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    FPV WARBIRDS

    Hey gents,

    I know there's a couple guys out there with FPV warbirds and I thought it would be cool to have a centralized thread to discuss what seems to be a niche within a niche. Most people opt to fly wings and gliders by fpv, but i'm a sucker for warbirds.

    My parkzone F4F wildcat was my first FPV aircraft and it basically triggered a cascade of spending and divebombing into the world of FPV for me. Now that i've flown my zephyr by FPV, I've learned that while it offers a unique thrill, there's still a certain charm involved with going down to your local football field and tossing a simple parkflier up into the air to get your quick FPV fix.

    I'm looking for your suggestions on a new airframe for a park-specific (800-1200mm) flier. The wildcat has been a good platform for me, but it's starting to get a little lethargic for my liking. I'm considering either replacing the airframe (my current one is extremely beat up) and installing a power10 motor for better verticals, or getting a different but comparable plane to take it's place as my primary park flier.

    I'm open to any suggestions you guys might have. I like the wildcat because it's happy with the huge stack of 3s 2200 30c packs i've got. It's an easy hand launch and she's very well mannered in the air even though she can perform some pretty fun aerobatics. I'd be curious to hear about airframes that fit similar criteria.

    Thanks!
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    Kiwi in Germany whakahere's Avatar
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    parkflyers that are warbirds look a bunch of fun. I tried putting my corsair into fpv but the damn this is tail heavy without fpv gear ... putting it in made it pointless as I had to throw a ton of weight up the front.

    I am thinking of getting a T28 or the rarebear and stick s4 in it.

    of course this is when I have money again ... but I dream
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    I've got to recommend a Dynam warbird. They are sweet. They're a bit bigger, about 1200-1400mm but they fly so nice and are cheap and durable. After laminating my P-51 it's super strong and bounces back from crashes. Stock gear is good but you should think about replacing the servos with MG, upgrading the ESC, and maybe upgrading the motor. They run on 3S but are a bit underpowered, maybe 2x 2200 3S for 6S power?

    Dynam now has a BF-109 and FW-190 too!

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    The durafly range from HK seem to be very well rated too - perhaps worth looking at.... certainly can't grumble at the price.

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    I need to get one at somepoint, formation with warbirds would be pretty sweet!

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    yup that would be cool. Any of your guys know of a good small camera that doesn't make the ground go dark? I would love to make a stream lined warbird that just goes crazy speed
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    The one thing I know how to do well with FPV - crash. All in a day of fun!
    I believe landing is a full body experience .... I do my best to aim for your body.

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    I have been flying the SC2000 Sony Super HAD 600TVL... it isn't small, but can be trimmed down some and installed in a case. The case is really cool because it holds the camera, and the lens screws into the case... so if you crash you may lose a lens but the cam should still be good.

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    Kiwi in Germany whakahere's Avatar
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    I use that camera no need for a case as you can do the cheap and light way which is super strong especially if you put the shrink wrap on like I have in the picture. that protects the join. 60mm shrink wrap is used.

    make sure you have the lens cap on when shrinking. It helps when cutting the hole for the lens to go through later.

    I use wood on the back to make it a flat surface and I move this camera from plane to plane.

    all my crazy crash flying is using this camera. Only broke one camera ... and that was on a non-crashing plane. I had put the wrap around the wrong way and it made the connection go bad.
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    Range record on 5.8ghz 200mw 24km --> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1441664

    The one thing I know how to do well with FPV - crash. All in a day of fun!
    I believe landing is a full body experience .... I do my best to aim for your body.

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    that looks like a really good solution... what size heat shrink? Can you show the wiring you have going on there?

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    step 1. sort the OSD cable into one layer on the bottom of the board. This will make it flat. If the cable is twisted then it becomes the same height as the non connected jack. as seen in picture 1.

    step 2. cut out some wood that is about 25mm x 25mm x 3mm. This leaves enough space for the osd and power cable to come out. picture 3.

    step 3. put on lens cap. Use 60mm shrink wrap and cover it fron top to bottom (not from the sides). This strengthens the power connector. I learnt the hard way. You need to make sure there is no movement in the connector.

    step 4. slowly melt the shrink wrap on top and bottom. cut around lens (the lens cap makes it very quick). heat the front again and push over the shrink near the small bolt.

    step 5. when doing the final heat push the extra shrink wrap to the back ove the top. be carful not to have too much shrink wrap as you can't fold it back too far or it stops the flat surface for mounting. This makes it more stream lined and water resistant.

    the shrink wrap is a plastic type so it sets hard. Not soft like you find on esc etc. It takes a hell of a beating and they keep on trucking

    I love my phone and dropbox .. so easy to take a picture and have it on my computer without thinking.
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    Last edited by whakahere; 4th September 2012 at 03:01 PM.
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    Battle H Virus (home build basher quad tutorial) --> ]http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread.php?12544-Tutorial-Battle-H-Virus
    Range record on 5.8ghz 200mw 24km --> http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1441664

    The one thing I know how to do well with FPV - crash. All in a day of fun!
    I believe landing is a full body experience .... I do my best to aim for your body.

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