I'm working towards that anxious time of the first flight tests! Has anyone considered (as I am) building some kind of light but strong body for the standard Arducopter, rather like the little Parrot drone has?
Just until Ive got a bit of flight experience, Id prefer not to be attacked by a flying strimmer. It would also make flying indoors a little less dangerous perhaps.
Im thinking of some composite rings made of polystyrene/ fibreglass to surround the props, securely joined to each other and to the Arducopter frame by fibreglass struts. Or alternatively four wire-mesh spheres.
Any thoughts or ideas in this area?
You'll need to staple some stuff down if you try and fly a standard AC in a regular house.
Not sure if you've ever flown rc heli before.
I had never flown a rotor craft before, and started by reading a bunch of the "how to fly rc helicopter" links.
Then I put a 12" x 12" x 2" piece of foam on the bottom, and slotted the AC legs into it about half-way.
I'm pretty competent now, and only lost the top ring and 3 or 4 props in the process. No more foam.
I think the safest bet is to not fly the thing anywhere where a prop could contact something at high-speed.
Good luck! Take video!