Because E-Flight Apprentice RC is very popular airplane and the fact that you can buy any replacement part for it I decided to design a 3D printed kit that would turn it into a Drone. The kit blends perfectly with the wing, it gives you easy access to the electronics from the top and also increases the wingspan by 3 inches. I am using the APM 2.6 but it could be used with any other autopilot, there is plenty of room, on the front I have a grill to let the air cool off the electronics and also a flat spot to install your GoPro or any other camera. I will have some kits available soon but you can also do it yourself, 3D printed frame available at https://www.shapeways.com/model/2743456/a-d-k-apprentice-drone-conv...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23bbqSXeAsI

Appreciate any comments.

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Comment by Vernon W. Bell on November 23, 2014 at 3:21pm

This is nice Luiz.  Please let me know whenever you have a kit available.

Thanks

Comment by Luiz Miranda on November 23, 2014 at 5:13pm

Thanks guys, I will let you know Vernon


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Comment by Chris Anderson on November 23, 2014 at 8:27pm

Impressive! Have you found a good place for the airspeed sensor?


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 24, 2014 at 12:15am

Nicely done you are not alone in thinking its a suitable airframe, Precsion Hawk uses its wings and tail feathers. http://precisionhawk.com/index.html#platform

Comment by Marcus Wright on November 24, 2014 at 3:53am

Do you have a well tuned parameter file you can share?

Comment by Luiz Miranda on November 24, 2014 at 10:37am

Chris I have the airspeed sensor about 17" from the center of the frame, is that good enough?

Comment by Luiz Miranda on November 24, 2014 at 10:38am

Marcus, I am using the default parameters, seem to work fine 

Comment by Earl on November 24, 2014 at 11:59am

$139 FROM SHAPEWAYS is wat to much. How about ofering the stl file at les than $10

Comment by Luiz Miranda on November 24, 2014 at 5:32pm

I understand that the price is steep guys, but believe me I am trying hard to see how I can do this cheaper, unfortunately 3D printing is still very expensive, I really wish it could cost $40.00 to print this... I will lower the price to $129.00, but unfortunately this is the best I can do until I figure out other options to make it.Thanks for your comments 

Comment by Marcus Wright on November 26, 2014 at 4:20am

I'd like to see a kml file of a grid way point file mission to evaluate how well your parameters are tuned.  But just knowing the default values will fly it gets me started.  I have one but don't like the ASX3 since you can't go full manual.  However, it is great for training starting pilots.  I don't think I need any parts.  I am just ripping out out all the spectrum stuff and putting Pixhawk in it's place.  

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