So you are interested in Quadcopters, Quadrotors, Uavs, Drones and whatever else they call them.
But what are they made up of, and why? Could i build one or are they for more advanced electronic type individuals.
Well never fear. I present to you a basic overview and build of a basic quadcopter in full.
(around $220 plus shipping not including transmitter,receiver or lipo battery charger)
If your more advanced and tech savvy you may choose to design your own setups but for the rest of you i would advise to stick to the components listed if possible to ensure all of it functions well. That said the frame and batteries can be different. I would advise the batteries be a similar size or you will get less flight time. I brush over a lot of the components to give a basic understanding of what they are for. If anything is unclear feel free to ask questions or even hit some forums or google it yourself as that is how i learned all of this.
I will not cover fpv, groundstations or autonomous drones in this as if can easily confuse people so i may do another instructable for them another time perhaps.
Hopefully you enjoy my first instructable.
If i get a good response i may do another.
Step 1: Basic Quads Systems & My Easy Quad Build
BASIC QUAD SYSTEM COMPONENTS EXPLANATION.
I have created some basic explanations of the components and what they do. (I wish someone did this for me)
Page 4-10 Contains a list of materials and steps to build a great quality quad. (Strong and great fun for learning)
Cost around $220 Aud in materials
(not inc. Lipo Battery Charger, Transmitter, receiver + Your freight costs will be different)
(Obviously you only need to buy the Lipo Charger and Transmitter once.)
Drones and quadcopters can quickly become and obsession, but before investing in some serious equipment, learning to fly a quad is the key to minimizing costly crashes and damages. But they practically fly themselves right? Well, yes and no.
This is all dependent on the equipment you select for your build. That’s easy right, you just want the best, but it all can add up pretty quickly when planning out your system. But before you start spending you hard earned dollars on components LET IT BE KNOWN THAT RESEARCH IS VITAL. An understanding will help minimize the headaches of your build and identifying problems. Once that package of goodies arrives after 2 weeks of waiting you rush to the garage to assemble your beast only to realize you forgot something or ordered the wrong thing. You then will spend the next ten minutes swearing your head off and ordering the other stuff only to a wait another two weeks for it to come. Within this waiting time you will find better components you wish you had of ordered instead. This is the how it all goes. So it pays to buy extra components and spares just incase something isn’t what you thought. You can always upgrade later down the track.
Hopefully this will help you to nail it all first shot.
DESIGNING YOUR OWN
If designing your own setup you will have to put the time in finding out good combinations of motor, battery and prop size/pitch etc.
This is not unachievable but perhaps to start with may be difficult for some of you newbies. If you are designing your own quad from scratch you should know that it is not quite as simple as buying components and assembling them.
Many factors must be considered including motor size and weight as well as battery C/burst ratings and MaH’s of batteries and more. How much weight do you want to lift if any? Such as cameras and fpv gear etc (=payloads) All of these factors must be considered when designing.
A handy helpful tool I used to calculate my quad stats was the free online xcopter ecalc. It can be found here:
If your using my setup i have done all the work for you!
****WARNING Be responsible with your Quadcopter as 4 spinning props can chop your beautifully manicured fingers to shreds!!!!!
I also will not be held responsible for any damage inflicted to yourself and or others including property and equipment etc.
Please take precautions to effectively test your equipment and Pre check before each flight. This is your responsibility and safety is your priority.
If something seems dodgey it probly isn’t worth the risk.
Trust me I have had some close shaves literally!!!!!!!!!!!!
It can all go from wooooo to ahhhhhhhhh pretty quickly.
So keep a distance and take precautions to maintain your safety and the safety of others. Always assume something is going to go wrong so you are prepared!!!!!!
Now with all of this being said we can begin.
Many hobby shops exist but some can be quite expensive because obviously they need to make a living. These days online seems to be the best way to source your gear. That being said you may have better hobby shops than where I am so do your research and if your lucky it may work out cheaper and faster to source some if not all from your local hobby shop when you factor in freight etc.
The two main places I use to source my gear are:
Hobbyking (large company based in Hong Kong/Usa but ship worldwide)
Foxtech (similar but based solely in China with slightly less user friendly site still good though)
There are loads of others.
Dealing with both of these guys personally I am happy with there products but there are plenty of places you can get your gear from.
The Hobbyking item comments are a great place to learn about products before purchasing them they are listed below the actual products when you click on them. It will teach you a lot and other people will let you know if it’s crappy.
Also Rc forums are a great resource and there are plenty of them.
Youtube has plenty of videos also explaining a lot material if you are having problems. Look for solutions before asking questions.
Chances are someone has asked the same question before you.
I will be listing what I used for components as well as brushing over what they do to try provide information for people with different levels of understanding.
I will try to keep it as clear and brief as possible but it is a huge amount of info to attempt to consolidate.
This also is my first Instructable so if it helps please like/vote etc.
I had to learn this all on my own over time because nothing like this was available.
So I hope this all helps. If i get lots of likes i may do another on fpv and building your own fpv groundstation.