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Old Aug 30, 2011, 12:50 PM
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Large scale sailplane for aerial photography

Hi all-

I am interested in buying a large scale sailplane I can use to take aerial photographs. I am archaeologist working in South America.

I basically need a rc sailplane (>3.5 m wing span?) that can carry up to 1 pound in weight and can fly 1000 m above the ground.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

JD
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Old Aug 30, 2011, 01:10 PM
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Hi all-

I am interested in buying a large scale sailplane I can use to take aerial photographs. I am archaeologist working in South America.

I basically need a rc sailplane (>3.5 m wing span?) that can carry up to 1 pound in weight and can fly 1000 m above the ground.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

JD
Why scale and why a sailplane?

I would suggest going here:

http://www.rcgroups.com/aerial-photography-128/

These guys fly camera equipped RC planes that are meant for the job of carrying and aiming cameras rather than scale gliders which would have to be modified and would be difficult to launch.

You might also check into the FPV forum. They fly video equipped aircraft using video goggles and usually record their flights as well. A video equipped plane with a high resolution camera would be a hard combination to beat.

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Old Aug 30, 2011, 07:00 PM
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Bureau of Homeland Security will be knocking at your door to help you out.
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Old Aug 30, 2011, 11:39 PM
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 03:53 AM
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Like Pete said - I don't know why you want a scale sailplane to do that job. You'd be better off with something like a Senior Telemaster that'll easily carry the weight, will be more manoeuverable and much easier to launch and land.
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 10:41 AM
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Don't reinvent the wheel. There are lots of better alternatives for camera ships.
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 11:25 AM
Deniable plausibility
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Two phrases for the US based readers / contributors of this thread - "dual use" and "ITAR"...
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 11:41 AM
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 03:21 PM
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Nope, International Traffic in Arms Regulations. You'd be VERY surprised what it covers...
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Old Sep 01, 2011, 03:15 AM
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Largest if not home made that I know of is a DG-808S being made by the below link people. It has a 4000mm wingspan and comes as with or without engine.
http://www.flyflyhobby.com/products_...CTR01-001.html

The bad part if you aren't used to making rc models you'll have a tricky time getting the plane right.

One of the tough things in photography is getting rid of camera shake. Gliders aren't as good as a real helicopter for taking the bumps out of turbulance but the longer wings if not stiff would be more constructive to make better photographs. I imagine 95% of the people taking photos don't know if they would put their camera on a sturdy tripod that their photo's be it film or digital would come out much clearer and detailed. Even using a heavy sturdy tripod with a remote shutter device in comparison to an aluminum tripod has a good deal of increased perforamnce. Anyway I imagine the question asker prefers glider to electric thinking of the engine and prop vibration and shorter wings adding movements while the shutter is open. Slow speed aircraft that doesn't vibrate makes for better photos when going for quality not mass. annnnyyyyyway I feel like I'm rambling and not distractiing from his question
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Old Sep 01, 2011, 09:13 AM
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Whatever you choose, it's going to have to be significantly larger than 3.5m to see it and fly it at 1000m AGL.

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Old Sep 07, 2011, 10:29 AM
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Sounds suspiciously Paparazzyish to me...
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Old Sep 10, 2011, 03:28 AM
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6 meter ka8 should fit thr bill
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Old Sep 11, 2011, 01:20 AM
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I hope you all notice that the guy who started this thread has made no further comment.

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