So, as you might remember, I got a nano quadcopter from my girlfriend for Christmas: a Blade Nano QX.
After pricing out buying a few replacement parts (extra propellers, a spare set of motors, more batteries), and noticing that an eBay store was running a promotion that included a bunch of extra batteries, I realized it would be cheaper just to have an entire backup quadcopter. This not only is a complete set of replacement parts, but also lets me alternate them when flying consecutively, which lets the motors cool down somewhat.
A few weeks later, I was looking at the first-person view (FPV) videos again and decided I wanted to try it myself. The same eBay store was running a promotion with the Nano QX FPV (which adds a tiny camera and video transmitter to the Nano QX) with a boatload of extra batteries with only one inventory unit left. So I wavered and, in a moment of weakness, clicked "buy."
Now, unfortunately, I haven't bought a set of FPV goggles yet to try out that functionality, but I can confirm that, even with a ~15% weight increase due to the FPV cam, transmitter, and antenna, it still flies very well, although flight times are shorter due to the extra weight and battery drain.
So, I somehow accidentally three Nano QXs.
And, what is that green thing behind them, you ask?
On r/aww, of all places, I came across a picture of the world's tiniest commercially-available quadcopter. Figuring it would be unreasonably expensive and not fly very well, I checked some reviews, I found out it was only $20, ready to fly, could do flips, and apparently had decent flight characteristics.
So, I bought a Cheerson CX-10: a 1.75" square $20 quadcopter.
That picture doesn't give you much of a sense of scale.
Here it is next to a propeller for the very small Nano QX:
This thing is really, *really* small.
You can get a little propeller guard for it, too, to protect its little propellers. This slows it down slightly, which actually makes things more controllable, and protects just about every part of the quad from breaking when you inevitably collide with a solid object at high speed:
It has blue and red LEDs. This helps you figure out orientation: the red ones are on the back.
It also comes with a tiny little radio controller. The size of the joysticks makes it tough to do fine adjustments, but the controls are positive and it binds quickly and easily to the little Cheerson.
Wait a minute.
Wtf is that green propeller? What could that possibly go to?
OM NOM NOM
That is a Blackout Spider Hex hexacopter with extended arms to run 6" propellers and crazy high-powered motors. Its frame is made out of almost entirely carbon fiber, Each of the six motors can generate about a kilogram of thrust apiece, and it sports a camera on the front for transmitting video.
It's pretty awesome.
It's also pretty hard to capture in pictures.
It also has a removable anti-vibration platform that can carry a GoPro or Mobius camera and provides space for an extra-large battery:
This is *definitely* an outside copter. Too big, too heavy, too fast for indoors. As a result, since the weather's been utter shit, I haven't been able to fly it. (I also need to install the proper transmitter and video transmitter first). Looking forward to better weather to get to grips with this one.
So, here's my little fleet:
I think I might have a problem.
Jeeze. Congrats, man.