Adding FPV to a Blade 350 Qx 3

by Evan-inc. 16. April 2015 16:14

Note this could be easily modified to work a QX 1 or QX 2

Flying with FPV is fun however Blade does not offer any turnkey options for doing so. Here is a quick guide to add FPV in a semi DIY manner.

First a shopping list (these items can be mixed and matched, and not all are necessary, just give a good assortment of items; also these items can be had for cheaper, just do some searching on eBay)

Second; the 350 QX3 has a cable that comes out from the body with ground; 12V; and a PWM signal on it. (Hint, the PWM could be used for a servo that adjusts tilt using the gimbal controls on your controller) Looking at the connector from the front, the top being the side with the latching point  (top is facing us in the picture below; starting from the left the pin order is as follows; Ground; 12V; No Connect; PWM. For this project we only need Ground and 12V. (I recommend checking these pins with a Multimeter)

 

Pinout;

 

Real life;

Now Use these pins to run ground and 12V to their respective pins on the FPV Transmitter

 

Next connect the GoPro cable to the mini USB port on your GoPro; it acts as a video out for our purposes.

 

Next, connect the other end to the FPV transmitter.

 

Tape and Zip-Tie your cable and transmitter to look something like this.

 

When complete;


Keep in mind FPV works on 5.8 GHz not 2.4 (this is what the blade transmitter/receiver uses) thus you should not notice any interference. Tune in your FPV goggles and transmitter per the documentation they came with.

 

GO Out and FLY!

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Christmas Light controller

by Evan-inc. 22. December 2013 20:24

Typical store bought controllers are garbage…. And professional ones are expensive… so I made my own.

Seen here: a bank of relays and an Arduino


Close up of the relays, this board can be purchased on amazon for around $20, I got mine at a local store called vetco, link here: http://www.vetco.net/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=640&products_id=12829


Close up of Arduino and RTC module, they can both be purchased on amazon, or at vetco

Arduino:  http://www.vetco.net/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=640&products_id=13665

Rtc:   http://www.vetco.net/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=640&products_id=12866


Overview of the entire device, please note that due to the amount of plugs I used, if every one were to be used I would recommend switching to 240 V instead of 110V. When using 240 you can use 1 leg for half the light and the other for the rest, this will ensure you do not over tax the breaker. Please keep in mind that I used a WatStop to verify I was not pulling to many amps with this system.

 

 

Below is a link to a zip files containing all the code I have to the light, please not he code is rough and does need refinement, this code is open source, so use it however you wish.

 

Link: http://evan-inc.com//Evan-inc_data/Pictues/12.23.2013/Main_Light_Control.zip


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Pc Mods

by Evan-inc. 22. December 2013 19:40

Mods I made to my pc, to add water cooling.

Where the radiator needed to go


Roughing out alignment


Making reference marks for later  


Hole that was created by the water jet, see below for link to the file.


Radiated and fan installed

Link to file mentioned above.

DXF Here: http://evan-inc.com//Evan-inc_data/Pictues/12.22.2013/fan%20mounting.DXF

Solid Works File Here: http://evan-inc.com//Evan-inc_data/Pictues/12.22.2013/fan%20mounting.SLDPRT

Note: the screws I used are #6 – 32 (length varies) and thus the model is tailored as such, take the SW file and modify the clearance hole to change it to match your scenario.

 


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Welding Table

by Evan-inc. 24. June 2013 16:32
Here: my culminating project for my welding class was a new welding table for the class. It was made out of a one inch think steal plate, and other various materials we had at our disposal.  
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Here: I am welding end caps onto the legs with a 250 Flux core welder.
 
HD Link: http://evan-inc.com/Evan-inc_data/Pictues/06.24.2013/3.JPG  
Here: I am marking all welds and preparing all joints for welding.
HD Link: http://evan-inc.com/Evan-inc_data/Pictues/06.24.2013/4.JPG  
Here: I am checking tolerance on cross members for leg rigidity, as well as a place to hang claps.
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Here: I am “Jogging” the ½ X 4 in flat bar down to the steel plate, before it gets welded.
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Here: is the table with all the welds complete
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My teacher really likes the color Miller Blue so we painted it blue just for him
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Here: the table can be seen set up in its home
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Here: I am welding a super structure used to bend the table flat (yes this actually worked)
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In the center, a 12 ton bottle jack that was used to push the table down in order to flatten it.
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Me standing on my finished table.
 
All the Inventor files I made for the project are availed upon request, email: evan@evan-inc.com

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