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Hello Everyone,

First, I would like to thank you for viewing my instructable.
And, if you enjoyed it, please give me a vote!

Now onto the instructable.

I've been into remote controlled toys since I was a kid.
(about 40+ years ago, summer of 1969?)

I had purchased a Roswell Quadrocopter (see blueprints on next step) back in 1999.
(still a kid?)
This is the first Quadrocopter I have purchased.
Never built it, though...(guess I never had the time)

Now, I dug the old flier out of storage and thought I would like to build a wooden one.
As, the original Roswell Quadrocopter was made from paperbacked foam.
Seeing now, the electronics and motors are much better then 11 years ago.

I will not be going into heavy detail on the build of this Quadrocopter.
As, that could make it a very long instructable.

Also, you may notice I don't have pictures of every step.
I didn't plan on this being a instructable, so I took what pictures I had
and did the best I could of describing what I did.

I will give you brief descriptions and hopefully this info will be useful for someone else.

If you are interested in some history on the Quadrocopter.
History of the Quadrocopter
Quadrotor on Wiki

If you like my instructable, please take a second and vote for me!

My quadrocopter took 2nd place at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.
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SHREYANSHj3 months ago


quadcopter218 months ago
Can u please help by writing the perfect measurement for constructing the wooden frame...and what type material to use for the frame..please explain step by step the cutting of all arms,,plates,etc...with pictures
Thank you..
mezielo1 year ago
i love it, you are a genius. could you please send me the blueprints? chize4marvelous@yahoo.com tanks bro
crob091 year ago
I love it! You're one smart person!
I'm off to try cutting this on my Mill, thanks for the .eps (encapsulated-post-script) format files, very handy having them already in vector format.
Greasetattoo (author)  crob091 year ago
Thanks, and post a picture of your finished copter!
LesB3 years ago
Not only a cool project, but nice looking too. I understand how you get forward motion, by adjusting the motors to lifti one side of the aircraft so that the blades are slightly tipped and thus applying directional thrust. But how do you pivot the craft to make it face a different direction? 
Because two motors rotate clockwise and two motors rotate counter-clockwise, by increasing the speed of the clockwise motors and decreasing the speed of the counter-clockwise motors the quadcopter is able to rotate clockwise. The opposite obviously applies for rotating counter-clockwise. It's very similar to how a conventional helicopter rotates (called "yaw"). The tail rotor on a helicopter pushes to counteract the rotational force of the main rotor. By increasing or decreasing pitch on the tail rotors and thus the thrust, it can let the helicopter rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise. Hope this helps!
Gotcha. Tx for the reply.
Since opposite-spinning props are positioned opposite from each other, then same-spinning props are adjacent to each other. (I had to draw a diagram of a 4copter to figure this!).
So then, increasing the speed on one same-direction pair would tilt the frame resulting in horizontal thrust. So if my logic is correct so far, then turning the frame results a directional thrust. If that is correct, then is your turn-the-frame control the same knob as your horizontal thrust control? But then, I suppose you could provide horizontal thrust by increasing the speed of only one prop.
(Sorry, I tend to be hyper-analytical, and this thing fascinates me.)
Traditionally, the same-spinning props are opposite from each other. That way (in a "+" configuration, at least, where one motor is at the front of the quadcopter), increasing one motor and decreasing the opposite motor will move the quadcopter forward/backward/left/right or any combination of those, and increasing either pair of same-spinning props and decreasing the other pair will make the quadcopter rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise.
Greasetattoo (author)  Radioactive_Legos3 years ago
thanks for answering that question!

All the info you need is right here:


Happy New Year!!
sdevi reddy4 years ago
hey sir,
iam Jeevan reddy from india,sir can i use the motors which are used in dvd drives and also i want the detailed technical description of quadrocaptor.
hi hero..this is murali.. from vijayawada... its great that you have dare enough to do such a project.. did you succeded in doing it.. and i am at starting stage can you help me out in doing this
its on the last page
I asked that nearly a year ago, but thanks! ;)
dermord4 years ago
oh might godd!!! you are a totally genious! ,do you sell it???
Greasetattoo (author)  dermord4 years ago
Not for sale!
But, if the price is right, we could talk!
900+ dollars? :D
vruiz34 years ago
wow that monster has got to be worth like 900+ dollars
huf1234 years ago
Just out of curiosity, what took 1st place at the state fair. Because this is one of the coolest home built projects that I have seen.
Greasetattoo (author)  huf1234 years ago
It was a rocket that was about 10 feet tall.

Oh, well!
Maybe next year! ( I have a different project that I'm going to enter, will have a instructable for it, too) Stay tuned....

Thanks for the kind comments, too!!
hello iam jeevan from india.please help me in this project.please email me the detailed circuit of quadrocaptor and also parts which are required for this.
i hope u will help me.
Greasetattoo (author)  sdevi reddy4 years ago

Everything you need to know.
Also, search for Mikrocopter on Google.
There is a Wiki page, too!

Hope this helps.
tnq sir.....................
can i use dvd player motors for quadrocaptor design
i cant get the motors which are prescribed by u......................................
sdevi reddy4 years ago
sir i was in this project since 3 months.please help me sir.
i want detailed circuit design of quadrocaptor.please sir awaiting for your reply
Greasetattoo (author)  sdevi reddy4 years ago
thank u sir for ur reply................

respected sir,
>i didn't understand how did you build the remote control
>secondly i live in india can you sugest some other kind of motor which is easy to find any where
hai Amit,
iam from hyd..if u like to do friendship with me email me.saijeevan.d@gmail.com is my email.we can share our ideas abt this project.
gurustein4 years ago
It's awesome.Few people in my country had made it and claimed it that they invented it.But now I came to know that it was invented many years ago.Thank You.
ddrocketman4 years ago
great touch!
tzq33tdq4 years ago
this is so awsome!!!
hey, i love this, your work is great. I am a young and inexperienced builder, so im asking if you would help me build this remote contol car/robot thing. It will have a 4 wheel drive with tank steering, I have been wanting to do this for a while. I almost know what im doing :D
Greasetattoo (author)  Michaelgoode4 years ago
Hey Michael,
Thanks for the kind comments.

I would recommend you go to

Maybe someone there could help you out on your tank.
Good Luck, with it!
its not a tank it just has tank steering. But thanks for the help.
jaruwit4 years ago
very nice.
Pyrochrome4 years ago
Hi Greasetattoo,

Nice work, congratulation. You must be both artist and scientist.

With which software did you do the mounting insctructions drawing ?

I need to do exactly the same with my CAD files for my home made robot, you'll be nice to give me some advice to do it. thanks !

I give you 5, 'cause esthetism, engineering, and communication are all perfect.
(your tattoo rules !)

Greasetattoo (author)  Pyrochrome4 years ago
Thanks for the kind comments.

Which drawing are you talking about.
The blueprint drawing?
As, I did not do that drawing, it came with the Roswell Flyer I purchased in 1999.
I know you could use Sketch-up from Google.

As for the tattoo, that is not my tattoo.
I did the tattoo.
I am a tattoo artist, too!

OK, I was thinking that you draw it yourself.
(this file: http://www.instructables.com/image/FHWS3H7GEFGD5GJ/Stuff-I-used-to-build-the-quad.jpg)

thanks !
MattFryy4 years ago
Yeah alright so this things pretty cool, but there's still space on top for a deathray or two. Make it happen and the Drone hasn't got a chance in hell!

Oh how I love technology.
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