Who makes some better legs for the 3D robotics hex? I thought I saw a Canadian co. that sold some nice tall carbon fiber ones but that's all I have seen. I am not liking these and I think there can be something better out there. I would consider moving my whole gimbal to the center also if I could get something like some sort of helicopter skids that would work for me. But I am not going to do some hack setup I want something clean and solid. What are you guys using out there? I can fabricate here at my shop but really not wanting to put the time in for it as I am pretty busy these days. I am using the longer legs that they sell right now so I want to keep the height I have or taller.
Nobody? Someone has to be doing some DIY with these things?
I bought the parts to build the landing skids for a bumblebee and then modified the bottom plate of the hex to accept the mounting hardware. Check out my pics to see what I mean. I can send along the list of pieces I found at Hobby King if you want.
Here is a pic: http://diydrones.com/photo/smt-0500-2?context=user
I like it! Please shoot that over to me if you please.
I am pretty sure this is the list of parts that I used to make the skids:
mounting points: (attach to frame with 2 screws)
cross braces: (go from one support tube to the other...handy way to mount a camera rig, get 2 sets)
misc. hardware: (this is optional, I had extra screws and things laying around)
Beyond that, I used an old bottom plate from an Arducopter Quad as I have interchangeable legs on my HEX, some electrical tape to make the skids fir in the leg bottoms better and some pipe insulation to give the skids a little bit softer landing. I can certainly help you get these together if you want.
Thanks Shawn I will look into that stuff.
Here is one more... What about putting on retractable gear on it? I found this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nntGTugQ4xc
To me this would be the best route has anyone done this?
have a look at these: http://www.rctimer.com/product_958.html
I also made my own retracts using a set of linear retracts for a plane...works pretty well, and you can tie them into the barometer so that they will deploy when you get to a certain height above the ground
I have a bunch of electric retracts here I could make use of i bet. As for the rc timer if I was going to spend 500 bucks on those I would buy a real s800 and be done with it. Thanks Sean appreciate your input.
Well I ended going with a different approach and got some carbon fiber legs and mounted them in a way that I am well balanced for take off and landings, lighter, and have no issue with them in the way for video footage.