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Old Jan 04, 2013, 09:26 PM
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Maybe im chinese. You wouldn't know.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 09:31 PM
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 09:46 PM
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I'd recommend the original, American version. I'm running one on my quad and like it a lot. A few reasons to consider the 3DR / US version:
1. You're American, stop supporting China and show some support for your own country's businesses and economy. Also putting money back into the developers of this board gives them more R&D cash to develop better products for you and I. Giving money to China just supports more theft of our ideas.
2. The 3DR version comes with a power module which works great to keep track of mAh burned as well as supplying required voltage to your board and peripherals.
3. Highly recommend the $50 upgrade to the Ublox LEA-6 GPS. This thing is by far the best GPS I've ever seen (I've see a lot). I live in a 3 story house and this gets lock in the middle of my basement.
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I run the 3DR version in my Penguin and so far it is bullet proof. I have the upgraded GPS and the MinimOSD which beats the he11 out of my EzOSD.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 09:47 PM
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Maybe im chinese. You wouldn't know.
That's funny right there!
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 11:13 PM
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Maybe im chinese. You wouldn't know.
Your spelling is too good
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 11:19 PM
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The below image shows recent prop test results for my Penguin which can be found on my Build Log. .
BTW, thanks for the link Mark, I'll try to follow some of your suggestions when I get my Chinese Penguin - via the most awesome American vendor - RMRC
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Old Jan 05, 2013, 09:56 AM
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Anyone see a issue on how I routed my DL UHF antenna?
Yes, Its NOT on My Plane,
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Old Jan 05, 2013, 10:09 AM
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Anyone see a issue on how I routed my DL UHF antenna?
Routed or mounted? It's kinda hard to tell what we are looking at in this picture.
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Old Jan 05, 2013, 10:55 AM
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For anyone interested in seeing a bit on 3DRobotics (an American company!) there is quite a lot in this long magazine video about the dangers of drones!

Aerial Drones Are Watching You (22 min 23 sec)
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Old Jan 05, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Anyone see a issue on how I routed my DL UHF antenna?
Nope, as long as the ground element is down it conforms to mounting instructions given to us by DL. I did the same thing using the 36 inch antenna cable they provide. There is enough slack to pull the wing off the spare and lay it sideways to the body so it fits in my Honda without disconnecting from the Rx.
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Old Jan 05, 2013, 01:38 PM
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Would the FY-21 with gps be a good choice for this plane
I'm running the Fy31AP and it is rock solid on the Penguin. The Penguin is a great stable platform and when in stabilized mode you plane pretty much flies itself.

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Old Jan 05, 2013, 01:40 PM
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Well, I went ahead and got a Zippy Flightmax 3s 5000 20C pack for $20. Going to do some flight testing with the APC 9x7.5E and the 9x9E props on my 3530 1400KV setup and see how I like it. I am on the light side for setups, no GoPro so I am hoping for 25min flights on average. I am trying to strike a balance between flight time and lighter weight for spirited performance at my altitude.
Im getting around 40 min flights with a zippy compact 5000 3s pack. This is with a fully loaded down Penguin with GoPro in case, FPV gear, etc.

You should be able to easily get more than 25 min.

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Old Jan 05, 2013, 01:42 PM
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hey guys, I have a penguin withthe 2815 motor, fpv set up with 2 2700 mah batts in parralell. i did have her an inch or so forward of the COG, but it was considerably hard to fly. i have moved the cg back and upgraded the prop and have yet to fly a second flight...any other advice that could help flight performance? I am just shocked that everyone else said she was so easy to fly...mine was hard to keep steady! if it had not been for the stabilize mode on my apm 2.5, I think i might have lost her...what say you all? I can post pics and auw when I get home
One of my battery setups is the exact same motor/ battery combo and the penguin flies great.

Do you have your CG setup right?

Will you be using a APC prop?
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Old Jan 05, 2013, 01:51 PM
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I'm running the Fy31AP and it is rock solid on the Penguin. The Penguin is a great stable platform and when in stabilized mode you plane pretty much flies itself.

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How does it work with rth? Ive heard the throttle doesnt work properly
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Old Jan 05, 2013, 03:18 PM
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How does it work with rth? Ive heard the throttle doesnt work properly
You can hook the throttle up to the FY31AP, but i chose to bypass the FY and run the throttle straight into the receiver. This allowed me to set my RX failsafe to 60% throttle so if I lose signal my plane goes into RTL and is set to 60% throttle.

Honestly this was my first autopilot and It is worth every penny. Especially when taking video in ABM (Stabilized Mode) the plane is literally flying on rails. ACM works great too.

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