AR Drone 1.0 Nighthawk MoD

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AR Drone 1.0 Nighthawk MoD

Post by @nton » 21 Feb 2011, 08:36

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^ 1 coat of plastic primer and 3 coats of carpaint which is meant for flexible plastic parts/bumpers ect. so it doesnt crack when bended Brand: Spray Max jet black mat (German)

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^ Academy 1/48 scale f117 modelkit

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^ Drilling a hole for the green laser

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^ Attaching a metal penciltip to hold the LED

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^ Like this

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^ Green LED (The brightest i could find)

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^ Drilling holes for the Mars Beacon and the bolt which holds the kit to the hull.

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^ Cutting off wings and tail.

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^ Like this.

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^ So it "blends in" with the hull.

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^ Cutting away small pieces of foam to make a perfect fit.

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^ Sealing the LEDS with black putty so no light will escape, but leaving a hole to the intrument panel. This way the screen in the cockpit will be illuminated by the green laser LED.

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^ Glued a small piece of white plastic and transparant green plastic sheet to spread the light evenly across the screen.

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^ Like this.

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^ Front view.

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^ Using rubber caps and rings to protect the landing feet.

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^ And bolted them together.

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^ Painting tough plastic packaging ( of a computer casefan) with Tamiya PS-31 transparant 'smoke' paint.

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^ Cutting out the bottom plate.

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^ And replacing it with the stock plate.

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^ So you can still see the electronics inside.

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by MrDystopia » 21 Feb 2011, 12:06

That is fantastic. A really nice mod and a great idea. How does it perform with the extra weight of the bolts on the landing feet?

and can you explain what you've done in some steps, such as all the putty etc we can see under the body when you have it upside down.

What paint did you use?

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by gabhart » 22 Feb 2011, 22:28

Great mod! Let's see that baby in flight!

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by S4 Ar Drone » 22 Feb 2011, 22:37

well that really nice i think maybe you should of put it on the outdoor hull maybe better for keep the weight down! but its looks nice i like it.

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Nighthawk MoD

Post by i-Drone » 22 Feb 2011, 22:43

One of the best mods so far. You need to get some video up for us to see.
Well done!
It's nice to see something different!

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by @nton » 23 Feb 2011, 09:06

Thx guys, Yeah i'll make some vids soon, About the extra weight; in terms of flight charactaristics these drones get a bit sluggish when adding too much weight, however they can carry a cam like the Vholdr Contour HD (180 grams) without indoor hull easily. When keeping the weight distribution in mind, the only trade-off is shorter flighttime and longer cool-off periods, the motors will run hotter than usual.

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by MrDystopia » 24 Feb 2011, 03:52

Can you post the details (Brand, kit name/number etc) of that Stealth bomber you used. I'm sure i'm not the only one here who would like to replicate what you've done.

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Post by @nton » 24 Feb 2011, 09:08

The f117 kit is from: Academy
Kit name: F-117A Stealth Attack-Bomber
Kit number: 2118 FA173-18000
made in Korea

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by @nton » 02 Mar 2011, 00:04

Made some gearguards today...

Thanx to a great and innovative solution to avoid broken gears from chinasso

http://www.ardrone-flyers.com/forum/vie ... ?f=8&t=987" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


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Post by i-Drone » 03 Mar 2011, 20:13

Are they metal washers? I like the idea.
It still surprises me, the different things people come up with.
Perhaps Parrot should see the types if things we are all coming up with. Who needs research & development?
That's us, without the huge budgets!


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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by @nton » 04 Mar 2011, 00:15

Ive cut them out of a piece of plastic, you can use any type of plastic as long as its sturdy.
LoL yeah, i think that is the general idea, same as Linux

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by @nton » 02 Jul 2011, 23:45

Hover test:

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MoD finished

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I'll post some vids when i have the time

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by Wicho001 » 24 Aug 2012, 19:54

I would like to see this on the outdoor hull of the drone i like it! Well done

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by Jhowemca » 25 Aug 2012, 03:17

Bungle wrote:Are they metal washers? I like the idea.
It still surprises me, the different things people come up with.
Perhaps Parrot should see the types if things we are all coming up with. Who needs research & development?
That's us, without the huge budgets!


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That's what I like about Parrot. They are not into the hobby quadcopter scene. They make head phones, and Bluetooth devices...
They went out on limb here, making the drone available to the public. And it's priced at a reasonable price so more people can have /touch this technology.
I think you're right Bungle, Parrot does use us for r + d. It probably saves them a lot on upfront costs, keeping the cost low for the end user.

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Re: Nighthawk MoD

Post by Jhowemca » 25 Aug 2012, 03:20

Haha... Oops.

Awesome mod @nton... It looks so good, like Parrot offers it as an option!


I'll take one please!

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