Monthly Archives: August 2014

The frame arrives – Entry 4

Wednesday, the frame arrived from UPS.  It was late in the day, and I was preparing for a business trip to Oklahoma City that evening.  Thursday I returned and cracked open the package.

Some assembly will likely take place this weekend when I move most of the build components from my home to my brother’s home (he has a little shop in a shed we can work on it from). When the frame itself is completed I will update. I still need to purchase the rest of the electronics and power source. Spent last night trying to figure out the AUW based on part weights.

Tarot FY 680 Pro Frame – Entry 3

Placed the order from GetFPV for this frame, so it would appear I am now ‘all in’.  I expect the frame to be here Tuesday and will update the blog sometime after that.

Tarot FY680 Pro Hexacopter frame

Tarot FY 680 Pro Build – Entry 1

It’s possible I might be a bit premature since I really haven’t fully specced out the parts for the Tarot FY680 Pro build I am preparing, but I at least got the ball rolling initially with the purchase of a good soldering station (Hakko FX888D).

Since this will be a build with my brother, he will likely get the lion’s share of the iron duty, since he is not only a licensed electrician, but he also worked for Lowrance Electronics in his youth assembling fish finders and he is doing some modification to some Fender Stratocasters and the amps.  I am likely tasked with making sure the parts are ok, so I’ve been spending a lot of my free time lately (which hasn’t been a lot) reading up different parts and pieces to complete this build.  So far, my list includes:

  • Tarot FY680 Pro (Frame)
  • Sunnysky V3508-20 Kv580 Brushless Motor
  • DYS SimonK Program 30A Multirotor ESC
  • DJI Naza II FC/GPS OR Pixhawk (leaning towards the Pixhawk)
  • Taranis X9D RC Transmitter with X8R receiver (purchased and on the way)

This is a short list now as it’s just the essentials to start.  This build WILL have an FPV solution and video, but I’m not nearly as worried about that just yet…and yes, I do realize I need to decide based on my AUW.  I haven’t decided on batteries or propellers just yet either.  Much more reading to come.  But now that I have the TX/RX on the way, I feel like I’ve gotten the build started anyway and I’m all in.

Stay tuned, as I make progress the blog will be updated.

My renewed interest in RC – Build Prologue

For those who know me, it’s really no secret that my father and I did not see eye to eye on much of anything, especially as I got into my later teens and adulthood.  Some of that smoothed out as we both got older.  However, there are still some hard feelings over things done in the past that I won’t detail here.

However, one of the positives he instilled in me was a love of flight, initially through his love of RC (radio control) flying and allowing his sons to experience that with him.  From the age of about 10 through my teenage years at least once a month he would load up his model RC airplanes (almost all built either from a kit or from scratch via blueprints) and head out to the Tulsa Glue Dobbers field (which at the time was at 41st and 145th East Ave).  We would fly until his batteries ran out or he ran out of fuel.  Usually about 2 hours.

I didn’t think much of that until recently, when I got interested in flying DJI Phantom quadcopters.  More than one thing interested me about these flying machines.  The flying part AND the fact they had a functioning still/video camera on-board, with a way to see what the quadcopter was seeing the whole time via a smart phone app that received the video from the wi-fi transmitter of the on-board camera.

Once I had the Phantom and started flying it, I realized that I missed the part about the hobby that made it fuller for me — the construction of the aircraft themselves.

Over the course of the new few entries, I will be detailing a build that my brother and I will attempt on a hexcopter (six rotors/propellers).  It will likely take a while to complete, as anything of worth does.  Until then, enjoy a video taken from the Phantom.

Mannford flight from Mark B on Vimeo.