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Posted by smoothvirus | May 17, 2016 @ 11:51 AM | 2,604 Views
Here's the third installment of my Budget FPV Build article. Prices for FPV components continue to fall and you can now get a really nice full setup for just over $500. If you decide not to buy a high res video camera that brings it down to only about $437! Two years ago I struggled to keep the cost under $1000. The build is also getting simpler as you can now buy the full video setup as one package deal for about $100.

This year I really wanted to recommend Stone Blue Airlines Phoenix 56" but the kit is $134.99 and that does not include the electronics like servos, motor, or ESC. Made out of EPP foam, it's a more durable plane than the Bix3, but the goal here is to keep the costs as low as possible, while avoiding cheap junk.

I am still a fan of the RMRC Surfer but the price has climbed slightly so I left it out this year. However if you are in the USA and the Bix3 is sold out, then the Surfer is a perfectly acceptable alternative for only a few dollars more.

The components I'm selecting here might not be something I'm flying but are well regarded in the FPV community.

Like my other blog posts this will be a work in progress and your input is welcome!

* - A word of caution, a lot of these items are very popular and can become hard to find during flying season in the northern hemisphere (April-November).

Airframe

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF) $89.74
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...50mm_PNF_.html

Main Battery + Charger

Turnigy...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Apr 21, 2016 @ 03:03 PM | 3,394 Views
Copied from Reddit but I'll redact the user's name:

Quote:
Hey there - I picked up your name from a reply to a post 9 months ago.
I've recently put together a decent quadcopter build with FPV gear. I've been thinking how nice it would be to have a plane to tool around using some of the gear that is easy to borrow from the quad (mainly just the Tx, the "goggles", etc).
Is there a major difference between the Skywalker / Bixler / Skysurfer? Wondering if they are basically different badges put on very similar products. Also there are at least 3 versions of the Bixler - is one the "best"?
At the moment I was thinking of just having the standard gear (2 servos and esc) and FPV equipment. I'm seeing some other gear for flight stabilization, GPS for "return to home", etc. Is any of that gear pretty much a must have? I've seen a few setups that are just ridiculously complicated, and am interested in getting the best bang for the buck.
I'd like to buy whichever plane in a kit. I'd love to get the servos and motor, etc, but do not want the Rx/Tx because I feel they would be weak-ish and I'd rather use my Turnigy with the FrSky module - upgraded to ErSky9x.
I'd appreciate any direction you might have the time to provide.
The Skywalker, Bix, and Skysurfer are all on a similar layout but the Skywalker is a little different.

Skywalker - a venerable and proven FPV platform. There are several different models available....Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Mar 05, 2016 @ 12:07 PM | 3,799 Views
So I have been flying FPV for going on three years now, and thought I understood what the Fresnel zone was, but as it turns out, I was completely wrong. I thought the FZ was something you "flew into", as in, flying behind a building on 5.8 would be "flying into the Fresnel zone." Alas, this is completely incorrect.

I was doing some web surfing on the FZ and stumbled across this illustration:



..and BANG! I realized I have been wrong all along about what the Fresnel zone is.

The definition from that site is this:
Quote:
The Fresnel zone is a football-shaped space between two transceivers – the longer the distance and the lower the frequency, the further across the Fresnel zone is.
Of course, for our application, the FZ would be a football-shaped space between a transmitter and a receiver.

I found this site useful as well, for visualizing what is going on.

Since I tend to be a very visual person, I made a quick illustration of what I think it might look like if you could actually see the FZ from the point of view of your video receiving antenna. Please forgive the MS Paint cartoon version of my flying site, and I can't claim that it's completely scientifically accurate.



So, in my illustration there are two FPV aircraft flying at the same distance away from the receiver. One has a 1.3ghz VTX and the other has a 5.8ghz VTX. The FZ would probably look a bit more "swirly" if I was using CP...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Oct 08, 2015 @ 05:38 PM | 5,570 Views
Specifications:
Wingspan: 1300mm
Length: 830mm
Flying Weight: 1000~2000g
Wing Area: 30 sq. dm.

