First round of frame modifications!

Hey all, though I might share the attached photo with you to show off some mods I've been working on whilst I wait for spare props to arrive from Thailand, after not loading code properly and flipping the copter on its maiden voyage.

Widened the landing gear to more stability, as well as increasing ground clearance for my GoPro, converted the dome to just two complete pieces rather than the fiddly centre piece, trussed arrangement, and hacked a standard USB cable to it can be plugged in easier for uploading etc.

I'm working on a new battery mount as well for fixing the GoPro, until I figure out how I'm going to do the pan-tilt, FPV setup.

Material is laser cut, 3mm black acrylic.


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Comment by Sebastian Gralla on April 30, 2011 at 3:04am

I would've turned around the screw holes on the dome parts (2 above each arm and 1 below) to add mor strength if it flips over.


I like these legs

Comment by Owen Booth on April 30, 2011 at 4:25pm
Thanks, yeah, I'm looking to heat form a complete ABS dome for it, to do away with the dome frame all together. Like the ardupirates units going around. I'll lay some adhesive 3M DiNoc Carbon effect over it too, and add a logo of some sort.
Comment by Paul on May 1, 2011 at 12:15am
heya! i too just got my arducopter, standard landing gear arnt too solid. we you get the landing gears from? thanks!
Comment by Owen Booth on May 1, 2011 at 2:08am
Hey Paul. I laser cut them myself, from 3mm Acrylic. I have plenty of material if you want me cut some more off for you? Nz$35 should cover material, Laser time and postage for the four sets of legs as shown. No screws/nuts included (uses standard ones that came in your kit). I don't like the Dome,so will make completely new unit shortly, and post pictures :)
Comment by Russell B. Sutton on May 1, 2011 at 3:37am
With out the GoPro camera what is the weight of your quad with battery?  how many grams?
Comment by Owen Booth on May 1, 2011 at 4:27am

I wouldn't have the foggiest to be honest, effectively doubled up , lengthened legs, can't be much more than bog standard. Even when I thermo form a PETG dome for it, it should still be very close to kit weight without the centre pieces, and four dome struts.

Comment by Paul on May 1, 2011 at 4:43am
sweet :) - actually ill wait until you have worked out the gopro mount bit to see it in its glory. looking forward to it. by the way, whats the clearance under with your new landing gear mod? or is it the same distance like the orignals?
Comment by Owen Booth on May 1, 2011 at 1:50pm

Hey Paul. Yeah, I'll lengthen the battery mount for a fixed position for the GoPro initially until I'm happy with the FPV setup. Unsure whether using the TV out feed on the camera means it'll limit the resolution of the onboard filming or not. Then I'll look at the pan-tilt option, with camera stabilization. I've added an additional 30mm ground clearance to stock legs. Wanted to initally mount GoPro upside down to make for a smarter, lighter pan-tilt unit, as GoPro lets you record Upside down, but I'm not sure whether I can fly FPV comfortably standing on my head, or GoPro also flips to TV out. All in good time. I flipped my arducopter on its maiden flight, confused as to the setup sequence. CLI mode on or off, onboard battery plugged in or not, upload firmware, configurator or CLI?

Are you airborne yet, and if so, how in the hell did you do it? Be great to have a clear, concise manual for noobs, so I can step by step get it going reliably. Think I'm going to need more props :)

Comment by Paul on May 1, 2011 at 3:24pm
lol re setup of quad, I just received mine and facing the exact same difficulty/problem - there is nothing as yet I found easy to understand step by step, so I haven't taken it for a fly yet, haven't even put the props on. From what I understand you have the batt plugged in then plug in USB and start up software but this is where I'm stuck because it gives me no activity data from the quad. So mate I'm also the same boat trying to find answers on forums, very painfully slow :)

Re camera setup, sounds like you want similar setup to why I originally bought the quad too. Unortuanly I don't have the skills nor much time to invest in how to make much mods so good to hear one of us are giving it a shot haha. I f you figure out how to get the drone configured and flying again deffinately let me know as I will you.

Comment by Grips on May 1, 2011 at 6:44pm

Owen: What is the diameter of that aluminum tubing you have there? Any idea?


Also, how do you find the 3mm acrylic? Do you think it would break easily?


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