Here is my log on my attempts on building my own drone.

I am going to post just about everything i do and perhaps other can learn from my mistakes :o)

Feel free to comment my work.


I am planning to use 2 Easystars. one for RC training and one for the real thing.

Stuff i am going to use:

Airframe: Easystar

Motor: Turnigy 2835 2200kv

BEC: HobbyWing Pentium 25 A

Battery:LiPo 1800 3S 25C

Prop: APC-E 6x5.5

Radio: Currently a salvaged 4 channel 2.4 GHz from an ArtTech Parkflyer. Will upgrade later.

Assembling the Easystar

The manual was easy to follow, but instead of glue for assembling the fuselage, i used double sided tape. (used for carpets)

I placed the controller inside the fuselage.I am not planning to at full speed so heat will not be an issue (i hope).

Double sided tape in place.

Even more tape...I will not use quite as much on the next Easystar

Closeup of the motor mount. Airflow is needed around the motor so only tape on top and bottom

Fastening the servos

A little tight...easy to fix with some sandpaper

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 27, 2010 at 6:38am
Put the speed controller outside Stephan, even if your not going flat out the extra heat is wasted energy
Comment by Schwabenkart on September 27, 2010 at 7:33am
I would pt the speed controller outside too. Even if you don't fly with full speed, the controller produces more heat.
The controller of my son's plane will get hot without running the engine within less than one minute.

Why do you use double sided tape to glue the fuselage halves together ? Do you plan to open the fuselage later on ? If don't, I woud use UHU por for gluing.
Comment by Ground Loop on September 27, 2010 at 9:15am
I'll pass on the same advice I got in my similar thread. :)

Get that ESC out of there. The foam acts like an ice chest. It always sheds some heat, and in that box it will just get hotter and hotter. Try it on your bench first, and see how long it takes at 50% power to overheat. Airflow is mandatory. I was surprised.

Also, I think you might have too much prop & motor for a 25A ESC. At least put it on a current meter before committing.
Comment by Ground Loop on September 27, 2010 at 9:17am
Also -- check the BEC rating of the ESC. The advice I got was that UAV use will keep the servos busy and overheat the linear regulator.

I bought a Castle BEC, switching, programmable output voltage, good for 10A. Only $22 or so.
Comment by Ritchie on September 27, 2010 at 2:43pm
I would suggest putting the ESC outside as it will get seriously hot but you only really need the hot surface to be outside. I've had my BEC blow in my ESC and after taking it apart I've stuck a RAM cooler on it to help. Not exactly hard stuff but it should keep the temps fine and means next time I can mount it further internally.
Comment by Mathurin on September 28, 2010 at 9:20am
Hey, what was the ESC you bought for your motor?

Comment by RC on September 29, 2010 at 4:52am
The controller is a HobbyWing Pentium 25 A. Nothing fancy and problably not the ideal controller for that motor..
Take the advice from the Pro´s:

Comment by Serge on September 29, 2010 at 5:46am
hehe =]

I was just wondering; I have flown my RC plane that I'm now using as an airfrome for my UAV with the ESC mounted inside, en never felt any serious heat after landing. Not in the battery, motor nor the ESC btw. Does that have to do with the power/weight ratio? Or the fact that i'm only using a 2s battery? Or the whole battery/esc/motor/prop combination? Or would it have to do that my fuselage is only 6mm depron?
I fly this combo with a 2s 1300 lipo in a 430 gram plane.

Repharsing the question; my plane is now a lot heavier (540 grams) with APM and I have mounted the esc in a small closed compartement of thicker foam. Will this be present a problem?


Comment by RC on September 29, 2010 at 6:12am
Hi Serge,

I am (almost) a complete beginner on this. I have been dabbling with RC and electronics before but not at this level. I am blogging for the reason of helping other getting started with UAV by learning from my hits and misses.

Maybe someone of the more experienced pilots here can help you

Comment by Jonni Lehtiranta on September 29, 2010 at 7:40am

do you seriously mount your ESCs outside? I've never seen anyone doing that, and I think my EZ* manual instructed to put it into the cockpit (which doesn't have any air intake, although there are tiny holes to where the servos are).

I never noticed any heating either, not with a 3S battery either, with Multiplex controllers.


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