Hi everyone,

I'm creating this thread to share your drone/copter information. I believe, this would help immensely for newbies like me during the initial build. For example, the Chris's blog on cheap Hobby King quad configuration is really a good resource.  

I don't want to burden anyone who is willing to share their info. Hence all fields are optional. Atleast the first 5 fields are ideal. Please find the list of fields to copy/paste at the end, so you can start filling :-). 

Here goes information about my quad.

frame: Quadcopter (3DRobotics)
controller/autopilot: APM1
esc: 20A (3DRobotics)
motors: 850Kv (3DRobotics)
propellers: 10x47, APC (3DRobotics)
motor to motor distance: -- inches

battery:  4S 3300mAh (Turnigy nano-tech)
total weight: -- lbs
flying time: 15 minutes (average)

radio: Turnigy 9X 
video/osd: none
other: Sonar, Xbee, GPS/Mag, Attopilot current sensor



Turnigy 9X: Mode1 -> Mode2 change, Li-ion battery hack





motor to motor distance: -- inches

total weight: -- lbs
flying time:


Misc (hacks/mods):


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I'll start off..

frame: My own hexa creation

controller/autopilot: APM1

motors: 2836 880kv (3DRobotics)

esc: 25A (Turnigy Basic)

propellers: 12x47,  (Found a distributor and order 30 at a time)

battery:  3S 5000mAh (Turnigy nano-tech--45-90C... 6 motors draw way more amps..I messed up my 3S 6000 25-50C pack) flying time: ~9Min. 9 Min Flight

radio: Turnigy 9X

video/osd: GoPro/none other: Sonar, Xbee, GPS/Mag, 


My latest frame, named Firefly Mark One, is a 3D printed multirotor.  See the flight video in my blog.

Here's BoM for major components used:

4 x FC 28-22 Brushless Outrunner 1200kv  $6.99 each

4 x Common Trex 450 tail booms (12mm)   $4.95 for 5 booms on ebay
2 x Bags of M3x20mm hex bolts $1.99 each
1 x Bag of M3 nuts $1.76

Hi Elison,

Are you using the 8x4 props now? (hope the HK order has arrived now, me too waiting for an order :)) 

What is the flying time of this? and payload?



Yes, they were the 8040 from HK, but I broken on blade on my very first flight, so I had to switch over to the 9x5 which is almost equivalent, but not as cool looking.  I haven't weighed it, since  I don't have a scale that can weight over 1.0kg.  But, estimation from the individual components, is about 1.2 kg, without the battery.

Add the weight of the battery, which is 230g.  I'd say the flying weight is about 1.5kg or so. I can fly about 10 minutes, before I start noticing any drop in power.

The motors are really too large for this little frame, which I originally plan to be a mini, as you can see from my blog.  I'm waiting for some replacement motors before I can put my 3D printed arms on it and fly in mini configuration.  But, I was chomping at the bit, waiting, and wanted to get flying.  With these motors and props, there's a lot of lift and thrust, so I actually had to dial down the STAB P values to keep it more tame.  In this configuration, it would be a great outdoor flyer, but it's winter here in Canada, so I'm just flying indoors.


10 minutes sounds good. Yup, i was following your blog. 

Using a custom home built frame, I'm trying to build one for indoor use, unfortunately I'm having 4S LiPos (309g), so I won't be able to use these motors. May be this will do. 

Would your original configuration (Mark One, with 2S battery etc..) could carry a payload say 200g? Could that also give you 10min? 

I also need an indoor mini quad, need to carry 200g payload, have atleast 20min flight time :) am I expecting too much? :D playing with eCalc now..!



Hey Ruwan, I don't think that motor can handle 4S, KV is even higher than the 28-22 that I'm using.  It'll surely burn up.

Unfortunately, with a 4S, you're really limited to lower KV higher torque motors, and larger props.  Have a look at this DT850.

For my mini quad, I'm using the 2200kv micros, and I found a great deal on ebay for 6x3 3 blade props on ebay, and they have both counter and clockwise rotating:

Clockwise: http://www.ebay.com/itm/150634444109?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_...

CCW: http://www.ebay.com/itm/160622941398?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_...

The 3 blades are less efficient, so I'd expect less flight time, and I have a set of 7" 2 blades to compare with.  The space saving is better for my mini frame, and I just think the 3 blades are so much cooler.  I also have a small 3s battery coming with the motors, so I can drive those 2200kv motors a little faster than the 2s.  This will generate more power with smaller blades, in case the 6" blades don't give enough lift.

I find that the ecalc will give you some estimates, but really need to have it built to really know what the flight time is going to be.  If the 2s batteries are able to drive the motors and props fast enough to provide lift, I think I should get the 10 mins of flight out of it.

Thanks, this really helps. 

ArduCopter Heavy Octo X8, here the related thread:




Thanks Marco. I've extracted a summary from your thread (same images are linked). I hope you wouldn't mind :-) Please correct me if I've entered wrong info. 

frame: Homebuilt frame, mixed aluminum / vetronite (by AleBS, thanks dude! :P) + homebuilt hood
controller/autopilot: APM1 2560
motors: TigerMotors MT2814 710 kv (mounted with 3° inclination for increase YAV control)
esc: HiModel Pro 30A, in high timing mode
propellers: APC 13x6.5 E
battery: Lipo 4s2p 5000 mhA 40c
flying time: 9 minutes in high payload.
radio: TX Futaba T12FG, RX Futaba R6008HS, Two-Way telemetry "Mikrokopter Wi232" (890 MHz)
other: OilPAN IMU, Mediatek MT3329 GPS V1.6, XL-MaxSonar MB1200 (with active filter and "thermal mods", 4 x 10 ohm resistor around the case), Two switching BEC 6V 5A (connected to electronics through two diodes 3A, the tension output is 5.33V)
Misc (hacks/mods): Six led strip connected to APM (pins AN8<->AN13 through ULN2003), thanks to u4eake for the code, wrapped the sonar with soft sponge to keep the heat generated the resistor, used shielded audio cable with atoroid to the "sonar side". A little piece of sponge is also over the baro


That's fine! Thanks Ruwan! :-)

Awesome .

very nice octo! what is your maximum payload? (at around 50% throttle I mean)


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