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MultiRotor Setups




HoverThings 550mm X8

Pilot: RC Dude in Oregon

Components Used:
  • HoverThings 550mm X4/X8 Frame
  • Cobra 2217/16 Motors x 8
  • Turnigy Plush 30A ESC x 8
  • GWS 10x6 3-Blade Props x 8
  • Two Dude Power 35C 3S 3300mah Lipos in parallel
  • Gaui GU-344 Quad Controller
  • GoPro Hero HD Camera
  • 500mw 900mhz Video Transmitter
  • LED Strip Lights

Specifications:

  • X8 with 550mm motor center to motor center
  • Weight: 6lbs with GoPro Camera
  • Max Power: 2165 watts, 195.2 Amps, 23.3lbs Thrust,
  • Typical Hover Amps: 40A

Notes:

This was a pretty interesting build with 8 motors. It has gobs of power but the X8 configuration is pretty inefficient due to the top props having the work thru the bottom props. I flew this in X4 then X8 configuration and probably liked it as a quad better. The X8 configuration does provide the best redundancy though which I tested and was pleased with.




HoverThings 590mm Hex

Pilot: RC Dude in Oregon

Components Used:
  • HoverThings 590mm Hex Frame
  • Cobra 2217/16 Motors x 6
  • Turnigy Plush 30A ESC x 6
  • GWS 10x6 3-Blade Props x 6 or APC 9x4.7 Slow x 6
  • Two Dude Power 35C 3S 5000mah Lipos in parallel
  • Fyetech FY-91Q with GPS/Compass module
  • Fyetech AP-117 OSD
  • Dimension Engineering SportBEC
  • GoPro Hero HD Camera
  • 500mw 900mhz Video Transmitter
  • Dimension Engineering PicoSwitch (video on/off)
  • LED Strip Lights
Specifications:
  • Hex with 590mm motor center to motor center
  • Weight: 6lbs 7oz with GoPro Camera
  • Max Power: 1680 watts, 150 Amps, 17.25lbs Thrust, 2.7:1 Thrust Ratio,
  • Typical Hover Amps: 32A
Notes:

The Hex is a great configuration for heavy lifting and stability. It's an efficient setup but doesn't have as good of redundancy as the X8 configuration. This machine is equipped with a Fyetech FY-91Q with GPS/Compass and the return-to-home and position hold functions work well. APC 10x3.8 slow props are a little too large for this motor at max throttle which is rarely if ever used in quads. To keep the motors more within specs consider using APC 9x4.7 slow props instead. Gaui 10" props work well too but I've broke a few of them in flight so I switched to APC props. APC props are much more durable but there is a weight penalty that puts more load on your motors.





Gaui 500X Quad

Pilot: RC Dude in Oregon

Components Used:
  • Gaui 500X Frame
  • Cobra 2217/16 Brushless Motors x 4
  • Turnigy Plush 25A ESC x 4
  • Dude Power 35C 3S 3300mah Lipo
  • Dude Power 35C 3S 450mah Lipo for Video (camera/transmitter)
  • APC 9x4.7 Slo Props - normal/reverse
  • Futaba FASST 8-Channel Receiver
  • Fyetech FY-90Q Pro Multi-Rotor Controller
  • 550-line Wireless camera, 900mhz 500mw video transmitter
  • Dimension Engineering PicoSwitch (video on/off from remote)
Specifications:
  • Quad with 500mm motor center to motor center
  • Flying Weight: 2 lbs 10oz (1200g) with FPV setup
  • 17A Max per motor x 4 - 68A Total
  • Max Power: 760 watts, 68A, 9.25lbs Thrust, 3.3:1 Thrust Ratio
  • Typical Hover Amps: 12A
Notes:

This quad makes for a great light FPV setup. It's pretty tough to make everything physically fit on such a small frame but it ends up being a nice flying machine with sporty performance. Flight times exceed 10 minutes with safety margin on a 3S 3300mah lipo.





Next Level 650 Hex

Pilot: RC Dude in Nevada

Components Used:
  • Quad
  • Motor Span: 650mm
  • Flying Weight: 6 lbs 15oz with GoPro
  • Cobra 2217/20 Brushless Motors x 6
  • Next Level 30A ESC x 6
  • Dude Power 35C 3S 5000mah Lipo x 2
  • Dude Power 35C 3S 450mah Lipo for Video Transmitter
  • GemFan 10x4.5 Props - normal/reverse
  • Futaba FASST 8-Channel Receiver
  • DJI Naza Multi-Rotor Controller
Specifications:
  • Motor Span: 650mm
  • Flying Weight: 6 lbs 15oz with GoPro
  • 35oz Thrust per motor - 13.13lbs total - Thrust Ratio 1.9:1
  • 15A Max per motor x 6 - 90A Total
Notes:

This is a great flying hex that's very stable. GoPro camera is simply stuck on the top and actually gets great jello-free video.





