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As I mentioned in my previous post (2012-1-31 Problems, Solutions and More), I'm planning on getting a new plane to assist learning to fly and also to be used as a backup plane in the event of problems occurring with SEPA. The plane I've decided on getting is the AXN Clouds Fly Floater Jet (commonly just known as the AXN in a few places) which can be found here; which has been recommended several times on a couple of the YouTube channels I follow, xjet and RC Model Reviews. I should mention that both channels are run by the same person and are not sponsored. On the latter channel, a 3 part build series (the first part can be found here); which I’ve found very useful as it allowed me to see if it's hard to build and also provide instructions on how to build the aircraft and tips for doing so, the plane I got for SEPA didn't include a manual, while it wasn't too hard to assemble at all, I didn't find the manual (it was online on the HobbyKing website) until after the plane was fully assembled. If you're curious, a bill of materials to build the aircraft has been included below.

It also should allow me to try out my UAV circuit board on a separate aircraft and attempt to convert it to a UAV (partially that's the aim of the SEPA and MEHA projects) rather quickly, although that is assuming that the HobbyKing YAK54 has been turned into a UAV successfully without issue or crashes that damage the YAK beyond repair. Also it gives me something fun to do every now and again while I take time away from projects, as I'm sure there will be problems I haven't foreseen yet and need to take a short break from before I can solve them; which is also why I'm doing further research now to attempt to foresee potential problems such as finding an airspace to utilise.

I should also mention that one of the reasons I wanted the new transmitter was because the stock transmitter module does frequency hopping, however during my research, I believe that my current transmitter also does the same frequency hopping. Although I cannot be sure on that matter, and further research will need to be done. If this is the case, then my original reasoning of needing the new 900MHz XBee Pro modules when I move to a later stage could be a little off, although that change does provide other benefits, such as improved range.

I should be putting up a rough design sheet for the Turnigy 9X ARM board within the next week or so, as I did for both MEHA and SEPA when I was trying to raise funds for them, as well as an estimated bill of materials to complete the project. However to get a more accurate bill of materials, I need a Turnigy 9X in front of me to be able to see how much space on the PCB I have to work within and also the placement of the mounting holes to allow for a direct replacement of the original control board. I also could be getting the boards prototyped in New Zealand (Circuit Labs/PCB Zone) after a good review of them by Dave Jones of EEVBlog, you can take a look at that review here.

I should also mention that I have a twitter account that I use fairly often to post when new content has been put up on the website and also other things that have been happening. I think that's all for today's post, but if you're interested in RC stuff then give the RC Model Reviews website a look, I've found plenty of good and interesting information on there.

Bill of Materials for AXN Plane:

Item Name
Qty
Unit Price
Sub-Total
1
$ 38.95
$ 38.95
1
$ 5.99
$ 5.99
4
$ 1.89
$ 7.56
1
$ 8.99
$ 8.99
1
$ 3.19
$ 3.19
Total in USD
$ 97.39

Related links:

EEVBlog website
EEVBlog Youtube Channel
xjet Youtube Channel
RC Model Reviews Youtube Channel
RC Model Reviews website