I bought a "3DR ArduCopter Hexa-C Almost Ready-to-Fly" in February.
I still have not been able to do anything with it, because I have not been able to find relevant documentation. I would happily pay money if there was anyone providing paid support, someone who knows how to make it fly, or can walk me through it?
I took my hexa to the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View in March, and the hackers there spent around 7 hours with it. They did the necessary soldering to connect the battery, figured out how to charge the battery. But they could not make it fly.
Some current questions:
1. How do you attach the propellers? There is no diagram showing what metal parts go under/above/around the blades, so i don't know if we're doing it right. For example, there are blue anodized X-shaped bits of metal that came with the 3DR unit, but i don't know where they are supposed to go. The assembly instructions PDF says:
"To attach the propellers use the collets included. Cut the plastic ring included with the propellers that ﬁts snug around the threaded collet and insert it into the slot in the back of the propeller."
That's great, but what is a collet? The propellers don't have any plastic rings, so what gets cut? The propellers also have no slots, so what is it talking about?
2. As some point I'm sure we had 6 of everything, but today i can only find 5 of the blue anodized bits that hold the propellers on. Where can i buy some more? The 3DR page for "Aducopter Replacement Parts" (http://store.diydrones.com/category_s/45.htm) doesn't have those bits on it. The parts also do not appears on the "3DR ArduCopter Quad-C Hardware" list in the "assembly instructions" (http://stuff.storediydrones.com/ArduCopter3DRAssemblyInstructions)
Thanks for any help at all. I don't want this to be a $1380 paperweight.