Parts List:
X-UAV Mini Talon
http://team-legit.com/X-Uav-Mini-Talon_p_361.html

Mini Talon Power Package
(no longer available! This came with a SunnySky X2216-1250, a 30A ESC, Emax servos, and a 8x4 and a 8x6 prop)

Eagle Tree - Vector FPV Controller
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=2307

Vector Airspeed Expander with Pitot
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=2991

CXN - Mini Talon FPV Pod
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=5490

Runcam Swift - IR Block - Orange
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=5441

CXN - FPV Camera Pan/Tilt (32x32mm)
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=4484

RunCam HD2 - Orange
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=4962

EZUHF 8 Channel Lite Receiver
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=715

Dragonlink - Rx Antenna with 12" (30cm) Cable
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=3514

Graupner E-Prop 8x5
http://www.getfpv.com/graupner-e-prop-8x5.html

1.3 GHZ Video Transmitter Antenna - 3 CM Extension
http://www.fpvpro.com/store/13-ghz-v...3-cm-extension

RMRC - 1.3GHz 400mW Transmitter - US VERSION
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...roducts_id=915

HENGE MD260 260 Degrees Metal Digital Servo ( for camera pan)
http://www.fpvmodel.com/henge-md260-...180-_g369.html

Reference:
RCGroups Thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2043439

Rangler's Blog
http://rangler.co.uk/

UAV Experiment
http://vogtland.ws/narobotics/2015/0...le-hd-cameras/

X-UAV Mini Talon Build
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2656613

X-UAV mini TALON FPV
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2057561

Mini Talon X-UAV Build Number 2
http://www.itsqv.com/QVM/index.php?t...Build_Number_2

Mini Talon EAGLETREE Vector Config
http://www.efpv.co.uk/2016/09/19/min...vector-config/

Mini-Review X-UAV Mini Talon
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2700489

YouTube Mini Talon playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...RFFgoG6o7Cac72

Compare To:

Mini Sky Hunter
Posted by smoothvirus | Aug 19, 2015 @ 11:51 AM | 5,990 Views
http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....g-range-flying
Quote:
1) Make incremental increases in flight distance, 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles

2) Do 360 degree turns intermittently to check your video and control link against changes in polarization

3) Fly into the wind on the way out, glide back with the wind

4) Maintain a 10:1 altitude ratio (500ft to 1 mile away) to avoid Fresnel Zone violations

5) Plan your flight on google maps beforehand to get a feeling for the area

6) Set a clear goal and fly to it and back, donít detour, stick to the plan

7) Fly in a place where you can recover your aircraft should it go down

8) Get comfortable! Be prepared for anything including a bathroom break

9) Donít push through interference, better to come back and refine your setup instead of losing an aircraft

10) Static happens, keep calm and donít jerk the controls

11) Stay level in the turns to maintain polarization

12) Long range is in your head. A trusted aircraft will go as far as your control/video

13) Turn around when you start to see snow, get control glitches, hit your battery limit, or hit your goal

14) Record your flights with a DVR. Even if you donít lose your plane it can be helpful for diagnosing problems in the air

15) If possible, fly along a long stretch of road. Use it as a reference, and use it to drive to your aircraft should it go down

16) When testing battery constraints fly out Ĺ mile and back until the
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Posted by smoothvirus | Jul 12, 2015 @ 03:31 PM | 7,711 Views
The Sabre will soon be the newest model of FPV aircraft from Finwing, known for their excellent Penguin FPV plane. Finwing graciously sent a pre production sample of this new plane for me to review. I only received the airframe kit so all the electronics I am installing in it are my own. I'll be using the Eflite Power 25 for a motor since I have a spare one in the shop.

