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Posted by SSM | May 03, 2015 @ 05:04 AM | 5,276 Views
Was riding my bike and flying the Easy Glider around the Flinders Golf Course. Just a drop dead gorgeous evening.

Simon (who's at Flinders most weekends).

Great Evening Flight (1 min 1 sec)

Posted by SSM | Jan 03, 2014 @ 12:16 AM | 6,022 Views
Happy to show my seagull style glider. It's made from an eflypower EPO "Diu" flying wing kit. Hope you like this video of the maiden flights:

RC Seagull (3 min 58 sec)

Posted by SSM | Jan 02, 2012 @ 03:46 PM | 7,676 Views
Had a second flight with the FPV Tricopter. Got rid of the worst of the Jello, using a camera board supported on silicon tubes.

Now to improve my flying skills ....

FPV Copter - Second Flight.avi (4 min 59 sec)

Posted by SSM | Jan 01, 2012 @ 02:49 AM | 7,118 Views
It's a pretty ordinary video - but it records my very first FPV flight on the Tricopter. I've lots to do to improve the quality. It was recorded on a keychain cam and shows lots of Jello. But it went up and down in one piece.

On New Years Day - hooray!! ..Now I can FPV all the year round ...

FPV Copter (2 min 42 sec)

Posted by SSM | Aug 30, 2011 @ 10:55 PM | 9,517 Views
My Binary 900 v2 is finally done - although I built it as a v1 without ailerons, just Rudder/Elevator.

The magnet on the nose can take more or fewer magnets on top, to adjust the CG (perhaps not new, but I independently came up with the idea).

As at 31 August 2011 - unflown!
Posted by SSM | Aug 17, 2011 @ 07:12 PM | 10,685 Views
I used an old "B" string from a steel string guitar - the steel miked up to 0.43mm and I used a piece 50mm long - 30mm of torsion spring and two 10mm 90 bends to go into the balsa. It seems to nestle in the hinge line OK when the mock elevator was on full "down".

It stands to reason that the longer the spring, the less the tension (with a linear relationship, I would guess - twice as long giving half the tension for a given angle of deflection).

By feel, 0.43 mm seemed about right to support "up" elevator at a decent speed, without over-taxing my proposed servo and string. But I also have an "E" string that's 0.35mm dia and it would be about 30 seconds work to swap that in to see if it's any better.

When the two bent ends are in the elevator and stab like this (ie, 30mm apart) there is some pressure on the hinge (tending to twist the elevator). To solve this, some bright person figured out that you can fold the whole "C" shape spring in half so the 90 bent ends go into the elevator and the horiz stab right beside each other -so no there's tilt tendency.

String and Spring (0 min 15 sec)

Posted by SSM | Apr 18, 2011 @ 08:23 PM | 8,545 Views
Does a tricopter have a level hover, if it has all CCW props and motors tilted to counter the torque reaction from the props?

Flat Hover (2 min 3 sec)

Posted by SSM | Mar 26, 2011 @ 04:33 AM | 8,638 Views
Here's the on-board video ....

Red Red Wine .mp4 (2 min 10 sec)

Posted by SSM | Mar 20, 2011 @ 01:40 AM | 9,088 Views
There's no trickery here, guys. It's legitimate.

I tried it with my small KK quad, and a cup of water.

KK with Water.mp4 (1 min 9 sec)

No hokus pokus here!
Posted by SSM | Mar 19, 2011 @ 03:49 AM | 10,374 Views
Well, I wanted to return a stray tennis ball to some kids playing in the tennis courts at the local park.

So I pick up the ball and place it on top of my Quad. The ball is on an upside down plastic sandwich box (to protect the works), with a very slight indent in it, a couple of millimetres deep, so the ball rolls around and can fall off at the slightest bump.

I take off with the ball on board and fly over the court, expecting the ball to roll off at any second, and fall down to the kids. It doesn't. I rock the copter back and forth a bit. No change on the ball. I increase the strength of the rocking. The ball sticks there, like it's glued. I fly the copter around, turning, stopping and starting. No effect. I zoom the Quad up and down. To and fro. Frantically stopping, dipping suddenly, whamming it into turns. The ball doesn't budge. "What gives?", I think.

I bring the copter back to earth and place a second ball on top, with the first one. The two balls cannot both sit in the indent, and so they're now really unstable. If I carry the copter in my hand, it's hard to keep the balls on top - they fall off really easily.

So I fly the Quad with the two tennis balls on top to a position back over the court. And I do the rockin' and rollin' and shakin' thing all over again - the works. The balls just laugh at this and refuse to drop down to the kids.

In the end, the only way I can get the balls off the top of the copter, inside the tennis court, is to land the Quad. The balls fall off the instant the copter touches down, The boys are amazed.

So what gives? It's something to do with the fact that every time the copter dips in a certain direction, it accelerates in that direction? And this acceleration perfectly balances the inclination, so the ball/s stay centered and don't fall? Even with all that starting, stopping, turning and zooming?

Here we go .... a later video ...

Whole lotta shakin.mp4 (1 min 40 sec)


Posted by SSM | Mar 14, 2011 @ 01:45 AM | 9,272 Views
Here's an idea for angling your all-CCW props on a Quad - this one in "+" configuration.

