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02-06-2006 10:40 PM  12 years agoPost 41
rob10000

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Well, here's how my camera is mounted in mine..

IMHO, the EZ* is a great platform for AP.
I'm just messing around with a cheap digital camcorder, but it's alot of fun. I just bought another one, and I'm toying with the idea of getting a BW wireless system and do some flying "under the hood"

I've put up quite a few video at my putfile site, check the ones out at the bottem..

http://www.putfile.com/rob10000

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02-06-2006 10:48 PM  12 years agoPost 42
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Not a powered kite and will fly in 20mph winds or so.

We can only bring out two new products a month on here but I have flown the prototype for about 3 months and its a blast.

It will be a next months release as we have another heli product coming out this week so that's our two for the month.

John

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02-06-2006 10:58 PM  12 years agoPost 43
Angelos

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John,
you are allowed to make two commercial posts on RR each month and you can talk in them for as many new products as you like. So you can tell us all about it this week together with your other product. I bet that’s great news for you!

Spartan RC R&D

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02-06-2006 10:58 PM  12 years agoPost 44
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Hijack
Airfoil, Please do not hijack a thread with an "announcement" for another new product you are coming out with. This is a thread about hector's platform. Butt...... I would love to see what you are talking about John.

Nice detective work. I love mine. I have my 7900 mounted inside the fuse.

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02-06-2006 10:58 PM  12 years agoPost 45
Torsten

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John,

nothing new.

http://www.microdrones.de/index.html

a friend is working with the german military on a plattform.

these are flying already and large versions with payload to spare are in production.

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02-06-2006 11:42 PM  12 years agoPost 46
AirFoil Aerial Systems

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I know Hector and I bet he doesn't mind. I wasn't hijacking his thread just ask a question.
Angleo's you need to check your info. Its 2 posts a month on new products you can't list several products at the same time I'm pretty sure.

By the way its not the 4 bladed thing. We worked on this about 8 months and she fly's like a baby. Outside the box but really not ment for this forum.

Sorry if this bothered you.

John

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02-07-2006 01:00 AM  12 years agoPost 47
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Well Here Is The Answer...
Hi guys,
Before you laugh, check the 3 pictures on the beginning of the post.. I did not wanted to tell you what I used because I wanted you to be open-minded.
Well here it is:
Plane: Multiplex Easy Star with brushless motor and Li-Po batts.

Camera and camera mount: (Sony DSC-P200) (all pictures were taken at 7 meg on fully auto).

I used to laugh at foam planes.. no any more

The plane flies great even with all the extra weight. I am not trying to replace the gassers but for the price of this plane you can not go wrong and try it. I got the idea from http://www.rcgroups.com under their aerial photography. By the way thanks Caine for answering all my questions.

I did have to fix the horizon on two of the pictures by few degrees (I do not have any compensation on the mount)..
I am using my 3s trex lipo and I am getting about 25 min..

I do not want to start a fued here but when I started one year or so ago I was mislead to be believe the only way you can do AP was with a gasser.. may be I needed to do more reading....

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Hector

I have a dilema but I can not decide

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02-07-2006 01:22 AM  12 years agoPost 48
uh60ce

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well, that would've been my next guess anyhow. Isn't it amazing what you can get from such a simplistic little setup like that? Ive got a much bigger plane that I showed on here somwhere once that I use when the situation calls for it. It works great, but I often wish it was electric powered instead of having a 50cc gas thumper out front...isolating the camera from the vibrations of that engine was and still is a nightmare! excellent photos by the way.

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02-07-2006 01:44 AM  12 years agoPost 49
fitenfyr

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I was mislead to be believe the only way you can do AP was with a gasser.. may be I needed to do more reading....
Hehe hehe he...once you have crossed over to the path of the "light" side you can't go back.

Electrics are great.

I flew our BT yesterday to work out some bugs. Vibs and such...
Thought that was cool...Heck flying anything but the sim is great right now. Finally a decent week of weather.

Then I fired up the Ion for a quick test hop....
It all cam rushing back about how simple and SMOOTH electrics are.

A flight on each of the Ion's and I was once again hooked on electrics.

Gonna have to get one of these critters to play with I think.
I have G6 that would fit nicely I bet.

Jason Stiffey
Fly Fast....Live Slow...

