Cinestar X8 Coax Updated

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  1. Jason Herring

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    Steve, what type of reflective tape is that on the booms?
     
  2. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    To tell you the truth, I’m not sure I remember. I think it’s 3M Scotchlite Reflective Tape.
     
  3. Jason Herring

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    Thanks Steve , how is the build going?
     
  4. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    Just waiting on one more part, which should be here tomorrow. Can't wait to get 'er fired up!
     
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    Interesting observation is that the camera footage looks better. It's more stable even though the footage from flat 8 is extremely stable. It's giving me the impression the camera isn't on a copter as much especially on straight away tighter shots. My camera operator who used for many flat 8 jobs started giving me instant feedback on his first flight and I can see what he means when looking at the footage.
     
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  6. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    I've found that using fluorescent gaffer tape (orange and green) gives better long range visibility in full sunlight. The reflective tape is "ok," but it only reflects really well when the light source is coming from where your standing and that's rarely the case in sunlight.

    Mind you, if you're flying FPV with on screen display, you can maintain better orientation just looking at the FPV video.

    Andy.
     
  7. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    Dear Friends at the FAA,
    Andy is speaking purely hypothetically, of course.
    Sincerely,
    Anonymous
     
  8. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Dear Friends at the FAA:
    No. I really was speaking the truth. FPV is safer when it comes to maintaining orientation. A spotter on the ground's perception is badly inaccurate -- so badly inaccurate that they "false alarm" because the cannot accurately assess distance, height, or speed -- sometimes they cannot even see which way the copter's pointing and it's really not helpful when they say, "Watch out, there is a 747 over there..." when it's ten miles away at 5,000 feet and my copter's at 100 yards and 250 feet but on a line between me and the 747.

    Apart from which, when I fly, I am absolutely sure to fly with a big grin on my face. That is how you know I am flying for hobby and recreational purposes. I wouldn't grin if it was a commercial operation, would I, now? :rolleyes:

    Andy.
     
  9. Steve Maller

    Steve Maller UAV Grief Counselor

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    Dear Andy,
    We do not understand this contorted grimace-like thing you do with your face when you fly your contraption. It looks quite threatening to us, based on the fear displayed by children and animals in your vicinity. Please cease and desist forthwith.
    Sincerely,
    The FAA
     
  10. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    It's just gas (intestinal). The way I fly, I'm scared too. Hence the gas.

    Andy.
     
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