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    First build help

    Hey everyone,

    I'm looking forward to my first ever build of a zephyr (1) and flying fpv with it. I do not have much knowledge with the transmitters and receivers, so I'm posting to see if anyone could help me out.

    Just so you know, I'm not just someone who was sparked by the video's of fpv, although they are amazing, I'm actually studying aerospace eng and we just completed a very successful design, build and fly for endurance. So that along with the possibility of flying fpv has made me want to join the community.
    So any help/criticism on the setup would be greatly appreciated.

    The setup is: (I have not placed any orders for anything yet)

    Zeph,Laminate, Fibreglass, Hacker Prop w/ESC - all from ritewing

    Pushrods - http://www.smallparts.com.au/store/i...berdubroparts/

    Motor Mount - http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALUMINIUM-MO...item2eb773c6aa

    Prop Stops - from fpv manuals

    2 Control Horns - http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXMUB6&P=7

    Servo (8kg/cm) - http://www.hrcspain.net/product_info...ducts_id=12459

    72Mhz receiver - http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=6406

    Batteries x2 - http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...Lipo_Pack.html

    Folding prop - http://www.electricwingman.com/graup...aft/25x15.aspx

    Advanced 2.4Ghz - http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...98be9b45db941d

    EzOSD

    Controller 72 Mhz - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/290572657...#ht_1869wt_698

    Fatshark - http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=15128

    I guess you can tell by this post I want to make sure I am doing everything right

    thank you in advance to anyone who helps!

    Oh and I won't be getting a Go Pro, at least not for the first flights.

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    Welcome! You have a very nice list there. I can't find any item where I would suggest a better alternative.
    Since the Video receiver only has a single AV out, (3 RCA plugs) you might also consider something that lets you split
    that, and record as well as watch on the Fatshark goggles. You might also consider a tripod and a directional
    antenna. It won't be long before you're ready for a little more range. I'm glad to see the EzOSD on there too. It
    makes a big difference.

    I just started just one year ago, and have had some great flights with my Zephyr, and even made a couple of videos.
    Once you get your RC TX/RX, I highly recommend putting the receiver in an inexpensive foam wing or two to brush up on
    flying line-of-sight. I started with a Towel (brooklynaerodrome.com) just to have something that I could
    crash many times inexpensively... my apologies if you're already skilled in RC.

    If you practice each step of the build on some scraps as you go, you should have a perfect result at the end.
    Keep us posted!

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    Awesome thanks for the reply!
    yeah I might buy a splitter and RCA to VGA so I can record on my laptop. I was worried about the range, do you think I could get 3km out of the hardware at the moment? Would you recommend a tripod and directional antenna? and what kind of range do you get?

    It's a good assumption, I'm not very skilled so I'll definitely be looking into a towel!

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    That is pretty much exactly what I have. I got a corona rx instead of the freedom for my A9 and I'm making my own mount and prop stops.

    To brush up on flying I do a lot with the simulator. I'm just doing FMS with one of the wing models (unicorn), but I think there is a zephyr model that you can get for Real flight or pheonix. The simulator helped me a ton when I started flying again about 4 months ago. I found that I was completely able to orient myself LOS and "just fly". The only issue I had was I was flying a bit slow at times and a wing would drop. Now I just fly fast (which in an easy star is still slow).

    BTW, you'll never do everything right. Things are changing so fast. I got my zeph a few weeks ago, and now there is a zeph II, I see trappy is flying with a twin engined zeph, and a new go pro is out, outrunners were the way to go and now Chris is saying geared inrunner... I'm sure everything I've done will be 'obsolete' in no time

    Chuck
    Last edited by Hucker; 28th October 2011 at 09:07 AM.

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    Hucker - your title says it all: Analysis Paralysis.
    I spent months designing and thinking my first bird. In the end I just had to pull the trigger and go for it. My executed design was okay, but I still ended up making changes. I'm still in the process of tweaking my design.
    That's one of the reasons I love this hobby - I spend a great deal of time researching, building, trying new things, etc. It's not a plug and play game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dshandler View Post
    Oh and I won't be getting a Go Pro, at least not for the first flights.
    ^Thank you! This shows that you are paying attention to what FPV is.

    Now here's the process:

    Build to what seems "about right"
    Fly
    Crash
    Fix
    Modify
    Fly again

    -Alex
    If it is broken, fix it. if it isn't broken, I'll soon fix that.

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    Hey, dshanlder, one thing you might research a bit. I got the A9 and love it, it seems like a very nice combination of the things I was looking for... One thing I've noticed as I've gotten more into the FPV stuff is that almost all of the head trackers have direct support for Futaba buddy box inputs. I don't see any mention of Hitec in the trackers datasheets. A point worth looking into if head tracking is of interest to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hucker View Post
    That is pretty much exactly what I have.

    BTW, you'll never do everything right. Things are changing so fast. I got my zeph a few weeks ago, and now there is a zeph II, I see trappy is flying with a twin engined zeph, and a new go pro is out, outrunners were the way to go and now Chris is saying geared inrunner... I'm sure everything I've done will be 'obsolete' in no time
    Yeah Chuck, anything that has electronics will become become obsolete quickly.I'm just aiming to build something that will have relatively good range (~5km). I've heard about the ZephII also, it looks amazing but I'd rather build the zephyr than the pre-made II. I think there will be more fun in the build. Also what kind of range do you get with your similar setup?

    Quote Originally Posted by IBCrazy View Post
    ^Thank you! This shows that you are paying attention to what FPV is.
    Well yeah, I dno why people would get into FPV just to post videos on the net, surely the reason is so you can fly! I can't wait to get up in the air!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hucker View Post
    Hey, dshanlder, one thing you might research a bit. I got the A9 and love it, it seems like a very nice combination of the things I was looking for... One thing I've noticed as I've gotten more into the FPV stuff is that almost all of the head trackers have direct support for Futaba buddy box inputs. I don't see any mention of Hitec in the trackers datasheets. A point worth looking into if head tracking is of interest to you.
    I probably wont be adding head tracking for a while, at least, I think it may be distracting while I'm learning to fly.
    Last edited by dshandler; 29th October 2011 at 12:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBCrazy View Post
    ^Thank you! This shows that you are paying attention to what FPV is.

    Now here's the process:

    Build to what seems "about right"
    Fly
    Crash
    Fix
    Modify
    Fly again

    -Alex
    can't agree more lol. even non-fpv


    btw, the zephyr is a handful for a first plane, so, i hope you're aware of that

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZobZibZab View Post


    btw, the zephyr is a handful for a first plane, so, i hope you're aware of that
    Don't worry, I understand how stupid it would be learning to fly on a wing rather then a conventional plane.
    I'm gonna be flying this beginner plane (http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=18328) and hopefully move onto the zephyr by end of Jan, after my holiday

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