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Old May 25, 2008, 09:49 PM
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Yes we are. Thanks. We have had one person dead and 20 missing.


It was perfect flying weather after so my family went out to fly.
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Old May 25, 2008, 11:04 PM
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It was perfect flying weather after so my family went out to fly.
Usually is... the air is totally out of energy after a big storm like that.
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Old May 29, 2008, 08:07 PM
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i took advantage of the nice weather afterwards also. although i only had my lama working and at my house. my granparents were 6 blocks from some really bad tornado damage. nothing happened to their house.
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Old May 29, 2008, 08:19 PM
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i took advantage of the nice weather afterwards also. although i only had my lama working and at my house. my granparents were 6 blocks from some really bad tornado damage. nothing happened to their house.
Where are they at? WE had one touch down about 3 blocks away from us. No damage though.
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Old May 30, 2008, 05:13 PM
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they are in Hugo.
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Old May 31, 2008, 10:23 AM
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Not much new with the SS no flight in two weeks it has been windy. Hopefully over the weekend I will get the floats on. I have them all set up but not exactaly sure how they should sit. Do they want to have a few degrees up or just level? Also where could I get 1/8 x 1 foot x 1 inch AL? I want to make a mount on the SS to hold a camera but can't find the AL.

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Old May 31, 2008, 10:56 AM
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I get my AL at my local hardware store (you may have an ACE hardware near you), or Lowe's or Home Depot.

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Old May 31, 2008, 11:04 AM
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I have to secure my floats with some screws. What would be the best kind to put in the carbon fiber?
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Old May 31, 2008, 04:22 PM
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Yeah you can't screw into CF... it will just split. If it doesn't split when you drill it, it will split later from vibrations and flexing. Use some epoxy, fashion a bracket... anything you can do to leave that CF alone - it doesn't like to be messed with. You could drill through, screw in with a really thin screw, then wrap the immediate area with thread and CA. It might work if you did that, but no promises.
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Old May 31, 2008, 06:50 PM
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Or you could put a skinny bolt thru it like is done for the stabilizer attachment, the fuselage coupler and the motor mount.
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Old May 31, 2008, 10:51 PM
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Use hot glue.
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Old Jun 05, 2008, 03:55 PM
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Camera Added To Slow Stick (Camera)

Okay, I finally did it... I've added AP to my Slow Stick.

Below are some pictures of the build.

Some information about the camera:

Purchased at Kerr Drugs for $49.95.
Make & Model: Jazz DVK141
External Memory: SD/MMC Card Slot (Max 1GB)
Modes: Digital Still Camera, Video Recording, PC Camera, Mass Storage
Image Resolution: 2048 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 1280 x 960, 640 x 480
Video Resolution: 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (15 or 30 fps for both resolutions)
File Formats: JPEG (Picture), AVI (Video)
Display Screen: 1.5" TIF LCD
Digital Zoom: 4X
Interface: USB 1.1
TV Out: PAL/NTSC
Power Source: 3 x AAA Alkaline Batteries (I used 3 x AAA NiMH batteries successfully)

The camera weighs 4.5 oz (127 grams) including batteries.
The mount weighs 1.7 oz (36 grams) including hardware.
The total weight is 5.8 oz (163 grams).

The next post shows the camera mount.

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Old Jun 05, 2008, 04:01 PM
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Camera Added To Slow Stick (Camera Mount)

The mount is made from a couple of paint stirrer sticks I got from Lowe's.

The mount weighs 1.7 oz (36 grams) including hardware.
The total weight is 5.8 oz (163 grams) including camera and batteries.

I hope the pictures tell it all...

The next post shows some frame captures of my second flight. I want to get the camera adjusted properly and get the battery out of the picture before I post any videos.

EDIT: Someone has asked how I start/stop the camera.
I just lift the back of the camera against the little nub I attached to the fuselage. The mount is tight, but there's enough play for the 1/8" movement required without the camera getting turned off during flight.

EDIT2: Someone has also asked about the screw that holds the camera. It's just a 1/4" x 20 x 1/2" long Round Head machine screw I found in my screw bin. Any 1/4" x 20 screw will work as that's what a tripod uses (at least here in the US).
The "T" handle is a piece of coat hanger and is glued into the screwdriver slot of the screw.

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Old Jun 05, 2008, 04:05 PM
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Camera Added To Slow Stick (Video Frame Captures)

Here are some video frame captures of my second flight. I hope to post some actual videos in the near future as soon as I get the battery out of the picture and the weather permits.

The video was shot at 320 x 240 but the pictures have been enlarged to 640 x 480 for easier viewing. However, the video is nice and sharp. Not as good as a tape, DVD, or hard drive camcorder, but for $50 I'm completely satisfied with the video quality.

An updated video can be seen in post #739.

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Old Jun 05, 2008, 04:26 PM
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Cool. Is that a video camera or a still camera?
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