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RC 4 Channel 90 gram - Nine Eagles Xtra 300 with 11 gram Camera project!
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Mar 25 2011 by FaTe
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The Nine Eagles Xtra 300 is not your average park flyer. This 50CM wingspan, 44CM fuselage aircraft is 4 channel, fully aerobatic capable and not too mention cheap!!!

You can see my video of it's maiden flight below and I think you'll agree it's pretty fast. I've seen some comments from others mention its twitchy and needs half throttle too stay in the air, however I had none of these issues!

My plan is very simple, using a small camera which was packaged in a lighter (See them here from e-spycams.com). I have stripped one down to bare essentials, read more below.
/theme/Xtra300/Nine Eagles Xtra 300
You can see what is left of the camera now, it has 4GB SD card with it's own LIPO power supply.
/theme/Xtra300/COG location
After stripping and using some scotch tape to insulate the board it weighs a mere 11 grams / 0.38 ounces!
The logic:

This aircraft is advertised as being 95 grams in weight, mine as seen above is 88 grams. The camera weighs 11 grams, so in total the combined weight is 99 grams / 3.49 ounces.

Just 4 grams over the original intended weight!

Here is my maiden flight of the Xtra300 as a review:
The plan was to not only record on-board video but 3 different angles using a Sony D50 10.1MP camera (used to record the video above), a Microsoft Life-cam which is 6.1MP using my EEE laptop and finally the planes on-board camera itself. The laptop web-cam didn't work out well at all so I've left it out, the camera mounted on the bottom didn't result in the best view but I did learn this plane will fly fine with a light camera!


I used scotch tape to hold the camera on the plane for sake of lightness and here's the result:
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