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Finally took the plunge to build a quadcopter (so leave the drone BS out of this thread please. Its a quad not a "drone")

This is a build I started last night and will hopefully be finished by saturday.

Its a Tarot 650 Iron Man frame.




THis is right after installing the arms, and the legs





After mounting the 2 arms for camera mount/gimbel, and added the feet





Loosely installed the motor plates. Orange is going to be the front






Thats what I got done last night. Took about a hour to do it and with the lack of instruction it was overall pretty straight forward.

Tonight I hope to level up my mounting plates, mount my motors, install my ESCs, Flight controller, GPS, OSD, VTX, and camera
 

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Here is what I am hoping it will look like once I get everything done





My bullet connectors done (only pics of the motor, done speed controllers yesterday)





Very very rough temp wire set up so I can get initial set up of of motors spinning in the right directions







All positives soldered together, all negitives done also. Might have to bump up my wire thickness.

 

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Got everything together to start my tuning and configuring. if someone like me that aint to savvy on wiring this is the PITA part



******EDIT*****
Finally got my new GPS in. Working but no GPS lock. But can fly without it for now.

Been messing with my radio and finally flashed it over to open TX




*****EDIT*****

got everything cleaned up and mounted. I am going to have to figure out the tuning on this but more to come



 

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Super cool, it looks like it's made from some super lightweight shit. Seems legit!
400 grams as she sits, says its carbon fiber, but looks and feels more like graphite
 

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These are cool, my coworker has built one and a tri copter, has me thinking. The quads are stable, but the tri copter is hella fast and maneuverable at speed.

Looks cool in for moar.
 

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lol, don't you have (or did have) a quad?

These are cool, my coworker has built one and a tri copter, has me thinking. The quads are stable, but the tri copter is hella fast and maneuverable at speed.

Looks cool in for moar.
My main goal for this one is FPV (First Person View), I thought about doing a Hex, but couldn't really justify one. The Tri is nice, but it didn't tickle me fancy.
 

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I've been looking into these lately. Seen some unreal aerial footage over the mountains and volcanoes in Hawaii!

Can't wait to see it complete.
 

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Didn't get anything done cept my camera mounted and took my battery tray and mounted it on the bottom.

Tomorrow, I get my motor mount screws and get it mount them. Run and cut wires, solder connectors, and start pulsing stuff in.

Props won be in till next week
 

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awesome! subscribed.

i wanna see it built!
 

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Thanks gents. I went to my local hardware store and bought all the screws thy had as they are going oh of business so I figured since they won't be around like they use to I will get them all.

So tonight I mounts my motors, solder the bullet connects and start wiring. Hopefully tomorrow I get to start tuning my flight contoller
 

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How heavy of a camera can you mount on it? something twice the weight of a go pro, or is that too much?
There is no really straight answer. I may be able to lift say a DSLR, but my flight time will be reduced. Heck if I was to drop the video TX, OSD(on screen display) I might be able to. My all up weight is goin to be under 2000grams hopefully. The lighter it is the more flight time I get.

If wanting to do heavier lifting a hex or an octo will be better, maybe a 1000mm might do you good but more motors, more lift

Where are you buying the rc parts from? Online or LHS?
Well most of the stuff was bought on line. Heck everything would have been bought off line cept I got some connectors from a LHS, and my brother had the flight controller (but it to would have been bought off line)
 
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