DJI S800 EVO, A2 Autopilot, Zenmuse Gimbal Building and Training Services by Troy Built Models - Overview
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NOTE: Fully built and tested S-800's could take up to 4 weeks depending on if we're in stock of all ordered parts or not! Once we have parts, the normal turn around build/test time is as little as 2 days but please allow for extra time for shipping back to you, or your shipping of your camera equipment to us!
We will work with you, please email/call us for all questions or concerns!
We prefer to only use our brand new Futaba 8FG Super and Hitec Aurora 9 transmitters. We will not program any used transmitters at this time.
Professional Aerial Photography and videography EVO Platform, just add your camera and batteries!
7" or 8" FPV Screen (no blue screen, always on regardless of static) with or without built in Video RX
Full Transmitter Mount for FPV Screen and Video RX
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TBM Educational Services - Starting at $199
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$199 - TBM Basic (4 Hour) Ground School: Understanding your S-800 and WooKong Auto Pilot System
Check list Breakdown
Calibration and Set-up
$289 - TBM Advanced (6 Hour) Ground School: Putting your S-800 to Work
Understanding your S-800 and WooKong Auto Pilot System
Understanding Data links & Ground Stations
Understanding GPS Positioning and Way points
Check list Breakdown
Calibration and Set-up
Please call (941)342-8685 to order!
TBM builds Aerial Photography Platforms to customer specifications. This system is the most preferred system that we build for photographers. We can modify the system to meet your needs. Please call us for a specific quotation to meet your needs. If you have a different camera, or want to use your RC system, we can accommodate you.
This system is ready to make you money as soon as you receive it and are trained. No experience in photography or flying RC air vehicles is required. Training is required but it is simple enough to operate that anyone who has the impetus to learn to operate a system like this can do it. Fixed wing airplanes require more skill to fly than this system. Helicopters are very intimidating due to the large and dangerous main rotor blade. The multi copter is far less dangerous. The multi copter is so easy to fly, that within a few minutes any amateur can operate it safely.
While you will see videos on Youtube of smaller copters with inexpensive cameras and inexpensive gimbals offering good video, the video is not professional quality. The image sensor is too small on point and shoot or pinhole cameras. The smallest camera which offers professional results is the SONY NEX-5N. The least expensive gimbal which provides rock solid stabilization with vibration free performance is the DJI-Innovations Zenmuse.
It is nice to purchase an inexpensive product for training. Some customers may be happy with the results if they do not need commercial quality photography. The RC Logger system, the lower end DJI flame wheel products, and countless others offer very good platforms and are wonderful hobby products. Though for professional quality with professional results every time, this is the system to use.
Many people have started their own video production companies using this equipment. This can be used for making your own DVD quality HD movies. The video is very stable with no vibration. The quality is as good as you will see on TV (not movie theatre quality).
For movie theatre quality video, a Red Epic camera and a much larger copter is required. The Red Epic camera itself is over $40,000 and weighs 10 lbs., so it is a much higher level platform. If you are in need of a Red Epic aerial platform, please contact us.
This system requires 2 people to operate. One person is the PIC (Pilot in Charge) or AVO (Air Vehicle Operator) and the other is the camera operator. The camera operator is the person in charge of the operation. The camera operator instructs the AVO where to fly such as higher, lower, closer, further, go left, go right, etc. The AVO avoids collisions, maneuvers next to the targets, watches the warning indicators, and lands with enough battery power remaining. The AVO flies using LOS (Line of Sight). The camera operator operates the camera using a 2-stick controller and video goggles. Live video is transmitted to the goggles wirelessly. The camera operator moves the camera into position very easily using the live video feed and the controller. The camera operator sees low definition video. Low definition video transmission costs about $100, while HD video transmitters cost $8,000. High definition video is recorded on the AV (aerial vehicle). This way there is no static in the video due to wireless transmission. The recorded video is perfect.
There are laws, rules and regulations in regard to the use of Air Vehicles for commercial purposes. These laws are changing all the time as the local air controlling organizations make improvements. The laws are going to open up the airways to UAVs more and more as time goes on. Getting started now is the best path to take! Call us for the latest information.
CAMERA: The cameras used are typically mirrorless DSLR's. These have at least a 16MP sensor which is full sized (SLR sized) and in a lightweight case. The cameras usually come stock with a 18-55 zoom or similar lens which is not recommended for AV use. We install the 16mm lens which is smaller and lighter. We don’t use the included zoom lens because it is not easy to remotely zoom a camera lens which needs to be twisted, and the weight of the lens causes balance problems with the Zenmuse gimbal. With the 16mm lens, the AVO is instructed by the camera operator to get close or mover further away.
MULTI-COPTER: DJI-Innovations S-800 EVO. It has 6 powerful motors with foldable props which are all integrated into the airframe. Also included are DJI EVO Retractable Landing Gear for a 360 field of vision for your gimbal when retracted. The airframe can be disassembled very quickly for transport. The airframe is the smallest airframe which can lift the SONY NEX-5N camera or higher and Zenmuse gimbal system. Flight time is about 12 minutes.
FLIGHT CONTROLLER: This is the heart of any multi-copter. DJI-Innovation’s A2 flight controller is one of the best. It allows very simple operation. The GPS function allows the AVO to center the control sticks, and the Aerial Platform will stop in position. The A2 offers various types of flight modes such as course lock, point of interest, and home lock which greatly simplify the PIC workload. Maneuvering the S-800 is very easy to learn to fly and will operate in high wind.
GIMBAL: This is a very important component for Aerial Photography. It stabilizes the image as the Aerial Platform moves around, and it dampens vibration from the motors. It maneuvers the camera into position with extreme precision. There are no stops in any direction! The camera can spin around in all 3 directions without wires wrapping up around themselves. Few other gimbals on the market have this capability.
