Castle rustler, stampede, merv, summit,and an s-10
Hahah, thanks MiNi, I'm glad everyone's liking this.
I really hope someone else gets in to this as well, and starts posting their progress in here too! "My FPV Summit" can become just that, not KRALL's just "MY" makes sense to me. There are a few forums out there with over 100+ pags of FPV builds, it'd be great to have one on the Traxxas forum itself!
I just got back from the store and bought ANOTHER receiver switch, now I can have a switch for transmission ON 1, or Transmission ON 2. Earlier problem solved.
It appears the battery trays were MADE for this!
I've cleaned up the wiring, I shortened a bunch of the servo wires and the ESC wire, redid the chassis led connectors, and then ran them through the vent and up through a hole I cut in to my "FPV Link" box.
Worked out very well, in the battery tray there is even a type of hanger... for all the wires to keep them out of the way of the battery! Not bad not bad!
Used to look like this:
Very nice . Clean install everything labeled for future potential repairs etc
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Mountains cant stop me
they have tried
holy, this thing is coming along even more sick than before, I definitely need an extra $1200 to get my own make shift summit going
What's a coffee if it aint Irish
Turns out my LED for the transmission is a common cathode, I need common anode to make it work. Figures, now I have to order ANOTHER part. What's funny though is the one I was using, it's from 1979!! In short, they don't make them anymore hahaha, however I found what I need fortunately.
I spent the day researching 1:6 bodies, I almost pulled the trigger on a 1:6 of the same thing I have, but it's 4" too wide and 4" too long, but so much more detailed inside. Big drag.
There is a 1:8 scale but they haven't been seen since 2008, 4years ago.. no luck finding them. OH WELL.
Bought the expansion to BF3 today so been busy bustin peoples virtual faces with machine guns all day. BACK to work I go.
Out standing build and great modifications, makes my mods look like 1st grade work. Love the way you switched the electronics around and used the flat cable. Great job and have been keeping track of your build just did not know what to say sense you r build is out of my range of knowledge .
Endeavoring to persevere !
Haha thanks a lot Edstoys, it's really nice to hear. What I'm doing isn't really complicated, it just requires a lot of tools and a big enough parts bin.
I just got back from the store and I bought:
Now I can finalize wire placement throughout the body - well sort of, still waiting on these 7-segment led's to get back in stock.
BF3 has been taking alll my time! Hahah
I got some parts in today (ordered late last night from Arizona, they arrived here by 3pm, incredible)
Nothing too exciting:
BUT it made me get back to work and here's the new antenna mast for the car - it goes from the "FPV Link" I made on the chassis, to the body, and then through the body to this - MUCH higher than the stock antenna so I expect greater range - basically now the car can be completely out of sight below a hill, and still receiver signal.
The parts I received are for the dash, a few posts back I mentioned I needed common anode 7-segments so I needed to order some, sooo last night I ordered MORE common cathode, oops. Either way I received some nice square and round led's for the dash to display front/back diffs and gears.
Nice, can never have enough range!
What's a coffee if it aint Irish
Nice haha to bad the antenna is usually on the other side lol
Pede 4x4 PE - Slash 4x4 PE
Miss Geico Boat
Hahah yeah I know, I saw a picture of that after I mounted this. Oh well!! I still have to mount the antenna for the camera pan&tilt and light controls etc.. so maybe that'll go on the other side - depends on the antenna length.
It's been SO HOT here the past week, that and other LIFE stuffs.. I haven't touched this really since putting the antenna up.
I receiver my proper 7-segment LED, mounted it and it looks pretty good - the first one (from the '70s) was a perfect fit, but this one is smaller so I've filled the gaps with liquid electric tape.
Kind of wish I didn't cut the hole for the bigger one, but whatever - the camera can't even focus this close anyway, so you won't really notice it in the video feed/recordings.
I just placed an order for all kinds of switches! $100 worth.. uh yi yi.
Now I'll be able to build my BASE station (Pelican Case)
Soooooomething like this: But not quite haha.
As I'm typing this I just received a message:
"Thank you for your order Krallopian, because you selected e-check it will take 3-5 days for money to clear, then we will ship order and you will receive within 10-14 business days." AWWW MAN! That's going put me at probably July 26/27 before I see any of this.
AH WELL, at least it's ordered.
I ordered some 5cm volume knobs for the pan/tilt setup! It's going to be neat, two big knobs one for pan one for tilt, and when I look left or right I just turn the knob left or right and when I let go it will STAY there, unlike a joystick that would spring back. I'm going to have a switch that then switches between the knobs OR a joystick. That way I can still use a joystick with a return, which is like an "auto center" for the camera. Prrreetty neat, hope it works.
