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My 1st Build - What do you think?

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by shaunlaf, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. shaunlaf

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    Here's what I'm thinking of getting for my 1st build. I've read the forum a bit and this seems like my dream build. If I get a consensus from this thread I'm pulling the trigger on all these items.

    My goal is to get a good rig that will allow me to easily frame shots from a distance (1+ miles) with clear (enough) video on my receiver to do so. In pairing with the ground station, I'd like to set up my flight path and then free myself up to work the camera as needed.

    The Build

    $830: P2 http://www.amazon.com/DJI-Phantom-Quadc ... =phantom+2
    $70: iosd http://www.amazon.com/DJI-iOSD-Mini-Rea ... B00FKZZQQS
    $14: iosd to fpv cable http://www.dpcav.com/xcart/Video-Cable- ... xtech.html
    $160: Receiver - Boscam RX-LCD5802 http://www.amazon.com/Blueskysea%C2%AE- ... B00JOXPOHI
    $44: AV TX - SkyZone 5.8 500mW AV tx http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor ... r_FPV.html
    $120: Upgraded antennas http://fpvlr.com/shop/index.php?route=p ... uct_id=106
    $33: monitor holder http://www.raveaerialvideo.com/product/ ... tor-mount/
    $283: 2 batteries with double charger http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1 ... _twin.html
    $200: Ground Station - Waypoints
    $10: lanyard
    $130: Used case
    $30: extra blades
    TOTAL $1924

    I'm a little nervous on the build, but I'm assuming I can figure it out. I've watched a bunch of tutorials and seen some great threads on here, so I'm sure I can make it happen.

    Anything I'm missing or need to account for before I start double clicking? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

    My first video will be an aerial shot of my wife shaking her head at the inaugural flight of this investment. :lol:
     
  2. IrishSights

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    Just a comment on the GS requirement. Don't expect to much camera control with it. You only have tilt control available and that is only available if you are within control range. You do not have yaw control during a GS mission. Also at 1+ miles you will not have Line of Sight which is not recommended and indeed may be illegal depending on what country you are in.

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  3. shaunlaf

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    [Geert can you please move this thread to the correct forum, this is for P2 (non vision) - Thanks]

    Thanks IrishSights. I'm in the US. That's helpful to know. So is this suggested package overbuilt?

    I live a somewhat rural area, so I'll have decent line of sight for a while, but yes, more than likely I won't see it that far so I wanted to rely on the FPV for flight. Are you saying that it will be out of my control range and I won't be able to control the camera at that distance?

    What is the general control range? I'm using the stock controller with upgraded antenna.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  4. IrishSights

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    Not really overbuilt. Relying on FPV Beyond Line of Sight is regarded by many as unsafe. Many still do it though. Once you have initiated a GS mission you have no control over the craft, it just does what it was programed to do. It will fly the mission even beyond the normal control distance compared to if you were flying normally. During a mission you can control the camera up and down only. Stick input will have no effect. You need to plan missions well and allow plenty of spare battery power. The esitmated flight times in the GS do not take into consideration head or tail winds.

    If you go BLOS you will not, for safety, be able see the environment around you and any other aircraft or the likes. If you lose the aircraft you won't have clue where it is unless you have a tracker fitted which you maybe should consider.

    I suggest you pace yourself and stay really close to home, gradually venturing a outlet further out.

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    Topic moved per OPs request...

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  6. shaunlaf

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    Thanks gunslinger!
     
  7. shaunlaf

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    Thanks IrishSights,

    I hear all your points, and know that there's no way I'm going to jump into any BLOS flights for a while, I'm just sharing what I'd like to eventually be able to do and build a rig that will allow me to grow into it... safely. Most of what I'll be doing will all be line of sight, and I want clear reception of the video feed.

    So is there anything I'm missing in my budget for a build like this? Anything I'm not accounting for or need to get that anyone can see?
     
  8. IrishSights

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    A tracker such as Marco Polo perhaps?

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  9. shaunlaf

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    I was thinking of putting a tile on it... I know it's not as good, and only lasts a year, but I have one not being used and if my unit goes down hopefully I'll see about where it went and can use that to help... it's not perfect, but it's something.. Maybe I'll get that when I learn more and get braver with my flights... for the first while all my flights will be in line of sight.. so I should be good.

    Ok, i think i'm gonna pull the trigger.. very excited. Would still love to hear for anyone else on this? If there's anything you think I should change in this rig, or add on.

    Thanks again IrishSights!
     
  10. dtviewer

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    Ive been looking at almost the same build.
    The one change I looked at is you listed the P2 with gimbal for 829. I was leaning towards the plain P2 for 579 and adding the $100 walkera gimbal.
     
  11. shaunlaf

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    whoa.. that looks pretty sick. Hmm... would love to get your review on that gimble when you get it... it's worth it to have on hand even as a backup for that price!