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Aug 20, 2012, 09:18 PM
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Long distance FPV Crawler

OK - Here's the summary of my setup:

1/8 scale HSP Crawler ($154.50 from Ebay)
x1 5200mah 2s Lipo for vehicle ($21.63 Hobbyking)
x1 5000mah 4s Lipo for cam/tx etc... ($23.32 Hobbyking)
x2 CCbec pro switching regs - one programmed at 5 volts for RX/servos, one programmed at 12volts for TX/lights/zoom camera/zoom relays ($32.57 ea from Ebay)
Cameras - modular camera/pan/tilt systems - one with Gopro ($191.95 ebay), one with x270 zoom day/night security cam ($101.69 ebay). Both with Servo block ($25 Servocity) GWS S125 360degree sailwinch servos (for pan) ($19 ebay) and Hitec HS325HB servos (for tilt) ($13 Servocity) through Gyro for camera stabilisation - Titan 720 head lock (.01cent + $11 post off ebay )
Clear 2mm pvc plastic for waterproof caseing.
Tekin TT1091 FXR esc (to replace crappy original) ($90 ebay)
Video TX - Lets just say I use the lowest legal frequency highest power I can get away with
Toroids on everything
Welded steel brake pipe roll cage designed to help vehicle get back on it's wheels
All mounted on modular FPV Backpack (that can also fit on my Turnigy Trailblazer Monster truck $206.78 from Hobbyking)
Steering Servo/s: Waterproof Hitec HS-646WP ($36.65 ebay)
Vehicle control - Dragonlink ($287 from Dragonlink)
Lights - Modular waterproof light bar with x2 36LED 840nm IR LED Arrays (for wet night missions) ($2.69ea ebay) or for dry (with waterproof casing removed) x1 36 LED array mounted to zoom camera ($7.95 ebay).
Radio controlled 'switches' to operate lights/video power/zoom/focus relays ($6.63 Hobbyking)
Homemade Dipole antennas on vehicle (video antenna soon to be replaced with cloverleaf)
Eagletree - OSDpro/V4 logger/GPS - essential for night time navigation ($66.02OSD, $49.53 E-logger, $66.14GPS - Hobbyking)
EagleEyes FPV station ($61.04 Hobbyking)
12dbi Yagi mounted on roof (of house) (soon to be replaced with Helical) ($20 ebay)
Tracking mounts for yagi - homemade with mini hub bearings, GWS 360 degree servo and vcr gears
Boosted ($90 Flyton) Dragonlink TX mounted on roof
Roof links via CAT5E cable routed into study
Sound - Built in HiFi speakers/amp in study
Controlled via Games steering wheel/pedals connected to modified Turnigy 9x ($39.99 Hobbyking) flashed to ER9X software (Free from here) using a PGM-09825 AVR pocket programmer ($14.95 from Sparkfun)- 12 channel - via Compufly ($67 Flytron)
Ground recorder - BEVRC PV700 video recorder ($120 BEVRC)
Video - through Fatshark RCV922BASE ($230 Hobbyking) or Vivid 32" LCD TV
Ground station powered with power packs (not batteries) operated with one switch.

Range acheived so far 1.75kms (in hilly heavily treed area). (Video)

Video Channel (Click here)

Boy! sorry for the long list but someone may find something usefull in there!
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Aug 21, 2012, 08:23 AM
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Sep 25, 2012, 06:10 PM
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This is such a cool build! I'm sitting in front of my computer thinking "hmmmmmmm" haha because I'm in front of my 55" screen with the steering wheel right in front of me and pedals at my feet, and rc car to my left on the floor hahah.

Totally awesome build, I like the uniqueness of it so much! =)

I was asking you about the relays and receiver switches the other day, I ordered the camera I'm just playing the waiting game now so I can see what I'll need to do - thanks for the inspiration!
Jan 26, 2013, 03:54 AM
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Hey Blue, mind sharing which of the parts besides the Steering Wheel and Dragonlink you are reusing on your Blitz?

You mentioned a more compact camera system but didn't detail it (or maybe you did) could you point me to the link?

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