Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Rise of the Mini-quads!


Finkbuilt has been pretty much derelict for quite some time now. My last post 2 years ago celebrated my first successful FPV quadcopter flight. Success for me back then meant that I didn’t completely destroy the quad. Shortly after that post, I did destroy the quadcopter frame with a series of crashes, and put quadcopters aside for a while.

Back when I first started playing with quadcopters, a common “starter” quad was built on a 450mm frame and that’s what I started with. Over the last year, I noticed that the pilots that I paid attention to on YouTube all started showing up with mini-quads, which are typically about 220mm-250mm motor to motor. These minis are built on tiny frames, but carry the same type of camera and radio equipment as bigger quadcopters.

This year, I thought I’d see what the mini-quad buzz was all about and decided to get back into the game by building a 250 size FPV quadcopter. As it turns out, size does matter.

There are some distinct advantages to flying smaller quads. You can fly in much smaller spaces than you would be able to with a larger machine. They are less conspicuous and less dangerous than the big birds. They are also less prone to crash damage, because they don’t weigh as much, and therefore don’t crash as hard. After a crash, you can usually just flip ‘em over and take off again. They are just more fun. In the few months that I have been flying quads again, I have learned way more than I did in my whole first season with a 450.

Here area few videos taken with my 250 quad over the last month or so. Apologies in advance for cheesy free YouTube sound track music on some of these:

I’m having a blast with this 250.

The other thing i did this year was to purchase a few cheap toy quadcopters to practice with in the house. Back when i first started, there were only a few micro quads available, and they were not that cheap. Since then, multirotors have gone wild, and the toy market is now flooded with cheap-O quads. These toys make great trainers. The skills you develop on these will transfer directly to any quadcopter that you fly.

I’ve even outfitted some of these toys with nano FPV equipment to practice flying FPV around the house, and around the yard. These videos were shot with Syma x1, and Vitality H36 toy quadcopters:

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