Angles for all CCW props on a KK + copter.mp4 (0 min 20 sec)

Posted by SSM | Feb 26, 2011 @ 05:27 AM | 9,765 Views
KK Quad (with HK401B gyro parts)
+ Configuration
8" arms
FC28-22 motors
RCTimer 10A ESCs
All ESC BECs connected together to power the receiver and board - no problems!
HK SF 8x3.8 props (all CCW - none counter-rotating)
1500mAH battery ~12 mins flying time
Standard KK Firmware: Quadrocopter v4.5
Pots at about 50% (never had to change these)
Niall's v.6 through-hole board with Atmega48
Arms are 10mm hardwood from the local hardware
Frame plates are 1.5 mm ply from salvage
Lots of zip ties
Motors mounted on small pieces of hardwood ground to the desired angle on a grinding wheel, glued to the arms, with holes for zip ties - works very well
Landing gear is 10mm sections from scrap 40mm PVC pipe.

KK Quad 8 + shape.mp4 (3 min 50 sec)

Posted by SSM | Jan 08, 2011 @ 09:22 PM | 10,347 Views
This was first real flight (after a short test "hop") of my first KK copter. Built on Niall's v.6 Through Hole Board (thanks Niall!) and gyros out of HK401Bs. Running v4.5.

My previous Quads have all been x shaped and this is my first in a + configuration so I'm still a little tentative ...

This 8" (200mm) radius Quad uses four (4) HK SF 8x3.8 props on FC 28-22 motors and RCTimer 10A ESCs.

All four ESCs have their +ve leads connected to the RX, no problem.

Because I am not using counter-rotating props, I had to angle the motors. The front/rear motors are angled CCW about 10 - 12 (to the left looking out along the arm from the centre) and the right/left motors angled the other way about 2.

All pots are still on their original "half-way" setting - and the copter was slightly "twitchy" in the turbulent wind. So I think I can do some fine tuning and fix this.

A big thanks to Kapteinkuk who has given us a great project!

KK flight.mp4 (3 min 9 sec)

Posted by SSM | Dec 14, 2010 @ 08:44 PM | 10,802 Views
Haven't even flown a copter with the KK board yet and now I've gone and built myself a WMC board (WiiMultiCopter).

Kinderkram on RCGroups has done a great BuildLog that I am following.

I do believe that I'll disassemble the standalone gyros off the "Even Simpler Quad", shorten its arms, and use this board to fly it.

In the picture below, the small blue board is the Arduino Pro Mini (which basically is an ATMEGA 168 or 328 chip and ancillaries - we use the 328, 5v, 16MHz version), the small green board is the "guts" of a clone version of the WiiMotionPlus (which provides the three gyros in one unit), and the round Olive coloured board is the WMC adapter board from, that keeps it all neat.

Quinton at is great to deal with.

The Motion Plus is a great way of getting your three gyros for about $10. You can even add accelerometers to this board for a few dollars, by adding the guts of a clone Nunchuk. Barometer-based altitude hold is nearly ready for this board and maybe GPS will follow!

It's great fun programming the Pro Mini - and the GUI (Graphical User Interface) that Alex has provided allows you to see in real time how the gyros are working and to configure the firmware for your own style of flying.

Posted by SSM | Nov 30, 2010 @ 04:36 AM | 10,378 Views
and now a short on-board video from the Little "T"

Little T.mp4 (0 min 52 sec)

Posted by SSM | Nov 27, 2010 @ 11:07 PM | 10,290 Views
Inspired by flipflop's T shape copter, I made a small T-copter myself.

Here's the maiden. Seems it's going to fly quite nicely.

Small T-Tricopter Maiden.mp4 (5 min 54 sec)

Posted by SSM | Nov 22, 2010 @ 05:38 AM | 10,288 Views
A very nice evening flight.

This thing is a joy to fly

Simple Quad in the Evening - with Cicadas.mp4 (2 min 25 sec)

Posted by SSM | Nov 15, 2010 @ 05:48 PM | 10,105 Views
And ... not to be outdone by the success of "Even Simpler Quad" ....

good old Simple Quad insisted on doing an evening demo flight
to show that it is still ...
a joy to fly!

Simple Quad -still going strong.mp4 (4 min 26 sec)

Posted by SSM | Nov 14, 2010 @ 02:43 AM | 10,818 Views
Q. How do you fly a tricopter with no yaw servo?

A. Add a motor, and build it as a Quad!

Here's the second flight of "Even Simpler Quad".

The only "electronics" are the 4 gyros and 4 ESCs. Nothing else.

It's a tricopter x 1.33. You can ditch the yaw servo and the yaw pivot.

No yaw servo, no yaw gyro, no tilting motors.

The "tilt" on the gyros means that the gyros stabilize both the up-and-down of the arms and the yaw!

I upped the yaw control authority after the maiden flight and now she flies like a dream ... and still rock steady.

NO electronics, NO board, only 4 gyros, 4 ESCs and 4 motors.

Even Simpler Quad 2.mp4 (5 min 21 sec)