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Old Dec 29, 2012, 09:37 AM
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Would the NTM prop drive 35-30a 1400kv 560w make a good choice?
Should work fine. Im using the NTM 3536 1400kv on my Penguin and it's a perfect fit in the motor pod.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 11:31 AM
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Im new at fpv and was wondering whats a good flight controller that has gps with hold and rth functions? Dont want to spend a fortune and want something easy to set up.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 12:19 PM
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Im new at fpv and was wondering whats a good flight controller that has gps with hold and rth functions? Dont want to spend a fortune and want something easy to set up.
The FY31-AP has GPS, Return to home and an auto circling(GPS Hold). It's also a flight stabilizer with some excellent features. I use it on my skywalker. $180.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 12:36 PM
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The ArduFlyer Mega 2.5 from RCTimer is another good option. It's about $155 shipped.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 03:06 AM
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I've been following this thread for awhile now having purchased a Penguin in early December. Due to the really poor weather in the UK, I've only just been able to get out and maiden her. I thought I'd do something rather different and do a narrated maiden flight video. I was also able to test my GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition for the first time. Thanks to all the contributors of this thread for the helpful info. Hopefully there will be some useful info in the video for someone just building and setting up their Penguin:

Narrated Finwing Penguin maiden flight - GoPro Hero 3 BE and Eagle Tree OSD (12 min 49 sec)


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Old Dec 30, 2012, 03:20 AM
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Great video along with instruction!
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 07:03 AM
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I've been following this thread for awhile now having purchased a Penguin in early December.
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Wow...now that's a helpful video!
Thanks a ton for taking the trouble to pull it together!

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Old Dec 30, 2012, 08:00 AM
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Very well put together video
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:10 PM
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Great video!

Open question to all; has anyone installed a steerable tailwheel on their P? I like to takeoff, land aand taxi at our field, and this would help immeasurably.

Alternatively, how well does the P track on takeoff with just airflow over the rudder, a la a WW1 skid tail dragger?

Mines enroute, so I'm planning for the build.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 03:30 PM
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Great video!

Open question to all; has anyone installed a steerable tailwheel on their P? I like to takeoff, land aand taxi at our field, and this would help immeasurably.

Alternatively, how well does the P track on takeoff with just airflow over the rudder, a la a WW1 skid tail dragger?

Mines enroute, so I'm planning for the build.
Looking at the stock tail wheel setup I doubt there is enough room to get the wheel to move without scrificing structural strength of the tail. I'm sure you could add one and remove the stocker.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 06:21 PM
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Many thanks for the feedback guys. I'll look to do another video very soon once we get some decent weather in the UK!
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 06:56 PM
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Anybody using the readymaderc pan/tilt kit? If so please post a picture of your setup. Working on my camera setup now.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 09:16 PM
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Great video!

Open question to all; has anyone installed a steerable tailwheel on their P? I like to takeoff, land aand taxi at our field, and this would help immeasurably.

Alternatively, how well does the P track on takeoff with just airflow over the rudder, a la a WW1 skid tail dragger?

Mines enroute, so I'm planning for the build.
I was surprised how well mine tracked on the maiden in dirt. Some rudder mixed in kept her steady and on track.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:08 PM
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Hey guys,

Is anyone running the FY-31ap in their penguin? If so what gains do you have it set too?

Thanks,
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 09:01 AM
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A good friend pointed me at this thread; lot's of great info here, I'll be reading for a while

Maidened my Penguin yesterday and got it all FPV ready today, should be in the air tomorrow weather permitting. If you would like to see another build log, mine is HERE.

Cheers and Happy New Year everyone!
Nice build log, thanks.

Happy New Year.
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