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Posted: 8/8/2005 5:58:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2005 6:25:31 AM EDT by cwd10]
For those of you who aren't familiar with the original thread, I encourage you to read it in it's entirety for all the details. Unfortuneately I had to remove the original pics to make room for the new ones. I'm still saving up for a new camera that can actually tage good pics, but here's what I have anyway. Enjoy!!




















Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:00:38 AM EDT
And here's some of the chopper.













Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:00:52 AM EDT
That is pretty awesome, you have your own UAV.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:01:19 AM EDT
Nice work! That's going to be even more awesome when you get some fall color.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:01:36 AM EDT
sweet, how high?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:04:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2005 6:04:45 AM EDT by cwd10]
I'm slowly getting better. The highest shots are around 100 feet. I have done some at close to 200 feet, but that's too scary.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:06:30 AM EDT
tag for when your photo server is feeling better, I've always thought a rig like that would be fun to have.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:09:17 AM EDT
Sorry guys, the server is coughing up blood at this point. I'll see if I can do anything.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:28:46 AM EDT
Seems better now.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:30:23 AM EDT
Sweet. So what's the price tag for a rig like that? Can you give some links to the equipment used?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:32:15 AM EDT
Goddamn. The places I call home, while special in my heart, are about as ugly as it gets.

Thanks for reminding me of this.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:34:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PBIR:
Sweet. So what's the price tag for a rig like that? Can you give some links to the equipment used?



More than I care to recall.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:34:35 AM EDT
You got Hellfires on that thing yet?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:34:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Goddamn. The places I call home, while special in my heart, are about as ugly as it gets.

Thanks for reminding me of this.




Not sure I understand that statement.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:35:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ArmedAggie:
You got Hellfires on that thing yet?




Your'e not the first person to suggest that.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:37:49 AM EDT
Now get some video on that puppy and the ability to control the zoom and ya got one pimp lil UAV for scouting out zombies and stuff
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:37:54 AM EDT
I see pot growing in the 5th picture.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:40:44 AM EDT
Cool........now for more info...........


Is the chopper completely electronic? etc etc,....

How do you actuate the cam?

How do you know what you are even shooting?

I do remember the first thread ......this IS cool beans
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:42:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cwd10:

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Goddamn. The places I call home, while special in my heart, are about as ugly as it gets.

Thanks for reminding me of this.




Not sure I understand that statement.



I think he means that you have a nicer house than his?

Cool pics! Bring it higher!
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:46:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2005 6:47:38 AM EDT by cwd10]
Yes, completely electric. Uses a 3 phase electric motor that spins about 24,000 rpm's, and makes about 1.5 horsepower. I use a servo with a microswitch mounted to it to close the shutter circuit, which is wired directly to the shutter switch in the camera. I use a live video transmitter that is connected to the camera's preview out to send down to a downlink with a 7" LCD screen to frame up the shots. Thanks for the interest. I have spent countless hours designing/modifying the mount/system. It's getting better and better.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:48:23 AM EDT
big deal...the .gov did the same thing for 80 million.....
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 6:52:31 AM EDT
cwd10,

Nice! As soon as I looked at your pictures I thought "man, that looks like home." Then I checked out where you were from. So, what ya at in PA? I grew up just south of Gettysburg.

~Dg84
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:03:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/8/2005 7:04:44 AM EDT by cwd10]
Right smack in the middle of the state. in CENTRE county.

Added: I like gettysburg a lot. The civil war museum/display is cool.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:06:59 AM EDT
The electric choppers are pretty quiet, huh?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:30:12 AM EDT
Yea, you can still hear them. Mostly rotor noise, but definitely quieter than a Nitro or gasser.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:35:25 AM EDT
Cool pics!!!!
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:36:12 AM EDT
The other thread had a video, can you put it back up? (www.putfile.com)
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:51:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cwd10:

Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Goddamn. The places I call home, while special in my heart, are about as ugly as it gets.

Thanks for reminding me of this.




Not sure I understand that statement.



You ever been to Kansas??
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:52:27 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cwd10:
I'm slowly getting better. The highest shots are around 100 feet. I have done some at close to 200 feet, but that's too scary.



You have got to be kidding! Most of those pictures look like a good 300 feet! Maybe it is a wider angle lens than I am used to.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:56:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By cwd10:
Yes, completely electric. Uses a 3 phase electric motor that spins about 24,000 rpm's, and makes about 1.5 horsepower. I use a servo with a microswitch mounted to it to close the shutter circuit, which is wired directly to the shutter switch in the camera. I use a live video transmitter that is connected to the camera's preview out to send down to a downlink with a 7" LCD screen to frame up the shots. Thanks for the interest. I have spent countless hours designing/modifying the mount/system. It's getting better and better.



Wow! So it almost sounds like you can fly the chopper using the LCD. If, that is you are getting a refresh rate of better than 3-4 frames per second.

