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Posted by Foam boy | Jul 06, 2013 @ 09:38 PM | 2,694 Views
Posted by Foam boy | Jul 06, 2013 @ 03:31 AM | 2,340 Views
Had them laying around and couldn't resist
Orientation in overcast and dusk flights should be no problem now!
Posted by Foam boy | Jul 06, 2013 @ 01:13 AM | 2,240 Views
Esc's- Calibrated

Motors- spinning the right way and props mounted

Gimbal secured and stabilized

Just waiting for the APM 2.5!!!

Please feel free to ask questions.
Posted by Foam boy | Jul 04, 2013 @ 12:50 AM | 2,316 Views
Well, about 64 screws, 96 washers, 64 nuts, and 64 boom blocks later, the Octocopter frame is built The frame looks great and all pieces were cut pretty precisely, my only trouble was every singe hole (yep, all 32x2 frame holes, 64x2 boom block holes, and 64 motor mount/back holes) were slightly undersized. Screws could be threaded through, but not just pushed through like they needed to be to avoid spending hours just turning screws...
So 256 holes in the drill press later, this thing slid right together Drilled four more holes for the gimbal to mount and it's starting to look good I mounted the ESC's to the bottom because there wasn't much frame to put em on, and am now just waiting for the motors and APM 2.5, but tomorrow's a holiday (happy 4th), so they won't be here until Friday
Posted by Foam boy | Jul 02, 2013 @ 05:51 PM | 2,509 Views
With my 600 sold, I can finally start something I've wanted to do for a long time... an AP octocopter. Like most 17 year olds, I don't have several thousand dollars to drop on a photography rig, and that meant a it'd have to be a reasonably priced setup. I'll be lifting a T2i, and occasionally a 5D MKii on a Cinistar clone gimbal, so didn't need any insane lifter, but enough to fly well with a decent payload. So here's what's coming...

CM301 Cinistar Clone from RC-Timer

Aluminum square tube frame from

Ipower 2814Q-750 KV multirotor motors (they have wires 4 cm longer then the octo booms, so it should be a clean and simple setup)

Flight Controller:
Arduflyer APM 2.5 Clone with CN-06 GPS, and 3DR Telemetry for live waypoint updates etc.

Some Hobbyking 30A's flashed with SimonK

The Props will be GemFan 12x4.5 Carbon/Nylon Mix, and the batteries are 2x Turnigy 4s 6000mAh packs in parallel for a combined 12000mAh, and roughly 8-10 minutes of flight time.

I already got the gimbal (arrived in 3 days from Honk Kong, and it looks great Nice job RCTIMER!!!) I have it all built and stabilized by its own Multiwii Flight Controller. I'm using a separate controller to allow unlimited panning of the gimbal with no concern of wire/binding happening (though it could be done by running the wires through the pan axis axle/shaft.) Anyways, the rest of the stuff should be here in the next couple days and I'll start uploading pictures to go along with the build.
Posted by Foam boy | Jun 07, 2013 @ 01:14 AM | 2,720 Views
I've had an AP 600 for about a year now, and over that time something I always wished was that is was taller. Doing AP in different places means you never know what kind of ground or surface you'll be taking off/landing on, and things like tall grass often leave the camera or tail blades getting marked up by the grass. I finally decided it was time for an upgrade, but didn't want to drop the $70 for the PS1 gear (even though it's a Thunder Tiger scale 500 gear which retail at $30 but are always out of stock.) Anyways, I saw a couple of homemade ones, but wanted something light weight, and strong/not flimsy like flat stock. So I made one for about $15 that I'm happy with.

48" of 1/2" x 1/4" x 1/16"th wall ALU channel, used for the legs.
36" of 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/16"th wall ALU angle, used for the skids.
Scrap pieces of thin ALU sheet metal
(12) #6-32 screws that are 3/4" long and a nut for each

I basically cut the channel in half, and cut a notch 9" from each end then bent it to about a 40 degree angle. I then made some support plates to hold it in place, drilled 2 holes through the plate and leg to hold it in place, and bolted them together.

I then took the ALU angle, cut it in half, and bolted it to the bottom of the legs (remember the square edges of the legs end up being angled, so the ALU Anlge piece fits in perfectly if flipped upside down, or angle-side up.

Next will be putting some pool noodles over the skids for some shock absorption, and probably putting the 700 Boom and belt back on there. Stay tuned for a DIY PS1 2xpt, to 3 axis conversion!!! I already have it all planned out, and am just waiting for a couple parts to arrive. Thanks for checking it out, and feel free to ask any questions.
Posted by Foam boy | Apr 27, 2013 @ 02:27 AM | 2,775 Views
I recently bought a second hand MCPX for practicing my 3D in less costly manner then just trying stuff out with my 600 Like any MCPX owner, the first thing I had to do was deal with the tail blow out. I looked around, and it looked like the best solution was the twin tail motor setup, so I figured I try it out! After just a couple flights, I can say this is an AWESOME mod. Not only does it look bad to the bone, it also holds the tail like my 600 even on full pitch pumps. Right now it's all stock other then the twin tale (and the MH swash and KBDD blades all around), but I have an HP0-5, CF frame and LG, and some lime green Fusano blades on the way, so I can't wait to unleash this thing!
Posted by Foam boy | Aug 10, 2012 @ 02:52 AM | 3,023 Views
A few months ago I saw the Copter Kids' aerial reel, and that was the final influence for me to build a serious AP ship. I had been messing around with the gopro on my tricopter since Christmas, but realized what results were possible with a better set up. I originally planned on setting up an HK 600 with a homemade gimbal for a budget-build. However, I decided it was best to give my heli the best it could have, since it was going to be carrying my Canon T2i and dad's 5DmkII. I ended up with one of the most decked out HK 600's I have ever seen. Running a 12s 600mx motor, a Skookum SK720 FBL controller, a PhotoshipOne 2XPT gimbal, and a Canon T2i (sometimes the 5DmkII) out on the front. I have flown a couple jobs with this set-up, and like it a lot. But holding it still for my dad to aim and shoot the picture, 500ft away from me, can be challenging to say the least. I realized GPS hold would make my job much easier, but the SK720 GPS is looking like it's gonna be dropped by flying pigs
Multirotors seemed to have a huge lead on helis in the GPS hold game, so I started thinking about that path... Rather then plunging in to a several thousand dollar PNP AP multirotor, I decided I would start small to test the water. I built my first Multiwii quad, an F450 clone, and liked it. But it seemed a little mushy with the x468 landing gear and gopro. So about a week after I got it flying, I sold it to build an F550.
It sold the night I put it up for sale, which meant I had my F550 stuff just 3 days later . I just got the frame in today, and put the whole thing together in a few hours. I used Exceed 2215 1050KV motors, Detrum 30A (simon K flashed) esc's, a MWC Spider Mega board from Terrywang, and an F550 kit. The Maiden will have to wait until the morning, but I can't wait. This thing looks like it's gonna be a blast, and I am very happy to have the GPS with the MWC board.