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 Ellison Chan on February 21, 2012 at 1:39pm

You can also get the Minsoo (Korean) version.  His firmware is very stable:


Also hobbyking has their firmware under the files section of their 168 board:

Xcopter firmware

Comment by ringo.davis on February 24, 2012 at 12:36pm

Thanks, Ihave the files, now waiting on the parts that are backordered to become available. I don't have a radio yet, would something like this cheapy here work? http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__15140__Hobby_King_2_4Ghz...

IF not then what kind do I need. First time trying any of this so the simpler the better.

Comment by Ellison Chan on February 24, 2012 at 12:46pm

Yeah, that'll work, if it ever comes out of BK.

I have this one myself:


But, ArduCopter code is now using CH7 for more option selection, so if you want to be ready for that get at least 7 channels.

Comment by Francisco K on March 16, 2016 at 7:15pm

I would definitely steer away from a wooden frame like this one. It doesn't look very robust, in addition, excessive vibration could lead to the whole frame coming apart. 


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