I’ve been very patient for a very long time (since the first week of April) and this morning my patience was finally rewarded. There was a knock on my door and outside was our Postie with a small pile of parcels standing on the top of my dustbin, two small packages and one large one. He kept his distance while I squiggled a signature for them (using my pen, he insisted), took them indoors and placed them on my kitchen floor.

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One of the small packages contained the spare propeller hubs for my little EG16 drone that I ordered right back on 4th April and the other an external hard disk enclosure ordered on the 20th of the same month. I’ve rarely seen a post van on our road for the past couple of weeks and I think that the Post might have been keeping packages back if they didn’t have many deliveries until it was ‘economic’ to send a van into our area. But no matter, the contents of neither of the small packages were that urgent.

However, I’ve been champing at the bit to receive the large one because I knew exactly what it contained. Here at last, after all my trials and tribulations of ordering new ones, receiving a dud that I had to return for refund to China, still waiting for another that I ordered on 17th April and ordering yet another that was never delivered and for which I also received a refund, was my first ‘pro grade’ ultra HD 4K drone, the Hubsan Zino that I found on Le Bon Coin at the beginning of this week.

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And when I opened the parcel I was not to be disappointed. Inside was the complete, Zino ‘Portable’ kit that I’d been promised by Carlos, the seller up in the 91 d├ępartement just south of Paris, and just as he’d said, you couldn’t tell that any of the items in the kit had even been used as they all looked brand new.

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And when I eventually came to take a look at the drone itself, I was pleased to see that the camera lens isn’t totally round but has straight edges on its top and bottom.

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This means that it’s a recent model, which is nice. I’ve already connected the Zino to its controller and my phone and everything worked smoothly. I’ve also taken it outside, run through all of its calibrations and done a brief take off and landing, which went perfectly. However, wouldn’t you know that we’ve got fairly high winds today and flurries of rain, so up to the time of writing, a longer test flight hasn’t been possible.

But maybe that’s a good thing, because it’ll give me time to fully charge the controller and drone batteries and install all of the latest firmware, for the controller, drone flight control software, gimbal and video controller. That way I know that everything should be perfect when I’m eventually able to do a longer flight. Better get cracking then…

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