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    For sale, RTF, XY8-EOSc professional grade heli w/ camera mount

    Hi everyone,

    After much effort and many late nights I'd like to introduce you to the XY8-EOSc coaxial quad multi-rotor and camera mount. The XY8 frame is a design I've been working on since last October that combines the front (and rear) boom spacing of a Y6 tri-copter with the motor count of an X8 co-axial quad-copter thus giving a clear field of view for a wide angle camera lens and excellent motor-out capabilities (as was proven inadvertently in a recent flight). The EOSc (EOS compatible) camera mount has been in development since August, 2011 and the mount shown in the pictures is the sixth version to be built/flown/tested.

    I'm offering the complete package for sale as a Ready-to-Fly unit complete with Mikrokopter flight control and GPS electronics, an Iftron wireless video system and a JR 9503 radio system. All of the details are listed below. One has been built for a customer in Texas (my good friend Emowillcox) and will ship this Monday.

    My plan is to offer four units for sale at an introductory price of $9450.00 USD (shipped in the continental USA). If the four sell in a reasonable amount of time then I'll plan a production run of ten complete units and establish the business structure and insurance coverage before proceeding. The production rate will be limited in order to preserve my ability to provide excellent customer support.

    Potential buyers should have some RC helicopter flight experience before ordering. Please use this thread to ask any questions.

    I also have an NEXc camera mount (Sony NEX to Panasonic GH2 range of cameras) planned that will be quite unique in a couple of ways plus it will be smaller/lighter and suitable for either an XY4 or XY8 helicopter.


    Youtube channel with sample videos....more will be added in the coming days/weeks.....

    http://www.youtube.com/user/barchiola?feature=guide


    Original XY8 build thread showing early development process.....

    http://www.multirotorforums.com/show...132-XY-8-Build


    XY8-EOSc*

    XY8 CO-AXIAL QUAD-COPTER
    Ultra-stable platform for Professional Aerial Media applications
    Carbon fiber frame plates and booms
    Dual, independent battery connections provide power supply redundancy
    Dual, independent satellite receivers (with diversity board) provide control link redundancy
    Compact size allows for transportation in most smaller cars (It easily fit on the back seat of a four-door Honda Civic)
    Easily accessed battery mounts and connections for quick battery changes between flights
    Easy to carry
    Droidworx HLE carbon fiber landing gear
    Room on frame plates for all major flight control systems (Mikrokopter included in RTF)
    Room for up to four batteries (attachments for two provided)
    LED strips to mark the front arms and coordinated with kopter functions
    Simple construction to make field repairs easier

    EOSc* CAMERA MOUNT
    Clear field of view from approximately 30 degrees nose up to straight down (Canon T2i w/ Sigma 10-20 wide angle lens)
    Very strong and durable aircraft-grade aluminum construction
    Yellow powder coated finish to aid in recovery if lost (and it looks cool )
    Four point mounting system integrated within overall copter design
    Independent 7.4 volt, switched electrical system
    Wiring harness includes two power taps for HDMI converter, video Tx, etc.
    ¼” mounting holes for Canon T2i/550D, Panasonic GH2, Sony NEX
    GoPro mount, fly your GoPro while also flying your main camera!
    External potentiometers on roll and pitch axis
    High Performance Savox High Voltage digital servos
    Unique vibration dampening system, Patent-pending
    Robust mounting and pivot points for stability in advanced flying & wind conditions
    2S, 2200 mah Lipo lasts approximately eight, 10 minute flights
    Easily change SD cards with camera in position (Canon T2i)
    Mounting point for video Tx keeps antenna steady in roll
    Easily converts to independent gimbal stabilization for two-man operation (Coming soon, test flights with Hoverfly Gimbal and Picloc 3X)

    INCLUDED IN RTF PACKAGE:
    Mikrokopter Oktokopter (8 motor) Complete Flight Control System
    • Flight Control v2.1, ver .88 firmware
    • Navi Control v2.0 (commercial license not included)
    • GPS v2.1
    • Brushless motor controllers (BL) ver 2.0
    • XL Power Distribution Ring
    • Camera gimbal stabilization outputs

    Flight control system configured for GPS Position Hold and Come Home, remote GPS gain adjustment, altitude hold, camera shutter release, camera tilt control, GentLED photo/video actuation
    JR 9503 DSMX remote control system, 9 channels, 2.4 GHz (unused R921x receiver included with package)
    Iftron 5.8 GHz wireless video system (Mondo Stinger 500mw transmitter, Yellow Jacket diversity receiver w/ dual video outputs)
    IBCrazy’s Blue Beam video Tx/Rx antennae
    Tiger Motors
    Xoar Props (Custom balanced before mounting)
    Video review on DVD including quality control checks, explanation of controls, and first flights


    *EOS is a registered trademark of the Canon Corporation

    Please note, RTF copters will have a dome installed. I'm in the final stages of preparing a plug for production of the domes and they will be ready before the first units are shipped.


    Thanks for reading if you've made it this far!

    Please PM me if you'd like my cell phone number to speak with me directly.

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    Looks pro. Better yet, it IS pro! Nice to see the finished product.
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    Awesome Bart, Very nice Copter and gimbal combination.
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    Hi Bart,

    machine looks really nice!

    The Youtube link (http://www.youtube.com/user/barchiola?feature=guide) links to the build thread. Thought I'd let you know.

    Regards,

    Jesper
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    Thought you'd been quiet lately
    Looks cool

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    Wow!!! Someday I hope my building talents are half that. Nicely done!!!! Impressive youtube vid as well. Im sure your heart rate must have briefly accelerated when you had motor failure.
    Last edited by hjls3; 04-09-2012 at 07:02 AM.

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    Thanks very much for the nice comments. It's been a ton of work but it's been worth it.

    Here's another video.....this was shot late last year as a proof-of-concept package we worked out with a local golf course. It was the first time working with the editor that put it all together and we were short on footage in some spots because of seasonal weather but all in all we were happy with what we got. It was also the project that brought about the need for a helicopter that could be flown both in high winds and at decent forward speeds while still shooting video. The frame and camera mount were an early prototype with direct drive on the roll axis which didn't work well consistently enough so it was switched to gear drive.


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    Looks great Bart - Top stuff, Luv the yellow!!
    Cheers
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    HI Bart I can’ t wait to get mine and I”ll be looking forward to putting it to use this summer for work and fun projects. I have talked to Bart alot over the last few months about his project and know he was keeping it on the down low until he felt comfortable he had a good product. Not sure how he kept it so secret (-; This is gonna be a great machine and only thing that could have been better is if he would have gone with my name “BartOkopter”
    Thanks for all the hard work and looking forward to getting mine and sharing the experience on here.
    EMO
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