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Old Jan 19, 2015, 10:38 AM
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Y6 vs hex

I have been planning to build a hex with some leftover parts. Now I am wondering if a Y6 might be a better choice. With three less arms, the frame could be lighter. Of course an arm for two motors would need to be stronger than an arm carrying only one motor, but maybe not twice the weight.
For aerial photography, the hex frame requires that the gimbal and camera be mounted far forward or very low to keep the props out of the view. The frame often has to be extended to mount the battery farther back to balance the camera and gimbal. Hex frames typically need a taller landing gear or one with wider stance which adds more weight. Prop sizes are limited on the hex frame.
The Y6 frame has arms at a wide enough angle that the gimbal and camera can be mounted closer to the center and consequently, the battery as well. The wider angle allows larger props. A Y6 frame can also be designed to fold easily.
So what is the down side? There is some loss of efficiency from having coaxial motors and props but how much is that?
Is the Y6 a good stable platform for Aerial photography? Can it safely land after losing a prop or motor?
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