Finally got all the parts to get my first FPV racing drone in the air, the Larva X.

I quickly realized that just because I could rip my little $50 consumer drone around the house and yard via line of sight I was NO WAY prepared for how fast this Larva X was to try and learn FPV flight. I’ve bounced it off the neighbors tree twice and augured it into the grass several times. Thankfully no damage and I did manage several laps around my front yard without issue last night. Going to hop in the BetaFlight software tonight and turn everything down a bit as well as enable auto-level and disable acro mode until I get better.

Here’s a video of what it can do with someone more competent at the sticks (start at 11:45):

This is my problem right now, I want a drone for real estate reasons but I really want a racing one. Not sure if they have an in between option because I sure would be interested. Maybe great video quality on a racer could work with stabilization turned on…

The two things you want to do require entirely different hardware. You’re better off getting two drones.

Yeah… I had a feeling that was the case. It’s also why I haven’t bought one yet. I want to make sure getting one for real estate makes sense and that I’ll get the business I need to pay that money off. However, I want the one to have fun with so much more!!

Start with the real estate drone, learn on that (and make money with it) then step into a racing drone down the line. That’s what I’d do.

I mostly want a drone for photography. My biggest complaint right now is that I have a great drone, but I’m limited to where I can fly it legally.

That Skydio really impresses me though. At least in sample vids.

The Skydio does seem nice. And the making money part sounds good for getting the drone as well but as for the learning, that part wont matter as I’ve learn how to fly RC planes and Heli’s which take a lot more knowledge to fly. I can fly a drone like the Skydio or DJI with ease. It’s almost boring to fly them to be honest.

Curious what the Skydio would be like if I put it to follow me while I hopped into a drift car at the track and the footage it could give me while chasing us down.

I’m pretty much an expert with all things RC (cars, boats, planes, helis and quads). That expertise meant nothing when I tried ripping a fast quad around with nothing but the first person view from the quad to guide me.

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That I expect to be a challenge and learning curve. Flying a drone with assisted flying is another story. They are definitely sweet to get photos and videos but I’d find myself enjoying myself flying FPV racing drones. I will get one one of these days.

I didn’t get a chance to take mine out of acro mode last night and play around with angle mode and horizon mode. I think either will be a huge help until I get better at flying FPV.

Enabled horizon mode and went over to Clearfield park after work. Between having a LOT more room and nothing to run into I was ripping some laps around the park. Going to be a LONG time before I’m confident enough to fly this around my house with all the obstacles though so I’m going to pick up a little 1s Tiny Whoop to learn FPV on. It will work with all the gear I have so just need to pick up the quad and some 1s cells.

there is no inbetween option, racing drones wont have a gimbal, other ones might.

also racing drones cameras are angled up, as they are usually flying pitched nose down, you would literally have to dive bomb the ground or be inverted to get pictures of houses

that being said i’m probably selling my chroma, with the 1080p camera, gimbal and hand held mount

while i’m at it i have a blade 180qx(stock) and a blade 200qx(carbon frame, 3d blades) that i’m interested in getting rid of, the 200qx is on a carbon chassis much like a 250 size race quad. strap on a camera and you are good to go. it also can fly inverted and do most of the tricks a 3d heli can do. so if anyone is interested, let me know

Dropped the throttle mixing down to 60% on my transmitter and it made the little Larva X a lot more docile. Enough so that I can now fly it around my house without constantly hitting trees, the ground and my house.

Just a quick video from testing out the on board DVR this morning.

Took another little rip on lunch but set the throttle mixer back to 100%.

Around 0:37 did a quick punch out climb.

Kinda looks like you filmed that with a 1980’s camcorder :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

Haha… it`s onboard DVR from a quad smaller than my palm. It’s made for ripping around not selfies on your jet ski :wink:

Must have been a very calm day. I couldn’t see something this small flying in 5mph winds. haha Pretty sweet little flyer though.

It can handle the wind surprisingly well. 3s power, carbon fiber and strong brushless motors help a lot. It’s around 75 grams with a 3s 300 battery so it’s chunky compared to a little 1s brushed motor TinyWhoop class.

My Tinyhawk S gets here Thursday and while it’s about the same dimensions it’s only around 40 grams with the 1s 450 so it won’t handle the wind well but it will be way more fun to bash around inside (fully enclosed props).

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if you are looking to get a little crazy with it I have a 200QX

brushless motors, 250 sized CF racing frame, runs on 2s, maybe also 3s i’d have to look it up, 3d props and normal props included.

get to flying inverted, join the real fun

Getting better all the time. Hung a hula hoop from a branch as an obstacle.

I was expecting you to do a pass between the porch columns, lol. That thing hauls.