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Posted by AussieHoppy | Dec 25, 2013 @ 11:14 PM | 6,757 Views
21 Oct 2015
Do you have one of the beaut 1700mm FMS birds (P51, P47, F4U), but retracts that are horribly unreliable electrically, or simply just don't work electrically?
While there are guys who have had nil issues with these retracts, there are many of us who have had no end of frustration, not to mention damaged planes, and seems to be related to bad batches of the black resin micro switch controller board.
Having bought a bunch of FMS retracts for my 1700mm FMS birds and other planes as well thinking FMS upgrades = quality, I'd spent too much money on more unreliability, there had to be a way to make these pathetic useles retracts work reliably...

Thanks again to those who helped out.
Brandon and Lou for their never ending contribution to our community.
wefinance for his great suggestion.

Here's our work-around fix:

I searched the hell out of my shed to find my old LX P40 retract controller, the LX controller seems to operate on overcurrent to find the end point travel limit on retracts, as opposed to using micro switches, so the LX type controller will allow power to go to the retract motor which will run until it reaches travel limit, for a split second the current draw will rise and the controller detects this as travel limit and subsequently cut power to the retract motor. I really like this method because if the retracts binds part way through travel the controller will immediately cut power, rather than straining the motor until the over current...Continue Reading
Posted by AussieHoppy | Dec 16, 2013 @ 03:00 PM | 3,737 Views
Just clowning around with my olde faithful P51

FMS P-51 1400mm 580kv 05072015 (8 min 40 sec)

Posted by AussieHoppy | May 29, 2013 @ 07:28 PM | 4,639 Views
Here's a 4 part video series of the eventual delivery of the OzKopter.

It seems like a millenium ago when Stu (cr2o3 on RC Groups) had posted a simple question as to whether it would be possible to build a reasonable quality quad on a very tight budget.
Stu is a Vietnam Veteran and is rather restricted in mobility, so to be able to pursue his (all of our!) passion of flight, he was considering an alternative to fixed wing RC flight and multirotors offered a lot more convenience given Stu's restricted lifestyle.
From that post was bourne a generous international donation collective, which was started by Gary (Tarro on RCG)... and Gary started in spectacular style by basing the quad on the Naza-M FC... and, well, the perfect choice & quality build is testiment in this video. The Ground Station was built by Doc with more donations, which complimented the quad mounted donated GoPro.
This quad, dubbed the OzKopter, was sent to Stu's residence from Gary in USA. I drove to Stu to help him with his first flight but my knowledge is very limited with multirotors, let alone a decent FC such as the Naza... so I brought the OzKopter home with me and took it to the Doc, who is well versed in Naza FC's, and Doc kindly tweaked the beast and instructed me on the flight controls.
I then drove back to Stu armed with knowledge that I could then guide Stu to fly the OzKopter... and the end result could not have been better- OzKopter flew perfectly at Stu's control.

And the desired result...Continue Reading
Posted by AussieHoppy | May 29, 2013 @ 06:39 PM | 4,851 Views
P 51 Red Tail FMS 1700mm sepia pc (8 min 0 sec)


FMS 1700mm P51
FMS 360kv motor upgrade
Mild 0.5mm prop pitch mod
6S 5000mah lipo

Futaba 9C
FrSky rcTx with 5dbi antenna
FrSky rcRx with antenna extention

Sony SuperHad CCD camera
Home made Pan&Tilt
ImmersionRC 25mw vTx

Fatshark 922 goggles or HeadPlay HD HMD
ArkBird antenna tracker
Boscam diversity vRx
7 turn helical antenna (RHCP)
Blue Beam Airscrew antenna (RHCP)
ImmersionRC TrackR2 headtracker
Posted by AussieHoppy | May 26, 2013 @ 01:25 PM | 4,367 Views
From a few year ago, fpv from taxi out to taxi return

FMS 1400mm Spitfire fpv (9 min 16 sec)

Posted by AussieHoppy | May 11, 2013 @ 06:52 PM | 7,379 Views
Dave Upton put together an instructional video to fly FPV
Intro and 8 part video, part 8 includes a beautiful flight along the Oregan coastline, complete with a fuel-out deadstick crash landing on final heh heh


Part 1:
INCAB-RC Videolink Installation part 1 (9 min 5 sec)

Part 2:
INCAB-RC Videolink Installation part 2 (7 min 23 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by AussieHoppy | May 11, 2013 @ 06:29 PM | 6,448 Views
Project Cyclops RPV was founded in approx mid-1980's by Mr Carl Berry.
He came up with an extraordinary way to fly Remote Piloted Vehicle by using something like a Sega arcade gaming console and converted it to a cockpit complete with joystick, throttle control, even rudder foot bar, all linked to the respective pots of a standard RC controller!

