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Xtra 300 - 11 gram camera. Pilots view and 18MPH winds
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Apr 07 2011 by FaTe
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The Xtra 300 is back out again after our last maiden flight with the camera on the bottom of the plane (See it here). After some careful modifications the camera is now in an upright position so we can see what the pilot would see!

The original canopy was no good but with careful prying it just pops off and I simply made a windscreen out of some plastic held in place with scotch tape which works beautifully.
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The canopy exposes a fair bit of space to play with. I cut a slot slightly smaller than the camera so it's a snug fit. I used overhead projector sheets for the windscreen.
I had actually made this modification the day after my last flight but since that time it's been 18-25MPH winds and only being a total of 99 grams in weight I didn't think it a good idea.



However come Sunday I got sick of waiting and went out anyway, the plane had just enough power to move forward through the wind and it was quite a challenge to fly.



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This was a snap shot from the video in which the plane only had approx 4MPH airspeed in forward motion, in fact it went quicker being blown side to side from the gusts!


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I don't give up, the aim was to get some video from a good altitude with better pictures than last time, so I went back out on a calmer day and below is the result:







I will eventually come back too this plane for further modifications and many people have already changed out parts like servos, receiver, motor and ESC. For the time being I'm happy with the set-up.

Here's some pictures taken from the above flight :)























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The very last snapshot is from landing when it nosed down in the grass and you can see the propeller popping off! A very clever innovation prop savers.
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