Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTF

Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTF

Words By Matt Maziarz – [email protected]

Photos By Matt Maziarz and Brittany Maziarz

While RISE is a comparatively new identify within the RC recreation, drones are their one and solely focus, in order that they’ve been honing their machines because the authentic launch within the RXD 250. The Vusion House Racer is the cure-all for these trapped indoors because of climate, work, agoraphobia or every other suck illness. It’s a 125mm (truly nearer to 120mm) brushed race machine full of all of the FPV necessities, together with a flight controller with three unbiased flight modes. The coolest half is it’s a bit larger than most different custom-tailored indoor rigs, however it’s additionally a heck of lots sooner than practically every other brushed drone constructed for FPV motion.

RISE serves up the Vusion House Racer in two completely different manners: an RTF model as reviewed right here in addition to an FPV prepared model. The RTF is loaded with every part you want to get into the air and flying from the headset on the primary pack. It consists of the drone itself, a 2.4GHz 6-channel radio, flight battery, FPV monitor with DVR, headset for the monitor, a spare set of props and a screwdriver for the body screws. The FPV prepared model simply consists of the drone, battery and charger (each House Racers are SLT appropriate, so you should use your favourite Tactic radio with them).

Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTF
Everything you want in a single field, aside from a micro SD card to report your FPV exploits

NEED TO KNOW:

MANUFACTURER: RISE
DISTRIBUTOR: Hobbico
TYPE: Mini RTF FPV Quad Bundle
FOR: FPV Drone pilots
PRICE: $179.99

SPECS:

WEIGHT: 2.4 oz
DIAMETER: 120mm
FLIGHT CONTROLLER: Integrated board

ESCS: Integrated board

MOTORS: 8mm brushed

PROPS: 2.3 in.

BATTERY: 650mAh 1S LiPo

CAMERA: 600TVL

VTX: 25mW

FLIGHT TIME: 5-7 minutes

Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTF
The headset with the monitor inserted makes for some nice FPV flying, particularly if you want to put on glasses.

INCLUDED:

The RISE Vusion House Racer RTF Race Pack is an all-inclusive package deal. It not solely consists of the drone itself with digital camera and vTX in addition to the radio, but additionally consists of the Tactic FPV monitor that may be mounted to the radio or slipped into the headset and a spare set of props. Of course, the flight battery and charger are included in addition to batteries for the radio, so that you’ll want nothing apart from your two thumbs to get into the air and flying FPV for actual … for a lot lower than 200 {dollars}!

HOT POINTS

  • Unlike most RTF FPV micro machines, the House Racer comes with the already tilted upwards someplace within the neighborhood of 20 levels or so. That means you will get this little quad ripping with out fear of dropping sight of that subsequent gate.
  • The vTX on the House Racer is not any slouch. It’s a full blown 25mW system with a full complement of 40 channels to select from, so you’ll be able to race your folks with out fear of channel interference.
  • The reverse mounted motors (with the downward going through props) provide superior blade safety throughout crashes and bumps. Not solely that, however the House Racer comes full with a set of higher blade guards that you would be able to add for further safety.
  • Everything you want to fly FPV for lower than the price of an honest set of goggles. You’re not going to search out extra bang on your buck anyplace within the FPV drone world and to have the Hobbico identify supporting you after the sale, you actually can’t go fallacious if that is your first foray into FPV. The reception on the headset and monitor isn’t HD high quality, however it isn’t horrible both.
  • The House Racer comes with its personal RISE controller, however it is usually SLT appropriate, which implies you should use any increased finish Tactic transmitter or the radio of your alternative with an AnyLink adapter. I, for one, truly like the texture of the included radio, so I actually haven’t any want or want to make use of my TTX850 because the inventory radio feels good and the House Racer flies nice with it.
  • The video monitor that may be mounted to the radio or positioned throughout the headset for a completely immersive expertise packs a full 40 channels to enrich the vTX within the drone itself, however it additionally has a built-in DVR so you’ll be able to report and add your whole FPV exploits for all of the world to see.
Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTF
In motion, in my kitchen.

PROS:

>> Complete FPV package deal with out the rest wanted

>> Great efficiency out of a tiny machine

>> 100% designed, constructed and supported by Hobbico

>> Lost mannequin alarm beacon

>> Fast sufficient for outside adventures (see beneath)

CONS:

>> Grass is a killer … particularly with the inverted motors

>> A little bit too quick for some indoor venues

AUTHOR’S OPINION

When I first noticed the scale of the House Racer, I knew I used to be in for a thrill trip. However, the connotation of the identify itself had instilled in me expectations of one thing a lot slower and smaller. The truth of the matter is, the House Racer is larger than most indoor machines and can be fairly a bit sooner than most different brushed rigs, however that’s all good so far as I’m involved as such pace and agility enable this mannequin to enterprise open air as properly. A phrase of recommendation although, hold it in Mode 1 when you’ve got something apart from a chateau with lengthy, extensive open expanses for a domicile … not less than for the primary flight or two.

Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTF
I see you.

IN THE AIR

As I discussed earlier than, beginning off gradual with the House Racer is the important thing to success in case your residing quarters are pretty humble size-wise. My 900 sq. foot cape has massive rooms, however no hallways or overtly adjoining rooms to talk of, however my pleasure had me pondering “bah, I’m an skilled pilot. I don’t want no stinking Mode 1!” Well, for sure, my first flight lasted precisely 4 seconds earlier than the humbling stroll of disgrace with me muttering about how darn quick the House Racer was. I used to be so used to flying my Tiny Whoop and Nano QX at full tilt via my kitchen, into the eating room after which again out to the lounge once more that I employed the identical throttle burying approach with the House Racer, to no benefit.

