Tagged: RCExplorer mini tricopter
24 July, 2015 at 00:09 #1762424 July, 2015 at 17:56 #17640
@kajaken Looks really good 🙂 Looks like David (and you?) managed to make it a 250 class racer? With the enormous ImmersionRC VTx on top of the battery and a holder for the vertical standoffs placed where the rear wire holder used to be? Do the front standoffs offer enough tension to hold the front booms in place? I guess locktite and longer screws will work?
What kind of Lipo are you able to fit into the limited space, looks like it is “side loaded”?
Wow, those were a lot of questions 🙂25 July, 2015 at 12:30 #17659schlagbohrerParticipant25 July, 2015 at 15:54 #17661ATCrParticipant
David, the race tri is looking awesome! I’m new to the hobby and looking/researching my first aircraft. I think I’ll like the flight characteristics of a tri over a quad.
I’m looking forward to your kit! It would also be AWESOME to see a beta developers kit, maybe with the main frame (with and without the integrated naz32 fcb), precut arms (250 or 280 size), rear tilt mech, motor mount disc and needed screws. This would allow me to build/test my own layout with the foundation of your kit.27 July, 2015 at 18:35 #17723KevinParticipant
Terje, you said your tri weighs about the same but then with one less motor you would need to be 25% better than the others. I was thinking about this, do you? Assuming pilot skill is the same wouldn’t a tri be better in the corners? It would be like car racing, some cars are better for straight lines and some are better for curves, so it depends on the track as to which has the advantage. Just a thought.
Someone asked this in the rcgroup forums. I said I think if drone racing gets popular you might start to see different classes like you do with car racing. It’s one of those thing, one would have to race a tri with quads regularly to see if the tri has a disadvantage and thus requires a different class event.27 July, 2015 at 23:05 #17734RCExplorer – DavidKeymaster
Hehe Kajaken is no spy 🙂 He’s a friend of mine and one of my testpilots.
I’m pretty sure this will be the final design. Revision 23 if I’m not mistaken 😉
The G10 in the picture is laser cut so the edges look horrible, but the production version will be milled 🙂
I decided to go with both side plates and a top plate to make the design as versatile, strong and light as possible. Not easy squeezing everything on there but it works.
Arms are 162.5mm long (half arm length of the large tricopter)
Second picture show a speed run I did a couple of hours ago with the stock setup that I will be available on the store 🙂 98.2mph or 160km/h isn’t too shabby 😀
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Hey David, looks great! 😀
Where do I sign up for team pilot training? 😉28 July, 2015 at 04:45 #17741ChadwickParticipant
Yeah looking good. A lot sleeker than mine. Looking forward to seeing it in the shop 🙂 160km/h I see some trees hits in my future28 July, 2015 at 04:49 #1774228 July, 2015 at 08:49 #17745FreakazoidParticipant
Looks great, David. Is there a way to pre-order? Maybe that way it is easier for you to get enough kits in stock.28 July, 2015 at 10:20 #177472maParticipant
It looks great ! Good job @David 🙂 and I was kidding about kakajen being a spy 😀 I’m looking forward to order this kit 🙂
Btw in your picture I don’t see where you will put your gopro. Maybe I’m just blind :)I like that we will be able to change the fpv camera angle, maybe it could marked next to the hole “10degres 20 degrees…”
Also will you give some pid ? Because the one for the full size work great but I think I have some oscillation but as far as my pc is not powerful enough I can see it on video 🙁28 July, 2015 at 10:45 #17748
@2ma the GoPro mount plate is hiding in plane sight on top of the enclosure 🙂
I guess the plate in front of the combined GoPro mount plate can be rotated to accommodate a Mobius/Runcam type camera and the 40mm spacer can be adjusted to prevent the lipo from crashing into the Mobius camera? Pretty clever thinking 🙂
@David are you using a 3D program to simulate the different parts and how they fit together, or are you doing it by trial and error?
Pre-order is a really nice idea, gives you a rough idea how many units you need to make initially, and get some discounts on the motors, spacers etc. when buying bulk 🙂
Really looking forward to this one!
@David are you running 1.3GHz because you get out of 5.8GHz range in about 5 seconds? 😉28 July, 2015 at 13:41 #17751
@David, do you have a plan, or at least a rough idea when it will be available in your shop?28 July, 2015 at 13:43 #17752JustMeParticipant
great work. liked the innovation
I have a question about speed:
when you get at 160 Km/h it is clear that the aerodynamic of the design also comes into play , but from some reason – nobody seems to care about it.
why ?28 July, 2015 at 13:52 #17753
For proximity racing (5.8GHz), you want maneuverability and fast acceleration, not necessarily high top speed. As mentioned before, at 160 km/h you’d be out of range of your 5.8GHz system in 5 seconds. For me it is more of a novelty that i can go 160 km/h 🙂
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