There are a lot of advices and tips on what equipment to buy and how to build some on your own. I want to share some of my ideas and hopefully you’ll find them quite useful for your own RC/FPV projects.
After reading a whole lot of texts on forums i decided to buy the Multiplex Easystar – I’m still so glad I did! It’s a perfect beginner plane and an even better FPV-platform. It has got very few part that could brake and you can easy modify it anyway you want to.
Here is my Multiplex Easystar with the Gopro Hero HD mount.
I’d glued some magnetos in the cockpit to be able to mount the canopy easily. On the bottom of the cockpit I’d put some Velcro to fix the battery.
Since I’m working with aluminium all days long I’ve CNC-routed a camera mount out of 1,0 mm aluminium. The opening in the front is for a pan-servo (if I want to use one in the future). The one on the back is to be able to change the frequency of the video transmitter and the two on the sides are just there to reduce weight.
The hatch right under the wing is where my transmitter is placed. The hole to the left is for the video tx battery. I just cut it out after I mounted all the FPV gear in to get the plane perfectly balanced.
I’ve mounted one 0,6×5 mm carbon fibre strip in each wing to stiffen those up.
I took one 0,6×5 mm carbon fibre rod to stiffen the tail. As you may notice the original rudder is changed to a bigger one made out of a 5 mm balsa sheet.
I used to bring my tripod every time I got out flying FPV but with that solution I was unable to attach all the batteries, cables and receivers in a good way. Another thing that weren’t good with the tripod solution (since I’m not flying with an antenna pan/tilt system) was that I had to decide on forehand which direction I should fly in. I want to be able to fly wherever I want to and therefore I started the router once again. This time I made a backplate out of 10 mm plastic foam. I made a big hole that allows me to move my head and on the top I bended a 1,5 mm aluminium sheet in our press brake and put some Velcro on it for the patch antenna. With this system I can easily change the direction of the antenna. On the back of the plate I’d put some Velcro as well to attach the video rx and the two batteries (one for the goggles and one for the video rx).
This is my latest purchase for my equipment. It’s a water- and dust proof hard case bag (430x380x160 mm). It is big enough to fit all my equipment in.
Here it is – opened. I place the patch antenna in the left down corner of case.