Makerfire Micro FPV Racing Drone

Makerfire Micro FPV Racing Drone is the latest entry into ducted fan micro racers joining the Tiny Whoop™ race. For the value and money, this quadcopter comes Ready To Fly or also available Crazepony the Bind-N-Fly version with DSM receiver.  We received a BNF version from GearBest to test against a Devo 10 Deviation with DSM protocol and the results are good.  ■

Market Segment
Beginners, Indoors, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves,  Budget [$] (PRICE CHECK: $64PNP ■ Mar 2017 Sara’s Pick)


Micro quadcopters have come a long way, with Jesse Perkins mounting a small FPV camera and video transmitter, showcasing some amazing indoor racing and calling it the Tiny Whoop™. Several manufacturers have since began to introduce their version of affordable ducted fan quadcopters and Makerfire Micro is noted to be a good entry in this category of indoor racing.  The tall propeller guards allows the micro quadcopter to bounce off the wall without damaging the fans (propellers), surviving most crashes.

It is also beneficial to note that when paired with the popular opensource F3 flight controller, manufacturers are able to lower the cost of production.  With a F3 flight controller, pilots can get several flight modes available instantly.

In Rate/Manual/Expert, this mode is the most challenging flight mode which uses the gyroscopes from the flight controller while the accelerometer is disabled .  It allows the best control of the quadcopter, allowing pilots to do some amazing hairpin turns and aerobatics. This will however require some experience and not intended for beginners.

In Angle/Stability mode, the accelerometer is activated. This enables the quadcopter to self-level. If you don’t put in any input, the quadcopter will remain level. This is the mode that is used on the budget entry level quadcopters. It is however a great way for all pilots to practice control and orientation by flying in a number 8 pattern

In Horizon mode, this is a mix between Rate mode and Angle mode. It gives a pilot the best of both modes to perform flips and rolls and yet self-levels when the pilot centers the sticks but with Rate mode at it’s endpoint.

In the early days of racing drone, an inexperienced pilot would suffer a flip of death (FOD), but to the rescue, came “Air Mode”.  In Air mode, pilots will be flying at all throttle levels, so if you chop the throttle, the stability corrections still come into play, even at minimum throttle, allowing the pilot to perform some amazing maneuvers at low throttle rates.

You will have to assign Air Mode as you would to a switch when setting up flight modes within Betaflight.  The suggested best practices to test Air mode are:

  • Arm motors (motors start spinning idling as an option)
  • Enable AirMode with switch (check to ensure no idling windup on ground)
  • Lift off and fly around (motors will never stop in flight even at lowest throttle and self levels)
  • Just prior to landing, disable Air Mode by switch (as a safety)
  • Land and disarm motors

The benefit of using ducted fans is they are fully protected and prevent the fans from causing any damage to walls, as well it is safe enough to be caught by hand!

One of the best kept secret of a Walkera transmitter is the ability to support multiple protocols with opensource Deviation. So if a pilot is flying a selection of models, such as Walkera, Blade, Eflite, Hubsan x4, Parkzone Micro Warbirds, Spektrum planes, you can turn an affordable Devo transmitter into a power house that supports these protocols.  With a Walkera 12E 12 channel radio transmitter selling at $85 versus a Spektrum JRP12 at $1249, you can see the cost benefit of marketing a Walkera Devo 10 or 12E for micro racing drones.

Pilots can easily spend 5 minutes on each flight, setting up and flying. The actual flight may last 3-4minutes. On a Mode 2 radio transmitter, throttle stick is on the left.

Binding the Makerfire Micro to a new radio transmitter can be a challenge, you will likely need two pairs of hands to hold down the bind button, at the same time power on.  However, you only have to do this once.

Once you have your radio bound to the Makerfire Micro, you will want to run some tests within Betaflight Goggle Chrome App.  You will need a USB cable to connect your quadcopter to a computer.  Make sure your throttle is within range, and the receiver is responding in the right direction for all stick movements.

