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Posted by 747Pilot | Apr 09, 2014 @ 07:39 PM | 1,193 Views
Welcome Home Skywalker 1680 (0 min 19 sec)

Skywalker returning from a 25 minute fpv flight. I finally have her dialed in to what I want from an fpv plane. Specs below.

SW 1680
NTM 3536 1400 kv
APC 9x6
HK 50amp Esc
5v BEC on ESC only powers (LED strobes, pan & tilt servos)
Turnigy 5v/5 SBEC (Powers flight controll servos)
Cyclops Tornado OSD
Telefly Pro OSD (For MFD AAT 0 audio channel only)
Dragonlink 12ch UHF rx v2.82
RMRC - 800 mw Vtx 1.3 ghz
Custom Lotus 5 blade video antenna - For sale soon
PZ0420 600 TVL fpv camera
Custom belly wheel.

Taranis x9d - "The worlds best radio-----PERIOD!"
Dragon Link UHF v 2.82
MFD AAT - Antenna Tracker
Crosshair - TrueRc
Fatshark SD base goggles
Posted by 747Pilot | Apr 08, 2014 @ 12:52 AM | 1,905 Views
For those that may have a Taranis and someday a Cyclops Tornado OSD or any other OSD that has more than 3 modes. This mix is also useful to get multiple positions from one servo if desired. Multiple applications. Please subscribe, comment, rate & appreciate.

Cyclops Tornado OSD & Taranis Programming Modes (18 min 4 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Mar 25, 2014 @ 10:29 PM | 1,451 Views
My Gopro LCD screen was broke so I decided to sell it and replace my HD cam with a Möbius. Unlike the Gopro which only faced forward, the möbius will be tied into my fpv pan servo on channel 7. A simple y connector setup will operate both servos. NOTE: I run two 5v power sources. First comes from the esc, this powers the LEDs strobes and the pan, tilt & now möbius pan servo. A separate SBEC is used to power the flight control servos. This reduces chances of overloading a power source that your receiver relies on. That would be BAD.

Mounting a Möbius to Skywalker - Pt 1 (1 min 44 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Mar 17, 2014 @ 10:02 PM | 1,429 Views
Two videos - click con't reading to see both. The Cyclops Tornado, for me is hands down the easiest to setup for a new pilot in terms of OSD's that have RTH and Waypoints. In addition, the airspeed sensor is worth it's weigh it in gold.

While the waypoint system is kind of ancient, it does lend itself to being useful in certain situations and can be very promising to someone flying in areas where you would not want to the osd to shoot you straight home but rather follow a specific path back to launch. All the while descending from altitude.

In certain scenarios setting up failsafe to return to the plane directly to home at a preset need altitude is not desired for long range flying. Example, flying from a spot with hilly terrain and obstacles behind you. RTH could possibly get your plane into trouble flying behind your launch or flying too low too far out while when RTH is engaged.

With the Tornado you can set up failsafe to go into Autopilot mode. This woruld then let you "program" the exact path you want the plane to follow to come home, all the while adhering to certain altitudes along the way. Bringing the plane right down to you.

Cyclops Tornado OSD - Waypoints via Google Earth (5 min 29 sec)

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Posted by 747Pilot | Mar 14, 2014 @ 01:12 AM | 2,468 Views
Specs & links below in description. On a recent flight down a frozen lake for a long distance run, I lost video when I was 2km from launch. If I did not have the Cyclops Tornado OSD w/RTH the plane would have been a complete loss.

Skywalker 1680 - 10km & Loss of video (6 min 44 sec)

Skywalker 1680
NTM 3536 1400 KV
Dragon Link UHF
Cyclops Tornado OSD
GoPro 3 White
PZ0420 600 tvl
Thumbstick Pan/Tilt Modification
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Posted by 747Pilot | Mar 11, 2014 @ 11:48 PM | 1,938 Views
Posted by 747Pilot | Mar 04, 2014 @ 01:39 PM | 1,602 Views
Read below for more info.
LOTUS 1280 FPV Antenna - Coming SOON! (2 min 0 sec)

Introducing a new design for 1280 FPV video. The LOTUS 1280 is currently in testing and is expected to be available for purchase this coming April. So far it has demonstrated clear, crisp & reliable video out to 11km. This video demonstrates the video quality out to 10km when paired with a 1280 Crosshair Vrx Antenna. Two LOTUS antennas can also be paired together for 360 coverage and so far has proved reliable up to 2 km. Subscribe for future videos and updates.
Posted by 747Pilot | Mar 02, 2014 @ 09:07 AM | 1,664 Views
Coming soon. A new antenna design for 1280 video.

