a newbie's perspective on an f450 build

Hi guys,


i've been watching this and other communities for the last few months, and finally jumped into making my own quad. here is my attempt to document my thought process, and write about what i've figured out since i started. maybe this will help some people out, but i'm also looking for feedback - if i've got any glaring errors or weird assumptions, please let me know! i want my mistakes to be a learning experience.


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  • thanks again for the input. that F330 build is great, i referred to it a few times.

    if it assuages your fears at all, i've been flying my hubsan x4 h107 for about 3 months, so i'm not a COMPLETE flight noobie. i highly recommend one of these for anyone who wants to learn to fly before crashing their expensive & time-consuming build. but still, i went ahead and ordered some plastic props.

  • Hi Joe,

    This was my F330 ARF build: http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/dji-f330-flamewheel/

    And I am currently flying a DJI F450 with a APM 2.0, a F330 with a PX4 and a Flip Sport with a PX4.

    Your build article is really nice, I also think starting with plastic or carbon filled rather than carbon fiber props would be a good idea, plastic props are dull and break, carbon fiber ones cut and don't break.

    Sometimes that is a good thing.

    I have had really good success with the DJI Flamewheel motors and am now starting to use the 4 in one ESCs which I also like a lot.

    It was really smart to get the actual genuine DJI Flamewheel frame, they are much stiffer and stronger than most of the clones.

    I wish you luck with the clone controller, sometimes they work out OK and sometimes they don't, often they are not quite up to date or the same as the 3DR controllers and that can make them unworkable and you can't really get any support here that will deal with issues related to clone controllers.

    We have enough problems sorting out the ones we are sure of.

    Assuming your controller works out though, you should have a great flying little quadcopter, perfect for learning on and durable enough to last through the learning process.

    Best Regards,


  • Thanks everyone.

    @doug, good point about the carbon blades, i'll keep that in mind....

    it'd be nice to learn something more modern that javascript, but the project itself is so pointless i'm not even sure its worth the time, aside from learning about web programming / databases. i'll get around to it someday, for now i'd rather work on flying!

  • Very well documented blog post.   I don't think you made any huge mistakes for any build let alone your first.


  • There are no glaring mistakes -- it is a hobby. The intention is to enjoy it and perhaps discovers something new about yourself and your abilities.

    Your experience will be an interesting perspective on this tech/hobby. Not encumbered by years of RC experience, you will be a great study in 'newbie-does-a-quad'.

    This community, of course, will assist you as much as possible in the experience.

    There is also some talent here that can assist with your dimensionless number project if you want to upgrade. ;)

    It is another example of one of my adages... IT ≠ IQ. Keep it in mind and your fingers away from the propellers. Your choice of CF props will require double extra care. Think Ginsu Knives at 4000 rpm. Wouldn't want your new project to send you to the ER.


  • Very informative.
  • awesome post, thanks for sharing!!

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