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Posted by Zr_Flyer | Mar 22, 2015 @ 10:56 AM | 1,154 Views
Working on a small one.
Posted by Zr_Flyer | Mar 05, 2015 @ 04:40 PM | 1,472 Views
New WIP - It's a big one.
Posted by Zr_Flyer | Jan 27, 2015 @ 01:47 PM | 1,684 Views
New Frame
Posted by Zr_Flyer | Nov 25, 2014 @ 12:11 PM | 1,925 Views
Made some progress on the Micro H recently.

Size: 100mm
Weight: 37g
Motors: AEO C05S ~3g modded with 1mm shafts (orig 0.7mm)
Kv: 7900KV
Batt: 1S
ESC: AEO BE001-M 1S/5A (modded, removed the brushed converters)
FC: AfroMini32
Props: H107
Frame: Custom 3D Printed

I modeled and printed a 100mm frame with a superstructure laid out to contain the esc's and the afromini. I will probably revisit the design a bit as the arms can flex a bit too much and allow the props to contact the frame.

For this setup I fell back to a lemon satellite for convenience. Maiden flight went pretty well though the fc definitely needs more tuning,

100mm Brushless Micro H Maiden (1 min 57 sec)

Posted by Zr_Flyer | Jun 29, 2014 @ 12:25 AM | 2,334 Views
I've gotten some work done on the Micro H. Thanks to Midilec's code I now have a Hubsan compatible Rx and I am getting the electronics hooked up. Still some soldering to do but I'm getting there. Working on a good way to mount the Rx, maybe some sort of super structure. AUW is still looking pretty good, target is under 80g and all that needs to be added is the 1g gps, compass, micro pinhole cam, video Tx and a battery.

The Rx can only tolerate 3.3v so I tacked a vreg to one of the esc's, we'll see how well it works.

Posted by Zr_Flyer | May 28, 2014 @ 08:06 AM | 2,481 Views
Made some progress setting up the SlowHawk, Finished soldering up all the power/motor wires and the 40 bullet connectors,oh plus one repaired on one of the motors.

Finally got around to flashing my D8R-II+ to output ppm and it is working nicely. Still need to catch up on what is possible for getting the RTFhawk to talk to the FrSky telemetry.

Lot's more to do, I have a Telemetry Radio I may install, need to get FPV gear installed. Need to make up some connectors for the GPS and mount the gimbal.

Posted by Zr_Flyer | May 03, 2014 @ 08:26 PM | 3,139 Views
Working on a new 750 bulld.

AUW ~1500g @ 3S 5000mah
Estimated Flight time ~20 min.
  • Tarot IRON MAN 650 stretched to 750
  • RCTimer SK OPTO ESC 30A
  • Turbo Ace X830 Motors/mounts
  • 1355 Props
  • RTFhawk Flight Controller
  • NEO-6M GPS
  • 200mw Video Tx
  • $50 Clone Gimbal
Motor mounts are 12mm, the frame arms are 16mm. I sleeved the arms with 14mm cf tube and slipped some 12mm in and left it protruding to mount the motors on . Drilled and pinned the inserts with solid cf rod. Came out pretty nice and strong without adding much weight.

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Posted by Zr_Flyer | Mar 01, 2014 @ 08:15 AM | 3,341 Views
I started on a new build. The idea is an ~110mm brushless FPV quadcopter. Power will be provided by MCPX tail motors. I've done some research and it looks like I should be able to get ~40g of thrust from each with a 55mm prop so a AUW of 60-80g seems reasonable. I'd like it to be fully sensor-ed, initially this is a Naze Afro Mini, gps-e: 1gram and a fpv cam/tx.

I've mocked up a frame in plastic, will be making the final out of cf.

Posted by Zr_Flyer | Jan 12, 2014 @ 11:36 PM | 2,987 Views
Added 700tvl fpv cam.

Posted by Zr_Flyer | Jan 12, 2014 @ 11:23 PM | 2,947 Views
Finally uploaded a video of my FlyingF3 spider quad, it needs some fine tuning and I need more stick time.

F3Discovery "Flying F3" - TauLabs (6 min 1 sec)

Posted by Zr_Flyer | Jun 13, 2013 @ 02:20 PM | 5,350 Views
I've had the parts lying around, for quite a while now..., to put together a FPV Quad and finally did it. The FC is a ST F3 Disscovery Board sitting on a breakout board from http://www.rcswift.com/catalogue/ it is running the flyingF3 code from Tau Labs. It is flying now, next is to add sensors and GPS and get into the UAV goodness.

Here's a pic from mid build , final build and flight video to follow.

