Folding HK Hex

By MrBeetle on Jul 05, 2016

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First Hexacopter. Heavy Lifter. As.


Part List


Unique Bargains 30 Pcs M3x25mm Stainless Steel Hex Socket Head Cap Machine Screws 0.5mm Pitch


HobbyKing 650X6 Folding HexaCopter Frame with Tall Crab Landing Gear (KIT) (US Warehouse)


Micro Vibration Isolation Mount – MultiRotorMania


Dual Battery Mount for Multifunction Tall Landing Skid Gear FPV F450 F550 HJ550

Flight Controller

TauLabs Sparky2.0 CC3D REVO Upgrade OP TL Dual Piece OpenLRS Flight Controller


6 x Afro 30A Muti-Rotor ESC (SimonK Firmware)


6 x Turnigy Multistar 4225-610Kv 16Pole Multi-Rotor Outrunner


5 x HobbyKing Slowfly Propeller 12x4.5 Red (CW/CCW) (4pcs)


JR Transmitter Telemetry Module


FrSky D8R-II Plus 8 Channel Receiver w/ telemetry


Battery Strap (5pcs/bag)


Multistar High Capacity 16000mAh 4S 12C Multi-Rotor Lipo Pack w/XT90 (2 builds)

Power Distribution

XT90-S Anti-Spark Connector (2pairs/bag)

Power Distribution

HXT 4mm to 6 X 3.5mm bullet Multistar ESC Power Breakout Cable

Power Distribution

KINGKONG 5V 3A Switching Power UBEC

Power Distribution

HobbyKing™ Lipoly Low Voltage Alarm (2s~4s) (5 builds)

HD Camera

Foxeer Legend 1 1080P 60fps Action Camera (Green)

Misc Parts

Matek LED Circle X2/5V (White) (2 pcs)

Misc Parts

Matek LED Circle X2/5V (Red) (2 pcs)

Misc Parts

Signal Converter Module SBUS-PPM-PWM (S2PW)

Misc Parts

40p Dupont Wire Female To Female F/f Jumper Wire Ribbon Cable 10cm For Arduino

Misc Parts

Matek LED Circle X2/5V (Blue) (2 pcs)

Misc Parts

DJI F330 Dome - Hemisphere - Black Hi-Impact Styrene Material
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MrBeetle   Jul 11, 2016  

Routed the wires a bit better to hide in the body. Replaced zip ties with repair tape. Added a pvc coupler and dome to protect gps and fc. Painted it, not realizing it looked like an upside-down Boba fett...

MrBeetle   Jul 11, 2016 

I may replace some props for better orientation, or will replace with carbon fiber once I run through what I have.

Whiffles   Jul 12, 2016 

Looking good! It's a huge improvement over the previous photos.

MrBeetle   Jul 05, 2016  

With this battery, I'm getting about 30 mins of loiter time (about 50 mins of mostly 5' off the ground, landing/taking off/etc) Esc's and motors get pretty warm (not hot).

Whiffles   Jul 05, 2016 

Wow, not bad. That sure isn't a cheap battery though!

Silverlogic55   Jul 05, 2016  

I'm with Whiffles, I much prefer to see the AP rigs. All the racers start to look the same, where as the AP rigs have and entirely different set of problems to overcome and design goals to attain. I don't have any experience with that flight controller but I cant recommend PixHawk enough, if you ever look to upgrade.

Whiffles   Jul 05, 2016  

Great to see an AP rig for a change. Do you plan to put a gimbal on this?

MrBeetle   Jul 05, 2016 

Eventually, yes. Fpv as well, but just getting into the hobby now. Need to learn to fly first... Already broke the landing gear on this guy, I don't think they really like the 3kg weight. Changed over to 6" pvc rings to learn better. Don't want to risk gimbles and such yet

Whiffles   Jul 05, 2016 

Oh no! Have you learned to fly on a micro or nano first? That's crucial. And yes, good idea to wait on the gimbal as they're extremely fragile.

MrBeetle   Jul 05, 2016 

I did a bit, but not nearly enough... :)

PVC rings are working like a charm, and I'm gaining more confidence... Still haven't gone more that 10' or so. (The stock legs in that frame are kinda crap)

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