Get the refresh rate to 20 FPS or so and throw in a electronic servo for the mount so you can tilt up or down while in flight, and you have yourself a VERY GOOD UAV! maybe not cheap, but very good for a DIY'er.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:59:28 AM EDT
that is so cool!
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 7:59:44 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Torf:

Originally Posted By cwd10:
I'm slowly getting better. The highest shots are around 100 feet. I have done some at close to 200 feet, but that's too scary.



You have got to be kidding! Most of those pictures look like a good 300 feet! Maybe it is a wider angle lens than I am used to.



Yes, it is a wide angle, with the zoom all the way back. I also misspoke, The highest shots you see here are actually at about 200' but not any higher than that.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 8:00:03 AM EDT
Holy taggage Batman. That's some cool shit!



Link Posted: 8/8/2005 8:00:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Torf:

Originally Posted By cwd10:
Yes, completely electric. Uses a 3 phase electric motor that spins about 24,000 rpm's, and makes about 1.5 horsepower. I use a servo with a microswitch mounted to it to close the shutter circuit, which is wired directly to the shutter switch in the camera. I use a live video transmitter that is connected to the camera's preview out to send down to a downlink with a 7" LCD screen to frame up the shots. Thanks for the interest. I have spent countless hours designing/modifying the mount/system. It's getting better and better.



Wow! So it almost sounds like you can fly the chopper using the LCD. If, that is you are getting a refresh rate of better than 3-4 frames per second.

Get the refresh rate to 20 FPS or so and throw in a electronic servo for the mount so you can tilt up or down while in flight, and you have yourself a VERY GOOD UAV! maybe not cheap, but very good for a DIY'er.



Yea, that stuff is cool, but expensive and heavy. I would have to do some serious upgrades to make that happen. $$$$
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 8:01:46 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Penguin_101:
The other thread had a video, can you put it back up? (www.putfile.com)




I will post the video again soon, but I have to remove the soundtrack first.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 8:02:53 AM EDT
"You ever been to Kansas??"


Ok, I get it now.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 8:07:56 AM EDT
Very good pics.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 10:31:50 AM EDT
Neighbors gota pool?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 10:35:34 AM EDT
I'd send that thing over a military base just to watch them blow it out of the sky
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 10:35:47 AM EDT
Yea but, we don't get along with the ones that have the pool. They let their dogs run around and kill local livestock. It's a looong story.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 10:36:34 AM EDT
Where are you at in the pics?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 10:38:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Retched_Rick:
Where are you at in the pics?



You can't see me. I'm stealthy!!
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 10:39:58 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 10:56:46 AM EDT
bookmarked -- nice work. What other R/C stuff have you done?

Is there a good, forgiving, electric, starter model heli (w/o camera)? Is a circling hover that out of reach for a newbie?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 11:04:20 AM EDT

Originally Posted By prk:
bookmarked -- nice work. What other R/C stuff have you done?

Is there a good, forgiving, electric, starter model heli (w/o camera)? Is a circling hover that out of reach for a newbie?



Thanks. I have been involved in RC boats, planes, cars and heli's for many years now. The helicopters are my newest phase. I don't do any of the others any more except for just playing around with a Traxxas E-Maxx truck. Helicopters are by far the hardest to learn AND master. I really don't know what the best micro/trainer is these days, but you can go here, here or here for a lot more info than I could give you. Whatever you do. Plan on spending three to five times as much on choppers as you would for anything else.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:24:53 PM EDT
Naked wimmens tanning in picture six

Cool pics!
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:48:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cwd10:

Originally Posted By prk:
bookmarked -- nice work. What other R/C stuff have you done?

Is there a good, forgiving, electric, starter model heli (w/o camera)? Is a circling hover that out of reach for a newbie?



Thanks. I have been involved in RC boats, planes, cars and heli's for many years now. The helicopters are my newest phase. I don't do any of the others any more except for just playing around with a Traxxas E-Maxx truck. Helicopters are by far the hardest to learn AND master. I really don't know what the best micro/trainer is these days, but you can go here, here or here for a lot more info than I could give you. Whatever you do. Plan on spending three to five times as much on choppers as you would for anything else.



Thanks, the neighbor has a nitro car I can borrow, I think that would be a good starting point.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 1:54:28 PM EDT
Are those home-made pontoons on the copter?
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 2:01:53 PM EDT
I swear some of thoes look like pics of a model
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 2:02:38 PM EDT
Actually they are swimming pool noodles. They are for three purposes. To make it easier to maintain left and right orientation during high altitude ops (hence the different colors), to stabilize the struts while in the air and to dampen vibrations while in the air and on the ground.
Link Posted: 8/8/2005 2:05:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Belfry_Express:
I swear some of thoes look like pics of a model



I don't know if that's good or bad.
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