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Old 28 August 2016, 19:49   #1
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A SIB through the Kyles of Bute

Enjoyed a couple of hours out in the wee SIB, even met some fellow forum members at Caladh Harbour.




A wee report.........

https://explorecowal.com/2016/08/28/...-with-the-sib/
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Old 29 August 2016, 04:47   #2
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EC I see in your linked report you had trouble with your tank end connector popping slightly off.

I had exactly the same thing with the connector on the tank supplied with my new Suzuki (they all use this same 12l tank) as the daughter rested her foot on it. Like yours it still looked attached to a casual glance so a slight worry set in until I discovered it.

I don't use this setup any more as I've upgraded to a new 25l Quicksilver tank for extra range which by chance has a far better protected and more secure connection at the tank end.

BTW nice write up and images... thanks for linking.
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Old 29 August 2016, 05:08   #3
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Fenlander, it was the outboard connection end, not the tank end. Which is strange as it's never touched. Unsure if it's the movement whilst transporting that caused it to move. I have a quick coupling at the tank end, I was thinking on doing as you have and replacing with a tank of larger volume.

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Oh sorry... yes it was that generic snap back collar at the tank end that came off with mine. Interestingly it has since failed internally so it won't go on at all and I replaced with a quality but non-Suzuki connector which has a far stronger hold to the spring collar.

Part of the reason for upsizing the tank was for a greater safety margin on any one day out... but also for Scottish holidays where a fuel station visit might be a 40min round trip from where we stay.
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I've opted to carry a 10ltr stumpy Jerry can just now. It has an internal spout so saves a bit of hassle. Never had to use it yet but it adds some weight up front if nothing else. Hoping to head round Bute next time so will need to top up for that. I'll keep an eye out for a quicksilver tank though.
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Plus 1 for the report & pics cheers
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hey,

nice to meet you yesterday and great to see you out enjoying the SIB, that is indeed what it is all about.

i was up at same place today for a first boat test with the new drone.......

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The drone footage is great, ideal way to capture the surroundings. Does it track you?
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yes it tracks upto 40mph but this was only just 20mph ish.

i suspect the footage will be better at higher speed-next time (i.e tomorrow maybe)
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yes it tracks upto 40mph but this was only just 20mph ish.

i suspect the footage will be better at higher speed-next time (i.e tomorrow maybe)
how predictable is the battery - can you be confident its going to make it "home"? Will it float if it doesn't? It would be interesting to see it in bigger waves, it looks like the camera doesn't flatten the water the way it normally does at "sea level".
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yes it tracks upto 40mph but this was only just 20mph ish.

i suspect the footage will be better at higher speed-next time (i.e tomorrow maybe)
Excellent, I'm in Colintraive briefly for work tomorrow, will keep an eye out for you.
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how predictable is the battery
i have been flying models for 20 plus years so this is nothing new to me. the battery is fine and the radio shows you the voltage left in it.

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can you be confident its going to make it "home"?
It is a 6 rotor (hexacopter) so if one motor fails it will still make it back. if for some reason the radio fails it will come back to last point it got a signal (i.e home)

link to it for reference- https://www.dronesdirect.co.uk/p/yun...I2CBoCpxDw_wcB

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Will it float
Nope, it is a goner and part of the model flying game unfortunately. you could rig something to recover it but it will 100% be knackered as soon as it touches salt water so i didn't bother as it may impede automated flying (lot more drag) and blow one of the speed controllers as it may pull too much juice (not likely but possible with drag at full chat).

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It would be interesting to see it in bigger waves, it looks like the camera doesn't flatten the water the way it normally does at "sea level".
classic catch 22, big waves normally mean wind and catching one of these in a moving boat is pretty difficult in a swell.....trust me
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classic catch 22, big waves normally mean wind and catching one of these in a moving boat is pretty difficult in a swell.....trust me
You need a boat with a "helipad" on the front (I believe they call them sunpads in the Solent - but that would be a rather silly thing to have up here!), or presumably you can land it ashore if filming pretty close with a friend?
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the battery lasts 18 mins so you have enough time to do some video and go land somewhere if need be yes.

the problem i have is i know sod all about cameras so i need to figure out when to use what filters, exposure, shutter speed etc as it is all tweak-able, will get there.
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that looked like a nice spot you were filming where was that
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Loch Riddon/ Caladh harbour
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You need a boat with a "helipad" on the front (I believe they call them sunpads in the Solent - but that would be a rather silly thing to have up here!), or presumably you can land it ashore if filming pretty close with a friend?
What you want is a clear afterdeck and someone who is handy catching a Snitch.
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For a First trial you have to pleased with that, Nice footage Dubie..
May be me or the iPad but the resolution didn't look HD?
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It is 1080 60fps so probably your end as looks good on my laptop. Try changing the settings when you open the video? Sometimes YouTube is a bit too cautious with the speed it thinks you have.

I may shoot in 4k next time and crop to 1080, I don't have a 4k TV to try unfortunately.
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