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Multirotor, multicopter and quadcopter discussion thread (drones).

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RomanNose, 13 Jan 2012.

  1. FunkyCowie

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 31 Dec 2004

    Posts: 1,268

    Location: Essex, UK

    Having seen other threads you have made and now this... I have fixed your post for you, Merry Christmas :D



    Cyclone: I keep meaning to pop down to the Town park and fly.
     
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  2. krisboats

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Dec 2006

    Posts: 2,558

    Location: Loughborough

    2 things that will help massively, learn to fly going constantly forwards for a short while. Gets you into the habit of flying it like a copter so when you get out in the sky and it looks like a tiny black dot you'll still be able to bring it back to you.

    Try manouvering it around whilst its pointing towards you, away from you, left and right. It gets your head around the "behind view only" way of thinking with regards to flying. Trying to fly with the quad sideways on is weeeeeiiiirrd haha
     
  3. alexthecheese

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Mar 2006

    Posts: 3,977

    I'm not actually the pleb that everyone now seems to think I am. I probably didn't explain myself properly and I don't intend on wreaking havoc over my town, maiming people whilst sitting having a cup of tea in my kitchen.

    But anyway, let the bandwagon roll. ;)
     
  4. booyaka

    Capodecina

    Joined: 19 Jan 2006

    Posts: 13,776

    Soldering iron - talk to me. Plenty of options on amazon etc. Then more expensive ones in other places.
     
  5. Magic_x_uk

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Oct 2005

    Posts: 5,500

    Location: Derbyshire

    Antex 18w soldering iron. 60/40 solder. Flux, Soldering iron holder. Perhaps tinner if you have never soldered before. Sponge and 'helping hands'

    Learn on off cuts of wire.
     
  6. krisboats

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Dec 2006

    Posts: 2,558

    Location: Loughborough

    Not many people intend to, but when people are ignorant accidents happen. I just think if you can't work out how to wire up ESC's then talking about preplanned flights across a town is somewhat wreckless. It's also punishable by hefty fines, which is what i tried to show you.

    If you don't want to be taken as a pleb then don't put things like this, when people are trying to make sure you at least fly safely.



    See i never bother with the flux, never really had the benefits explained and from google it seems opinions are mixed about it so it's hard to decide. I use that soldering iron though and it certainly seems fine for the job. I use the antex 4m coil solder in the clear tube and helping hands/sponge as suggested.

    EDIT: turns out i use the antex 30w iron.
     
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  7. d_brennen

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    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

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  8. Cyclone

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Sep 2007

    Posts: 3,884

    Location: Essex

    Nice. Ive removed the filter for now, I need to read up on a few things with filters.

    You should, more space than where you fly. You have Latton Common not far as well. I might have to go up there some time.
     
  9. Spanker

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,547

    Location: Snipers hide

    Try cpc Farnell.
     
  10. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 20,797

    Location: Wargrave, UK

    If you're buying a soldering iron for multicopter use then 50W is about where you want to be. If you start making larger craft you will need to solder fairly big battery connections and an 18W just won't cut it. Also the advice about the quality solder is spot on. I struggled for years with lead-free solder until my mate who's an electrical engineer popped round and, looked at it and then went and gave me some of his solder. It was like night and day. All the trouble I had had before just went and suddenly soldering became a breeze.
     
  11. rishy

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Nov 2007

    Posts: 516

    Location: Wolverhampton

    APm 2.5 ppm bricked

    I need help, ive upgraded the apm 2.5 ppm encoder so it supptorts SBUS so a one wire connection to my frsky. The problem i have now when i go in to CLI terminal mode all i get is a load of jumbled text. If i connect to mission planner i keep getting PreArm : Alt disparity error messages. have i bricked up my APM
     
  12. Lisapete

    Perma Banned

    Joined: 21 Sep 2013

    Posts: 1,349

    Someone decided too fly over Heathrow

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30369701

    My FPV switch has arrived. She's tiny. I've not done anything else yet build wise due too starting my new job.

    The cheap Gimbal I bought has broken. It no longer powers up. Seller has been crap so I opened a case. Tempted to buy a HD3-D for £243. £200 really as already spent £43 which I'll have a refund.
     
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  13. Kishywish

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Aug 2012

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    Doesn't bode well - it only takes one accident and the next thing you know, regulations...
     
  14. krisboats

    Mobster

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    Location: Loughborough

    So what solder are you using?
     
  15. Lisapete

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    Oh it'll not be long now. Glad I've BMFA and fly with my B lience already.
     
  16. d_brennen

    Capodecina

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    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

  17. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Wargrave, UK

    60/40 stuff.

    Do it. I struggled for ages with cheapo gimbals until I finally bit the bullet and bought a Zenmuse. The thing is, it just works... straight out of the box, no messing around.
     
  18. Freefaller

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    Location: Falling...

    Just bought a DJI Inspire 1 for work - can't wait to get my hands on it!
     
  19. TheOtherOption

    Soldato

    Joined: 26 Jan 2003

    Posts: 6,869

    Location: Surrey

    I have one but managed to bork it doing a software update (might not have been my fault but either way it's currently fubar :()

    Am going to give fixing it a go again and if I can't do anything with it I'll buy another - it's that good that I'm willing to pay up for one again :cool:

    Do let us know what it's like Freefaller - oh and pics are a must :D
     
  20. Freefaller

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    Will do - still waiting for delivery, but will share once we have got it up and running. :)