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Old Sep 30, 2012, 02:55 PM
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My first Quadcopter!!!! - Build list

alright so this is my first Quadcopter build and its for an individual project for uni to help me learn about all this stuff Ive been doing a heap of reading and research and talking to people and this is what I've come up with:

The idea is i have $500 to build a quadcopter that can fly around locally but also so that it can be expended to an FPV system in the future so that it can go on some more adventurous missions

Frame: $95 with postage
http://www.foxtechfpv.com/atg-l600-x...ame-p-555.html
a nice decent frame (i think) to hold everything made of carbon fibre. shouldn't break in my learning stage if I'm careful


Flight controller: $63
http://www.rctimer.com/index.php?gOo...wt&goodsid=765
CRIUS AIO PRO V1.1 due to its low cost. I'll run MegaPirate because i like the Arducopter interface (still a little confused on how to get the firmware on there through arduino but hopefully you guys can guide me a bit )


GPS: $26
http://www.rctimer.com/index.php?gOo...wt&goodsid=763
From reading forums i believe this one works but i have to reconfigure it with this:
http://www.rctimer.com/index.php?gOo...wt&goodsid=684
using this guide:
http://fpvcentral.net/2012/07/crius-...ltiwii-part-1/


Remote control and receiver: $53
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8992
I looks to be good for its price but i have seen some stuff saying its not that good :/ what do you guys think? i want the 8 channels so i can do all the control etc haha


Motors: $50 ish total
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=12922
I used that eCalc site do put some numbers in and play around with it and this configuration seams to give pretty good battery life and throttle control


Props: $8 ish
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=22446
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=22447
CW and CCW pair, again the 1045 seamed to work well in eCalc


ESC: $50
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=2164
30A ESC's, i gather the plush (whatever that means :P maybe you guys can tell me haha ) is good haha


ESC prgramming card: $6
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...1060&aff=99809
Do i actually need this? im supposed to be learning stuff so i though i may as well get it for the pice and play around haha


Battery: $32
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=17241
4000mah nano-tech LiPo for HK, nothing to special i guess

Battery Charger: $18
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...0968&aff=99809
what do you guys think of this? pretty standard i guess?

LiPo alarm: $2
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=22749
dont want to damage it


So thats the main stuff i guess, the following bits i want to make sure will work with it in the future. I gather they can from what ive read
PS: i get more funding for this so cost here isnt an issue at the moment

OSD: $65
https://store.diydrones.com/Ardupilo...-apmminosd.htm
nice OSD configurable in the arducopter program once ive loaded megapirate

Camera: $130
GoPro Hero

Vido transmitter and receiver: unknown

So yeah.... what do you guys think? will everything work together etc? any comments welcome

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Old Sep 30, 2012, 04:21 PM
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also i know a lot of you will be thinking i should start smaller but its a project that i get graded on so it kinda has to be a bit ambitious otherwise... well no grade i guess :/ i.e.. i cant just buy a small one like Walkera Ladybird and fly it around for a bit haha but if you really think i will totally crash and just destroy it please tell me too haha RC experience includes cars (no help there) and those 3 channel RC heli's which are easy to fly... so yeah not much experience

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Old Sep 30, 2012, 04:34 PM
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For your first quad I highly suggest skipping the Multiwii or MegapirateNG code based boards. While I am a huge fan of them, the learning curve is steeper than most people care to deal with. Spring the extra $$$ and pick up a DJI Naza. You'll spend more time flying and less time tuning, which after all is why you are building this to start with. I use and have used about every controller out there and whether you are a beginner or even fly aggressive, the Naza really cant be beat for an all-around great flight controller. If you are hell bent on still using the CRIUS AIO PRO, then read, read, and re-read the associated thread. If you want to read some general multiroto suggestion, take a look at something I posted under my blog section. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1725752 Hope it helps in some way and good luck!
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Skip the GPS for a while- they are hard to set up, and you really need to learn to fly first.Or buy it and save it for later.

The el-cheapo HK v2.1 board at about $15.00 is a really decent board, and it would be good to learn on- extremely simple to set up, and since it has gyros only, you'll actually learn how to fly rather than having the board fly for you. I learned on a Copter Control board (the Grail) and then started flying the HK boards some lately- I'm impressed with them.

The Turnigy 9x radio is highly respected and inexpensive if you can find one.

