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    FPV Quadcopter basic parts list (JABcopter)

    Hi all,

    After a few requests I have put together the basics of a quadcopter that will give you the scope and spec to upgrade and modify on the cheap.

    With these parts you can get up in the air with a flying weight of about 1Kg and then you can add (maximum) another 500g/1KG payload for camera's/FPV gear etc. The added bonus of this list is that it uses generic parts that if broken it can be brought at any good RC shop/ebay at a fraction of the cost of others.

    4 X Hobbywing Skywalker 20A Electronic Brushless Motor Speed Controller
    4x Hobbywing Skywalker 20A Electronic Brushless Motor Speed Controller ESC New | eBay
    £20~

    4PCS 2212 13T 1000KV Outrunner Brushless Motor for RC Multicopter Xcopter NEW
    4PCS 2212 13T 1000KV Outrunner Brushless Motor for RC Multicopter Xcopter NEW | eBay
    £20~

    2 X Counter Rotating Props 9 x 4.5 Pair CCW CW Multicopter Various Colours (MP)
    Counter Rotating Props 9 x 4.5 Pair CCW CW Multicopter Various Colours (MP) | eBay
    £6~

    Fiberglass & Aluminum 4-axial/Quadcopter X525 v3 Frame for KK MK Multiwii
    Red/Balck X525 V3 QuadCopter Folding Frame Friber Glass MultiCoptor | eBay X525 V3 QuadCopter Folding Frame Friber Glass MultiCoptor | eBay
    £15~

    iMAX B6 Li-Polymer Li-po NiMh Battery Balance Charger
    Digital iMAX B6 RC Lipo NiMh Battery Balance Charger UK | eBay iMAX B6 RC Lipo NiMh Battery Balance Charger UK | eBay
    £23~

    Power/ESC speed controller Board For KK Airplane Quadcopter Hexacopter
    KK MK MultiCopter Power / ESC Board V3 for up to 8 Speed Controllers | eBay
    £5~

    Rabbit Flight Controller Board Quad Multicopter W/Care Free directional Upgrade
    Aliexpress.com : Buy Group3B:Rabbit Flight Controller & additional board(High precision barometer) & Ultrasonic from Reliable Rabbit suppliers on love Flight
    £80~

    Turnigy 9X 9Ch Transmitter w/ Module & 8ch Receiver (Mode 2) (v2 Firmware)
    Turnigy 9X 9Ch Transmitter w/ Module & 8ch Receiver (Mode 2) (v2 Firmware) > Radio & Transmitters > Main Page > Pyramid Models
    £125~

    Turnigy 2200mAh 3S1P 11.1v 20C 30C Lipo Battery x 2 XT60 UK
    Turnigy LiPo 2200mAh 3S 11.1v 20C 30C Brst UK SALE *X2* | eBay
    £25~

    XT60 Connectors 10 Pairs With HeatShrink 10Male 10 Female
    XT60 Connectors Lipo Battery Deans Replacement 10 Pairs | eBay
    £9~

    =£323~

    This is the basics, I would research each part of you build just to make sure its right for your needs. I like tinkering so the frame was perfect for me but there are a huge list you can get.

    You will need things like velcro straps and duct tape for holding batteries and balencing props and the greatest tool Zip Ties etc and some batteries for the transmitter, the main lipo's will charge from a car battery or a home power supply (max 5A).

    Maybe call it a JABcopter lol

    Check out the end section of this video to see the beast flying in some VERY strong winds



    Most of these videos have been made with this setup
    jab1a - YouTube
    Last edited by JAB1a; 11th December 2012 at 02:32 PM. Reason: added Zip Ties :)

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    Great stuff thanks for the list I will be giving this a go in the new year. I am also interested in some of the ardupilot stuff as well for some drone action just seeing the mission planner got my interest.

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    So what kind of flight time do you get on a single charge? I'm giving this some serious consideration, not least the photo opportunities...

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    Thats a very hard question to answer as its depends on so many factors....battery condition, flight weight, weather conditions, proper CG setup, prop condition, flying style etc

    If I fly full FPV then I land after about 5:30mins. If i fly without camera or FPV then I land at about 7:30mins. If I am hovering around then at least 7mins but if you fly aggressive it can be less than 6mins. You can double up the 2200mAh Lipo and get about 12mins flight but the quad will be very lumbersome in the air and momentom will be your enemy.

    Average time is about 5~7mins. Without the camera on this setup I would say you will be looking around the 8minute mark.

    Just to put your worries at bay. I sat down with a friend the other night and he brought the exact same setup I added here part from he is making a Hexacopter so we brought 6x motors and 6x ESC and a different frame.

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    Heck! Look what I've just gone and done. Ordered the frame! Gotta start somewhere...! Going to buy bits over time as I look into and learn stuff.

    Found this interesting, RFTC: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Flying an FPV Quadcopter - YouTube - which gives a good overview of stuff.

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    @FragglePete brilliant did you go for the frame listed above? its a great cheap frame and solidly built with room to expand and modify as much as you like. It would be cool if you could find someone with a CNC to make parts for this frame like a isolation frame to place on the top of frame for the battery and camera can rest on and counter balence eachother but be completly isolated from vibrations, there is a frame called the SpiderX which has the added bit like I am trying to explane...
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    @JAB1a, as it happens I do have a CNC rig. If someone wants something cut, I'd be happy to do it for the cost of materials + post.

    I notice the frame today is listed at £114! Probably the cost of that new fangled friber glass.

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    Keeping it basic for now, building up the parts slowly as I look into it, but the basics will be based on what you've posted. I just thought if I start getting stuff in then it will spur me on. I think it might worth me buying the radio gear sooner rather than later and look at simulation software to have a practice at flying these things, otherwise the initial crashes could prove expensive. Cash is a big issue here, so if I spread things over time; I'll aim for maiden flight around late spring.

    I think the Flight Controller could be an intersting one; the rabbit looks good but reading alot about the new KK2 LCD as well and for the money, it seems great value. I do like the look of the Naza stuff, especially the Return to Home and Fail Safes but obviously so much more money. FPV will be the ulimate goal, I've been wasting so much time just watching FPV videos on YouTube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    I notice the frame today is listed at £114! Probably the cost of that new fangled friber glass.
    That's gotta be a mistake! I've got one on its way and I paid £14.02

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    Groupon are doing a £40 quadcopter with a 2.4ghz transmitter. This is a very small and light one (no camera) if you want to just play.

    I wonder if any parts could be modded for use with a bigger quad?

    Micro Drone - YouTube

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    I have seen some stupid prices on Ebay for this frame, one was for 4hundered something pounds which has no justification. You should be looking at no more the 20quid for the frame.
    I suggest a hubsan x4 micro quadcopter for practice, would give you more skills/experience than a simulator and is also SO much fun
    @pcstru thats wicked to know, I am terrible at CAD but I might try and knock something together if I have the time for you to look at. Thanks for the offer

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    I'm torn between buying that frame or just buying some square alu tube and lasercutting some acrylic/ply/what have you

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    I did seriously look at buying a cheap Quad to see how I would get on but dismissed it; as I've found with these cheap little helicopters you can buy, once you crash it and damage a prop that's it, game over for it as you can't get spares. Also, did any of you see The Gadget Show a few weeks ago when the bald headed presenter was showing off a cheap quad? He went to take off and the thing just kept going and going with no control whatsoever; comical moment for TV as he handed the remote to a kid and scarpered but would be somewhat embarrasing if that happened to me.

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