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May 01, 2011, 06:57 AM
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Skywalker 3 Build Advice and Eventual Build Thread!

Hey guys,

I recently got back into RC (originally was a gas person, now switching to electronics ) and have been really interested in trying to setup an FPV plane.

I've learned a lot searching these forums and others and found that basically an FPV system requires little programming and is pretty simple to engineer together. I have some experience in electronics and circuit building, so I was planning on implementing some sort of flight controller in the distant future as well as ArduPilot (

Anyways, I have spent many hours trying to figure out what are the best parts for my plane. I have enough of a budget to get some pretty high quality stuff, but not TOO high quality, if you know what I mean.

A few questions I have before you take a look at my list:
- What is the range on a radio/transmitter combo? I'm still unsure as to which radio to get since I sold my old one.
- Not sure what LiPo's I will need
- Would my motor and ESC been enough for more load in the future?
- What would be a good setup or place to learn about a setup for head tracking?

Here is my list. Please take a look and let me know what you think. There are a few misc items that I just added as I went through other people's builds and added them.

New Generation Hobbies - Cananda

LM 1000mW 1.2Ghz Combo 134.45
1.2Ghz 8 dBi Flat Patch Antenna 30.99
3 dBi 1.3Ghz Antenna 3.99
6" Li-Po Power Cable for Lawmate RX 5.95
KX-131 Camera (NTSC) [or DX] 89.95
Pandora Pan & Tilt Kit [or] 34.99
Skywalker FPV Pan/Tilt Pod Kit 45.99

Range Video - Miami, FL

HeadPlay 800 x 600 FPV Goggles 275
HeadPlay HD Component Cable (VGA to Composite) 37
DX201 DPS Camera 150

LowPriceRC - China

Xen Skywalker EPO Version 3 99
Astral Battery Low Voltage Buzzer for 2-4S Lipo 3.04
Astral Lipo Battery Voltage Tester and Low Voltage Buzzer Alarm 4.9
Xen Microphone Crystal Clear for AV Transmitter 3.99
Astral JST Battery Pigtail 10 cm Female/Male (2) 3.08
Astral JST 2 Pin Connector Female/Male (2) 1.76
Xen SMA Jack Connectors and 10 cm Flexible Cable 2.09
EasyCap Xen 1 Channel USB DVR System 9.99
Astral 26AWG Servo Wire 10 m (10) 4.6
Moxie Brushless Outrunner Motor 990KV 16.5
Moxie V Edition ESC 40A 21.39
APC 9X6 Thin Electric Propeller 1.9

BevRC - China

BEV-Airplane Alarm 4.99
Video Splitter - 1 Input 4 Outputs 9.99
BEV Power Cable - 1 Input [4/2] Outputs (2) 4.21
BEV KX171 Leads 1.99

Hobby King - China

Corona Synthesized Dual-Conv Receiver 9Ch 72Mhz 17.03
TURNIGY 8-15A UBEC for Lipoly 15.4
Turnigy Receiver Controlled Switch 7.14
Alloy E-Prop Spinners AC378 5mm to 8mm 2.95
Parallel charging Board for 6 packs 2~6S 8.99
Hitec HS-65HB Micro Karbo Gear Servo 1.8kg/11g/0.14sec (6) 20.44
If you got this far in reading this thread you are awesome! Thank you!

Eventually I will turn this into a build thread as I plan on ordering the materials pretty soon.
Last edited by Ecibob; May 01, 2011 at 07:07 AM.
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May 01, 2011, 07:22 AM
Chris R
I would get the BEVRC custom skywalker motor and ESC plus 4s 5000mah lipo from hobbyking.
May 01, 2011, 05:46 PM
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Cir2kuk, I will order that motor and ESC instead. Thanks for the advice.

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