You need to buy way more props than you list- you'll break a lot while you're learning

Get HK F30 ESCs rather than the Plush- the F30s can be flashed, which you may want to do later, and are good ESCs. You don't have to flash, but if you do, you'll notice that the quad flies better.

You can get by with smaller, cheaper batterires. If you're making a quad, a 2650mah will be fine, or even a 2200. Don't worry about long flight times right of the bat- 6 or 8 minutes will be enough while you're learning.

Just my opinions, of course.

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Old Sep 30, 2012, 04:48 PM
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hi, as much as i would like something nice like the naza to begin with i just can not fit it in my budget
its learning so i guess i'll just have to tough it out and hope i can get it working yeah?

what about the component? do they all work together do you think??

and i will take a read of that link you posted
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Old Sep 30, 2012, 05:16 PM
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2400RDR,
yeah i wasn't planning of using the GPS straight away, id just buy it and configure it later once i have the rest working haha

haha yeah those props are are a set of 4 each so 4 CW and 4 CCW but maybe i'll buy even more haha

you give a valid point with the $15 controller, i might get one as well as the CRIUS. start on the HK one and then learn to set up the other one once i can fly a bit

could you link me for the F30's? i searched HK but couldn't find what you mean, sorry
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Old Sep 30, 2012, 06:44 PM
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2400RDR,
could you link me for the F30's? i searched HK but couldn't find what you mean, sorry
Dion
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...C_3A_UBEC.html

These are all the rage right now if you plan to flash them with SimonK firmware. Fairly inexpensive too. If you can't get these, I've had good luck with RCTimer housebrand ESCs, and they are selling some of them pre-flashed as well.
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http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...C_3A_UBEC.html

These are all the rage right now if you plan to flash them with SimonK firmware. Fairly inexpensive too. If you can't get these, I've had good luck with RCTimer housebrand ESCs, and they are selling some of them pre-flashed as well.
oh i see.. i though the plush ones were haha im not sure how to program it at the moment so i should i just get this one then?:
http://www.rctimer.com/index.php?gOo...9&productname=

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Old Sep 30, 2012, 10:31 PM
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well... i guess im ready to order the parts then??? any reason not to?

EDIT: alright so I'm supposed to be putting in my purchase order requests tomorrow and would really like it if one of you guys could say that everything should work or not haha just for a little bit of confidence in this stuff which i really dont know what im doing yet :P

so its the list above but with the RCtimer ESC (that have SimonK on them) and i'll also get the KK2.1 board (and USBasp) to start flying with before i set up the CRIUS one. all sounds good?
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Old Oct 02, 2012, 10:43 AM
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For your first quad I highly suggest skipping the Multiwii or MegapirateNG code based boards...............

Spring the extra $$$ and pick up a DJI Naza
Ignore this baseless statement, go your way and buy the AIO pro. The fun lies in tuning and flying, not just flyin! And Best of Luck.
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Old Oct 02, 2012, 10:58 AM
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yeah im getting the CRIUS one, plus a HK one to start with to help me learn to fly too :P
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Old Oct 02, 2012, 11:19 AM
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Nice... Are you going to flash your ESCs with simonK? If you don't know what it means, go to this thread and this one
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the ones im getting of RCtimer are preflashed with simonK

Putting the purchase order in in an hour for it all kinda excited, hopefully it all works together :P
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DJI F550 What batteries, Charger, & Power Supply?

I'm sick of wating for backordered parts...it has been three weeks and I just want to fly. My assembly on the F550 is almost complete (with NAZA+GPS) and I'm willing to order from another store.

First off, I'm learning to fly. Eventually I want to put a camera on this thing. My dream is to get a much more professional system in the future and start an AP business of some kind.

Here is what is backordered (this was upon recommentation from the shop):
1-Hitec X4 80 watt per port charger
2- 5000mAh 22.2 60C battery
no power source ordered

The total for the charger and the battery is around $500 (without power source)...I'm not really worried about the money as I am more worried about getting what I need.

Any suggestions what to buy an what on-line store?
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Old Oct 02, 2012, 07:12 PM
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I'm sick of wating for backordered parts...it has been three weeks and I just want to fly. My assembly on the F550 is almost complete (with NAZA+GPS) and I'm willing to order from another store.
Would it have been to hard to start another thread?
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