Sean Headrick of aerotestra.com brought over the latest revision of his thin-shell Hugo quad.  He claimed it was fine to fly in the rain, which was convenient because it was raining like crazy!  I took some photos and videos of this interesting unit.  He gave me a body, which I'll assemble and test out myself this week.

I think it looks very nice, and it flew perfectly in the rain, with no leaks to the interior.

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Comment by Ted Van Slyck on December 16, 2012 at 8:09pm

What about your transmitter? 

Comment by Tim McPherson on December 16, 2012 at 9:39pm

That frame looks slippery and screams multicopter pylon racing!

Comment by Luke Olson on December 16, 2012 at 11:13pm

That's very clever! The members in the northwest coastal regions will surely be interested.

Comment by AS on December 17, 2012 at 4:42am

That just looks crazy man! :D I would buy one, but my card screams 'insufficient funds!' :\

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on December 17, 2012 at 5:59am

Nice lines!

I this is the direction quads will lean for 'mass market' selling. The 'plate and tube' approach is more oriented to a builder/maker and those developing aspects of a quad.

High points for way cool too.

I wonder if they are going to post a video showing someone kicking it, jumping on it, and dropping it out of a 6 story window


Developer
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on December 17, 2012 at 6:51am

Oh man, that's a great looking frame!  Love it.

Looks a LOT like the Aquaquad frame though...


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Comment by Mark Harrison on December 17, 2012 at 12:40pm

We were flying from under a patio cover, so the receiver was nice and dry.  I was holding an umbrella so my phone cam wouldn't get too damp.  I think I'd never want to go flying in full rain, but it's nice to have something that wouldn't be a problem in sprinkly weather.  I'm also interested in trying it on the seashore... it would be nice having something resistant to the sand, etc.

Pylon racing would be so cool with a fleet of these things! I've gotten a ton of compliments from just carrying the frame around.


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Comment by John Church on December 17, 2012 at 1:52pm

Flying in the rain would be such a blast!

I this is the direction quads will lean for 'mass market' selling. The 'plate and tube' approach is more oriented to a builder/maker and those developing aspects of a quad.

Yeah, maybe. The model heli industry thought the same as well though, until consumers got a taste of the "prototype" models made from stacked CF/FG plates and machined goodies... Look where they are now :) No more "plastic fantastics", save a few special cases here and there. Of course, it does take a certain type of person to be successful at helis, and, you're right; with the direction copters in general are heading, the average dude can just pick up the prettiest bird on the block and fly without a care as to the underlying mechanics and code. We'll see!

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