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):


Views: 134131

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

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

ArduCopter Heavy Octo X8, here the related thread:




frame: Gaui 330x extended frame
controller/autopilot: APM1
motors: Arrowwind 2250/15
esc: Feigao 18-Amp
propellers: Stock gaui

battery: 2800mAh 3S
flying time: 7min (with a big safety margin)

radio: Futaba 10C / orange 8Ch RX
video/osd: GoPro HDhero no FPV (yet)
other: Pololu RC switch to LED lighting

Misc (hacks/mods): extended frame, wide skid set


The propellers are 8" right? 

A quick browsing showed me a nice protector for the quad, http://www.rcdude.com/servlet/the-1886/Gaui-330X-Protection-Frame/D... Hoping to either build one or buy one. 



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


My X8 Quad specs

Board: AMP1

GCS: MP1.1.31

Firmware: 2.3

Quad X8 (coaxial 2 motors/ESC per arm sharing one APM signal)

3300mAh 4S 35-70C

Droidworx ADR Quad Standard, (72cmx72cm across)

Flight weight 2.4kgs

Motors 880kv Jdrones

8 Props 12x4.5

ESC 30A Jdrones

APM power supply. 5V, 3amp switching regulator (SVR3 Tahmazo)

Sonar XL-EZ0 (MB1200)

Declination:  -0.5899


That's fine! Thanks Ruwan! :-)


If I wanted to plug your design into ECalc, what could I use to specify the motors. There is no 'Jdrones' in the list?



I asked Jani from Jdrones which one to use but he hasn't got back to me yet. The one I think comes closest from what I can see is the Turnigy TR2830-14.

Cool,  when you do hear please post your finding.

I am climbing the Ecalc learning curve, trying out different scenarios. It is all pretty interesting.

yeah, 8 x4.5 or so.

the frame has some pros and cons..  the pro being that in minor crashes it pops apart rather then breaking, but that makes the frame rather flexible... 

Reply to Discussion


© 2020   Created by Chris Anderson.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service