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Aug 24, 2011, 10:28 AM
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There are so many questions and answers regarding power and electronics set up for Skywalker, we could group all the Skywalker set ups here in one thread.
Please post :
Weight of the finished plane
Motor (web links)
Prop size
Servos used

If possible power consumption @WOT/cruise
all additional electronics:
Long Range sys. video Frequency,etc.
OSD Filters, regulators and so on.
Hehe, pictures a big +
Strictly technical and specific stuff.


Last edited by nakelp86; Feb 25, 2012 at 09:42 AM.
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Aug 24, 2011, 10:38 AM
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Weight of the finished plane: 2.0 kg
Motor (web links): Moxie 980 KV
Prop size: 9x6
ESC: Moxie V 40A
Servos used: HS65 HB

1 x 4s 5000 mah + 1 x 3s 1000 mah
DX201 camera
ReadyMadeRC FPV pod
ImmersionRC 5.8 VTx
Last edited by htran; Aug 24, 2011 at 08:23 PM.
Aug 24, 2011, 11:21 AM
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Turnigy 3536 1400kv
60a esc
Apc 9x6

Level flight 6amp
Flight slow climb 7amp
2x2200 3s +1000 3s
Hd cam
Aug 24, 2011, 11:50 AM
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Daemon's Avatar
  • Weight: 59-62oz (1.67-1.75kg) CG 30-35mm behind servo wiring slots.
  • Motor: Scorpion Scorpion SII-3008-1220KV (V2)
  • Prop size: APC 10x6 folding with MAXX 40mm spinner adapter for 5mm shaft
  • ESC: Scorpion Commander 55 under wing w/ vent hole in side of fuse. Its built in BEC powers RC Rx and 6 servos
  • Separate BEC: DPCAV any2any + DPCAV LC filter supplies 12V to Vid Tx, and Turnigy 3-5A BEC supplies 5V to camera and mic.
  • Servos used: HS-65MG all around. Also used bevrc's little MG servos and they're fine
  • Single flight & video battery: Hyperion 3S 25C 4000-5000mAh.
  • Cruise minimal consumption: 6.5A (about 75W)
  • Max speed: 50-55mph
  • Max flight times: 30ish min on a single 4000mAh battery, but usually burn through it flying faster in about 18-20 minutes.
  • RC LRS: TSLRS or TSLRS Pro or Rangelink UHF
  • RCRX: TSLRS LR Rx with a couple 3300uF caps to buffer the power so it'll play nice with my Hyperion digital servos on P&T.
  • RCRX antenna: stock
  • RC RSSI indicator: dpcav RSSI LCD screen, mounted where I can look down at it with flight cam (no OSD) Needs 6V power.
  • Flight cam: RCV922 (or here) on full homemade pan & tilt with head tracking
  • Recording cam: GoPro Hero2 1080p medium wide angle on pan servo Y'd off flight cam's pan channel
  • VTX: Sunsky FOX800 (about 600mW) 1.3Ghz
  • VTX antena: Simple homemade Vee (formed from core and twisted/soldered shield ground) high on tail. Alternate BlueBeam Cloverleaf
  • VRX: Standard single A/V output 4ch Racewood 1.2-1.3Ghz Rx with SAW filter mod. Much better selectivity than cheap Sunsky 12ch Rxs which do not work with UHF RC Txs nearby.
  • Diversity (when used): Oracle
  • VRX antenna 1: Re-tuned 1.2Ghz to 1.3Ghz (makes *huge* difference) L-COM 8dB patch, or 3 turn 7dB Helical CP
  • VRX antenna 2: omni SPW or Virevent
  • Ground station battery: Any big 3S battery. Use old puffed ones that still deliver full capacity but only at low current.
  • Video distribution:Whatever diversity provides + OnVon 5 way powered video splitter (been extremely reliable). Also often retransmit on 5.8Ghz to 2nd Fatshark 5.8Ghz goggles.
  • Flight recording: Lawmate PV-1000 DVR and Aitptek MPVR+CB (aka DV5800) as backup. FPV-Japan and clones are proven alternative.
  • Flight control viewing: wired Fatshark Aviator (old 2.4ghz version that I use A/V in), and sometimes new 5.8Ghz Fatshark Aviator - powered off cheap 2S 1000 Lipos
  • Flight backup viewing: Lawmate PV-1000 has a nice big screen

Last edited by Daemon; Jul 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM. Reason: Updated format from below and more info
Aug 24, 2011, 12:27 PM
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Don't forget what kind of battery you are using.

