Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Wanna Go For A Ride?

So, I haven't had any luck getting my hands on a copy of the aerial video I talked about before. So, I did what I always do when I can't find something I want . . . I made my own!

Now there's all kinds of nifty mathematical formulas for computing lift and drag and wing loading and power requirements and so on and so forth in order to calculate how much weight a given aircraft can lift, or you can do it my way: strap a camera on the sucker and give 'er hell.

I chose the latter.

Here's the proof. Enjoy.


The Dixie Drifter said...

Hey Justin

Another good video keep em' coming.
I have tried all 3 of the free site and the one I find that does the best job of all is the dailymotion site, the next one you do put it up there they will even post it for you.

Justin said...

I'll give it a try Drifter, I was going to try one of the other ones with this video, but I was really excited to get it posted so I just stuck with youtube since I already knew how it worked.

One of the ones you told me about didn't seem to stream as good but I can't remember which one it was. When I was watching videos over at your site there was one that I had to keep waiting for it to load. Probably just my computer, or maybe my internet connection, but the video quality looked a little better though when it finally did load. With that camera of yours though, I just can't imagine why the video quality would be better than mine. ;)

At any rate, now that I know that plane will lift a camera, I'll have more to play with soon enough, that or a busted camera and a cracked up airplane. You can't really tell by watching the video, but the climb rate with the extra weight wasn't too spectacular. That's the reason for the abrupt left turn right after takeoff, I knew I wasn't going to clear the power lines at the end of the parking lot so I needed to find some room to gain airspeed before stuff got ugly. The Sky Fly is a pretty impressive plane for the money, it flies really good but it isn't fast, it isn't aerobatic, and it isn't a raging power house especially with an extra 5 1/2 ounces strapped on top of it. I bought the thing for a cheap "bang around" plane, but the more I fly it, the more I'm impressed. I've pissed away a hundred bucks on far worse stuff.

Next time we're going for extreme altitude, really give you an idea of what Billings looks like from the air on a beautiful sunny morning! If I ever get my hands on one of those wireless mini spy cameras, I'll mount it right in the cockpit of the CAP, then ya better keep your barf bag handy 'cuz it's time to turn and burn!

Later Drifter.

The Dixie Drifter said...

The site that I really like for videos is the vidilife but you have to view it in IE so I use that one for posting over at my regular site.

I find the video quality of the three to be about equal, the reason I like dailymotion is they will post the video for you right into your blog no copy and paste.

You gotta love doing this video I have been playing around with it for about 4 years and every year it gets better as to what you can do....so keep them videos coming they are more fun than ranting about some politician.

The Dixie Drifter said...

Justin I forgot to tell you one thing about dailymotion after you post it to your blog through their interface it takes about 3 to 4 minutes for them to convert the movie over to flash, so do not worry about the error message that you will get, it will go away.

Justin said...

You ain't just shittin' when you say it's a lot more fun than ranting about politicians. I've really been trying to stay away from politics lately, and I'm a hell of a lot happier for it. I get bent out of shape real quick when the G man starts telling me what I can and can't do, and it seems that every dipshit on office has some big ideas for how I'm supposed to live my life. Maybe if I ignore them, they'll go away? ;)

I've got the aerial video uploading to dailymotion right now, I'll give it a try as soon as it's done. I don't know if I'll use the auto post feature all of the time, but I'll give it a try and see what I think.

I should hook a VCR up to my computer and convert some of my old VHS tapes. I've got hours and hours of RC car racing, my RC boat zooming around at the lake, I might even have some old airplane stuff from back when I was first learning to fly. My big camera takes a lot better video than this little digital does, but it's a pain in the ass to get it from VHS-C to a computer file, the batteries suck and they're expensive to replace, and it's just too damn big and delicate for most things.

I used to edit video by hooking two or three VCRs together with a mixing board and a microphone for narating, cords and cables strung all over the place hooked to TVs for watching the video while waiting to hit the play button on the stereo at just the right time to dub in music ect., then I'd screw up and have to start all over. I think I actually completed one video with sound and everything, damn thing took weeks to finish. Kind of funny when I think about it now, thank goodness for Windows Movie Maker!

Ryan Mitton said...

Hey there. Last year i found a post by you that explained how you bypassed the fishing wire and used carbon rods for your control surfaces to servo link up. Could you post the link to this on your blog? I can't find it.

Cheers, Ryan in Canada (straight north of you, in Calgary)

Justin said...

Hey Ryan.

I don't know of what post you speak, but over at RCUniverse there's a pretty good thread on the Sky Fly that details some decent mods. One guy on there switched to carbon rods, but he also switched to all standard radio gear and a brushless motor. All I did to the control linkages on mine was to switch from the crappy monofilament line to Spider Wire for less stretch. I also moved the threads from the outside holes to the inside to increase the control throw. As far as carbon though, I'm afraid you must be thinking of someone else. I use a lot of carbon, but not on the Sky Fly. At least not yet. ;)