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Multirotor, multicopter and quadcopter discussion thread (drones).

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RomanNose, 13 Jan 2012.

  1. krisboats

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Dec 2006

    Posts: 2,558

    Location: Loughborough

    Yep, 5.8ghz ts351 and rc805 transmitter and receiver. I can't link to the screen as it was off amazon, however if you were to google search for

    "ePathChina® 7 inch TFT Color LCD Car Rear View Camera Monitor Support Rotating The Screen and 2 AV Inputs" then you'd find it pretty easily. It's the same as the hundreds that are on ebay, just i have free prime so bought it from there for slightly more.

    I did a range/signal test drop with it as well so people can see what it's like for blue screen/snow screen.
     
  2. alexthecheese

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 3,977

    What shop could I buy 3.5mm male and female bullet connectors from?

    EDIT:

    How the hell have I just blown up a UBEC? I'm feeding it a 3S Lipo 11.v, and then it's just exploded and shot itself across the room. What is that about? Positive and negative in, then a little servo cable out for the receiver. What am I doing wrong?!
     
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  3. gandhi

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 12 Mar 2005

    Posts: 1,085

    Location: bath

    Please don't do that.
     
  4. TaKeN

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Aug 2005

    Posts: 13,157

    Location: Shropshire

    I really can't decide between the SD & HD Hubsan X4 :(
     
  5. Skeeter

    Caporegime

    Joined: 8 Mar 2007

    Posts: 37,148

    Location: Surrey

    Paying 20% tax and an £8 customs charge on my stuff still worked out cheaper than buying from the UK.
     
  6. TheBrooder

    Mobster

    Joined: 8 Jan 2007

    Posts: 3,209

    Location: Cognac, France

    I went for the SD, it's cheaper and if I get the bug I'll be upgrading next year. While learning to fly I expect to crash frequently, so I'm quite happy to deal with the lower camera resolution in the meantime.
     
  7. Cyclone

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    Joined: 23 Sep 2007

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    Location: Essex

    I do that with my Vision, and yes its worrying that it wont come back.

    But as above, flying over people/houses is a no no.
     
  8. alexthecheese

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 3,977

    Yeah, I know it's dodgy, I'll be very careful. It's not exactly cheap. I won't be doing that.

    Anyone familiar with the Multiwii Pro? I've built the frame, got the motors on, mounted the ESC's to the frames, I just need to connect the ESCs to the MultiWii pro, but I have no idea where to connect them.

    I've got a diagram but it mentions a connector that I've not got, I think I've got a later version than one referenced in the diagram.
     
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  9. d_brennen

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    Joined: 30 Jan 2009

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    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    This comment is am little worrying. You wouldn't allow your multirotor to fly off out of sight, on a pre planned course over buildings and people, with the potential to cause all sorts of damage/injury/distrutpion because it cost a few quid? Not because its a ludicrously irresponsible and stupid thing to do... OK. Rant over, let's hope you don't win the lottery :p
     
  10. Skeeter

    Caporegime

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    Posts: 37,148

    Location: Surrey

    Flying autonomously and out of sight of both the pilot and any competent observer is illegal, isn't it?
     
  11. FunkyCowie

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 31 Dec 2004

    Posts: 1,269

    Location: Essex, UK

    Yes, unless you have CAA certification for safety, etc. and the insurance that goes with it, that only big companies can afford.
     
  12. krisboats

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    Joined: 17 Dec 2006

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    Location: Loughborough

    This:


    Followed by this:
    And this....
    ...is the reason these things are likely to be banned in the uk. Flying out of sight is against the CAA rules. Flying above towns and people out of your control... is against CAA rules. Flying high enough to be obnoxious over a town when you can't see the thing is DAMN DANGEROUS. Especially for someone who has somehow blown up an ESC and can't find out how to assemble one of the easiest RC vehicles to assemble.

    Look at the picture, 'motor pins' is where you plug your esc's
    ** No hotlinking images **
    http://static.rcgroups.net/forums/attachments/3/1/6/3/0/5/a5344019-114-HK-Mega-v1-connections.jpg

    All flight controllers have the same basic layout, receiver channels one side, ESC's the other.


    Once you've done that, look at these pictures of what these "toys" can do. This is why you shouldn't fly over towns, especially on autopilot.

    WARNING: graphic pictures of injuries

    Then read these. I know they're boring, but you need to know what you're doing because at the very least, you can get a hefty fine for breaking them, could result in the banning of the hobby or even worse, seriously injure/kill someone.
     
  13. howler

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Oct 2004

    Posts: 1,647

    Went out this morning to try and get some sunrise footage, didn't quite go to plan

    My gimbal keeps having a fit whenever I fly forwards, then I let the battery go a little too low. Just as I was getting back to my landing spot it stopped responding to my inputs. Luckily it hit a tree, no major damage on first look except the gimbal got ejected off the quad

    Video to follow...
     
  14. howler

    Wise Guy

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    http://youtu.be/UHCxxzdzedU

    Anyone know what I can do to sort my gimbal out? It's one of the eBay ones that most people are using. It used to be rock solid but now it is all over the place!
     
  15. Cyclone

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    Joined: 23 Sep 2007

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    Location: Essex

    I was charging my batteries when I saw the sun coming up.

    By the time I got out the sun was fairly high, and I forgot I had an ND filter on my Vision. Took a few pictures and not that happy with them.

    This is straight from the camera with no pp at all.

    [​IMG]

    Wish I had some camera skills like others on here, then my pictures might come out better.
     
  16. alexthecheese

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    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 3,977

    Thanks for the diagram, BT I'm not going to bother reading the rest of it. Me asking, then stating I wouldn't actually do it doesn't warrant your tone. Blowing up a UBEC and then asking for helping doesn't mean I'm a total retard and cannot function in life, thank you very much.

    I'll exit this thread.
     
  17. booyaka

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    Joined: 19 Jan 2006

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    Cyclone - pushed the saturation a little and straighten - nothing else but still a nice picture

    [​IMG]
     
  18. krisboats

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    Joined: 17 Dec 2006

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    Location: Loughborough

    You said you wouldnt do it because the drone is expensive, thats not the same thing!!

    Everyone who starts this hobby really needs to read those rules and be aware of the damage these things can do if they fail. Its worrying that you were tempted to do it despite the fact you're clearly a beginner/have very little idea of what you're doing. I never implied you're a retard in every day life you big drama queen, but you clearly dont know much about what you're doing in relation to flying. My "tone" was serious, because these pieces of kit have serious repurcussions if not used properly. When i first started i was the same... "i'll fly over my house/town with a go pro and do backflips etc", i got the same reaction and it sunk in. At the end of the day, i'm doing YOU a favour by offering it all for you like that. Theres been quite a few people who have just bought a phantom and flown it in town and been slapped with several thousand pound fines for doing it. My information was blunt, but not agressive or patronising, simply concerned and factual.

    I personally think all flying "toys" should have a brief bullet point sheet outlining the rules of flying to anybody buying this equipment.

    The other things you've asked about i've helped where i could, but when it comes to peoples safety and uk flight regulations its pretty clear you havent bothered checking and its annoying. I dont want my hobby being taken away due to other peoples ignorance and lack of care.

    I really hope you dont just up and leave the group, we're actually a friendly bunch, but if people put silly/dangerous things up then they need to expect people wont be happy.
     
  19. bulb66

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    Joined: 12 Jun 2005

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    Location: Suffolk

    Personally i'm glad you posted those links, it's made me see that i need to practise and learn how to control my little Q4 before i look at going bigger and better.
     
  20. booyaka

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    Hugs all round - lets all get on in the spirit of christmas