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200mm Mini H Quad Copter

This is my second quad copter build. The goal of this instructable is to provide more details for projects, designs, and builds. I have a great interest in electronics and how things work. Please send me comments if you are needing some help.

An earlier versions of the quad I flew into a glass basketball backboard and tore off 2 arms with no damage to the electronics. Unfortunately, I do not have any flight video of the crash.

After replacing the frame, I decided it was time to upgrade the motors - wrong move. This turned out to be the end of this little 200mm because I ended up braking the motor mounts by over tightening the attachment screws - I tried to glue them back but too much damaged occurred. Bummer!

I hope I can provide you with something new and challenging. My hope is for you to follow me and learn a new tip or idea that will help you enjoy this hobby as much as I do. If you would like to know more details about parts, equipment, vendors please send me a comment or message.

Step 1: Parts List to Make This Build

Parts for this quad will vary. I wanted to keep my costs down so I purchased the electronics from hobbyking.com.(Both warehouses - USA and International) Unfortunately, this particular 3D printed frame is no longer available. However, the designer might print one out for you if your interested. His name is Adam. Send him a note and mention my name (Doug Mac Gregor). Adam designed, built, modified this frame including the electronics he used. He inspired me to dive right into this build. He also made his quad a full UAV with FPV.

Parts List:

Tip - if the USA warehouse is back ordered then check out the international warehouses as well.


Step 2: Build Step - Electronic Speed Controller

Image 1: Electronic speed controller shown in its shipped state.

Image 2: Brushless motor also shown in its shipped state.

Image 3: Shows my soldering modification to directly connect the motor to the esc. This is not a beginner soldering mod, but if you have a proper hot iron, patience, and determination you can do this as well. I made this mod to clean up the wires and remove some weight.

Image 4: Shows a totally different esc. I am just demonstrating that I removed the signal wires and replaced with connectors for the brushless motors. *again - wire management* - you will discover weight determines battery times.

Last image: Sometimes these motors ship without ends, so this shows how I also modified the brushless motor wires with connectors (shrink wrap is your friend).

If you have any questions please send me a comment.

Step 3: Modifications; Video (only Video That Exists)

MODS:

I added some bulsa wood landing gear to help keep the battery off the ground. I also removed the other receiver and replaced it with this micro receiver.

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