I have a few parts laying around, and I didnt want them to do to waste. Is there a better use for them? No, I dont think so 🙂 So, I want a spider quad. I cloned a TBS disco once , but I crashed it.. in the middle of the road… right in front of a car… stupid is what stupid does, right? I have grown up since, and also learned quite a lot. Don’t fly near populated areas, dont fly over people, dont spy on chicks (there’s a hen farm nearby), if your going to use GPS, check solar flares, tighten those props, bloated batteries are not OK… oh yeah, NEVER fly near an airfield. I knocked up some flying time and haven’t crashed since. Well, that went offtopic quickly hehe. I present Custom quadcopter with cleanflight, Part 1.
I love the looks of the Spy Hero quadcopters. Im not keen on spending a few hundred bucks just for a frame, so i decided to do it myself, a custom quadcopter, based on SkyHero frame. I googled for pictures of that frame, and made a couple of drawings. I wanted to make the frame out of FR4 with integrated PCB, but with the price of copper clad…. I might as well buy the frame.
I decided on wood.
The upper and lower plates are rotated 90 degrees, so the frame doesn’t twist that much. I also coated everything with epoxy resin. It’s what I had at hand. It turned out pretty rigid.
For the electronics I plan on using
- 4x dt750 motors with 11inch props
- 4x 30a ESC with BLheli or SimonK, not sure yet.
- CC3D with Cleanflight, voltage sensor and my addon board
- cheap 200mw eachine FPV from banggod
- Minim OSD with MwOSD (I just fried one, waiting for a max7456 to replace)
- 3cell LiPO battery
I dont have any CAD files for the frame, since it was hand-drawn, sorry bout that 🙂 Front booms are 20cm long, back booms 30cm. The angle between back booms is 48-50degrees, depends on the props, I have 11inch props. Im not sure about the angle between the front ones, since I changed it so much becuse of the camera view. Just make sure that the motors are in the corners of a perfect square… saves much hassle at the end… with the mixing and all 🙂
The wiring harness was routed inside the frame, so it wont end up messy at the end. Motors are soldered directly to the ESCs, which are mounted on the booms. I figured they would get hot inside the frame.
Stay tuned for part 2, Flashing CC3D with Cleanflight