Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:16 PM
We have been talking for a while about a frame that combined the best of the rock solid flying stability from the VC-450 and the layout space/no props in view set up of the HT-FPV and this is what has come out of it.
The frame is obviously a nod to the QAV/Iconic X frame direction but it's important to point out that it is not intended for the same purpose. It is not a heavy frame (only 350g) and there is no clean/dirty section or dampening for silky smooth 1080p. This frame is designed to be thrashed, bashed and treated bad, and keep on flying. I'm hoping it will be a frame that can fly like a banshee through trees without having to think about the hideous cost of endless arm replacements.
The arms come from Toms Flip battle quad and are super quick to change out. The centre plates are essentially mirrored and slimmed down VC-450 plates with the HT-FPV tray on the front. There are a load of hardware changes to keep the frame rigid and still have lots of space.
I think this frame will become heavily modified by different fliers so there is no point in showing a full build at this point. If you want to see how to get started properly have a look at some of the VC-450 and HT-FPV builds and go from there. I just ripped the guts out of an old VC-450 to get going quickly. I can see a number of mods I will make after I've done some testing as well as wiring tidy up. I havent installed the bec yet to power the fpv so have left space for a 0.5 lipo. There is some optional landing gear available from Tom too but I've just started with some foam pads.
I got orange arms with mine, but I think Tom is going to offer a bunch of colours. The newer arms are pretty short, only 5 and 1/2 inchs from the motor to standoffs so prop size will be limited to 10inch, but they are strong and light and should survive some pretty hard impacts. The centre plates also fit the older style arms but I havent tested them yet.
I put 8 inch props on first and they fit fine with no props in view. Just stuck some 10's on and they come very close to the standoffs on the centre plate but fit fine, but wouldnt use them with these motors. I think they will show up in the vids too so I will stick with 8's or 9's. Quick indoor test on default cc3d settings was wobbly so need to get some tuning done.
More testing to come.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:29 PM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:30 PM
wait....what motors are you using?
Everything came off an old VC-450 as I'm short on spares, so they are ntm 1200's for now. Probably stick some Sunnysky's on at some point but if this is gonna be my basher I will stick with cheap motors.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:40 PM
I think 10 inch props are way too big for NTM 1200's.. I would definitely go for 8 or 9 inch. (prolly 8)
me want video
Yep I agree but wanted to show what size would fit as others will have motors that are good with 10's.
Video...coming if I can get out of work and go do some tuning...
Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:54 PM
3S is the new 2S
Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:27 PM
I like sport FPV and this one looks perfect for my needs. I've seen those arms in action and they're tough. The price is good too.
I'll be installing a CC3D on mine. I plan on migrating all the gear from my spider copter (SunnySky 980kv motors, flashed 25a escs and 3S 4000 mAh lipo).
I want to have mine ready and trimmed out for a regional FPV meet in my area in late May/early June.
I'll share video once I have it.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:25 AM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:05 AM
It is not a heavy frame (only 350g) and there is no clean/dirty section or dampening for silky smooth 1080p.
Wonder if a dirty/clean section is needed if you just dampen the camera area?
Maybe just make a 'clean' section for the GoPro and FPV cam.
Could Tom just make a plate to mount the GoPro on, using memory foam ear plugs as a dampener in between that & the frame?
I noticed some of the ear plugs in Bunnings use memory foam or an equivalent.
Don't worry about isolating the FPV cam if vibes don't affect it much in flight, meaning a sml plate won't be needed, just use dampening material under the GoPro.
The reason for asking is because I've made frames that vibrate, and dampening just the camera (vs needing a whole plate spanning the length of the frame) seems to be enough.
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