Then I'll have power switches for: Monitor, Video Receiver, Transmitter (going to have the TQi mounted inside the case, to control lights on the car, camera pan/tilt etc..) "Auxilary" and "illumination" haha going to see if I can light up the box some how - we'll see.
A switch for, internal/external power sources - external for when I'm out and about, internal for when I'm near a wall socket. Found this purdy little thang to help accommodate.
Anyway, 3:33am AGAIN... just wanted to give an update, I'm getting sick of going to the bar every night and want to get back to work on this! I figured if I update here, it'll force me to get back to work.
krallopian: This is one of the most interesting threads in the fourm
For read all the thread took me 2 hours
I really like your proyect
Last edited by DBG; 07-11-2012 at 12:12 AM.
Heya DBG, thanks a lot for the kind words!
I updated the other day saying I ordered a bunch of parts, but I cancelled that order, and re-ordered even MORE parts and paid with credit card this time, the parts have already been shipped.
Blue LED Digital Volt Meter
3 Position Heavy Duty Switch
16" x 80" Carbpm Fiber Vinyl Sheet
"Nos" Style Safety Power Switches
Nice 17mm Aluminum Knobs
Stereo Input/Output Connectors
Bunch of other various switches
Rotary Switches (selection 1, 2, 3 etc)
Altogther it's running me $140 Canadian.
It's all high quality shtuff, and some of the switches were expensive. There's a plastic company in my area and I'll get them to cut out a plastic piece that will fit inside my Pelican Case (I don't want the aluminum inserts you can buy) and then I'll have it all sectioned off accordingly.
Currently putting it together like this in photoshop:
Nice thread on your SummitFPV
I'm planning on getting the newest/lastest version of the Summit .
On your testings, the OEM 2.4ghz Tx/rx was not affected by the Lawmate 1.2ghz VidTx 1000mW?
I ask because , if true, I wont need my EzUHF tx/rx. :-)
Have you done range testings? 700 yards?
(2 summers ago, I only managed ~220 yards with 72mhz/900mhz combo).
how do you control pan/tilt on the TRX stock tx/rx?
I plan on using Y-connector for steering and Diff Locking.
I just need hi/low gearing.
Last edited by rclab1; 07-11-2012 at 01:55 PM.
I haven't done any range testing yet, I've actually only driven the car twice. I've been so wrapped up in doing other things, that's why this build went from getting updates every 30 minutes, to once a week.
I have TWO radios in my remote, one is the TQ the other is the TQi, and I'm going to mount one of them in my case, and control the pan with a joystick, or a knob (selectable) that way the joystick will return to center when I let go, OR if I want to ALWAYS be looking left or right, I can use the knob, turn to say 90° left and LEAVE IT, and drive slowly, that way I can still drive with both hands, while looking around.
Here's the "Pan" Knob I bought.
I'm not sure about the EzUHF thing yet, we'll see.
It's been great weather for driving around here too, I just haven't got the proper base station setup yet, and the screen I've been using for testing is too big and bulky, and between where I would drive, and where I would drive from.. it just hasn't been good, it would be a 10 minute setup, 10 minute drive, and then there'd be junk everywhere haha.
Once I get this base station built, it'll be a whole new story.
I'm planning on keeping my remote the same as it is (two radios in one) but also adding a THIRD radio in to the base station. That way I can keep my remote the same, but have the radio mounted in the base station itself with switches/buttons/knobs etc.. controlling things. $100 more though hahah.
If that "new" TQi transmitter and rx is resistant to our Lawmate 1.2ghz 1000mw in terms
of "Range", then its great news.....
As we all know, that 1.2ghz 1000mW VidTx is going to kill range, as much as 80%.
Crashes has happend many many times.....
I hoping your TQi tx/rx works out.....keep me informed buddy:-)
So be careful if going high speeds'.....
Yeah the TQi is what is controlling the lights and camera on the car. I used the TQ to control the car itself. It only lost range once, but I was inside, behind walls of brick and metal, and then there were trees, and a "hill" of sorts.. I held the remote up 1foot higher (so at neck height when sitting) and it was fine again.
If there WILL be noise, I'll just add a low pass filter as 1.2ghz IS a subharmonic of 2.4ghz. HOWEVER I am using 1280mhz on the lawmate, so it's not really an issue anyway. I'll CERTAINLY be updating here with range tests once I have my setup the way I want it.
I've heard a lot of people saying their TQi's are dying, I ripped my apart, the only thing left was the radio itself on the PCB, it still works great...
When you lost control behind walls, was the VidTx 1.2ghz plugged in to the 3s lipo?
the new TQi tx, will it have a way to pan/tilt our Camera?
....your thread is wonderful....keep'em coming bud
Let me know