To begin your first flight, power on your radio transmitter first, make sure your throttle stick is at the lowest point. Check to make sure all your switches are up (position 0). Connect your battery to your copter, lay the copter flat on a hard surface immediately.

Move your left throttle stick down to the lowest point and to the right, to unlock (arm) the motors.   The copter is now live.  To lock (disarm), move your left throttle stick down to the lowest point and to the left.  You can change your setup to switches with Betaflight.

Flight Characteristics

The Makerfire is easy to fly on Horizon mode and can be switched to Angle mode or Rate mode.   It accelerates at a high speed, so setting up dual rates is a good idea.  Low rates at 70 scale on 30 exponential is a good start.  It survived all of our indoor and outdoor crashes, which makes this quadcopter a hardy little thing.

Competitors / Similar Models

Users have considered these 2017 alternatives: Furibee F36s, KingKong Tiny6Eachine E010s, Blade Inductrix


The camera is a acceptable 520 TVL camera, capable for night flying. See video for results.

Factory Specifications
Flight controller: F3 EVO with STM32 F303 MCU
Receiver: DSM 2.4GHz 8CH
Video transmission: 5.8G 40CH 25mW
Video resolution: 520TVL
Receive distance: 300m
Motor: 615 coreless motors with 65000 RPM
Battery: 3.7V 200mAh 35C
Flight time: about 5 minutes
Charge time: 30 minutes
Charging method: USB

Market Demand Trending

Buy/Sell.  Manufacturers and dealers, these tiny inspired whoops are hitting the market as fast as the first phantom and 350 pros were a few years ago, as hobbyist takes a turn towards micro quadcopters; showing a steady growth in the market.   A snapshot from Grand View Research 2016.


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KingKong Tiny6 65mm Micro FPV Quadcopter

KingKong Tiny6 is the latest entry into ducted fan micro racers, this tiny inspired whoop (or Inductrix) is hitting the market as fast as the first phantom and 350 pros were a few years ago.  Weighing just 24.7 grams and at 65 mm, will bring you 3 minutes of fun indoors or outdoors.  Best of all, it does not break that easily and very affordable. ■

Market Segment
Keen Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves,   Budget [$] (PRICE CHECK: $54.99 BNF ■ Dec 2016 Arthur’s Pick)

What To Expect

TBD.  Coming Soon

Flight Characteristics


Competitors / Similar Models

Users have considered these 2017 alternatives: Furibee F36s, Makerfire Micro Eachine E010s, Blade Inductrix


The camera is a sharp 800 TVL camera at 150 degrees.  See video for results.

Factory Specifications
Item NO: TINY6
Battery Power:3.7V 250mAh 30C
Wheelbase: 65mm
Propeller size: 31mm
(FC): Micro F3(Betaflight)
VTX: 25mW/16CH
Camera: 800TVL/150°
Frame: ABS high-quality
Motor: 615 Brushed
Charger: 200mah/500mah
Basic version: 1s,  Charger USB Powered
Advanced vesion:Switchable 1s Five -way Charger USB or 2~6s  Lipo Powered
Weight: 19.2g (without Receiver and Battery)

Market Demand

  • TBD

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Eachine Micro Skyhunter 780mm FPV RC Airplane

Skyhunter, has been an all-time favorite plane for lots of long-range FPV pilots. Eachine doing it’s match, takes on the micro version, at 780 mm, 3 channels, plug and play.  Take a break from the racing drones, here comes a racing plane.   If you are looking for a budget, simple hand launch RC FPV plane with some speed, you may be in luck.  ■ by Leo

User Segment
Keen Beginners, Park Flyers, Plug and Fly, Budget $59 BNF (source: Dec 2016 Banggood)

What To Expect

The Micro Skyhunter FPV is one of the coolest miniature version of the Skyhunters released under the label of Eachine.  I have here the FPV version with 40 channels and 800 tvl camera which you can just slip on or remove anytime.

