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The MicroMinim OSD is a great bit of kit for any mini quad. It gives you a really configurable on screen display from something as simple as a voltage readout to a full F-16 fighter pilot artificial horizon ladder. And when you are disarmed on the ground you can even tweak your flight controller settings, saving you lugging your laptop the the field. It's tiny too - about the size of a £1 coin. The trouble is, it has pins and solder pads on all sides so it takes a bit of thought to stop the connections taking up more...

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The SPRacingF3Mini board from Mr Cleanflight himself, Dominic Clifton, is a very powerful board with a heap of functions & capabilities.  With great power comes great responsibility complexity and it took me  a while to work out what pins I needed to use to make it do what I wanted. So to save you some time and some head scratching, here's what I did and why. First on my list was the bridge the 5V pins (Number 3 in the diagram). This basically switches all the voltage in pins on the board to become voltage out ones, powered by the...

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Like most of us, I got into FPV flying from watching videos on YouTube and I keep discovering more channels to watch. Here's a list of the pilots that inspire me and encourage me to get better. If any of these aren't in your YouTube subscription list, they should be! Flite Test One of the first YouTube shows in this field that I discovered and I have watched every single episode to date. Just as much about having fun as it is about flying and to illustrate that, here's an old episide about making a food blender fly! Rotor Riot The...

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Joshua Bardwell has created a brilliant series of videos to teach newcomers how to fly a miniquad in rate mode (i.e without the training wheels of self-leveling modes). There's a lot of get though but it's really worth doing the homework he gives you with each episode. You can even get started before you've built your quad as he uses the free simulator FPV Freerider as the teaching tool.  It even works with Xbox, PS3 and Logitech gamepads, FrSky Taranis, Spektrum, Flysky, Walkera, Graupner and Futaba RC radios. So what are you waiting for? Get some stick time in without stacking your shiny new...

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I was planning to write my own guide to soldering but this video from Bruce at RC Model Reviews is so good, there is no way I could better it. So if you are thinking about building your own miniquad and have never soldered, this will be 35 minutes well spent. Got any tips of your own? Why not help the hobby and share them in the comments below? Simon

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