Parts List:

Finwing Sabre 1900 FPV/UAV Elite - Basic
http://www.finwing.cn/goods.php?id=53

Finwing 390 Mini Pan & Tilt
http://www.finwing.cn/goods.php?id=64

RMRC - 1.3GHz 800mW* Transmitter - US VERSION
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=914

VAS - 1.3 GHz Airscrew Ultra Antenna RHCP
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=3611

Transmitter Cable (Large Plug)
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=357

EZUHF 8 Channel Lite Receiver
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=715

Eagle Tree - Vector FPV Controller Package
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=2307

Vector Airspeed Expander with Pitot
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=2991

Scorpion SII-3020-890 V2 Brushless Motor
http://www.rcdude.com/Scorpion-SII-3...i-3020-890.htm

60-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC
http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...rodID=EFLA1060

Xoar 11x5 PJN Electric Series Beechwood Propeller
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXAPTK&P=SM

RunCam 600TVL Plastic Housing FPV Camera - US
-note: the plastic housing for this camera will not fit inside the Finwing Mini Pan & Tilt!
http://www.securitycamera2000.com/pr...-%252d-US.html

Hitec HS-85MG x3 (ailerons and elevator)
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=1197

Penguin 9g Servo x3 (Rudder and Flaps)
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=1082

CP Laminating Film - 3 Mil x 18"
http://www.alofthobbies.com/new-stuf...ing-films.html

2 WWII Flying Tigers P-40 Warhawk Nose Art Decals
https://www.etsy.com/listing/2210320...f=sr_gallery_1

RangeVideo anti-vibration mount
http://www.rangevideo.com/vibration-...ion-mount.html

Reference:
Finwing Intro Video 1
Finwing sabre FPV UAV Aircraft First look Part1 (3 min 12 sec)


Finwing Intro Video 2
Finwing sabre FPV UAV Aircraft introduction Part2 (3 min 29 sec)


RCGroups Thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2436088

spectre909 Build Videos (playlist)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...8xAnN1vq0oXoIx

Compare to:

Skywalker 1900

Volantex Ranger EX

Sky Hunter
Posted by smoothvirus | May 11, 2015 @ 10:09 AM | 6,469 Views
This is a quick .kmz file I whipped up for planning any kind of long range or high altitude FPV flying. In this case, long range is anything more than 3000' range and anything over 400' AGL altitude.



The blue areas are places where any kind of long range flying is not recommended. Keep in mind this is not a comprehensive map and the only consideration is to keep clear of airports and manned aviation traffic. There are sensitive areas like military bases, nuclear power plants, and prisons that aren't marked here (with the exception of Camp David) but I would recommend staying away from them as well. I also did not mark small private airstrips.

If you're planning any kind of long range FPV operations I would also strongly recommend checking SkyVector and consulting the aeronautical charts before attempting any flights.

As you can see, most of Northern Virginia is blocked out so I actually have to drive quite a long way if I want to do any kind of long range flying.
Posted by smoothvirus | Apr 22, 2015 @ 03:09 PM | 7,311 Views
I spent a long time doing research into FPV before I ever flew FPV, as in about a year or so, just researching the technology. At the same time I was buying up all the parts I would need to pull it off.

One of the questions I get all the time is where to find all this FPV knowledge. So in this post I will provide links to the information that I feel helped me out the most. I'm a very visual person so most of this is going to be videos.

It's admittedly a lot to sit through but if you watch all these videos the chances of your being successful at flying FPV the first time out will increase exponentially!

All Things That Fly #220
First of all, this episode of the All Things That Fly podcast cleared up a lot of questions for me:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/insideheli...Things_FPV.mp3
note - some of the AMA rules discussed in the podcast are no longer in effect.

GSTV - Getting Started in FPV - Picking Your System
This video is meant to help those starting out in FPV with some advice on getting started on picking out an FPV system.
GSTV - Getting Started in FPV - Picking Your System (15 min 39 sec)


Stone Blue Airlines - Success in FPV
One of the best places to start is to work all the way through this series of videos hosted by Alex Greve (IBCrazy). This series will give you an excellent foundation of knowledge to get started with.

