I'm a photographer looking to get into flying a hexa/octocopter for aerial filming purposes. I have about a year of experience with video, working on commercial spots all over the midwest.
My only flying experience is with a small Blade copter. While I know there will be a big leap from that to a multi rotor copter, I figure I just need to dive in.
So my question is, where can I go to put together a solid list of parts to build one. I don't have the funds to drop $10,000 on a RTF product. I want to learn how everything works. I think building my own will greatly benefit me.
I know I can google "building an octocopter". But I need to know what parts are better than others. What I can sacrifice as far as the BEST and MOST EXPENSIVE parts. Where I will be fine with getting an off-brand part. And where is the best place to purchase the parts.
Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.
Just found your thread and wanted to see if you've made any progress. I'm in the exact same boat you were a month ago. Itching to get started but just haven't clicked "buy" yet. I was going to take the above advice and buy the F450 kit (http://www.dji.com/product/flame-wheel-arf). What did you end up doing?
Any advice for me?
Thanks a million!
I, like you, have yet to press "buy". I'm still debating… I do think the 450 is the way to go.
It's a hard choice!
It is a hard choice!
The APM 2.6 is so expensive too. I think I'll go with the KK2 but it looks scary. I'm not so confident that I can put this thing together properly.
Would love to see a complete DIY basic setup list.
Anyone have any input on the "Mystery" brand of copters?
I did an eBay search for the Flamewheel F450, and there were some listings that popped up that had the band name of Mystery. Basically looked like a generic version of the flamewheel.
And since I don't know much about all the electronics, I'm not sure if this would be worth looking into (because of its price), or if I should avoid it.