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May 27, 2015, 05:04 PM
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PeasantCopter: Power to the Peasants!


If any of you guys are interested in an affordable, repairable, customizable plywood 270-size miniquad, the PeasantCopter is now available for pre-order! I'm gearing up to submit a production order to the frame manufacturer (frames and hardware are 100% sourced from / made in the USA), so the first production units should be shipping to buyers in early July.

PeasantCopter's plywood construction allows it to be easily cut, glued, drilled, etc to your liking. I've had some nasty crashes into concrete and been back in the air with a few dabs of CA glue and some accelerator, which is something that's near-impossible with a carbon or fiberglass frame. Not to mention, plywood is cheap! PeasantCopter isn't meant to be the deluxe race quad, but it's easier to have fun on a $38 frame with cheap replacement parts and easy repairability with wood glue, epoxy, or CA. PeasantCopter's plywood construction also makes it lighter than a fiberglass / mixed carbon-fiberglass miniquad of comparable size; its all-up-weight is 164 grams.

The frame is capable of housing a GoPro (completely enclosed in front camera cage) and / or a Mobius Actioncam (mounted on top of front camera cage), and has space for FPV equipment and all the other bells and whistles. By mounting the flight controller under the battery, the PeasantCopter allows more space for both the battery and the electronics than a conventional miniquad, all while keeping the flight controller centered on the frame. This allows a wider range of battery placement, so you can get your CG tuned perfectly, even with a larger battery.
PeasantCopter is optimized for 5" props, but 6" props should just barely be able to fit onto the current frame. If there is enough interest, arms optimized for 6" props will be designed in the near future, available as an optional upgrade.

Lastly, PeasantCopter makes use of standard fasteners for structural frame areas, so replacement fasteners are easier to find at the local hardware store. Fasteners for electronics and motors are metric.

More frame info is available at http://peasantcopter.com
Frames and spare parts can be pre-ordered at http://peasantcopter.com/store
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