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02-21-2013 11:10 PM  5 years agoPost 1
NQNA

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I have a Elev 8 quad and I'm looking to move to better unit. What is the best direction to move toward? I also think you need more motors for real stable flight than a quad copter.

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02-21-2013 11:15 PM  5 years agoPost 2
steph280

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What is your goal with the multicopter? aerial cinematography? surveillance?

I think the most widely used multicopter for prosumer market is probably the Cinestar. They've been using Mikrokopter electronics, but I believe now offers DJI electronics as well.

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02-21-2013 11:59 PM  5 years agoPost 3
NQNA

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I'm mostly interested in aerial cinematography with fpv capability.

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02-22-2013 02:20 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Dr.Tim

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The DJI 550 Hex is very strong and is Priced very nicely .. I think you can pick it up with the Naza/GPS for around $600

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02-24-2013 01:58 AM  5 years agoPost 5
NQNA

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No other ideas here?

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02-24-2013 04:36 AM  5 years agoPost 6
integy2

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Or if you like to build yourself, I love it.
Kind of fun to me.
Lots of Multiwii boards you can pick.
This is my hex. Almost finish.

This is my quad.

(Good flight end up with ...... big smile :D)

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02-25-2013 02:58 AM  5 years agoPost 7
R Hudson

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I would say, if you are on a budget go with an F550. If you have more green to throw around look into an S800 or Cinestar.

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02-25-2013 08:11 PM  5 years agoPost 8
HansAuf

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Or, build a heavy lift Hexacopter that rivals a Droidworks or more pricey units for 1/3 the price. Start with a frame like some of Rusty's (AGLHOBBIES). Then if you change your mind and want longer/shorter arms, different mounts, accessory mounts, etc... the parts are cheap and readily available. Go with a solid motor like the AVROTO. You can pay less, but I would not trade mine for anything. Pick up a NAZA/GPS combo since that controller has features that facilitate a nice camera platform without dropping $800-$1G. Add camera rig/gimble and you're in the air and shooting with a nice rig that can roll with your changing preferences.

Example:
UAP2 Hexa Frame - $115.00 US
http://www.shop.aglhobbiesllc.com/R...Hexa-Frame.html

CF Tube 21.5mm x 19.5mm 1/2m x6 $15.00 US
http://www.shop.aglhobbiesllc.com/C...9-5mm-1-2m.html
or
CF Tube 21.5mm x 19.5mm 1/3m x6 $10.00 US
http://www.shop.aglhobbiesllc.com/C...9-5mm-1-3m.html

I don't want to endorse any one vendor, I just mention Rusty's stuff because I find it easy to work with and there's one sitting 5 feet from me. A little more cash ($100-$150-ish) and you're into a CarbonCore, which I also like. I don't suggest an S800 as your first camera rig though.

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02-26-2013 12:01 PM  5 years agoPost 9
trackemdown

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Central ,VA

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RCTimer has a good 800mm hex. I have one and it's a super knock off of the DJI. I have 6 860kv motors(15" props) with 40 amp esc's and the naza/gps combo. I have a gimble with a gopro3 mounted on it. Less the gopro, I have about $400 in it.
I'm very pleased with it and it does great for photography.

I also have a Rusty's frame which is very versatile and adaptable. Have a KK2.0 board on it set up in a oct configuration. 860KV motors swinging 17" props. This frame is 950mm and uses 16mm booms(trex500 booms)I just like flying this one for fun because of it's size.

If you like sport flying then check out the Armattan quads. I have 4 of these and they're nearly indestructible because they're made out of aluminum.

My fleet consist of 13 heli's up to 700 size and 8 multirotors up to 950mm. Need to thin out the fleet but can't decide what to get rid of.

Check out the mutlirotor forum on RCGroups for sales and more info. There seems to be a lot more there.

Grabbem-n-baggem

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03-11-2013 01:23 AM  5 years agoPost 10
rilopez825

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Pembroke Pines, FL

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the best muliti chopper for you will depend on what camera equipment your planning on lifting.

Richard

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04-10-2013 02:06 PM  5 years agoPost 11
vanmantony

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shropshire england

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Nova, check out rc explorers site uses a tricopter he films and flys via go pro hero

Watch at YouTube

I only use tri's now, less motors more flight time, awesome yaw control, no need for any expensive cw prop's,in fact I use gws copies from hong kong £3.50 inc shipping for 10. kk board and cheap escapes. David's site has some really usful build and diy tutorials well worth a look (saved me a fortune)
cheer's Tony

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04-10-2013 10:46 PM  5 years agoPost 12
NQNA

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Nice information vanmantony.. The video is very nice.

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