We had fun flying low and between trees !
Running the Tonka Summit is always fun, and gets only beaten when 2 Tonkas Summit run together
Its been a while since I wanted to do this. We have a big walking trail in the middle of town that makes a circuit around the river, across 2 big pedestrian bridges and one smaller that leads to an island int he midle of the river.
I installed the GS on the island for best video link, wich means the truck would be traveling on each side of the river, out of my reach if a bad intend person would take it away
I finally found the courage to do it, and all went very well. Enjoy the (non edited full lengh) video:
Video I made of our club's funfly this year:
Awesome fun ! Dragon Link v1 performed well
I did some range tests with my Tonka Summit and here is the max range I got so far. Could have gone further but the trail was blocked. Almost 1 km is a pretty good distance considering you have a multi $ RC truck on the ground pretty far from you...
This truck is so cool to drive I decided to also film it a bit 3rd person so you see it go:
Ride on the Mystery summit FPV truck at different places including the local golf course. Fun !
Driving the Tonka Summit is way cool. The FPV camera did a good job but when you record the live feed and edit it to vimeo or youtube the quality goes down and it is not that great to look at. So I made an aluminum pan and tilt mount for my GoPro HD cam.
Fred (the driver) looks more Bionic than ever, but the recorded video is now as great as the idea to convert an old Tonka body to FPV !
Dug some never used footage from the 2012 summer and fall and turned it into a compilation. Footage from the club field and at various location along the St-Lawrence river:
Here is my Mystery Summit based on Scoobydoo's Mystery Machine. Went to 1500 feet out on that session. 3rd person clips of the truck at the end.
When you can't fly, you can drive ! And when its cold, what's better than to FPV from the couch in the basement with the big flat screen ?
After driving the Summit FPV for a couple of months, here is my final set up. I now run the Summit with a Dragon link UHF system coupled to my DX7. I drive with the right stick, control pan and tilt with the left stick. Differentials locking is on flaps and low/high gear is on gear. I still have one channel left for an accessory, most probably I'll add a horn.
The goal is still to build a Tonka Summit, but for winter I prefer to stick with the stock body. So far it is plenty fun and I really love the truck. I use a security 2000 camera for night drive and a GoPro for day drive.
I had the best time at Halloween this year
Should have brought out the recorder so I'd have some ground recording of the "Bone stock" Summit going around (and after) the kids
Basic FPV system (200 mW 900 mhz with stock omnis) installed on top of stock body with stock radio. Lot of fun to drive. Not very entertaining video, but made to show what the truck will do and the range I get. Wil have to play with antennas and frequencies to find best set up, goal is to get over 1/2 km range.
I've been dreaming of a summit since they got out. After beeing tempted many times I was tired of controlling myself and made the move. I got it yesterday and despite some light rain today I had to try it. Man this thing is too awsome !
Inspired by Woby videos and Replay's Tonka summit (those guys deserve the credit, they did a great job) I bought a Tonka bronco truck for it and I'll shamelessly copy those guys ideas and build myself a Ken and Barbie FPV truck.
Here is a video of the first drives:
Good performance of the 900 mhz 200 mW video system here. Could go about 300 meters deep in the forest:
Here is my new wing for FPV: 60 inches EPP foam wing from team Basement-RC in Canada. Build log is here
Really like this thing, pretty awsome for taking footage that a plane can't:
Here is the last FPV video with the skywalker: