1. Post #121
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    I myself am dealing with the overpriced Mikrokopter thing, but the KKmulticopter thing seems to be the way to go.

    I have zero experience with it, but I am probably going to try this $30 thing of theirs , after finishing this one.
    Is the second one genuine? It's weird how there's such a huge difference in price.

    I'd rather get this one:
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dproduct=19534

    It's cheaper and I know a lot of people have used it. Plus royalties are paid to the original designer of the KK.
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    I myself am dealing with the overpriced Mikrokopter thing, but the KKmulticopter thing seems to be the way to go.

    I have zero experience with it, but I am probably going to try this $30 thing of theirs , after finishing this one.
    What the hell, $30 for the complete PCB and other useful stuff?
    The same board is 75.00 on the kkmulticopter site, and it doesn't even include the programmer or the other board for connecting the motors
    (the programmer apparently doesn't work but they're cheap as hell so that doesn't bother me)

    Thanks for that link, I'll be sure to buy that kit

    Edited:

    Is the second one genuine? It's weird how there's such a huge difference in price.

    I'd rather get this one:
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dproduct=19534

    It's cheaper and I know a lot of people have used it. Plus royalties are paid to the original designer of the KK.
    Even better holy shit where's my wallet

    Edited:

    After giving it some thought, I think I'll be buying the set from dealextreme - watched a few videos on youtube, the Blackboard looks more stable than the hobbyking controller, and also free shipping

  3. Post #123
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    Here come the engines!





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  4. Post #124
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    Maybe I'm just an idiot but I don't see any guides on that KKmulticopter site, I just see things for sale. I totally want to get into this but I see no cheap way as I'm not a gods damn engineer.

    Also you... built the frame yourself and that's it? I'd imagine everything else still adds up quick (motors, controller, control board, any other wiring, FPV gear if you want to go far, the cost of the material for the frame itself, etc). I don't see how that's $30

    I think once Sweb finishes and posts a final parts list I'll start thinking about getting into this more (especially if I have a paying job after the holiday break)

  5. Post #125
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    you should attach a giant sawblade to it and attack people

  6. Post #126
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    Here come the engines!





    Concealed wires? So... Clean... :gizz:

    Edited:

    I'll be putting together an Easy Star (plane) FPV setup in a few weeks if you guys want me to keep a build log as well.

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    Concealed wires? So... Clean... :gizz:

    Edited:

    I'll be putting together an Easy Star (plane) FPV setup in a few weeks if you guys want me to keep a build log as well.
    Yeah we stuck them inside the carbon sticks. To be honest I had to be rather rough and i didn't have a very good feeling, as the fit was rather tight, at the entrance. I hope one of them didn't snap. If any of these short-cirquited, we can kiss their respective 60 euro controllers goodbye.

  8. Post #128
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    Cash in my account now. Time to go on a spree.
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  9. Post #129
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    I don't suppose these go well with rain?

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    swebonny was wondering if you had any more updates on your build?

  11. Post #131
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    Nothing has come yet. No idea why. Ordered it the last time I posted in this threa.d

  12. Post #132
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    Kinda lazy to read through the thread, but will you be attaching a camera Swebonny?

  13. Post #133
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    Kinda lazy to read through the thread, but will you be attaching a camera Swebonny?
    Yes of course. But right now I've skipped to install the camera mount that came with the frame. But yeah, definitely going to mount a camera once I get the thing flying.
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    Cool, I'm sure we'd all be interested in seeing some footage when it's all done. :)

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    Might start working on a multi-copter but then I'm short of cash and currently too busy working on a R/C Car.

  16. Post #136
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    Hmm, so the controller board listed here http://www.dealextreme.com/p/kk-mult...ull-set-107408 can be used for a tricopter as well as a quadcopter?
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    I don't suppose these go well with rain?
    I'm sure if you waterproofed it, or at least made it water resistant it would be fine. I know they make shrinky-dinks that you could probably fit over all the engines and electrical bits to keep water away from them.
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  18. Post #138
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    I've been playing around with a shitty RC Helicopter my dad got for Christmas. Now I really want to get my hands on one of these.

  19. Post #139
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    Yes of course. But right now I've skipped to install the camera mount that came with the frame. But yeah, definitely going to mount a camera once I get the thing flying.
    FPV and a recording camera or just a recording camera (or recording off the fpv camera)?

  20. Post #140
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    Our power distribution system - a "power distribution board" with no electronics on it's own, to which 4 brushless engine controllers are soldered.



