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10-24-2009 06:01 AM  8 years agoPost 1
EdDrock

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I started hanging around here and checking out the videos so I am interested like everyone is !! I just didn't want to go pro and pay 2000 for a mount. So just for FUN I built one with what I had around the shop ( helio parts ) !! Now it's not done and I think I need to add more support but here's what I have so far. It's for my T-Rex 600.It is a round 1 lbs. and I will be using a Fuji 5000 coming in at around 1.9 lbs. I was told to keep it under 3.5 lbs. and I would be fine!Best of all I have about 12.00 in this ! I just hope it hold 6.5-7 lbs. worth of helicopter. What do you think?

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10-24-2009 08:50 AM  8 years agoPost 2
Seablade

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I think no hard landings!
No offense intended, the tubing looks to be very small diameter from the angle and distance the pictures were taken. Maybe add a tube diagonally from the bottom fwd vertical to the top of the rear vertical.
Enlarging the photos to see how you've got the verticals attached and this is weak. Just putting a fastener through the aluminum angle does not give adequate strength for what it is going to be asked to do. A screw just going down into the tube does hold it, but it is not going to give the attaching point the strength you require to prevent it from folding over on itself.
You need some kind of "solid" mounting that the tube slides into so the end of the tubing has support on the outside of the tube.
There is a reason the mounts costs a little bit of money!
The way it is now I would not trust it just to sit the heli on. All the attaching points, every one-not just the tubing, are not up to what you want them to do.

"Vini, Vidi, Velcro"

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10-24-2009 09:31 AM  8 years agoPost 3
SeismicCWave

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First if you follow normal aviation convention red is suppose to go on the left side. "Port Wine" they say.

Then yes don't expect a sideways landing. You will most likely bust your tubing and tip the helicopter over.

If you want to save money some PVC pipe is actually more robust.

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10-24-2009 05:45 PM  8 years agoPost 4
wjw

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It will probably be fine for your first mount.
One thing is for sure, you will be able to take off and land in some pretty tall grass

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10-24-2009 10:31 PM  8 years agoPost 5
EdDrock

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Yes after mounting the camera I also think it's a bit weak. I set the 50 on there and now think when I spool it up it may tip over or on the landing it may go over. That would cost more in repair than it's worth. But the PVC thing sounded interesting I'll look in to that. Also Just for a (beginner remember) spending 500-2000 dollars just to play around with one ( That's why they cost that much) is not cost effective!!!! If that's the case I'll stick to just flying and leave you pro.s to the video taping !! Talk about a turn off As far as the wine port thing I didn't know I had to fallow the FAA rules to fly in my back yard. I did that JUST for orientation only !!!Thanks for all the feed back anyway I'll look in to the PVC thing next!

Thanks again Ed

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10-24-2009 10:54 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Seablade

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Hey...it's a hobby! Your supposed to do this! How else do you figure things out!
The pvc has been done before and it has worked.
Don't worry about the green/red thing, as you say it's your backyard.

"Vini, Vidi, Velcro"

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10-24-2009 11:58 PM  8 years agoPost 7
EdDrock

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Thanks Seablade,
I know ! They were right it's to high buy about 5" ( what was I thinking) closer to the ground the more stable it will be ( tall grass) that's a good one and a subtle reminder! Thanks again guys!! I'll look at the PVC thing next!

Thanks Ed

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10-25-2009 03:05 AM  8 years agoPost 8
nocontrol1

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Hey Ed- I built a mount out of used carbon golf shafts. At the joints wrap with carbon fiber strands and epoxy to reinforce. The whole mount is incredibly light, but very strong. Sometimes thrift stores have old golf clubs for $.50 or so. The most expensive part is the carbon fiber tow and pool noodles!

Rob D.

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10-25-2009 04:05 AM  8 years agoPost 9
EdDrock

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Hi Rob,
So it can be done! Well put some wind back in my sails!! Thanks Rob I'll look around at the gulf places here!! I took mine apart today to lower it 5". But I have not given up on it yet! It should be more stable that way and I can use the old golf clubs ( C/F ones) for the struts and support.
Thanks again Ed

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10-25-2009 04:22 AM  8 years agoPost 10
nocontrol1

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Hi Ed- It helps to notch the ends of the tubes so they can fit together tightly. I cut all the pieces than tack glue together with C/A before wrapping the joints with the carbon and epoxy. Also, after each joint is wrapped with carbon I wrap it tightly with electrical tape to squeeze out any excess epoxy. Its a little bit of work, but really strong and light. And durable also.

here's an example of tube notching:
http://images12.fotki.com/v2/photos.../MVC015F-vi.jpg

Rob D.

p.s.: carbon fiber arrow shafts are great for support braces

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10-25-2009 05:04 AM  8 years agoPost 11
iflybyu77

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I'm sure some of the "old guard" here would laugh at their own creations from years ago.. I know I do! Part of the joy (and anguish) of AP is figuring out what works (or doesn't).

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