You can view the playlist on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...iFW4Vr8ITKuiF-

Success in FPV Intro (1 min 23 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Mar 18, 2015 @ 03:33 PM | 7,714 Views
I already have the Budget Build from last year down to $60 cheaper! More packages and more availability this year so putting this package together is much simpler.
Note that this will really be more of a "bang for the buck" build than a real "budget" build. Anyhow I get asked this question at the field all the time by people who are interested in flying FPV but might not have a big enough wallet to purchase a bunch of very expensive equipment. Granted, I'm on a bit of a budget myself, but I spent more than a year buying up components before I finally made it into the air!
The components I'm selecting here might not be something I'm flying but are well regarded in the FPV community.
A word of caution, a lot of these items are very popular and can become very hard to find during flying season in the northern hemisphere (April-November).
Like my other blog posts this will be a work in progress and your input is welcome! Keep in mind that this is also a bit of an experiment to see how low I can keep the costs.

Airframe

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF) $105.21
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...arehouse_.html

---OR---

RMRC Surfer 1500 - PNP (Includes Installed Servos, Motor, ESC) $97.99
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=3750


Main Battery + Charger

I forgot to add a battery charger to last year's build, I selected an AC/DC charger here but if you want to power the charger off of a car battery you can get a DC charger...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Oct 10, 2014 @ 10:31 AM | 9,283 Views
I told myself that I wouldn't be buying any more aircraft for the fleet this season, way back in the spring.

Anyway for 2014 the Sky Mule, and the 3DHS 51" Slick joined the fleet, and now a new multirotor will be added as well.

Parts List:
Blackout Mini H Quad Frame
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=2567

Full Naze 32 - Flight Controller
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=3246

Cobra 2204 2300kv (four)
http://rotorgeeks.com/index.php?rout...&product_id=74

Rotorgeeks 12A BLHeli ESC V4 (four)
http://rotorgeeks.com/index.php?rout...&product_id=95

Gemfan 5030 DD (lots of them!)
http://rotorgeeks.com/index.php?rout...product_id=104

FrSKY D4R-II Receiver
http://rotorgeeks.com/index.php?rout...product_id=204

SMA male to SMA female right angle jack pigtail
http://rotorgeeks.com/index.php?rout...search=pigtail

FatShark - 250mW 5.8GHz A/V Transmitter
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=485

VAS - 5.8 GHz Cloverleaf Whip Antenna (RHCP) Single, Straight
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=811

PZ0420 600TVL D-WDR Color Board Camera with OSD Menu DNR
http://www.amazon.com/PZ0420-600TVL-.../dp/B00BIUZ99S

Mobius Action Camera 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam
http://www.amazon.com/Mobius-Action-.../dp/B00DP1WYD2


Reference:
Naze32 Manual
http://www.abusemark.com/downloads/naze32_rev3.pdf

Blackout Mini H FPV build questions
http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....uild-questions

Blackout Mini H Quad - 220mm - Carbon Fiber - Built for FPV
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1959559

Assembly Manual
http://www.minihquad.com/uploads/Bla...bly_Manual.pdf

D4R + Naze32 = Taranis Telemetry Heaven
http://parkflysac.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2334

Naze32 Wiki PID tuning

http://www.minimultirotorforum.com/v....php?f=15&t=63

http://www.netraam.eu/nazewiki/pmwik...owto.PIDTuning

Naze32 Wiki
http://www.netraam.eu/nazewiki/pmwik...d.Introduction

Blackout's Build Thread
http://forums.openpilot.org/topic/30...s-mini-h-quad/

TheBakedBeans's Build Log
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2293807

FinalGuideAus Build Log
http://forum.flitetest.com/showthrea...Quad-Build-Log

CleanFlight Setup Tuning Guide for Naze32 / CC3D
http://blog.oscarliang.net/cleanflight-naze32-setup

Flite Test Naze 32 Board Setup
http://flitetest.com/articles/naze-32-board-setup

Naze32 Setup Guide
http://www.coptergeist.com/cgx250-naze32-setup-guide/

CleanFlight Setup Tuning Guide for Naze32 / CC3D
http://blog.oscarliang.net/cleanflight-naze32-setup/
Posted by smoothvirus | Jun 26, 2014 @ 12:52 PM | 8,686 Views
So I suppose by now if you're reading this entry, you know about this already:

http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/ama...odel-aircraft/

in short, last Monday afternoon the FAA announced that in general, all hobby FPV flying is illegal, though they were a bit unclear on flying FPV with a monitor rather than using goggles.

