By Pennywise on Jan 11, 2024

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Rant inside, you've been warned! Take two for the indigestion.

Another Botgrinder Demibot by Ummagawd build, but with way better video inside - O3. HDZ is getting worse, and worse with each release. And hopefully Walksnail is bankrupt and has stopped passing off beta gear to paying customers. Wow! What scumbags. Both of them.

I DID NOT buy the motors from the link, but you won't allow AE live with what you reap I suppose. Weird, though. Here, if you want it where I got it, instead of their stores (run by rounds) on this side of the pond: NON-Affiliate Link Warning!. But please tell us how this is a passion...

These motors are actually decent so far, though I've only flown a few packs. And speaking of packs, let's air it all here: Speedy Pizza Drones brand from the worst battery maker CNHL, are what you'd expect - trash. Brand new batteries and they last maybe 30 seconds before I start getting battery low warnings. Same with the yellow CNHL packs. Absolute garbage. But YMMV.

And while I'm bitching, I never got the keychain for my demibots, and I've bought 4 of them, and 3 grinderino frames. WTF Ummagawd? Sorry, had to gripe about this small, but relevant fact.

Anyway...Pizza props. DJI Action Cam 2. Cheap motors. Hobbywing FC/ESC. Buzzer. ELRS.

A ton of prep work, and time. And low skill level. Don't mind the stringing on my prints, that filament was dripping wet...for me!

And nothing bought from RDQ, ever! Some people. "General"...okay major. Seriously, why so many RDQ links? Putting a real stink on the site. Starting to smell like an orange president's diapers. And that goes double for NBD - the absolute worst company in this hobby, and if they sold other things, they'd be the worst retailer in that hobby too.

Sorry to rant, it's been a day.


Part List


Botgrinder Demibot Freestyle Frame (3 builds)
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Flight Controller

Holybro Kakute F4 V2.4 W/Tekko32 F4 4in1 50A ESC STACK with DJI O3 Plug - 30x30mm


4 x DYS Samguk Series Shu 2306 1750kv Motor (2 builds)
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HQProp Speedy PizzaCutters 5037 5" Polycarbonate Propellers (Set of 4)
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FPV Camera

DJI Action 2 Dual-Screen Combo
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FPV Transmitter

DJI O3 Air Unit (4 builds)
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Rotorenpilot   Feb 12, 2024  

Love those 3D prints (maybe I already commented that on the more purple version...not sure, but let me say it once more --> nice 3D prints). I also appreciate some clean shrink wrapping on that power cord.

Now after having enjoyed that digital video rant of yours, I find the choice of botgrinder's arch enemy..the evil DJI corporation a curious winner for this build...I also put some DJI in an old botgrinder frame (the BQE one)...and kinda gave up on a rant and just typed... DJI is just the best image quality...and the moment, but I hear you.

I'm still curious about some old walksnail gear, but those new goggles are big fat no at the moment.

There are also rumors about Orqa working on some digital gear, but I wouldn't good me breath

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Pennywise   30 days ago 

Stopped using Caddx/Walksnail completely now. Had two VTXs go tits up when flashing them with the 500th firmware update within a year. So, eff those dipshits.

Thanks for the comments, I take my time now. I like them to look as good as they fly, which is awesome.

And DJI and HDZ (now that they are in the same form factor) are all I use. Well, unless I want to hear the props, then I fly my analogs.

One day we will have audio on digital.

Rotorenpilot   27 days ago 

Oh, that's good to know. This makes it easier to cross that off my list of "things I want because people say they are cool". I've had a feeling the system is not mature enough yet. I'll save my money and try to get HDZero.

I also still like rocking some analog with a decent action cam.

Walksnail has been getting a lot of hype and I'm generally suspicious of hype...but then again... it's FPV --> easy to get carried away and do a cookie monster "me want ALL THE THINGS" 😁

Pennywise   19 days ago 

The hype is suspicious as they are not very good at making equipment. They are version 2 of the goggles, and they just launched less than a year ago!!!!!!!

IntoFPV has way too many people saying it like it is for Walksnail: they suck!

HDZ at least has made some actual improvements, but it's still nowhere close to DJI O3. Nowhere. People like to compare them, but I don't think they've flown O3 to say HDZ is even comparable, because it isn't.

But, I still use my analogs every now and then...

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