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Old 02-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #1081
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Is it possible to set up a camera with a live link, such that you could fly it from a plane's eye view? I realize that radio range is still the limiting factor, but it would be neat to pilot the plane from the "cockpit."
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #1082
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Not sure if the video was taken with but it is the kind of plane you linked to. I know there is a guy that has a gopro mounted on a plane very much like this...but I also know you can get key fob HD cams now and I would bet that is what he was using.

Video is a lot of fun.....if we did not have 30+mph winds today I would be out flying.
Judging by the URL at the end (.de) and the language, Germany or there bouts.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:14 PM   #1083
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Is it possible to set up a camera with a live link, such that you could fly it from a plane's eye view? I realize that radio range is still the limiting factor, but it would be neat to pilot the plane from the "cockpit."

Yeah. Haven't done it myself, but there are a number of "point of view" videos on YouTube.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:02 PM   #1084
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I understood about 5% of that , the joys of learning a new language / hobby!

My dumb question for today: I'm currently flying (I use that term loosely) a basic flybar 4 channel heli which has a couple of servos and a speed controller / mixer for the tail rotor, all very simple and understandable. Looking at 6 channel helis, I keep seeing mention of gyros and head locking gyros, what are they and why are they needed? I thought the idea was to fly the helicopter, not let a computer do it for you?

I may well be completely misunderstanding this, in which case feel free to enlighten me.
I can't recommend the mcpx enough. Do a search on mcpx in Youtube to see how capable this little guy is. If you do a few durability mods and upgrade broken parts with upgraded parts, you will end up with a very durable heli that will grow with you for a low cost. Being a collective pitch, ccpm and flybarless, the mechanics are closer to a full scale heli and are much simpler. The magic of making it all work is done in the mixer board.

I also wanted the 450 sized birds but with the fun I'm having, I decided the cost, complexity and running costs weren't worth it for me..
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:20 PM   #1085
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Go for it! Do you have a simulator?

Nope, no simulator. Guess I should check into one.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:39 PM   #1086
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:13 AM   #1087
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Is it possible to set up a camera with a live link, such that you could fly it from a plane's eye view? I realize that radio range is still the limiting factor, but it would be neat to pilot the plane from the "cockpit."
You can go down a very deep rabbit hole with that side to the hobby. VHF radios and people will fly for miles. Google FPV (first person view) and you should get a few hits...they call it by a few different names, but this one seems to be getting the most traction at the moment.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:12 AM   #1088
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This thread cost me $600!!

Thanks again to all for their input. I got a Traxxas 4wd brushless Stadium truck, two Lipo batteries and a double charger. A little more than I wanted to spend but it is a ready to run setup.

They had a Losi 1/5 buggy at the hobby shop and it was huge!! Glad I didn't go that route.

I only drove it for a few minutes last night as it is snowing here but it really rips.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:35 AM   #1089
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Thanks again to all for their input. I got a Traxxas 4wd brushless Stadium truck, two Lipo batteries and a double charger. A little more than I wanted to spend but it is a ready to run setup.

They had a Losi 1/5 buggy at the hobby shop and it was huge!! Glad I didn't go that route.

I only drove it for a few minutes last night as it is snowing here but it really rips.
I think that Traxxas does give you the best/most bang for your buck. Not 100% sure on your truck but I think that your speed controller (ESC) is water proof...makes playing in the snow much more fun. I still have the original slash, and still play with it quite a bit.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:58 AM   #1090
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If only it were that easy. The latest FAA rules updated would have just about destroyed our hobby with onerous limitation. People flying where they should not and FPV systems were a couple of the big factors. Thankffully the AMA spent countless hours battleing them and got them to see a bit of reason.

FPV (First Pilot View) camera systems were also a big issue. Driven primarily by the idiots who were flyign them around cities and then postin gto youtube.

If we do not police ourselves, the government will do it for us just like they do in the mororcycle world. Case inpoint teh law that passed last year in CA. Effective with teh 2013 model year, it is flat out illegial to change our your exhaust sytem unless.it is federally compliant. At the moment there are only one or two aftermarket systems that meet the criteria and they are for Harleys.

We, RC modelers, are a small community do not think for an instant that the general public cannot raise enough commotion to destroy our hobby. Think about where you are flying before you launch.


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Some fliers think flying over people/structures/public places puts the activity in a bad light. A lot of us have been paranoid after the FBI sold some used planes to that wannabe terrorist last year.

My view is there was very little risk in the video. The plane is a lightweight, slow flying foamie with the kinetic energy of a large bee. Move along people.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:33 AM   #1091
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No love here for the ama and the stodgy old farts (and I am an old fart) that are in the club that will not change with the times....I have been down that road more then one time and the ama can go f-themself. Personally I think they do more harm then good.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:07 PM   #1092
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Light upgrade

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Old 03-02-2012, 04:15 AM   #1093
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This bad boy just showed up...plane not person...it is going to be my first big foamy....they seem to be popular just was never sure about a foam plane being this big....all my big planes are glow convertions.

Anyway...here is one of the original terror weapons

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:12 AM   #1094
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:20 PM   #1095
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After a dozen or so flights, plus a couple of unscheduled landings, I think I'm getting the trike sorted out. It's very stable, I think it will make a good aerial photo platform. Even chased the cat around a little bit.




I had a little surprise for Junior when he came over the other day. He's an R/C nut too, and he knew I was building that thing. What he didn't know was that I built TWO.




He came in the garage to see it, only to see two of them sitting on my workbench. "What the heck??? Why did you build two??"

I said, "One for me and one for you. Did I not mention that?"

I think he nearly shat himself. It was awesome.

And here he is enjoying a test flight.




Next up, the camera gets mounted on board and I find someplace more interesting to fly.
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