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Old 07-08-2008, 04:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Lieutenant Loughead View Post
WOW! I'm guessing the sickening sound I heard was the ESC frying?

The fish are awesome -- and I must say that I'm totally HAPPY that you showed us how you retrieved the aircraft... I half expected to see your leg, under water, before the film ended...
Actually, that was the servos glitching. I can't remember if I shut off the radio, if I took it with me, or if I left it there. The whole thing was a bit of a blur. I ran and grabbed the safety pole from the swimming pool (yes, I edited quite a bit of the boring stuff out of the film).

I thought that last bit was essential to the story. I love the editing program that came with my apple. I will be doing more films in the very near future. I have a couple hours of AV that's just been sitting, because the previous version of iMovie that I had, was much less friendly.
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Old 07-08-2008, 04:59 AM
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I think that should be entered in an AV contest.
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:13 AM
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I have the workings for the Nap o the field one...

I just haven't started putting it together yet.
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:42 AM
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Nice video. Now we need on of those flying subs like you see in cartoons. Yep you need floats on that plane but keep the camera submerged. Take off from the water. Fly around then land again. Call it Flight of the Bumble Fish.

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Old 07-08-2008, 12:35 PM
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The trouble with keeping it submerged, is that the drag would prevent it from being able to take off from the water.
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:53 PM
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You don't get much more "Nap o the field" than being "In" the field. That was pretty neat Fred.
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:03 PM
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wait until you see what I put together for that...
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Old 07-08-2008, 01:19 PM
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Nice video FM.

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Old 07-08-2008, 01:43 PM
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thanks guys, I appreciate the comments....

now I am inspired to go get more footage.
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post
The trouble with keeping it submerged, is that the drag would prevent it from being able to take off from the water.
So put a servo on it -- sort of like a "retractable underwater camera".

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How come your LVC didnt just kick in and kill the motor completely? Thats what always happens to me....kindof like a 'dead stick'
I know Fred already answered you, but I'd like to throw another thought into the discussion... There are two different types of Low Voltage Cutoff -- "Soft" and "Hard". "Hard" will kill the motor completely, when low voltage is detected. "Soft" will cause the motor to "hunt", very much like the video. This "hunting" is supposed to be your clue to land, but I've found that "soft" cutoff tends to kill my LiPos (maybe because I can't always hear the "hunting" motor)...
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Old 07-08-2008, 02:20 PM
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Great Vid FM!

At least your's was trying to see under the water...mine usually try to see under the asphalt
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Lieutenant Loughead View Post
So put a servo on it -- sort of like a "retractable underwater camera".
I could do something like hydrofoils maybe, as it speeds up it lifts from the water
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:19 PM
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Could be a soft cutoff instead of a hard cutoff. That could be the reason his motor didnt stop.
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Old 07-08-2008, 10:51 PM
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Well, at the end there, as I mentioned, I was pulsing it.

It WAS an eflite 25 amp esc. I never adjusted it in any way, just plugged and played.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:02 PM
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Your awards showcase would look better with an AV award.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by aviatordave View Post
Your awards showcase would look better with an AV award.
YEAH! I second that motion!

Can we have a vote? All those in favor...

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It WAS an eflite 25 amp esc. I never adjusted it in any way, just plugged and played.
Yep -- that ESC uses soft cutoff...

http://www.e-fliterc.com/ProdInfo/Fi...025_manual.pdf
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:03 PM
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It sure would, wouldn't it.

I'll see what I can do about that.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Lieutenant Loughead View Post
YEAH! I second that motion!

Can we have a vote? All those in favor...
lets wait until I actually enter something into a contest
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:22 PM
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Back to the camera in water thing. What kind of camera is it? You said it's waterproof but I can't think of many in that category.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post
lets wait until I actually enter something into a contest
LOL -- but that's my point. You should get an award for the video you shot -- without any contest.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:43 PM
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I'll post a Stryker going 105. The whole video is 5 sec. long.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Pudknocker71 View Post
Back to the camera in water thing. What kind of camera is it? You said it's waterproof but I can't think of many in that category.
It's a Pentax Optio W30.

It's good down to 10 feet, for up to two hours. Hardly something I would take scuba diving, but to keep sand (which has killed two cameras already) and moisture out, especially moisture induced by water landings... it works great!
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Lieutenant Loughead View Post
LOL -- but that's my point. You should get an award for the video you shot -- without any contest.
Thanks, I am editing my Nap o' the Earth video now. I think it's a keeper.
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:41 AM
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Wow...that's a nice piece of equipment your taking a chance with. Geez your plane doesn't cost that much. No wonder why it took nice video though.

Just yahooing around and found some small waterproof camera/video recorders for under $50. Not much in MP but might be fun. No AP planes plans yet though.

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Old 07-09-2008, 01:57 AM
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The biggest risk is if I have a flyoff...

and even my name on my plane wouldn't help that, as remote as many surrounding areas are.
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