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Twinstar Paint Job – First Look

by on Jul.25, 2011, under Everything, Projects, Technology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Have finished the basic white and red painting of the airframe and wing surfaces and all leading edges in black.  Next I will print and place insignia (using a custom decal kit) then finish with a UV resistant top coat.

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Twinstar Paint Job

by on Jul.15, 2011, under Everything, Technology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

After spending some time looking at different real-world aircraft with similar high-wing two engine designs to my Twinstar I have settled on a combination of US Coast Guard and Australian Customs.  I like these designs as they use lots of white (which save me having to do a lot of detailed painting) and should provide highly visible orientation when looking at it from the ground.  It should also give a good scale effect – in other words from a distance look just like the real thing.

I am basing my design on the Aust Customs Dash 8

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Twinstar FPV – initial kit

by on Jul.05, 2011, under Everything, Projects, Technology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Received my initial Twinstar II kit from Tower Hobbies.  It is very light!  Shipping was expensive though due to the large box size.  The model is an impressive 1.4m wingspan.

Lots of work to do to this before it flies.  Besides the camera and video transmitter I have decided to paint the aircraft (not sure what design yet) and to install navigation lights, autopilot, flight data recorder (black box), GPS (Global Positioning System) and a HUD (Heads Up Display) which will give me information like altitude and airspeed overlaid onto the video feed.

 

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Autonomous UAV

by on Jun.01, 2011, under Everything, Projects, Technology, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Knowing I’m a gadget fan a while ago a friend sent me a youtube clip of a german guy who had designed a very clever multi-rotor remote control helicopter that was capable of automonous and stable flight.

A couple of clicks later I discovered FPV (first person view) where the aircraft can carry a camera that transmits video back to the ground where the pilot is wearing video goggles therefore seeing whatever the camera sees.  Add on a head-tracking device and a tilt/pan mount for the camera and you have an immersive virtual flying experience!

The multi-rotor helicopters are fairly expensive, however electrically powered foam fixed wing aircraft are very cheap (<$200) and offer a great way to get into FPV flight.

To start I selected the Multiplex Twinstar II kit for about $150.  Tho this I will need to add a radio reciever as well as the other various electronic brains it will need to know where it is, control itself and transmit video back to me.

This Swede has a similar setup to what I am aiming at – have a look at this HD youtube video.

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