Posted by Zr_Flyer | Apr 21, 2013 @ 10:46 PM | 9,060 Views
My second mutation is an attempt at flybarless. Having a hard time getting the tail to stick, always need to give it some rudder to keep it straight. Not sure what to adjust to get the tail to hold with out it spinning wildly at zero throttle. Has some issues with TBE and without PID's on the stabilizer it probably will never be quite right. It's close to being a good flyer but still needs some adjustments.

Honeybee Kng swash
mx450 frame
Skyartec BL250-4500KV main
Blade SR brushed tail
HobbyKing Orange RX 3-Axis Flight Stabilizer

Posted by Zr_Flyer | Apr 21, 2013 @ 10:45 PM | 8,962 Views
I picked up a couple of 9104's in a package deal, saw what guys were doing with the 4 ch conversion and had to give it a try

First up is a brushed version. Flies pretty well but the swash rate and authority are pretty weak. I did get a bit more by adapting some 450 mixing arms for the flybar links. I think I'm loosing quite a bit of movement due to the angles of the links and am going to try to straighten them out some. Probably help to get some decent servos to replace the stock ones too. Blade CP main motor gets very hot but puts out plenty of power.

gy192 Gyro
Orange dsm2 rx
lama IV swash
Blade CP main motor
Blade CP DD Tail motor
2x Esky 20a Brushed esc's
3S 1000mah 20c

Once (if) I can get the swash geometry worked out I'll probably build the second one with brushless motors.

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Posted by Zr_Flyer | Apr 21, 2013 @ 10:39 PM | 8,841 Views
A shot of most of my helis, six didn't make the shot...

Then there's the multi's...

Posted by Zr_Flyer | Oct 28, 2012 @ 05:10 PM | 3,528 Views
Been a while since I've posted anything on the brushless SR 120, after frying the 5 in 1 I decided to go all out and replace everything, heh.

Today I finally got it flying

Runs on 2s, has a spektrum 6 channel rx, 4g servos, Brushless main and brushed CP tail with the blade cut down, gotta give Sax credit for coming up with the idea. Initial flights are very promising, hovers nice, no tbe, just need to trim it out mechanically and fine tune expo and stuff. I'll try and get some video soon.

120 SR Brushless Franken Copter (2 min 5 sec)

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Posted by Zr_Flyer | Feb 20, 2012 @ 06:14 PM | 3,792 Views
Rag tag as it is...
  • E-Razor 450 fbl
  • HBKII fbl
  • 250SE fbl
  • SR 120

Posted by Zr_Flyer | Feb 20, 2012 @ 05:38 PM | 3,753 Views
Posted by Zr_Flyer | Feb 20, 2012 @ 01:25 PM | 6,630 Views
I basically followed the MCPx brushless mod setup with a few minor differences. The mcpx uses a .3 Mod pinon (I think) but for the SR 120 we need a .4 Mod pinion. The mcpx guys swap to the SR 120 tail so we are good there.

There are a few different ways the mcpx guys are wiring things up, specifically where they are wiring in the theSteve converter. The easiest and they way I have it for now is to run the blue(-) and Yellow(+) soldered to a jst connector and plugged in where the brushed motor was. The red and white wires go to the servo plug of the esc and match the wire colors of the esc. The esc has a mini servo connector, I had some on hand so I used one to make the connection between the theSteve and the esc. For power the esc needs to be connected directly to the battery leads, the esc uses a walkera Micro Plug. I have some batteries that had the right female connector so I salvaged one and soldered the leads to the battery lugs on the 5-in-1 (this is the only permanent alteration to the electronics).

The current motor is from a walkera V100D. I just drilled some new holes and mounted it. Hard part is swapping the pinion gear. The shaft is 1.5 mm and easy to bend a pinion puller is required. Even then it's no picnic. If you can find a micro brushless without a pinion I'd recommend it.

I think I am way over geared, the pinion I have is a 14 tooth and I think it is overworking the motor which is too hot to touch after a few minutes of flight. The motor is a $5 used motor I got on ebay so it might of been overheating before. Now that I know this will work I'll probably buy a better motor. I need to try the resistor mod that the mcpx guys do to see if it smooths out the throttle curve at start up. I'll probably solder everything directly to the 5-in-1 to get rid of the plugs and extra wire.

theSteve Converter
Heli-Max Brushless ESC Novus FP/CP HMXM3005
HM-V100D03BL-Z-07: Brushless Motor for Walkera V100D03BL Helicopters (see issues above)
Female Jst (salvage)
Female walkera Micro Plug (salvage)