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Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 31, 2011 @ 07:39 PM | 5,223 Views
Woot! After a month of hard work, the QSC TriCopter build-along project is now complete! If you are going to SEFF, you will be able to see it up close and personal, too, as I plan to bring it along to play with.

Head on over to my site for the last installment of the build log, complete with video, as usual.
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 28, 2011 @ 11:05 AM | 4,527 Views
Wii MultiCopter Interconnect

For our 111th installment, this week it's just me, but I have a guest in the workshop! My friend John joins me and we discuss our custom Wii MultiCopter Interconnect board. As you probably know, this board goes far to tame the wiring mess that is inherent in the Flight Stabilization System for our Multi-Rotor projects, and we've already shared the necessary files so that you can order them yourselves. However, if you do not want to order the minimum order of three boards from the manufacturer, we will start coordinating group orders this week so you can order less than three - be watching for the article to pop up on AllThingsCrash this week with instructions on how you can get in on this!

Albeit a bit somber, I take an opportunity to say goodbye to my dear friend Dennis who lost his fight with Cancer last week. If you would like to send a card or letter to his wife Anne, please email me and I'll provide her address. You can also share your kind thoughts on the Online Memory Book, as I am certain that the family would find it uplifting to hear from all of Dennis' online friends.

LINKS for this week's show.
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 24, 2011 @ 11:28 PM | 4,325 Views
I've just uploaded a couple of videos and instructional information to my site to help you guys with the software and programming end of the Flight Stabilization System (FSS). I hope this helps you to make sense of this stuff.

Here's the LINK to the latest information!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 21, 2011 @ 10:24 AM | 4,018 Views
Bearings And Boards

So this week, it's just me and Ron in the workshop for episode #110. We do a little reminiscing and discuss bearing replacement in nitro motors and give a status update on the QSC TriCopter project. Wow! This year's Scratch-Build Club project has turned into more work than last year's design! LOL Bear with us, though - we're almost done!

Be sure to join us next week, as we are expecting to have the information ready so that you can order your board kits directly from us so you can avoid that "bird's nest" of wires! Also, be watching AllThingsCrash this week for the setup and configuration information for the FSS.

Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 20, 2011 @ 03:57 PM | 5,258 Views
If you've been wanting to get into Multi-Rotor flight but don't want to have that "bird's nest" of wires with the hand-wired system, you may be interested in using the custom board that we have been using.

Below is a picture of the board's graphics and a final version ready to go.

If you are itching to get your hands on one, then check out our latest article HERE!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 18, 2011 @ 07:23 PM | 4,256 Views
Well, what do you know - I'm actually ahead of schedule for a change! I have uploaded the build overview video and PDF Support Document for the hand-wired version of the Wii-based Flight Stabilization System over at AllThingsCrash. Check it out!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 16, 2011 @ 05:26 PM | 4,042 Views
Continuing with our Scratch-Build Club project for this year, I've just published the video for this week covering the Power System installation for our QSC TriCopter!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 14, 2011 @ 09:13 AM | 3,973 Views
Power Systems

In our 109th installment of the show, we talk a bit about electric power systems, especially how they apply to designs like our QSC TriCopter that we are building for this years Scratch-Build Club project. We actually have two systems that John and I have tried and we like them both. Also, the RCadvisor discusses issues that are the real root cause to crashes.

Click this LINK to find out what we are suggesting as optimal power systems on the QSC TriCopter, as well as a couple of other cool links.
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 11, 2011 @ 02:51 PM | 4,611 Views
Build videos are up for the airframe over at! Also, the PDF templates are available in the DOWNLOADS section under Multi-Rotor Files.

Next week we'll tackle the installation of the specified power system for this project.
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 09, 2011 @ 07:40 PM | 4,998 Views
I just finished throwing this thing together and have shot all of the necessary videos to cover the build.

If you are interested in building along with me on this segment of "Crash's Scratch-Build Club), head on over to so you can get the Bill Of Materials for the airframe, as well as the link to download the templates.

Remember, this week is "Airframe Week". Next week we'll cover the power system, and then the week after we'll show you how to build your own MultiWii Flight Stabilization System!
Posted by Crash Hancock | Mar 07, 2011 @ 02:26 AM | 4,249 Views
Let's Build A TriCopter!

Last year we kicked off Crash's Scratch-Build Club with a design of my own, the eQSC. The project was aimed at helping first-time builders successfully build a great flying model via easy-to-follow instructional videos, plans, and templates. This year, we're making this an annual event by jumping in on the Multi-Rotor craze with comprehensive resource materials (plans, templates, documents, and videos) so that ANYONE can build their own Quick, Simple, and Cheap TriCopter! We're going to kick it off this week in our 108th installment by talking all about the airframe!

Also in the episode, the RCadvisor gives us the low-down on Lipo safety and, of course, we talk about a bunch of other stuff.

This weeks' LINKS

If you are diggin' on TriCopters and you plan to build along with us, following is a Bill Of Materials you'll need to gather for this weeks' segment: QSC TriCopter Airframe:

Two: 12" x 24" x 1/8" Light Ply or Birch Ply

One: 3/4" square, 48" long dowel (or Two 36" lengths)

Six: 4-40 screws 1 - 1 1/4" long

Six: Blind Nuts (preferrable) or locking nuts

Six: 4-40 sized washers (or Twelve if you use the locking nuts instead of blind nuts)

One: 4 1/2" - 4 3/4" x 1/4" diameter rod (aluminum or music wire)

One: 1/4" I.D. Wheel Collar

Three: Nylon Washers, 1/4" I.D.

Two: Nylon Shoulder Bushings, 1/4" I.D.

I am planning to have the templates, instructions, and videos up for the airframe build in the next day, or three. Keep checking, as that's where all the dope will be!