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Old Apr 03, 2007, 03:02 PM
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Easystar biplane camera platform

Well after converting my EDF Easystar to a biplane and seeing how that flew www.rcflights.co.uk/Videos1/EZbi.wmv I thought it could make a good AP platform. I've replaced the EDF with the old brushless and a 6x4 prop and I can now mount the camera facing either forward or backwards. Seeing how stable she fly's I'm looking forward to a nice calm day. I flew her today but the wind was hitting the 20mph but I still managed to get some pretty good video. I'll post some later.

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Old Apr 03, 2007, 03:11 PM
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Good weather coming up for the weekend Iím told! How did she handle? Is it slower than the normal EZ*?

Looking forward to the vid!

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Old Apr 03, 2007, 03:15 PM
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Why have you done this? The stock plane could easily carry that camera. Have you done it it so that the plane fly's slower, or is it to carry more weight at a later stage?
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Old Apr 03, 2007, 03:35 PM
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how about to just look cool. But I bet it will fly a lot slower.

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Old Apr 03, 2007, 04:03 PM
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The stock EZ can handle the Nikon 3700 fine I agree, but what I found is that there is much less buffering as the wings flex a lot less. You can also fly much slower which you'll see in the vid. It won't fly as fast, but thats not a bad thing especial for still AP. I had to enlarge the rudder a little, as she was a little hard to turn, but she fly's great now.

Mark

And yes, it sure does look cool
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Old Apr 03, 2007, 04:55 PM
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Here she is...

www.rcflights.co.uk/Videos1/EZbiCam.wmv

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Old Apr 03, 2007, 05:06 PM
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It certainly flys a treat!

Here's a link to the original video that the music was from video

Try to ignore the Camp Top Gunesque moments, and check out the Hunter and Buccaneer jets. Filmed at Thunder City in South Africa.

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Old Apr 03, 2007, 05:54 PM
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Nice vid - I like the 'looking back' angle and it's interesting to see how much the tail flexes on an EZ*

I built one a while back - it certainly flew well (and sloooooooow) but I couldn't come up with a reasonable way to make it collapsible.

I now have the Bi wingset (as two left and right halves) but they're bulky to transport - allthough they can be fitted to any standard EZ* if slower flight is needed.

I actually found that with a manual camera the airspeed isn't really a problem.

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Old Apr 03, 2007, 10:31 PM
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Great video Mark! That top wing sure looks like the original wing off your first EZ*, or do you paint all the tips gold? How much of the first video was soaring? Sure looks good. Are the wing uprights balsa? and, how much space between the wings? Whew! Lots of questions, huh? I always enjoy your videos.
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Old Apr 04, 2007, 03:33 AM
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Great video Mark! That top wing sure looks like the original wing off your first EZ*, or do you paint all the tips gold? How much of the first video was soaring? Sure looks good. Are the wing uprights balsa? and, how much space between the wings? Whew! Lots of questions, huh? I always enjoy your videos.
Hi Quail...

Well most of my wings have the yellow tip. I was having a clearout the other day, and since I have about five sets of EZ wings lying around, thought I'd make use of them. The uprights are balsa, and there's about 8 inches between the two wings. I may upgrade to a 600 size motor and a 10 inch prop, the airframe should carry it no problems, just need to do a little more modification, that way I'll have plenty of power for getting her up high.

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Old Apr 10, 2007, 07:32 PM
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Mark, that is so cool. Great video capture too - good cuts, and the plane was in focus!
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Old May 21, 2007, 07:57 PM
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Cool, nothing impossible with an easystar !
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Old May 22, 2007, 05:19 AM
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I dunno how I missed this first time round... Very nice Mark, Like the way the camera can be mounted Facing forward or Backward...

That's the one thing I miss with my EZ and the A620... not easy at all to set up forward facing mounts (camera is kinda too large and heavy for that), so can only take video out the Right hand side...

I am however in the process of reviving my old Twinstar AP platform... brought a couple of Brushless motors for her at the Blackbushe Show...

Still needs a bit of work, but I think with the larger wing area and twin power plants I should be able to rig up something forward facing... (maybe even my DV camcorder if I can get the guts up to stick it on the plane).

Nicely done mate,

Terry.
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Old May 22, 2007, 05:40 PM
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Hey there Terry,

Imagine the video quality if you could get a DV camera up there. Keep me posted on that one.

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Old May 22, 2007, 07:45 PM
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Hey there Mark, what a great idea. Love all your videos at your site, it really goes to show that with a good imagination and some spare parts from EZ's you can go a long way. So far I'm a newbee to this RC thing but I'm enjoing it very much, my EZstar have hade my Samsung D600E mobile fore a ride, check it out at EZ Star Aircam Samsung If it's possible I'd like to send my Canon A640 up, using your idea, but at 340 gram it just might be to heavy? I've been thinking of using a double body/hull contraption but this is only my fantasy running away with me.

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