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    The TLAR Drone v3

    This is v3 in my 'TLAR' drone series. I have several threads about the previous two on the `other forum' (;

    If interested just Google it



    So I finally had time to build the successor to the tlar drone v2. These planes are built fast (1 day) and dirt cheap for me to practice fpv on. This one is made from some sort of thick foam board, dollar tree foam board, xps (insulation board) foam for fuselage, and bass wood for the tail booms.

    Kfm2 airfoil
    40" wingspan

    Motor: eflite power 10 (1100kv)
    Battery: 4s 3000 turnigy
    Esc: 70amp
    Prop: apc 9x6
    AUW: haven't weighed it yet


    It's much bigger than the previous tlar drones, which didn't carry the gopro

    The fpv setup right now (because it's GOING to crash eventually and I don't want to mess up anything nice) is the hobbyking 200mw 900mhz fpv system with a 520tvl HK camera with 2.1mm lens. Inverted vee on the plane and stock whip on the ground

    RC control is 72mhz Futaba, pcm


    Maidened today in gusty 20 mph winds

    Much more lift on wing than I thought, which is a good thing cuz it's heavy!

    Got tossed around by the wind alot, can upload the video tomorrow if desired.

    Will be FPV'ing it tomorrow! May end up in a spectacular crash (;



    Anyway, here's some pictures
    Last edited by corsair2014; 20th November 2013 at 01:03 AM.

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    Crashing since 1985... kross1's Avatar
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    Ok, that is ugly, I do like the red paint overspray on the servo, especially. But, looks like it flies nicely, I'm curious to see what you say about its' handling on those rare dead-calm days! May not be today, if you're in the northeast.....

    I'd LOVE to see a FPV video, vs. ground-based, if you can capture the FPV POV.

    Nice, keep up the good work!

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    Fpv is happening today (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kross1 View Post
    I do like the red paint overspray on the servo, especially.
    Take note, it is a parkzone servo as well...I like the red overspray as well...nice touch..
    Last edited by squishy; 17th November 2013 at 12:42 PM.
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    Haha, yeah I plan on the plastic gears stripping midway into the flight today :P

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    These servos haven been moving around d scratchbuilda for awhile now

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    Well good news... The servos held up (;

    Just did two fpv flights... Talk about exhilarating!

    Almost thrashed it when signal cut out several times. Next flight I worked out the kinks and had some awesome laps until my radio control beeped low battery and had to do an emergency landing.
    I'll post up the video and debrief later

    Rechsrging and going out again tonight. Going to reroute video cables to help remove emi

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    Congrats! Looking forward to seeing more pics/video(s). How's it handle in the wind? Have you tried inverted flight with that beastie?

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