It's finally time, I've ordered my first quad! It's just the basics, so don't get too excited... I plan to get the fpv/osd/led and other fun stuff in a few weeks.
I plan to do a full review of each product and a very thorough build log so that newbies just like me can refer to this thread later on and hopefully find some useful nuggets of information.
Now, I've done my fair share of research, got a lot of awesome 2nd opinions, and this is what I have planned:
The hexfet controllers are garbage, had 3 fail on me, and the last one took out a motor with it (and nearly my battery too!). Switched to F-30's, and everything is good and happy now.
I basically re-built the quad after that, got a CC3D, a futaba 8FG and a full fpv system (with go-pro hero 2) . Here is the new thread, as the quad is no longer the same. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up.
Pics or it didn't happen:
Went up north for the weekend, logged 1.5 hours of flight time, a lot of impacts, and a few decent (or not) flips. VIDEO!:
Love this frame, super easy to repair (and very hard to break, but you guys know me..)
*Ordered HK shtuff June 13, 2012* - IT"S HERE!
2x Q450 Glass Fiber Quadcopter Frame 450mm - Cheap at $11, 270g, and looks cool and promising, got 2 so I have spare parts
5x NTM Prop Drive Series 28-26A 1200kv / 250w - These motors have a good rep on HK and here, plus Juz uses them, so they have to be good! (+1 spare)
5x NTM Prop Drive 28 Series Accessory Pack - Gotta get the props attached to the motors and the motors mounted to the frame somehow right? (+1 spare)
1x NTM Prop Drive 2826 Series Replacement Shaft - Just incase I crash hard enough ot bend a motor shaft, I have a spare!
5x Turnigy TY-P1 25Amp HEXFET® Brushless ESC's - I do not reccomend these - read the update log to see why...
1x Turnigy TY-P1 25Amp Brushless ESC Programmer - Before I flash the esc's, I'll use this to program them appropriately
2x Turnigy nano-tech 2200mah 3S 45~90C Lipo Pack - recommended by both fmlive and camxbad, so they have to be good!
3x Turnigy Battery Strap 330mm - Gotta strap them lipo's down somehow right?
1x Hobbyking 2-8S Cell Checker with Low Voltage Alarm - Was in stock, has adjustable alarm voltage (2.7v-3.8v /cell), two loud buzzers and a lcd
1x OrangeRx R100 Satellite Receiver - Will try this out with the ZYX-S system to reduce clutter and weight
1x OrangeRx R610 Spektrum DSM2 6Ch 2.4Ghz Receiever - Just incase my old reciever doesn't work, plus it's DSM2, my old one is DSM1
1x ZYX-S 3-Axis Flybarless System w/USB Programmer - New version of the ZYX, has + and X quad mode, and plane mode added. Excited to see how it performs
1x ZYX-S DSM2/DSMJ Satellite Receiver Cable - Cable to connect the system to the Satellite Reciever, to reduce clutter
1x 10CM Male to Male Servo Lead (JR) 26AWG (10pc) - Incase the satelite doesn't work, or if I go with the HK quad board
GEMFAN props - various sizes - Only thing not from HK - As everybody seems to recommend them, I have no choice but to give them a shot!
1x Slow Fly Electric Prop 9047SF (4 pc) - HK sold "Gemfan" props, jbkappirossi says they are the real deal, and that's good enough for me!
1x Slow Fly Electric Prop 9047R SF (4 pc Right) - Same as above, but counter-rotation
1x Slow Fly Electric Prop 9047 SF (4 pc - Green) - Same as above, but green
1x Slow Fly Electric Prop 9047R SF (4 pc - Green Right) - Same as above, but green and counter rotating
CONNECTORS AND MISC
1x Nylon XT60 Connectors Male/Female (5 pairs) - Reccomended by shpoinks, interested to see how they work out
1x PolyMax 3.5mm Gold Connectors 10 PAIRS (20PC) - For my DIY Spider Power Distribution system
1x Wire Mesh Guard Black 6mm (1mtr) - Was cheap, topped of the weight of the order, and braided cables look sweet
1x Turnigy 4mm Heat Shrink Tube - BLACK (1mtr) - Free with connectors, so why not?
1x Turnigy 4mm Heat Shrink Tube - RED (1mtr) - Free with connectors, so why not?
1x Extra Size Cardboard Box and Packing 183g - Gona start collecting these and build a fort!
Shipping weight: 2997g (just under the 3kg shipping option!),
Hobbyking Price: $351.68 (with EMS Express to Canada (MAX 3kg) $61.74)
RC Plane Builder Price: $32.20 (that's 24 various props with shipping)
Total Price: $383.88
The Control system for now will be the ZYX-S 3-Axis Flybarless System since it's a update of the succesful ZYX system, and now suppourts quads in + and X config, as well as airplanes. This will probably go into a HK-450TT Pro V2 Flybarless heli down the road, and I will use a CC3D/CopterControl (depending on availability) in this quad. (or vice versa, depending on which one I will fly more, as the OpenPilot solution is better). So now I will have both the Hobbyking quad controller 2.1 and the ZYX-S, so I can play around with them untill I get my hands on a Openpliot solution.
The thing should weigh ~1000g flying, all in, so not too bad considering each of the motors can push around 900g each respectively with 8in props (from what I've read).
Other than that, I'll be using my Spektrum DX5e for control (until I get a better radio), a AR6000 receiver that I have on hand, or an orange RX from hobbyking if problems arise,
I have a Original Venom Pro charger (Rip-off of a lifetime, but got it when I was an rc car newbie), and a cell checker (as well as a good multimeter), so I'm good for lipo support.
I also have purchased a usb programmer for the HK board and the esc's.
I would like to get a second opinion on my setup, as knowing myself, I probably missed something obvious... (although I ordered the parts already, I'll probably have to order more stuff later, so additional tips and tricks are still greatly appreciated).
The way I look at it, I can always get a proven HT-450 frame if HK's cheapie turns out bad, and the motors and esc's are good for most quad applications, so they're transplant-able when I want to upgrade to a fpv frame/setup. I am trying to make sure that all the parts can be upgraded or used in other projects, so that I don't waste any money. And that's what I have so far!
My hope is to get into quads right, and as stated above, to record and post my progress so that newbies like me can refer to this tread and hopefully find some useful info / tips.
BTW, Feel free to be "harsh" as I would like to learn from my mistakes, and to dispel any assumptions that I probably have made. Thanks!
P.S. - Again, thanks ahead of time for anybody that helps out, I appreciate the help and honesty.
P.P.S - The support given so far has been AMAZING! Thanks you guys so much for all of your help, it really and truely is appreciated
*I'll edit this post as I go, so that it will serve as a reference that has correct/up to date info, and so that people won't have to scroll through tonnes of pages to find info.*
Edited by Some Polak, 11 September 2012 - 04:44 AM.