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Old Jun 01, 2012, 09:44 AM
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Do the cases of the new #808 cams still contain unacceptable amounts of lead?
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 02:12 PM
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Here is my mQX doing what it likes to do.
Tumbling the mQX (2 min 16 sec)
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 03:45 PM
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Nicely Done
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 04:07 PM
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C'mon, it's easy to flip one of these mQx flyers. I do it all the time.

Too bad that every time I do, it crashes to the ground.

Heli-yeah's talent is being able to do it over and over again in the same flight.

I agree, nicely done.
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 04:28 PM
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Do the cases of the new #808 cams still contain unacceptable amounts of lead?
Try the 808 thread
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 05:00 PM
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Zoandar,

do you have any close up pics of your setup? I think it would help me understand a bit better what you are describing.

thanks!
Not at the moment. When I made the tape sleeve last night for the camera, I ran into problems trying to mount it to the bottom of the battery bracket. I then got another idea to use a block of foam and slide the camera into a pocket cut into the foam. But there isn't much clearance under the mQX, so now I am thinking about trying a top mount. I don't fly aggressively, so maybe it won't matter for me, center of gravity -wise. Many folks have made alternate canopies from different cups or their lids. I may have something here like that which will have a flat surface on it. With that on top, the camera could sit there (in the block of foam I have fitted for it).

I'll try to get the time to take some snapshots of that tape lipo sleeve on my HBFP so you can see what I meant. It could work, if we could figure a way to mount it under the mQX. The problem was that the little bars of the battery box are on such a slant across the forward (nose) orientation of where the camera would need to point that I couldn't get a solid mount.
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Here is my mQX doing what it likes to do. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBVTE...hannel&list=UL
What TX are you using and what are your "settings" on it?
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 06:56 PM
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Not at the moment. When I made the tape sleeve last night for the camera, I ran into problems trying to mount it to the bottom of the battery bracket. I then got another idea to use a block of foam and slide the camera into a pocket cut into the foam. But there isn't much clearance under the mQX, so now I am thinking about trying a top mount. I don't fly aggressively, so maybe it won't matter for me, center of gravity -wise. Many folks have made alternate canopies from different cups or their lids. I may have something here like that which will have a flat surface on it. With that on top, the camera could sit there (in the block of foam I have fitted for it).

I'll try to get the time to take some snapshots of that tape lipo sleeve on my HBFP so you can see what I meant. It could work, if we could figure a way to mount it under the mQX. The problem was that the little bars of the battery box are on such a slant across the forward (nose) orientation of where the camera would need to point that I couldn't get a solid mount.
Sounds good, I agree mounting it on the bottom is preferable to keep the center of gravity low. That is why I am leaning towards cutting the cradle off and attaching velcro to the bottom of the frame, which would free up space/clearance on the bottom to mount the battery and camera. I just don't know the best way to mount the velcro to the bottom (suggestions please!)
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 09:14 PM
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Load of an MQX

I too picked one up recently and am very impressed.

I was wondering if anyone has done any load testing to see just how much the MQX can carry in terms of a camera. Im really more interested in photographs as opposed to video, and would like to find a keychain-like camera that could take a series of photos, although I recognize that in all likelihood HD video with a keychain camera is going to be the best that can be done...

My intent is to use it more for aerial photography, and realizing that it is likely not going to carry a 10mp camera, I want to see just how big we can go.

Thanks.
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 09:19 PM
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I too picked one up recently and am very impressed.

I was wondering if anyone has done any load testing to see just how much the MQX can carry in terms of a camera. Im really more interested in photographs as opposed to video, and would like to find a keychain-like camera that could take a series of photos, although I recognize that in all likelihood HD video with a keychain camera is going to be the best that can be done...

My intent is to use it more for aerial photography, and realizing that it is likely not going to carry a 10mp camera, I want to see just how big we can go.

Thanks.
In case you're curious, the HobbyKing HD Wing Camera can do photographs as well as video. But it requires pressing one of the buttons on the camera, unless you use the Motion-Detect Photo mode, which would, while flying, likely result in something resembling time lapse photos. That might work for you. Here is what it says in the manual about that feature:

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6. Motion-detect photo taking

> When it is transferred to motion-detect video recording mode, the camera will enter into intelligent photo-taking mode. When the camera captures mobile objects, it will takes a photo automatically.

