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Posted by on Jun 28, 2014

AC2 Discovery Pro Launch Day

AC2 Discovery Pro Launch Day

Can we fix it – yes he can ! Good news if you’re me – AC2 is back from Totem Hobbies, who have replaced the 3 faulty parts in the original, and partly restored my faith in customer service and mankind’s wider ability to produce working flight hardware. No wonder that gimbal wouldn’t calibrate or move properly – roll motor was duff (probably open circuit), so now we have a new one in there, everything is better. Likewise, the GoPro feed section of the Discovery now works flawlessly with the camera switcher now that BOTH faulty components that comprise it have been replaced with working versions. It’s not great QC from TBS, but thank goodness I had a supplier who offered to take my whole build back and just work on it and replace things until it was perfect… which he did; Thank you Kevin W. The wait is over… Finally, I had in my hands an aerial machine that should be infinitely capable of producing the sort of...

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Posted by on Jun 14, 2014

AC2 Discovery Pro Update

AC2 Discovery Pro Update

Quad down. A week after I sent my Discovery Pro back to supplier we have some progress to log / report. A continued huge thank you to Kevin W. at Totem Hobbies for his diagnostic expertise and his time spent solving things. Even if I find at the end of all this I can’t quite recommend TBS quality control or the insanely sensitive AlexMos gimbal controller, I definitely can recommend Totem Hobbies, who have been helpful above and beyond the usual, and have kindly agreed to take a look and find the problems…   It has been out on Kev’s bench all week and causing him much the same problems it was causing me, except he doesn’t think the gimbal’s Tilt axis is working properly either ! Wot no GoPro ? Problem No. 1 – lack of GoPro feed to the camera switcher. Cable to IMU tested OK by me is apparently not OK, and shows signs of stretching, which might give intermittent connection. Note to self / others – Picoblade cable...

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Posted by on Jun 2, 2014

Sand Pit Grove

Sand Pit Grove

Stedham Common 3… Another good flight session today – 4 good long 8 minute+ treks around yet another new fly-site ! To be fair, it’s a sand pit / lake arrangement we’ve seen many a time before, but never from this side, which allows us to go a bit closer to the working area with all the interesting machinery, and the surrounding trees and scrub present a nice range of things to see on the ground, and the small village of Stedham is just off to the left there. However the sand pit planners have done their job well – I can’t overfly their machinery because then I wouldn’t have line-of sight over the tree bank that was between it and me, but at height, I could go where I dared. Not far – never forgetting this is still a test flight session, so no directly overflying water or anywhere where I can’t get it back if she goes down… But not to worry, the Naza Lite did another...

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Posted by on Jun 1, 2014

AC1 V6 :The Return

AC1 V6 :The Return

Resurrection Bonus Well I thought my beloved hexacopter AC1 had done its last flight, and had very much decommissioned her and nicked half her bits to go on AC2 my Discovery Pro FPV Quad which I bought with a mind to replace her for something smaller, lighter and easier to get around with. So out went her beating heart, the Naza-M Flight Controller, and her RX, and her lights, and all her video gear. I was unexpectedly sad to dissemble her for what I thought would be the last time, assumedly because I am taking down a machine that has served me well, and got me really very close to the sort of quality footage I am looking for. And then, the following week, as I was building machine no 2, I suddenly remembered that last year I’d dropped my original Devo 10 whilst crossing a road and broken a switch on it, and that there might have been an RX1002 receiver in the box with the one I ordered to...

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