[Lab] Mini / Nano Quads

Dave Hunt dave at huntgang.com
Sat May 2 13:10:05 EDT 2015

Yes, I am game for a bit of a trial dog fight tomorrow!  I agree the string
could become a problem.  Tissue is likely far better than when I tried to
knock you out of the air and only ended up crashing myself although I swear
it was only because I lost concentration due to laughing so hard...

On Sat, May 2, 2015 at 12:30 PM, Darcy Whyte <darcy at inventorartist.com>

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