plexer (17th December 2013)
JAB1a (17th December 2013)
I really want to start getting into making quads, my dad and I used to make gliders together years ago, he is pretty capable electronics wise.
Any hints for a real cheap startup quad just to see if its something that we would be interested in?
Grab one for each of you this Xmas period, you will both have SO much fun indoors or outdoors
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Last edited by plexer; 17th December 2013 at 10:23 PM.
@plexer that looks excellent Ben, like a fortress of solitude for your flight controller, do you know how much the top weights? One note for your next printing session might be to angle those walls a bit otherwise in a cross wind your quad will be shaking like a nutter being pushed from above its CG.
The print quality looks amazing, I would say you have this 3D printing lark nailed down.
@JAB1a angles are always an issue with printing the overhang and I try and print without support if possible I also intend to make the second version a little less tall as I over cooked it a bit with regards to space.
There's room in the tail section for the received and possibly video tx as well.
JAB1a (18th December 2013)
@JAB1a Lil blue all done
Will do a video of her flying later although she's not so little as she weighs 1.3KG.
Arms swap out with one bolt in the event of a crash or if I wished to put longer arms on for bigger props
Last edited by plexer; 18th December 2013 at 02:11 PM.
@plexer Lil blue is looking great! some hard work has paid off there. I see your using the horrible soft metal X's under the motors, I found these to give me no end of trouble due to them just bending even half a mm which will make a huge difference in handling, shaking and vibration. They were good for absorbing the impact from a crash but after you bolt the motors direct to the arms then the next bit to break on a crash will be the motor shafts but your quad will be locked in, it was shocking what difference it made getting rid of them. I look forward to the video
That looks so sweeeet !!!
Getting the Hubsan X4 V2 as an xmas present for my dad as he's into his remote controlled helicopters and stuff (but a bit of a novice). Chose the V2 (H107L) version as from what I've read it's a lot more robust then the V1 and I think the LED lights will be useful for night time flying.
Twas a bit too windy today for flying so only had a short flight to try it out when weather is calmer will take some video now has a lid on the enclosure as well I printed that this afternoon.
@JAB1a The motors are connected to the mounts with small cable ties so hopefully in the event of a forced landing they'll break before anything else.
Slightly off topic (only by three rotors), a box with one of these :
Found it's way onto my doormat. I always explain to Mrs pcstru that I'm baffled how they do that. I've only put in a few short flights but it seems a very nimble yet quite stable heli, fully 3d capable (collective pitch) but also comes with a fixed picth mode which is easier to get the hang of.
There is a Hubsan X4 on my Christmas list and there are most of the parts for a bigger quad waiting ... still.
Last edited by pcstru; 20th December 2013 at 02:04 PM.
I'm surprised to see this thread still alive! I guess this multirotor thing is getting pretty popular!
Since I posted here in October saying I'd start my own quad, I managed to gather the parts, the material and (most importantly) a friend to build the machine. Although basic, it's now done and the maiden flight (outdoors) was yesterday! Family and friends gathered for the event and it was amazing!
I'd really like to thank Jab1a for sharing the material list and his tips, and mainly for giving us all the idea the project is not that complex (and not that expensive). This notion really got me going after a lot of hesitation.
The OSVI is still flying great, even after a couple of ugly crashes (one of wich destroyed the protective XPS-based body, quickly repaired), and in the second battery we even managed to attach a Raspberry Pi with it's camera to record the flight from the quad's point of view. All in all a success!
So, again, thank you Jab1a, and thank you all guys for your tips and sharing of experiences!
Let's start 2014 with the same attitude!
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