My FPV Quadcopters

Over the years I’ve built several FPV racing quadcopters. My current fleet looks something like this:

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My first setup included ever:

  • DYS 1806 motors
  • AfroESC 12A ESC’s with SimonK firmware
  • Naze 32 Flight Controller
  • Turnigy Nano-Tech 45C 1300mAh batteries
  • Hobbyking FPV Camera starter kit
My first FPV racing quadcopter, fresh from a crash
My first FPV racing quadcopter, fresh from a crash

The second quad I built was a a variation with the diatone frame, in an attempt to build a warp-quad (a very, very fast quadcopter) with my newly acquired 2206 Tiger Motors, as shown below:

My first attempt at a warp-quad
My first attempt at a warp-quad

The third multirotor I built was a tricopter. I had access to a friend’s 3D printer and from that point on it felt like the world was my oyster. I was curious to see what the flight characteristics of a tricopter would feel like, so I nonchalantly printed one, and many hours later it was up in the air:

You can find the design on Thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/make:143530

My first 3D printed tricopter
My first 3D printed tricopter

After realising that my motors were a little bit too powerful for the tricopter setup, I opted for a V-Tail, a quadcopter design that has enhanced yaw-control. Despite the awesome look, there aren’t many tutorials or details on tuning setups for this design, so getting it to fly properly was quite a challenge.

You can find the design on Thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:596820

An Example of the V-Tail quacopter that I 3D printed.
An Example of the V-Tail quacopter that I 3D printed.

My newest quadcopter is the EchoQuad 270, the frame is designed locally by a legend called Saadiq. FlyingRobot and EchoQuad have done an exceptional job of furthering the FPV racing scene in South Africa, and I commend them for that.

The setup on the EchoQuad quadcopter is as follows:

  • Tiger Motor 2206 2000kv Motors
  • ZTW Spider 18A Lite Opto ESCs
  • 1.2 Ghz VTx
  • Naze 32 Flight Controller
  • Turnigy Nano-Tech 45C 1300mAh batteries
  • Hobbyking FPV Camera starter kit
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The EchoQuad FPV and Race Ready
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The EchoQuad can be extremely compact when folded

 

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Awesome scenery, flying below Stellenbosch Mountain
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The newest version of the EchoQuad 270 with 5.8GHz FPV

I recently got sponsored by Drone X Labs in Australia. They sent me enough parts to build two fully functional racing quads with their DXL Hyper X Frame:

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My DXL Hyper X racing quadcopter
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My Freestyle version of the DXL Hyper X Frame with a RunCam 2
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Waiting for a race to start at the South African Drone Racing National Championships where I placed 3rd overall.

 

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