I recommend you read the entire dialog on this post. It is one example of my recommendation to a person in your position. Basically, I do not recommend you build from scratch to begin with. The details of why (and other useful information) is included in the discussion (and many like it.)
I understand what you mean there, and that this may not be a perfect Idea, but I think I will probably learn more from building it all myself from scratch than by just buying a kit and putting it together.
also, sorry about the typo on the first post, I meant octo, not quad (although an octo is effectively 2 quads put together, all things considered, it can fly as a quad by switching off 4 of 8 motors)
One of the reasons I came here is so that I could learn from people who know much more than I do currently. I do want to have a full plan laid out before I even consider building it.
I have a basic Idea about what my frame will be, and it will certainly be something diffferent from what I see around here most of the time. I've done some materials research, but I am still trying to figure out what to build this from. Any suggestions on the pros and cons of materials would be very helpful.
I may or may not be using APM.
I really want to do it all home-made, and at 200$, the APM is a little too expensive for me. I was thinking of just taking an arduino mega and coding on it, but I may be a little over-ambitious with writing my own software.
no, I don't have experience with RC before, but I'm hoping that I can build a frame that will crash with minimal damage.
one of the problems that I have with using APM et al. is that I've taken a look at MP and, quite simply, it seems to be an overdeveloped system, (almost bloatware), where nobody can really give you a full explanation of how the thing is supposed to work.
Probably first, I'm going to just code in an IMU/Pilot-Assist, and not a full autopilot.
very good to have those links, thanks