HobbyKing's done it again. Check out this deal: their mini-quad with four motors for $33.95! (Or $31.95 if you just let your browser sit open on that page for a few minutes). 

All you need to add to make a RC quad (in addition to your regular RC system and LiPo batteries) is:

That's $90 all told.  Now, in fairness, this is a pretty crappy little frame and it won't last past a crash or two. I also wouldn't expect too much outside in the wind. But what a great way to get started! 

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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 1, 2012 at 7:38am

Dara: What's wrong with toys? I got started in this hobby doing this with my kids, and I still think that's an ideal target market. The Parrot AR.Drone (200,000 sold) has done a huge amount to bring people into our world. We want to be able to reach people of all aptitudes and abilities. The failure of most early open source autopilots is that they were too "serious" and thus inaccessible to most people. 

There's no reason why this community, properly structured, can't be a place for both advanced technology pioneers and beginners, both serious UAVs and toys. 

Comment by UAS_Pilot on February 1, 2012 at 8:02am


Legally in the USA they need to be called toys. I work in the field of UAS's and if you call them a UAV/UAS then you will need to follow different regulations. That the FAA is currently working on. Also, if you use a "UAS" for commercial it is illegal with a autopilot or not.... You cannot use an Unmanned Aircraft for profit in the USA with out a Certificate of Authorization or an Experimental Airworthy Certificate from the FAA. So our toys are fun to play with and I am happy with the work that Chris has done with the Group here.... 

Thanks for all your help and support with this hobby Chris...


Comment by Ellison Chan on February 1, 2012 at 8:03am

I hope we don't stop making toys.  Let the military make serious drones.  My drones, will always be fun and some day they'll be useful.

Comment by Dara Shayda on February 1, 2012 at 9:14am

Hello Chris and everyone

By TOY I meant what the Hobby King was making. All I said was that your leadership is a good thing to have for commercial flight of the UAVs in USA, please see the link below. It was not lack of appreciation or questioning you, on the contrary it was a positive statement meant that you are in a unique position to influence the minds in USA.

@Millete: This is a good example PR to change the mindset:


@Ellison: The commercial flight of the drones does not mean a military operation, our minds are so bent around military applications of the drones that I fear we are unable to fathom any non-military operations or it has to be toys. 

Comment by Sgt Ric on February 1, 2012 at 9:31am

Even after rereading your original post several times and now your "clarification", I still think it sounds like a disrespectful slam.


Comment by Dara Shayda on February 1, 2012 at 9:32am

This is your read, not my intention as I made it clear.

Comment by UAS_Pilot on February 1, 2012 at 11:27am

I agree to Sgt Ric....

Also I was not saying that sUAS's don't belong in the NAS and have no Civil application. I believe that they do need to have Civil uses and that they should be allowed. however, at this point in time you cannot use the for commercial use. Once the FAA regulates it then we will have a home in the NAS as Civil operators for hire. 


Comment by Matthew Schroyer on February 4, 2012 at 7:46pm

HK now has a Youtube video with a complete setup in action. I think the video gives a fairly good indication of the quality of the quadcopter.

Comment by ringo.davis on February 21, 2012 at 12:23pm

I ordered the stuff mentioned above, but where so I get the files for the KK controller board? I asked HObbyking a week ago and no response.


Comment by Cool Dude on February 21, 2012 at 12:33pm

Hello ringo.davis,

  You can get the firmware from here. http://www.kkmulticopter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=...



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