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Old 07-16-2011, 04:08 PM
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Default Recommend to me an FPV platform!

I used to have my equipment setup in a Funjet, and it worked great - fast and stable, but i lost it to a bad crash.

Can you recommend a new platform to me?
  • <$100 kit or ARF Foamie or scratchbuild depron
  • Twin prop, edf, or pusher prop (keep the prop out of the view)
  • Doesn't need to be speedy like the Funjet, just stable
  • Plenty of payload for the equipment
Pics/specs appreciated

THANKS!
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:22 PM
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Hi,
I've seen loads of FPV videos with the equipment mounted on the MS Composite Swift II foam wing.
Spec
Weight: 300 g
Wingspan: 810 mm
Fuselage Length: 520 mm

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km65CqCxn1A[/media]I built one of these a few weeks back (not for FPV) with the intention of using a 1000mah battery. In order to get the plane trimmed I ended up with a 2200mah!
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDlE-kro1sk[/media]I've heard that you can buy a Swift II in the States for $40 so it's well in budget!

I don't think you would have much trouble mounting a camera along with the 1000mah battery.

If you want an even bigger payload capacity then they also make a Maxi Swift which is much larger!

Spec:
  • Weight: 850 - 1000 g
  • Wingspan: 1400 mm
  • Length: 880 mm
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:33 PM
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Hi
Any one of these would be perfect for your needs
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...PV_Models.html
Take care
Yours Hank
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:56 PM
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One of these seems to work too:
http://www.flyzoneplanes.com/airplan...535/index.html

I know it's not a pusher, but perhaps suitable.
EDIT: seems it may be over-budget though

I've just bought one myself, but haven't flown it yet. From reviews it has good lift and it has a fairly large payload bay.




Also known as an ST Model Discovery, have a look at the video I found here:
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKk58Dfbx1c[/media]
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Old 07-17-2011, 01:39 AM
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Thanks guys, good stuff on the HK site... prices have come down quite a bit.

A flying Wing!! I haven't given that any thought, but it fits the bill perfectly. I may even attempt to build a depron wing using a KF airfoil and a similar design to a swift/maxi swift.

Keep 'em comin. I bet there's some out there I still haven't seen/thought of
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:23 AM
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long range cheaper omg http://rangevideo.com/forum/showthread.php?p=16154
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:31 PM
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Maybe a bit too sedate for your tastes, but what about a Multiplex Easystar? Not too fast, but certainly stable, and and move out pretty smartly with a decent 28mm inrunner.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:36 PM
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I actually went with an Easystar clone... the Skysurfer. it was the cheapest available, and made the most sense since I already had all the correct electronics to drop in. It should move along nicely w/ the 2200kv / 6x4", and has plenty of payload capacity for the fpv equipment.
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:34 PM
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I would like to see your setup when you are complete. What type of equipment are you using? I am looking to break into the fpv and I also would like all the OSB stuff too like battery monitoring, speed, gps, altitude, and the the horizon level or what ever it is called. Also would like for the plane to fly back to home if signal gets lost.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:33 AM
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While not exactly what is being looked for, it's a fun platform for FPV...

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHy6q6hG-Zo&feature=player_embedded[/media]
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:07 AM
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^i saw that. immediately gave me way too many ideas to be productive, Lol!

Sarge: I'll take pictures of the build and post'em. Should go quick since it's an easy platform to put together, and I already have all the FPV gear wired properly, now it's just a matter of placement.

Here's my stuff:

Fatshark goggles running on 1200mah 2s Lipo
Fatshark 922 camera
ImmersionRC 500mW 2.4ghz Tx
Remzibi On Screen Display (OSD)
All running on 1000mah 3s

The plane will fly with a 2212-06 2200kv outrunner
6x4 pusher prop
40A esc
Standard 9g servo's on all four channels.
2200mah 3s ~ 4500mah 3s

I'll post back soon with updates.
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:18 AM
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LLook on RC groups for a plane called passive, it was made by a member that goes by the name of power. Is good for AP use too
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Nice pic...Glad to see that.
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Old 08-17-2011, 11:03 PM
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Thanks mumblin. Sounds like a lot of the things I am looking for. Can you hook up all the other stuff also. GPS for navigation and return home? I am looking forward to some posted pictures. I have a Maxi Swift that I want to use. I already use a micro video camera on it to take video but nothing real special. I can carry a lot of stuff on a maxi swift.
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Old 08-18-2011, 02:00 AM
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Here's a link to info on the Remzibi OSD http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=452

It's a very complete and affordable kit, comes with a GPS reciever for location, speed, altitude, direction, direction to home etc.

If you want autopilot as well, you'll be looking at twice the price easily, which is why I decided not to do it. The Remzibi OSD includes a pointer that will always track where "Home" is. Home being wherever the plane took off from. That way you don't have to pay as close attention to aircraft position, you just Go Fly! When you want to come back you just follow the pointer home.

Here is the the RangeVideo OSD with Autopilot
http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php?...f5d684dae8560d

If you couple the transmitter and receiver both with good antenna's, you shouldn't have a range issue to worry about the plane bringing itself home unless you're looking to do very long distance flights.

I'll get some pictures up as soon as I can, both of the plane and of the FPV rats nest... I mean wiring setup

If you haven't done some reading already, here is some EXCELLENT reading material, lots of info all in one place.
http://videoaerialsystems.com/fpv-a-guide-to-success/
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