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Multirotor, multicopter and quadcopter discussion thread (drones).

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

  1. alexthecheese

    Mobster

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    I can't quite decide which way to go getting back into this. Big plane with FPV kit, or a multicopter with FPV kit.

    Obviously this is the multicopter thread, but what made you guys get into multicopters? Racing, being able to do it in smaller spaces, that kinda stuff?
     
  2. Lisapete

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    I fly rc planes and normal helis. This is a whole new ball game. Mulitrotor for me offers a bigger stable platform for FPV or AP. A new toy and challenge.

    Have had a camera on my plane before but only to view after flying.

    Also the GPS control options make it fun.
     
  3. d_brennen

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    David Windestål
     
  4. Skeeter

    Caporegime

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    Cheap and easily available starter drugs, I.e the X4 and similar ~£30 copters.
     
  5. Kishywish

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    Gateway drug = hubsan x4. It's so tiny!
     
  6. Lisapete

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  7. alexthecheese

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    That is tempting. That's a lot of kit. What is a reasonable bid on that do you reckon?
     
  8. Rilot

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    Not sure, but built multicopters quite often sell for more than the sum cost of their parts.
     
  9. teaboy5

    Soldato

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    What would you need to complete that set? I see you need a control and charger, but what else? It seems like a good price, but once you start to purchase the rest would it not be better to purchase it all new?
     
  10. Rilot

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    You will need a transmitter, a GoPro, and a battery charger by the looks of things. It appears to have a SPektrum receiver in it which would limit you to Spektrum transmitters, but there's no reason why you couldn't just remove it and replace with something from Futuba or FrSky.
     
  11. Lisapete

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    It went for mega bucks in the end.
     
  12. Rilot

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    See? £500 is crazy for a 2nd hand F450. You can buy a brand new F550 with H3-2D, Naza M V2 and the new E300 motors and ESCs for less than that.
     
  13. gandhi

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    Cheers for that, and the heads up about the lenses. Will be ordering tomoz.

    Rebuilt my old f330 clone last night with a Naze on it, ancient HK blue series esc's flashed with simonk, my semi destroyed d4rii (One antenna missing) and a crappy old 2200mah battery and the thing flies lovely on stock settings, much better than my mini H. I need to investigate this further!
     
  14. Lisapete

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  15. Rilot

    Don

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    @d_brennen
    With the Mobius cameras, is it best to get the normal one or the wide angle? Any latency when using it for FPV? Thinking of ditching the board cam on my FPV250 and just mounting one of these instead.
     
  16. d_brennen

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    It's preference. The wide angle is really fisheyed, check out YouTube videos for reference. The normal lens has a wide mode (in msetup.exe) which reduces the resolution/quality a bit for a wide fov.

    Tbh on a 250 the lag is a little annoying but on a bigger craft flying higher its ok. Nothing beats the reliability of a CCD cam though, the mobius is liable to turn itself off for no apparent reason very occasionally!
     
  17. TNA

    Capodecina

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    Hi guys. Never had one of these and want to start of with something small and cheerful. Is the The Hubsan X4 Micro Quadcopter worth £25?

    Any suggestions? Maybe spend a little more for something much better? :p
     
  18. mr tommo

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    A friend of a friend mentioned that they are taking some kind of heli/quad copter with them skiing in a few weeks. It tracks them via GPS while filming from the air via a GoPro.

    Is that kind of thing available?!?
     
  19. Rilot

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    Yes, it's great for £25. I prefer the Syma X4 that's the same price. It's easier to fly and more stable.
     
  20. booyaka

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    Not autonomously no - you must have someone operating it etc. You can't just send a quad in the air on it's own, you are responsible for it etc, therefore must be in control of it.