My first quad-copter!

Posted: 22 May 2015 in Quadcopter
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Last year i was getting interested in quad-copters and the potential of those cool flying things! Starting to read about them made me decide to try and build one myself. And i started to search the internet for parts and how-to’s to build them.

Back then the quad-copters weren’t that popular yet and self build quads where the way to go if you where capable of basic soldering and following tutorials that is. I also wanted to make my first build as cheap as possible. That in mind i started to browse Chinese websites for quad-copter parts and electronics. And i managed to gather all the vital parts:

  • X525 frame
  • A2212/13T 1000kv motors (4x)
  • 1 x KK board 5.0 (better get the KK 2.1.5 with LCD Display)
  • 30a speed controllers (4x)
  • 3300mah 3 cell battery
  • IMAX B6 50W 5A Charger/Discharger 1-6 Cells
  • HXT Simple Lipoly Monitor 2S~3S
  • Turnigy 9x transmitter and reciever
  • Propellers (1045 CCW 2x & CW 2x) (Counter clockwise & Clockwise)

 

X525 Frame, motors, BECS and flight controller all bought from dealextreme. As a starter kit this has good value for its money. I would also suggest to buy additional propellers and spare parts if you are new to this hobby. You probably will crash a lot at the beginning and its a hard wait for spares to arrive from china when you crashed the quad.

Turnigy 9x transmitter. This transmitter has lots of possibilities for the low price. It is flashable with another firmware which brings this transmitter to another level. After that it competes with transmitters in a price range at least 3 to 6 times the price you pay for this transmitter.

Quad1

This is the finished build of my quad copter. As you could see on this picture the KK multicopter 5.0 board is exchanged for a KK Multicopter 2.1.5 board which has a display on board an is directly tweakable from the board itself.  This makes changing PID controller values much easier and is one of the reasons i exchanged my first flight controller board with this new one. Unfortunately i did built this before i was in the blogging mode resulting in no pictures of the build itself.

Altogether the initial price tag on all this together is around 260 euros. After building and tweaking it do i still say its worth it? Definitely yes, the fun you will be having while building an own quad-copter against the out of the box experience with other of the shelve quads is much bigger. One of the advantages of a self made quad is that if something breaks you will know how to repair it because you have build it. And another cool thing is you will feel like macgyver while building it!

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