Epic Crash Contest!

Post your best crash reel to YouTube for a chance to win an Epic Mini 280 frame from Multicopter Builders!

Rules and Regulations:
– Videos must use both the MB Intro and the MQC Intro clips
– Videos must be no longer than 1 minute in length
– All videos must be submitted via the MQC Facebook Group “Pinned Post”
– Any videos containing “reckless flying” will be disqualified and reported to YouTube
– Winners to be determined by Richard Shelton (MB) and Nick Miller (MQC)
– All entries must be submitted by February 14th
– Grand prize winner receives an Epic Mini 280 frame
– Second place runner-up wins a selection of props
– One entry per person

Good luck!

Review Announcement: DroneKraft Mach300GT

Hey there fellow mini quad lovers, it’s me, Nick Miller, here to announce my next review: The DroneKraft Mach300GT.

The Mach300GT
 is a high-performance FPV quadcopter frame. 3mm carbon fiber throughout makes the Mach300GT lightweight and impact resistant. Extended arm set accommodates up to 7” propellers. Three separate vibration dampening systems work together for super-responsive flight and smooth video transmission and recording. 

The GT of Racing Drones. The extended arms allow up to 7″ propellers for increased thrust efficiency, giving the 300GT the handling and nimble balance of a smaller acro frame with the added flight time. Room for components allows for extended range and powerful high-speed flight characteristics of a larger multicopter.


Structural Vibration Isolation

From the Power Distribution Board up the  Mach300GT’s frame is “clean,” isolated with neoprene dampeners to protect vibration-sensitive components. Vertical and horizontal camera plates are further isolated with PVC and silicone dampeners.


Running Lights

Dual-color ultra ­bright LEDs assist in orientation during line-of-site piloting in low visibility conditions, and cast a wide illumination pattern for FPV ground-skimming. Running lights are switchable for super stealth mode.


Frame Configuration

Modular frame gives you flexibility in positioning and securing components, including an optionally-installed midplate deck for mounting a long-range receiver, FPV video transmitter, OSD or telemetry.


Solderless PDB

The Mach300GT’s Solderless Power Distribution Board is built with auxiliary pins, an XT60 battery connector, and standard 2mm gold bullet ESC connectors. We’ve already soldered them onto the board, so you don’t have to.


Modular Frame

Flexible configurations for flight controllers, receivers and video transmitters. Mounting holes for APM, cc3d, KK2.0, Naza and Naze32. Tough 3mm carbon fiber construction throughout gives the Mach300GT responsive flight characteristics and high impact strength.

frame_001a.jpgAdjustable FPV Plate

Made for fast forward flight.  Both vertical and horizontal camera plates are vibration isolated. Tighten the bottom screws on the cam plate to raise the view angle.  If you’re extra hungry for speed, move the cam back to the rear slots.  Buckle up.

I have spent the past few weeks building a v1 and consulting with DroneKraft to help bring the v2 to life. To show their gratitude, they have offered to sell the Mach300GT to Mini Quad Club members for only $125! Stay tuned to the MQC for more information!

The Minion PDB Has Arrived!

We at the Mini Quad Club are no stranger to the Minion frame from Canadian frame manufacturer Pat’s Mini H-Quad. I reviewed the tiny titan last year and had a great time bashing it around. You can see all my coverage of the frame here.

Shortly thereafter, lots of us saw what David Klein of Rotorgeeks was able to do with some 4s power coupled with 2208 2000kv motors on his custom ESCs – which was to turn the Minion into one of the smallest and fastest mini quads in the marketplace today. Checkout the Turbo Minion:

Pretty cool, eh? So how do you make such a good thing even better? Simple – you add a power distribution system, LEDs and all! It appears to have pads to hook up the ESCs, and video pads for the FPV cam and Vtx hookup as well. It even has a line filter hookup. It weighs only 16g. Awesome.

I have a feeling this new product is going to cause quite a few Minion owners to want to upgrade their setups, and will also make the decision to invest into the Minion for newcomers an even easier one. I’ll provide an update when more information is available…

Naze32: Flight Modes Explained

While there are other resources that go into far greater detail than I will on this post, I felt the need to help some of the newer folks just starting to fly mini quads with the most important three flight modes that the Naze32 has to offer: Angle, Horizon, and Rate (aka: manual or acro). While I highly suggest that everyone learns rate right off the get-go, I wanted to touch on what the three modes do and how you can use them (if you must) to foster your abilities in rate mode.

Angle Mode
Angle mode is a stabilized mode that will not allow your mini quad to spin in any direction past a set angle (50 degrees). This means that with your hands off the controls, it will use the accelerometer and the gyroscope to keep the mini quad leveled (as long as you calibrated it correctly in Baseflight/Cleanflight). You may also have to “trim it out” on your radio to achieve the best performance. I only use this mode on an “emergency switch” that I use if I lose orientation during a roll or flip during rate mode flight.

Horizon Mode
Horizon mode is a mix between Angle mode and Rate mode, offering stabilization while the pitch/roll stick is near center, but rate mode at it’s endpoints. This allows a pilot to fly in a stabilized manner, but still perform rolls and flips when really pushing on the pitch/roll stick. This mode is OK to use for a session or two in order to get a feel for what it’s like to be upside-down during FPV. Beyond that – try to leave it be.

Rate Mode (aka: Manual Mode or Acro Mode)
This is the default mode that the Naze32 is in if nothing else is selected when configuring modes in Baseflght/Cleanflight. This is the way mini quads were meant to be flown – and if you’ve ever watched any crazy FPV videos and wondered how a pilot was able to fly so fast and controlled – it was because they were flying in rate.  Rate mode uses the gyro sensor found on the Naze32, which takes the pitch/roll stick inputs speed and angle and translates it into the rate at which the quad rotates on that particular axis. The reason you want to fly in rate is so that you won’t have to fight against the stabilization provided by the other modes – which will lead to smoother flying and better video capture. It will also let you perform banked turns and make small adjustments to get through small gaps much more easily than a stabilized mode.

Here is a video that I made awhile back to show the differences between rate and horizon modes. Perhaps it will help to better illustrate the differences:

Hopefully all this has helped explain some of the flight modes offered by the Naze32, and helps you to take your first steps towards your Rate Mode Enlightenment. Remember: If you’re not crashing, you’re not flying! 🙂

Crash Reel: Falling Down

Almost all my crashes from 2014! 35 crashes from 5 locations with 6 mini quads. No quads were damaged in this video, but roughly 103 props were!

View on YouTube

Quads Involved:
Hyperlite 275
Minion 260
Epic Mini 280
R220 Pro