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What would a basic fixed-wing electronic setup look like?

The main things you need are a motor, battery, electronic speed controller (ESC) and servos. The ESC sits between the battery and motor, and it also has a thinner cable that goes to the receiver. The ...
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Is it common to break ESCs?

Aside from quality control issues with the product, the only real way to destroy an ESC faster than the effects or normal wear and tear (minimal) is to mistreat it: Using it with a voltage higher ...
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How do I pick my gear when getting started with FPV multirotors?

There are quite a few aspects of FPV, so a I’ll give a summary here. I’ll try to be concise so if any extra info is required or wanted, please let me know. The first thing to look at when you’re ...
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What is the best drone for beginner fliers?

There's no single 'best' starter drone, as new ones are released every few months. However there are lots of good options under \$30, and some as cheap as $15. What you're looking for is something ...
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How do I pick my gear when getting started with FPV multirotors?

Here is my advice for getting started in FPV. Step 1: Get a Radio, Fly a Simulator The first step is to buy a quality radio. Pilots who are used to video game controllers might like a FrSky X-Lite ...
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What would a basic fixed-wing electronic setup look like?

Summary The necessary electronic components: Transmitter & receiver, ESC, motor, servos. (yes, it really is that simple) How they are linked together: basically; battery plugs into ESC input, ...
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What would a basic fixed-wing electronic setup look like?

The image below shows a fairly basic fixed wing electronic configuration. Depending on your design you might not need it all, and for more complicated builds with flaps and retractable gear you would ...
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Is FPV a specific category of drones or just a way to use them?

I'd say that yes, it is a category (although you can also FPV a plane or car too) IMHO, FPV (or race) drones have fixed cameras and are flown entirely by the camera. The alternative are photography ...
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Is FPV a specific category of drones or just a way to use them?

ifconfig's answer is probably what you're looking for, but I thought this might help answer your question: FPV is more a category of drones than a way to fly them. For example, you can fly any drone (...
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Is FPV a specific category of drones or just a way to use them?

I'm not sure I entirely understand what you're specifically asking about when you say "is FPV a category of drones", but here's my answer: Fundamentally, all FPV (First Person View) means ...
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Nano drone propeller keep flying off

if the friction fit propellers fall off that's for either of two reasons, either they are a bit too loose, which can be fixed with a tiny slice of paper to fill up the mount hole. the other reason of ...
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Is FPV a specific category of drones or just a way to use them?

Your question might not be too much related to the aircraft, but more about the level of the gimbal movement freedom and controllment. Here is the phenogram diagram for your reference. ...
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How do I pick my gear when getting started with FPV multirotors?

The comments above are very complete and insightful. In addition to those, I would suggest your first step is to download a drone flight simulator. You can use an XBOX controller to fly it on a PC/...
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Is it common to break ESCs?

ESCs usually last for ages. I still use the ones I bought when brushless motors were relatively new, 15+ years ago. That said, if you buy the absolute cheapest they do occasionally just die for no ...
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should I buy this drone?

I would avoid this kit: its pretty outdated hardware the arms are made of thin plastic, this is likely going to break when crashed if you don't care about the plastic problem, you can get the frame ...
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Is FPV a specific category of drones or just a way to use them?

FPV is a specific build and is NOT a good choice for your application. The primary use for FVPV drones is chase, which could be for pleasure, could be business, etc. If you want to chase animals, ...
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Is it common to break ESCs?

Yes, ESCs are semi-disposable. I smoked 3 before I flew my first flight. I buy esc's in groups of 5 (same for motors - I fly quads) then I have a spare for failure. Been using that pattern for 5+ ...
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What is the best drone for beginner fliers?

My experience with cheap drones (<=30€) is very bad. These drones are nothing compared to either DJI or an FPV drone. I say it as it is. And I'm usually the guy who saves on every penny possible. I'...
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How do I pick my gear when getting started with FPV multirotors?

Extra comment... A big part of the pleasure of fpv flying is having quality parts. If you have cheap electronics, goggles, motors, camera... The shortcomings compound into an experience that is ...
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