The Skyhunter comes in this small box just under 1 1/2 feet, very well pack, box in a box and individually wrap.  All electronics are pre-assembled,  plug and play, so you can begin flying on the same day.  It comes with a few cabon fiber spars, the main spar and re-enfocement along the wings.  You can see the signature look of a skyhunter with two veritical stablize.  I like how everything is pre-installed, 5 grams servo, servo linkages are all ready using JR connectors.  Included is a Hobbywing 20 amps electronic speed controller(ESC) with a XT 60 plug.

There is plenty of room, you have three separate compartments, one section for your receiver and flight controller if you are using one, and a two in one canopy held on by magnets for the battery and a convenient camera fpv bay.   The wings are held together with two bolts.

The camera is pretty good, other than the 25 mw range limitation, we have no complaints. You can of course always use a different video transmitter.  There are some crack lines, along the joints, but nothing too serious, I just add a little tape along it and tape along the leading edges, wing tips and base for additional protection and to prevent wear and tear.

eachine-micro-skyhunter-unbox.jpgMotor is powerful for this size plane, 2300 kv 2204.

The camera comes with a holder plate, very nice, and you simply secure it on the camera bay when in use.  I just tape the plates down for easy removal.

Decals are included, but I like my usual red/blue white colors.

Overall, this plane has everything you need, easy to assemble as all the electronic are installed.  It uses XT 60 which means LiPo batteries are easily available in the market.  The bigger question is, are you up for a 3 channel plane, if you are, this is definitely a keeper within budget.

Flight Characteristics

Tracks very well, but not a great glider.  We are currently completing a few more flights before reporting back.  Standby.

Camera & Video Transmitter

The camera is okay, a 40CH 25MW VTX 800TVL 1/3 CMOS FPV Camera.  See video for results.

Factory Specifications

Brand Name: Eachine
Item Name: Micro Skyhunter
Wingspan: 780mm (31″)
Length: 540mm (21″)
Channels: 3
Weight: 230g (without battery)
Color: White
Material: EPO
Camera: Eachine EF-01 AIO FPV camera
ESC: 20A 2-3s with XT60 connector
Motor: Eachine 2204 2300KV
Motor MAX Thrust:440g
Motor Weight: 25g
Motor Shaft Diameter: 3mm
Propeller: 6×3 or most 5-6″ multirotor props
Servos: 3x 9 gram

What we love about it

  • Well design and quick assembly

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • Nothing really to change, but love to see more miniature version of classic planes under the Eachine label

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 3 favorites during this release recorded Dec 2016.  An update to follow.   (Current Picks

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XK X300 Quadcopter

XK X300 quadcopter. XK Innovations has made several great budget quadcopters, so this is a welcome innovation to include an optical flow sensor in their latest XK budget quadcopter.  An optical flow sensor is a vision sensor capable of measuring optical flow or visual motion and producing a measurement based on an image sensor chip connected to a processor programmed to run an algorithm.

xk-x300-optical-sensor.jpgMarket Segment
Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves, Budget [$] (PRICE CHECK:  Jan 2017 Sara’s Pick at Gearbest)

What To Expect we took this budget quadcopter for several flight tests. If quadcopter piloting is new to a user, the auto take-off is a nice introduction for beginners.   The optical flow sensor performed flawlessly, providing a good position hold. With the help of the barometric sensor, the quadcopter tracks pretty well flying straight, low while holding it’s altitude.

It seemed sluggish at times during flight with the brushed motors with the default 60% low rates. Brushed motors are one of the simplest types of motors that uses an armature, a commutator, brushes, an axle and a field magnet.  The advantage of using brushed motors is the low cost of production, they are replaceable, but the speed and torque is moderately flat. At higher speeds, brush friction increases, thus lowers the speed range due to mechanical limitations on the brushes.  Sand can easily get into the brushes which can affect it’s overall performance.

