Last week I started “Investigation of adequate drone” series. I will share my whole Do-It-Yourself drone experience. Today we will go through quickly through elements quadcopter drone is build from.
Quadcopter is a great type of drone to start with. Is more agile then hexacopter or octacopter as it’s smaller which makes it more easier to control and safer then it’s other bigger or more complicated brothers with doubled propellers.
It is good to remember that propellers are like little knifes which can hurt, so be careful!
Finally quadcopter I think is the cheapest look-like-popular-drones copter overall starting from frame price to number of propellers.
All my future blog posts will be related to quadcopter drone as that’s the drone I bought.
Below I would like to list all parts I think are necessary to build a proper drone. Also giving you name of element I have bought as I know now how hard it is to build your own drone. I was strangling, comparing, thinking and planning all week to finally order this what is in below table.
When I was ordering my quadcopter I was really close to skip couple elements like e.g. power distribution board or very useful mounting foam and other little but sometimes critical elements. Unfortunately, other blogs I have read about building a drone doesn’t include such as ‘not importans’ elements. Which I think is wrong as without them assembling the drone still will be possible but much harder to do.
Below is the table from my excel file which contains my drone elements. Actually it contains everything related to my very first drone assembly including threadlocker and heat sink tubes.
Table of my drone elements
|Elements type||What I bought|
|Multicopter frame||F450 Quadcopter Frame with integrated PDB|
|ESCs||CICADA BLHELI_S ESC (30A) – BB2 UT EDITION|
|Motors||MT 2216 810Kv Muticopter Motor|
|Propellers||9443 Self-locking Propeller Pack|
|Propellers||10×45 Propeller Set Carbon Fiber (discount)|
|6/9+ channel RC transmitter||FLYSKY FS-I6 TRANSMITTER WITH FS-IA6 RECEIVER|
|GPS Mount||Foldable GPS Mast Mount|
|LiPo battery||Tattu 1300mAh 14.8V 45C 4S1P Lipo Battery Pack|
|LiPo battery||GENS ACE 3300MAH 11.1V 25C 3S1P LIPO|
|Charger||SKYRC E450 LIPO/LIFE/LIHV BATTERY CHARGER|
|Wiring Navio||Wire pack for Navio2|
|Flight Controller board||Navio2|
|GPS Antenna||GPS/GNSS antenna MCX for Navio|
|Power Module||HIGH VOLTAGE APM POWER MODULE WITH 3A UBEC|
|Anti-vibration bed||VIBRATION DAMPING MOUNTING SET|
|Propellers guard||5″ PROPELLER GUARD PACK|
|Cables||Male XT60 wire – 10cm|
|Cables||Female XT60 wire – 10cm|
|T-plug cable||MALE DEANS / T-PLUG WIRE – 10CM|
|Adaptor||Male T plug to Female XT60 Adaptor|
|Legs||HIGH LANDING GEAR FOR F450/SK480/F550|
As you can see I didn’t add any gps antenna and microsd card as I had them at home, but you can easily look for them at any shop. Also I haven’t ordered threadlocker blue, battery holder and heat shrink tubes as I bought them in local store.
Some parts could be unavailable in store you will be buying from, then I would recommend to find similar elements but from other manufactures. Trust me it is hard to find a copters related store which will have everything you want. Most of the time it is a hunting for the best equipped store which have as much items you need.
I order everything from Unmannedtech as they had elements all really wanted plus some others in decent price. In my case I was looking for store which will have F450 Quadcopter Frame, not to expensive carbor fiber propellers, navio2 board in good price and decent cheap transmitters. Which I all found there. But as I live in Ireland it was a priority for me to order from one shop from Ireland or UK. If you leave in UK or another in EU where you have more diy shops or you have couple weeks to wait for an order you will be might be able to lower the costs by ordering from couples different stores