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Submitted: Fri, 25/07/2014 - 15:24

I like making kits!

I was in the war.

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Submitted: Wed, 30/07/2014 - 08:06

nobby wrote:
Hey Lutz G, by coincidence I just ordered one of these:

Alien Frame

As I love the look of it, and having done a lot of (partial scratch) RC car building in the past I was looking for a new hobby - I'm keen to get into aerial photography with a quadcopter. So I'm now researching all the ancillaries I'm going to need to bolt onto this baby to get airborne! So far I've ordered the frame, a set of Afro speed controllers and a set of "High crab FPV landing skids" (as the kit legs are apparently badly flimsy!).

Any advice would be welcome!

(...)

Alien 560
Turnigy 2213 980Kv x 4
Afro ESC 30amp x4
Slow Fly Electric Prop 12x4.5R SF
FrSky DJT 2.4Ghz Combo Pack for JR w/ Telemetry Module & V8FR-II RX
Naza Lite
Turnigy 9XR Transmitter Mode 2

Then when it all arrives I can work out all the stuff I still haven't got that I need to make it all fit together!

Hey Nobby - great stuff! Did also RC car (and boat) building in the past (very Speed Racer/Carmageddon like *g*)

I'm more the DJI Phantom (1) guy - but the Alien Copter looks great.

Got now FPV:

New Clips :D

If you got any questions, just drop me a line here...

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Submitted: Tue, 05/08/2014 - 06:40

South of the Elbe...

Copter flipping in Harksheide

Got my DJI OSD Mini yesterday (On Screen Display)...

have now my complete setup - Gimbal, FPV, OSD.

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Submitted: Sun, 10/08/2014 - 20:42

My Phantom 1.1.1 in action (beginning of the clip) ;)

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Submitted: Mon, 11/08/2014 - 10:27

Hey Lutz G - great videos, I look forward to making my own videos (and to that end I now own 3 gimbals; one 2-axis servo for D-SLR, one 3-axis for D-SLR and a Tarot 2-axis for goPro). I'm still looking at FPV options though.

Hopefully I'll be in the air this coming weekend. In the meantime I need to do all the electrical wiring for my first quad (which I decided will be the Alien, as the Predator is going to be more awkward to fit all the electrics to). And then... just learn to fly it too! :)

So, the buying frenzy continued! I'm now the proud (slightly ashamed?) owner of:
HobbyKing® Alien 560 Folding Quad-Copter Carbon Fibre
HobbyKing® Predator 650 Folding Quad-Copter Carbon Fibre Version
Afro ESC 30Amp Multi-rotor Motor Speed Controller
Slow Fly Electric Prop 12x4.5R SF (4 pc Right Hand Rotation)
Turnigy Multistar 2213-980Kv 14Pole Multi-Rotor
Turnigy 9XR Transmitter Mode 2
DJI Naza-M Lite Multi-Rotor Flight Controller GPS Combo
FrSky DJT 2.4Ghz Combo Pack for JR w/ Telemetry Module & V8FR-II RX
FrSky D4R-II 4ch 2.4Ghz ACCST Receiver (w/telemetry)
2.4Ghz 7DB Antenna for FrSky Modules (And compatible Radios/Modules)
ZIPPY Flightmax 4000mAh 3S1P 40C
HobbyKing® B6 AC/DC Compact LiPO/NiMh 50W Charger
1 x ST Products RC Camera Mount Kit S-550 2 axis
Multifunction Care-Free High Crab FPV Landing Gear Set (Black)
4 x 16mm 3k Carbon Fiber Tube (16mm C/F Tube)
1x Hobby King Quadcopter Power Distribution Board
3 Axis Brushless Gimbal for Sony NEX Size camera (UnmannedTech)
4x Turnigy D3536/9 910KV Brushless Outrunner Motor
1x Turnigy HD ActionCam 1080p Full HD Video Camera w/waterproof case
1x Tarot T-2D V2 GoPRO 3 Brushless Camera Gimbal and ZYX22 Controller

Still finding no sensible prop options for the motors - UK buying options for props seem a bit crap. I want sets of four matching RH/LH rotation props to match my motors - can anyone recommend where best to get them? I'm happy to buy from China if the suppliers are reputable and can ship in sensible time-frames.

The Alien and Predator frames are now both built. I can highly recommend the Predator to fans of ill-thought out kits with hard-to-read and inaccurate instructions and screws made of hardened cheese. However, the resultant frame - after hours of swearing, some discarding of unnecessary fripperies, and some Dremel work to access screw holes rendered inaccessible by construction - is very light and stiff... and I do really like the motor/ESC mounts.

The Alien was much easier to screw together, and I've added HobbyKing's skids to it rather than the fragile stock legs, to make it better as a camera platform.

I was in the war.

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Submitted: Mon, 11/08/2014 - 23:00

Hey Nobby,

great copter lineup :D Looking forward to your clips ;)

nobby wrote:
The Alien and Predator frames are now both built. I can highly recommend the Predator to fans of ill-thought out kits with hard-to-read and inaccurate instructions and screws made of hardened cheese. However, the resultant frame - after hours of swearing, some discarding of unnecessary fripperies, and some Dremel work to access screw holes rendered inaccessible by construction - is very light and stiff... and I do really like the motor/ESC mounts.

:D

Can't say anything about the prop stuff...

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Submitted: Tue, 12/08/2014 - 14:01

I have a gen 1 Parrot i've not used in a while

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Submitted: Fri, 22/08/2014 - 13:49

At our local multimedia store they sell these quadcopters along with some other minor robotic stuff.
http://www.rctigermotor.com/index.php?m=content&c=search&a=init&catid=11&info%5Bcatid%5D=11&dosubmit
I saw they were advertising this too(linked the recommendation page)..don't know if its any good though..At least their site looks decent :D
I have no knowledge of these things whatsoever..B

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Submitted: Thu, 04/09/2014 - 06:34

The other day south of the Elbe - 250 mm Mini H Quad + TBS Discovery pro in slow motion

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Submitted: Mon, 08/09/2014 - 09:50

Hey Nobby - great gfx, fps rate and damage model *g*

The other day copter buddy Alex was invited to the Computer Club 2 (German tv):D

I did the groundstation clip for the show - here's the "uncut" version ;)

Edited by: Lutz G on Mon, 08/09/2014 - 09:56

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