The "HellaCopter" - My very 1st multirotor build.

By AcroFPV on Nov 24, 2017

9  565  4

So to celebrate my 5th year in Multirotors, I have decided to do a rotorbuild on the very first aircraft I ever flew. My DIY RCexplorer tricopter.

It all started when I went to my friends house and saw him trying to fly his new toy RC helicopter. I had always been into RC cars and trucks since a kid... and I had an Axial RC crawler at home. So i thought "Hey maybe it would be cool to get a RC Helicopter." Later that evening I went home and began my search for affordable, hobby grade RC Helicopters. That is when I came across Hall Studio & his SimpleCopter which was based off the RCexplorer tricopter build. I knew right then & there I had to build one of my own!

That week I listed my Axial crawler for sale on eBay and was able to sell it to fund my Tricopter Build.
I started by buying a Turnigy 9X off ebay that was premodded with ER9X firmware. I also purchased a chinese USB dongle that would allow me to connect my 9X to the PC and play simulators like Pheonix or Real Flight. This worked great to help me build a little muscle memory while HobbyKing sat on my order.

Two or Three weeks later I finally got my parts off the slow-boat from china, and was able to begin my build. And the rest, they say... is History.

Here is one of the first video edits I did for this build. No FPV action back then, all LOS!



Sign in to comment

metropolis   Dec 08, 2017  

Fuck GoPro, let's go back to camcorders! That's nuts dude, nice! :D

thumbtwiddler   Nov 25, 2017  

dude save some pussy for the rest of us

LeRAW   Nov 25, 2017  

Happy 5th anniversary :) Very cool, very Mad Max!

Whiffles   Nov 24, 2017  

That tire :)

Guides & Reviews

39 3,782  46
May 05, 2020

This guide will walk you through the process of building your first FPV quad. The goal with this design was to build a low-cost, lightweight quad, yet powerful enough to safely carry a GoPro in close proximity areas. I chose these parts to minimize the amount of soldering at no cost to the quality. A typical build requires around 30 solders while this only needs 25. It's not a huge difference, but..

Read more
28 7,648  38
Nov 30, 2019

In late 2019 DJI made inroads into the FPV scene with their remarkable low-latency digital system. It gave us a 720p video feed with latency on-par with the status quo, analog video. Traditionally we've used analog video systems for low-latency video, but the video quality is far from ideal. It's a trade-off we've been willing to accept for the control. Now we've got the best of both worlds and what..

Read more