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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I have found the free downloadable apps for my phone do as good if not better job.

Which (iStore) seismograph app do you prefer?  Tough to find one that runs on iPod gen 4.  Apple abandoned this thing with iOS.

I see Seismometer 6th, from SkyPaw

Seismometer, from ObjectGraph LLC

Vibration Analysis, from some Russian dude

I am using the iSeismometer from ObjectGraph on an ancient iPhone 3S and it performs well.

How are your motors doing with that voltage?  HobbyKing quotes that as a 3S motor, and from the little I've gleaned from the Gordian enigma that is motors/props/batteries, lower voltage draws more current making more torque.

I tried running 2836 1100kv motors on 4S with 11x4.7 props and the motors could fry bacon, so that's not working.  I'm still trying to figure out what the factors are in turning a prop!


  • Ardupilot APM 2.5
  • Hobby King 40A BESC
  • Tiger MN4012 Kv340 Motors
  • Maxamps 11000mAh LiPo Battery
  • AttoPilot Voltage and Current Sense Breakout
  • 3DR Telemetry
  • 3DR External Compass
  • Spektrum AR9010 9 Channel Rx
  • Immersion RC 5.8 Ghz Video Tx
  • GoPro Hero 3+ Black
  • DYS Brushless Gimbal
  • Spektrum AR610 6 Channel Rx

Weight 10lb

28.4" prop center to prop center

40min endurance

My Quadcopter Page

frame: Selfmade design
controller/autopilot: APM 2.6
esc: HK brushless ESC 70A
motor: Simprop Magic Torque; Static thrust: 30N at 900Watts electrical input
propellers: 14*7inches
 Wingspan 2.4m

battery: 4S 5000mAH
total weight: 12.1 lbs
flying time: approx. 30min

radio:  Futaba FF7
video/osd: GoPro 2, Fatshark Dominator
other: Roll stabilized photocamera pointing downwards for Mapping inside the fuselage

Onboard vid (gusty day):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh-DcpTmW3Q

hey man, how is it flying i just got the same frame but cut out of super light aluminum looking to slap the apm on it, in my version of mission planner v-tail is now an option, is it your doing?

Wow... nice. Making a round fuselage isn't easy.  What's the wing made out of?

The wing is classical "rc model" style. The foam core is cut with a hot wire and then covered with balsa. Very stable, but also a bit heavy.

Personally I'm up to ambitious projects of my own trying to get the attention of the aerospace industry for the purpose of employment. Presently I'm trying to construct the world's fastest RC plane, and I actually will employ many of the lessons I've learned from my classes and watching aircraft design documentaries.

Personally, I'm amazed how much RC technology has advanced over the years. There are several things I can actually order rather than having them built from scratch myself.

I'll add more details later, or should I create my own topic for this?

Frame- Aquacopter

Controller- Pixhawk

ESC's- 35 amp castle creations

Motors -Tigers

Propellers 10x4-6

weight - heavy ha

Flight time  11 min max 9 is safe

It was a nightmare to do those LED's AND make them waterproof but well worth the effort as I can fly at night and twice I crashed and found it because of those lights! I will also say this is a darn good frame even if your goal isn't waterproof. The thing is almost indestructible!! I strap a Mobius to a clever little rod between the arms and get great footage above and below water. It has a RFD 900 telem radio and the pixhawk controller which is a very very nice controller. Really neat to fly missions. 

Yes I made several of those foam core wings. They are heavy but fast and cheap! I've covered mine with just construction paper with 3M 77 contact cement. It's incredible how that firms the foam right up! That fuselage  you made looks really hard to make. Nice!

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