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Posted by zanek | Jan 29, 2012 @ 09:40 AM | 4,461 Views
Slash 4x4 onboard camera driving around with Losi Mini 8ight (10 min 18 sec)

Gopro onboard footage from my Slash 4x4 driving around with a Losi Mini 8ight. I am running a Mamba Monster 2200kv on 4s lipo and the Mini 8ight is stock. Watch the video in HD if you can. Come check out my rc blog at
Posted by zanek | Jan 27, 2012 @ 01:36 PM | 3,857 Views
I did some more work on the quadcopter and got the Wii components uncased and finished the sanding on the frame. All that is left for the frame is to glue and screw the parts together. I also got the Orange RX receivers in the mail, so now the only thing that I am waiting for is the propeller/motor/speed controllers. I should get the soldering on the Arduino and Wii components done this weekend. Since I can't get metric sized wood for the arms, I set up a jig that holds my Dremel in just the right place, so I can just run the wooden arms between the sanding bit on the Dremel and the block of wood that it is sitting on and they get cut to size. Here are some pictures, and you can see me using the Dremel jig in the video.

Quadcopter Build Time Lapse Part 2 (1 min 25 sec)

Wii Motion Plus, Arduino board and USB programmer

Frame without motor mounts

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Posted by zanek | Jan 20, 2012 @ 08:50 PM | 3,838 Views
Here is a time lapse of me building the quadcopter, up to the part that I have done now. It includes building most of the frame, and unboxing. Here it is:
Quadcopter Build Time Lapse Part 1 (4 min 43 sec)

Posted by zanek | Jan 20, 2012 @ 10:42 AM | 3,835 Views
Yesterday I got the Wii Nucnhuck, the Turnigy batteries and the frame kit that I had ordered. I got right to work building the frame. Here is my progress so far:

Some suspiciously sized packages!

This is as far as I have gotten with building the frame

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Posted by zanek | Jan 18, 2012 @ 10:38 PM | 3,864 Views
After researching quadcopters this weekend, and ordering all the parts to build one, I was all fired up to build something. But snail mail being what it is- most of my parts for the quadcopter won't be here for 1-3 weeks. I was looking around my rc stuff yesterday, and I saw my old Traxxas radio. It was a link system, and it had stopped working a few months ago. That was when I got my HobbyKing GT-2 radio. The GT-2 system worked great for me, but I never really liked the feel of it in my hand, while I did like the feel of the Traxxas radio. After thinking for a few minutes, I decided to put the GT-2 electronics in the Traxxas case, so that I could have the best of both worlds. After a little experimenting I found that the steering wheel and throttle control in the Traxxas case would work with the GT-2 electronics. The main circuit board in the Traxxas radio is in the bottom of the case, while the GT-2 radio electronics are in the top part, so I had to add some extensions to the wires for the steering and throttle controls. I cut a hole on the top part of the bottom section of the Traxxas radio, right in front of the hand grip for the steering trims, ect. on the GT-2 circuit board. I had to put the batteries on the outside of the case because the GT-2 circuite board needed 8 batteries, instead of the 4 that the Traxxas radio case has space for. I haven't tested it extensively yet, but it seems to work. I will be giving it a full test this Friday. Here are some pictures:

Quadcopter update- The batteries are due to arrive on Thursday, and the electronics for the flight control board on Friday so the build will be getting underway soon

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Posted by zanek | Jan 17, 2012 @ 03:20 PM | 4,768 Views
Now that I have some more time, here is more information about the Quadcopter that I will be building. The flight controller I am using will be the Arduino board/Wii combo. It is commonly known as a MultiWii system. It reads the signal from the receiver, and the signal from the gyro in the Wii Motion Plus to control the Quadcopter. There is a whole website on MultiWii here. About the mechanical part of the Quadcopter, here is a list of the gear that I will be using:
Motors: Turnigy D2830-11 1100KV
Speed Control: HobbyKing 30 amp
Frame: Bluesky RC Sport frame
Flight controller: Arduino Pro Mini and USB Programmer
Stabilization: Gyro Accelerometer Wii motion plus and Nunchuck

More to come once I get the parts

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Posted by zanek | Jan 17, 2012 @ 10:50 AM | 4,174 Views
A few weeks ago I stumbled on this thread on the RC Groups forum. . It is about how a man used a Wii Motion Plus Gyro and a programmable chip from Texas Instruments to make what would normally be a $150-1200 Quadcopter flight stabilization system. I did a little more research, and found out that people where doing the same thing, more commonly with a Arduino Mini Pro as the programmable piece. Of course, I had to give it a try. I have ordered all of the parts so that I can build a Quadcopter with the Arduino/Wii combo. I will also be using a Wii Nunchuck. That will provide an accelerometer, which will give me an auto level feature. Basically that means that when I hold my controls in the center the Quadcopter will find level and hover all by itself. My plans are for a 16-18" Quacopter. That is a good size for carrying a Gopro, but not too big. More updates and a build log to come.

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