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Thinking of building a 550

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mediaguru, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. mediaguru

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    I'm very new to the whole RC heli gig but totally into photography. I'm thinking of building a 550 for aerial photo/video purposes, so I can carry a larger payload and have longer flight times.

    I'm not able to find a list of parts needed or anything like that. What do I need to build one? Is there a checklist or instructions on how to build one which isn't a youtube video?

    Thoughts? Better suggestions?
     
  2. Claust

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    You have a Phantom now?

    I switched from a Phantom to a F550, but am still missing my first FPV / video flight. Reason for moving was more stable platform and larger payload. Have the following;

    F550 arf kit
    Futaba T8J TX+RX
    Naza M V2 + GPS
    zenmuse plate F550
    retractable landing skids
    Arris CM3000 gimbal
    iOSD mini
    DJI can hub
    immersion 600mw tx
    immersion duo rx
    8" FPV screen
    tripod legs for screen
    5000mah 3s + 5000mah 4s batteries
     
  3. mediaguru

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    Yup I have a Phantom now.
     
  4. PhantomFan

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    Where did you obtain those 5000mah batteries? I just built a Jumper 600 and probably could use one or two. Would prefer a USA source.

    I ordered a parallel XT60 harness yesterday. Was thinking of just using two of my Phantom's 2200mah batteries in parallel until I came to a decision on a proper 5000mah battery.

    PF
     
  5. mediaguru

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    So is there a checklist or part list for everything needed which is published somewhere?
     
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    mediaguro

    Just order a DJI Flame F550....all the parts are there...just some assembly time needed. Plus there are different configurations depending on how much money you want to spend
     
  8. mediaguru

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    Thanks thetac,

    So I've found a few that range in the $370-$499 area for what seems to be everything needed for the body with no remote and no battery. Does that sound correct?

    So I'd need a controller and battery?

    Can the controller for the phantom control the 550?
     
  9. mediaguru

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    Actually that looks to be missing quite a bit...
     
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    You would need a separate transmitter and receiver...I use a Spektrum DX8...and an AR8000 receiver. If you go this route it is cheaper to buy your transmitter/receiver as a kit....plus you will get the altitude reporting pieces you need with the kit...a good price on the DX8 kit is around $439.....but you might find one cheaper....just insure it is a whole kit....i bought mine all in pieces and it end up costing me $600
     
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    Claust - how are you finding the Arris 3 axis gimbal? I'm very tempted by one.
    I have nearly the exact same bits and pieces as you and am thinking of making the jump to a F550. I would only do so if (like you) I got the retracts ! :)

    What sort of flight time are you getting with that set up?

    Thanks
     
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  13. PhantomFan

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    Yeah...that's a good one. This one comes from Sri Lanka - but look at the price! $17.77

    http://store.slrcnetwork.com/product.php?id_product=84

    Might have to wait three weeks (just a guess) but hell, <$18.00???? One thing I noticed are the dimensions. Only 17mm thick but 71mm tall and 150mm long. Since it's going to be slung underneath my Jumper 600 anyway, those dimensions work great for me! I may go ahead and start the purchase procedure just to see what the shipping costs might add. Probably $50.00 LOL!!!!

    EDIT: Shipping for two batteries would be $18.00, BUT, I couldn't order any because their web site says the country I selected (USA) requires selection of a state - and there is NO WAY to enter one. There is no pull down menu, and every effort at entering a state in any other address field failed.

    PF