Hi all. Been lurking around here and the RCGroups site for a long time and finally got around to actually starting a multi-copter build. I built my first Sig Cadet way back in the day, but got caught up doing other things for about 20 years. Back to RC now and loving it. And thanks to all in and around these projects that are making the community tick. Open Source only works if you have kick ass people like Chris and a big team of supporters. Nice job!
The MCopter is built on an RC Carbon frame from RC Hobby Helicopter (Thanks John!) and will be running 4 Hacker 20-22L's with 10 x 3.8 props. Once I get the four motor version running we may bump it to eight in coax config to have more margin. I have ArduPiratesNG on the APM right now so I can test the two axis camera mount with the GoPro Hero. Once we get closer to the first test flight I'll decide which code base we fly.
Here's a few pics from Flickr
Finally got the first version built and went for a maiden. I am flying the latest ArduPirates code, but I did not do any PID tuning as I was tired of waiting and wanted to see how close it was stock settings. This version is still a bit under-powered so I am going to switch from 10x3.8 to 10x4.7 SF props to see if it will help a bit. I just want to get a feel for the thing before I strap four more motors on. I'll spend much more time PID tuning before the next flight.
I added a few more pics to the Flickr set and am still waiting for the youtube video to show up...