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02-07-2006 02:09 AM  12 years agoPost 50
DANNO

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thats pretty cool hector....

how does the ez star fly? can you slow it down real nice without stalling for small landing zones?

i bought a wing dragon from hobby lobby a while back for 120bucks inluding radio...ditched the landing gear, fake pilot and stickers and at actually looked somewhat professional and flew nicely too....

i put a small mini cam and 2.4ghtz xmitter and when flying at the beach....something when wrong at 300 feet or so...i think maybe the battery shifted aft or something because it became very unstable....lost that sucker somewhere out over the gulf of mexico.....

anyway, i was thinking about getting another one just because i liked the slow speed deep stall landings it could do...power off and full up elevator and it just would float down and plop itself on the ground without fully stalling

....but maybe an ezstar is the way to go....

www.skypiximaging.com

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02-07-2006 02:42 AM  12 years agoPost 51
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Danno, check your PMs.

DJ, I got the easy star from Towerhobbies $59.99....

"The pictures were taken at the Reservoir (man made lake) in Jackson,MS.
The setup is: easy star, 3s 2100 lipo thunder power(trex type), cc25 and eflite park 480 outrunner brushless.. the camera is the sony dsc-p200 with the shutter bug (taking pictures every 4 sec. in auto mod.)"

The above info I posted on http://www.rcgroups.com

Hope it helps...

Hector

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02-07-2006 02:54 AM  12 years agoPost 52
KC

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Hector those turned out cool!

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02-07-2006 03:30 AM  12 years agoPost 53
pilatus turbo

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DJ,

I have not try full stick climb ups because I do not have to. I am hand launching at a bit pass half stick. I am using a APC (E) electric 11X8 cut down to fit the boom. The plane flies at about 1/2 stick or a bit less for about 24 min.. The way I am doing it is: climb nice and easy and then level the plane and try to keep the plane level. In the same time I have the shutter bug taking pictures every 4 sec.

Hector

I have a dilema but I can not decide

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02-07-2006 04:36 AM  12 years agoPost 54
lowandslow

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Nice shots Hector! The Sony P200 is an amazing little camera. I have one mounted on a Slow Stick and it takes great pics. I also use a Sony V3 on my helicam and it too takes superb images. If I do a job that doesn't have to be very precise as far as framing goes, I do it with the SS. It amazing the quality you can produce with so little $$.

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02-07-2006 05:04 AM  12 years agoPost 55
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lowandslow
That is the point!! well said.. I flew over water, boats, condos and did not worry as I worry when flying my gasser..

Hector

I have a dilema but I can not decide

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02-07-2006 05:43 AM  12 years agoPost 56
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I also started with the Slow Stick and will never take it out of the system.. The Joker does work better for specific close-ups but for high overlooking shots the plane is great.. I will be using it over the heli for a job tomorrow.. She wants to see the entire 250 acres and it will work perfect.

Here are my setups.

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02-07-2006 05:54 AM  12 years agoPost 57
lowandslow

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The SS is a lot less nerve racking to fly that's for sure. Between the ION the SS and my pole I have just about everything covered. I have a pic of it in my gallery. Made the camera mount from Home Depot paint stir sticks. Cost? Free.

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02-07-2006 05:58 AM  12 years agoPost 58
R Hudson

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The EasyStar is a solid flyer as long as there's not too much wind. I think the Easy Glider would possibly be a better choice since it has ailerons whereas the EasyStar does not. Plus, the Easy Glider has a larger wingspan. This is not to knock the EasyStar. I fly my EasyStar more than anything else and it glides really well. I may be trying a TwinStar or maybe a Magister for an AP plane.

I wasn't too keen on the idea of Foamies at first, but the cool thing is that if you crash, 99% of the time you can just fix with some CA and be back in the air fast.

Thanks for posting this, Hector. Your pics came out very nice!

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02-07-2006 08:31 AM  12 years agoPost 59
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i would stick to something that can land on its belly rather than on wheels.

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02-07-2006 09:46 AM  12 years agoPost 60
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Hi Hector, looks like you got less laughts than you expected. Along those years we saw even more strange platforms and your is only one more that also gives nice results from the first flight. Some more time to fit the video TX to avoid the use of the timmer and you have what you need. Sure more than one is now looking for simmilar solutions to increase the operational margin. Congratulations and see you in a few months.
Alvaro

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