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Old 12-11-2012, 16:32   #31
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I would look into Hydrogen/oxygen electrolysis... although it might take a long time to generate enough.




I think a blimp is the only way to go if you are going to be putting expensive electronics on it.

As a Mac guy, I would setup an iPhone and use FaceTime for live video over the cell phone network... The Find Friends app would allow you to track where it was. There would be other ways to do this if you followed the rules and needed to be in visible range of your drone...

I love watching the Nature TV shows where they have the helicopter or airplane view at about 300m high flying past mountains or islands. There would be a few other cameras I would use if it was to look around a boat in the fog though. And the flight controls would have to use a small computer type thing with a GPS chip. It would be nice if you could program routes or GPS waypoints to try and hit...

If I ever have lots of money and nothing to do...
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I will add, I think the best design for this would be an alien saucer shape. Having people see a hovering ten foot gray saucer might cause too much attention. Given my current location and where I work, it might not go over too well also...
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Old 12-11-2012, 16:46   #33
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Under NO circumstances should a beginner attempt to fly the ICON A5 or any aileron plane... Go to rcgroups.com and read/ask in the beginner forum for advice. AND FOLLOW IT. Get a 3ch trainer and learn to fly, Then get a 4ch trainer and learn to fly it. Maybe a simulator as well... Then, depending on how well you've progressed, the ICON A5...

IT'S NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS...

OR get your rc flying friends to 'buddy box' you for learning. It's much faster and less costly..

Best of luck....
Thanks, you may have just saved me another $1,000.
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Old 12-11-2012, 18:12   #34
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Seen earlier in this thread, but I also bought an AR Drone. AR.Drone 2.0. Parrot new wi-fi quadricopter- AR.Drone.com - HD Camera - Parrot

It is gyro and altitude stabilized so if you stop doing anything it just stops where it is. Real time video either forward or down and operated by an iPhone/ipad app. Very easy to learn and priced well at USD300. However short battery operation time, 15mins?, and I have not been brave enough to try it over water
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Old 12-11-2012, 18:25   #35
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I think they have sold a lot of those AR Drones. Good bang for the buck, and with the Styrofoam body and blade shrouds, it will take a few bangs. The highest "fall out of the sky" for me was about 20' up. I hit a lamp post hard enough for it to fault-off, no thrust, down it comes. Landed on an asphalt parking lot, no damage other than my ego.
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Yes, a 1947 Republic SeaBee, as Richard Bach said in a 1973 issue of Air Progress magazine, the Winnebago of amphibs. He later wrote "Johnathan Livingston Seagull" and made good coin from that.


Man, between this unusual thread and the To Your Health thread, oh yeah, and the On The Edge of my Armchair Blue Water? Thread, I think I'm a little queasy:
Which of the above objects is a 1947 Republic Seabee?
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Man, between this unusual thread and the To Your Health thread, oh yeah, and the On The Edge of my Armchair Blue Water? Thread, I think I'm a little queasy:
Which of the above objects is a 1947 Republic Seabee?
Neither. 1923 Track-T and Beech 18
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Yeah man, I know. We had a Seabee in here about a month ago.
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Yeah man, I know. We had a Seabee in here about a month ago.
The one I've drooled over is The Tahoe Special, converted to Corvette power and reduction drive replacing the old leaky Franklin, and you also get controlled cabin heat and A/C with that swap. It sank a couple of years ago in Shasta Lake, north of Redding, CA.
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Fair warning, if I am in the anchorage, and some bozo is scaring the birds with a stupid toy, I will put a fair amount of effort into shooting it out of the sky.
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Fair warning, if I am in the anchorage, and some bozo is scaring the birds with a stupid toy, I will put a fair amount of effort into shooting it out of the sky.
I'll remember to circle into longer upwind final so that I'm on the water before you shoot. If you mean the drone, it is electric and the blades produce less noise than your wind turbine.
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The one I've drooled over is The Tahoe Special, converted to Corvette power and reduction drive replacing the old leaky Franklin, and you also get controlled cabin heat and A/C with that swap. It sank a couple of years ago in Shasta Lake, north of Redding, CA.
Thanks. I'll be researching that one.
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Fair warning, if I am in the anchorage, and some bozo is scaring the birds with a stupid toy, I will put a fair amount of effort into shooting it out of the sky.
I think you can get add-ons that drop eggs out of planes. Just dive, drop & run. LOL
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Thanks. I'll be researching that one.
This will shorten your search........ http://www.republicseabee.com/Files/...%20Special.pdf

And for the Corvette engine conversion............... http://republicseabee.com/Corvette_Power.html
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Yep. I hate to use the A word but that baby is awesome. I thought really long and hard about building a Coot or Volmer way back when. I've noticed you've got some nice toys.
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