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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Jul 29, 2013 @ 05:39 AM | 5,489 Views
I have to say I'm really impressed with my QAV500G upgrade.

Even with the added weight, she flies beautifully, just as good if not better than before the upgrade. Flight times with the big 5000mah have improved by a couple of minutes also.

I've always been picky about flying conditions when it comes to video. With a gimbal it allows much greater flexibility to fly in breezy conditions and still get decent video, something I've never had before.

The breeze in this vid was gusting around 15 km/h, conditions I never fly in. This was my second flight with this setup and really for testing purposes. Surprised it turned out nice enough to throw a vid together.

Off to NZ's South Island next week, this beast will be coming with me.


QAV500G Beach Cruise FPV (3 min 50 sec)

Posted by Joffa_Dan | Jan 31, 2013 @ 06:35 AM | 5,528 Views
Here's the maiden FPV flight of my QAV500.
This is my first multirotor video.
I built a DJI F550 w/Naza last year but was never really happy with the results (jello etc)
The QAV w/CC3D is awesome, and I'm really excited with how it all turned out. Enjoy!
QAV500 Quadcopter flight over beach. Flown with DragonLink. GoPro Hero 3 Black (3 min 3 sec)

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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Dec 08, 2012 @ 06:12 PM | 5,767 Views
Here's another test of the new Hero3.
Shot at Jan Juc in Victoria Australia.
Didn't have it secured to my mount properly so there's a bit of shakiness, apart from that this camera is looking very promising.
Watch in HD!
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition - RC plane flying over Aus Beach II (3 min 30 sec)

Posted by Joffa_Dan | Oct 08, 2012 @ 02:46 AM | 6,208 Views
My co-pilot (wife) and I have just returned from two weeks travelling NZ's south Island. One of the most beautiful places on earth.
This video comprises of all of my AP flights during the trip.
From smuggling the plane through customs, to persuading the Mrs to stand out in freezing weather to film my take-offs and landings, this video took a lot of organising and (enjoyable) work. Not to mention the editing. Please subscribe or like in appreciation!
Best viewed in 1080 HD
RC Plane Flying New Zealand-GoPro HD FPV (4 min 2 sec)

Posted by Joffa_Dan | Sep 16, 2012 @ 12:58 AM | 8,326 Views
Nearly finished the F550.
It's running all stock electronics w/Naza FC.
Changed the stock props for 9" Graupners. Seems to be flying pretty well. Getting a few vibrations on the Gopro but nothing a little foam insualtion won't fix.
Impressed with the AeroXcraft landing gear. I was worried when I saw the majority of it goes together with Zip ties, but they seem to be very strong once bound together. It balances the weight of the GoPro and 4S lipos nicely, and has a nice mount for the VU LED unit.
I added some foam tubing to soften landings.
Only the FPV gear to come and she's done.

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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Jan 02, 2011 @ 10:36 AM | 7,619 Views
Had some time over the christmas holiday to finally put this all together.

The Summit is running a Neu 1520 1Y 1600KV brushless with a Kershaw design motor mount. Mamba monster esc. The tyres are rc4wd Rok Lok 4.0, and bead locks are axial oversized narrows.

Using the stock summit 2.4Ghz at the moment for RC which is fairly poor. I have a corona 36mhz to put in which I will do asap.

The Video is a 1.2Ghz 800mw sunsky with Sn777 camera mounted to a servo (for pan) in the drivers seat. The whole video system is powered by the balance plug, on one of the two lipos powering the car.

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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Nov 28, 2010 @ 01:20 AM | 6,810 Views
Just finished my weasal!

Went with the blue clear packing tape and two strips of clear for stripes on top of the wings. And mostly clear packing tape with 3 stripes of yellow on the bottom, for orientation/visibility. Reinforced the lot with fibre tape.

I've read that some people were breaking the nose so I embedded two carbon flat rods on top of the nose and two on the bottom with CA and then fibre tape to hold them in.

Tip of tail has been painted with the tamiya can and then the whole tail taped with clear tape.

With the reinforcement for the nose it didn't need much extra weight for cg balance.

Whole plane feels really strong with all the tape.

Can't wait to get out and try it out.

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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Oct 13, 2010 @ 04:15 AM | 8,229 Views
I borrowed my servo trigger idea from Bolters blog Using the hot shoe mount on the cam to mount a servo

Just used some small light ply pieces cut accordingly, epoxy (to glue the ply together), and a cheap esky servo stuck to the ply with hot glue, and zip tied for re-enforcement.
I like this method as it is easy to use, and slides off easily so I can use my cam for other purposes.

Sorry for the crap photos...taken from my phone.

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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Oct 12, 2010 @ 01:37 AM | 7,199 Views
This is a place in Victoria, Australia where farmland meets residential housing, the beach, ocean and mountains.

Last weekend we were driving around different areas scouting for a place to shoot some AP. We drove to the end of a little court where I saw a small sign that said "public walkway". We pulled over I quickly jumped out to see where it would take me. Just 20 metres down the track I was met with a large open area with what looked to be an RC plane oasis. Perfect green grass, with no trees on a ledge above the clear blue ocean. (seen in pic #5)

A large crowd gathered to ask the usual questions and watch the plane fly. All were amazed with the stable flight and downlink setup.

In the background are the YouYang mountain ranges.

