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Posted by TheQuestor | Jul 18, 2014 @ 07:59 PM | 2,148 Views
So it's been a while but I have been busy redoing QTipToo.8 from scratch.

Why you say. Well as fun as it was it just wasn't "right" it was too everything. Too twitchy [yah pids could have helped], too small, too scary with the APM [not enough umph for all these motors], and too sitting on the bench because of all the above.

So I set out to remedy all this.

How you say?

Longer booms and a RTFHawk.

I know it doesn't sound like much but omg it is. IT IS!



Because the booms are longer the wires no longer worked and add to that I decided to run all the motor wires through the boom so I had to lengthen 24 wires by over a foot.

Here's the longer booms



I didn't HAVE more than 24 feet of 16 AWG Silicone wire so I had to order it and most of it came from HobbyKing which means WAITING FOREVER even though I ordered from the US Warehouse. Then most of what I wanted was backordered. Typical.

Some came from Ebay which got here a lot faster than HK. Again typical.

So I had to unsolder 24 bullet connectors and solder on 24 new wires.

Here's a couple shots of the longer wires.



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Posted by TheQuestor | May 19, 2014 @ 11:13 PM | 3,269 Views
Well after so many hours I lost count I was able to actually make it work.

I present to you APM Planner 2.0 Raspberry Pi Edition

APM Planner on my Raspberri Pi (1 min 5 sec)


I did [and probably still do] have an issue with the deb file. You have to manually copy over /root/Documents/APMPlanner2_2.0.9/usr to /usr

wget http://www.sshcs.com/MissionPlanner/...01-1_armhf.zip
unzip apmplanner_000001-1_armhf.zip
sudo dpkg -i apmplanner_000001-1_armhf.deb
sudo cp -rf /root/Documents/APMPlanner2_2.0.9/usr /usr

Then just launch it via the menu and voila!

I'm still having some issues getting the 3DR Radios to connect, but I haven't put that much time into it.

It is a little slow [especially over VNC but mine is headless so that is how I use it] but pretty much everything works.

If you have a Raspberry Pi and want to play with it, there it is. Let me know your results

------------------------- Update -------------------------

I tested with 3DR Radios and it does work well.
The mapping is slow as dirt at first as this app is running the PI to its ragged edges. 100% cpu. But once you zoom in and wait for the app to respond again
it seems to be working well.

I'm going to turn my little PI into a ground station

As somebody requested the source code
https://github.com/diydrones/apm_planner.git

------------------------- Update -------------------------

I updated and uploaded the latest version from git
Posted by TheQuestor | May 11, 2014 @ 07:57 PM | 3,560 Views
It's been a bit and I actually finished QTipToo.8 and some shakedown flying.

I had a problem with a faulty GPS module so I haven't had a chance to do a lot of testing, well that and 20+ MPH winds.

But yesterday I had an AWESOME morning of flying with it. I took over an hour of footage but here is 3 minutes of it actually flying around.

My HatCam View [warning, I may have let a f-bomb through ]

Learning to fly #74 Balls to the Wall Part 2 (4 min 43 sec)


My CopterCam View

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Posted by TheQuestor | May 03, 2014 @ 02:50 AM | 2,490 Views
I finally got everything on the frame and working [except the landing skids] and I am really getting pumped up on actually flying it!

But I like to test things before tossing a brick in the air and hoping it stays there so I put it on my test stand and wow. This thing is going to rock.

Takes off at about 40% throttle and seems to hover at even less, but I won't know for sure until I actually fly it and I won't be able to do that until I get the skids installed.

Anyway here is a little test vid I shot whilst on the stand tonight.

Test of my new x8 OctoQuad on stand (1 min 17 sec)


I could not wait. I slapped the skids on and flew it. With 0 tuning it flew GREAT.

Hopefully when the sun comes up I'll get some good footage.

It lifted the 5800mAh battery [weights 3 pounds] like it was nothing.
With the skids and the battery it takes off right about 50% throttle and hover right about the same.

Pics of the final [well semi as I still have to tidy up all the wires and stuff] build and some flight footage coming later today.
Posted by TheQuestor | May 01, 2014 @ 07:46 PM | 3,384 Views
Ok the last post was getting WAY too long so I will break it down into multiple sections.

As my last post said I had a problem with the power distribution block. It was too big and the placement of the bullet connectors was poorly thought out.

So I went and bought a couple more washers and started over. This time it is perfect.
Smaller, lighter, and works GREAT




Woo woo I finally passed a major milestone with QTipToo.8

The frame is basically completed. All the motors/escs/wiring/frame is now done. Man it has been a tough one but the results are turning out great.

Top View

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Posted by TheQuestor | Apr 24, 2014 @ 05:15 PM | 2,304 Views
I guess I'm going to go ahead and document my retro fit of my Quad.

Little history.
My original quad "QTip" was lost and a bunch of great peeps banded together and replaced it for me. So QTipToo was born. She flew great and I had a bunch of fun with it until one day she decided to flip over and crater breaking all kinds of stuff. I was pretty bummed out really.

After weeks of saving up for new parts I put it all back together and it flew fine, but it never felt exactly the same so I decided to do a little upgrading.

Originally it had a F450 clone frame on DJI arms running crappy dji 920kv motors and HK 30a ESCs [SimonK]. It was run by a APM Clone called the ArduFlyer 2.5.2 with an AVDome Kit and a CN06 Plus GPS from Kendall over at UAVObjects.com. Pretty awesome bit of kit all in all.

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Still waiting one quite a few parts to have enough to fully build, but in the meantime, I'm adding a few pics of what I have done so far.

......... Tue Apr, 29 2014 ..........

Started working on my little power distribution board. Because there is so little room inside the base of the Turnigy Talon v2 I had to get a little creative.
Add to this that not only are there 4 sets of leads that barely fit in there, now there are 8 sets of leads. So what was I to do?

this.



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