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Posted by Navy Jet Mech | Sep 14, 2013 @ 07:40 AM | 3,621 Views
I've been wanting a cheap FPV rig that I could carry anywhere that was small, easy to set up and easy to fly and this is what I have come up with. I started with the WL Toys V212 quadcopter. I had a V222 and they fly really well and the V212 is no exception. It just doesn't have the bells and whistles like the camera and all that and it wasn't really needed for this project. The V212 does still have "auto level" though which is important for fpv. It's a little twitchy but if you stay on the 20% rates, it's not too bad with a little practice. It's definitely doable. The V212 handles wind surprisingly well.
Next, I purchased this really small 4 channel 5.8 ghz camera.
At a range of around 300 feet, it's a good match for the V212 and it has a very clear focus and the colors are great. I removed the plug in and replaced it with a micro plug so I could used these batteries. The camera is held onto the underside of the quad with double sided tape and so is the battery. I use the grey outdoor tape which does not come apart when you peel the battery off for replacing.
The video receiver is simply double side taped to the bottom of the controller. I had to get a ubec to power it from a 3s lipo that I can just put into my pocket.
The video goggles are some old Vuzix A230's that I got used on ebay. I love them...Continue Reading
Posted by Navy Jet Mech | Mar 27, 2013 @ 08:33 PM | 3,556 Views
I got a good deal on a JR XP8103 transmitter and since this is going to be dedicated specifically to my AP quad, I decided to do away with some switches and knobs and rearrange everything to suit my needs. For starters, I did away with the dual rate switches. I simply didn't need them and I didn't want to flip a switch only to find that I'd flipped the wrong one, so off they came.
Next, I wanted to use all 8 channels but only needed one knob for tilt, but needed a switch for my shutter, alt hold and accelerometers. I replaced the AUX3 knob with a 2 position switch, and moved it to where the flap knob was, then I moved the flap knob over one spot to the right. In the holes where the AUX 3 knob and rudder dual rate switch was, I plugged those with some hole plugs from the hardware store.
On the left side, I moved the gear switch, which runs my shutter, down to the place where the aileron dual rate switch was, then plugged where the flap mixing switch, gear switch and trainer switch went.