouTube) which was one I was considering a while back. I recommend this as I think the FPV antenna (linear) will be more sturdy in crashes. You'll crash a lot so start off in a nice open field.
https://www.gearbest.com/brushless-fpv-racer/pp_660786.html

Might be worth starting with some really cheap box goggles ( I went with the Eachine Goggle Two) £100. I found them too big to carry around all the time although they had a great immersive view. Then I went with the Eachine EV100 £70 plus the DVR £10. Now just got a pair of FatShark Attitudes v4 £190. On a great deal at the moment and you can probably sell them on ebay for the same price:
https://www.gearbest.com/fpv-goggles-monitors/pp_992444.html?wid=1349303

The goggles is the hardest thing to get right and also the most expensive thing you need. But at least you don't crash your goggles so they should last a long time.
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Re: A clueless newbie
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2018, 01:56:05 PM »

Goggles are a difficult one. FatSharks are a lot of money but they have a good rep and have good UK support.
I started off with HobbyKing Quanum V1 box goggles. They are big bulky and heavy but they have the ability to focus the screen. This was good for me as I wear glasses for distance (-3 ish).
I then bought the eachines ev100 and their dvr. WOW they are so much more comfy and easy to transport. They are also so much easier to just lift up on your head when you go and walk to pick up your crashed quad. Image is good, OK so it's a little distance from you i.e. the image doesn't fill your field of view but that does mean you can see all the image without your eyes moving about. Anyway for me on my limited budget they are great, very flyable.
I am a slowly learning acro flying, no previous flying experience, and I found FPVFreerider sim VERY helpful in getting the hang of FPV in Acro mode. It may not be great graphics so it does run on my old laptop and may not be perfect flight physics but it is only about £6 or the Recharged version (more levels and some are a bit bigger) for a little more.
Then I use a usb adapter to my FlySky i6 tx and I can practice when ever I have time.
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Re: A clueless newbie
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2018, 02:13:18 PM »

I've heard good things about the BFlight 210 (search for reviews on YouTube) which was one I was considering a while back. I recommend this as I think the FPV antenna (linear) will be more sturdy in crashes. You'll crash a lot so start off in a nice open field.
https://www.gearbest.com/brushless-fpv-racer/pp_660786.html

I would certainly recommend the Bflight 210 as well (I like that quad more than the Darkmax) and at one point you could get it for $99 !  But right now it's £146.  But like I said, wait a week and the weirdness that is Gearbest random price generator will change again.

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Re: A clueless newbie
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2018, 04:20:47 PM »

I would certainly recommend the Bflight 210 as well (I like that quad more than the Darkmax) and at one point you could get it for $99 !  But right now it's £146.  But like I said, wait a week and the weirdness that is Gearbest random price generator will change again.

Odd the link I gave was £105. Some of the deals like to hide away!
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Re: A clueless newbie
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2018, 04:56:44 PM »

Doh - my fault, when I looked I was on the FrSky option (which incidentally uses a shitty little d8 compatible thing that resulted in failsafes and crashes just 100m out) certainly not worth the £40 extra !

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Re: A clueless newbie
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2018, 08:32:10 PM »

Tiny Whoop is also a great starter for the Spektrum inclined.

The TWR can fly outside too, but only on a calm day.
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A clueless newbie
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2018, 08:44:28 AM »

I hate to say it but if time and money it tight then this isn't for you it'll eat through both. One thing I can say is I went buying cheap stuff in the beginning and wish I hadn't and I've had to end up buying twice. As currykitten has said some Bind 'n' fly's are really good value at the moment but not a route I've ever gone down as I really like building too.

I've heard good things about the BFlight 210 (search for reviews on YouTube) which was one I was considering a while back. I recommend this as I think the FPV antenna (linear) will be more sturdy in crashes. You'll crash a lot so start off in a nice open field.
https://www.gearbest.com/brushless-fpv-racer/pp_660786.html

Might be worth starting with some really cheap box goggles ( I went with the Eachine Goggle Two) £100. I found them too big to carry around all the time although they had a great immersive view. Then I went with the Eachine EV100 £70 plus the DVR £10. Now just got a pair of FatShark Attitudes v4 £190. On a great deal at the moment and you can probably sell them on ebay for the same price:
https://www.gearbest.com/fpv-goggles-monitors/pp_992444.html?wid=1349303

The goggles is the hardest thing to get right and also the most expensive thing you need. But at least you don't crash your goggles so they should last a long time.
100% agree with that statement. No such thing as cheap reliable rc gear. Coyote once said about fpv kit, “buy cheap buy lots”. You could try the used drone market place on Facebook called Drone Junk Yard UK. I have had some proper bargains on there. It tends to be young student types running out of money or getting bored with the hobby. For example I bought a nearly new RTF and complete ZMR 250, 2 lipo, and Taranis Plus for £250. As far as goggles go it will depend on your eyesight. If you wear specs you will need to take that into account.


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