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Posted by bionicbone | May 29, 2015 @ 02:38 PM | 1,931 Views
While I am waiting for some new parts to arrive for a new HexaCopter I needed something to pass the time.

Looking around the workshop I found some spare parts, probably enough to make a mini quad, around 350mm motor to motor.

Remember, what I use here is what I already have, the budget is £0 for this, so its about finding what I have and making use of it!

Fingers crossed it will be based on the APM:Copter project, mainly because I love all the functionality and if you've not tried the awesome Drift mode your missing a treat. With that in mind I'm naming this the APM: Drifter350!
For drifter mode to work we'll need GPS and compass, the props are going to be massive at 9" along with motors that will be 2830-1000kv, again all re-used from other projects.
I have enough 13mm x 13mm square aluminium tube to make something good, but this is heavy and probably a bit chunky for a 350. I also have some 10mm x 10mm Carbon Fibre Square Tube, will this be strong enough? I'm not sure but this is a test build so let go for this. The tube is cheap but feels ridged and strong and I have 4 750mm pieces so enough to play with.
Carbon Fiber Square Tube 750x10mm

I took to Microsoft Visio because I dont have a CAD program and came up with this design for the arms:

I then started to cut the arms to make two 330mm x 10mm x 10mm pieces. In the middle the top is cut away down to half way while leaving the bottom side in tacked to create a 10mm gap. Also, part of the sides are dremeled out...Continue Reading
Posted by bionicbone | Oct 09, 2011 @ 11:47 AM | 2,686 Views
Oct 2008 - Belt CP

Around October 2008 I bought my first ever RC Heli, OK I'd had some of those little polystyrene things, and a cheap £20 one that went up and down and could turn with only weight on the front flying it forward so I guess the Belt CP was my first real one.

It was a difficult decision to splash the cash (I donít part with it easily), but the guys in the local hobby shop (LHS) talked me into it and a few minutes later I was walking out the door with a big grin on my face, yep 40 years old and smiling like a teenager J.

I done quite a bit of research about the Belt CP, I knew it was in my price range and more importantly I could get spares locally, of course it wasnít long before I was at the table doing my first repair job!

I spent much of the UK winter out in the cold, fingers freezing trying to learn how to fly using the Esky rate gyro to hold the tail. I remember once it was quite foggy and very cold. I was trying to do my hovering when the Belt CP started to shack. I quickly landed to find icicles stretching from the back of the blades; they melted too quickly for me to grab a camera, I knew I was hooked then.

I spent a good year learning with the Belt CP, it was an expensive time with buying spare parts for the many crashes, all the CF and CNC bling, along with all the tools required for this hobby.

The last crash was the hardest of them all, it resulted in a major repair job after a literally broke both sides of the CF frame in two, hence my...Continue Reading