Mr. Steele Alien - FOR BEGINNERS!

By FullCT on Jun 11, 2018

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June 2018
I have zero RC experience, but a background in electronics and software development, so I felt confident attempting this build. What I discovered is that building the quad is only the first step; there's quite a bit of configuration that needs to be done before it's flyable. As far as I can tell, there's not yet a single source for build info, but if you know of a source for complete build instructions that cover quad, FC, transmitter, receiver, VTX configuration, heasdet, battery maintenance, etc., please comment below so I can add it. Mr. Steele's video does have some good tips, but it assumes you've built and flown a quad or other RC aircraft before.

Updates

I've tried to capture most of the up-front costs associated with building this quad as a complete beginner who has no local resources. I'm not going to lie and say this page has everything you need to get flying, but it will give you a good idea of how much you'll be spending on parts and ancilliary gear. You'll need to supply tools lke soldering iron, heat gun, glue gun, wire cutters, pliers, heat shrink, solder, desoldering braid, etc.

  • Total build time: 7 hours, most of which was spent scrutinizing underproduced build videos and failing at finding better info elsewhere. I have electronics experience, so the actual build wasn't that hard.
  • Total flight time before smoking the FC and VTX while trying to implement smart audio: About 10 minutes. Cost: $110. Yeah. Be ready for unexpected cost.
    I've had better luck since ;-)

If you are practicing in Velocidrone, you'll want to configure idle up before trying to fly this quad; I had a few terrifying moments before I understood what was wrong. Here was my 4th battery since getting idle up configured (8th battery overall). The muscle memory from the simulator really did translate!
6 Months later, it still flies great, except when I break it ;-)

Photos

Part List

Frame

Mr Steele 5" Alien Frame Kit + KISS PDB OSD
Store.flitetest.com
$165.00

Flight Controller

KISS FC V2 - 32bit Flight Controller (26 builds)
Getfpv.com
$69.99

ESCs

KISS 32A 32bit ESC (2-6S) (7 builds)
Getfpv.com
$31.99

Motors

TBS Ethix Mr Steele 2306 2345kv Silk V2 Motor (7 builds)
Getfpv.com
$26.99

Propellers

HQProp DP 5x4.3x3 PC V1S Light Pink Propeller - 3 Blade (2CW+2CCW/Bag) (282 builds)
Getfpv.com
$3.60

FPV Camera

RunCam Swift 2 Rotor Riot D-WDR 600TVL 2.5mm Lens OSD MIC DC 5-36V CCD FPV Camera (72 builds)
Amazon.com
$55.99

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro 5G8 V3 (SMA) (66 builds)
Getfpv.com
$39.99

Antenna

TBS Triumph-STUB SMA (RHCP 2PCS) (127 builds)
Getfpv.com
$39.99

Receiver

FrSky X4RSB 3/16CH Telemetry Receiver Full Range (31 builds)
Amazon.com
$21.99

Batteries

5 x Thunder Power Adrenaline 1300mAh 4S 100C Lipo Battery (10 builds)
Getfpv.com
$144.95

HD Camera

GoPro HERO5 Session - Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with 4K HD Video 10MP Photos (316 builds)
Amazon.com
$190.00

Transmitter

FrSky Taranis X9D Plus 16-Channel 2.4ghz ACCST Radio Transmitter (Mode 2) (5 builds)
Amazon.com
$209.00

Misc Parts

Furious True-D Diversity Receiver Module 5.8GHz System V3 Firmware 3.7 (3 builds)
Getfpv.com
$81.99

Misc Parts

Adpson 5pcs 15" Black Plastic Antenna Tube with Cap Black for RC Remote Control Vehicles Boats Replace for Traxxas 1726 Ant
Amazon.com
$7.99

Misc Parts

LHI 6 Pairs XT-60 XT60 Male Female Bullet Connectors Plugs for RC Lipo Battery
Amazon.com
$7.45

Misc Parts

Mr Steele Earbud
Getfpv.com
$6.99

Misc Parts

iSDT Q6 Plus 300W 14A MINI Pocket Battery Balance Charger (Black)
Getfpv.com
$59.99

Misc Parts

HobbyKing Bat-Safe LiPo Battery Charging Safe Box
Amazon.com
$57.49

Misc Parts

AmazonBasics High-Speed Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable - 10 Feet (Latest Standard)
Amazon.com
$5.19

