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Old Nov 03, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Carbon fiber dust isn't any more dangerous to your health than the byproducts of any other sanding or grinding operation - It's not some highly toxic material.
With that being said, the normal precautions you would take when working with ANY material where you are creating airborne dust should be taken.
OOC, CF has RF blocking properties. In this application G10 would probably be the best chioce.
Good info, i'm trying to find a local source for G10 in N.Ireland or UK
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 08:14 PM
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Anyone comment on the FC selection or the frsky module ?
I recently fitted a frsky module to my 9x. It has an audible RSSI indicator so it will beep at you if the radio link degrades at a distance, allowing you to turn around, rather than flying out of range unknowingly. It has failsafe on all channels, unlike the orig RX which has no failsafe at all (saves a potential flyaway).
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 08:16 PM
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out_of_control, you might also find the OV3RQUAD of interest if using DJI 450 type arms.
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 07:35 AM
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I recently fitted a frsky module to my 9x. It has an audible RSSI indicator so it will beep at you if the radio link degrades at a distance, allowing you to turn around, rather than flying out of range unknowingly. It has failsafe on all channels, unlike the orig RX which has no failsafe at all (saves a potential flyaway).
If I have read right, it helps make sure you don't fly out of range and lose the quad.

I've just spent the morning watching vids 1 - 10, the commentary is great, gives me a laugh at times too when nick describes things that don't work as they should

Now that i've seen the vids i'm going to build the frame and arms from wood, looks like they work just fine, and I probably have some lying around my shed.

As a first build it will be really helpful to have a standard that I know works and a tutorial to help me all the way through.

Thanks for the additional info danger_mouse, as i'm going with this original design i'll stick with this design. Or i'll end up looking at so many versions i'll get real lost.

I keep adding a few bits to my list, like prop balancer, charger, the things most of you guys would have anyway.

This is a really well done tutorial, it explains all the steps, Thanks Nick.

I know the PID bit is going to be fun learning though. I've done Arduino stuff for a different hobby so hopefully that side should be ok.

What app and hardware did you use to change the values using bluetooth.
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Old Nov 06, 2012, 04:24 AM
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Nice spider quad design strong clever and simple
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Old Nov 07, 2012, 03:13 PM
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I found the android app for the multiwii, needs a bluetooth adapter, one added to my order
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here's my version adapted to fit the SK450 arms from HobbyKing.
Since the ESCs are mounted on the arms instead of the frame, its a bit shorter in length than the original, and the spacer thickness had to be increased to 20mm.
This is a great design - My friends who fly quads are also building similiar models.

Thanks Nick!
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Old Nov 07, 2012, 04:06 PM
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here's my version adapted to fit the SK450 arms from HobbyKing.
Since the ESCs are mounted on the arms instead of the frame, its a bit shorter in length than the original, and the spacer thickness had to be increased to 20mm.
This is a great design - My friends who fly quads are also building similiar models.

Thanks Nick!
I thought of using the arms but have decided to stick pretty close to Nicks design, although I do prefer the landing feet Is that a KK FC on the top, do you have your own build thread, be interested in a look at it.
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I appreciate the feedback and really enjoy seeing the different builds. I still fly this same quad with the exception of motor choice. I switched to NTM 28-26 1200kv motors with 8x4.5 props. It give the quad some spunk.
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 07:31 AM
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I thought of using the arms but have decided to stick pretty close to Nicks design, although I do prefer the landing feet Is that a KK FC on the top, do you have your own build thread, be interested in a look at it.
yes, it's the KK FC, it's been very good to me.
I don't have a build thread, it's nothing too complicated.
Components are as follows...
Hobbyking SK450 Arms
NX4006-530KV motors
11x4.7 Gemfan props
SimonK flashed F-20A ESC
2700Mah 3S
cased PZ0420 camera
200mw 5.8 video TX
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 08:00 AM
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I appreciate the feedback and really enjoy seeing the different builds. I still fly this same quad with the exception of motor choice. I switched to NTM 28-26 1200kv motors with 8x4.5 props. It give the quad some spunk.

I'm planning on using the following along with these motors/props

Turnigy 3600mAh 30C Lipo pack
Hobbyking F-30A ESCs
Multiwii Flight Board SE with FTDI prog.
Bluetooth adapter for Multiwii
HK Quadcopter Power Distribution Board
Turnigy 9x with rx

Does all look ok,
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 08:02 AM
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yes, it's the KK FC, it's been very good to me.
I don't have a build thread, it's nothing too complicated.
Components are as follows...
Hobbyking SK450 Arms
NX4006-530KV motors
11x4.7 Gemfan props
SimonK flashed F-20A ESC
2700Mah 3S
cased PZ0420 camera
200mw 5.8 video TX
I've read a fair few threadon KK or Multiwii, TBH if it wasn't for the info in this thread I would have been inclined to go for KK

I'm leaving the camera stuff till I learn to fly.
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I'm planning on using the following along with these motors/props

Turnigy 3600mAh 30C Lipo pack
Hobbyking F-30A ESCs
Multiwii Flight Board SE with FTDI prog.
Bluetooth adapter for Multiwii
HK Quadcopter Power Distribution Board
Turnigy 9x with rx

Does all look ok,
Looks good.

The KK2 board is a solid board and very easy to setup. Everything is programmed on the board without need for a PC or blue tooth. I have one on another quad and I like it a lot. So which ever you decide, multiwii or KK2 will be just fine.
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Old Nov 08, 2012, 10:10 AM
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Looks good.

The KK2 board is a solid board and very easy to setup. Everything is programmed on the board without need for a PC or blue tooth. I have one on another quad and I like it a lot. So which ever you decide, multiwii or KK2 will be just fine.
Cheers Nick, if only even for the sake of gadgets, i'll use the multiwii with BT so I can make adjustments with Android
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Old Nov 09, 2012, 05:14 AM
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I recently fitted a frsky module to my 9x. It has an audible RSSI indicator so it will beep at you if the radio link degrades at a distance, allowing you to turn around, rather than flying out of range unknowingly. It has failsafe on all channels, unlike the orig RX which has no failsafe at all (saves a potential flyaway).
What range is achievable when using this setup.

What options to increase range, i've seen videos that look like miles away from TX
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