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Gary McCray commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"Hi Thomas, The first brushless gimbal motors were, in fact, rewound brushless motors. While they in fact step similarly to a stepper motor, they are actually designed for continuous feedback providing an oscillating balance between phases. A stepper…"
Oct 24, 2016
Cala commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"It's true too that RTF drones now, send many people not to learn to build their own , I'm, at first, tryed to find an RTF one but they were very expensive and not sold in my country so I decided to learn and build mine to take photos,…"
Oct 22, 2016
EsdTechnik commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"Saturday, October 22, 2016 8:56 PM @RC_Tech. thank you for your comment. I will post my RunCam2 servo driven thing here as soon as i can resolve the problem talking to the Bosch BNO055 via i2c. i decided to drop the MPU-9250... for writing code i…"
Oct 22, 2016
Thomas Butler commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"@Gary, I disagree about the brushless gimbals. In effect they, are three phase stepper motors. Steppers have been around for a long time.  Perhaps a gear reduction with the gimbal motors is a fix. They have to be sized for the…"
Oct 22, 2016
JB commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"Hugues although what you said here might be mostly true for the USA, it's not the same everywhere: " -the regulations came in place destroying RC/DIY freedoms and allowing only big commercial actors to comply (or to have the means to…"
Oct 21, 2016
Gary McCray commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"Brushless gimbals are an inherently inadequate technology based on a rewound brushless motor that is only capable of producing very low torque. The only advantage they have is that combined with a gyro and low mass it is relatively easy to balance…"
Oct 21, 2016
David L. commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"DIY not dead yet because fixed wing needs to be DIY.  Even existing commercial marketed fixed wing can't beat DIY performance. DIY = innovation"
Oct 21, 2016
Rob_Lefebvre commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"+2! I've wasted so much time on brushless gimbals!  I gave up and just bought a Gremsy H3.  Worked right out of the box."
Oct 21, 2016
Cala commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"+1 gimbals, I hate gimbals :("
Oct 21, 2016
John Moore commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"Obviously from the responses in this thread there are two types of DIYers here: The type that simply loves to make things and will continue to make gadgets at home even if they are eclipsed by what they can buy on Amazon because the fun is in the…"
Oct 21, 2016
Hushel Roberts commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"Well, this question certainly provoked some good responses. My 2¢'s I think this question actually speaks more to human psychology than it does drones. There is a deep, inherent trait among humans to build things. That's one…"
Oct 21, 2016
Scott W commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"DIY will never die!  It's all about the people who prefer to DIThemselves.  Plus, you can push the bleeding edge while the manufactures are still working on it.  And, I personally can't imagine buying a drone due to the…"
Oct 21, 2016
luke cooke commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"I agree its great to hear that everyone is on pretty much the same page on the subject. I used to love coming to this site reading about peoples Diy projects, there was pretty much new stuff daily. Nowadays It is more what big companies or…"
Oct 21, 2016
Ocie Ward commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"Thanks for your post, Luke - it has triggered some great discussion. I still have one of your Explorer 4 frames - great design! Although I do have to admit that I have stopped flying it, since I picked up a Solo in on e of the recent fire sales. For…"
Oct 21, 2016

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Hugues commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"DIY might not be dead but you can feel it being slowed down or even empeded by the following market changes: -the motivation of DIY resulting from being at the forefront of new tech and new features is now strongly eroded: COTS ships have more…"
Oct 21, 2016
JB commented on luke cooke's blog post Is DIY Dead?
"Off to bigger and better things with DIY!  Skill and talent is not the product of money or corporations, rather the commitment and dedication to do the things we are passionate about! ;-) To be honest the flying systems are nowhere near…"
Oct 21, 2016

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Is DIY Dead?

Posted on October 19, 2016 at 12:00pm 49 Comments

I remember a time a few years back where we DIYer's where leading the way in drone advancement, It was here where I  was first presented with an autopilot, Before that It never even crossed my mind that commercialy affordable autopilots would ever be available. Since then There has been a huge advace in the technology, both from us diyer's and comercialy.

Im not really electronicly…

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The MK.2 Explorer4, Result of an open source frame.

Posted on September 27, 2015 at 11:55am 5 Comments

Hey Folks,

I would like to show you the Explorer4 MK.2.…

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Explorer4 frame is now open source

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

Hi all,

I posted here a while back about my Quad frame and thought it would be a good idea to post a quick update.....

For those that missed the first post this is a Quadcopter frame in the Spider style but the difference being that the bottom plate has a Dirty/clean setup ( The FC, Gimball and battery are on the clean section) , this means that the…

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Building a great Quad on the Cheap.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 11:12am 7 Comments

A few weeks ago I made Public my latest project The Explorer 4, Since then I have had many emails asking how to build it even cheaper. How to save money on the Electronics?

Many people who are just starting out dont need a Taranis radio or…

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