Misc Parts

FT Battery Straps - Hook & Loop (2 builds)
Store.flitetest.com
$5.00

Misc Parts

FatShark Dominator HD3 Core FPV Goggles Headset (2 builds)
Amazon.com
$399.00

Misc Parts

12v 12.5A 150Watt DC Power Supply
Store.flitetest.com
$35.95

Misc Parts

STRIX 4S Parallel Charging Board 2.0 - JB Signature Line - charge up to 10 LiPo's at once! For 4 cell drone batteries, RC airpla
Amazon.com
$34.99

Misc Parts

ImmersionRC SpiroNET v2 5.8GHz RHCP Diversity Bundle
Getfpv.com
$29.99

Misc Parts

Fat Shark 1800Mah High Capacity Headset Battery with USB Charging & LED Power Indicator - FSV1815 Battery
Amazon.com
$24.99

Misc Parts

2 x FrSky M9 Hall Sensor Gimbal For Taranis X9D & X9D Plus (2 builds)
Getfpv.com
$41.98

Misc Parts

Flite Test Driver Set
Store.flitetest.com
$20.00

Misc Parts

Multipurpose O Ring set of 8 (3 builds)
Getfpv.com
$2.99

Misc Parts

Milli-tie 12 inch Heavy Duty 100/pack - Black
Amazon.com
$16.86

Misc Parts

FatShark FPV Goggles Diopter Lens Sets of -2 -4 -6 Corrective Lenses for Near Sighted Users
Amazon.com
$15.00

Misc Parts

ND Filter Session Mounts (TBS Jello Guard Filter)
Brain3d.co
$15.00

Misc Parts

EBL 18650 lithium Rechargeable Batteries 3000mAh 3.7V (2 Pack) and Li-ion 18650 18500 14500 Battery Charger
Amazon.com
$13.99

Misc Parts

2 x E-flite Li-Po Cell Voltage Checker
Amazon.com
$26.94

Misc Parts

2 x JUMBO Fire Resistant Lipo Battery Bag for Safe Charging & Storage - 230mm x 300mm - Apex RC Products #8080
Amazon.com
$25.98

Misc Parts

SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card with Adapter -  100MB/s U1 A1 - SDSQUAR-064G-GN6MA (2 builds)
Amazon.com
$11.00

Misc Parts

RipaFire Aluminum Alloy TX Transmitter Stand Bracket Holder for RC Futaba JR Flysky Transmitter Remote Control(Black) (black)
Amazon.com
$10.99

Misc Parts

18 AWG Silicone Wire
Store.flitetest.com
$0.95

Misc Parts

24 AWG Silicone Wire
Store.flitetest.com
$0.95
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Discussion

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flux_fpv   Jun 13, 2018  
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I've never seen a misc list that long! Agreed there's no one-stop shopping for info in this hobby. I feel like you've done a nice job documenting your start. The build looks great, man. Have fun with it!

FullCT   Jun 14, 2018 

Thanks! I reckon I'm trying to leave things better than i found them.

Jodie Froster   Jun 11, 2018  

Check out project blue falcon, albert kim, and andy rc for thorough, well produced instructional quad build/setup/config/troubleshooting videos on youtube.

FullCT   Jun 12, 2018 

I'll have a look. Thanks!

JC250   Jun 11, 2018  

Joshua Bardwell has some super in depth stuff. Complete build videos (check earlier videos for even more complete huild videos), conplete software setup guides for betaflight, complete aetup of flight controllers and dshot setups. He has everything. RotorRiot has some more surface level how to videos for tgose who dont care to know all the things u can do to configure your quad

FullCT   Jun 12, 2018 

Indeed! I got a lot of my info from JB and the rest. There just doesn't seem to be a single place to get all of the info you need in order to build a "Mr. Steele Alien" as a complete newb. As this is a popular and dare-I-say iconic build, I was surprised, that's all. Clearly Steele has spent a lot of time thinking about beginners and I hope this might be part of the "cool new things" the Ethix team are working on. It's too late for me, but it would have been nice to have a "From Zero to Power Loop!" series that focuses on every aspect of building this particular quad.

Currently   Jun 12, 2018  

8th battery?! wow you learn really fast! Faster than me for sure :)

FullCT   Jun 12, 2018 
1

Hahaha! You didn't see the 8 weeks of crashing in the simulator. It helps to have settings for the simulator that match the quad I built. I still suck, though. For now... ;-)

https://forum.flitetest.com/index.php?threads/mr-steele-simulators-vs-real-fpv.38292/

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