I had to be quick as a large storm was rolling in. I managed to launch the Heptad and snap some nice shots before the clouds rolled in.

This has been my best result so far with the new Lumix. I finally have a reliable setup I am extremely happy with.


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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Oct 11, 2010 @ 03:58 AM | 8,683 Views
Beautiful spring day here today.

My co-pilot and I took the opportunity to head down to Queenscliff and take some shots of the local ferry terminal and marina. She did a great job of spotting for me whilst I was under the goggles. Found a cafe in the new marina which toasted an awesome ham/cheese/tomato as reward for an uneventful flight.

Just doing some more testing with the new cam and these came out.


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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Oct 03, 2010 @ 05:18 AM | 6,791 Views
I had Friday off work and had a great morning, not a desk in site.

We managed to get some footage of the Heptad and Easy Gliders in flight.

Perfect weather the lake was like glass!

RC Plane Chase - 2 x Go Pro HD (4 min 23 sec)

Posted by Joffa_Dan | Oct 02, 2010 @ 10:28 AM | 7,490 Views

I managed to head out with a mate today (Friday), to test the lx5. I had taken the day off work
Great way to spend a morning, flying around the beach on a perfect spring day.

This is Barwon heads in Victroia Australia, theres a river (inlet) on one side, road in the middle and then the open ocean.
The bridge has major road works going on at the moment, so the traffic is banked way back.

The LX5 performs well. I still have to play around with a few settings I think, but it's a promising start!


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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Sep 08, 2010 @ 07:31 AM | 7,292 Views
I finished my 'Power' designed Heptad the other day. It's a nice floaty bird.

I built it primarily for still photography, to handle the wind a little bettter than the super light Passive. And also with a view to attach a downlink so I can reduce the amount of wasted shots from flights.

They are both very different. Whilst the Passive can turn on a dime, it takes a little extra time for the Heptad to get around. The Heptad also has a higher sink rate than the Passive which is expected for the weight difference, but also a lot more power, which can be fun. I will still be using my Passive primarily for video as their is no comparison in that regard.

Anyway I took her out for the maiden flight and it worked out well. The winds were gusty down low but fairly calm way up high. The 2m wing span and the extra length of the fuselage makes it easy to see at altitude, and by pointing her into a the breeze, that's where these planes are at their best. Just floating down in the same spot

Thanks to Mike for the design and Jeff for the nice kit.

If you click on the pic below, I've linked Exposure room for the guys in the States, youtube didn't like the music over in your part of the world Best viewed in 720

Heptad Maiden Flight (rc plane) with Go Pro HD attached (5 min 54 sec)

Posted by Joffa_Dan | Aug 29, 2010 @ 12:40 AM | 8,089 Views
I finished the final parts of my Heptad build last week. I took my time with this one, and enjoyed the process.

I tried to make wiring and such for the rc and downlink as neat as possible. Along with a few other minor "mods".

Weather here has been fairly terrible the last few weeks but I got out today for the maiden. Conditions weren't ideal but I found some smooth air up high.

Anyway it's a completely different flier to the Passive. Will be interesting to see how she goes in nicer conditions. Maiden/build video on the way...

Posted by Joffa_Dan | Aug 07, 2010 @ 03:14 AM | 7,070 Views
Hard to believe it's the middle of Winter here. Weather was perfect today!

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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Jul 29, 2010 @ 02:58 AM | 7,774 Views
I had my mum visiting from interstate for the past few days. I send her all my aerial photos and videos, so she was keen to see the Passive fly.

It was a nice afternoon down at the local park where I jog at, so we went for an AP mission. Managed to get some nice snaps and my mum was quite impressed with it's slow flying. Good times

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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Jul 29, 2010 @ 02:56 AM | 7,792 Views
My mate from work has just bought a nice block out in the sticks. I told him a few weeks ago I would bring my plane out, and take some snaps of the land, whist being productive and doing some mowing.

He and his wife are just starting a family and will begin to build their house on the land in the next few years.

I figured in 10 years time, these photos will be a good reminder of how his block looked before they began to build, and before the kids came along. They may also help out when surveying the land for house/shed layout.

Anyway, what started out as he and I going out on a Saturday morning to do some photos, turned into a fun family day of flying, riding motos, mowing and a barbeque lunch

Absolutely perfect weather all day, and fun times with friends

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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Jul 29, 2010 @ 02:53 AM | 8,036 Views
There was a huge storm rolling in over Juc this afternoon so I decided to get the Passive out and go for a cruise.

It is way to windy to fly 99% of the year at this beach, but because the storm was on it's way it was eerily calm.

Toward the end of the flight I could see the rain coming in over the ocean, and the wind picked up.

I had a tiny bit of grass to land on, in front of the surf club (shown in the last pic), lucky I was flying the trusty Passive which crawled to a safe but hairy landing. My hands were shaking by the end of the flight.

At least it amused the surfers in relatively flat surf.


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Posted by Joffa_Dan | Jul 29, 2010 @ 02:46 AM | 7,872 Views
She is finished.

After what seems like a very long time (ordering parts, waiting for parts, and building), my Passive is finally complete and ready to fly.

Seeing as how this was my first proper build, it turned out a lot better than I expected. This is a credit to Mikes design/building methods and guidance along the way.

So thanks a lot Mike.

Here she is...

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