New Toys!

Check out the new stuff I get to play with!

Okay, while it would be really cool if I got to play with the bulldozer and excavator, I can’t convince the builder to let me.  Womp, womp.

So, I’ll just have to be satisfied playing with my new drone/quadcopter.  I’ve been researching for quite some time and kept hesitating on pulling the trigger.  After all, it is a pretty expensive toy.  Ultimately, though, I was able to convince myself that I needed it to be able to get awesome shots of the build in progress.

And, as you can see in these pictures, we actually have some progress at the site!  Things are no longer just theoretical plans on paper; the wheels– or more accurately treads— are finally in motion and it is so exciting to see.  I should have more photos and even 4K videos coming soon.

Back to the drone, I ended up getting a Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K.  It’s not the fastest one around, but it has great reviews for ease of use as well as picture and video quality.  So far, I’m starting to get the hang of flying it.  There are a couple of “smart modes” that make learning to fly and getting great shots much easier.  The one I plan to use most is called “Watch Me” and will allow me to have the drone orbit around me while keeping the camera pointed at the controller to capture 360 degree shots of the house as it goes up.

Like most electronic devices, battery life is the limiting factor.  It takes 2+ hours to charge one battery for about 20 minutes or so of flying.  So, I’ll happily accept any donation for more batteries and a nice multi-battery charger.

That’s all for tonight (actually this morning since it is 3am).  I’m hoping to head over to the site to see some digging later on today.