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  1. That is pretty cool. I found the Little Bird and the pilot and my favorite scalemodel shop.. http://www.badcataviation.com/mhlibinist1b.html The scale is 1:18; other helmets in this scale may fit, too.
  2. I'm also going to get one of these. Should be easy enough to relocate the servos aft; this will also help with keeping the CG where it belongs.
  3. Hold on, guys. I used a Thunderpower 3S2000 prolite for my easystar. It's about 50g lighter than other companies batteries of similiar capacities. I would have had to use a smaller capacity lipo to power the plane to keep the cg where it needs to be if I used another brand.
  4. Does any one know what exact frequency range is used by the major manufactures of the 2.4ghz R/C transmitters? I'm curious of any of the 8 widely availabe 2.4ghz video frequencies fall outside of them. My current video transmitters on 2.4 use the first 4 frequencies, and if I knew I could avoid 2.4 R/C interference, I'd probably switch to a different video TX.
  5. Well, I just finished my modified Pandora mount for the IFOSC Camera. I used a piece of thin plastic and created a new backplate using the original concept. I was able to make a large enough hole in the back to allow access to the controls without compromising the integrity of the part. However, I would STILL buy a custom backplate to keep the snazzy red scheme complete!
  6. Here's the pictures. It seems to fit fine in the available space. FWIW, the IFOSC is 30.14 high, vs 24.82mm for the KX-131. However, the IF OSC is not much wider; 30mm vs 28.64
  7. Mr. RC-Cam... Has any thought been given to provide different back-plates for camera other than the KX-131? The reason I ask is because I would like to use my new IF OSC camera (LINK) with my Pandora mount. This camera demands access to it's back to get at the camera's controls. I know I could probably hack someting up, but it wouldn't be as nice as the rest of the pandora mount
  8. Yes, you need a powered splitter. There are a few different models that work well, and are relatively inexpensive. Here's one. http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PLV2-1-into-4-D...7901&sr=1-1
  9. Terry, did you cut the nacelles and mount the motors further aft? The picture you posted leads me to belive you did.. If that is the case, could you briefly outline how you went about it, and what your experiences have been? I'm considering doing that to my TS..
  10. That was exactly the desire I had, after my review of Oracle as well.. (here) I use a 14db and an 8db patch, and a distinct beep would be useful in 'mapping' the coverage of the individual antennaes to obtain the absolute best aiming solutions for the different ones...
  11. I am currently using a 8db and a 14db set of patches with excellent results. If you fly in front of yourself only, I think this is a great combination.
  12. if you keep reading that page, you'll get more information.... Most people don't use dipole antennas, and a patch will give you alot more range.
  13. FWIW, I have 3 different Easystars, 2 I use for fun, and one for my FPV adventures. None of them have ailerons. IMHO, they aren't needed on this airplane. I can do rolling circles with any of them (haven't had the guts to try that FPV yet) I do cut the rudder off at the hinge line and build a new one abour 3 times the original area. The Easystar is a almost perfectly designed 3 channel airplane; I can very finely control mine to the point where I can catch it in my hand instead of landing in the grass more often or not. I also don't want to have the added amp draw pulling down my ESC. I'm already powering 4 servos, and while I'm sure the pan/tilt servos don't draw alot of power, I'd be afraid 2 more servos to control the ailerons would be pushing my luck. Additionally, in an airplane already overcrowded with wiring, the last thing I want to mess with is more wires. The Easystar is a great airplane for basic FPV flight. It's cheap, durable, and will teach us alot about the ins and outs of flying FPV. I plan on flying the heck out of mine without ailerons, and when the time comes to fly a plane with ailerons, I'll use a Twinstar. Here's my latest video from my rudder only Easystar. I don't have the slightest desire for more roll control at all.
  14. great video! I liked the instrumentation, too. It looks similiar to what I proposed in this post http://www.rc-cam.com/forum/index.php?show...st=0entry7888 Is it a similiar model?
  15. I've never flown with my patch antennaes more than 2 feet off the ground, and would prefer to keep them as low as possible. I think that the chance of multipath interference would be much less with them on the ground.
  16. He loves to chace them, but he leaves them along. It's the same dog that harassed me in this video.. http://media.putfile.com/Close-call-with-canine
  17. Here's the 54 meg version... Also, I was just thinking that it would be nice to have 2 distinctive beeps as Oracle switches sources. Obviously, you can't look at the LED's when flying FPV, and an audible difference would be nice to have to let you know which antenna you are currently on.
