Here a couple photos from this weekends FPV fun fly. Had a great time and the plane flew great. Did a splash and go between waves but the second time caught a tip. Plane is fine but still trying to get FPV equipment operating. Sometimes I do stupid things........ in the name of fun.
I've now done two stupid things with mine. Both occured when I tried to do something I already had done successfully. The first was the inverted tail skim and now the splash and go between waves. Same receiver has been recovered both times with iso alcohol. Batteries and ESC are fine. Video Transmitter appears fine but the camera has a blown mini diode or capacitor. Will try to fix and behave.....
Good point. Foamy water is less dense and therefore less buoyant. There are also probably areas with more or less foam making for uneven drag and floatation on the sponsons. Plus I suspect there are also chaotic water currents. Then add in a lot of turbulence in the air surface layer between waves if there is much of any on-shore breeze.
Id guess all that would make for some tricky flying - especially on a splash-n-go
Otto, do you mount the camera that just hi to keep it out of the prop arc or does it help with perspective in some way or?
I've found that FPV perspective is best over the centerline out of the prop arc, although I like the prop tip to be seen. A second benefit is that the area is very dry during hard splash downs and the mounting of the transmitter on the post allows for great cooling. The best setup was the mid mounted motor with the FPV equipment on the nose but for water ops prop clearance and prop splash became an issue. Tripod works great for all ops.
Here you go. Taken from a Quad by Steve Blizzard. This was Treggon's second flight on his FPV Mega Minor. The 2 liter soda bottles are great pontoons. His will do unlimited vertical while mine just putts around.
W lands on the beach.... unplanned, but successful. I tried to taxi FPV back to myself, but ran out of juice completely halfway home. The coolest part was I was giving a guy from Denver a ride, so he got to have all the fun of landing on the beach as a tourist. At the end I hop it as far up away from the waves as I could, and ran down the beach to get the Ultimate Flying Boat.
Thanks Otto .
That shot was on the jetty at work, but I couldn't bring my self to launch George off the end. After all it was salt water and I still haven't tracked down Larry's corrosion x here in Aus. The Capricorn is still the first plane into the car every time I fly and still the one that brings a smile to my face every flight, thanks to all and a safe and happy festive season to all, it is now into summer here, mercury into the 100's, cold fronts out of Antartica , fire bans , challenging flying at times,but life's good.
Hey when you put clips up on here, you have to hit the stupid youtube button up top, and copy and paste that stupid gobbledeygook code at the end of the youtube link in between the two [youtube.... ] things.... Then the video will show up in-line....
Hey guys! I want to build a mega minor. Are there plans posted here somewhere? I did a Cap and loved it, now I would like to try a MM. I can't find the foam u guys are using here. Tried all the big box stores, Home Depot,Lowes,etc........nuttin! I will find something.