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This is my first instructables that I decided to post. I was obsessed by these amazing flying machines for quite a while until I ended up coming across some fantastic How-To guides on YouTube that made me realize building a Quad wasn't as hard as it sounded. After many days of in depth research and creating my detailed shopping list I ordered all of my parts (mostly on http://www.hobbyking.com but I also ordered  some other small items such as the bullet connectors and Velcro straps off eBay and amazon) and then I decided to share my own build. I hope this helps other eager Quadcopter pioneers in making their own Quads. 

Prerequisite skills:
- Basic Soldering
-General Electronic Knowledge
-How to operate a Dremel (this is optional)

This guide should be pretty simple for any beginner Quadcopter designers because most of the construction and programming is almost all plug-and-play meaning that you don't have to worry about building your own flight controller and receiver to operate the Quad! 

All the programming that is done in this project (If you follow the shopping list) is done by the flight control board and a Ready-Made programming card for the ESC's.

Another option you have in this guide is the choice between soldering your own power distribution set-up or buying a compact power distribution board. The power distribution board really simplifies life because it cuts down on the amount of soldering required and its then incredibly easy to swap out broken ESC's if you have a wicked crash. 

!SAFETY! The last thing I want to say before we jump into building the Quad is that some of these steps require inferno like heat and razor sharps blades! Therefore please be CAUTIOUS I actually cant stress this enough after almost slicing my foot after not properly calibrating my ESC's and then testing my Quad. 

Any and all feedback/comments would really be appreciated :) 

EDITS:

Edit #1


Added prop balancer to the parts page.
- Added Gorilla glue option to the optional supplies list.
- Added new explanation to the final paragraph in wiring/programming page.
- Added explanation on parts page about prop & motor problem.

GOPRO Mounting has received a fair bit of questioning lately so I figured I would give a little bit of an explanation as to what is and isn't possible. And answer some frequently asked questions.

Can this setup carry a GOPRO camera?

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Yes it can. This setup has more than enough power to take a GOPRO up into the air.

How do I mount my GOPRO on this particular Quadcopter?

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Right now you can't.

Why can't I mount my GOPRO on this Quadcopter?

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Because currently I do not have the time to think up or figure out a way to attach a mount on the baseplates.

This summer I plan on figuring out a way to mount my GOPRO on the Quad but for now (to me at least) it's really not that big of an issue. If this seems like too long for all of you "FPV" and video enthusiasts then by all means you are free to find a way to do it yourself, or you can buy a Quadrotor with pre-installed mounts.  But I unfortunately do not have the time.

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Engin3333r1 year ago

By the way, it is indeed capable of carrying a gopro.

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Chris_Schroeder (author)  Engin3333r1 year ago

That's incredible, really nice looking Quadcopter you built. Glad you figured out a way to mount the gopro! I'm very impressed.

Engin3333r1 year ago

Hi! I built my first quadcopter with the help of your instructions. Thank you! Greetings from germany!!

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Chris_Schroeder (author)  Engin3333r1 year ago

Congratulations! That's looking awesome!

psawant425 days ago
what is the flight time?

it depends on the battery, but 10 to 20 mins with a 2200 mah.

OBINNAE12 days ago
is there any other frame design I can use

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__502__50...

heres all the frames hobbyking carrys

aaron01274 days ago

I really don't like the frame. the arms keep twisting no matter how tight all the screws are and the carbon fiber tubes crack because of the pressure on them.

Chris_Schroeder (author)  aaron01274 days ago

EDIT #1 Gorilla glue works great instead of loctite for the frame, ensures that you wont have any legs moving around.

^ This is directly from the parts page of the guide. Please make sure you read carefully next time. Whatever you do, DO NOT just try tightening the clamps on the legs, because yes, they will crack under that pressure.

thanks for the tip. ill try super glue cause that's what i have. BTW the motors where a great choice bit powefull but thats good.

The Turnigy 6X FHSS 2.4ghz Transmitter and Reciever (Mode 1) is on backorder on Hobby King. Any other suggestions on where to find it?

lburton3 made it!1 month ago
thank you for making this instructable it was a lot of fun making it. I have been trouble flying it though. it might just be me but I think the self leveler isn't configured properly as it just looses control when it takes off. do you know how I can solve this?
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Chris_Schroeder (author)  lburton328 days ago

Hey Iburton3!

The self lever needs to be configured properly with your own input and settings. This can be done in the settings of the control board under the "SELF LEVEL SETTINGS" section in the menu. If you need a quick youtube video explaining how this works let me know! I haven't been replying to many people on here lately because i'm quite busy at the moment with school.

