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Old Jun 01, 2011, 05:31 PM
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Whats the cheapest I can get into a quadcopter for?

Hi all
I'm kicking around the idea of a quadcopter, maybe something to lift a GoPro. Just looking for something simple and cheap to see if I like it. Know nothing of quadcopters. Just have a HoneyBee FP, and a couple of airplanes.
Where can I start?

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Old Jun 01, 2011, 06:05 PM
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Hi all
I'm kicking around the idea of a quadcopter, maybe something to lift a GoPro. Just looking for something simple and cheap to see if I like it. Know nothing of quadcopters. Just have a HoneyBee FP, and a couple of airplanes.
Where can I start?

Thanks!
Check this thread .
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1416168
Contact Witespy for more info
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Old Jun 01, 2011, 08:30 PM
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Assuming you're a little bit handy, you could make your own frame out of plywood and square dowels from the hardware store, complete with hardware, for about ten bucks.

When the HK controllers become available, they'll be $30. http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=17537

motors: $7 x 4 = $28 http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...8622&aff=61689
ESCs: $7 x 4 = $28 http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=6457

Add a few bucks for props/connectors etc... $10

So everything except for rx and battery for about 110 bones.
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Assuming you're a little bit handy, you could make your own frame out of plywood and square dowels from the hardware store, complete with hardware, for about ten bucks.

When the HK controllers become available, they'll be $30. http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=17537

motors: $7 x 4 = $28 http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...8622&aff=61689
ESCs: $7 x 4 = $28 http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=6457

Add a few bucks for props/connectors etc... $10

So everything except for rx and battery for about 110 bones.
those escs are not compatible w/ the 'hk' kk controller...
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Old Jun 01, 2011, 10:22 PM
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those escs are not compatible w/ the 'hk' kk controller...
I didn't think about that... so make it $12/ea for the ESCs to get turnigy plush 18A... that brings it to $130ish
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 01:42 AM
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Thanks all. I'll check that link after work.
I was on HK last night when those controllers were released and still available and saw the commotion. But I've learned the hard way not to jump into something without doing a bit of research first.
themicahmachine, that sounds awesome! I had no idea they were so simple. Are they easier to fly than a FP heli? Sounds like 3 or 4 ch?
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I think he's probably full of it, they might be slow to respond (but even that's debatable) otherwise there's no "compatibility" issue. And HK board is 100% kk board so it should work.
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 04:17 AM
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I have done a post in my blog about this topic
http://spcopter.blogspot.com/2011/04...tor-world.html

Maybe not the cheapest option, but a first approach for a newbie!

Note: shipment to Europe included in the estimation.
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 04:21 AM
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I ordered the cc board yesterday and built the frame today. Didn't take long but you will need to reglue what was already glued
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I think he's probably full of it, they might be slow to respond (but even that's debatable) otherwise there's no "compatibility" issue. And HK board is 100% kk board so it should work.
why would i be 'full of it'? the non-programmable ss series from hk have known not to work w/ the kk controllers and this a kk controller - pretty simple but op do what you like. there are 2 different version of the hk ss escs - one is card programmable the other is not. i have verified this along w/ a friend, but i guess that means 'i am full of it' seeing it firsthand trying to offer some info i thought would be helpful for a noob...

let tc lead you the way, i am sure you will be just fine.
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 06:47 PM
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Thanks for the links guys!
How hard are these to fly compared to a FP heli? How large do you need to go to carry a GoPro? How many channels are required? Also, is a quad the best all-purpose choice?
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