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Old 02-08-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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Quadrotors and Multirotors

These things are a blast! Got a little Blade MQX and already buying parts to build an H frame quad with full FPV setup!

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Old 02-09-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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Are quads difficult to learn to fly? Want!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:14 AM   #3
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Are quads difficult to learn to fly? Want!!
Well done.

Edit: Yours too, Saget!
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:00 AM   #4
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Hop over to the Shiny Things forum, there are a couple of R/C threads going.

Here are mine, both my own designs and built from scratch. The tricopter:



And the hexcopter:



And you're right, they're a blast!!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:12 AM   #5
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Hop over to the Shiny Things forum, there are a couple of R/C threads going.

Here are mine, both my own designs and built from scratch. The tricopter:



And the hexcopter:



And you're right, they're a blast!!!
Very cool...forgot about the shiny...

They won't ever replace my 3D foamies, but for FPV these are the shit!
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Old 02-11-2013, 04:45 PM   #6
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Hop over to the Shiny Things forum, there are a couple of R/C threads going.

Here are mine, both my own designs and built from scratch. The tricopter:

And the hexcopter:



And you're right, they're a blast!!!
How do you land your hexcopter, and where/what is the battery setup?

I have a Mikrokopter hex - they certainly are fun
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:05 PM   #7
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How do you land your hexcopter, and where/what is the battery setup?

I have a Mikrokopter hex - they certainly are fun

It has retracts, just for fun. Really long legs on them so it has enough ground clearance for the camera. And the battery I'm using is a 3S 4000mah. You can kinda make it out in that photo just about dead center, dark purple with a white end.

Here's a short video of it flying indoors:


hexacopter with retracts, indoor funfly.


And here's the view from the camera, chasing shadows across the snow in my back yard:

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Old 02-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #8
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How do you land your hexcopter, and where/what is the battery setup?

I have a Mikrokopter hex - they certainly are fun
I'd rather have a Pave Low...
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:43 AM   #9
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So what can you do with them other than fly around fast and perv it up with a camera strapped to it?

Since I got out of helis a few years ago these multirotor ships have become all the rage it seems. I never understood them much.
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So what can you do with them other than fly around fast and perv it up with a camera strapped to it?

Since I got out of helis a few years ago these multirotor ships have become all the rage it seems. I never understood them much.
Easy to fly compared to the helos, and carry a heavy load (camera) and are very stable as a camera platform. The camera is driving the industry.
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Old 03-06-2013, 04:21 PM   #11
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Anyone flying these commercially, or know anyone that is?

I got interested in these a couple of years ago with the intention of commercial applications. I decided to take a step back for a while as the development is moving so fast its difficult to keep up.

In the meantime I bought a little quad called a Jump Jet, made in the UK. Its very crash-able, which is good as its a little bitch to learn to fly as it has no automated fly control. Master one of those and you can fly anything.

I'm in Sydney, Australia and our governing aviation body, CASA, jumped on these things very early. There have been some commercial operators working with the regulator, but theres a bunch of regulations that look like they won't budge from:

No flying over built up areas of any kind.
Ceiling height 400'AGL
Pilot must maintain line of sight at all times.

Thats before we get to a bunch of stuff about privacy issues, etc.

The biggest worry is lack of redundancy when something goes wrong. This is also why these things will never be scaled up to carry real people. Also the complexity for such an aircraft makes it cost prohibitive.
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Any of you guys tried one of these yet? Looks pretty interesting. It's not cheap at $229 with GPS, but that's quite a bit less than the NAZA-M controller. It offers GPS waypoints, position loiter, auto takeoff & land, telemetry, data logging, camera control, etc etc.

http://store.diydrones.com/APM_2_5_N...-apmpwrkt2.htm
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:14 AM   #14
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Crius Pro still gets a lot of love as the best bang for buck out there....



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Any of you guys tried one of these yet? Looks pretty interesting. It's not cheap at $229 with GPS, but that's quite a bit less than the NAZA-M controller. It offers GPS waypoints, position loiter, auto takeoff & land, telemetry, data logging, camera control, etc etc.

http://store.diydrones.com/APM_2_5_N...-apmpwrkt2.htm
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Old 03-09-2013, 11:58 AM   #15
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Well, Chisenhallw asked for progress photos of my build. Like I said, I'm stuck at work plowing. So, between plow rounds I hung out in the carpentry shop at work and built this with scrap wood.

Front arms are 13.5" and each go 3" into the 6" wide body. Rear arm is 15" long and also goes 3" into body. I made a U-shaped slot for the rear to slide into.

Body is two pieces of 1/2" Gatorfoam or Gatorboard and is 6" wide by 14" long. Ends are tapered. It was scrap. Good thing, too, that stuff is over $3.00 a square foot. Entire body was Gatorfoam but I cut the front ends off and glued on a strip of wood for more strength.

I copied an RCgroups.com design, the one I linked to in response to Sniper X's cost question.

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It started with a drawing on the white board


Then off to the shop for scrap. This is what it started looking like.






And here is where I am now.
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