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Offline Flak62

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Newbie wants to build
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:47:45 »
Hi guys new boy here from South Wales , new to quads but not to fixed wing recently been playing around with the cheap toy type of drone to see if I liked it and yeah loved it! So first question is what kind of 250 class would you recommend or what 250 class quad kit? Also would my spektrum dx6 be compatible with this kind of aircraft thanks in advance to you all

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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2018, 11:08:54 »
Hi and  :welcome:

So building a 5 inch quad. There are lots of options, many are naff but many are good. (You are a wing pilot, you are familiar with the complexities of motor/prop selction, the impact of torque, servo selection and placement etc

Whole new set of rules here.

So, my best suggestion is usually go take a drive round the 250 build section of the forum. That contains lots of threads with lots of builds, find at least the type of quad you like (either the physical look or on vids/description how they fly)
Then get a parts list together and post it in that area of the forum
People will chip in, point out what could be better, what is a waste, what will work and what won’t work and any gotchas. We will happily talk you through the build and answer question (there are no dumb question, we all learned somewhere)

Where are you in South Wales?

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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 11:12:31 »
Hi and welcome!

My little bit of advice would be to find out what you want out of the 250 quad (Racing / Free style / Line of sight or learning) Next is your budget (big factor). Once those questions have been answered (personally) you can move forward with asking for help.

 I wouldn't reinvent the wheel and go at it alone. Find a respected youtube-er and see what they have built and copy that.

I've only been going at it for 1.5 years and the mistakes I made where trawling ebay and buying someone elses setup. Although this has worked out in the past with buggies and palnes not so much for quads. I've ended up spending more time repairing, replacing and configuring someone elses handed off junk than flying.

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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2018, 11:36:43 »
Ooo almost forgot, radio channels

Control takes 4 channels. Arm (arm by stick is old school and carries risks) takes a fifth. Typically other channels are used for:
RSSI
Turtle mode
Flight mode
Pre arm
Probably a few more

But most pilots don’t use all of those.
Most I know use 6 or 7

5 is technically flyable, it is going to make things like changing modes difficult (assuming you use 4 control channels and arm on a switch

I certainly wouldn’t lash out on a new radio for the first quad

Edit lol, just re read, I misread your radio, dx6 will be fine
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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2018, 11:44:48 »
check out the UAV futures $99 build video on youtube
the parts he uses are cheap and old but it teaches you the basics of putting the frame, motors, esc, FC, PDB together

also get a decent soldering iron and good leaded solder
i use a hakko soldering station but something like the TS100 portable iron is great as well

don't know much about the spektrum dx6 but i'm sure someone else will, can you get serial bus receivers for it?

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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2018, 11:47:13 »
Ooo almost forgot, radio channels

Control takes 4 channels. Arm (arm by stick is old school and carries risks) takes a fifth. Typically other channels are used for:
RSSI
Turtle mode
Flight mode
Pre arm
Probably a few more

But most pilots don’t use all of those.
Most I know use 6 or 7

5 is technically flyable, it is going to make things like changing modes difficult (assuming you use 4 control channels and arm on a switch

I certainly wouldn’t lash out on a new radio for the first quad

i fully agree, i started off using my flysky th9x using a pwm receiver as i started off with rc cars before i got into flying, once i decided i enjoyed flying i got a frsky taranis, still use my flysky gear for the cars

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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2018, 12:08:57 »
Cheredanine I'm from Aberfan near merthyr Tydfil

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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2018, 12:14:34 »
VaNDAL_UK was just going for fun free flight and eventually fpv

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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2018, 13:37:47 »
The reason I asked is it might help you to meet some other pilots, both in deciding what to build and starting out period. I know MrMurder flies near Swansea

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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2018, 14:33:28 »
Ahh that's good to know

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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2018, 14:47:55 »
Aberfan near merthyr Tydfil

You are only 30min away from team wooly sheep https://www.facebook.com/groups/teamwoolysheep/ which I think is part of https://www.facebook.com/flyrc/

Might be worth finding out about them and going along for a look.
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Re: Newbie wants to build
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2018, 15:16:52 »
Thanks I'll take a look