> Motion-detect photo taking loop coverage: when the TF Card is fully loaded, it will delete the old videos or photos automatically to acquire the space to store the new photos. the function is closed, the camera will power off
automatically when the storage space is fully loaded.

Note:
When the TF Card was fully loaded ( the loop coverage function closed) , battery used up or stop operated for 3 minutes, it will shut down automatically.

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I would expect that flying would be sensed as continuous motion, so it would likely keep snapping photos until, depending upon the setting you chose, it either filled the SD card and stopped, or kept on going, overwriting the oldest photo (not sure I would want that) until the camera lipo died.

To be able to actually tell a carried camera (from your position on the ground) when to trip the shutter is probably something not available on these small cameras. I imagine the bigger quads carrying DSLR cameras have either a servo hooked to the shutter or are programmed somehow to take photos in sequence.
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 10:29 PM
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Sounds good, I agree mounting it on the bottom is preferable to keep the center of gravity low. That is why I am leaning towards cutting the cradle off and attaching Velcro to the bottom of the frame, which would free up space/clearance on the bottom to mount the battery and camera. I just don't know the best way to mount the Velcro to the bottom (suggestions please!)
I can suggest the thoughts I had on this last night. There really is very little to mount to as far as those 2 bars supporting the battery. But you could add something (keeping its weight in mind), such as an "X" made of CF rod spanning between the landing feet, not unlike the "training gear" used to learn to fly a pod and boom heli. Put something at the center (just like the training gear) and you can use it to carry the camera, with Velcro or whatever you choose.

Another thought I had was to create some short "stilts" on each of the landing feet to extend the mQX up a bit higher off the ground, allowing more clearance under it when it lands.

At the moment I have my Wing Cam slid into a piece of foam. I'm still thinking about trying to mount that atop an alternate canopy and see how it flies. It would be nice to have the buttons on top.

Here are some pics of the tape lipo sleeve I mentioned and how it holds the lipo on my HBFP. Also of the Wing Cam slid into a block of foam, while I decide how to attach it.
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Old Jun 01, 2012, 10:33 PM
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I too picked one up recently and am very impressed.

I was wondering if anyone has done any load testing to see just how much the MQX can carry in terms of a camera. Im really more interested in photographs as opposed to video, and would like to find a keychain-like camera that could take a series of photos, although I recognize that in all likelihood HD video with a keychain camera is going to be the best that can be done...

My intent is to use it more for aerial photography, and realizing that it is likely not going to carry a 10mp camera, I want to see just how big we can go.

Thanks.
The mQX is rated for a 1 oz payload. It can carry considerably more than that, however there may not be enough headroom left to deal with turbulence outdoors, or to get out of bad situations. It can still do flips & rolls with a 15g keychain cam strapped to it's belly.

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Old Jun 02, 2012, 05:53 AM
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My intent is to use it more for aerial photography, and realizing that it is likely not going to carry a 10mp camera, I want to see just how big we can go.

Thanks.
I hate to point you to another thread or brand, but Walkera has a new version of their UFO 5 that already comes with a camera. I've also seen a lot of camera mounting brackets, etc. for larger quads. Of course, with a larger quad comes a larger $$$$$$$$.
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Old Jun 02, 2012, 08:01 AM
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that is one sweet looking plane. 7.4v sys. and adjustable cam. I like, I like.

Taking a lookat the mQX to the walkera ufo #5, look aht the way the motor and gear are protected. the body. etc. I already got a cwuad. if I need to get another one. I thin i will look into the walkera
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"Another thought I had was to create some short "stilts" on each of the landing feet to extend the mQX up a bit higher off the ground, allowing more clearance under it when it lands."

What I did for landing "feet" is I took 4 of the cheap bamboo skewers you get at the $Store and put about 1" of shrink wrap on the pointed end and then put another piece of shrink wrap about 1/2" on top of that. If it is a little tight I sandpaper the outer shrink wrap at the end so that it is tapered and as far down as I need to to make a snug fit into the 4 holes on the bottom of the housing. If it is too loose I put a line of CA down the shrink wrap from top to bottom and spray it with some bonder and then carefully sand this down until I get a tight fit. This method works with carbon fiber rod too. Use a piece of CF that is too small and build up the business end with 1/8" shrink tubing until you get the fit you want. If fit right they stay in and are also easy to remove so you can get the MQx back in the box. Mine are 3.5" tall.

Edit: The bamboo skewers idea works but I managed to break one last night on a cement impact so if you are looking for a long term solution go with the CF rods.
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