|My interest has changed from Cars to Quad Copters. I finally gave up on the TSC Savage Flux 5T 1/5 scale conversion because of the weak drive train. The so called “bullet proof” diff cannot handle the excess weight of a 1/5 scale conversion. I ended up parting out the car and selling is online.
As for my new toy, I got a DJI F450 quad copter and a Spektrum DX8. So far it has been a blast to fly mainly because it is dummy proof. Plus with the added GoPro camera on board it makes it even more fun. I think I might out grow it pretty quickly because I am not sure how will this F450 will do with an addition 300g of weight from the landing gear and camera gimbal.
This is my first Quad Copter. Assembling the copter was pretty straight forward and the only hard part is setting up the radio to the DJI Naza Flight Controller. I had to watch a lot of youtube videos to finally get everything set up correctly, but it is well worth the trouble.
What makes this quad copter standout between other machines is the Naza Flight Controller (FC). There are a lot of cheaper FC that are 10 times cheaper but it lacks all the great features the Naza provides, the ability to change flight mode with a flip of a switch, or a failsafte which lands your copter automatically to your starting location, and my favorite is the intelligent orientation (just in case I lose my sense of direction). With the Naza module and GPS, flying a quad copter is very easy compared to a single rotor helicopter.
This is my first Multi-Rotor Drone. Here is a list of parts I got to get started:
DJI Naza Multi-Rotor System – $220
DJI NAZA GPS UPGRADE – $160
GemFan 10×4.5 Composite (CW and CCW) per package – $8 (all 4 props)
DJI Flame Wheel F450 Quad, Frame only – $32
Custom NAZA GPS Protection with Mast – $10
DJI 2212 920kv Motors (I bought it used and I had to buy all six and all I need is 4) – $15 each
HobbyKing Mystery 30A SimonK ESC – $18 each
DX8 with telemetry and accessories – $285
Spektrum AR8000 8-Channel DSMX Receiver – $75
Zippy 2200mah 40C 3S lipo – $17.72 each
Here is the quad copter once I put everything together.
- HPI Savage TCS Flux 5T (Differential Cup Reducer)
- DJI F450 FlameWheel Multirotor (Landing Gear)