RC Logger RC EYE One Xtreme - Review

RCLogger has been working on developing a brushless mini quad-copter since early 2013. Hobbyist were asked to provide their input, thoughts and suggestions about what they would want in this forthcoming quad. Many hobbyist participated in the discussion and pre-orderd the RC EYE One Xtreme. The developers were collaborative and actively participated in these discussions and provided periodic updates to the RC community.

Inside the box
  • RC EYE One Xtreme
  • 2.4 GHz Transmitter, AAA Battery for Transmitter
  • 800 mAh LiPo Battery, USB LiPo Battery Charger
  • Set of propellers, Spinner, Spinner Washer
  • Trigger Cable, PPM Cable (for optional PPM receiver)
  • Operating instructions, Decals

First Impression
The product packaging is attractive and provides protection during shipping. Once you open the box - well built, professional grade, cool are the words that come to mind! The propellers are red & black in color, 138mm in length, but the airfoil is very unique (some may say, that it looks warped). The landing gear is a mix of black & red and are designed to help in flight orientation. The quad's brushless motors are about the size of a quarter.

Quad Copters : 5 minute overview and recommendations from a Hobbyist

What to buy: 5 minute overview and recommendation from a Hobbyist

Micro Size:
  • Blade Nano QX (RTF): $89 : 5"x5", weighs less than 18 grams, 4-6 minute flights, small enough to fly inside office/living room space, blade guards are provided as a safety feature for new pilots, has a sophisticated flight control software that keeps it stable during a hover. Developed and distributed by a popular US brand - parts are easily available at every local hobby shop and online. Designed for beginners - very easy to fly - does not require any prior training. Very little mass, thus does not result in damage during crash landings. Will help gauge user's interest and skills in flying quad copters.
  • HeliMax 1Si (RTF): $139, 5"x5", weighs 45 grams, 5-8 minute flight time, small enough to fly inside office/living room space, in built HD camera, innovative 'Return-To-Home' feature, stable flight characteristics. Developed and distributed by a major US brand - parts are easily available at every local hobby shop and online.
  • Hubsan X4 H107C (with 2 MP camera): $75 - $90: 5"x5", weighs less than 40 gms, 5-7 minute flight time, small enough to fly indoors or outdoors, in-built 2 MP camera, stable flight characteristics, designed for beginners and very easy to fly after reading the manual and/or watching a few Youtube videos. Developed and distributed by Chinese company - so parts are not available at local hobby shops but easily available online (Ebay, Amazon, etc).
How it all began...

One day, I was bored at work and was watching a YouTube video of someone flying a Radio Control plane. So, I started thinking about building a RC plane. I read a few blogs (like this one), researched some free building plans, saw a dozen more videos, joined a few online hobby forums and decided to build a basic plane that would FLY.

Since I decided to build my own RC plane, I had been frantically looking for advice, guidance, websites, shops to procure the parts and electronics. I found that there is plenty of information out-there, but it is dispersed across the internet and secondly, there is a scarcity of local hobby shops catering to the amateur Radio Control modeler. So, I decided to write this blog - as a dairy of my experiences and as a resource to other RC enthusiasts. 

Please browse through the site, learn from my experience, download build plans (free), and share your thoughts & ideas with me and other hobbyists.

Beginner's Guide to Aero Modeling

This guide is intended to help give aero-modelers enough simplified knowledge to choose from the bewildering array of components available, and to assemble appropriate power systems for their model aero planes. This guide is not intended as an answer to everyone’s questions, but as a basic introduction so that we have a reference to help understand this subject.

Read this before using guide

For those completely new to the world of aeromodeling who also intend building a new model, I suggest starting from the beginning of this guide. Even if it doesn’t all make sense at first, it will eventually. Some trial and error might not seem like the most economical way of learning but it can sometimes be the most effective.

Choosing a power system is a more complicated procedure than I first thought when I started putting this guide together. Often choosing a power system includes a fair bit of educated guesswork. Although it is possible to accurately calculate every important bit of data to determine the optimum power system for a model, most of us will prefer the “educated guess” approach. Unfortunately there is some knowledge required to make an “educated guess”, and that is hopefully what this guide will provide.

Many people will only want to access certain information, so each topic has a heading. Scroll down to see if you can find the information you need.

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