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Old 05-14-2013, 12:05 PM   #1
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Advice needed to build FPV P-51 topflite giant

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Advice needed,

Its always been a dream to have a FPV warbird from the cockpit. I finally have the skill, workspace, and time to make this happen but have no experience in FPV...

Im thinking the topflite P-51 giant would be the best GS to try this in, as it has one of the best wing loading out there. AS well as the (not so scale) rear stab also helps for stability.

I am in need of a proper FPV set up and help on any wierd laws im not so sure of. The set-up im looking for is:

video goggles with osd
headpan tilt camera
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:39 PM   #2
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Re: Advice needed to build FPV P-51 topflite giant

I just installed FPV hardware in my giant foamy P-51

My ultimate goal is to also have a pan-tilt with the camera in the simulated cockpit like the one you see in the video in my thread that inspired me.

First off, is your plane electric? I have flown nitro planes in FPV and found it to be too much of a hassle, and there is way too much vibration. Oil spray on the lens is also a problem, which you can solve by wing-mounting the camera (as I have done) but it defeats the "Mustang" cockpit idea- you might as well fly a trainer in that case.

To make your mustang meet your requirements, you will need to assemble the following:
  • 1 video transmitter and 1 receiver (best to buy as a pair)
  • 1 Good to high quality camera (avoid low cost "Cheapo" <500VTL cameras, the are unsuitable for FPV)
  • 1 OSD unit
  • 1 Set of goggles (Some are sold with pan/tilt gyros built in, so you WONT need to buy a separate pan-tilt unit that I list below)
  • 1 pan/tilt sensor (if your goggles do not come with one)

Let me know if you want any recommendations on the sources and brands for the above hardware. There is good stuff out there and there are crap. Be wary and do your homework.

As for rules, as long as you follow the MAAC guidelines, you are fine.
MAAC FPV guidelines are here:

You sound like a beginner. I would consider myself very qualified in FPV. That being said, I have one rule for newcomers: start with the basics FPV , Make it work perfectly, then add another feature.
What I mean by that is: Don't make the mistake of buying all this hardware at once, then tossing it all in your plane, then wondering why you cant get the darn thing to work.

I recommend you start with a Video system and camera, and fly with that for a bit. Get all the bugs out. Then add something like OSD. Fly it for a few weeks, get all the bugs out, then add your pan/tilt. This way you are guaranteed to have a higher success rate then if you did it all at once. My way, you only have to trouble shoot one thing at a time instead of 10 things at once, never knowing what is really the root cause of any problems you are having.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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