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Old Oct 07, 2012, 01:46 AM
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Figure 8 racing

A few of us have come up with a figure 8 racing contest - simple rules at this stage, and its all in fun

The course is to fly a figure 8 track around 2 points 20 meters/66 feet apart, for 5 laps

that distance was chosen as most places around the world have access to a cricket pitch (20.1 meters between stumps) or its easily marked out , with a 66 ft long piece of rope

Best time so far is 46 seconds, measure from video posted on youtube / vimeo

the great thing about figure 8, is its a core skill that you should build, master the figure 8 and you can handle most flying situations (figure 8 introduces you to nose in flying in small steps)

we are hoping anyone trying this via FPV will add a barrell roll or two

heres the guys so far who have given it a go, or started practicing, from New Zealand, to Australia, England and Afganistan (FOB Sharana)

I have a list of the videos here https://racingmultirotors.wordpress.com , and will post them in this thread


52 seconds
QuadPylonPractise (4 min 2 sec)


46 seconds
Pylon Racing (3 min 31 sec)


and some practices

2012_10_04_pylon (2 min 22 sec)

Pylon racing practice with Quadcopters... (4 min 29 sec)

Figure 8 practice ( pole raceing ) (4 min 32 sec)

Sharana Pylon Racing Practice - Crashes etc (4 min 26 sec)
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Old Oct 08, 2012, 01:23 AM
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just bumping this, as it fell off the page fairly quick - in case anyone is interested in joining in and didnt see it

Cheers

Mat
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Old Oct 12, 2012, 08:56 PM
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Heres Pete giving it a second attempt - in a howling gale !

57 seconds, not too shabby

cricket2 (1 min 46 sec)
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 01:03 AM
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Cant believe its been two weeks since my last flight - damn weather

new vtail built (one im going to use for FPV - no landing gear !)

is underpowered for this, throttle was pegged for the run and more than say 30 deg pitch and it would loose height, worse was on the downwind corner (wind was blowing from my right) as it would really loose height or stall, at the end of the vid is a couple of crashes.

thinking about it (without swapping motors) is i only supply 90% max throttle to the front motors, doing the math, this is 81% of available power, so i am going to crank it up to the MAX and rely on roll correction from only the motor that loses power when asked to roll.

Multirotor figure 8 racing 54 seconds 5 laps (4 min 1 sec)


she weighs 1150 grams or so with the go-pro onboard - should swap that to a keychain camera
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 03:52 AM
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Pete from Hamilton comes back at me with a sub 50 time - way to Pete !

Cricket pitch pylon racing - multicopters (1 min 7 sec)
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Old Oct 14, 2012, 03:55 AM
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We need some more playes in this game - great fun and it builds skills - still no FPV entries......
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Old Oct 16, 2012, 05:43 AM
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Team Drop Bear , have started their own race series, FPV style, heres a taste

TDB - HelliYea V SMJ (0 min 53 sec)
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Old Oct 16, 2012, 06:24 AM
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sounds fun; will try it
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Old Oct 18, 2012, 03:56 AM
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sounds fun; will try it
great stuff , look forward to your video
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 06:26 PM
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my first attempt...

mwc quad // figure 8 racing (1 min 13 sec)
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 06:52 PM
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Subscribed, excellent idea my efforts would not be worthy of an entry I'm not up to warthox's standards by a long way.
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Old Oct 28, 2012, 07:07 PM
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Fun stuff, I am excited to give it a try if the rain ever let's up.
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 05:15 AM
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my first attempt...

http://vimeo.com/52347166
34.5 seconds ! you have certainly upped the level

what battery 3s or 4s

drying my vtail out (flew into a fish pond on saturday) better get practicing again !
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 05:17 AM
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Subscribed, excellent idea my efforts would not be worthy of an entry I'm not up to warthox's standards by a long way.
Nonsense - give it a go - its the best thing in the world for building up skills
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Old Oct 29, 2012, 09:35 AM
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34.5 seconds ! you have certainly upped the level

what battery 3s or 4s

drying my vtail out (flew into a fish pond on saturday) better get practicing again !
its flown with 3s.
long time ago i also dipped a quad in the only small pond which was arround after drying everything was ok. hope so also for yours

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Subscribed, excellent idea my efforts would not be worthy of an entry I'm not up to warthox's standards by a long way.
hey gary, its just for fun so i would love to see a video from you
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