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#1 juz

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:18 PM

Team Black Sheep have developed this sweet looking FPV quadcopter prototype frame called the Discovery.

What makes this frame so different and cool is the pre-installed TBS CORE. The CORE is a PSU that supplies power for both an FPV camera and transmitter and includes an inbuilt small/simple OSD. The CORE is powered automatically when you connect the flight battery and can take anything from 2 to 10 cells. The current sensor can manage 100A continuous.

Frame weighs in at 460 grams

Uses readily available and reletively cheap DJI flamewheel arms.

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I soldered some header pins (purchased from a local electronics store) to the top frame plate for my CC3D (not essential but nice and neat)

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I chose to modify my DL UHF rx by replacing the 90 degree headers with straight header pins so it could be soldered directly to the frame (again, not necessary but helps separate the components and keeps wiring neat and hidden) Looks mega trick too.

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CC3D connected to the header pins and installed using an adapter from my quadrixette 40 frame kit. Frankenquad CC case and DJI OPTO 30A escs (I may swap these out depending on performance)

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more build (and detailed) photos very soon

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:19 PM

escs installed, it can't get any easier than this ; CC3D connected and ready to go

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TBS 69 FPV camera installed, again very easy and solid

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NTM 1100kv 380W motors these puppies are BIG....I had them lying around so I thought I would give them a try. I will also test Avroto 770kv's, NTM 1200's and maybe something else.

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Nearly ready to test fly. Time to configure my 33CD and tx/rx.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:19 PM

although I will be testing other motors and tuning the CC3D the building is pretty much done. I changed a couple of components (escs and motors).
I used some clear tape on the fpv cam plate tabs to make a tight fit in the frame plates.
It looks like this (ATM)

TBS discovery prototype quadcopter frame
CC3D
frankenquad CC protective case V2
Turnigy Plush 30A escs
NTM 1200KV motors
800mW (rated at 600mW) 1300MHz Vtx
cloverleaf antenna
TBS 69 FPV camera
dragon link rx
gaui 8 inch props
gopro hero2
layerlens gopro protection
3S 3000, 4000, 5000 and 6000 mah nano tech lipos

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Two wires out the back is for RSSI

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TBS 69 camera is awesome, beautiful color and easy to configure.

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with 3000mah 3S nanotech .. 1360 grams
with 5000mah 3S nanotech .. 1536 grams

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:43 PM

oww looks interesting
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:57 PM

I like how it incorporates a GoPro place and a flight camera. Very cool. Very. Are the arms rigid and solid?

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:24 PM

Awesome features!!!! Thanks! And just what Juz needs, another quad, LOL.

Currently flying: QAV500 Quadcopter, OpenPilot Revolution, 4S setup with 10x4.5 props

 

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:27 PM

Very cool!! I'll be watching this closely.

I wonder what effect the gopro on the side will have on center of gravity. Surely the FPV camera won't be heavy enough to counter-weigh it... probably not too bad though. Interesting twist with EZUHF plug right into the frame.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:28 PM

Wow. Badass. Is it available already?

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:43 PM

oh man oh man oh man!!! :D

Get some COLORARMS for your DJI Flamewheel, TBS Dicovery, or Ov3rQuad here!

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:54 PM

Uses readily available and reletively cheap DJI flamewheel arms.


I'll be interested to hear how the arms work out, since there have been many reports of the FlameWheel arms having too much flex. At least from the FlameWheel fliers I've seen, that can turn into a significant resonance which looks a lot like a lowish-speed vibration. Perhaps their mounting solution resolves that.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:55 PM

Brilliant engineering on TBS side, hat down to them.

I'm very happy to see someone is seriously takeing a step foward in multirotor frame engineering, i guess theres still time to see how it performs, but im sure it's a well thought design, sure looks like that.

Respect to TBS guyz.

PS about the goPro not in the center, that shouldn't be a problem at all, simply install some electronics like reciver, fpv cam, cables etc. on oposit side of go pro on frame, check machine CG once again and there you go.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:56 PM

Brilliant engineering on TBS side, hat down to them.

I'm very happy to see someone is seriously takeing a step foward in multirotor frame engineering, i guess theres still time to see how it performs, but im sure it's a well thought design, sure looks like that.

Respect to TBS guyz.

PS about the goPro not in the center, that shouldn't be a problem at all, simply install some electronics like reciver, fpv cam, cables etc. on oposit side of go pro on frame, check machine CG once again and there you go.


Well its really DJI arms on 2 custom G10 plates. Cool idea but i don't think it is really that cutting edge or advanced engineering to be honest.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 03:57 PM

And just what Juz needs, another quad, LOL.


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Posted 02 May 2012 - 04:04 PM

wow, probable the best looking FPV frame yet.

But how far can you go......460grams :wacko:

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 04:05 PM

Well its really DJI arms on 2 custom G10 plates. Cool idea but i don't think it is really that cutting edge or advanced engineering to be honest.


I'm not intrested in starting a discussion in this review topic, let just say, i think it is!

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 04:06 PM

Well the beauty of it for me is the integrated power distribution. That is so much better to make clean installs I think. Maybe tom at hoverthings can create a next version of the main plates with that feature.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 04:42 PM

Integrating like that is cool on stuff that doesn't often crash. Doing it on stuff that has a high probability of bumps now and then doesn't seem wise. But if the video is vibe free, thats much, much more important to me.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 04:56 PM

I'm not intrested in starting a discussion in this review topic, let just say, i think it is!


I'm just curious as to what you found innovative is all, not trying to argue it, just discuss it. I see DJI arms on G10 in a fairly standard spider configuration. DJI already did the built in power distro board as well so that isn't new.

I'm not saying I don't like the design or that it isn't a nice setup, but I don't see anything "new" here per se.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 04:57 PM

Well on crashes usually the arms are the ones that break. And they don't seem to have anything integrated and easily replaceable. The main plates don't usually break.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 05:04 PM

hey Juz, what's the point of soldering the RX directly into the frame? I don't get that part. Is it only to save on the wire moving around?