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Nov 15, 2009, 05:11 PM
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here is the "vertibird" video.

at 4:09, I had to bend the hook back while in flight. The hand catch at the end was a first too. The video was taken with the keychain cam, mounted to my sunglasses.

playing "vertibird" with the tricopter (6 min 36 sec)
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Nov 15, 2009, 05:33 PM
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parts you will need...



Battery X? this battery works great.
http://hobbycity.com/hobbycity/store...00mAh_3S1P_20C
$14
I love this project and this will be my very next build. Question, please. Would there be any advantage to having two of these batteries wired in parallel?

thank you for this amazing build plan.
Nov 15, 2009, 05:44 PM
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Coming along nicely - I must admit this is a fast build - I build another last night - Had it flying before I went to bed - Crazy - I should have some hover training video coming soon - Wow great video - No way would I stand under mine at this point - Still tweaking settings - Awesome!!!!! Your flying skills are so good - Wow

Here is my Hover practice video -
Film by my 8 year old this time - Little Hover training - indoors - (0 min 39 sec)


Mike
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Nov 15, 2009, 06:01 PM
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I love this project and this will be my very next build. Question, please. Would there be any advantage to having two of these batteries wired in parallel?

thank you for this amazing build plan.
the main advantage would be flight time. It would work well, and you would easily lift the extra weight.

Bob D
Nov 15, 2009, 06:04 PM
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Signguy, you've got that one dialed in, looks like a great flyer!
Nov 15, 2009, 07:02 PM
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Hi Bob- Thanks for taking time to detail a build. Its a big help. I too have ordered parts, but am planning to build a larger version to hopefully carry a Canon G9. I hope my effort flies half as good as yours!

Rob D.
Nov 15, 2009, 07:04 PM
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Coming along nicely - I must admit this is a fast build - I build another last night - Had it flying before I went to bed - Crazy - I should have some hover training video coming soon - Wow great video - No way would I stand under mine at this point - Still tweaking settings - Awesome!!!!! Your flying skills are so good - Wow

Here is my Hover practice video - http://www.vimeo.com/7631508

Mike
Your hovering is great! Now the forward flight
I used to put a fin on a tube behind the rear motor to help with orientation. You will quickly, not need it, but it helps at first.
Nov 15, 2009, 07:05 PM
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Hey Bob- I noticed you have one orange prop on the yaw motor. Is that to help with orientation?

Rob D.
Nov 15, 2009, 07:08 PM
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Hi Bob- Thanks for taking time to detail a build. Its a big help. I too have ordered parts, but am planning to build a larger version to hopefully carry a Canon G9. I hope my effort flies half as good as yours!

Rob D.
According to the specs, the Canon C9 Weight is: 11.3 oz / 320.3 Grams, how much larger would the Tricopter have to be?
Nov 15, 2009, 07:09 PM
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Hey Bob- I noticed you have one orange prop on the yaw motor. Is that to help with orientation?

Rob D.
I had a black prop back there, but I couldn't get it to track ( the blades were running in a different plane from each other) So I put on an orange one. It does help. It is actually better to have all orange, it is easier to see.

Bob D
Nov 15, 2009, 07:38 PM
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Coming along nicely - I must admit this is a fast build - I build another last night - Had it flying before I went to bed - Crazy - I should have some hover training video coming soon - Wow great video - No way would I stand under mine at this point - Still tweaking settings - Awesome!!!!! Your flying skills are so good - Wow

Mike
Mike, if mine hovers as good as yours I will be very happy.

I should have the yaw mount finished tonight. I drilled 1/4" hole into the end of the 5/8 wood dowel and epoxied an arrow shaft into it. I've made the mount and am waiting for some glue to dry. The build was so easy I may go build a second one for spare parts in case of a crash.

Bob, did you paint your arms or are they covered with some fluorescent material?


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Nov 15, 2009, 07:47 PM
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Mike, if mine hovers as good as yours I will be very happy.

I should have the yaw mount finished tonight. I drilled 1/4" hole into the end of the 5/8 wood dowel and epoxied an arrow shaft into it. I've made the mount and am waiting for some glue to dry. The build was so easy I may go build a second one for spare parts in case of a crash.

Bob, did you paint your arms or are they covered with some fluorescent material?


- Jeff
I am a signguy, so the arms are covered in vinyl sign material. You could paint them just as easily. I do paint everything black first, then cover in vinyl. This is almost the same as monokote trim sheets. Maybe I'll make some available........

Bob D
Nov 15, 2009, 07:53 PM
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My G9 with battery and mini servo shutter trigger is 386g. Add a video tx with small battery and I'm looking 16-18oz. I think the published weight is without battery and trim ring. Maybe its worth rigging a power feed off the main battery.

Rob D.
Nov 15, 2009, 07:58 PM
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Hey, I am just having a brain fate over there, question, what if the motors was ran at a fixed RPM (governed mode) and use a variable pitch propellers? Would it be possible to run a higher KV motor? What are you views on this setup.

Here is an sample motor and propeller.



http://www.rchobbiesandmore.com/Elec...1-details.aspx
Nov 15, 2009, 08:08 PM
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Hey Signguy.... I didn't see if this was asked already, but how does it handle say 10 mph wind? When I used to fly my Blade 400 heli it didn't mind the wind too much, you just had to look out for the sudden rise and drop with the gusts of wind.


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