Wooden Dowel Quad

By cjdavies on Dec 12, 2017

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I got into the hobby in 2016 when we were already spoiled with decent, cheap, carbon frames, so I felt that I'd missed out on the fun of building a wooden frame quad. I had enough spare electronics, so I went to the hardware store one weekend for a length of wood & set to work!

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Part List

Flight Controller

AfroFlight Naze32 Rev5 Acro FunFly Controller (25 builds)
Hobbyking.com
$26.51

Motors

4 x Turnigy Multistar 1704-1900Kv 12Pole Multi-Rotor Outrunner
Hobbyking.com
See Site

Receiver

FrSky X8R 8/16CH Full Duplex Telemetry With New Antenna (8 builds)
Banggood.com
$36.99

Power Distribution

Matek Systems PDB-XT60 W/ BEC 5V & 12V 2oz Copper for RC Drone FPV Racing Multi Rotor (139 builds)
Banggood.com
$4.69

Radio

FrSky Taranis X9D Plus 2.4GHz ACCST Radio & X8R Combo w/ case (Mode 2) (54 builds)
Getfpv.com
$244.99

Radio

FrSky Taranis X-Lite Pro ACCESS 2.4GHz Radio Controller (Deep Sea Blue) (16 builds)
Getfpv.com
$199.99

Goggles

Eachine EV800DM Varifocal 5.8G 40CH Diversity FPV Goggles with HD DVR 3 Inch 900*600 Video Headset Build in 2000mAh Battery (2 builds)
Banggood.com
$79.90

Goggles

FatShark Attitude V2 FPV Headset System w/Trinity Head Tracker and CMOS Camera
Hobbyking.com
See Site

HD Camera

GoPro HERO8 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization (19 builds)
Amazon.com
$348.99

Radio Module

Frsky R9M Lite Pro 900MHz Transmitter Module Up to 1W RF Power Compatible FrSky ACCESS Protocol for Taranis X-Lite Pro S and X9 (12 builds)
Banggood.com
$65.99

Radio Module

FrSky R9M 900MHz Long Range Transmitter Module for FrSky R9 Series (69 builds)
Banggood.com
$61.80

Tools

Hakko FX888D-23BY Digital Soldering Station FX-888D FX-888 (blue & yellow) (30 builds)
Amazon.com
$104.95
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Discussion

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vpena   Jan 23, 2018  

That motor has been discontinued, can you recommend another one?

cjdavies   Jan 24, 2018 

I only used those motors because I had them spare, I wouldn't recommend them even if they were still available! There are currently a huge number of choices for motors for 5" size builds, just take a look through builds here on RB to see what's popular & within your budget. One thing to point out though is that most motors this sort of size don't come with the X-shaped mounting bracket anymore, so if you specifically want to build like that you may have to source those separately.

vpena   Jan 25, 2018 

This is the first drone I'll be building, how do you feel about me using the Turnigy D3530/14 1100KV Brushless Outrunner Motor?? Would it work?

cjdavies   Jan 27, 2018 

That motor is designed to spin something like a 12" propeller. If you're thinking about making a 5" build you want something very different! Take a look at this Flite Test article, particularly the section on motors.

https://www.flitetest.com/articles/beginner-series-power-system

Most 5" quads these days use something like a 2206 or 2305 size motor with a 2300 or 2600kv rating.

delta_fpv   Dec 15, 2017  

looks dope, we might need a moment of silence for those motors tho.

cjdavies   Dec 15, 2017 
1

I was young & foolish, didn't know any better. I mean, they spin... the thing flies...

AXIOM72   Dec 13, 2017  

Fantastic.. Thumbs up to this one..

thumbtwiddler   Dec 12, 2017  
2

new alien looks lit

cjdavies   Dec 13, 2017 
3

Wait 'til you see the Steele version.

slodsm   Dec 12, 2017  
1

Freakin love it man, awesome work!

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