Mr Carl Berry passed away November 2002 at the age of 59.
His son is currently keeping this project alive.
His YouTube channel:
Posted by AussieHoppy | Mar 31, 2013 @ 09:38 PM | 5,709 Views
Yum... simply... YUM!

P-47 Razorback - Moki 400 Radial (3 min 24 sec)

Posted by AussieHoppy | Mar 09, 2013 @ 04:40 PM | 4,630 Views
An insight to piloting a P-40... Liz Needham (NZ) flying her P-40
Imagine how deafening it would have been flying these birds for hours on end...

p40 tga jan 2012 (7 min 6 sec)

Posted by AussieHoppy | Mar 03, 2013 @ 01:07 PM | 4,802 Views
I've ordered this custom one -off kit from Marek, here's the thread for it. Currently a discussion thread but when I start the build, I'll change the thread to a build thread
Posted by AussieHoppy | Dec 23, 2012 @ 02:08 AM | 5,182 Views

b16sub Temp, CamRoll, CamPitch
b16mov Out7, Temp
b16add Temp, CamRoll, CamPitch
b16mov Out8, TempTrivial first attempt at vtail camstab mixing. This changes the output on M7 and M8 to the differential with Roll as the dominant ( servos pointing towards or away from each other ).

If it rolls in the wrong direction, invert the roll gain.
If it pitches in the wrong direction, reverse the servo connections.

Many thanks to Crezzee & Brontide for coming up with this simple gimbal, the code, and for sharing with all. Guys like you two are well respected.
Posted by AussieHoppy | Dec 22, 2012 @ 06:48 PM | 5,415 Views
fwiw use a fibreglassing consolidating roller, like the one in the attached pic, an ally/alloy, they make life so much easier and you can roll out the excess resin with ease so not only will the end result be lighter, but it will actually be stronger
Weight WILL increase very quickly if too much resin is used, f'glass does get heavy if you aren't conscious of the fact
that said, this SSS can actually do with a bit more weight up fwd

i'm certainly not about to try and tell anyone how to suck eggs lol but here's a quick basic way to epoxy fibreglass, pretty much the same principal for repairing a boat...
~first give the epo foam you wish to f'glass a light sanding. this is important for two reasons... most epo finishes these days have a smooth wax like finish- epoxy wont stick to that at all, and you do want it to stick, you dont want the foam structure underneath to be able to move around so unless you are wrapping the foam but rather just repairing a spot, Polix is correct, it will peel off eventually. Also it will help the resin bind to the foam by having a mechanical key with the resultant scratching from the sanding. Sand until all the shine has been removed.
~then, preferably with the lightest epoxy fibreglassing cloth you can get, cut out the cloth to exact size patches for the work you wish to do, and when they are all cut out, number them with a marking pen so you know which order & where they need to be applied to the airframe
One layer will protect the...Continue Reading
Posted by AussieHoppy | Nov 03, 2012 @ 08:02 PM | 5,422 Views
Not my video, but I would luuurrrve to fly formation such as this

Star Sky 2012 (3 min 24 sec)

Posted by AussieHoppy | Sep 08, 2012 @ 06:50 PM | 5,094 Views
Dave, this is brilliant vid footage brought together with awesome editing.
Something I aspire to.

FPV - Team Echelon - In My Dreams (4 min 26 sec)

Posted by AussieHoppy | Aug 29, 2012 @ 01:37 AM | 5,748 Views
Posted by AussieHoppy | Aug 10, 2012 @ 05:53 PM | 5,765 Views
This guy has achieved in making some awesome fpv footage, yet flies only LOS... from top of buildings to flying from a hat air balloon... very nice piloting skills

No Risk No Fun- crazy horst (7 min 49 sec)

Posted by AussieHoppy | Jul 22, 2012 @ 05:45 PM | 5,950 Views
This has to rate as one of the best fpv vid footages I've seen, gorgeous scale fpv

FPV Air2Air Hydroplane (4 min 19 sec)

Posted by AussieHoppy | Jul 22, 2012 @ 05:35 PM | 5,756 Views
Stumbled onto this vid, a pretty good effort at edf formation flying

FPV aerobatic team (5 min 34 sec)

Posted by AussieHoppy | Jun 07, 2012 @ 04:04 AM | 6,348 Views