I started off small with a custom built quad and got the hang of flying multicopters...This just fueled the fire. After doing much research, attempting to build everything from scratch and failing, I decided to start buying components for my hexa. (I've also decided that I need a CNC machine so I can build my own components/parts, so that project is next in line...)
My intentions at the beginning of this project were to be able to lift a camera (from gopro size to dslr size) to take video.
Here is a rundown of my copter...
battery: Turnigy 3S 5000mAh
flying time: Currently unknown. Still tuning and working out the kinks. Will test shortly.
radio: Turnigy 9X
other: Sonar, Xbee, Optical Flow, Attopilot current sensor coming soon
Turnigy 9X: LiPo Battery
Camera Mount: x468 with mods (pics to come)
Power Disk (as I call it):
Here is a quick video of my first flight. It hovers nicely at about 50% throttle. I still have to tune it and balance it out better, but not bad for it's first flight. I will also be checking flight times in the coming days. I'm also in the process of building my camera mount and will post pictures of that soon.
Like your build. I've just started working with copters and looking at building my own in a few months time. Where do you get your frame parts if I may ask? I am interested in your arm mounts and and roto mounts?
Further were did you get your gimble and landing frame. If I may ask what did you spend on such a build in total and what can this thing carry in weight?
Look forward to hearing from you. Beej
I got most everything from here. They aren't cheap, but it's a high quality product and very sturdy. I wanted something that was sturdy, strong and didn't have that DIY look.
The Camera gimbal is from x468.com
The landing gear is from AGL Hobbies
I don't even know how much I've spent and don't want to think about it...If I had to guess, the frame, camera mount, landing gear, motors, wire, escs, hardware and batteries cost me over $500.
As for how much it can lift..I'm not exactly sure. I haven't tested it. It weighs in at right around 2kg if I remember correctly. The motors aren't the best and could be upgraded for better performance, but I can lift off and hover with my Canon G12 camera at around 50% throttle.
Hope this helps!