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Posted by cwg25 | Oct 12, 2012 @ 03:33 PM | 2,520 Views
Come on, we've all done it. You get that new piece of technology, whether it's a phone, computer, home theater system, or a radio transmitter and you want to fiddle with it to see what it's all about.

Well, that's when problems can occur. Mix that with a noob, and the likelihood for disaster increases.

So I'm having fun flying my F450, everything is working just fine. And then I decided to see what my tx(Walkera DEVO-10) is made of. I started browsing through all of the options. Just to look, nothing more. I was hoping to get a better understanding how things worked with the tx and how it relates to the naza unit.

I clicked around and through everything. Coming to the clock/timer section, I thought it would be harmless to try and set something up. My gear switch was free so I decided to set the timer start/stop feature to the gear switch. It worked. Hooray, I did something. Big whoop.

The real trouble starts when I attempt to fly. As a beginner, I always fly in GPS mode. I waited for the single green blinking light and start to throttle up. I noticed I had throttle control up until a few feet off the ground, but at that point I did not have elevator nor aileron control. As the quad started to drift away, I noticed I no longer had throttle or yaw control. Major panic ensues.

I should have realized at that point that switching to manual mode would have given control of the quad back over to me. But I was freaking out so that did not happen. Switched on...Continue Reading
Posted by cwg25 | Oct 11, 2012 @ 04:22 PM | 2,467 Views
I've gotten in almost 3 hours of flying time in the past few days, along with a bunch of hours last week, and feel comfortable enough to take a step forward and get a cheap but decent AP setup.

Well, maybe it's more being excited and eager than feeling totally comfortable.

I ordered a prebuilt x468 XT gimbal from and a GoPro Hero 2 from EBay. I'm going on vacation next week and hopefully I'll get everything in time to take it all with me.

I hope I'm not going too fast. Going to take it easy with flying the gimbal/camera, but I'm definitely getting better at everything.
Posted by cwg25 | Oct 09, 2012 @ 03:06 PM | 2,241 Views
I've been up and flying for the past couple days. I think my troubles getting back in the air came down to too much fiddling with the motors and props, and not noticing a motor going the wrong way or having a ccw prop on a cw motor. After double checking motor rotation and prop placement, my issue with a spinning out of control quad was fixed.

I replaced the cracked arm after ordering a bunch from I also replaced motor #1 after it sounded funny.

Now I'm thinking of getting a relatively simple camera mount/gimbal and a GoPro Hero 2.
Posted by cwg25 | Sep 29, 2012 @ 02:57 PM | 2,789 Views
Came too close to a tree today, clipped some leaves and down came my quad. One arm broke on landing. Just ordered some more arms from Hoping they get here by Wednesday. I have replacement motors, props, and ESCs, but no arms!

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Here's another video right before my crash of the quad close up.

DJI F450 Quadcopter Closeup and Hover (0 min 44 sec)

Posted by cwg25 | Sep 29, 2012 @ 09:15 AM | 2,299 Views
Even though I had one session of flying before this(not including the first video in my previous post), these are the next two sessions I was able to take video of thanks to my wife.

Had a couple light crashes before these videos, low to the ground. Noticed my quad drifting backwards slightly afterwards. No big deal right now. I just want to concentrate on flying before tweaking little things here and there in the NAZA assistant.

Getting the hang of this!

DJI F450 Quadcopter - Testing - 9/29/12 (1 min 17 sec)

DJI F450 Quadcopter - Test 2 - 9/29/12 (1 min 30 sec)
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Posted by cwg25 | Sep 27, 2012 @ 01:42 PM | 2,501 Views
I'm still waiting on my battery charger, which probably won't be here for another week, but I was able to fly for the first time a little bit today.

My battery had about a half charge left in it after Tony tested everything. After a couple small hiccups, I was able to get the quad off the ground.

I only used GPS mode. Hovering was cool. The controls were very responsive. This is literally my first time using a remote control device that isn't a $20 deal you can get at Walmart.

I played around with the yaw a bit, turning while in place, left and right. But it's a little hard to stay level as you're also moving the throttle stick slightly when yawing.

I guess that's just something one needs to get used to.

Still a lot of learning to do, but I'm well on my way.

Here's a short video I took. I wanted to concentrate on flying it than filming it.

First Flight: DJI F450 Flame Wheel (0 min 16 sec)

Posted by cwg25 | Sep 26, 2012 @ 04:02 PM | 2,230 Views
My quad came on Monday.

I'm still waiting on a battery charger replacement to arrive. And I'm unfortunately busier than usual so I probably won't get a chance to test things out for another week or so!
Posted by cwg25 | Sep 22, 2012 @ 06:53 AM | 2,161 Views
Eagerly awaiting my quad to arrive in the mail, most likely on Monday.

