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Dec 10, 2011, 02:07 PM
Dixie Normious
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HK Mini Quad Build

I Jumped into building a Quad-copter. I've seen them around now for sometime and new i had to build one.

At the time HobbyKing did not have the ESC's i wanted, they were out of stock! Surprise Surprise!! I wanted the Plush esc's with the Programming card.

I waited and waited!! and could not any more.
RCTimer carrys there own (well) Re-Branded HobbyWIng Esc's which are the same as Plush.
The Programming card is compatible with Plush, HobbyWing and another one now that escapes my mind!

After getting it built, Prop savers seem to be ok, but well not work for the Tri Bladed Props.
Savers are ok, but Collets and hubs are better to keep the Props stationary!
After looking around i made a order from RCTimer.
Also noticed that they are now carrying colored Props, I got a set of Orange and green.

The most common way to wire up you 4 esc's to one Battery connector is what is called a Spider power harness
Here is a great video showing how to make one.
power spider (13 min 59 sec)

I had Planned to make one of these, but found a power distribution board on ebay for under 5 bucks Well make it a lot easier for someone who do not want the hassle of soldering a harness.
Me personally like soldering, so i wanted to get get on the fast track with this build, and waiting 3 weeks for this board was slowing it down.

I went ahead and made a spider harness for the hell of it. Later down the road i am planning on building a TriCopter so i can use the power board for that, or switch them around.

For the KK board i used HobbyHings new V2 of there board. It has more memory enabling you to flash the card with bigger files

I ordered a USBasp programmer and downloaded the software and Driver for the USBASP.
The software i downloaded can be found here.

Installing it was quite easy, just make sure you get the right one for your OS.
This interface is awesome, and so user friendly anyone can do this!
Thanks to LazyZero for the work put into this. Make getting a Muti Rotor aircraft in the air in no time.
HK board comes with the + configuration, and i wanted X. I plan on installing my GoPro for take some areail shots, and flying in + config, the motor/Prop well be right in the middle of the shot!

But if you do not like the Newest 4.7X firmware, you can easily re-flash your board with the stock + that came on the board!

And more then likly you well need the drivers for your USB programmer

The frame went together pretty good, other then abit of trimming needed to get the top and base plate lined up, it was easy!
HK Mini Quad Frame Time Lapse (9 min 32 sec)

Heres are the Parts i used

Quad Frame

Motors x4

HobbyWing ESC's x4

Programming Card

Props[Note] These Props needed a lot to balance!!

These seems to be a bit more balanced

Prop savers

3.0mm Brushless Motor Adapter

Power Battery 8 ESC Connection Board/4/6/8 axis MK,Tricopter and Xcopter

Last night i got it all put together, now its time for a maiden. I tested the breilfly in the living room. Im excited!!

Heres a little video i added tonight!
Maiden well be tomorrow night!!
Wish Me Luck!!
Hobby King QuadCopter (5 min 24 sec)

Maiden flight!
Maiden flight of QuadCopter (7 min 33 sec)

This after only flying this on 7-8 flights!! ;0
Quad bedroom hovering with new LED lights (8 min 49 sec)

Here are some Pictures, cause we all love Pictures!!
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