LOTUS Test Video - #12A - Crosshair - Distance - 3/1/14 (3 min 56 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Feb 21, 2014 @ 06:44 AM | 1,697 Views
Skywalker 1680 with four 4 Flytron Strobon led strobe lights. Great for finding your plane when coming back from an fpv flight. Green on right, red on left. White on top and bottom. Right now they are always on. But they can be added to any channel. The solder pads have three positions. Signal, pos, neg. 5volts. Easily added to a spare rx channel. I power these from the esc bec since I don't use that 5 v. I use a completely separate SBEC for my servo 5v power.

Skywalker 1680 w/ Dragon Link - Flytron Strobon Demo (0 min 53 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Feb 01, 2014 @ 05:24 PM | 1,656 Views
Skywalker Landing Wheel "Pod"

Took me about 2 hours. Think I'm gonna like this. Still able to land in grass and rough areas and not worry about ripping long landing gear off but also land on hard paved surfaces if I want without tearing up the bottom. See pics below.

2 inch wheel.
M4 x 1 1/4 bolt
m4 locking nut
m4 washers x 2
JB weld epoxy
and a dab of my kids chalkboard paint

Nylon skid added in the tail / bottom of boom. Not shown.

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Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 27, 2014 @ 12:27 AM | 2,225 Views
Seems to be a lot of buzz around the moxon IbCrazy is selling. Lots of DIY moxons showing up here so I thought I would give it a go

Used the moxon gen program. Dialed in 14 gauge wire, 433 and started cutting. Took me about 2 hours. The longest part was the JB weld drying on the miter joints. The wood is 3/8" square and the lead is rg58

The weather is pretty darn cold up here in PA so I'm not sure when I'll be able to get out to test it. Might just throw the plane in a buddy's car and have him start drIving away and check the range out that way before throwing my money laden'd SW up in the air.
If it works well, I saved myself about $30.
Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 25, 2014 @ 08:29 PM | 2,680 Views
Sliders are great and all but what if you don't want to invest in a head tracker and instead use them for pan tilt during fpv. That sounds great but this relegates one slider to tilt and the other to pan. To make matters more challenging the slider you use for look left and right will be a slider moving up and down......huh

So an easy fix is to ditch the sliders all together and bring in a little known device we been using for decades. The Playstation thumb stick. It's a marriage made in heaven. Cheap, easy to install, self centering and looks cool!

I can fly the plane and operate the pan/tilt while not having to think, "Now which slider does what? and is it forward to look left or look right?"

I know it's not a head tracker but it only cost $4!, works great and took about 45 mins of my time. Read below for the description of how I installed it.

My original joystick hack

Link to thumb stick for purchase.

Video of it in action.
Taranis X9D Pan/Tilt JoyStick Demo (0 min 13 sec)

Materials needed:
1. Thumb stick
2. Soldering iron
3. Xacto blade
4. Servo lead wire
5. Heat shrink
6. Tape
7. Paper
8. Hot glue gun
9. Small drill bit
10. Radio transmitter with sliders


1. Remove battery and other things off your radio. Ie uhf, antennas, etc... Open up the case and take pictures of the wiring to the sliders. You...Continue Reading
Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 23, 2014 @ 01:56 PM | 1,794 Views
HELP......My "Little T", (that's her nickname) will not leave me alone!!
I think she's starting to become a stage 5 clinger. Any relationship advice?

- Under appreciated Taranis user

Taranis X9D - She's Very Demanding! (0 min 14 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 21, 2014 @ 09:10 PM | 2,688 Views
My collection of Cyclops Tornado OSD videos
Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 19, 2014 @ 09:26 PM | 2,226 Views
The new Tornado by Cyclops uses traditionaly uses a knob to go through the flight modes. Previous version on the Storm had only three modes which was easily programmed onto a 3-way switch. The new Tornado now has 4 modes so putting it on a switch was a little more challenging.

If you own a Taranis or any other ready that can program any switch or custom switches, it's possible to set up two switch to handle these 4 modes.

On the Taranis. From Scott Page.
Using that diagram you would set up 4 custom switches
CS1 is E↑ and F↑ (Manual)
CS2 is E- and F↑ (Pilot Assist)
CS3 is E↓ AND F↑ (Auto Pilot)
CS4 is F↓ (Return to Home)
Cyclops Tornado & Taranis X9D - Programming Mode to switches (1 min 50 sec)

Posted by 747Pilot | Jan 17, 2014 @ 12:31 PM | 2,699 Views
Two videos. Con't reading.
Any questions - Please PM me.
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Cyclops Tornado OSD - Unboxing & Wiring (16 min 45 sec)

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