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Old Oct 29, 2012, 02:55 PM
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I finally got to fly my quad by FPV. I've had at least 6 flights. A couple crashes, but mostly good flights. I was even able to fly through some trees in my neighbors yard. I like the close in obstacle flying, it seems to be more challenging. I need to mount the gopro to do some recording.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 09:33 AM
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Good job Bob, just keep on practicing.
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Old Oct 31, 2012, 12:28 PM
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Here's how I practice flying between trees...

After the first FPV flight of the newly rebuilt TBS Discovery and after getting Andy's CS8 dialed in, I took some time to get a few practice flights with the Disco to get a feel for how the new setup flys. It takes me a bit to get used to judging the distance to objects from the perspective of seeing them through the pilot cam/goggles. I thinkI might build a beater FPV quad so I can really rip through the trees and not worry about the damage from hitting one!

DiscoRebuildPart2 (9 min 31 sec)


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Old Oct 31, 2012, 09:47 PM
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Finished a hex frame tonight. It's ready for some poor man's carbon fiber...

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Old Oct 31, 2012, 11:11 PM
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looks good Tim. Are those rungs on the landing gear there so the G.I.Joe can climb aboard?
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Old Nov 01, 2012, 08:47 AM
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That's exactly why they're there. Lol...
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Old Nov 01, 2012, 02:50 PM
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Nice. I like the landing gear/camera mount ?
Is the landing gear balsa ? It looks a lot lighter colour than the other wood.
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Old Nov 01, 2012, 04:31 PM
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It's a primed piece of manufactured fascia board from when I built our house. Lighter than pine and just as strong.
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Old Nov 01, 2012, 09:09 PM
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whats the ETA on the maiden Tim?
Will that get the NAZA?
FPV?
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Old Nov 01, 2012, 09:42 PM
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Not till next week. I'm off to Mexico on business... Yes. that'll have the Naza on it. Possibly FPV if I like how it flies.
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 03:21 PM
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I lied.... It needs some tweaking but that'll have to wait until I get back.
The onboard video is from a version 1 GoPro in the R5 setting. Not bad!

Maiden flight of the DJI Naza M - GPS HEX (1 min 9 sec)
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Old Nov 05, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Tricopters and MultiWii

I'm about to venture into the one area of multirotors that I haven't played around in yet, tricopters! I've owned and flown just about every other possible configuration except the basic Tri, the closest thing being the coax Y6 that I've flown with a few different flight controllers but that is something completely different than a tri with a servo controlled pivoting tail motor.

I bought the HK Tri frame kit after seeing one at the Swansea get together, if I'm lucky it will arrive sometime this month. So far it's taken almost two weeks just to leave Taiwan according to the tracking, who knows how much longer before it actually gets to me...

Anyway, if anyone has any recommendations on motors, props, setup, etc I'm all ears, never built one, only ever seen one or two in person.

I also have recently acquired a MultiWii Mega with GPS that I had intended to use on the Tri but it's proving to be a rather cranky beast to get setup and working. Perhaps that's because of the DJI F450 frame I have it on with the builtin power distribution in the lower frame plate causing issues with the mag and other sensors on the board. Not sure exactly what the problem is but I'm in the process of assembling a basic G10 quad frame to put it on to see if getting it off the DJI frame helps. It autolevels nicely, altitude hold works fairly well compared to the Quadrino board I have but the heading hold and GPS functions are not at all stable, I've only been able to get those to actually work once and not all that well at that.

Unless/until I manage to get the Mega sorted on the quad frame I won't be using it on the tri, something new like this is hard enough to get up to speed on, I don't need the added confusion of trying to make a flight controller work right at the same time so I'm thinking I'll use one of the Kk boards I have hanging around on the Tri. I have one of the KK2.0 with the LCD screen that flys quite smoothly compared to the older vesions I have I think that may become the controller for the Tri while I get everything sorted, anyone see a problem with that?

Ken
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Old Nov 05, 2012, 11:46 AM
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I'm about to venture into the one area of multirotors that I haven't played around in yet, tricopters! I've owned and flown just about every other possible configuration except the basic Tri, the closest thing being the coax Y6 that I've flown with a few different flight controllers but that is something completely different than a tri with a servo controlled pivoting tail motor.

I bought the HK Tri frame kit after seeing one at the Swansea get together, if I'm lucky it will arrive sometime this month. So far it's taken almost two weeks just to leave Taiwan according to the tracking, who knows how much longer before it actually gets to me...

Anyway, if anyone has any recommendations on motors, props, setup, etc I'm all ears, never built one, only ever seen one or two in person.

I also have recently acquired a MultiWii Mega with GPS that I had intended to use on the Tri but it's proving to be a rather cranky beast to get setup and working. Perhaps that's because of the DJI F450 frame I have it on with the builtin power distribution in the lower frame plate causing issues with the mag and other sensors on the board. Not sure exactly what the problem is but I'm in the process of assembling a basic G10 quad frame to put it on to see if getting it off the DJI frame helps. It autolevels nicely, altitude hold works fairly well compared to the Quadrino board I have but the heading hold and GPS functions are not at all stable, I've only been able to get those to actually work once and not all that well at that.

Unless/until I manage to get the Mega sorted on the quad frame I won't be using it on the tri, something new like this is hard enough to get up to speed on, I don't need the added confusion of trying to make a flight controller work right at the same time so I'm thinking I'll use one of the Kk boards I have hanging around on the Tri. I have one of the KK2.0 with the LCD screen that flys quite smoothly compared to the older vesions I have I think that may become the controller for the Tri while I get everything sorted, anyone see a problem with that?

Ken
I don't see any problem with using the KK2. I'd use the RC Timer 2830-11 motors
http://www.rctimer.com/index.php?gOo...1&productname=
And there Simonk speed controls
http://www.rctimer.com/index.php?gOo...0&productname=
With 10" Gemfam props
The only real difference is the speed of the yaw, much quicker on a tricopter.
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Old Nov 07, 2012, 11:13 PM
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Next meet

Spring 2013

Main event...

FPV racing!

TDB - Season 1 - Race 1 - NSR (3 min 34 sec)


We can set up cones.... like the red bull races. Maybe even some limbo ribbons to fly under.

Start building cheap, fast copters
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 01:34 AM
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If you guys can help me build a fast rig for less than $100 then I'm all in.
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