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Old 04-04-2012, 08:29 PM   #1
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been at it for about 2 years now. I finally feel like my flying is to a point where I can start doing some AP work. I went through the ranks learning how to fly starting off with msr, then blade ccp2, then blade 4503D, also had to get the MCPX. I've only flown with a GoPro so far but looking to build a DSLR rig this summer to use with a 600 heli.

I've been a member here for over a year constantly reading and learning different techniques. I'm at the point where I have some questions I feel wont be to out of line.

This is my current part list to get a working AP ship worthy of the name.

Kontronik Jive 60+ HV Brushless ESC (V9) - $350
Xera 4025/2.5y-670 Motor - $230
CHAOS 600 PRO LIMITED EDITION FLYBARLESS KIT - TORQUE TUBE - $350
Skookum SK720 6 Axis Flybarless System w/o Power Bus - $399
Trex 600E 2XPT - $559.95
ProTek R/C 6S "Supreme Power" Li-Poly 70C Battery Pack (22.2V/2900mAh) - $135
Radio - $400-500
Servos - $400-500

Now I'm self taught and don't have much mentoring in the area if any. Any advice will go a long way.

As for my flying level, I never learned any 3D. I don't feel its necessary to do AP, is this an accurate statement? I can fly my 450 in circle circuits, square circuits, figure 8s, controlled hovering, backwards flying and backwards circle, square, figure 8 circuits.

I'm not looking for a hand out just some guidance. Let me know what you think I should focus on. I'll keep this thread updated with my progress. Thanks

Here is a shot from my first ever attempt at AP.

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Old 04-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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What camera will you be planning to fly with? What payload do you need?
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:17 AM   #3
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I currently have a canon 60D, but I plan on getting a t2i or GH2 for use with the heli. From what I researched the GH2 video quality is superior to the t2i. Also weighs less at right under 400grams. (13.82oz) Different lenses weighing around 1-2 lbs. The camera gimbal claims to weight 1.5 lbs. With other various electronics I would say a total payload would be around 5lbs.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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The GH2 will not shoot with a live feed so you will not be able to shoot video and transmit the feed down to the ground to set up your shots. Just an FYI
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Old 04-09-2012, 02:49 PM   #5
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Thanks Outofphase for that info.. That will definitely be a minus for the camera.

No one else has any comments on the set up above?
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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If you go with the skookum get the power bus..its a must have i promise...kinda.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:41 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice. Sound like everything else is up to par?
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