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Posted by gilcd85 | Jan 26, 2015 @ 10:40 AM | 3,016 Views
I like the HK SkyWalker a lot. One thing I like less about it is assembling the wings in the field. All these servo connections and fitting of the wings onto the fuselage takes too long and is too fiddly for me.
I have been looking for a single connector solution which would be easy to connect/disconnect but robust enough so it wouldn't disconnect in mid air.
In the end I used a regular network/LAN cable

Wiring it requires some soldering work but nothing overly complex:
- Each of the wings has 2 servos (ailerons & flaps) which I soldered into a standard LAN cable & connector I cut from a cable I had lying around
- I cut a hole and hot glued in a LAN female to female connector in each side of the fuselage. You can find these connectors cheap on ebay. I like these better as they are more sturdy but these work out as well.
- Inside the fuselage, I have a matching LAN to double servo connectors which go to the APM (or radio if you have none)
Posted by gilcd85 | Jun 07, 2014 @ 02:38 AM | 3,267 Views
- Bixler 2
- 2200kv 2826 Turnigy Motor
- Mobius cam mounted on the wing
- HK Mini OSD flashed with CL Open OSD

Bixler FPV into the sunset (5 min 32 sec)

Posted by gilcd85 | Apr 15, 2014 @ 04:38 PM | 2,904 Views
Took out my Versa for a spin today. She's a handful but a lot of fun to fly

Fun with FT Versa (5 min 13 sec)

Posted by gilcd85 | Apr 15, 2014 @ 08:46 AM | 3,813 Views
Took my Boscam setup out today for a test with my DIY head mounted display (made out of a garbage can, 7'' LCD and Fresnel lens & cloverleaf antenna.
Took the Bixler 2 out about 400-500 meters and video was still very good. I'll try going out further next time..
Posted by gilcd85 | Jan 20, 2014 @ 04:06 AM | 3,368 Views
Video from yesterday - AXN flown LOS with Mobius cam on board

AXN FPV (9 min 28 sec)

Posted by gilcd85 | Nov 13, 2013 @ 01:43 PM | 3,775 Views
Flew my scratch build Flite Test Versa Wing today with FPV:

Versa Wing FPV (4 min 35 sec)

Posted by gilcd85 | Jun 03, 2012 @ 05:49 PM | 3,394 Views
I received the Turnigy 9X TX and made an order for a ZIPPY Flightmax 1800mAh 9.9V 5C LiFePo4 TX Pack so I can get rid of the 8AA batteries.

I finished setting up the channels and reversing the gyros using this website. I recommend it for every beginner - it is very easy to follow:

Next up: setting up the props and flying
Posted by gilcd85 | May 18, 2012 @ 04:42 PM | 4,468 Views
ok.. so I received all of the components from HK (took ~3.5 weeks) and started the build.

Power harness:
I know weight is really important in mini quads but I wanted to build this one by the book so I decided to build a power harness for it. Basically, it is two cables (power and ground) connected on one side to the battery (deans connector) and to a pack of four cables which go to the ESCs with deans connectors on the other.
I used 16AWG wires for the harness (the ESCs come with 20AWG).

FullmoonCat shared a great link for building the power harness with me (thanks!). See chapters 3-5 for power system and soldering tutorials:

Motor and ESC wiring:
I used 2mm bullet connectors and shrink wrapped them on both sides (ESC and motor). This comes at a price (weight) but allows for easy switching of ESCs or motors when required.

Initially I planned on using the x240 frame from GLB but the frame looks like it won't take crashes too well and mounting the 1811 motors on it required drilling. I decided instead to start with a simpler, lighter and cheaper frame from HK (Hobbyking Fiberglass Micro Quadcopter Frame 245mm).
This frame is incredibly easy to assemble (~10 minutes) and is pretty flexible so I think it can take a crash or two.
I still had to drill it to mount the 1811 but it went pretty easily; I centered the motor, drilled one 2mm hole and then marked the rest and drilled them as well.
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Posted by gilcd85 | Apr 25, 2012 @ 06:11 AM | 3,994 Views
I received the x240 frame from GLB yesterday. Overall pretty easy to assemble with some reference pictures from GLB and the pics Scub took during his build (thanks!)
Some of the holes do not align very well. I used a 2mm drill bit and a slow moving drill to adjust the hole sizes a little. See hole #4 in the pic below.

Still waiting on ESCs and Motors (probably still a couple of weeks out).
Posted by gilcd85 | Apr 22, 2012 @ 02:51 PM | 3,563 Views
While I am waiting for my packages to arrive, I played with Inventor Fusion and put together a test CF frame - just for fun

Comments welcome
Posted by gilcd85 | Apr 22, 2012 @ 02:18 PM | 3,562 Views
ok. So here I am - a complete noob in quads. I've learned a lot from the threads in RCGroups and thought I'd share the build process with others and maybe gain some karma in the process

Here is my planned mini quad build:
Frame: GoodLuckBuy Mini Size KK Carbon Fiber Kit X240 (41$)
FC: HobbyKing Multi-Rotor Control Board V2.1 (15$)
Motors: HK 18-11 2000kv Micro Brushless Outrunner (8$)
ESCs: HK TURNIGY Plush 10amp 9gram Speed Controller (9.24$)
Battery: Turnigy nano-tech 850mah 3S (6.43$)
Props: GoodLuckBuy GWS 5030 5030R 4 rotating, 4 counter rotating (7.53$)

I've ordered some other components as well (screws, thera-band for prop savers and heatshrink) - I'll add information on them as I make progress with my build.

I am currently holding for several shipments and will update the build log as I get them.