[Lab] Mini / Nano Quads

Darcy Whyte darcy at inventorartist.com
Sat May 2 12:30:59 EDT 2015

I think the dog fight one could be fun. Might need some really light paper
for those little props... when I used to do dog fighting with model
airplanes we used to use about 50 foot of streamer and 50 feet of string.
Contact with any part of the plane would generally cut the ribbon since
they travel pretty fast. Mid air collisions were pretty common even with
the 50 foot string between the plane and streamer.

Perhaps a foot of thread and a foot of tissue paper. Perhaps 3/16" strips
or something. I think string might be problematic with the shafts so
perhaps just 2 feet of thin tissue streamer...  or more. :)

We'll have to try tomorrow...

Darcy Whyte

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On Sat, May 2, 2015 at 12:21 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at inventorartist.com>

> Should be fun.
> I think a lot of people are really at the beginning so we'd need some easy
> ones like:
> -length of time hovering over a square
> -flying around one of the posts in the warehouse. Perhaps time 10 turns...
> And we could publish a leader-board....
> --
> Darcy Whyte
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> On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 10:54 PM, Dave Hunt <dave at huntgang.com> wrote:
>> OK, so anyone that has been out to a modlab in the last month or so has
>> likely seen a few Nano Quads flying around like the CX10 available from
>> eBay, AliExpress, etc.  These little Quads are only about $20 and don't
>> cause severe lacerations when contacting innocent bystanders and even seem
>> to be fairly resilient.
>> A bunch of members have started picking them up and on Wednesday there
>> were 5 flying around the room like a small swarm of bees buzzing about.
>> Anyways, a couple people have suggested formalizing some challenges /
>> races so I thought I would see what I could dig up in terms of ideas.  So
>> far this is what I have found floating around the Internet.
>>    - Sink-hole - fly down through a large diameter cardboard tube -
>>    perhaps 1ft diameter, 2-3 ft tall - tricky because you can't see what's
>>    happening inside the tube
>>    - You've Got Mail - fly through a rectangular opening the size of a
>>    standard letter
>>    - Silhouette - break through a sheet of tissue paper
>>    - Lay-up - fly up through one horizontal hoop and immediately down
>>    through an adjacent horizontal hoop
>>    - Time tunnel - fly through a series of vertical hoops - at least 3
>>    - Crew cut - Trim hanging strips of tissue paper, more points the
>>    shorter you can cut it
>>    - Limbo - fly under low bar
>>    - Thin Lizzy - fly through a narrow gap between two cardboard walls
>>    - Slalom - fly through staggered gates
>>    - Quad Shy - try to knock over a stack of paper cups
>>    - Ivory Tower - land on top of a tall tower, with a small landing
>>    area - thinking 6 inch diameter
>>    - Another option might be to attach the tissue streamers to the
>>    bottom of the Quads and dog fight each other. This may be slightly better
>>    than trying to crash into each other....
>>    - Bonus points for adding a flip into any of the above...
>>    - Double Bonus points if we hack together some kind of automatic
>>    timer to have timed races... ;)
>> I welcome more ideas from everyone.
>> Once we get some solid ideas we can maybe setup a few official times to
>> meet.  I am thinking maybe Sunday afternoons at Maker Space North as it is
>> an awesome indoor facility which many of us attend anyways although some
>> Sundays are clean up days from the party the night before...
>> If you have not already purchased your quad, I really suggest you grab
>> one.  They really are a lot of fun and it's small enough my wife lets me
>> fly it in the house.
>> PS: If you order one make sure to also purchase a bunch of extra blades;
>> if you are anything like me and tend to crash it while learning to fly,
>> they will come in handy!
>> Happy flying!
>> Dave
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