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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frame: Steadidrone qu4dcopter with extended and repositioned rear arms

controller/autopilot: APM 2,5 (soon to be 2.6 I hope)

motors: T-motor MT3506-25s (650kV)

esc: Quattro 20 A X4 (four-in-one ESC)

propellers: 10x4.5 cheapo plastic ones from China (because I'm new and keep breaking them)

battery:  4S, either 4200 mAh as supplied by Steadidrone or 5000mAh Overlanders

Flight time - about 15 mins

radio: FrSky Taranis

video/osd: GoPro/none

other: Telemetry for connecting to Android Phone

Misc: Hard to fly - mods were designed to improve stability - somewhat successful but behaviour in yaw is...erm...unpredictable.


controller/autopilot: APM 2.6 3dr custom edit of firmware dev 3.2  for V-Tail

motors: SunnySky X2212 980KV Outrunner Brushless Motors

esc: JMT 30A Brushless ESC Speed Controller

propellers: APC 10 x 4.5

battery: Lipo 3s 5500 mhA 35c , 3s 1200mah led/camera/video transmitter battery , LiFe 9.9v 1500mAH 3s Transmitter Battery

radio: DX7 7Ch Air w/AR7000, TTL 3DRobotics 3DR Radio Telemetry Kit (915mhz MHz), SC2000 32CH 5.8GHz FPV Transmitter and Receiver 600mW

video/osd: MinimOSD , 36 LED Night Vision 6MM 800TVL+IRCUT CMOS CCTV Camera SV-611B-K800

other: Turnigy RC Receiver Controlled Switch on/off 10A / 30V for led's , DJI Quadcopter Head Light Bright White 3W , 100A Power Distribution Hub LED

Misc (hacks/mods):Brushless Camera Mount Gimbal w/ 2 Motors modifred to fit frame, lights running of channel 7 on/off






can it fly 15 minutes?

Do you like it? :)

waiting for nice day to tune it up will post flight time soon as it flying well

The ugliest.

3DR APM 2.6 Quad Copter.

Became like that last weekend when I crash it in to an iron pole. All props, and stacked mounting and legs were all over the place, including one motor.

I fix it Saturday and Sunday I was again out in another park. My GPS sticks with velcro, and by mistake I stick it facing sideways. I flew it a bit, then I switch on return to home. It went out of control, spinning wider and wider, getting altitude. Until I realised It was hanging into a 70 feet tree. I could not climb , was too tall, and no branches. I went home and I got a thread and the cheap 100$ UDI U818. I flew it on top with the thread hanging. I land it on top, and I was lucky it grabbed a propeller.

Pull it down and the thread snapped, having both in the top of the tree. I went to HDepot, and I bought 18 2x1 12feet  SPF and a roll of duck-tape. I built a stick tapeing the sticks one on top each-other. Long story short. I got it down. Everything broke.

Now I am waiting for the new propellers.

  Definitely the ugliest quad.

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frame:  DIY wood, tricopter
controller/autopilot:  Pixhawk
esc:  Afro slim
motors:  DT750
propellers:  APC 12x4.5 MR
motor to motor distance: 21.5 inches

battery:  Zippy 3s 5000mah
total weight: 3.5 lbs (with battery - ready to fly)
flying time: 15min

Max Speed:  40mph

radio:  Taranis
video/osd:  Minimosd
other:  Mobius, Alexmos 3 axis gimbal, 3 way video switch, 3DR radio

Misc (hacks/mods):

This is my redesigned tricopter for improved video.   With my first tricopter frame I could never achieve perfect video with my DIY  2 axis gimbal due to the tricopter tail wag issue.   I decided to build a tricopter frame around a 3 axis gimbal for the Mobius to solve tail wag.  I also wanted to minimize ground clearance required.

The photos show my progress.  Nothing fancy just wood, hobby plywood, and lots of ty wraps.  Tail servo assembly is made up of 450 heli head parts.  Wood frames work well - easy to modify and strong enough.

I've very pleased with the results I have now.  Video is smooth and no more tail wag in the image.  Damping is good enough to achieve jello free high speed video as well which was an improvement over my old frame.   I did carefully balance the props, motor bells, and motor/prop combined to ensure no jello.

The DIY 3 axis gimbal for the Mobius does add weight - that's the only minus.  I recently added the Afro slim ESCs to reduce weight by 1/4 lbs.  My previous ESCs were Hobby king blue series 30A which worked fine just heavier.

Main feature of my frame is the 3 axis gimbal.  It's simple and works well for the Mobius.  It's amazing what can be done now with these copters.  The Pixhawk so far is working great.

frame: Quadcopter "Big Body" (QuadLugs)
controller/autopilot: ArduFlyer 2.5.2 915Mhz telemetry (RCTimer)
esc: 45A (Turnigy)
motors: 1100Kv (Turnigy)
propellers: 11x4.7, (Turnigy)
motor to motor distance: 24 inches (610mm)

battery:  4S 3000mAh 40C (Turnigy) & 4S 5000mah 40C (Zippy)
total weight: 2.2kg
flying time: ???

radio: Turnigy 9X
video/osd: 1.2MHz, 1000mW trans. (LawMate) (no OSD)
FPV cam: Astak CM-7500 ActionPro 3
other: FatShark Base SD goggles

Misc: LEA-6H  GPS & compass

Turnigy 9X: Mode2

Most of it is from HobbyKing, except the flight controller -- went with RCTimer for that kit, and frame from QuadLugs of course.

Right now I'm in the "eternal wait" while the stuff crawls here from China on the back of an asthmatic tree sloth.  Hoping the motors & props will get the thing into the air!

I'm sure when it all arrives, I'll be playing connector bingo with all the plug-incompatible gear for a while, but my soldering skills and Weller station have never failed me.  I wanted carbon fiber props but was unwilling to eat the shipping pain from international warehouse on the 2nd order from HobbyKing -- I got what I could from US warehouse.  It'll do to start.

this multicopter of firmware is apm?

Agree with you! Im a new bee too... here are my set up and settings...

Hello!Since I'm new at building quads, I thought this info might come handy to others like me that own either a FLIP FPV or a Flip 360 with a Pixhawk ot APM 2.6... I have 0 experience at PID settings and find it complicated to get my tuning right; however thanks to some guy int YouTube that was kind enough to share his FLP FPV PID settings I was able to at least get my quad up on the air and lock "Alt Hold" and do a "Autotune" :)

I understand that my settings might not work with other FLIP FPV or FLIP 360 because they would have to be an exact replica to act the same way, but these settings are better than trying to figure out something relativity unknown to guys like me with no experience whats so ever.

So this is why I would like to share my settings with others like me, so they can get a jump start and start having some fun... to me its been a learning experience... :)

By no means do I claim that my settings are 100% right but at least I'm able to fly my quads now...

FLIP 360


QAV 250 - With APM 2.6

Thanks to all the guys here at DIY Drones!! You guys have help me get through some of the major bumps I've encounter!! ;)



Has anyone tried this vibration tester available from HobbyKing?


It may help to pinpoint the frequencies of vibration you need to address and speed the tuning process.  But the foam tape probably damps such a wide range of frequencies it doesn't really matter.

Right now my APM board is slung by rubber bands at all four corners over pins, and sitting on soft foam.  I'll see how that goes.

What's the word on putting foam tape under motors?

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