Monday, August 19, 2013

Quadcopter Crash (On Film!)

It's been a while since I posted about anything R/C related, so how about a video of me totalling a quadcopter? Yes? Okay!
Eventually I'll be going the Hobby King route and putting some serious money into a quadcopter so I can film in 1080p with my action-cam, but first I decided it would be wise to buy a smaller pre-made set-up to get me started. Just as well I did too, because believe it or not, this is the second time I've crashed and smashed this quad.

First time, I drove all the way to the other side of Perth to beg some hobby store owners to sell me a leg off an existing quad. For some reason they did, which was great for me, but not so great for them as now they have a quadcopter that only has three legs. I doubt they would do it again, and I'm not too keen to drive all the way out there to try. Luckily though, at the same time I bought the leg, I bought a camera especially made for the quad. My current action-cam is way too heavy for it unfortunately, but the current camera only cost $30 and I'm actually really impressed with the results it outputs. It's not HD or anything, but it's good enough.

Skip to 2:10 if you just want to see the crash, the rest of the video is mostly me preforming barrel-rolls and crashing it in other various ways (but not enough to break it). The actual crash its self was a doozy though, it must of been a good 50 or 60 meters in the air when I lost control.

First time it crashed I tried to glue the frame back together with Araldite. This actually kept it together enough to fly, but as soon as it landed, the (light) impact snapped it off again.
This time around, I'm giving silicone sealant a go. If it's good enough for roofing and concrete, hopefully it will be good enough for a $90 quadcopter reping a plastic frame. I guess we'll see how we go.

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