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Posted by rimshotcopter | Jan 23, 2012 @ 08:49 AM | 4,308 Views
I made the decision to share this video because it illustrates my goals for my builds and to practice my video production skills. The video is beautiful however, I had some technical problems with PID settings for the type of props being used presently on this copter. There was light winds causing the copter to over correct visible by the side to side rocking in the video. There is no on-board stabilization system, the Sony Bloggie is hard mounted to the Aluminum Frame with only double-sided-tape and Velcro. I do have plans to build a gimbal system here in the near future. The video taken from the ground is perfect, Thank you Reggie.

Featuring Royalty Free Music by: Kevin MacLeod, Title: Living Voyage

Black Mollie at Whittier Narrows Park (3 min 26 sec)

Posted by rimshotcopter | Nov 06, 2011 @ 11:11 AM | 5,475 Views
Here are a few picture of Black Mollie and her FPV Ground station.

Firmware: MultiWiiCopter version 1.7 (Modified for tail Control and MMA7455)
Hardware: 328 ProMini
Motors: RCTimer BC3548-5
Props: Master Airscrew 13x8 Counter-Rotating
ESCs: RTCTimer 50amps (Not required but wanted the added reserve assurance)
Posted by rimshotcopter | Dec 12, 2010 @ 12:39 PM | 6,241 Views
Here are a few pictures of my present airships. Heavy but very stable in the air. The VTOL is not finished and yet to have its flight control system dialed in.
Posted by rimshotcopter | Oct 11, 2010 @ 12:45 PM | 6,939 Views
Started building my Solar Powered Ground station today. Had some down time so I used it to assemble the parts I have collected so far. I plan to be able to recharge Lipos, power my laptop from this station and if I get into FPV, it will power that too. I am using a Sealed Seven Amps Lead-acid Battery, the Solar panel is a 5 Watts and the charger will handle upwards to ten amps, so there is room for growth.

Parts List:

12V 7AH 12 Volt 7 Amp Hour SLA Sealed Lead Acid Battery: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

10A Solar Panel Charge Controller Regulator 12-24V auto: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Solartech 5 Watt 12 Volt Solar Panel Brand New In Box: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT
Posted by rimshotcopter | Apr 12, 2010 @ 10:19 AM | 9,978 Views
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Posted by rimshotcopter | Apr 04, 2010 @ 09:44 AM | 8,139 Views
1987 was the year when the first 350 tons ground effect “ship” from the series of Soviet battle missile carriers was produced. It was called Lun after the Russian name for a bird of prey - hen harrier. Another name for this vehicle was Project 903. It carried 6 Moskit cruise missiles (SS-N-22 Sunburn in NATO classification). Hitting four of them causes inevitable sinking of a vessel of any know type and size. The second Lun-class battle aircraft was supposed to be produced in several years but due to the end of cold war and partial disarmament the project was changed to a rescue aircraft and it was never finished.

This type of vehicle called in Russian ekranoplan uses so called ground effect - extra lift of large wings when in proximity to the surface. For this reason they have been designed to travel at a maximum of three meters above the sea but at the same time could provide take off, stable “flight” and safe “landing” in conditions of up to 5-meter waves. These crafts were originally developed by the Soviet Union as high-speed military transports, and were based mostly on the shores of the Caspian Sea and Black Sea. In 2005 crafts of this type have been classified by the International Marine Organization so they probably should be considered flying ships rather than swimming planes. It is also interesting to note that this aircraft is one of the largest ever built, with a length of 73,8 meters (comparing with 73 of Airbus A380).

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