When UAVFutures published their guide on building a $99 Pro FPV Racing Quadcopter I was intrigued. Could it really be done for that price? Could I build it better? Would the result at the end be substantially better than my first quadcopter? There was only one way to find out; Build it! Continue reading Building the $99 Pro FPV Racing Quadcopter
Why you shouldn’t buy a Flysky X6B Receiver from Hobbyking!
FlySky users know there’s not a huge number of receiver options with battery telemetry, so when the FlySky X6B started coming available it was only the 2nd such device, the Turnigy branded iA6C being the other. Unlike the Hobbyking exclusive Turnigy iA6C the FlySky X6B is widely available. In this post I’ll cover the reality checks needed if you’re buying your FlySky X6B from Hobbyking. Continue reading Why you shouldn’t buy a Flysky X6B Receiver from Hobbyking!
Updated to real BLHeli and it’s AWESOME
When I bought these Emax Nano v2 20A ESCs I thought I was getting a bargain. In hindsight they have been the root of many hours of uncertainty and confusion. Once the “stock” BLHeli was replaced with the real BLHeli though it all came together. Continue reading Updated to real BLHeli and it’s AWESOME
Lessons from Flying my DIY Quadcopter Badly
The hardest thing about building my own quadcopter from random parts has been the process I’m about to describe. Using (flying) it. You see, if like me you’ve never flown anything before you’re going to be starting at the bottom of a steep learning curve. Continue reading Lessons from Flying my DIY Quadcopter Badly
Problems Updating EMAX Nano ESCs
When I ordered all the bits for my first Quadcopter build I didn’t do much due-diligence. That’s how I ended up spending tens of hours trying to update the BLHeli firmware on the EMAX Nano ESCs. This post takes you on my journey of frustration and enlightenment. Continue reading Problems Updating EMAX Nano ESCs
The FlySky FSi6S Transmitter
In my previous posts I’d skipped over the need to buy a new Transmitter as part of my drone build. After much deliberation and anguish I ordered a FlySky FSi6S from Banggood based on a killer price. Continue reading The FlySky FSi6S Transmitter
See how I’m Assembling my Drone
It has taken a few weeks to get myself to the point of assembling my drone, but finally I’m now largely assembled, wired and starting back on the “do it right” bits like using Loctite to secure some of the frame screws. Continue reading See how I’m Assembling my Drone
Building a Dirt Cheap 2-Axis Gimbal for Drones
I needed a small, cheap and simple servo operated 2-axis gimbal for my Quadcopter/Drone build. Barely large enough to mount a GoPro but suitable for many FPV cameras this solution is achievable for around AUD10.00 Continue reading Building a Dirt Cheap 2-Axis Gimbal for Drones
Quadcopter Propellers: Another Mystery!
When I embarked upon building my own drone I figured I’d have a lot to learn. I now know more than I did a few weeks ago, and there’s more and more to understand. This week I’ve learnt a tiny bit about quadcopter propellers! Continue reading Quadcopter Propellers: Another Mystery!
A quick Quadcopter Update
It’s been a couple of weeks since I started so here’s a quadcopter update. I’m yet to turn a screw in the assembly process but have started the long hard road of research. Yes that’s right I’m doing this backwards. Research started about 10 minutes after I ordered parts and so far I’ve been lucky… Continue reading A quick Quadcopter Update