iNav AR Wing

By CarbonRain on Jul 19, 2018

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Been flying an S800 Sky Shadow for a while, but after flying a friend's AR Wing I decided to pick one up for myself, and ordered a PNP model on sale with a plan to just stick a receiver in and call it a day. How naive I was...

The pnp turned up, and I wasn't too impressed with the ESC. 5v 1A on the BEC seemed a little weedy, so I decided to swap it for something else. Then the motor started looking a bit underpowered too, so that got swapped with one from the spares box. Then I started converting my fleet onto FrSky R9 and the AR Wing became a candidate for long range adventuring, and I ordered an F411 Wing board the day they came in stock in the UK.

Then all that was left were the servos, but I don't trust plastic gears so those got replaced too. So much for the good deal on the PNP then.

BUILD

Soldered headers onto the board so I didn't have to deal with soldering through holes. Crimped connectors onto all the wires, then it was just a case of hooking up everything. Practically all of the components were fixed in place with double sided tape, including the GPS. Melted holes for the antennas with a soldering iron.

Alt Tag

Didn't like the decals that came with the wing, but fortunately I'd just gotten a Silhouette Cameo 3 for making some signs for work. Turns out sign vinyl sticks quite nicely to moulded EPP if you run a modelling iron over it afterwards, so I whipped up some bright graphics (went for a sorta geometric sorta 80s Powell-Peralta skateboard vibe) , then put it all together, securing the servos with a little hot glue on top for ease of future removal.

Alt Tag

SETUP

Ended up needing to update my Taranis, flash the new R9 module, and flash the R9 Mini receiver. Also ended up flashing the latest release candidate build for iNav. Setting up iNav was easy - loaded the S800 presets in the configurator, then just followed the Fixed Wing Guide on the website.

FLYING

Went smoothly! No issues with any of the iNav functionality. Fluffed a couple of launches before finding a technique that worked for me. Very low throttle (prop was windmilling backwards and stalling the motor on a zero throttle throw), throw, then power up and out. Will need a little fettling to get it flying how I want, but besides that I'm very happy :) Looking forward to some more long range adventuring through the summer, and beyond!

Photos

Part List

Frame

Sonicmodell AR Wing 900mm Wingspan EPP FPV Flywing RC Airplane PNP (5 builds)
Banggood.com
$93.62

Flight Controller

Matek F411 Wing Flight Controller
Hobbyrc.co.uk
$35.16

ESCs

Chaos BLHeli_S Dshot ESC (11 builds)
Unmannedtechshop.co.uk
$8.48

Motors

4 x Racerstar Racing Edition 2305 BR2305S 2600KV 2-4S Brushless Motor For X210 X220 250 300 RC Drone FPV Racing
Banggood.com
$37.96

Propellers

DAL T6040C Cyclone Propellers - Crystal Purple (3 builds)
Hobbyrc.co.uk
$2.55

Propellers

HobbyKing 6050 Bullnose PC Propellers (CW/CCW) Yellow (1 pair)
Hobbyking.com
$0.89

FPV Camera

FOXEER Arrow V3 2.5mm 600TVL 4:3 HAD II CCD PAL/NTSC IR Block Mini FPV Camera Built-in OSD MIC (131 builds)
Banggood.com
$25.40

FPV Transmitter

Eachine TX801 5.8G 72CH 0.01mW 5mW 25mW 50mW 100mW 200mW 400mW 600mW Switched AV VTX FPV Transmitter (21 builds)
Banggood.com
$14.95

Antenna

Aomway 5.8GHz FPV 4 Leaf Clover AV Transmission RHCP Antenna 1 Pair Blue Red w/Canopy For RC Drone (112 builds)
Banggood.com
$11.99

Receiver

FrSky R9 Mini 900MHz Long Range Receiver (52 builds)
Getfpv.com
$19.99

Batteries

ZIPPY Compact 2200mAh 3S 35C Lipo Pack
Hobbyking.com
$16.75

Radio

FrSky R9M 900MHz Long Range Transmitter Module (2 builds)
Taco-rc.com
$59.99

Radio

FrSky Taranis Q X7S Radio w/ Upgraded M7 Hall Sensor Gimbals (Carbon Fiber) (20 builds)
Getfpv.com
$187.99

Radio

FrSky TARANIS X-Lite (Black) (73 builds)
Hobbyrc.co.uk
$141.14

Radio

FrSky R9M 868MHz Long Range Module
T9hobbysport.com
See Site

Goggles

ORQA FPV.One OLED FPV Goggles (4 builds)
Getfpv.com
$649.99

Goggles

FatShark Dominator HD 2 Hydro-Dipped Urban Cam Grey and White FPV Goggle
Hobbyking.com
See Site

HD Camera

Hawkeye Firefly 6S 4K WiFi Sport HD DV Camera - $75.31 |GearBest.com
Gearbest.com
$75.31

HD Camera

HawKeye Firefly Q6 4K 120 Degree Angle Action Camera - $59.14 |GearBest.com (2 builds)
Gearbest.com
$59.14

HD Camera

GoPro HERO6 Black - Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos (5 builds)
Amazon.co.uk
$390.76

HD Camera

GoPro HERO5 Session (267 builds)
Getfpv.com
$199.99

HD Camera

GoPro Protective Lens (GoPro Official Accessory)
Amazon.co.uk
See Site

Misc Parts

2 x Turnigy™ TGY-50090M Analog Servo 20T MG 1.6kg / 0.08sec / 9g
Hobbyking.com
$11.88

Misc Parts

2 x DIATONE DT-LED-901 Flash Bang 5730 LED Board Direction Night Light for FPV Racer (3 builds)
Banggood.com
$4.18

Misc Parts

Beitian BN-880 Flight Control GPS Module Dual Module Compass With Cable for RC Drone FPV Racing (24 builds)
Banggood.com
$16.99

Video Receiver

Furious True-D V3.5 Diversity Receiver System Firmware 3.8A (FatShark Attitude Version)SKU: FPV-RX-TRUD3.8A (27 builds)
Furiousfpv.com
$68.00

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC RapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle FPV Receiver Diversity Module (145 builds)
Banggood.com
$149.00

Backpack

MultiStar Premium Multirotor Travel Backpack
Hobbyking.com
$47.03

Accessories

TrueRC True-MOX 868MHz Antenna
Hobbyrc.co.uk
$22.81
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Discussion

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STRUPPY   Sep 07, 2018  

I love your plotter cut, have you the files from the cameo?

Thanks

CarbonRain   Sep 10, 2018 

Hi, thanks a lot! Unfortunately I recently had a computer meltdown and lost the final file versions, which I'm furious about. I do still have the outline templates I did though, which should save you a fair bit of time if you want to make your own design in Illustrator or Inkscape - hope it helps! https://www.dropbox.com/s/4gkcdxty5qrt8j8/AR_Wing_Templates.svg?dl=0

STRUPPY   Sep 11, 2018 

Thanks for the template. it's perfect !

Junnicutt   13 days ago 

That link isn't working anymore. Any chance you'd still have the files? Great job on the wing.

d3c0de   Jul 21, 2018  
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I love your graphics. Never knew how bad I wanted a cutting machine until now.

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