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(RD16) RD16 aka Rambo gets a new lighting system

Well, dont let it be said that I take the easy way for things, I decided to retrofit this CC powered VC-450 with a lighting system including front rear and side ideantifying LED strips and an RC channel controlled switch. THis was not easy and required a solid 4.5 hours of bench time soldering, weaving wires and zipties gallore.

Here is Rambo in the light with lights on.

In the dark, from the front, we have two yellow strips indicating head-on (nose-in) flight.

from the left, we have a blue strip to the front and red to the rear

from behind, we have two red strips indicating tail lights (nose-out) flight.

and last from the right, we have a blue strip to the front and red to the rear.

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(RD16) RD16 gets bluetooth

I fed up with taking the lid off and plugging in the USB cable so I hooked up a bluetooth adapter to the Copter control board. It was worth the effort, but the range was pretty limited.

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(RD16) Rambo gets Xbee Telemetry

after enjoying the Bluetooth ability of RD16 I decided to install a set of 900 mhz Xbee modems for long range telemetry.

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(RD16) RD16 - Rambo added to the fleet

We are now waiting for delivery of the VC-450C Frame, This frame will be the AirFrame of RD16, Codename Rambo (Cuz of the Camo). I would love to run it with an OpenPilot CC board, but they are in short supply globally so I may put a trusty AeroQuad FC on it to start. Photos and Video are Courtesy of Juz (On OpenPilot)
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(RD16) RD16 Update - Frame is in Canada

Yes The frame for RD16 aka Rambo has finally landed in Canada and has cleared customs, now I will wait for the week it will take to make its journey north to the sub-arctic wilds of Fort Smith. Go go Canada Post!!!!
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(RD16) VC-450 Frame Arrives

The new VC-450 Frame made by Vic20owner sold at hoverthings.com has arrived. Right off the bat, these things impressed me:

  • Arrived in an envelope
  • heavy duty packaging even though its an envelope
  • all pieces were intact
  • its organized into sub packets
  • Assembly manual with COLOR pictures???? 

 

Wow. So this is kind of what my kit looks like, but not exactlty, when I get home I will post a better pic. So far this has proven to be an awesome frame...... 

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(RD16) RD16 (RAMBO) Frame Construction

Overall I would have to say this build was a no-brainer. the instructions were bang on and the cut of the material was so well done that each hole held the screw for you while you picked up the tool to drive it home. Nicely done, I give this frame kit 10/10, I will be buying many more of them!!!

 

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(RD16) RD-16 Build - Hello CopterControl

Using a small tuperware type container as a main building block, I tried several different permutations to make everything fit inside, but In the end I found that to be able to use the USB on the CopterControl I neede it to sit higher in the unit. I then mounted the RX on the outside of the left rear leg and the lipo alarm on the inside of the right rear leg, and velcro held the 3s lipo underneath. It flies like a dream!

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(RD16) RD16 (Rambo) Build continues - Motors and Power Dist

After flying RD-3 with the CopterControl, I got excited about Rambo so moved on and go working on it. I dismantled the center, and installed the power distribution harness, then I installed the motors, but I installed the motor plates in reverse so that the motor is mounted further in, this will do 2 important things: 1: This will reduce the disturbance in the prop wash stabilizing the craft closer to the ground. Research has shown if you extend the arm out under the props the prop wash moves more evenly over the arm and that you get less erratic ground effect and a smoother thrust column beneath the props. 2: This will reduce the amount of prop exposed on the outer edge by 2 inches making it less dangerous and more able to navigate foliage without clipping. this will benefit FPV as well as making the model 2inches narrower for putting it in a case with props on

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(RD16) RD16 gets a GoPro and bigger props

Today I mounted a gopro on Rambo in preparation for the FPV rig. I will first go with using the live video out on the gopro, then later I might slap on a sony CCD or something. I also changed the 8x6 3 blades out for 10 x 7 3 blades. it hops right up now with power to spare.
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