The yaw turn is fast, so completing a coordinated turn with the aileron stick will provide a better bank turn. The descent is slow and controlled by the barometric sensor.  On the positive side, it is not going to drop if the throttle stick is lowered too fast. The x8 radio transmitter includes an auto-flip function. The auto-flips could be improved, as it requires the user to release the stick to a halt or it will keep flipping while losing altitude.

Users can easily spend 20 minutes on each flight, setting up and flying. The actual flight may last 15 minutes or less.  ■



Consistent finishes. No conspicuous flash marks when molten plastic leaks out of the cavity, resulting in a thin layer of plastic protruding from the part called flash and no short shots when there is an inadequate amount of plastic material to fill the mold.

Competitors / Similar Models 

Users have considered these 2017 alternatives: MJX Bugs 3.


The camera is a 720P 90°Wide Angle HD Camera

Factory Specifications

XK X300-W RC quadcopter
Frequency: 2.4G
Channel: 8CH
Gyro:6 axis
FOV:90 degree
Motor: 050 core
Quadcopter Size:26.5 x 34 x 15cm
Flight Weight:About 370g
Flight time: About 15-17minutes
Control distance: about 200m
FPV Distance: About 250m
Battery for quadcopter: 2S 7.4V 2000mAh (proprietary casing)
Adapter: 10V 800mAh
Battery for transmitter: 6 X 1.5V AA battery

Xk x300 categorized as a entry level quadcopter flying with low speed, ready to fly with a good position hold.  In terms of ranking, we would say it is in the top 5 budget favorites in this category, as recorded Jan 2017.  A positive recommendation for distributors and dealers.  Low risk.  An update to follow.   (Current Picks

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Reptile S800 FPV Flying Wing 3-Axis Sky Shadow 820mm

Reptile S800 is the latest Flying Wing entry into the world of FPV racing and at an affordable  price.  Looking like the recent release of BLADE FPV Manta, flat on the nose block, FPV ready. A 3-axis gyro for stable flight and a 700TVL Camera is included for the PNP version. The PNP is almost a kit, requires complete assembly ■ by


Market Segment
Keen Beginners, Park Flyers, Ready To Fly, Off the shelves,   Budget $ (PRICE CHECK: $109 PNP & $59 Kit ■ Dec 2016 at Arthur’s Pick at Banggood)

Design  the material used is light-weight Expanded Polypropylene (EPP), a durable flexible foam. It is impact resistance, and strong enough to take a direct impact against a tree or slamming onto concrete.  Why EPP, for some racing pilots a key component to racing wings (see experiences).


Competitor / Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Blade FPV Manta, Blade Theory


The camera is a sharp 700 TVL camera with low latency

Factory Specifications
EPP foam construction, durable and lightweight
3-Axis flight control ensures a more stable flight
200mw image transmission enables real-time image transmission
700TVL camera gives you a clear fun FPV

Package Included:
2 x Wings
1 x Fuselage
2 x Small Wing Tips
1 x Nose Block
1 x Main Hatch Cover
2 x Emax ES08A Servos
1 x 3-Axis Flight Control
1 x Flight Control Circuit Board Base
1 x Sunnysky2205 Motor 2300KV
2 x 6045 Propellers
1 x 700TVL Camera
1 x 200mW AV Transmitter
1 x 20A ESC
1 x Sticker
1 x User Manual


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RC Stunt Car 360 awe-inspiring! MKB

MKB 5588 – 610 Brushed RC Stunt Car GREEN – is the latest family fun indoor and outdoor radio control MKB 360-degree spinning crawler.  It breakdances with the two identical sides and two rotatable lines of wheels, operating like a tank, an exciting, fast moving children’s RC car.  The wheels can rotate very quickly along with the body, you just need to move the joysticks either up or down.  ■ by Louise

Little Gearers Market Segment
Kids ages 3+, Hobbyist, Budget $26 (source GearBest: Dec 2016 [PRICE CHECK here])


What To Expect

The material used is light-weight Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), a common thermoplastic polymer (also used by Lego).  It is impact resistance, but not strong enough to take a direct impact against a wall or slamming onto concrete. The controls are very simple to operate and easy to get a hang of, even if this is your first time operating a RC and definitely provide hours of fun to a family of all ages.  The car is simple to operate and I thought quite impressive for the price. Anyone could use it and have fun. The battery charge lasts a good 25-30 minutes so you can spend a good time experimenting on what it can do before it needs recharging. This is important when it is for a child who cannot always be patient waiting for a toy to recharge, especially when that is all they want to play with.