To say I was flabbergasted by the announcement is an understatement, I totally did not expect this, though looking back now the clues were there. Indeed, the insiders like Patrick Egan had been warning us all along that this would happen.

Last October I attended the DC Area Drone User Group conference and met all of the AMA top leadership. The impression I got from them was quite positive; I came away from the event thinking that although regulations were coming, they would be reasonable and I would be able to continue to fly FPV (legally) as long as I stuck to AMA's safety guidelines.

Alas, this was not to be.

For the first couple of days I thought about what we were told last October versus the new FAA "guidance" - and wanted to ask the AMA leadership, well, what the hell happened? Shortly afterwards a fellow flier posted to Facebook that the FAA had done this "beause of Trappy" and they didn't like having egg on their face. At first I dismissed this, but then I realized he was correct.
What the hell happened?
Huerta v. Pirker happened.
I'd like to point out that I don't personally blame Trappy. I have some mixed...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | May 06, 2014 @ 10:48 AM | 9,076 Views
Note that this will really be more of a "bang for the buck" build than a real "budget" build. Anyhow I get asked this question at the field all the time by people who are interested in flying FPV but might not have a big enough wallet to purchase a bunch of very expensive equipment. Granted, I'm on a bit of a budget myself, but I spent more than a year buying up components before I finally made it into the air!
The components I'm selecting here might not be something I'm flying but are well regarded in the FPV community.
A word of caution, a lot of these items are very popular and can become very hard to find during flying season in the northern hemisphere (April-November).
Like my other blog posts this will be a work in progress and your input is welcome! Keep in mind that this is also a bit of an experiment to see how low I can keep the costs.

Airframe

EPP-FPV 1.8M X-Large EPP & Carbon Fiber R/C Plane (US Warehouse)
$76.57
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...arehouse_.html

NTM Prop Drive Series 35-36A 1400Kv / 550W
$18.36
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...00Kv_550W.html

TURNIGY Plush 40amp Speed Controller $19.99
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ontroller.html

Turnigy TG9e 9g / 1.5kg / 0.10sec Eco Micro Servo (US Warehouse) x3 $7.23
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...arehouse_.html
for ailerons and rudder

Turnigy TGY-50090M Metal Gear 9g Analog Servo (USA Warehouse) $5.17
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s......Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Apr 26, 2014 @ 12:54 PM | 14,019 Views
I have wanted a big multi engine cargo plane ever since I saw this video over on Youtube. There's just something about the harmonic sound of multiple propellers spinning that gets me going. So one week ago, I am reading posts on RCGroups when I see this big banner ad for the SkyMule.

I clicked on it, went to HK's website, and I couldn't help myself, I had to have one!

Parts List:
Durafly SkyMule Twin FPV Sports Model EPO 1500mm (PNF)
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...00mm_PNF_.html
Glacier 35C 5300mAh 3S 11.1V LiPo Battery
http://www.buddyrc.com/glacier-35c-5300mah-3s1p.html
FRSKY X8R - 16 CHANNEL, SBUS, SMART PORT RECEIVER
http://www.alofthobbies.com/frsky-x8r.html

Reference:
RCG Foamies Thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2113480
RCG FPV Thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2148480
FPVLAB Thread
http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....y-King-SkyMule
Manual (PDF link)
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...X578552X39.pdf
Hobby King Unboxing and Build Video
HobbyKing Live - Durafly Sky Mule Product Profile - Part 1 (10 min 59 sec)

Posted by smoothvirus | Mar 16, 2014 @ 05:49 PM | 9,371 Views
This is not my design but I was inspired to put it together by this post over at FPVLab. Dave gets nearly 5 miles of range out of it at 800' AGL using the Immersion RC 600mw 5.8ghz VTX on the aircraft.

