I have read the ArduCopter online manual and it would be really difficult to build from the available material if you had the complete kit.

For example, one picture shows the motor wiring routed in the frame, another outside. The distribution board shows the ESC's mounted one way, another shows them tie wrapped to the frame. Nothing shows exactly how they should be connected. Very small example of tons of discrepancies.

I realize it is a work in progress, yada yada yada.

What is shipping with the complete unit? If it is different why isn't it available here.

If it isn't different I pity the fool that hopes to fly.

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Isn't this still DIY .. where is the fun if everything is idiot-proof and there is no room to trying to understanding how things work? :D

Now the real answer:
I think I read somewhere that Jani is going to up grade the docs and video online. And now that 200 ppl got their kit, I think there will be a lot of people willing to help on the forums and posting build logs online.

Btw: here is mine...
I won't probably start working on it before Xmas, but still
you know what?
i build my arducopter with nearly no documentation
guess what? it's working without problems
Sorry to say that, but Sebastian, you might be a super cool DIYer and code, but you don't understand nothing about what the opensource is really about.
You have usual RTFM of the early Linux adopters, and that is the reason why Linux is still a super niche market despite the fact that it is much better then Windows or Mac.
Except that most of the times you answer with a RTFC (where C means code).

Your answers it like if Messner said to someone that is trying his first steps on a mountain: "He man, where is the problem? I climbed Everest alone, without Oxygen, 30 years ago, and you cannot even climb an easy 3rd grade climb without someone telling you where to put your man and feets".

:) Some can get a long with little instructions based on their previous knowledge and can assume how things probably should be wired. Others will fail on stuff that some would think is obvious how to accomplish. Such as "connect the power cable from the reciever to the APM". Simple for many. Some can´t even tell 5V from GND and even what polarity means in the first place, but still wants to build their copter. They could mix things up to the point of hw failure. So it takes a while to accomplish a manual that anybody could follow reliably without any risk of misinterpretation. I still think the ArduCopter team is in a good state with their guides given it is still early days of distribution and mostly (knowledgeable) enthusiasts are customers so far.
I had no problems either. I also work with robots. 14 foot tall real industrial robots. I have forgotten how many languages I have written code in.

"This KIT is a DIY kit, to assemble it you need to have basic soldering skills to solder ESCs cables/Connectors, Power distribution PCB and it's connectors, basic mechanical skills and knowledge to build the whole frame."

Doesn't sound hard, does it? It is far from reality. The skill level needed based on what is supplied is going to leave many angry customers out there. The "Noobs" spend there money with the expectation that noob skill levels are all that are required.
We must remember that this is a DIY site, not Walmart Online.
Dean, fair points, and I appreciate the feedback. Please leave comments on the pages in the wiki where you find problems. It doesn't really do much good here, since the developers who are working every day on those wiki pages won't read it.

You ask: "What is shipping with the complete unit? If it is different why isn't it available here."

I don't know what those sentences mean. Could you try to rephrase?
All of us were nubes at one time or other. My first DIY was a fuel management system for my car. It had me in tears and I leaned on a few people till I learned enough to be dangerous :)

We take on hobbies to learn new things, meet new people and, hopefully, have some fun. I will make mistakes I am sure, some dumber than others.
So far I learned that you don't fly a chopper in the kitchen (this is after telling my daughter NOT to throw the ball in the house..) The long hair cat will imitate a puffer fish and the chandelier will break in little pieces.... (hehehe)
I'm also new to the site. I have had my fair share of questions, but I have done much research first. I have also missed things, but the community has pointed me in the right direction. Follow the manual. You said you read it, but it is spot on. If you have a specific question, search the forum for it and if not found make a post about it. Take some initiative first and you will gain much respect.

I currently have APM working correctly at my desk. It wasn't that hard, most of the time spent was waiting on parts(or permission to purchase parts[the wife hehe])

There are discrepancies on the site because it is a DIY site. There are many ways to accomplish the same goal, and some may work better than others. That's the whole idea to experiment and learn from others accomplishments. I suggest you order the kit, and start building it. If you encounter problems ask the community(after searching for the answer on the forums). If you take this approach you will end up with a fully functional UAV :).
BTW i enjoyed your post on PID controllers.
He is probably asking "What kind of instructions are shipping with the complete unit?".
None. ArduCopter, like all DIY kits, uses web-based documentation.

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