If you have decent soldering skills, you can easily build the QAV-XS in a few
afternoons. As I mentioned, space is at a premium on this racer, so think
about your equipment selections prior to ordering your gear. Then, enjoy some
assembly time and get ready to race! K
pack, this quad is a rocket ship. From a solid
hover, a blip of full throttle puts you up at least
100 feet before you can get out of it and bring
her back down. ;is power system is definitely
a great combination!
Flight time is going to vary greatly depending
on flying style. In all-out racing action, even a
1300mAh pack can be depleted in two to three
minutes. If you are taking it easy, just cruising
around the park, you can expect five- to seven-minute flights.
Responsiveness is something at which the
QAV-XS really excels. It is quick and nimble.
;e stretch-X design really handles well and
carves the turns. Using Betaflight (or your
preferred firmware), you can tune this quad to
be as smooth or erratic as you prefer. With the
proper amount of RC rates and expo, you can
make this a smooth-flying machine that will still
perform quick flips. It is all a matter of personal
preference and experience. I can’t wait to fine-
tune the Furious FPV controller I’m using and
see what I can really do with this ship.
Get a Grip
Have you ever tried to remove a prop hub
after a crash broke all the blades off your
prop? Or have you ever had the trailing
edge of a prop try to skin your thumb?
Well, I have and it is not fun. There are
some specialty tools on the market for
this situation, but I recently discovered a
tool that had been collecting dust in my
garage that does a great job of helping
me out with this: a small rubber strap
wrench. I had bought a set for removing
odd-size oil filters on my car, but it works
well on props too. You can pick up a set
of wrenches at Harbor Freight Tools
( harborfreight.com) for about $5. Saving
your fingers is worth every penny.
1 / ROTOR HEAD ;e top plate is the perfect
platform for your receiver of choice.
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