Build an inexpensive multi-rotor Tri-Copter using wood, zip ties, and 8 screws!

I am using this tri-copter to test servo controllers. There were a few challenges to getting this off the ground and hopefully this helps others with a really cool project, enjoy!  

This is a spin off of another one of my projects currently on Kickstarter, check it out also if you get a chance: http://kck.st/ZhKt0j or search for Blue-Rx.

Step 1: Parts List

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Various pieces of wood
Various Screws
Hot Glue
Zip Ties
12 AWG Wire
Shrink Wrap Tubing
Battery connectors

3 Props (GWS 10 x 4.7) $17.94
3 Motors (1300 kV) $21.98
3 Speed Controllers (18 Amp) $21.45
1 Battery (LiPo ~3000mAh)  $13.73
1 Charger  $27.29
1 Servo $4.37
1 Servo Extension Cable $2.16
1 4ch TX/RX $53.82
1 Mult-rotor Control Board $12.99
1 AVR programmer or Arduino ISP $14.99

Total: less than $200.00

<p>Can I use 2000kV motor instead 1300kV?</p>
<p>kV doesnt matter so long as you have thrust, look at the thrust tables for the motor</p>
I'm in India so where do I get these things
hey I am too Indian try finding out parts on eBay
<p>plenty of lhs, there is always eBay and amazon.</p><p>And other internet stores like rcbazaar and quadkopters etc </p>
<p>Hey, what is the length and the width of the main plate?</p>
<p>of the frame</p>
<p>HI,</p><p>Nice project but how to make remote to control it? my e-mail id :sribalaji581@gmail.com</p><p>so please sent a pdf or word.doc please help</p>
<p>Don't forget to register it with the FCC for 5$... :-(</p>
<p>Forgot to add, nice Instructable by the way!</p>
I did not undrstand the steering <br>
Can we use a aurdino uno r3
<p>Hi Peterson,</p><p> thanks for sharing this project.</p><p> Could you please explain, in your opinion, what is the best option for tricopter motors, a low KV or a high KV (I&rsquo;ve seen builder using 950 KV engines like you and others use 2200 and higher KV).</p><p> For a newbie what is the best option?</p><p>Thanks again</p>
<p>but when i move my tricoptor to left ,the power to the motor is haulted ,i dont know y??? please help me out of this!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>what actually makes the copter fly?? Which motherboard have you used?? Plz tell me cause I'm a beginn</p>
<p>he has links to all the parts listed above. but here is the board he used </p><p><a href="http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=19534&aff=61689" rel="nofollow">http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewit...</a></p>
<p>what about turning system?</p>
<p>I personally put the front arms out at around 90 degrees in order to keep the props out of the view of a camera... How well would this setup work for mounting a camera tray?</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>how much total copter weight ? are you considering about device balance also? thx</p>
<p>I purchased three 1000 KV motors and 30A ESC's. I am a beginner at RC stuff so I don't really know much. My question is: for my three motors, what battery should I get?</p>
3300 mAh Lipo would work
its hot
wt is the use of AVR programmer.
It seems like everybody wants to see a vid of the beast flying. And I think this is not because it is not flying, but how is this thing flying? :) Don't get me wrong, but these days I was building my first tricopter (RCExplorer type - easy to build indeed) and it was not like in the movies :( Indeed building the thing is pretty easy, but make it fly is quite complicated. So I think a nice instructable is the one entitled &quot;Build a easy to setup for flight tricopter&quot; :) Cheers!
you said its inexpensive and its 200$!
that's good for a tricopter
Flashing the control board with Tri-Copter firmware is different in your example than what the real software shows. It's close but not he same for identical hardware. The board selection is slightly different as well as the input file. I see the 1.6 version and the 2.9 version which are different than your screen shots. Which way to go?
The performance is incredibly fast. How does it perform with a camera payload?
this is what i want to know as well
How heavy is the camera you are using?
Nice! <br>Went to my Blog: <br>http://faz-voce-mesmo.blogspot.pt/2013/07/uma-impressora-3d-de-alta-definicao-e.html
Of course we want to see a video of you flying with it ;)
Hey man , awesome job ! <br>i have never knew about three motor copter ! thank you to apprise me :) <br> <br>good luck
I fail to see where the AVR Board was used or the Arduino AVR
Hi, tell me please where i can find a remote control like yours?
How long can it fly for
what size servo did you use for your tail?
That looks both awesome and extremely dangerous. The way it loops around in the video makes me think it has a taste for blood.
Excellent job. I especially like that there is a parts list with links and prices! Even if I don't do THIS project, I will come back to check where you got your parts.

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