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Jun 13, 2001, 08:16 PM
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Wingo - what to expect w/disposable camera riding shotgun

Thanks to all you folks, I've actually gotten pretty good at flying my little epoxy and foam Wingo. Between practice and successfully building a serial interface cable for that free flight sim, I can pretty much tool around as fast or slow as the Wingo can go. I'm thinking that after a few more decent flights, I'm going to install the disposable camera kit. For all those who have tried it, what can I expect? Will it fly differently? I don't want to accordion it the first time....thanks.
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Jun 13, 2001, 08:47 PM
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You can buy a reusable camera from walmart for under $20 which is pretty light. That and a servo and some tape has got you in business. Someone has pictures of the golden gate bridge which are spectacular...there is a web site for plane pictures which gives a lot of info on mounting, etc., sorry. I forgot the address.
Probably a search for 'Wingo picture camera' would turn it up. Expect a lot of "bad" shots and some very good ones. "bad" being a shot of nothing imparticular.
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Jun 13, 2001, 09:52 PM
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Thanks hoppy, but I was more interested in its flight characteristics...I assume it will be a pig, but will I need more room to fly it? Can I still hand launch?
Jun 13, 2001, 10:02 PM
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I used one of the small Kodak outdoor disposables (great pictures) and a CS10 on the shutter. Power was 6V Sp400, 2:1, Slim 9X5, flew off water with floats... handling was fine, take-offs only slightly longer, all in all very little effect- more due to slightly nose heavy condition due to camera than weight.

What power are you using - as set up, mine would be fine for H/L (not that I ever would)

go for it ! it's great.
Jun 13, 2001, 10:06 PM
Space Coast USA
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Ok, needs a very firm toss, a NiCd battery, long initial run to build up speed and then spiral it up. Yeah, it's a dog with that weight but it will climb high with the 8 cell NiCd if not pushed. I did some glide tests first in tall thick grass. Took more up elevator trim then before to get a level glide even tho balance was OK. I couldn't get the camera plane up with a NiMH battery.
The gearbox radix uses probably makes a lot of difference. Mine was direct drive.

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Jun 14, 2001, 06:53 AM
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I'm just using the stock direct drive 400 with a 7 cell that they shipped me. On that Walmart camera -- do you know what the brand name was? I recall vivitar being mentioned around here would be nice to get an autowind camera so I don't have to bring it back down after every shot.
Jun 14, 2001, 09:47 AM
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You might want to go geared (1.85:1) on that Wingo. My Soarstar has plenty of thrust on 8 cells.

The pictures of SF were from Neil Morse.

Here is an R/C aerial photo website. I think they are there.

I did look in Wal-Mart last fall for an autowind camera. They were about $29 and not too heavy. Mount it against the fuse under the wing - not on top, to avoid the "spoiler" effect.

Jun 14, 2001, 10:20 AM
Space Coast USA
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Mark, the camera is an "Easy Shot" model ES27EV automatic. It weighs 4.8oz with batteries.
Try your setup, what can go wrong other than it won't climb. If it does you are in business. As I recall, I mounted the camera vertically in the cockpit touching the wing. If you can't get the balance right, take the battery out and mount it to the side of the fuse with tape as needed.
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Jun 14, 2001, 12:12 PM
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As part of an airborne video project I'm working on I used a 'D' and 'C' battery as ballast to see what the Wingo could handle. On a 6v speed 400 with 2:1 gearbox turning a Master Airscrew 9x6, I was able to hand launch and fly fine. Total weight of ballast: 7.3 oz. As hoppy eluded to, this is a situation where power is more important than duration so stick with the nicad's.
Jun 14, 2001, 12:31 PM
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Dear Mark:
Neil Morse has pictures of his Wingo with camera installed as one of the photos on the squid ink site mentioned above. I mounted first a disposable camera and then a Canon Elfi in the cockpit on top of a piece of EPP foam. The EPP foam is carved out at one end to fit over the 8 cell battery I use. I hold the camera and foam in place with four size 62 rubber bands, two on each side of the camera. They go all around the outside of the front cockpit and work very well. I have two additional rubberbands holding a submicro servo to the camera with the servo arm over the shutter button. A full push to the right on the left stick takes the picture on my set up as my rudder is controlled by the right stick on the transmitter. I have added a one ounce fishing weight to the tail boom just in front of the rudder to maintain my C/G. I fly with a handtoss and climb is a little slower with the extra 5 plus ounces it carries with the camera. I have noticed to bad characteristics in flight with my set-up. Good luck. Michael Heer
Jun 14, 2001, 04:30 PM
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I would definitely go with a geardrive on your Wingo - it will handle the increased weight much better this way. Neil's Wingo is geared and his setup is pretty much identical to Michael's. Very simple setup with the servo to push the shutter button but effective. Neil's photos can also be seen on Hobby Lobby's website.