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Old Jan 26, 2012, 11:44 PM
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BigJim there is a nice one on ebay that you shuld be safe getting in Your part of the world.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4GB-3-0-Po...item230c352bbd
I ordered one and it never arrived in SA, whether they sent it is another matter, I would definatly use insured post but when I asked to pay DHL they couldnt do it ....

Jblat why wont you use a multi Wii? I am wanting to upgrade from the Signguy tri to someting more stable so its Wii or KK?
cheers Frans
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 12:51 AM
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I want to try out the Hk kk board.. Its just so cheap !!

My 3D printed Quad is coming along at a much faster pace now... but this one is for a guy at work which is really painfull..

I made myself a grapling hook and I still plan to go back to camperdown and have another look just in case..
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 02:31 AM
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.. I am wanting to upgrade from the Signguy tri to someting more stable so its Wii or KK?
cheers Frans
Hi Frans, Have a look at this post to see what is possible using a MultiWii.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...ostcount=23972

Here is an inexpensive option for a Gyro only MultiWii.
Pro Mini = $13.78 - From Ebay.
WMP Clone = $ 8.70 - From DealExtreme.
Total = $ 22.48 * 8 = +-R180
Plus R50 for some perf board and pin-headers that you can get locally.

I have tried Gyro only, KK and MWC. And my favorite is the MWC.
Build log here:http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1522083
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 05:32 AM
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I have been thinking about recording my video at the base station.
Need to see what the video is like from the RCV922 camera then find a portable
DV recorder
There is a pretty good list of DV cameras with AV-in in Wobby's recorder mega list. I think there are a smattering of sd card based camera's in there too.
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 10:04 AM
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I want to try out the Hk kk board.. Its just so cheap !!

My 3D printed Quad is coming along at a much faster pace now... but this one is for a guy at work which is really painfull..

I made myself a grapling hook and I still plan to go back to camperdown and have another look just in case..
Take a mask & snorkle, you can easily go 20 feet.
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 11:51 AM
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Just thought I would ask before getting started...

What's the current thoughts on T shaped as opposed to Y shaped tri frames.

I know the T is better for orientation but I seem to remember some comments about the Y flying better ?

What do you reckon ?
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 01:53 PM
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Just thought I would ask before getting started...

What's the current thoughts on T shaped as opposed to Y shaped tri frames.

I know the T is better for orientation but I seem to remember some comments about the Y flying better ?

What do you reckon ?
Hey lad you're up late !

I built a T and hated it. Though others had made them and love em.
Still crashing tri's down here
Bought a Bixler the other day for some fpv fun. Thats almost like a T
trying to find somewhere to put the lead
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 01:58 PM
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There is a pretty good list of DV cameras with AV-in in Wobby's recorder mega list. I think there are a smattering of sd card based camera's in there too.
Thanks I'll take a look
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 02:56 PM
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Hey lad you're up late !

I built a T and hated it. Though others had made them and love em.
Still crashing tri's down here
Bought a Bixler the other day for some fpv fun. Thats almost like a T
trying to find somewhere to put the lead
Thanks for that. I reckon I will stick with a Y frame. I seem to remember Tim saying he found they flew better. I have taken my eye of the ball with tricopters while building and flying quads.

Scrap metal prices are so high I couldn't resist selling off my huge stocks of lead
I ploughed the money into cable ties instead

Seriously... because of high scrap values theft of copper cable from railways and power lines has become a BIG problem here. Trains are cancelled or delayed because someone has been away on their toes with cable from the signalling systems. No church roof is safe if it is lead sheeted ! The copper strap running down from lightning conductors is also prone to vanish !

Next time you buy a brushless motor the windings may be recycled from British railway system signal wire !
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 03:13 PM
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The T shape tricopter is brilliant. I dont know why people make Y's when you think about all the advantages a T has over them.
  • Improved flight orientation - the long rear tail helps especially for aerobatics.
  • Easier to build - a right angle frame is easier to construct than one with 120 degree arms. You can build them quick and accurately using 2 set squares.
  • Better for aerial photography - can easily mount a camera up front without props in view.
  • Better for FPV - Using the long rear arm you can add more separation between components such as your vTx and rx.
  • Easier to balance - the main battery pack can be moved along the length on the rear arm to find CG. This means you can use packs of different weights and also add/remove items such as a camera or fpv gear and easily correct the CG.

Ive got some pictures of T-copters in my blog and attachments if you want to see some examples. At the moment i'm building up a new T which has folding arms similar to this build. The folding arms should add some extra crash absorption. To all of those Y builders I say build a T you wont look back.
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 06:53 PM
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The 401B's are quite adequate for a heli etc. There a few in use at the field where I fly and I have also used them on 450 builds
Hmmm
Maybe there is a prob with mine ,,well no, cant be all 4 of em, must be me I guess.
I just know that I had no probs with Futaba gyros and another brand I cant remember
right now without looking at my Shogun.

Thanks
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 07:03 PM
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BigjimNZ I just joined your elite club. You guys aren't going to believe this but I just lost my tri.. Yep lost it all GoPro, FPV, the lot !!!!! I was so looking forward to this trip and now my pride and joy is at the bottom of the lake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX57yLOVV-A
Dude i had the same thing happen to me just a couple of days ago. Get one of these. http://www.water-buoy.com/
I had one on mine. You may not save the electrics, but at least you get your frame back. My board and motors actually survived. ESCs are toasted.
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 08:20 PM
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Dude i had the same thing happen to me just a couple of days ago. Get one of these. http://www.water-buoy.com/
I had one on mine. You may not save the electrics, but at least you get your frame back. My board and motors actually survived. ESCs are toasted.
Wow that looks awesome !!
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 10:07 PM
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Dude i had the same thing happen to me just a couple of days ago. Get one of these. http://www.water-buoy.com/
I had one on mine. You may not save the electrics, but at least you get your frame back. My board and motors actually survived. ESCs are toasted.
That is one cool bit of kit 450 Boy
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Old Jan 28, 2012, 12:09 PM
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Cheap insurance for any model flying over water.
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