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Jul 11, 2012, 10:19 PM
Father Francis, formerly Apach
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Micro FPV and where it will take us....


Lately I have started flying a lot more FPV. When ever I had a moment and the weather was cooperative I would find myself running to the neareast field to fly my larger aircraft. Then I began to read more about micro FPV attempts and found a few vendors carrying light weight equiptment. My Idea was to install a micro setup in my Blade mQx, which I did. This really helped me in many ways, learning to fly side to side and backwards, hovering in a single spot. I am able to fly indoors anytime of the day or night, rain or shine. At times I would take the mQx outdoors and it would perform well but I felt like I needed to put a micro setup in a micro wing. So, after doing a few quick measurement and cutting a few panels I came up with my newest scratchbuild. It needs a name though....


ApachePilot
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Jul 11, 2012, 10:31 PM
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really cool. I vote for "The Moth".

Mount the camera slightly under and behind the leading edge and you will have less to fix when you hit stuff in my experience.
Jul 12, 2012, 11:26 AM
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It needs a name though....


ApachePilot

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Jul 12, 2012, 12:11 PM
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The 'moth' works, looks good, breakdown of equipment used and links please!
Jul 12, 2012, 01:08 PM
Father Francis, formerly Apach

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I agree.... Though this is for backyard flying only..... I will be using 72mHz for longer range, and will increase span to 24" for UHF.....







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Jul 12, 2012, 01:35 PM
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it's a cool project indeed. What's the AUW, wingspan?
Jul 12, 2012, 01:40 PM
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That looks great man! Have you flown her yet?
Jul 12, 2012, 02:57 PM
Father Francis, formerly Apach
Yep, video will be posted in a bit....flies similar to the UM Styker. Motor and battery come from the styker, swapped out the Rx/esc of the styker for a 10A ( a bit large) 2-9gram servos (agaiin a bit of overkill). 20"span...


More details to follow, need to get a weight and other measurements.... This was basically a test platform I sketched up quickly,and glued together using the KFm4 airfoil. Future build of final model will have mods incorperated along with lighter equiptment....


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Jul 12, 2012, 03:04 PM
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Lately I have started flying a lot more FPV. When ever I had a moment and the weather was cooperative I would find myself running to the neareast field to fly my larger aircraft. Then I began to read more about micro FPV attempts and found a few vendors carrying light weight equiptment. My Idea was to install a micro setup in my Blade mQx, which I did. This really helped me in many ways, learning to fly side to side and backwards, hovering in a single spot. I am able to fly indoors anytime of the day or night, rain or shine. At times I would take the mQx outdoors and it would perform well but I felt like I needed to put a micro setup in a micro wing. So, after doing a few quick measurement and cutting a few panels I came up with my newest scratchbuild. It needs a name though....


ApachePilot
Hey psst.
Remove your private stuff.
Jul 12, 2012, 03:27 PM
Father Francis, formerly Apach
???
Jul 12, 2012, 03:50 PM
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Took me a minute, but he's referring to your info on your plane pics in the first post.

I've been interested in micro FPV for a while. What kind of range would you expect to get? Mind sharing your setup details?
Jul 12, 2012, 04:04 PM
Father Francis, formerly Apach
I see...I haven't included any info beneath the pics. I will edit them to include details.

To answer your question, when running 72mHz micro rx, I hope to get a couple miles solid RC link. Video will be 5.8gHz 200mw unit with cloverleaf on vTx and helical on vRx ground station, this should also give me 2 miles solid range. I know both the RC link and video link can go further, but I am slowing making my way through this project. End result, rock solid performance via rc link AND video link, not glitching, no multipathing..... I am hopeful, we'll see how it goes.... Final, I want a setup with 1-10 miles rock solid range/video, not snow, multipathing lines etc....
Jul 12, 2012, 04:16 PM
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Wow, I didn't realize the micro stuff had that much capability. I remember watching a couple of videos not even a year ago and the video would go out at very short range.
BTW, I think you've still misunderstood the post about your private info. In your first post, one of the pics has your name, phone #, and address visible. Not a good idea to show that to the world
Jul 12, 2012, 04:29 PM
Father Francis, formerly Apach
noted, just a habit of putting it on all my planes.....
Jul 14, 2012, 08:13 PM
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To answer your question, when running 72mHz micro rx, I hope to get a couple miles solid RC link
Wishful thinking my friend, using a full size 72mHz rx most people get 3/4 a mile to 1.5 maybe 2 if they are lucky. Looking forward to hearing your results though. Good luck!


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