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Old Dec 26, 2011, 11:23 PM
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FPV Tricopter build

I've started on my journey to FPV tricopter flying tonight. I placed my order for all of my copter parts. I will be building a tri based on the v2.5 write over at RCExplorer. I can't wait to get this bird in the air. I've ordered a HD 808 key chain cam to use until I get my GoPro and FPV gear. More to come as I get my build on....
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Old Dec 26, 2011, 11:42 PM
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funny..... wrong thread.
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Old Dec 26, 2011, 11:55 PM
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I've started on my journey to FPV tricopter flying tonight. I placed my order for all of my copter parts. I will be building a tri based on the v2.5 write over at RCExplorer. I can't wait to get this bird in the air. I've ordered a HD 808 key chain cam to use until I get my GoPro and FPV gear. More to come as I get my build on....
I did the same thing about a week before Christmas. I going to be flying it LOS until I get used to flying it. I look forward to hearing how yours turns out.
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Old Dec 29, 2011, 11:30 PM
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I found some 3/8" square dowels for my arms today. I'm still looking for he fiberglass board to use.
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Old Dec 30, 2011, 02:31 AM
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I found some 3/8" square dowels for my arms today. I'm still looking for he fiberglass board to use.
You can use wood for everything. Tested and it works fine. Like this:

I used 10x20mm wood as legs - much harder to break, compared to 10x10; and 6mm plywood (weight is the same as 2mm PCB without copper).
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Old Dec 30, 2011, 02:41 AM
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Did the same a while back, flies awesome!

FPV Tricopter in Ai-Ais, Namibia (4 min 45 sec)


FPV Tricopter FPV in Ougrabies (3 min 18 sec)


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Old Dec 30, 2011, 04:39 AM
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Did the same a while back, flies awesome!

Dion
All that space and they build semi-detached homes

Incredible terrain (Ougrabies) - thanks for sharing, never seen anything from that region before.

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Old Dec 30, 2011, 07:55 AM
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Yeah it's just holiday homes, so I guess the more they can get in the better.

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Old Dec 30, 2011, 09:11 AM
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Awesome stuff Dion , rugged terrain for sure ... Thanks for sharing !

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Old Dec 30, 2011, 01:36 PM
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Thanks all. I was looking for the G10 fiberglass board to finish up the frame. I was wondering about wood, but didn't know if it would be too heavy to carry the FPV gear and gopro..
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Old Dec 31, 2011, 10:56 AM
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I decided to dig around and see if I could hack together enough free stuff to build my tricopter. I'm using plastic from a cat litter bucket for the top and bottom plate. I think I will use 2 layers per top and bottom. Here are some pictures so far.
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Old Dec 31, 2011, 12:53 PM
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Nice, amazing how simple these things can be built!

As soon as any material get's sanwitched like this it gets very strong, you tend to use to thick materials..

Cheers!
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Old Jan 01, 2012, 07:53 PM
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I still have some time before my electronics come in from HK, so I decided I didn't like the plastic top and bottom plates. I couldn't find any wood thin enough, so I grabbed a board and took it to the saw. Here are my new top and bottom plates ready to drill the holes.
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