Not sure of weight, but mine is probably heavier than most.
Turnigy Plush 80 Amp (Way too big but it was on hand)
Moxie 980KV
9x6 prop (I've used APC slow fly and electric prop, can't tell difference)
4S 5000mAh for motor

I can launch easily at 20 Amps, cruise at around 4-5 Amps

Also of note. I've tried this setup with a 3S battery and it was kinda wimpy but my batteries were old and wimpy as well.
I have significant problems with my current setup and RVOSD vibrations. Looking to buy a better motor to help solve this and get back to a 3S setup.
Aug 24, 2011, 03:38 PM
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K, here we go :
  • Weight: 1.7Kg to 1.85Kg depending on 1 or 2 battery setup
  • Motor: Turnigy 35-36 1400KV
  • Prop size: 9x6 APC like (HK)
  • ESC: Turnigy Trust 70A under wing + vent hole, ferrite on Bec out (signal only used)
  • Separate BEC: Turnigy 3-5A, added 470uF caps and ferrites on both in/out
  • Servos used: HXT-900
  • Flight battery: 1 or 2 x Gens Ace 3S 4000mA 25C
  • Video battery: Gens Ace 3S 2500mA 25C or Turnigy 3S 1000mAh
  • Flight cam: Sony KX-171
  • Recording cam: Ebay #11 Keychain 720p + Ebay 180deg fisheye lens
  • VTX: 1W Lawmate 1.2Ghz
  • VTX antena: DIY tuned Vee (RG-316, 14awg copper wire), 1.2 or less SWR (Bird 43 and Daiwa CN-801SII)
  • RX: Dragon link
  • RX antenna: DIY tuned dipole (RG-316, 24awg servo wire) on the tail, 1.2 or less SWR (Bird 43)
  • RX RSSI sends: DIY RSSI buffer using op-amp + cap + ferrite
  • Stabilizer: Feyutech FY-20A, knobs at 3/4 for elevator and ailerons
  • OSD: ET OSD Pro
  • OSD to VTX/CAM:Shielded cables, 2 x 24awg conductors, 1 ground
  • LRS: Dragon link
  • Cruise minimal consumption: 8-10A@30Km/h cruise
  • Climb minimal consumption: 20A
  • Max speed: 111Km/h @ 38A @ 402W
  • Average flight times: 27 - 32 min on a single 4000mAh battery, 75-85% used @ 10.4V
  • Average distance reached: Easily 7Km (14Km+ round trip)
  • Max winds: Fun: 30km/h or less, Flyable but not that fun: 35km/h to 40Km/h
  • RTX: Dragon link
  • RTX antena: Diamond 771 (tested, 1.2 or less SWR)
  • VRX 1 and 2: Lawmate 1.2Ghz (model without battery)
  • Diversity: ET EE
  • VRX 1 antena: eBay +-13dBi Yagi, moded to be tuned SWR 1.2 or less
  • VRX 2 antena: Hyperlink/L-Com 8dBi patch, stock
  • Ground station battery: Zippy (HK) 3S 4000mAh
  • Power box: DIY heavily filtered (combination of ferrite, caps for each output)
  • Video distribution: BOSS 4 channel video amp
  • Flight recording: Security camera 2000's 2 channel DVR (black)
  • Flight control viewing: Fatshark base (new version), 2S 2100 Zippy LiPo
  • Flight backup viewing: HAIER 10'' monitor

Hope didn't forget anything... :P
Last edited by ecampos; Aug 26, 2011 at 02:16 PM.
Aug 24, 2011, 04:32 PM
nakelp86's Avatar
Great job :-)
Aug 24, 2011, 07:33 PM
Chris R
Weight: 2.1kg
Motor: 980kv from BEVRC
Prop size: 9x6
ESC: 40a Turnigy
Servos: MG90

Battery: 4S 3000mah x 2
Current draw at level flight: about 3-4A in no wind conditions.
Hobbyking $16 camera with 2.8mm lens
Version #11 HD spycam
video Tx: FOX 800 with whip antenna and patch good for 10km+
Last edited by Cir2kuk; Aug 25, 2011 at 07:52 AM.
Aug 24, 2011, 08:53 PM
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format stolen from ecampos. :
  • Weight: 1.9 to 2.5Kg depending on 1 or 2 battery setup
  • Motor: Scorpion SII-3014-890kv
  • Prop size: 9x7 APC (cut down from 10)
  • ESC: Castle Phoenix 45 under wing + vent hole, ferrite on Bec out (signal only used)
  • Separate BEC: BEV 4A and ferrite on output
  • Servos used: Hitec HS65HB
  • Flight battery: 1 or 2 x turnigy 4S 5000mA 25C
  • Video battery: Turnigy 3S 2200mA 25C or 3S 1000mAh
  • Flight cam: eBay 480TVL
  • VTX: FOX 1.5W 1280Mhz
  • VTX antenna: DIY straight dipole
  • RX: Dragon Link
  • RX antenna: Stock DL
  • Stabilizer: Eagle Tree Guardian
  • OSD: ET OSD Pro
  • OSD to VTX/CAM: Standard 24awg servo wires
  • LRS: Dragon Link
  • Cruise minimal consumption: 8-10A
  • Climb minimal consumption: 20A
  • Max speed: 32A
  • Max distance reached: 20 miles (40 miles round trip)
  • RTX: Dragon Link
  • RTX antenna: Stock Long Range
  • VRX 1 and 2: Lawmate 1.3Ghz (model without battery)
  • Diversity: Eagle Tree Eagle Eyes
  • VRX 1 antenna: DIY Yagi 14dbi
  • VRX 2 antena: DIY 8dbi Patch
  • Ground station battery: 12 volt lead acid 7000mAh
  • Video distribution: BOSS 4 channel video amp
  • Flight recording: Aiptek MPVR+CB and VuPoint Digital Recorder
  • Flight control viewing: Haier 10" monitor
  • Flight backup viewing: Aiptek MPVR+CB LCD
Aug 24, 2011, 09:26 PM
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20 miles.......

