So there have been a few threads about the failed Kickstarter campaign by Kellie Sigler of LumenLab.com. Failed not because it they didn't collect enough money in the time alotted, but I'm assuming due to potential legal issues with selling a UAV to overseas buyers or a lack of originality in this project as they might have been designing and building nothing new or of their own design. There has been some discussion about if this project was actually a scam.
Right now, I come down on the side of the project didn't include a single photo of their own work so I doubt they've even built one. They made claims about using "these computers" for 2 years when discussing the APM2 when I'm on the ArduPilot dev team and I don't even have one yet! And they had an estimated delivery date of March, 2012 without ever checking with Jordi and 3DR about delivery dates and quantities. Is this wrong? I think so. Is it a scam? I wouldn't call it that. But they sure don't keep their estimated delivery dates (see 8-10 months later) .
So what's the point of this blog? I just want to educate you on where you can go to get the exact parts listed in the KickStarter campaign and build your own.
Will it be easy? No.
Is it bullet proof? No.
Will you crash it? Yes!
Do I have the PID settings for this airframe? No.
Can I send you all the parts if you order from me? No. I'm not selling anything.
What exactly was I getting for the extra money on KickStarter? I would say packaging....and maybe a distribution board (they called it a "HOOK UP BOARD").
Have I built one? Nope.
Do I know what I'm talking about? Too soon to tell.
5000mah 3S lipo (they listed 6000mah but no voltage): $26.72
Mission Planner Download: $FREE
Futaba T8FG Radio (but lots of other radios would work just fine): ~$480
X-Bee Telemetry Kit: $150
Total cost buying directly from the source: $1,624 + shipping.
They were going to include a "pro spares" kit (whatever that is) and a TX case for $2,499.
What's missing from the list above is PID tuning values and lots and lots and lots of trial and error.
EDIT: This photo may be the only evidence that Kellie and company may have actually built one!