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I recently purchased a Walkera Rodeo 150 Racing Drone. I'm not a fan of RTF (ready-to-fly) model aircraft and prefer to build my own. But this little $220 USD Quadcopter looked so cool I took the plunge. I purchased the RTF version with the Devo 7 R/C transmitter. The last thing I need is another R/C controller and so I wanted to get the version without the Devo 7 radio. But the eBay seller was offering the full RTF package with an extra flight battery for a very fair price. Sold! Out of the box it flies great. It is really a blast and the small size is perfect for my backyard "race" course.
The Walkera Rodeo 150 is a backyard "racing" mini Quadcopter / drone that's a blast to fly. Mine has been hacked and upgraded with a minimOSD and addressable RGB LED's. But wait, there's more. Now it has Altitude Hold thanks to a cheap barometric sensor module. With the flick of a switch the Rodeo will remain at the current altitude. I also see the realtime altitude data (AGL feet) in my goggles via the minimOSD. I will admit that all the extra features I've added are useless for a serious FPV Racing drone. But I don't consider the Walkera Rodeo to be a professional race machine. It's a FPV backyard speeder that is equally ready for some casual exploring. Given it's dual personality I see nothing wrong with adding some bells and whistles to it. Besides, adding altitude hold to the Rodeo 150 seemed like a interesting challenge. And now that mine has it, I can report that it works great. I'll show how I did it. The Fine Print: It's not a beginner's mod. But simple enough for someone with good fine-pitch soldering skills to do without too much trouble.