  18. I've got a second day of flying with Oracle under my belt now. Again, I've got it equipped with 2 identical, newer style 2.4GHz RX's, and I used a 14db and a 8db patch. I flew for more than an hour yesterday, and the 3S2000 lipo that powers Oracle and the 2 RX's got worn down to the 10v alarm setting I programmed on initial setup. I really like that feature. One less critical battery to have to worry about. Oracle again did a great job keeping the video signal very clean. I filled up the 1GB memory on my Aiptek PVR ground recorder, and the video never degraded to the point where the files got corrupted. I've really come to rely on the way Oracle beeps as it switches between the 2 sources to let me know when I'm reaching the sides of my ground antenna's coverage and it's time to maneuver for better coverage. Anyway, I'm totally satisfied now. Here's a link to a video from yesterday's flight.
  19. I can report on that. It didn't dawn on me to give it a second thought. I always record the tx audio, as well as the video, so I didn't think anything of it when I hooked up Oracle. I like to hear the noises the airplane makes. Hearing the motor change RPM gives me the ability to monitor the battery, and wind noise gives a rough indication of speed, especially when at a high enough altitude that the ground reference doesn't help. Oracle's performance with video was fine. I didn't detect any changes in audio volume levels, or any other abnormalities when the switch was made to the opposite rx.
  20. I finally got a chance to fly my beta Oracle today. This was my first FPV flight with my Easystar since late last fall, and my unfamiliarity with my setup, compounded with the new equipment, meant that it took a long time at the field setting everything up. I used the recommended enclosure, and the mounting instructions and template provided by Lupy. Everything lined up perfectly. To make the power connections to the receivers easiest, I added a pair of receptacles on the back of the Oracle, soldered to the back of the existing power input. While not very difficult to add these receptacles, I would have preferred to see either another pair of existing power connectors, or at least solder points on the PCB to attach to. With Oracles wide voltage operating range and voltage monitoring function; it only makes sense to run the power for the video receivers from Oracle. As Boris mentioned, it took a few runs thru the programming to get the hang of it. I was expecting programming similar to Castle Creations ESCs, and the way Oracle automatically advances to the next programming step while I was still trying to interpret and analyze the previous one was a bit frustrating at first. My receivers were an identical pair of the new style of Lawmates from Range Video. I originally had a mis-matched pair of old and new styles, but decided it was best to keep the variables down by having matching units. This also meant I could keep my old ground station intact, and let spectators use its outputs in the future. The antennae I currently use are Hypertechlink 14db and 8db patches from their http://www.sharperconcepts.net outlet. I mounted the RXs with double-sided tape to the back of the patches, and orientated them with about 3 feet apart, facing out about 20 degrees from parallel and about 2 feet off the ground. I didn't change the video switching sensitivity, and in-flight performance was amazing, and a huge improvement from my single RX experiences. I heard the Oracle beep as it switched, and I could even predict when it should, based on the aircraft's position and what I knew of the antennas coverage patterns. As I flew towards the edges of my antenna's beam width, towards the vertical plane of coverage, Oracle beeped more frequently. The technique of interpreting this as a warning to turn and improve my exposure seemed to work very well. For me, the acid test was how my Aiptek PVR worked. Previously, any more then the slightest video corruption would cause the recorder to stop recording, and abandon the current recording file, which required a reformat to recover the space. I don’t expect to ever have that issue happen again with Oracle, provided I stay within antenna coverage. I’m looking forward to more flights with Oracle to really explore its limits. I’ll be ordering another 14db patch which I feel is the ideal antennae for my intended use, and I’ll also be exploring ways make antenna positioning more optimal and convenient. Thanks to Mr. RC-Cam for providing me with this piece of equipment. I feel it will be a great addition to FPV flyers who want a higher quality signal, without having to invest in higher cost alternatives.
  21. LOL, no, I'm the guy who found the post by JD and posted it on TTS thread, here. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.ph...36&postcount=10 .
  22. Im that guy... http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.ph...&postcount=4679
  23. It's not unreasonable to say that you also may have a problem with your transmitter. I sent mine in every few years for a checkup. At the least it's piece of mind, and at best it can save alot of frustration. If your not going to be able to fly for a while anyway because of a business trip, consider sending your radio to either Radiosouth http://www.radiosouthrc.com/radio_repair.htm or the Futaba service center http://www.futaba-rc.com/service.html
  24. I just finished getting the Oracle fitted into the case, and hope to get all the final connections done this weekend. I'll either have a chance to fly it this weekend, or next.
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