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Old 05-04-2017, 02:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Drone video of the In-ko-pah Railroad

I recently bought a really awesome camera drone, the Mavic Pro. It can shoot up to 4k video quality, and 12mp stills. Today I made my first test flights with it, in our backyard, getting some aerial video of my In-ko-pah Railroad. I've put together some clips and posted the video on YouTube:



There were no trains running at the time, because I'm missing a bridge. A temporary wooden bridge was badly weathered and needed replacing, so I'm currently in the process of building a new, permanent bridge.
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Old 05-04-2017, 11:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ray,
That's great, and on the whole I didn't get seasick like I have done on some peoples attempts at drone filming.
The sound wasn't that good though!
That is one rocky railway, how long since you started building it?
I notice a switch at the very front going nowhere. Future expansion plans?
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Great video and great looking railroad Ray!
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Very well done, Ray...

I have never been able to fly a drone. Eye to brain to hand coordination just ain't there when it comes to that...

I sure appreciate what you've done with the video and what you're doing on the railroad. Looks like the start of another building or you've added a Sprung Building (tent)
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Sweet! Thought about doing that myself. Thanks for sharing!

Also, great article in Garden Railway Mag on using PVC board :-)

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Thanks guys!

David, I started on my layout at the beginning of 2006. That "switch to nowhere" will eventually be a short spur to a mine.

Stan, that white object is the cover for my Dos Manos depot. I was so involved with testing the drone that I didn't bother removing it. Later on when I get the bridge replaced and can run trains again, I plan to shoot some better video of the layout.

Here's a bit more info about my drone...

I had previously made a couple mini test flights indoors, just lifting off, moving a few feet back and forth, then landing. That was actually more nerve-wracking, because the room is small and there are a lot of obstacles.

Outdoors was much easier. This is kind of a "high end" drone, and very intelligent. It doesn't depend on your skills to keep it stable in flight, and if you're not actively moving it, it will hold it's position.

It has some very cool autonomous flight features which I haven't even used yet. For instance you can "target" a moving object, such as a person or vehicle, and it will follow while filming the target. It can do this from behind, in front, alongside, or while orbiting the target.

It uses GPS positioning, and also has the ability to avoid obstacles and follow terrain. It can also return to the launch site and land automatically, and will do so if the battery goes below a certain level.

As incredibly capable as it is, it is surprisingly small. The body of the drone is only eight inches long and about 3 inches wide.

It requires a smartphone for control and to see the video as it's flying. It has a special controller that attaches to the phone. This has joy sticks, etc and also greatly extends the range. You can fly it using just the phone, but the range is very limited.
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WOW Ray, the only thing better is seeing it in real life, again thank you for allowing my wife Martha and myself to visit you last year, and experience your wonderful layout.
You done a very good job, with the video.
Also interested in knowing a little more about the drone,
brand maybe model and where to find more info about it.
Thanks Dennis
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Very good Ray, nice to see the layout from above
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Simply WOW Ray, looks awesome.
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Also interested in knowing a little more about the drone,
brand maybe model and where to find more info about it.

http://store.dji.com/product/mavic-p...HQ#/?_k=9wcale
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