RD35 - Codename: HighCam500X - Status: Active

Estimated cost to build this model today.
$444 USD

This is a tune/rebuild project for a Friend in France!



Gaui 500X Frame Kit


Hobbywing Fun Fly 18a ESC

Flight Controller:

Top Micro Flight AQ50D Pro aka TMF Pro


KA20-22L 924KV Hacker Style Outrunner

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RD35 - Codename HighCam500X

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RD35 - Continued

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Maiden test flight of RD35 Codename HighCam500X

Some things are not obvious in this video, the construction of both the frame and the landing skids is very very light. The mount point of the legs are offset to accommodate an odd mounting gimbal contraption. so even with moving the lipo back on the frame to compensate, this frame wants to fall over forward unless you pull back on the pitch at take off, so it wants to lean forward at all times and you have to ride negative pitch to fly. 

Next we have the motor mounts, they seem to have a hit and miss key in them so that they lock in place and do not rotate on the arm, 3 out of 4 of the arms, locked in, and the fourth had no such lock. lastly, all of the motor mounts are somewhat off, so every prop run on a different plane. this makes this really tough to tune.


Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 11:45

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RD35 payload test - observer

All Up Weight (AUW/Flying weight) of 1250 grams, I then used two carbon fiber 12mm tubes zip tied on ether side of the struts of the landing gear (See pics) and mounted my Panasonic camcorder using two nylon zip ties, a mall sheet of rx foam and a velcro strap. Camera weight: 480grams, makeshift mount, 40 grams for a payload of 520 grams: total 1770 grams

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 07:28

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RD35 Payload Test - On-board video

Monday, June 25, 2012 - 12:04

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RD35 Maiden with DX8 radio system

Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 14:53

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RD35 test flight with onboard Gopro R5 )With Jacob from CBC News

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 00:57

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RD35 maiden camera flight with DX8

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 00:58