The Rodeo 150 from Walkera is smaller than its transmitter!
The Walkera Rodeo 150 FPV racer is great indoors or out, and can really take a hit! The FPV camera does a terrific job.
The wild world of micro FPV quadcopters
As many of us progress in our RC aspirations, we tend to go big—
bigger airplanes, bigger
helicopters, bigger radio,
bigger everything! I started in
the world of .40-size airplanes
and progressively went
bigger. My FPV quadcopters
got bigger. My FPV foam
airplanes started to have 60-
inch and larger wingspans.
Then one day it
happened—I went too big.
I realized that I spent half
of my time taking airplanes
apart to load them in my
truck, only to put them back
together then take them
apart again to go home. I
state all of that to ask: Why
not fly small?
I’ll first review my reasons for going
small, which include smaller LiPo
batteries (less cost), the ability to fly in
a backyard, and less breakage loading
aircraft in and out for transport.
I realized that if I’m wearing FPV
goggles, I don’t really recognize how
small or large the multirotor actually is!
After all of this reasoning, my aircraft
started decreasing in size.
Now that I have walked you along
my path to downsizing, let’s discuss my
discovery of small quadcopters. I have
a wooded half-acre backyard, complete
with a beautiful creek. My dream has
always been to have something that
would allow me to sit on my picnic table
and fly FPV.
I needed something that had good
motors, a good flight board, and was
sturdy enough to fly into branches, trees,
and fences and take a fall. The flip side is
that I needed something unintimidating
that would not make my neighbors put
the FAA’s telephone number on speed
While I am on that three-letter
acronym, it would also be great if my
FPV quadcopter was below the weight
set by the FAA. A few years ago this
would have been a lot to ask, but I’m
happy to report that I have a few
versions of my dream quadcopter flying!
The Walkera Rodeo 150
My Walkera F210 Professional Racer is
a killer FPV quadcopter. It’s fast, highly
maneuverable, and tough—super tough!
When the Walkera Rodeo 150 FPV racer
came out, I had to give it a try.
At first I was surprised that there was
no carbon fiber on the racer. The whole
quadcopter is plastic and only weighs
It’s stable enough to fly in my office
full of guitars and maneuverable
enough to fly right out of my window
to the outside world. It does great
flips and rolls. The battery is also
inexpensive, so I can buy a handful
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