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Old 12-28-2015, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default My first FPV Setup - Blade 450x Helicopter

Guys,

Here are a few details and picts of my very first FPV build! Keep in mind that I am a 100% noob when it comes to FPV so this setup may be "less than optimal" but I view it as a learning experience. For all I know, I may not even like it.

My goal was to build a low-cost helicopter for FPV that I could fly around in the 25 acre field behind my house. I will be maintaining line-of-sight and an absolute maximum distance of around 1500 feet.



Flight Hardware & Electronics:

  • Blade 450x v1(100% stock hardware)
  • Upgraded H3020 metal servos
  • Microbeast Plus Pro v4.1 w/attitude control (I am guessing this will come in handy for FPV)
  • Spektrum AR9020 9-Channel receiver w/2 Sats

FPV Gear:
  • Fat Shark Dominator HD2
  • FatShark Trinity Head Tracker Module for Dominator Goggles
  • Fat Shark Dominator 5.8GHz Receiver Module
  • FatShark 700TVL V2 WDR CMOS ON PAN TILT (I will likely upgrade this soon)
  • DragonOSD v2 Combo: OSD, Current Sensor, and GPS
  • Immersionrc 600mw +2 Fat shark SMA antennas


Before anyone asks, the large black "boom with a T" on the front of the helicopter is a level and direction indicator that I made out of Zip-Ties and hot glue. I need to get an electronic artificial horizon on my OSD but thats proving harder than I thought to source. I also need to add a filter to the GPS wire and secure it to the tail support, the current implementation is only temporary.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!





















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Old 01-20-2016, 03:53 PM   #2
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Wow, very nice. Total noob at this but love seeing what people come up with.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:22 PM   #3
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I am contemplating a similar setup but my heli is much older, flybarred B400. Why two battery packs?
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:33 PM   #4
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Nice setup.I like the level indicator good idea.The only thing I would say is do your first flights without the head tracker or lock your camera in a fixed position.

I fly heli's Los but also fpv racing quads.I have my camera stabilized on the tilt axis but I can program what percent of correction. I only use a small percent because it makes it hard to fly without the feedback if it keeps the camera too level.I'm thinking if you have pitch and yaw it could be a challenge.Flying fpv with a flight cam on a gimbal is not recommended.

Since yours is on a head tracker and you have stabilization on the FBL with your horizon indicator it might be doable.I guess with the tracker you can all ways re set to center
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Anyhow just something to think about.I'm thinking about fpv on my 450 x
too at some point. Good luck with the maiden.
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