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The FPV Raptor Thread
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Jun 26, 2012
, 02:34 AM
Joined May 2012
After flying fully loaded for weeks (5000mah + FPV gear), adding the GoPro to the nose was the red flag that I needed to realize I've reached the weight limit for the stock motor. Regardless of COG, it was a slug to launch and she'd nose down hard at half throttle. The weight of the GoPro and TBS69 on the nose combined with the rest of my gear resulted in a nasty crash on my FPV test flight. I had tested LOS first, noticed it was underpowered on launch but was confident I could handle it. Big mistake. Always listen when that voice in your head tells you "it's time to go home".
I've had a backup 1.6m Raptor and an Eflite Power 10 on ice until I could sort out a proper mounting solution. So after the crash I began my new build and worked on a solid mount for the Power 10. I chose to go a route similar to Wirewolf, using a brace found in the stock tower for rear support. This brace is supported by both halves of the tower, very strong when tower is closed. Some Dremel work was needed to widen the tower to accept the larger motor. A 2" wooden disc fit perfectly inside the tower and served as a strong anchor for the X plate. 2 smaller strips of wood gorilla glued to the main disc act as spacers for the rear of the motor shaft while also providing a snug fit and reinforcement against the sides of the tower. Replaced stock screws with 4 longer screws to tighten it all up. Overall I'm pretty satisfied with this mount as it's rock solid, fits cleanly and snug inside the tower, and there's zero play or movement with the motor. This one-piece mount can be removed in under a minute, and a new motor can be mounted just as fast using the four screws and X plate. A few pics: (img tags for dropbox links don't appear to be working on this forum)
Motor screams on the bench with an APC 8x6e. New paintjob is complete (US drone grey/blue) and most of the FPV gear is in. GoPro survived 250' nose into the grass from the crash and I'm waiting on a replacement lens. Hoping to maiden her this weekend!
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