Build: F550 Quad

Mirrorless Camera Mount

This is a home-brew tilt-stabilised light-weight camera mount, designed for a mirrorless class (400-500g) camera.

Tilt stabilisation is achieved using the Wookong-M’s gimbal control.

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Not having the weight budget for it anyway, no attempt at roll stabilisation has been made, nor is it required in this (stills) camera platform, as the flight controller will maintain a level attitude whilst hovering. … Read more...

FPV gear added

FPV (First Person View) toys have arrived, including a camera, 5.8 GHz monitor, 200mW 5.8 GHz video transmitter, monitor mount, and a DJI iOSD-Mini module.

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This (tiny!) colour camera features a 1/3″ low-light sensor, and was fitted to the front of the quad. Since this photo was taken, the camera is now held in place with two small cable ties.… Read more...

F550 Quad hover endurance test – Zippy LiPo

This video takes a look at another F550 hover endurance test, but this time with a Zippy Compact brand 3S 3300mAh LiPo battery.

* Time compressed, so you don’t sit through the entire xx minutes!

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F550 Quad hover endurance test – Turnigy LiPo

This video takes a look at an F550 quad, running 3S from a Turnigy 3300mAh LiPo battery.
During the hover endurance test, an overview of the system is given.

* Time compressed, so you don’t sit through the entire xx minutes!

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Carbon Fiber prop comparison

This video takes a look at the $65/pair T-Motor carbon fiber propellers for their Navigator series motors, vs a $23/pair Gemfan “T-Style” knockoffs.

As always, you get what you pay for?

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T-Motor S25A ESC Throttle Calibration

This video takes a look at programming the throttle limits of a Tiger Motor S25A ESC on the bench, before fitting into a build.

These T-Motor ESCs, a relatively new release, come pre-flashed with “Genuine SimonK Fast Code” firmware.

 
S25A ESCs came from ReadyMadeRC.

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