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May 04, 2012, 07:12 AM
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Grant money for AP

I am going on a dig in Israel this summer, and I recieved a $600 scholarship. In my application I expressed interest in getting a mobile quad platform for AP at the dig

I want to get a folding frame like the bumblebee or xaircraft. Can I reliabley get my order from hobbylord in a couple weeks?

I also want to use a naza controller if possible $200.

Is it relistic to pursue this project with an end budget of $600 for frame and electronics?

I can fabricate my own camera mount if needed.

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May 04, 2012, 05:34 PM
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do you need batteries, a TX, camera and a working quad? then no.

if you have some batteries and a tx then yes

You can get a Naza Flamewheel or witespy's kit for under $600

you can get a folding frame from OMGFly (i ordered the Hex and quad versions)

$600 for a working quad is easy...... but not if you need a tx, charger and batteries as well.

I have around $500 in batteries just for my multirotors
May 05, 2012, 09:18 AM
Ya what Adidas said.
If, however, you just need basic photos and video you could put together a total basic system for under 600$. But If you need a trouble free system delivered to your door within a couple weeks and you don't know what you,re doing, I doubt it.
Edit: I just noticed you said frame and elecs only. I assume you have all cam gear.
Do you have any RC related gear? Even if you don't, you could get a basic system up for under 600$ easy as long as your not expecting top end video. HD photos are especialy easy. What exactly do you need it to do? You're too vague.
I used to take some HD photos (and shakey video) I was very happy with from a RTF type airplane that was about 200$ and that included all gear - radio, lipo, charger, etc. I mounted a cased gopro off the nose and had full tilt with unobstructed FOV including straight down shots.
As someone who benefited from university grants myself, I'd like to see it come together for you.
Last edited by TheNiceGuy; May 05, 2012 at 10:10 AM.
May 05, 2012, 11:22 AM
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When you will be here in ISRAEL??
After you get to your hotel...
Give me a call and I will take you to see tel aviv and other places
AND....Will go out flying Slope soaring...AP / AV.. (at the dig too!)

I have two quads and a easy glider platform bird
And 2 eirobatic slope soarers birds..
So you do not have to spend the money on one/two AP flight here and to carry all with you ..!!
Chargers / lipo ...full case..I have it all !!
You will get your site/ dig AP !
Will have fun...

Cell 0546711313
home 089389654
Last edited by guyg; May 05, 2012 at 11:29 AM.
May 07, 2012, 03:32 PM
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Thanks all,

I do have tx and 3s 2100 lipos. I will be lifting an optio 4s still camera for AP. I have flown an ap trex heli for a while so I am not a total noob. Just been away from the hobby for a couple years.

As for this project the dig has more pressing financial needs so I may have to forego the luxury of recording dig progress from an AP platform.

Guy that sounds awesome!
Toda Rabbah!
I arrive June 19 and go straight to Tel Dan for 4 weeks of digging. So I doubt I can make it to Tel Aviv. I only get Shabbat off from digging. However, if you still want to drive all the way to Tel Dan, I would love to meet you. In terms of need the last week is always the most important time for the AP photos.
as soon as I get my cell number for Israel I will contact you.

May 07, 2012, 03:42 PM
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Hi Tommy
I will come for a visit !!
BUT i think you need a permit to AP over there from the :
Israel Nature and Parks Authority
I tryed to AP some places that they are in charge- NO WAY !! i had to get a permit from like 5 personal and ..Blaaaaa

So please check this out ..I think you CAN NOT AP THE PLACE ..!!
Check it out and if OK- will AP \ AV the dig from my quadcopter..
One of my best friends live 20 min drive from there and he has a big house were me and my family come to visit \ sleep over
We allways bring beers and steaks to Barbeq at the place..great people great friend ( we are good friends for 25 years)
His home place is at - yesod hamaala (15 min drive below Qiriat shmona)
So i do have a place to stay
Were do you plan to sleep over at???
Give me a call as you be there
I plan to come over for a full weekend ..
With a Easy glider \ Quad cop for a weekend wih all ny RC \ AP \ AV gear..
So we could have some fun\ good time

Last edited by guyg; May 07, 2012 at 03:52 PM.
May 07, 2012, 05:46 PM
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I'll check about the permit.
I am pretty sure since we have an archaeological permit we will be allowed to use AP as an archaeological tool. We do all kinds of stuff on a dig that other people are not allowed to do.

As for accommodation we stay at a kibbutz 5 km northeast of Qiryat shmona
May 08, 2012, 01:27 AM
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OK tommy
Just call me as you be there
and i will come over as we both have the weekend more "free"
Talk soon..C U SOON
May 08, 2012, 01:28 AM
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Tommy. Just had send you a Private Massage...Can you please send me your Private e mail in a P.M here
TX.... Guy
Last edited by guyg; May 08, 2012 at 01:44 AM.
May 09, 2012, 09:44 AM
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Hi Tommy

Given what you have said have you considered Kite Aerial Photography? its used extensively in archeological digs, and a KAP rig could come in way under $600 for a decent setup especially if you were handy with tools. All you need is a couple of Kites and a picavet and camera gimbal rig have look at Brooxes website.

have a look at my Flickr stream, the pictures of Canal boats are all Kite shots as are the aerial shots on page 6&7 of my stream.

Good luck

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