The House Racer is quick for positive, so I flipped again into Mode 1 and began issues a bit extra cautiously via my makeshift race course. There are numerous exhausting 90 diploma turns so I crept via the primary lap and was glad I did because the inventory monitor setup fed me fairly a little bit of interference as soon as a pair partitions and rooms have been between it and the drone. A fast repositioning into the middle of my course allowed for respectable picture transmission all through the total run of the course.

Mode 1 – Bank angle restrict of 30 levels: Docile on the cyclic controls, however also can get the House Racer scootin’ fairly darn quick. In this mode you could have full 6-axis gyro and accelerometer help, supplying you with simple flight with auto-leveling. My first few batteries in my home have been flown on this mode till I acquired a bit extra acquainted with the dealing with traits.

Mode 2 – Bank angle restrict of 45 levels: A little bit snappier on the elevator and aileron channels, however noticeably sooner in a flat line. Now, the angle limiters are elevated so you’ll be able to pitch the House Racer additional ahead and open the massive motors up for some blistering runs. Once I acquired acquainted with my race course setup, I used to be all about Mode 2 whereas cruising in my home.

Mode 3 – No financial institution angle restrict: For you expertise FPV racers and flyers on the market, that is your Rate Mode. There is simply the 3-axis gyro feeding stabilization to the House Racer on this mode, however no self-leveling from the accelerometers. Pitch the drone ahead and it’ll keep in that orientation till commanded in any other case. My home was method too small for Mode 3, however I did open it up and use it as soon as open air. Other people with bigger indoor areas and/or higher thumbs than I’ll certainly be capable to make the most of this mode for indoor flying.

Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTF
The built-in board that serves because the ESC’s, flight controller and receiver. The massive spherical factor is the beeper that emits a loud tone when the radio hyperlink is misplaced or the battery is low.

Auto Flips – Like many different RTF drones, the House Racer can do auto-flips with the push of a button. The House Racer does it as properly in Flight Mode 2, however I used to be a bit perplexed when after studying the directions that define the process contradicted what I used to be truly seeing with my very own eyes. The handbook explains that you want to push and maintain the “Flip” button on the left facet of the radio, however that button is definitely labeled “Picture” (The Vusion House Racer RTF makes use of the identical radio because the Vusion Extreme Racer). Once Hobbico help cleared that up, I used to be flipping like a professional, although the little House Racer does lose a little bit of altitude when performing such aerobatics, so simply hold a bit distance between it and the bottom when flipping.

Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTF
Black props out entrance with whites within the again. Both the props and arm ends are labeled for both A or B, so prop adjustments are simple.

Crashing: The House Racer is about as sturdy as every other mini/micro light-weight FPV machine. However, even with the prop guards added, there’s nonetheless potential for blade strikes. After just a few bumps with a makeshift gate (a café desk’s legs) the House Racer would all the time find yourself on its lid. Once we employed a bit rudder to permit the prop guards to take the brunt of the blow in such eventualities, the mannequin would most frequently keep upright and aloft. The backside line is, I crashed lots and I crashed exhausting, however the House Racer confirmed no ailing results except for a bent touchdown foot or two that have been promptly rectified with a bit elbow grease.

Race Gates: Unless you reside in a cave, chances are high you’ve seen not less than a few of the cool movies of parents flying of their houses with all types of gates borne from their very own creativeness (or 3D printers). RISE and Hobbico have you ever lined although, with their Race Gate system for the House Racer. For $40 you get two hoop gates, one logoed bridge gate and a flip flag. They additionally promote LED lit variations in addition to arch gates and elevated hoops. I turned to Amazon.com for some LED ropes on a budget and setup my very own course utilizing the Race Gate System and a little bit of ingenuity (you should definitely verify again for a separate function on how/the place to get the setup I constructed).

Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTFI acquired to fly my House Racer, in the home, in addition to just a few different areas. I used my facet yard at night time, lit with my LED gates, which was superior … particularly after I may use the misplaced mannequin beacon to search out my downed machine at midnight … till I acquired shut sufficient to see the crimson LED on the drone (simply be careful when flying over grass at night time because it’ll seize the House Racer with haste. I additionally acquired to fly fairly just a few packs over the turf observe at The Hobby Hangout in New Milford, CT, abusing their drone race observe for all of the House Racer was value. I need to say, the mannequin actually excels in bigger areas and is completely at dwelling open air with little to no wind.

Flight Review Friday: RISE Vusion House Racer RTF
The digital camera on the entrance of the House Racer affords wonderful imagery and it’s tilted up round 20 levels or so.

THE FINAL WORD

I feel it’s protected to say that I’ve been pretty impressed with nearly each launch from RISE. From the RXD 250 up via the Vusion Race Pack, the House Racer is not any completely different. It permits would-be FPV pilots to get every part they should leap into the pilot’s seat for $179.99 and it certainly doesn’t skimp on efficiency for these with extra seasoned thumbs. Best of all, it’s distributed by Hobbico and that comes with an enormous piece of thoughts within the type of help after the sale. Oh, and one different factor. Just as a result of it’s referred to as the House Racer, you’ll be able to nonetheless purchase one in every of these superior little rigs for those who dwell in a apartment, residence, your mother’s basement or a cave (assuming stated cave has a USB outlet to cost the battery). Be positive to verify again in for our FPV video.

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