    My dad is really good at soldering :>

    Edited:

    I'm sure if you waterproofed it, or at least made it water resistant it would be fine. I know they make shrinky-dinks that you could probably fit over all the engines and electrical bits to keep water away from them.
    You would most probably end up overheating the engines.
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  21. Post #141
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    this gave me inspiration for my next GMoD contraption
    A multicopter
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  22. Post #142
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    Alright so after a damn long time, I finally got the four ESC and a program card to program them as Dokuman suggested. So what I only need now is the battery, a charger for the battery, a transceiver and receiver and some additional cables and things to keep my cables attached.
    Now I have to read up on how to wire up the ESCs so that they all receive power, I have to find a suitable battery, how to program the ESCs, how the tranceiver and receiver works, which cable goes to what and so forth. I will post a more elaborated update later and when I'm finished I'll probably write a guide on how i did it from bottom up.
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  23. Post #143
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    I'll link you with the best batteries for your set up (from experience).
    Glad you got the program card, you will soon see that it's worth it!

    Also get more then one battery if possible, you can charge one up while you fly with the other one.

    Oh and i'll link you to a good charger.

    Okay, here's a picture of my battery collection. Tried a few different types of batteries, so I hope you will value my opinion.





    The best ones for my Tri's and Quad's alike is by far these.





    And the link to them
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...8934&aff=61689
    For how cheap they are, I would get as many as your budget allows.
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  24. Post #144
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    My god you got a lot of them. They seem nice and cheap. I saw a user calculate the ideal battery based on some numbers from the esc or the motor, so I'll crunch some numbers tomorrow.

    And I finally found a image on the wiring of the ESCs. Kinda as I suspected, a parallel circuit if I'm correct.
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  25. Post #145
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    I remember making stuff like this in Garry'smod, but yours is truly amazing.
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  26. Post #146
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    Today I've been soldering the bullet connectors to the cables. I think it worked quite well.








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  28. Post #148
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    I've very tempted to start on my own multi copter project, any chance of a list of all the parts you've used so far, Swebonny?

    Imagine building a huge one, with a seat underneath :O

    Oh, somebody has!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L75ESD9PBOw

  29. Post #149
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    Here's an excellent build guide for a Tricopter with links to all the parts.


    http://rcexplorer.se/projects/tricop...copterv25.html
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  30. Post #150
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    I've very tempted to start on my own multi copter project, any chance of a list of all the parts you've used so far, Swebonny?

    Imagine building a huge one, with a seat underneath :O
    If you look trough my posts in this thread you should get an idea of what I've used. I'm not finished yet, but I'll definitely post a list with all the parts once I'm finished.

    I just realized that perhaps not everyone have a soldering iron, so I suggest anyone that wants to build a multicopter to get one. It's quite useful for other things too.

    Edited:

    Here's an excellent build guide for a Tricopter with links to all the parts.


    http://rcexplorer.se/projects/tricop...copterv25.html
    The way they're wiring the ESCs to the battery is awesome. That's definitely how I will do it now.
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  31. Post #151
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    Sorry I didn't send you that before Swe! Forgot about it to be honest then stumbled upon it today.

    Also there's a competition on, design RCExplorer a logo and win a complete Quad or Tricopter!

    http://rcexplorer.se/Competition/Competition.php

  32. Post #152
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    How long can you fly around using one of those batteries posted above?

  33. Post #153
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    How long can you fly around using one of those batteries posted above?
    With a Tri-copter you can get a half hour flight in if you don't just full power all the time. That's with a full HD Hero camera on.

  34. Post #154
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    With a Tri-copter you can get a half hour flight in if you don't just full power all the time. That's with a full HD Hero camera on.
    That's pretty nifty, I wanna build one.

  35. Post #155
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    welp dunno how to solder or anyone that does. guess im done.

  36. Post #156
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    welp dunno how to solder or anyone that does. guess im done.
    Youtube it. It's really not hard at all.
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  37. Post #157
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    welp dunno how to solder or anyone that does. guess im done.
    You can also buy them, complete. Although they are hugely expensive, overpriced etc.

    http://www.kkmulticopter.kr/index.ht...6_10&id_no=129

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    You can also buy them, complete. Although they are hugely expensive, overpriced etc.

    http://www.kkmulticopter.kr/index.ht...6_10&id_no=129
    Is that a completely built one or just a kit with all the pieces, because if that's a completely built one then that's not a very bad price.

  39. Post #159
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    Is that a completely built one or just a kit with all the pieces, because if that's a completely built one then that's not a very bad price.
    I think it may be unassembled seeing as they are listing all the parts. That price is quite scary.

    Edited:

    welp dunno how to solder or anyone that does. guess im done.
    The soldering I did was just to connect the connectors to the wire. Basically, put connector into holder. Melt the tin into the tiny cup and jam the wire into it. Nothing hard really.

    And later you may have to solder some cables wire so that the battery is shared to all the ESCs, but how hard you want to make it is up do yourself.

  40. Post #160
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    It's easier if you bundle them together and wrap a tiny wire around the bundle

    then solder