Winners of the 2013 Instructables Drone Contest (sponsored by 3D Robotics and DIY Drones)

It is old news to some folk but the 2013 Instructables Drone contest ended on July 15 and the winners were:

(Note: Author names are Instructable member names. Several are DIYD members with different names on this site.)

Grand Prize Winner (Prize: RTF 3DR Quadcopter Kit and an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.)

DIY (Drone It Yourself) Kit v1.0 by javl

First Prize Winners (Prize: 3DR APM Autopilot Kit with GPS, Telemetry and Voltage Sensor and an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.)

Build Your Own Eco-Quad Copter from Reused and Recycled Materials by KT-AZ

Cheap, Sturdy, 1-Hour Quadcopter by marhar

A Wide-Body Quadrotor - designs and ideas to build your own. by vtxstar

Second Prize Winners (Prize: 3DR T-shirt and an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt.)

Laser Cut MultiWii based quadcopter by dylanfm

Building Quadcopters, Drones and Uav's- A explanation and easy buil... by eben89

Solar Plane by jeffmazter406

3D Printed Ornithopter - Micro UAV Drone by Mizchief100

Brushless Gimbal for Aerial Photography Drones by oesti

Runner Up Winners (Prize: Instructable prize pack including a robot t-shirt.)

iPod AR. Drone flying spy camera at Brookstone and Apple smart phon... by GREENPOWERSCIENCE

How to build a Multirotor by Jared_Reabow

Black Eagle aerial mapping UAV by Justinvent

3D Printed Sumo Robot with High Traction Wheels by kmmarlow

Waterproof, Crashproof, Homemade Drone Airframe by mcornblatt

Our Drone by Michael_Bell


Autonomous drone that you already have in your pocket! by prubeš

Canon Remote Shutter for R/C by squiggy2

At total of 45 entries were made in the contest and a wide variety of subjects were covered.

The Instructables Drone Contest page is HERE.

The original DIYD blog post announcing the contest is HERE.

Yours truly was a First Prize winner and I appreciate the new APM 2.6 setup. It will be employed in a DJI F550 Hex build (one of several builds on the bench at this time.) Additional thanks to go John Githens, DIYD member and webmaster of, for his suggestions and editing efforts on my entry.

Thanks also to Instructables for the prize package (1 year Pro membership). If you haven't visited Instructables before, you are missing out on A LOT of amazing community sourced DIYD projects. Almost everything you can imagine is there. I have been a member since 2008 and it simply took this contest to get me off the lurker list and active. You should check it out.

In my opinion, Mark Harrison should get a Community Award for the number of views of his Instructable.

Mark is a continuous supporter of RC activity and had already won in a previous Instructable, the Launch It! contest, with his 1-hour quad project.

Many thanks again to 3DR and DIY Drones for sponsoring the contest.


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Comment by Morli on August 5, 2013 at 3:16pm

congrats :) , will check it out

Comment by Mark Harrison on August 5, 2013 at 10:21pm

Thanks!! And of course I will have to share my Community Award with Andreas who had the crazy idea to tell Trappy that building a quad in an hour was no big deal.  Crazy Europeans!!


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