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Old 09-27-2004, 02:23 PM
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Just starting to get some time to fly my heli-cam. Built from PVC and has pan and tilt function, the camera rig weighs in at 3.3lbs and I'm using the new OS 37 for power. Mike.
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Old 09-27-2004, 04:54 PM
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Nice first shots. Welcome to the Helicam club it's a blast ain't it!

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Old 09-27-2004, 06:38 PM
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Very cool!! I am about to try the very same thing.
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:14 AM
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Thanks guys! Yep, it all is working very well which is a surprise to me because i most always find a way to botch things up
I've got all the bells and whistles on it and I built it all from parts that I've picked up here and there. The frame for the rig was built from 1/2" pvc and I made the spreader bars from CF arrow shaft from a sporting goods store. A bit of aluminum channel from home depot. The orange noodle was a freebie from a friends pool stuff that I cut with my homemade foam cutting hot wire bow. At this point I've got less than 15 bucks in it. I'm using a Kodak CX 7430 4.0mp cam($275 from wal-mart) and have the A/V output connected to the 800 mw 900mgz wireless Tx i got from China off ebay for $35 including shipping and yes, It really does work perfectly as far out as 3/4 mile tested. Didnt test any farther but still had perfect picture at 3/4 mile. My wife works her own Tx to operate the camera while looking at the monitor and tells be where to be to get the shots. A little bit more practice and AeroImaging of Southern Indiana will be in business
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Old 09-28-2004, 08:46 AM
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You mean... SeeMore AeroImaging-grin. Very clear! The large picture is 800X600 and as sharp as can be. If the camera is a 4mb... What program did you use to make it web-ready? The resampling lost nothing!

Does that heli cry when lifting the poundage?

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Thats funny RJ, as for the image, the cam saves the pic as a .jpeg so there is nothing that needs to be done with it to take it to wal-mart for inlarging or posting on the net.
How does the heli like the weight? err...it flys like a mack truck but the OS 37 gives a good amount of reserve power to arrest desents. At its weight it hovers just a few clicks higher than half stick, it comes up into a hover at half stick with out the weight. It climes to needed hight at 3/4 stick very well. I did have a TT 36 in it and it took almost full throttle to get it to hover so that motor got tossed right away. The calibers flexing frame really shows up lifting this weight so I always make a good post-flight insp. to watch for any signs of stress failures. Going to get the gas Preditor from century as soon as funds allow. Mike
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Old 09-29-2004, 06:40 AM
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Very nice, I use a TT Raptor 30 and a M1 Carbon 30 from Airfoil Helicam, it carries my 5 mp
canon s500 or even my small canon zr60 camcorder with the small battery!
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