This is a diy project I started based on information assembled from different places. Some inspiration comes from a guy who posted a blog about a FPV suitcase for less than 160$, i reused some of his ideas. I would like now to share this in the diydrones community for the people who like FPV.
I will explain briefly heredunder how this was built, with cheap parts (except the screen that costs alone 99$ but you could reuse instead an old DVD player screen. Unfortunately my kids destroyed it before I got get a second life for it).
Anyway I started by getting for 25$ on amazon this suitcase, normally used for cameras. It has a dimension of 26cm (L) x 32 cm (W) x 14 cm (H). I like this format because it is quite compact and light to carry:
Initially the suitcase come with an ugly foamy inside that i removed completely =>garbage. I just kept the foam cubes that you will see later on the picture for arraging and holding the bits and pieces in place.
I then took some balsa wood plates (2.5mm thick, I think a 1/10") to cover completely the inside top and bottom : it gives a warmer touch, it is soft, it is beautiful and it is non conductive which can be usefulnot to get shorts between devices:
I placed the screen against the top cover of the suitcase, leaving some place to place the receiver and a voltage meter like this :
To hide the ugly electronics and cables, I cut to size a rigid foamy cardboard material that is normally sold to artists for whatever these guys do I shall never be able to match. Here is a detail of this material which is quite easy to cut with a hobby knife:
This black foamy cardboard is held in place , flush to the top cover, with the use of magnets (that you can find in shops for kitchen cupboards for ex -> do not take those of your kitchen cupboards, this might cause some trouble with Madame).
I detoured the cardboard to be able to see the voltmeter and to be able to push the buttons for changing the receiver's channels. I also let a whole in the bottom right corner to place cables and a battery:
For the antenna, a quick dremel made this possible with the cap on :
and with the cap off:
and with the antenna screwed on:
That's it for the upper part of the suitcase.
Now for the bottom part, I use it to place all the bits and pieces, batteries, cables, RF filter, Antennas, etc. To hold the pieces in place, this suitcase came with pre-cut foam blocks that you can just cut to your own needs:
You can observe on this picture the balsa covering.
The suitcase looks like this:
I put in there : a video splitter/booster (to see and record at the same time), a USB video grabber, a bunch of cables, a RF filter, antennas (for the suitcase itself, for the multicopter, telemetry, etc), cameras, etc.
Amazing. Well done.
in Belgium we would even add heaters on them :)