This system is completely built, tested, and ready to operate(just needs batteries). We encourage people new to this system to take a course from us to be better acquainted with this product. While easy to use, there are many procedures and rules which must be followed to assure safe operation. You do not want to have an accident! It will be costly in more ways than one.
This video runs through the preflight checklist. Training is required for most people. 1-3 days is necessary depending on your RC helicopter and your photography skills. These are 2 highly developed skills to be merged together. It is easier for me to fly to your location and train several people in the operation all at one time rather than customers travelling to Sarasota for training and picking up the aerial vehicle. However, Sarasota is a lot nicer in the winter than most other areas. Siesta Key beach was voted the #1 beach in the world. We can do some flight training on the beach.
This video shows an inexpensive ($200) gimal and lightweight 10X zoom camera. This combo is great for surveillance. The video for the Zenmuse gimbal is coming soon. There is not much difference in the preflight checklist.
We have tested many copters and many gimbals. Anyone who is considering taking professional video should purchase no less than the S-800 EVO with the Zenmuse with Sony Nex5N camera or higher. The Sony Nex7 camera is much better, though overkill for most applications. The NEX5 sells for $600 - $700, and the NEX7 is about $700 more than the NEX5. If you can afford the NEX7, by all means get it. The Zenmuse gimbal is awesome. The video is rock solid, TV broadcast quality stable.
For still photos, the gimbal does not require super stabilization. Just snap a bunch of photos and one should come out OK. The Zenmuse is really nice, but not 100% necessary. The Gaui Crane III $500 gimbal is fine for stills, but the video will be hobby quality.
TBM has sold and trained many professional photographers (such as for PBS) who have never flown RC before. They are looking for that ultimate shot than only a RC copter can provide. Ground shots or manned planes just cannot capture many unique shots like shooting up out of the jungle, looking into volcanoes, and shots of cliffs towards the cliffs instead of from the cliffs.
You can spend a lot more, but you won’t get much better aerial photography from a RC copter unless you move up to the 12 lb Red Epic camera carried by a much larger copter. We will be providing them soon as well.
Remember that it is illegal to fly RC aerial vehicles for money. Hobby photography is legal in any SAFE sparsely populated area. The FAA will be offering licenses to fly for money soon. The requirements will likely be:
Aerial Vehicle cannot exceed 55 lbs
Stay within the unaided line of sight (1/4 – ½ mile)
Have an observer for collision avoidance
Pilot and Observer
Pass a class 2 medical exam
Pass the pilot ground school exam
Pass a UAV knowledge exam
Stay 5 miles from an airport
Stay below 400’
Daytime use only
Please contact us for further explanations. We are here to help. We provide actual phone service to our customers, not just e-mail - or more often than not, no service what so ever. We are here to make you successful using this quite complicated piece of equipment.
WARNING - Gasoline and Turbine powered R/C model aircraft are not manufactured to withstand unlimited G's. Any R/C model aircraft can fail, be it a wing folding up or a fuselage breaking in half under too high of a load. Just as any full size aircraft, model R/C aircraft have a maximum G rating. Because you are not in the plane flying it and experiencing the G's and reading the G-meter, it is more difficult to judge the G's on the aircraft, and it is very easy to exceed the limits of the aircraft. Understand that if you perform a snap roll, parachute, wall, blender, knife edge loop, or pull hard on the elevator at almost any speed, you can be putting in excess of 15 G's, even in excess of 30 G's, and most aircraft can only designed to take 10-12 G's. If you perform any violent maneuver, you can break your plane. When I perform hard maneuvers, especially for the first time on an airframe, I am prepared for a failure and am prepared for it as best I can be. This mainly includes performing the maneuver far enough away from spectators that in event of a failure that I am not endangering others. In addition, be prepared for the manufacturer to not pay for a new airframe which is broken during flight. It is common practice for any manufacturer to not replace an airframe which breaks in the air or upon landing. I have only seen manufacturers replace airframes when they have received many of the same failures and the manufacturer determines that there was a design or manufacturing error. If you break an airframe, and you are the only one to do so, then it is probably not the fault of the manufacturer. Please fly safely, and avoid full throttle operation other than at low airspeeds.
R/C model jets, warbirds, aerobatic planes and UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to name a few are not a toy! If misused, it can cause serious bodily harm and property damage. Fly only in open areas, and AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) approved flying sites. Follow all manufacturer instructions included with your plane, radio, servo's, batteries and engine. Aircraft manufacturers guarantees each kit to be free from defects in both material and workmanship at the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover any component assembled by the customer. All parts of high stress must be inspected and reinforced if necessary by a competent builder. Some parts should be glued again. High stress areas such as firewalls, motor boxes, wing mounts, landing gear mounts, etc., are areas of high concern. Seek help if necessary. In not case shall TBM be liable for the cost of any product it offers which is not manufactured by TBM. The liability to the manufacturer cannot exceed the original cost of the purchased item. Further, TBM reserves the right to change or modify this warranty without notice. In that TBM has no control over the final assembly or materials used for final assembly, no liability shall be assumed nor accepted for any damage resulting from the use by the user of the final user-assembled product. By the act of using the user assembled product, the user accepts all resulting liability. The kit manufacturers have provided you with a top quality, thoroughly tested kit and instructions, but ultimately the quality and fly ability of your finished model depends on how you build it; therefore, we cannot in any way guarantee the performance of your completed model, and no representations are expressed or implied as to the performance or safety of your completed model. It is the user's responsibility to inspect each component for worthiness.