Thanks to Tony for the quick turnaround. He received my package some time on Wednesday and shipped everything on Friday afternoon.
Posted by cwg25 | Sep 05, 2012 @ 09:33 PM | 2,655 Views
I've gotten busy with work lately and haven't had much free time to spend on my F450 build. When I first started getting into multi rotors almost 2 months ago I wasn't busy at all. Now I'm just too impatient to start from scratch with everything.

I'm going to have Tony from rc-drones finish my quad and set it up with a new TX/RX. This way I can start flying very soon and reverse engineer or tinker with what I have in preparation for my first complete build sometime down the road.
Posted by cwg25 | Aug 17, 2012 @ 06:33 PM | 2,342 Views
I had a friend help me with soldering and learned the solder I was using wasn't good, even though it was 60/40 rosin.

We tried another brand and it worked fine. I'm able to solder now and attached the deans connector wire to the board and the wires for the receiver.

I was able to connect just about all the wires to the naza and receiever. There are two wires from the on/off switch I'm not sure where to attach, if I even need to. I see one of these can fit in the receiver or naza unit. The second I'm not sure where it goes. The third is attached to the data port on the receiver, I know that goes there.

I've stopped short of attaching the GPS unit. And I haven't affixed the naza unit, reciever, or LED unit to the plate yet. Zip ties hold down the ESCs.

Any comments, suggestions, or constructive criticism would be appreciated.
Posted by cwg25 | Aug 16, 2012 @ 06:41 AM | 2,909 Views
I've mounted the motors and tinned the pads on the board.

Soldering proved to be a little more difficult than I expected but I managed to solder the ESCs to the board. It looks a little ugly but still should be ok.

I'm unable to make the deans plug/connector, after trying a few times, so I'm having a friend do that for me very soon. Then I'll be able to move forward.
Posted by cwg25 | Aug 05, 2012 @ 10:21 AM | 2,693 Views
Got most of my gear today. I'll probably be able to begin the build sometime in the middle of this week.

Edit: 8/8/12 - building this weekend.
Posted by cwg25 | Aug 03, 2012 @ 07:18 AM | 2,563 Views
I've ordered all of my gear and accessories within the last few days and I should have everything delivered by early next week.

Going to watch some more DJI build videos which will help I'm sure.

I didn't realize I needed to get some male/female connectors and 14 guage red/black wire. Big thanks to tc3wins for all his help!
Posted by cwg25 | Jul 31, 2012 @ 03:47 PM | 2,441 Views
I've gotten help on some cheaper batteries and charger that will suffice along with 10 inch props instead of 8.

Frame/ARF - DJI F450 ARF with motors, props, ESCs - $190
Navigation - NAZA with GPS - $399
2 extra DJI motors - $45.90
2 extra DJI ESCs - $41.90
10 inch Graupner props (8) - $90
Landing gear - $35
Loctite - $3.99
- plus 5% discount with free shipping = $765.50

Battery - GForce  30C  2800 mAh 3s  11.1 volt  LiPo x 3 = $60
Battery Charger - GT Power A606-D 50W-6A 6s LiPo - $40

Futaba 8FG Super 2.4Ghz 8 Channel TX with R6208SB RX - $445

All together, probably around $1310 plus shipping from the last two sites.
Posted by cwg25 | Jul 31, 2012 @ 06:48 AM | 2,735 Views
Two weeks ago I had little knowledge about RC, very little knowledge and zero experience with MRs. Up until yesterday, I was settled on finding somebody to build my setup.

With reading more and talking to some helpful people, I've decided to build a DJI F450 with NAZA/GPS on my own!

The only things I'm nervous about are the setup/configuration/calibration of the motors, naza/gps, and the Futaba 8FG Super I'm about to purchase. Somebody has offered to give me detailed instructions and settings for those things so I feel a little more comfortable now.

I've been researching prices and may buy my gear by the end of this weekend.

Here's what I'm looking for as of now:

DJI F450 ARF - 190.00
2 extra DJI stock motors - 45.90
2 extra DJI stock ESCs - 41.90
8 inch graupner (8) - 71.60
3x 5400 lipo 35C - 296.85
1x Hyperion 606i AC/DC - 109.95
Naza and GPS - 399.00
Simple/basic landing gear

I have or am about to get all the needed tools.
Posted by cwg25 | Jul 29, 2012 @ 03:11 PM | 2,662 Views
I just posted some questions about options I have for my DJI F450 that I will soon purchase.

I'm looking forward to learning a bit more by reading and having questions answered. But I really can't wait to get my hands dirty and fly.