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Posted by FR4-Pilot | Dec 28, 2013 @ 02:41 PM | 1,563 Views
Since it's cold, and I don't like to fly in cold, I've decided to begin my journey into FPV. I'll be using my Flyzone Sensei as the Guinea Pig:
  1. Flyzone Sensei high-wing trainer (pre-owned - Propflipper)
  2. 72MHz Futaba 7UAFS Tx with R127DF Rx (pre-owned - Rtp70)
  3. Cyclops Breeze OSD w/GPS & Current Sense (pre-owned - CarbonFlite)
  4. Two Mobius HD Action Cams w/Video Out (new - Eletoponline365)
  5. 3-Way Video Switcher (new - Glassdogangle)
  6. Dimension Engineering SportBEC (pre-owned, by Me)
  7. Microphone (new - Hobby Wireless)
  8. 4-Ch 400mW 2.3/2.4GHz vTx (new - RMRC)
  9. 12-Ch 2.3/2.4GHz vRx (new - RMRC)
  10. 2.4GHz Bluebeam Ultra CP antennas (new - RMRC)
  11. 8" LCD monitor (new - RMRC)
  12. 4-Way Video Splitter/Amp (new - RMRC)
  13. Tripod (pre-owned, by Me)
  14. Custom panel to mount vRx & splitter/amp to back of LCD monitor.
  15. Sony HandyCam - to record FPV video (pre-owned, by Me)
  16. 3S 2200mAh lipo for Sensei (pre-owned, by Me)
  17. 3S 2200mAh lipo for on-board video (pre-owned, by Me)
  18. 3S 2200mAh lipo for ground station (pre-owned, by Me)
  19. Lots of custom cables (built by Me)
I've acquired the components, built cables, and bench tested various configurations. I also drew up some schematics (different ideas) to help keep things straight. Currently I'm modifying the Sensei to carry all of this stuff - trying of course to keep it simple, or as simple as possible. No autopilot on the Breeze OSD, but RTH indicators on screen. I don't have failsafe or RSSI on the R127DF either. Shooting for a mile max with this setup.
Posted by FR4-Pilot | Nov 13, 2013 @ 09:39 PM | 1,542 Views
Landings from two different perspectives.

Landings (Sensei) (1 min 46 sec)

Posted by FR4-Pilot | Nov 03, 2013 @ 12:45 AM | 1,830 Views
Getting started on another project ...

Designing LED Strobes & Beacons for the Sensei (3 min 38 sec)


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Posted by FR4-Pilot | Aug 20, 2013 @ 07:40 PM | 3,326 Views
Bought an RxR Flyzone Sensei from an awesome RCG member (Thanks Tom!) and took some pics now and then during the setup. What a great plane ! 11 flights so far. Going to test out a DX6i buddy-box setup with another pilot then let my girls fly her ......Continue Reading
Posted by FR4-Pilot | Apr 01, 2013 @ 06:09 PM | 2,852 Views
I finally remembered the name and then found some pics online of the first RC aircraft I ever flew. Single channel - rudder only! I never got it to fly with the .020 engine, so I installed an .049 engine and it flew GREAT, for about 2 minutes - then the rubber bands holding the main wing broke and the fuselage drilled itself full power into the softball field from 50ft up at Morton West High school in Berwyn, IL. back in 1980-82 (ish). The wing, however, gently tumbled to the ground, unscathed. 28 years passed before I attempted to fly an RC aircraft again which turned out to be a helicopter, a Blade mCX in winter 2008. Things turned out much better the second time around



I was able to salvage the receiver/servo assembly and installed it into my Cox Action Van - which ran off of an .049 engine with pre-defined cam shapes & worm gear to determine it's path. Having RC control of the steering was WAY better Which then led me to the Tamiya Ford Ranger and Rough Rider off-road RC buggies ...



Not my vid, but, yep, that's the one. I remember the callouses and blisters from attempting to start that thing dozens of times

Cox .049 Dodge Van (1 min 19 sec)

The neighbors really hated me and all the noise these little engines made ...

I'm thinking of picking up where I left off 30 years ago with this:

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Posted by FR4-Pilot | Dec 24, 2012 @ 12:49 PM | 2,559 Views
So far, So good

5 Years of RC Aircraft (18 min 24 sec)