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Old 12-01-2012, 10:54 PM   #1
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Hi all,

Have been working on my own design stretched 450 based on Align/Tarot 450 parts like gears, torque tube, head etc.

Basically a conversion set for a Trex 450 Pro into a 480 with 6s setup with 350mm main blades, scorpion 2221-2010KV motor, dfc head and custom canopy.

My goal is to create a high center of gravity, easy access to all components and off-course a somewhat unique and cool design.

I hope to finish the first prototype before the new year but will be busy setting up my own company so have to divide my time wisely.

The eventual design will probably still change a little based on first tests and center of gravity which I still have to simulate but wanted to show it already. Please let me know what you guys think..

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Old 12-06-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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Hey nice design!! I'll post my 450 design when its done.. Different to yours tough
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:42 PM   #3
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sleek and slender design dude.fantastic layout of parts.have you build the prototype???
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:36 AM   #4
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thanks uday,

yes the first prototype has been finished! Attached a few pictures of it.

The performance is really good, too bad my skills as a pilot still need improvement as I already crashed it

However I made some modifications and design changes so the second prototype will follow soon. This time including the canopy. So far pretty happy with the design.

next is cost calculations and see if I can put it in the market as a 450 to 480 conversion kit

any suggestions please let me know!

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Old 03-15-2013, 02:17 AM   #5
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martin.vandijk very nice dude.a small suggestion you mentioned that you want to create a high center of gravity,but i think it sacrifices stability of the heli.i say you move all the components under battery tray up and battery to the down.just give it try .with the canopy the heli looks like "goblin helicopters" .but your design is awesome dude
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:54 AM   #6
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martin.vandijk very nice dude.a small suggestion you mentioned that you want to create a high center of gravity,but i think it sacrifices stability of the heli.i say you move all the components under battery tray up and battery to the down.just give it try .with the canopy the heli looks like "goblin helicopters" .but your design is awesome dude
Thank for the advice, will try if the gyro can keep it stable or if I have to start moving parts. They gyro and receiver are now on the bottom tray inside the frames. Because the battery tray is not level it would be hard to mount the gyro there. However the battery will fit inside the frame so if I can find a suitable place for the gyro I will definitely give it a try.

New aluminium parts will be ordered next week, finalizing the drawings now. Thermo-forming mold of the canopy is also being produced now and hope I will have some samples ready in a few weeks. Carbon fiber parts are next, still need to find the right supplier.

Pushing for the next flying sample to be ready in about 2 weeks.

to be continued...

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Old 03-31-2013, 07:44 AM   #7
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Really awesome!!! I love your design!!
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:15 AM   #8
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small update regarding the 480:

The carbon fiber parts have been cut, twill weave and matte finish, very happy with the result.

Aluminium parts will be ready next week and have been busy with the total assembly drawings including a new, more aerodynamic, canopy design. Need about one month to finish the canopy prototypes.

next update will be after assembly

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Old 05-16-2013, 05:39 AM   #9
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The prototype has finally finished! Attached some pictures. Will report again after the test flights.

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Old 05-16-2013, 03:04 PM   #10
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That looks amazing man!! Good work!!
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:20 AM   #11
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That's really cool!

I have a background in architecture so I used cad programmes and wanted to do something similar, just wondering how do you get the carbon fiber made up? I have local access to a laser cutter but I imagine that carbo fiber and fiber glass isn't workable with that gear.??
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:05 PM   #12
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There is a special process for laser cutting carbon fiber. I'm guessing they cut it with a cnc router for him as thats the most common way
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I thought as much, CNC cutters aren't so easy to come by in London compared to a laser cutter. Maybe I could just get proto types cut in Perspex/plexiglass see how it goes from there.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:33 PM   #14
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That would be economical for trial fitting, but for actual test flights I would stick to g10 as a minimum since Plexiglas is likely to be too fragile. When you have a final ready, you could order your cnc cut carbon online
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:01 AM   #15
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These carbon fiber parts have been cut by cnc by a specialized company. They know the right settings and I did not have any delamination. I believe it is possible to laser cut carbon fiber sheets but you will need a very powerful laser. Your laser cutting supplier should be able to tell you if they can do it or not.

Making samples in plexiglass should be oke for mock-up but you will need the right materials to get the strength and balance right.

Good luck!
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These carbon fiber parts have been cut by cnc by a specialized company. They know the right settings and I did not have any delamination. I believe it is possible to laser cut carbon fiber sheets but you will need a very powerful laser. Your laser cutting supplier should be able to tell you if they can do it or not.

Making samples in plexiglass should be oke for mock-up but you will need the right materials to get the strength and balance right.

Good luck!
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That would be economical for trial fitting, but for actual test flights I would stick to g10 as a minimum since Plexiglas is likely to be too fragile. When you have a final ready, you could order your cnc cut carbon online
cool guys thanks for advice.
when you designed the side frames on CAD i imagine you used the guts of exisitng helicopter parts to get the correct positioning of screw holes and to save designing everything else that wasnt major for the helicopter, did you measure using a digital caliper? or from found sources of CAD files online.

I think im very precise because of my work background but even still inaccuracies with the vernier/calipers could amount to main shaft etc not aligning correctly. they are not the easiest thing to fit in to small spaces
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cool guys thanks for advice.
when you designed the side frames on CAD i imagine you used the guts of exisitng helicopter parts to get the correct positioning of screw holes and to save designing everything else that wasnt major for the helicopter, did you measure using a digital caliper? or from found sources of CAD files online.

I think im very precise because of my work background but even still inaccuracies with the vernier/calipers could amount to main shaft etc not aligning correctly. they are not the easiest thing to fit in to small spaces
Yes I measured every part seperately and in the assembly with a vernier caliper. then put in 3d to create the frame around it. My design is based on align/tarot parts and first prototype was pretty close. Had to only adjust the holes of the tail boom connection 0.1mm to get it perfect.

Just take your time and be as accurate as you can be. I used 0.5 mm machining tolerances for all the aluminum parts in general and 0.03 for bearing holes.

Good luck
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:34 AM   #18
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REALLY Nice work man,
That looks nice
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Old 10-18-2015, 12:00 AM   #19
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Look like a low weight heli on 480 size good job man. How was the crahses I wonder ? Doesn't look durable. Old style battery stick out like that easy damage during crash


Why design tail boom carbon fiber as like frame and tail boom carbonfiber canopy cover on top? That add weight.
Make it simple. Just use only tail boom canopy carbon fiber like un upside-down "U" shape or square shape halfway.


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I like your design looks very cool

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