Parts List:
5.8 Ghz Uno receiver
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=877
5.8 GHz HELIAXIAL58 (5645-5945 MHz) RCHP 12dBic Helical Antenna
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=1026
RVOSD Antenna Tracker
http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php/...a-tracker.html
Antenna Pan/Tilt for EagleEyes Antenna Tracker
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...products_id=96
Redpoint Sport Wrap - Olive 12
http://www.rei.com/product/848430/re...p-package-of-2

The tripod I'm using is just a $30 one I picked up from Best Buy several years ago. Of course you can use whichever antenna tracker unit suits the OSD you are using. I am using the RVGS since I am using RVOSD in my airplane. I have tested it out to 1 mile with very clear video, even in high noise environments where my Blue Beams almost completely lost signal.
Posted by smoothvirus | Jan 05, 2014 @ 11:41 PM | 23,167 Views
I have had a few people ask me about how to connect the EzUHF Transmitter to the FrSky Taranis, here's what you need to do.
First off, you will want to provide 12v of power to the EzUHF transmitter. The stock Taranis battery cannot provide this. This battery from Hobbyking will get you 12v. You will need to cut one of the battery leads off and replace it a 2s JST-XH connector, you can get this one and just cut the male plug off. The de-pin the center wire and remove it. Solder the red wire to red wire on battery likewise with the black wire. That battery is a bit of a tight fit but it does work.

-note: I have since found out that it will work with the stock battery. Your output power will be lower, as you can see from this post on FPVLAB.


Next you'll need [URL="http://www.readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=165_40&prod ucts_id=1188"]this cable.[/
URL] It connects to the pins of the module bay in the Taranis, here's a photo of the pinout:
(edit: the EzUHF unit actually comes with the cable already. )
When you get the cable from ReadyMadeRC you will need to move the black wire on the connector down two spots so that it connects to pin 4, GND.

I used this transmitter stand and then a 12" velcro strap from REI to attach the EzUHF transmitter to the back of my Taranis.

In Companion 9x you have to use these settings for RF Module 1 and RF Module 2:
RF Module 1
Protocol: OFF
RF Module 2
Protocol:PPM
Start:1ch
Channels:8ch
PPM Frame Length: 22.5 mSec
Polarity: Positive
PPM Delay: 300 usec


-note2: You can actually set it up for as many as 12 channels. For 12 channels you set PPM Frame Length to 26.5mSec, you can leave the other settings the same.
Posted by smoothvirus | Oct 31, 2013 @ 10:51 AM | 15,497 Views
Well this is going to be a bit of change in direction for me. I have been planning on flying my Skywalker X8 as my first fixed wing FPV platform but now that the airframe is all put together it's apparent to me that I will need to build a launcher for it. I still want to fly my X8 but I came to the conclusion that I wanted to start out with something a little more simple that would be easier to setup, and then move to the X8.

So I went out and pulled the trigger on a Finwing Penguin from RMRC. The box just arrived last night, so I'm still doing research and putting my notes together. I will update this post as the build continues. I am going to get started right away as I want this to be a fast build.

Parts List:

Penguin V2 ARF with M2815 Motor and 60A ESC w/Switchmode BEC
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=1072
5.8ghz 600mw video transmitter
http://www.futurehobbies.com/details...smitter-5-8ghz
Blue Beam antenna set
http://www.futurehobbies.com/details...blue-beam-whip
custom decals
http://www.stickeryou.com/2
EzUHF
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=927
RVOSD5
http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php/...n-display.html
RVOSD Airspeed Kit
http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php/...speed-kit.html
GPS extension cable
http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php/...ion-cable.html
SONY Super HAD CCD II 600TVL D-WDR DNR Mini Board Camera
http://www.securitycamera2000.com/pr...a-DIY-FPV.html
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