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Airsoft + RC = UAV!

Discussion in 'Scratchbuild Talk' started by MadMonkey, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. MadMonkey

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    I try to combine hobbies when possible. When I started playing Airsoft (MilSim) last year, my first thought was how cool a UAV would be in this type of environment. I pitched the idea to some of the guys in the DFW area, and shortly thereafter I was contacted to put together a UAV for a local Airsoft event.

    Here's the result! I started with a basic Easy Star airframe so the plane would have a passing resemblence to the RQ-11 Raven. I added ailerons which also act as flaps and spoilers, then painted the whole thing Haze Gray and added Marine decals. We even went to far as to create a fictional squadron (VMU-4 "Vultures").

    The camera is a KX191 with a 900mhz TX/RX combo from Rangevideo.

    Completed plane

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    Me and my silly mug

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    Very basic base station setup... it's going to change a lot before the Airsoft event this thing was made for

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    And a couple of in-flight pics

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    Flaps down for landing
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    Unfortunately, at this time I don't have any way to capture video directly from the receiver, so I had to have a friend directly film the LCD monitor. The quality isn't that great, but it's all I had to work with at the time.

    Here's an early test video:



    And here's an overly cheesy (the way I like it :D) teaser I made for the upcoming Airsoft event that this was built for:



    Enjoy!

    The local Airsoft guys are going nuts over this... and I haven't even told them my plans for the future... :D
  2. kwik-kid

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    thats pretty cool, could you add airsoft granades to drop?
  3. MadMonkey

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    Weapons are in the works for future projects :)

    For this one I mainly wanted to get a camera plane in the air. Future plans include a Global Hawk and a Reaper (with weapons) ;)
  4. test-theory-man

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    i like the way you made it but build the plane around the gun
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    What kind of paint did you use? I've heard some types of paint can react with the foam and degrade it. Yours looks really good.

    -Dan
  6. MadMonkey

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    Tamiya rattle cans... they work nicely with Elapor. I haven't tried any other brands on it, nor have I tried Tamiya paint on other foams. I do know that most regular paints tend to eat other foams.
  7. DavePowers

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    MadMonkey! That is so cool! I love it!
  8. MadMonkey

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    Thanks Dave :thumb:

    I'm currently working on ideas for the 2nd version... and beyond. I'm designing a simple TV-guided missile that we can use to take out vehicles or buildings (NERF warheads, obviously... we can't be TOO realistic!) and a couple of other projects. I'll start development threads when I'm to that point.
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