The car can do a 360 degree body spin, tire spin , double side roll and do crawling stunts on a 360 degree spin. The car also has a nice led light featureand a closed battery compartment to keep it dry if playing near water.

What We Love About It

  • The car once out the box and when the battery is charged is ready to go. Very simple to operate and great fun for kids and grown ups.  Even for someone with no RC experience, this car is fun to play with.

Competitors / Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives:  Dessert Snowfield Land, 2016 Truck Gears

Factory Specifications
Brand: MKB
Model: 5588 – 610
Weight: 0.457kg ( not including battery )
Material: ABS
Features: 360-degree rotation, 360-degree transformation, off-road running, LED lights, robust lateral parts, aerodynamic design, fall resistance
Motor: brushed
Signal frequency: 27MHz
Channels: 4
Control distance: 10m
Car battery: 6.4V 400mAh 2S lithium-ion battery, 38g
Charge time: 120 minutes
Charging method: USB cable
Run time: 25 – 30 minutes
Transmitter battery: 2 x 1.5V AA ( included )

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Frsky Horus X12S God of RTX

Frsky Horus X12S radio transmitter, 16-32 channel system, is built to make you the God of the Sky, just like the Egyptian God Horus. Just tilt the transmitter to facilitate auxiliary control as there is a built-in 6-axis sensor. Includes Voice Alerts for things like; audible count down timers, low voltage warnings, landing gear down warnings etc., just about anything can be programmed and with full telemetry capability and GPS. ■ by

User Segment
Keen Hobbyist, Pro Radio Transmitter, Collectors, Budget [$$] (PRICE CHECK ■ Nov 2016 Arthur’s Pick at Banggood)

First Impression,  the material used is heavy-weight milled CNC aluminum, like a military-grade version of the popular Frsky Taranis. It is impact resistance, weight just under 3 pounds.  The sticks equipped with six ball bearings for precision and durability.  A lot of programming features to keep you up learning and discovering.



What To Expect If This Your First

It may be overwhelming at the first, but take your time to explore features of a Horus.  One of the best features of the Horus is its full telemetry capability, as well as RSSI signal strength feedback, there are 3 different programmable failsafe modes and receiver lock, so no more crashes due to selecting the wrong model. If you have stock in other brand receivers or B&F’s, no worries the Horus has a JR style RF module slot, so you have the option of other brand modules such as the Orange DSM2/DSMX or Open LRS 433mhz module. An inbuilt GPS module helps your model know where you are at all times, making it easier to return to you.

Similar Models

Users have considered these 2016 alternatives: Frsky Taranis

Factory Specifications
Brand: Frsky
Item Name: Horus
Number of Channels: 16CH / up to 32CH
Operating Voltage Range: 7~15V (2s,3s lipos acceptable)
Backlight LCD Screen: 480*272, high resolution TFT color screen
Model Memories: 60 (expandable with SD card)
Advance Functions: Full telemetry capability inbuilt GPS module
Gyro: 6-axis sensor (3-axis gyro and 3-axis accelerator)
Trainer: Inbuilt wireless trainer system
Compatibility: FrSky X series, D series, L series and V8-II series receivers

What we love about it

  • Audible count down timers
  • Audible programming
  • Low voltage warnings

What is essential we hope to see in the next version

  • FPV video screen and DVR

In terms of ranking, I would say it is in the top 7 favorites during this release recorded November 2016.  An update to follow.

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