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10-22-2004 04:51 AM  13 years agoPost 1
gwallace1

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Well the allure of starting a home business, along with combining two hobbies I enjoy.....ok who am I BS'sing...I see an opportunity in my area to make some extra $$, so I am putting together a list to purchase some new goodies....(tax write-offs ) Here is what I have come up with so far, and any input is appreciated, but please don't let this turn into a brand war.....

Predator Gasser with Z231........$995
Servos,gyro, rx-------....................$400
Duralite set...................................$250
Camera mount (if bought)...........$250
BlackWidow set digilive..............$280
Video Monitor...............................$100

Total..... $2275


Any other unexpected expenses, other than a camera, which is not on this list???

Greg

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10-22-2004 05:01 AM  13 years agoPost 2
bell-230

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you need servos for the camera mount, i recomend the servos that kevin from rotorkraft sells! and those are about 70 dollars a pop. and you might actually want to go with an electric helicopter! you can get something like a logo 20 flying for about 1,600- 1,700 bucks and the joker is alot more!(those prices are with li poly's)

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10-22-2004 05:49 AM  13 years agoPost 3
JWBurns

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Looks like we are on the same page Greg.

I say good choice in gas over electric. Longer flight times are always a plus...although they both have their faults/advantages.

Don't forget a good quality Muffler and the possibility of using a GV-1 and Stator Gator to control your headspeed.

I am currently looking into the Hanson engines as they've been reworked to provide more power and smooth runs.

The mount might go for a bit more. I'm looking into one that provides servo driven pan and tilt capabilities. They are around $300/400.

Jason

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10-22-2004 06:05 AM  13 years agoPost 4
gwallace1

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Thanks Jason.....I also picked a gasser over electric for the flight times. Again there are pros and cons for both. I have a spare TJ pro...will this work on a gasser? I like it on my nitro ship, and it's easy to set up. Also, you are correct on the mount cost for pan and tilt, and that is the way I would go, are they available set up without the servos, as I have tons of spares that would work fine.......always looking for areas to save $$.

I hope to buy most of it at once, but I am not quite sure where to save $$ first!!

Greg

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10-22-2004 06:22 AM  13 years agoPost 5
JWBurns

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Yes the TJ will work fine, I'd suggest the Stator Gator as it's plug and play. Makes things easier. You can also use an optical sensor in conjunction with the TJ. Might do a search for more information on that.

I am currently looking at both the Airfoil and Helicam Solutions mounts. They both have the servos for pan and tilt installed which is a plus.

Looking forward to meeting Jody over at Helicam Solutions in Sulphur LA for the upcoming funfly in November.

Jason

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10-22-2004 07:48 AM  13 years agoPost 6
FCM

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In order to avoid any dissapointment, the Stator Gator is designed to work with the GV1 not the TJ pro.

This has been discussed at great length here on RR. Look under the gasser section if you want to know any more.

Hope this helps,

Paul.

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10-22-2004 05:10 PM  13 years agoPost 7
daggit

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Liability insurance and...

I recommend another cameraship.

What I mean is work on getting backup parts for things that might not be easy to get quickly. Use whatever capital you gain from your first jobs to get spare parts. If you start promoting your business you won't want any downtime when you get busy.

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