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Old Mar 11, 2015, 11:49 AM
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List of Clean/Professional Looking Builds

This is mirrored on reddit as well: http://www.reddit.com/r/Multicopter/wiki/cleanbuilds

I want this to be entirely community supported. :-)

So, for a 'copter to make it on to the list, someone (preferably the owner) should post pictures of their aircraft. Then at least 2 other people should nominate that aircraft for the list.
When I see that two people like a build, I'll add it when I can. :-)

It's helpful to also include any links to photo albums of the aircraft, or build logs :-)

An example nomination may look like:
Builder*: NullVoxPopuli
Frame*: WarpQuad 230
<Picture*>
BuildLog: <url>
Additional Photos: <urls or pictures>
Frame Purchase Url: <url>
<any other information>

* = Required


Suggested Criteria:

Main:
- Built by you, not bought fully assembled
- managed, organized wires, cut to the length they need to be
- a focus on outward appearance of the 'copter
- no electrical tape on wires (liquid may be allowed)
- frame name (even if you made the frame, a name is nice)

Secondary (not strict):
- minimal use of heat shrink
- balanced props should use clear tape
- exposed wires should be managed well (sleeved, zip tied, etc)

Bonus Points:
- Most, of the original frame arms visible
- Picture taken against simple background to let the 'copter really shine :-)
- Also clean wiring within the 'copter
- Motor wires are either sleeved, or all made the same color
- Manufacturer of the frame's store page



To vote an entry off, 5 people will need to be in agreement.
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 07:08 PM
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 10:56 PM
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I nominate a Blackout 330 H-Quad

Builder: gedupsound
Frame: Blackout 330

BuildLog: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=334
Frame Purchase URL: http://www.minihquad.com/frames/blackout-330
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Old Mar 11, 2015, 11:37 PM
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Foxtech Grasshopper Hex with 6" arms:

Builder: DougE
Frame: Foxtech Grasshopper Hex
Build Log: RCGroups Thread
Frame: Foxtech Grasshopper Hex

More photos to come as I've made some changes. I have since replaced the nylon screws with countersunk steel with alloy countersunk washers (I have blue, purple, silver, and black and still have not settled on a color to use). I also have added the nylon sleeve to the RX wires so those are not bare anymore. Props are now green HQ up front and black on the other 4 motors.

Looks nice and flies on rails. Very stable and responsive. Great stunt flyer, or a stable trainer.



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Foxtech Grasshopper Hex with 6" arms:

Builder: DougE
Frame: Foxtech Grasshopper Hex
Build Log: RCGroups Thread
Frame: Foxtech Grasshopper Hex

More photos to come as I've made some changes. I have since replaced the nylon screws with countersunk steel with alloy countersunk washers (I have blue, purple, silver, and black and still have not settled on a color to use). I also have added the nylon sleeve to the RX wires so those are not bare anymore. Props are now green HQ up front and black on the other 4 motors.

Looks nice and flies on rails. Very stable and responsive. Great stunt flyer, or a stable trainer.

Woooow! What an amazing build! Very good use of color. Nice work! How long did that take you?

I second this nomination. (Need one more to add)
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I agree! Very nice build! Thirded!
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Old Mar 12, 2015, 05:56 AM
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Woohoo! Ecks and I are in agreement that CA_Doug's hex shall be showcased in this. I'll add it when I get to a computer.

Edit: Added.
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Woooow! What an amazing build! Very good use of color. Nice work! How long did that take you?
Thanks, I'm very pleased how it turned out. So much so I don't want to fly it to hard and risk any damage or even getting it dirty.

The build didn't take too long. The hardest part was figuring out exactly how to set it up: where to mount the ESCs, should the wires be cut to the same length or as needed to fit a certain way, 5" or 6" props, where will the RX go, battery top or bottom, etc. Once I decided to keep all the wires the same length, that made other options more limited. I wanted to do this in case I ever broke something the parts are interchangeable. This meant that I'd have to use the longer arms and 6" props (which I like for the power and efficiency). I then could run the servo wires under the PDB. Few zip ties are needed and the arms are nice and clean looking.

I took my time and worked on it evenings and weekends. It probably took way too many hours...10? 20? But this is my first build so I wanted to do it right and take my time. If I do another, or a mini quad I could probably get it all done again in 5 hours or less now that I know my way around working with these parts.
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Another one you can add to your list:



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Thanks, I'm very pleased how it turned out. So much so I don't want to fly it to hard and risk any damage or even getting it dirty.

The build didn't take too long. The hardest part was figuring out exactly how to set it up: where to mount the ESCs, should the wires be cut to the same length or as needed to fit a certain way, 5" or 6" props, where will the RX go, battery top or bottom, etc. Once I decided to keep all the wires the same length, that made other options more limited. I wanted to do this in case I ever broke something the parts are interchangeable. This meant that I'd have to use the longer arms and 6" props (which I like for the power and efficiency). I then could run the servo wires under the PDB. Few zip ties are needed and the arms are nice and clean looking.

I took my time and worked on it evenings and weekends. It probably took way too many hours...10? 20? But this is my first build so I wanted to do it right and take my time. If I do another, or a mini quad I could probably get it all done again in 5 hours or less now that I know my way around working with these parts.
THAT IS YOUR FIRST BUILD?!?!?! Dude.


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Dude...

My first... 2 quads were just barely functional - no where close to looking good.

I totally understand the not getting it dirty thing. I really like my WarpQuad, and I'm afraid it'll get too dirty, so I haven't been pushing myself to fly as hard as I should. I'll get over it someday though. Rebuilding is fun, too :-)
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THAT IS YOUR FIRST BUILD?!?!?! Dude.


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Dude...

My first... 2 quads were just barely functional - no where close to looking good.

I totally understand the not getting it dirty thing. I really like my WarpQuad, and I'm afraid it'll get too dirty, so I haven't been pushing myself to fly as hard as I should. I'll get over it someday though. Rebuilding is fun, too :-)
I do IT work, websites, photography, and other related work. So I'm no stranger to attention to details, aesthetics, AND keeping it all functional. These projects are as much about the process of design and building as it is making a flying thing.

These forums were a great resource and inspiration for what I did. I took bits from here and there to come up with my plan. Glad to give back by showing what I put together and if anyone has any questions on parts, materials, process, etc just ask.
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I nominate Atas Defiance 265 airframe

Builder: Liftbag
Frame: Atas Defiance 265 - An Ultimate Fpv Airframe







Additional Photos:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2313866












Frame Purchase Url: http://www.dronematters.com/index.ph...265-frame.html

Good times:-)
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I nominate Atas Defiance 265 airframe

Builder: Liftbag
Frame: Atas Defiance 265 - An Ultimate Fpv Airframe


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Frame Purchase Url: http://www.dronematters.com/index.ph...265-frame.html

Good times:-)

This frame is very unique! Did you design it? I've never seen anything like it!
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Hi NullVoxPopuli,

thank you for the kind words man, appriciated

Yes, I'm the designer of the Atas Defiance265, but its realization is sum of joint effort with amazing guyz from Atassphere.

Also special thanks to all the fellow flyers for their feedback and suggestions on the design which helped making it what it is today
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Legit. Well, we certainly don't have enough FPV Quads on this list. You have my vote! :-)
(just need someone else to agree now)
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