I’ve ditched the Scout X4!

After a pilot error with my Scout some weeks ago requiring around $450 to repair, I started researching other options and the DJI F550 Flamewheel Naza M V2 ARF kit caught my eye for just $650. I’d looked at this kit before purchasing the Scout X4 but didn’t think I had the experience then with multirotors to build one.
Since then I’ve had many factory errors with the Scout including:
– a fall out of the sky using RTL due to an apparent barometer error
– Taking off in manual mode to have GPS get a lock in the air and crash into my house!
– Leg retract worm servo switch break
– USB ports in the Scout, BT-2401B and padholder may detatch
– The sliding switch on one of my Scout Batteries has failed
These all required pulling the Scout apart to repair and I learnt a great deal – giving me no confidence in the Scout and the confidence to build a UAV from scratch.
I’ve now had 20 trouble free flights with the F550, not a single issue, flies great and I’m very happy and finally confident in my UAV.
Because of this, I will no longer be supporting the Walkera Scout X4 pages on this site or answering any question but I will leave them here for users reference.

For further support, please join the new Facebook Walkera Scout X4 and Tali H500 Support Group and ask your questions there.

I will be starting a new section on the F550 on this site shortly.
Good luck with your Scouts, you’ll probably need it!

The DJI F550 flamewheel rises with the sun on it's 20th trouble free flight.
The DJI F550 flamewheel rises with the sun on it’s 20th trouble free flight.

Eye in the sky …

We’ve been researching, and evaluating  “drones” or UAV’s  for quite some time which can offer a suitable platform for scenic aerial photography and a possible step to getting a Remote Pilot Certificate for commercial work.

We dismissed helicopters as a serious platform years ago as they’re expensive and fragile. It wasn’t until the development of quad-copters that we started to seriously consider our options.

The DJI Phantom V2+ was the first UAV that came close to suiting our needs and budget.  The Walkera Tali H500 was released in mid 2014 and we’ve been watching it’s development with much interest. Now the Walkera Scout X4 has just become available on the market (October 2014).

Tone had no intention to purchase a big drone until early 2015 when there would be more user reviews and settling in on the very new Scout, … but despite my better judgement, his finger slipped on the BUY NOW button and it’s on it’s way … woops

He was impressed by the previews posted by Matt & Bo – and is hoping it can only get better!

The fact it’s smaller (for carrying while bushwalking) and seems to have better build quality than the Tali while having more features than the Phantom (Michael just bought one – so we can make a fair comparison) as well as it’s suggested upgradability was Tone’s main reason for the purchase.

Here’s some footage from a much cheaper little “practice” drone – the Hubsan X4 H107D with FPV we each bought recently (a great way to learn). Tone’s getting in lots of practice – crashing!

Tone – It’s been a wee bit windy but no damage done. I’m learning lots about it’s behaviour under different conditions and what NOT to do which will make me a better pilot and more restrained when things get serious – and expensive.

After a much bigger learning curve, the Scout should be easier to fly with GPS stabilisation – I expect I’ll be reading the manual for WEEKS!!  I intend to be much more sensible – with much more to lose – I’ll let you know how I get on here

I’ll try to be honest and not justify my purchase by just heaping undue praise on it – unless it’s deserved – or bag it out when things are my fault. It’s sometimes difficult to sort through the bullshyte, wingers and trolls while researching

As well as using YouTube for much of our research, Tone has found http://www.rcgroups.com/forums very helpful and signed up on a few Facebook groups too for actual user reviews.

The Scout or the Phantom might not suit you, so don’t take our word for it, do your own research and judge for yourself, it’s half the fun – but he can’t deny we’re excited. 😀