Hope this helps! And thanks for using my build :)

Chris. S

Hello,

Thank you for the reply. I have looked at these settings but i'm not sure what to do. If you could make a video that would be great. Thank you

Chris_Schroeder (author)  lburton327 days ago

Here is a link to the video I used while building the quad,

Hope this helps!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Bh3fMGHbM

viktor.hromyk8 months ago

Flying =)

Chris_Schroeder (author)  viktor.hromyk8 months ago

Congratulations! This is fantastic! Great work.

Thank you - here are some pics =)

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victor , could i contact u on Facebook or gmail
NativeMaxican2 months ago
I'm using the 2200 mAh LiPo you suggested, but I'm only getting a maximum of 30 seconds of flight time. Is this normal?
chewdog31610 months ago

This is a great build, so informative. I have two questions.

1. Do you reccomend any additional videos, like you mentioned above, or instruction links that you may have used.

2. Have you considered adding the gps function, gyro stabilizers, or any other item that the high end drones use. To make it autonomous, if you will.

Chris_Schroeder (author)  chewdog31610 months ago

To answer your questions:

1. I used to have quite a few videos on hand that I used while making this guide. The only one I remember at the moment is this one: Its a tutorial to understand the auto-level settings on the KK2 board.

2. Yes, I have given lots of thought into making this build autonomous but unfortunately I have lots of other ideas in the works that are over-ruling this desire.

Thanks so much for your feedback and questions! I appreciate them.

Will this quad self level and be "easy" to fly, I'm trying to decide if I should go with the blade helis 200 we quad or make my own off of this? Thanks helps alot
Chris_Schroeder (author)  Chris_Schroeder10 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0Bh3fMGHbM, The last link didn't work here is the video link.

Akhil Panmana9 months ago

is it remote controllable..?

are you serious? no it's not. you'll build one and then it will decide if it likes you or not. just like a cat. it may like your neighbour more and leave you to belong to them or it may fly away to Africa for the winter. you never know, these quads have strange personalities, therefore cannot be controlled. people are strange sometimes, don't you think guys? :D
GHawley blackcamo2 months ago
Just made my day^
neopotter3 months ago

Which configurations did you use on the KK board? Can you get me a list of all the configurations? Thanks

0ddoomus0 made it!3 months ago

One of my mounting gold pieces for the center of the frame broke when I torqued it too high. Also, one of the cylinders for one of the legs went missing after it shook loose during a flight. For these setbacks, I bought some machine screws from lowes "4-40x1-1/4" with accompanying nuts. These have worked really really well, very inexpensive, and come in variuos lengths between 1/2'' to 1-1/2''. I also used these to mount my flight control board.

I had some trouble with my carbon fiber arms turning (the motor / prop would end up tilted) after a hard landing, and made the mistake of really torquing down the pieces which hold around the carbon fiber tubes. I ended up fracturing it, not knowing it until I had a hard (not very hard) landing and the carbon fiber arm snapped. To combat this, I got my carbon fiber arms where I wanted them, slid them out, and coated them with a light coat of gorilla glue. Then torqued things down, not so hard this time. With a day of drying everything has held together great.

I am still an awful pilot as this is my first quad. I recommend taking it as slowly as possible to save yourself money, and the shame of wrecking it 5 minutes into your first flight like I did.

When making the 5'' extensions for the esc to motor wires, I think I may have done more like 6'', but even 3'' would have been plenty. Take a look at my pictures and you can see there's quite a bit of excess. It's not that big of a deal, but I think 5'' is too much.

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how much voltage i should fly my quadcopter

ashutoshg3 months ago

which part will decide the range of control of my quadcopter

leesomiah5 months ago
Hi Chris, I'm kinda new to multirotors
so my question is if the frame could be replaced with aluminum tubings, the motor a with 1300kv motor, the props to 9*4.7 , the flight controller to a hobbyking kk2.1 and the transmitter to a 9x 9ch transmitter w/ module and 8ch receiver (v 2) and would it still be able to carry a camera?
I also wanted to know if the parts would be compatible with each other

with aluminium tubeing, and a camara, you would have very little control. the carbon fiber booms are worth it. might want to use sunnysky x2212 for carrying more equipment

remzak leesomiah4 months ago

That would have more than enough power to carry a camera. I built one very similar.

hgb0034 months ago

What kind of flight times do you get on this? Calculators on the internet gets like 6 minutes?

MekinizemX4 months ago

hobbyking support says that the 10x4.5 props are way to huge for this build. Can i confirm everyone that is using this setup is succesful? the only variation I have is that I used a V2 talon vs a V1. i figured 30 grams wouldent have a huge effect on performance. (oher than a flysky transmitter, i'm a flysky fan boy here. )

kingWu20147 months ago

would like to go one notch up and get the Turnigy 9X Transmitter would that work?

remzak kingWu20144 months ago

Yes

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