Radio control nuts

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by RC Pilot, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    This showed up last night so no work on cleaning up old cars....I built this instead. It is a 32" wingspan plane...and it is a little plane, runs on a 1000 2s battery that is (from what I have read) 5-7min of flight time. It is to have a pretty high wing loading so it likes to be flown fast. No chance to get the first flight in...and it looks like it may be a little bit with winds in the 20mph range. Just too windy for a little bird.

    Here are some pics...tonight I am going to do a little wright up on this plane on rcgroups...and I can cross post it here if you would like.

    I will say this is the first new plane I have bought in about 2 years....WOW is all I can say...just wow, the detail, fit finish, paint, decals....hell everything is just mind blowing. I don't think the photos I took will do it justice. I bought the RTF and that had everything you need to get the plane in the air less 4 AA batts....all for less than $100, and that included shipping. The plane went together very fast, no issues...I will post up a post flight review when it calms down....hopefully it will be less windy just before dusk tonight.

    On to the pics....I will get a pic of the finished plane tonight.

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  2. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Yes, please post up the link to the review.
  3. garandman

    garandman Wandering Minstrel

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    I combined RC components with a camera and a motorcycle to make a gyro-stabilized camera mount.

    MotoGP developed some gyr-stabilized camera systems that can provide live TV-quality video feeds. As you can imagine, the technology, while spectacular, is complex and expensive.

    I learned about piezo gyros and that they'd been miniaturized along with servo motors for RC aircraft and helicopter use. Eventually, I found the Dunehaven GS-1, which is a combined gyro/servo in one package.

    We have SolidWorks and a 3D printer so I set out to make a housing that would support the camera on my SV650S track bike. I used the mounting bracket from a GoPro camera, since they seem to be most popular for this application.

    My first test prototype to test the concept was very crude, using a keychain cam.
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    But it worked!
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    As you may be able to tell, there is a problem with the gyro drifting back to center. This setup was small and cheap enough to be willing to live with it. The newest model decreases the amount of drift. I investigated going to something that would hold the heading better, but it appeared I was going to need what amounted to a helicopter autopilot, increasing the cost 3-4X.

    I continued to work on the packaging and got a GoPro. Eventually I took this setup to a track day.
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    And I'm pretty pleased with the results. Especially for a product that is well less than $200 (excluding camera) to put together.
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    Thank you RC community! I'll have much better packaging for next year.
  4. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    Well, you could always use the stock 540 motor. I always liked Trinity motors though. I think I had a Joel Johnson Modified in my Hot Shot II. I have a Trinity Ruby 13T in my touring car that's a lot faster. Not sure what's 'good' right now though.
  5. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    That's pretty danged slick!
  6. RC Pilot

    RC Pilot Shut up and fly!

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    This might work well for you and would allow for lipo use - http://www.oomodel.com/ezrun-35asl-esc-13t-3000kv-brushless-motor-program-cardb1-p-353.html

    The motor is a 380 core but has plenty of power and should not over tax your drivetrain. Here it is in action.
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  7. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    Got all the goodies to get the E-Flite RV-9 together.
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  8. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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    Nice!! Have you used those OrangeRX receivers before? I just ordered a couple from Hobby King to try out. $19 for a 6-channel with a sattelite receiver. Way better than $90 for a Spektrum, if it works ok. Worth a try.
  9. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    I haven't tried them, nor any Turnigy products.
    This whole project is all about trying a bit of all the turnigy products, and the Orange receiver.
    Depending on which of the zillion threads spread across RCGroups, and RCU, there's a even blend of love and hate for the Orange RX's.
    I got the plane for "free" (won it at SEFF, so you know how free that is...), so I'm willing to sacrifice it in the name of testing, and shakedown.
    I have a few other electric projects waiting in line to try, and if these prove to be good on the RV-9, I'll try them on the Rhapsody, next.

    PS, I didnt know how big that speed controller was going to be.
    It's rather large. Hopefully I can find enough room to tuck in out of the way.
    They were out of the Sentry ESC's I wanted to try, as well as the Plush.

    BTW, I ordered this batch of goodies 12-29-11, iirc, and tracked through Swiss Post, and received them (South Louisiana) yesterday.
    I have another order I placed Jan 3, that appears to be tracking through Chinese post, or something of that nature. I see there was a notice left of it's delivery today. I'll have to get it tomorrow, when the post office opens.
    I ordered a couple sets of Turnigy nano LiPo's from the USA warehouse, and they showed up in 2 or 3 days!
    I hope they'll beef up thier USA inventory, because cheap, and fast is a great thing!
  10. Saget

    Saget Not quite a full house

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    Kinda what I have in mind too for the Orange RX; a cheap foamie that won't break my heart if it crashes. I'll be real curious to hear what you think about it once it's flying!
  11. Monday

    Monday Been here awhile

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    We've used the orange one's, seem to work fine. I just got 2 more. :D I've heard you occasionally get a bunk one, but at $6 a piece.....that's fine.
  12. I_FLY_LOW

    I_FLY_LOW Long timer

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    What have you used yours in?
    How far out have you flown them?
    Some of the frequent thread mentions were about them having a short range.
    I bought them under the pretenses that they were a full range receiver.
    I didn't get the satellite receivers, either. Didn't think I needed them at the time.
  13. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Skyraider? Cool!
  14. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    That is cool!
    This caught my eye because I built a servo controlled webcam, I could easily replace one of the servo's with that Dunehaven GS-1
    Gyroscopic stabilized servo's... geez technology marches on!
  15. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    So if I had around $100 to spend on a flying toy, what would y'all recommend? I'd prefer a heli, but that Airmaster looks pretty sweet... Pretty much open to anything that requires more skill than what I have, which means pretty much anything. :D Suggestions?
  16. RC Pilot

    RC Pilot Shut up and fly!

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    What is the most advanced thing you have?
  17. I_FLY_LOW

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  18. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Currently just an Airhogs Blue Sky, which is very simple and flies great... but I'd like to be able to do a little more. Definitely looking for something still a little more introductory as far as airplanes go. I've played with a few small-ish heli's in the past and have really enjoyed them, wouldn't mind getting one of my own. I would like something that I can fly outside in a bit of wind though, cause there's usually a bit of wind around here. Other option is something about the same size as the Airhog but with more control that can be flown in a large gym...
  19. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    And...

    Eventually I would *love* to build a plane- that has always been a goal of mine, but I just don't have the time right now. I've built tons of rubber powered free fliers back in the day, and just got done building 20 of these:



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    But for now, I'd like to stick to an RTF or ARF.
  20. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    While we're on the subject... I guess another option would be to get a radio for this thing and fix it up...

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    No idea what it is, other than its HUGE. Pretty rough shape- holes poked in the covering all over, missing the vertical stabilizer and ruder, wing struts, and wheels(?). Has a weed eater engine in it though, and other than the damage to the tail appears to be in decent shape. Any idea what it is?!