Amazing! Just amazing.
Aug 24, 2011, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by hobbyboy
20 miles.......

Amazing! Just amazing.
Yes it is.
Please keep this thread clean and technical , this is to help anyone building this plane for FPV.
All comments are welcomed on Main Skywalker thread
Aug 25, 2011, 01:49 AM
Stole ecampos format aswell...
  • Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Motor: HK SK 3480 1100 kv
  • Prop size: 11x7 APC
  • ESC: Turnigy plush 80 under wing
  • Separate BEC: 12v BEV 4A and 5v BEC
  • Servos used: Hitec HS65HB rudder, Hitec HS64MG elevator, tower pro 9g servos ailerons
  • Flight battery: 4S 5000mA 25C
  • Video battery: Single battery setup
  • Flight cam: SC2000 $50 520TVL
  • VTX: FOX 800mW 1280Mhz
  • VTX antenna: Self-built IBCrazy Vee
  • RX: Dragon Link
  • RX antenna: Stock DL
  • Stabilizer: RVOSD Gen 5
  • OSD: RVOSD Gen 5
  • OSD to VTX/CAM: Standard 24awg servo wires
  • LRS: Dragon Link
  • Cruise minimal consumption: 10A
  • Climb minimal consumption: 20A
  • Max speed: So far, 99 km/h
  • Max distance reached: So far, 1km
  • RTX: Dragon Link
  • RTX antenna: Stock Long Range
  • VRX 1 and 2: 1.3Ghz
  • Diversity: None
  • VRX 1 antenna: Self built IBCrazy ground dipole
  • Ground station battery: 2x 2200mAh 12v
  • Video distribution: PYLE PLV2 1 Into 4 Mobile Video Signal Distribution Amplifier
  • Flight recording: Aiptek MPVR+CB
  • Flight control viewing: Headplay video goggles
  • Flight backup viewing: Aiptek MPVR+CB LCD or 7'' DVD player
Aug 26, 2011, 11:33 AM
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Would be nice if you added a pic of your setup too, then we can get more hints
Aug 26, 2011, 02:17 PM
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Pics added !
Aug 26, 2011, 03:43 PM
AMA #535918
Stole ecampos format as well...
  • Weight: 1.9 Kg (1.4Kg w/o batteries)
  • Motor: Scorpion SII 3014-1220
  • Prop size: 10x5 APC
  • ESC: Exceed 60 amp Opto
  • Separate BEC: Turnigy 8-15 amp
  • Servos used: 6 Hitec HS65HB, + 2 HS-55 for pan/tilt
  • Flight battery: 3S 5000mA 20C or 3S 5500 25C
  • Video battery: 3S 1600mA 20C
  • Flight cam: SC2000 PZ0035
  • VTX: DPCAV 910mhz 500mW
  • VTX antenna: IBCrazy Vee
  • RX: TLRS
  • RX antenna: stock diversity
  • Stabilizer: none
  • OSD: DOSD + V2
  • OSD to VTX/CAM: bulk servo/computer wires
  • LRS: Thomas Scherrer Long Range System
  • Cruise minimal consumption: 7-9A
  • Climb minimal consumption: <20A
  • Max speed: So far, 68mph
  • Max distance reached: So far, 5.01 miles (17.55 miles total)
  • RTX: Multiplex Royal Pro 12
  • RTX antenna: Stock Long Range
  • VRX 1 and 2: dual DPCAV 900mhz
  • Diversity: Rangevideo
  • VRX 1 antenna: GP Patch or biquad
  • VRX 2 antenna: Dipole
  • Ground station battery: 12v 7000mA lead acid
  • Video distribution: Rangevideo
  • Flight recording: Diamond One Touch
  • Flight control viewing: Trimersion goggles
  • Flight backup viewing: Toshiba 17" laptop
  • Max Amps: 42
  • Thrust (est): 1640gr (57.85oz)
  • Max Watts: >400
  • Channels used: 12
  • Number of successful flights: >25
Last edited by vegasbs; Mar 24, 2012 at 08:44 PM.

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