Gareth Rens's Blog (21)

Worlds smallest One-man Helicopter

Added by Gareth Rens on June 30, 2012 at 12:49am — 8 Comments

Dji F550 Heavy Lift Conversion (F650)


Added by Gareth Rens on June 26, 2012 at 9:37am — 11 Comments

RAD Aerials first video edit

Not too bad for my first edit. Used premier (my first time)

Tried uploading it to vimeo for copyright reasons, but no go.

So I uploaded to you tube. The only country that its blocked in is…


Added by Gareth Rens on June 6, 2012 at 12:44am — 6 Comments

APM2 conversion to Naza

Morning everyone!

So i decided to try the whole Dji thing. It took all of about 20mins to swop the APM2 with the Naza.

The setup is as simple as it gets. That took no more than 10 mins.

After installing the hardware and software I took it outside and attempted the first flight.

All I have to say is wow! A truly awesome…


Added by Gareth Rens on May 27, 2012 at 12:06am — 38 Comments

Things are definitely going smoother now with the octo :)

My video editing skills leave alot to be…


Added by Gareth Rens on April 16, 2012 at 3:36pm — 4 Comments

ArduCSR (Universal Remote Arduino IR Camera Shutter Release System)

Sorry for the video quality, but the slr was tied up :)

Finally finished the universal IR camera shutter release device.

The requirements were:

1. Remotely trigger the camera to take 3 photos in a row using a switch on the transmitter.

2. A solution that doesnt involve a physical connection to the camera, as my…


Added by Gareth Rens on January 26, 2012 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

A Date with Ms. Purple (APM2)

Some interesting videos of my morning flights with the latest firmware and APM2.

Dont forget to watch the last video ;)

1st loiter

Arducopter, now with REAL chicken sound effects...

Loiter worked quite well considering the drift issue...

It only started to drift after a while.



Added by Gareth Rens on January 21, 2012 at 5:00am — 81 Comments

1st Octo Flight

I finally worked up the balls to fly the thing!

Im quite impressed that it actually flew and didnt just explode on the spot…


Added by Gareth Rens on January 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — 37 Comments

[Slightly Off-Topic] Rubiks cube solved in 5 seconds with lego!

CubeStormer II solves the Rubik's Cube puzzle faster than the human world record.

This ARM Powered robot was designed, built and programmed by Mike Dobson and David Gilday, creators respectively of CubeStormer …


Added by Gareth Rens on January 16, 2012 at 11:47am — 5 Comments

Birth of Octocopter :)


Added by Gareth Rens on January 16, 2012 at 2:43am — 17 Comments

Backup system for BEC

So after much reading and research into the whole "backup" BEC saga. I think I've found a solution!

My first idea was just to run a 5.5v backup lipo in parallel with the 5v UBEC output.

This idea has been vitoed by most. Too many unknowns apparently.

The other was to parallel all the BECs up, but this would cause harmonics due to all…


Added by Gareth Rens on January 10, 2012 at 9:00am — 108 Comments

Custom Prop spinner for Turnigy G10 810kv motor (with threaded prop shaft)

Thanks to hobbyking for sending POS prop spinners with 8mm prop shafts!

Below are custom ones turned from solid aluminium.

Much stronger and with tighter tolerances. Also I decided to thread the shaft (as in video) and props,

so the props thread on :)

Gonna do some prop thrust test tomorrow.…


Added by Gareth Rens on January 8, 2012 at 12:03pm — 7 Comments

APM 1 and gyro stabilised Photoship One MTR Pro Camera mount

Gyro stabilized mount works quite well. The roll servo does seem to be a bit jerky, but from the forums it seems its one of the downsides to digital servos. What about a small air shock absorber? A trade off of reaction time for fluidity of movement. Although, the platform is for photos not video...

Comments any1?…


Added by Gareth Rens on January 2, 2012 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Effects of cellphone/batteries/magnets/acceleration on IMU [VectorNav video]

Very interesting video from VectorNav showing what high frequency noise and magnetic fields actually do to an imu.

Nice visual representation!

Also this vectornav unit seems to be quite the…


Added by Gareth Rens on December 29, 2011 at 2:29pm — 12 Comments

MK Frame + Photoshipone Camera mount assembly

I decided to put the camera mount and frame together to get some sizes on the boards that hold the APM and flight electronics. Obviously being a MK frame, its suited for the MK boards, with regard especially to the MK escs.

Im going to have to make a small plate for the PDB, then two plates above for all the other electronics. Also I had to add silicone to the ball mounts to make them stiffer for an 800g camera.

Here are the pics:…


Added by Gareth Rens on December 18, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Photos of my Arducopter taken with a Nikon D5100

A few random pics of the AC.

I flew while my GF shot :)

Here are a few pics. The rest are available on Flikr:…


Added by Gareth Rens on December 17, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

MikroKopter Okto XL frame arrived!

The frame set and some other goodies arrived today!

1x MK okto XL frame.

1x Altigator dome

2x bubble levels

10 x glass fibre 12x4.5 prop sets

1x 5A BEC

and a few other thingys.

Im very impressed with Altigators service! 

They even included some altigator stickers, a battery strap and a Chrismas hat! lol

The altigator hood is a little bit flimsy to say the least... But other than that, alls…


Added by Gareth Rens on December 9, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Spektrum DX8

Just got my DX8 + a second receiver for free!

Iv read more TX/RX reviews than I can stand and finally settle for this combo.

I have…


Added by Gareth Rens on December 8, 2011 at 12:47pm — 2 Comments

Solmeta GPS Tagger

Pretty amazing, a package sent from China via DHL on Monday.

Arrived this morning.

After unpacking and reading the not too good english manual, but much better than most.

I attached it to my Nikon. Simple, straight forward.

Iv attached a couple of geo-tagged images with the addition of compass bearing!

On the…


Added by Gareth Rens on December 8, 2011 at 10:44am — 9 Comments


Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

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