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Old Mar 10, 2008, 09:43 PM
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My plane is finally ready. Although I have not done a FPV flight yet, I have flown it with and without the camera mounted and it flies pretty good. Plenty of power.

I modified the rudder using balsa aileron stock and it flies well enough that I don't think I want to bother with adding ailerons.

Initially, I didn't bother twisting the wires, but the first time I powered up the video transmitter all three servos (rudder, elevator, pan) started chattering. I tightly twisted the wiring all the way from the receiver to the servos and, viola, no more chattering.

No tilt servo yet. I'll add that after I have become accustomed to FPV flying.

Equipment details and more pictures are shown in my blog at:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=159008

Can't wait to do my first FPV flight!
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Old Mar 13, 2008, 08:23 AM
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Another Easy Star

Finally got my camera system hooked up and operational.

Using a easy star with a brushless motor from hobby city. Motor mount was made from a piece of water pipe "T" piece made of PVC plastic. Cut a slit in to the top for expansion and the motor fit perfect.

Camera system sony 520 lines along with 900 mhz system from Future Hobbies.

Pan and Tilt Pandora system with servo mod from 180 deg rotation.

Radio Spektrum DX 7 . I am using the gear switch for tilt and channel 4 (rudder) for pan.

I cut out the bottom and hollowed out the void space inside so my battery fits in. CG works great this way. Just need to shorten the wires on camera and battery connections.

Have not flown it yet as we are still buried in the white stuff down here.

I have the goggles but plan on vid screen to start with. I have a small dvd player that has vid input and its own batteriy. Using a audiovox 1000 PVR for recording to sd card.

Here is my pan & Tilt in action along with my motor mount:

FPV Easy Star Pan & Tilt (2 min 2 sec)


Also a couple pics of the way I transport my plane. Small piece of plywood and two pieces of styrofoam. Works great and keep everything in one place and no "hanger rash" from my vehicle.
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Old Mar 23, 2008, 11:47 PM
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Crash9, I took a trip to the hardware store to check out the PVC pipe you used for a fuselage on your homebuilt pusher - it really is great stuff! Thanks for posting your pictures. Now I'm building a gas pusher (canard) for FPV now with a section of the 4" PVC drainage pipe for a fuselage.

Just one question for you.. how do you stick anything to it? I've tried CA, epoxy, plastic welder (epoxy), and gorilla glue - Nothing will stick to the inside of it. I decided to use screws to hold the wing mounts and such to the fuse, but I wondered if you'd found a better way to mount things inside...?

I don't know if it's actually "PVC" or what the material really is, but any suggestions are welcome. Anyone have experience with this type of drainage pipe?
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Old Mar 24, 2008, 12:06 AM
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Just one question for you.. how do you stick anything to it? I've tried CA, epoxy, plastic welder (epoxy), and gorilla glue - Nothing will stick to the inside of it.
Rough it up real good with some sandpaper. That might help.
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Old Mar 24, 2008, 12:22 AM
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Yeah sand paper and a solvent like Acetone to get rid of the oily film . I used hot glue on high setting and aplied it to the PVC/ABS first just about melting and deforming the pipe then quickly connect parts while it's hot. Seems to work for me when nothing else would . I was told that the pipe glue used to put this stuff together also works well .

Not sure if the pipe I used is ABS or PVC no writing other then is 80% recycled plastic. I feel Greener now!!
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Old Mar 24, 2008, 12:36 AM
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Finally got my camera system hooked up and operational.

Using a easy star with a brushless motor from hobby city. Motor mount was made from a piece of water pipe "T" piece made of PVC plastic. Cut a slit in to the top for expansion and the motor fit perfect.

Camera system sony 520 lines along with 900 mhz system from Future Hobbies.

Pan and Tilt Pandora system with servo mod from 180 deg rotation.

Radio Spektrum DX 7 . I am using the gear switch for tilt and channel 4 (rudder) for pan.

I cut out the bottom and hollowed out the void space inside so my battery fits in. CG works great this way. Just need to shorten the wires on camera and battery connections.

Have not flown it yet as we are still buried in the white stuff down here.



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Nice simple set-up. You should have a lot of fun with it. I've gone back to rudder stick/panning and now I have less headaches when setting up to fly . Good luck on the maiden .
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Old Mar 24, 2008, 06:21 AM
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Crash9, how does it fly compare to an EZ* or TW2?
what's the wing?
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Old Mar 25, 2008, 09:11 AM
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Crash,
Can you show a pic illustrating how the booms were secured to the plane?
-Peter
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Old Mar 25, 2008, 11:12 AM
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Crash9, how does it fly compare to an EZ* or TW2?
what's the wing?
It's a little bigger then the TwinStar in size and it flies alot like it, maybe handles better. Carries heavier payloads and wind better so I load it up with all the FPV gear . Glides for ever like the TS2 .
As far as the EasyStar it's not really in the same catorgory and it's twice the size. EasyStar can fly in and out of a tighter area along with flying longer .
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Old Mar 25, 2008, 11:19 AM
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Crash,
Can you show a pic illustrating how the booms were secured to the plane?
-Peter
Hey pshimm, I have more info on the Twin Boom at FPVvideo.com and a build thread here Let me know if you need more info .
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Old Mar 25, 2008, 06:51 PM
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My last Easystar ( I used it at the XIV Camilo Aldado Festival 08 - Argentina ).

MAX LONG RANGE: 5 kms
MAX HEIGHT: 2900 mts


V.3.1
Model: Easystar de Multiplex with Rigids wind ( 3 carbon rods inside the wins)
Engine: Brushless AXI 2217/12
Prop: 7x4
Camera: 480 lines CCD PAL MSHQ-36
Lens: 2.8mm
TX: 1000mW Lawmate 2.4Ghz
Rx: Diversity Reciver YellowJacket 2.4 Ghz
Antenna TX. Whip 3 DBi Omnidireccional.
Main Battery ( engine / BEC): LiPo 3S 3500mA ( 11.1V) of 15C
Second battery ( Tx / Camera/ Mic / OSD) : 3S Lipo 1000 mA
Reciver RC: Graupner SMC 20 DS
Reciver Antenna: at double size ( 1/4 wave long )
BEC: 60 BEC
Mic: Range Video
OSD/GPS: ElectronicaRC.com
Voltimeter: ElectronicaRC.com
Weight: 1.176 Kg
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Old Mar 26, 2008, 02:37 PM
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The thread is getting kinda long. I'm closing this thread and starting a part two of 'Show us your plane'. Please feel free to post your planes there!
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