Next Level 650 Y6

Pilot: RC Dude in Nevada

Components Used:
  • Motor Span: 650mm
  • Flying Weight: 6 lbs with GoPro
  • Cobra 2217/16 Brushless Motors x 6
  • Next Level 30A ESC x 6
  • Dude Power 35C 3S 5000mah Lipo x 2
  • GemFan 10x4.5 Props - normal/reverse
  • Futaba FASST 8-Channel Receiver
  • DJI Naza Multi-Rotor Controller with optional GPS
Specifications:
  • Motor Span: 650mm
  • Flying Weight: 6 lbs with GoPro
  • 45oz Thrust per motor - 16.8 lbs total - Thrust Ratio 2.8:1
  • 24A Max per motor x 6 - 144A Total
Notes:

Amazingly stable machine that restored my faith in the Y6 configuration. Rock solid in a position hold hover and takes nice jello-free video with no camera dampening.







Next Level 650 Quad

Pilot: Paul in Virginia (RCG: Sniperp)

Components Used:
  • Motor Span: 650mm
  • Flying Weight: 10 lbs
  • Cobra 2820/14 Brushless Motors x 4
  • Next Level 40A ESC x 4
  • 4S 7800mah Lipo x 2 for power system
  • 3S 4400mah Lipo for camera and video transmitter
  • APC 13x4 Thin Props - normal/reverse
  • Thomas Scherrer 433mhz Long Range transmitter/receiver
  • 1.5 watt 1.3ghz video transmitter
  • FoxTech 10x zoom camera
  • DJI Wookong-M Multi-Rotor Controller with GPS and 900mhz Datalink
  • EagleTree OSD Pro

Specifications:

  • Motor Span: 650mm
  • Flying Weight: 10 lbs
  • 80oz Thrust per motor - 20 lbs total - Thrust Ratio 2:1
  • 28A Max per motor x 4 - 112A Total
Notes:

This was my second Multirotor I built which I submitted for a DARPA UAV competition - Fly 2.5miles to observe an area for 4 hours and fly back which we got 4th place out of teams from all over the world. Powered by dual 4S7800 with a separate 3S4400 just for the video camera and transmitter. The camera pans 180degrees, 25-30degrees tilt, and 10x optical zoom. Using the DJI Full waypoint data link I'm able to upload up to 50 waypoints and upload new missions mid flight. She's very heavy at 10Lbs with batteries but produces 20Lbs of thrust so she's right in the butter zone of thrust to weight. Currently have 2 SWAT teams looking at purchasing this craft for their use and hopefully more to follow.





AeroQuad Typhoon

Pilot: Paul in Virginia (RCG: Sniperp)

Components Used:
  • Motor Span: ?mm
  • Flying Weight: ?
  • 2212-13 Brushless Motors x 4
  • HobbyWing 18A ESC x 4
  • 3S 4400mah Lipo
  • GemFan Wood 10x4 Props - normal/reverse
  • Spektrum AR6200 receiver
  • 1 watt 1.3ghz video transmitter
  • GoPro 3 Black camera
  • AeroQuad 32 Flight Controller
Specifications:
  • Motor Span: ?mm
  • Flying Weight: ? lbs
  • ?oz Thrust per motor - ? lbs total - Thrust Ratio ?
  • ?A Max per motor x 4 - ?A Total

Notes:

Typhoon ARF from AeroQuad with a change to Gemfan wood blades. Very stable and acrobatic flyer with long flight times of 8min with 3s4400 and 10min 3S5000. I use this as my everyday flyer and stunt bird, she flies upside down very stable.





AeroQuad Mikro

Pilot: Paul in Virginia (RCG: Sniperp)

Components Used:
  • Motor Span: 200mm
  • Flying Weight: ?
  • E-Flite Park 300 Brushless Motors x 4
  • Next Level 10A ESC x 4
  • 3S 1100mah Lipo
  • GWS 5x3x3 Props - normal/reverse
  • Spektrum AR6200 receiver
  • 250mwt 5.8ghz video transmitter
  • ReadyMade RC Pico camera
  • AeroQuad 32 Flight Controller
Specifications:
  • Motor Span: 200mm
  • Flying Weight: ? lbs
  • ?oz Thrust per motor - ? lbs total - Thrust Ratio ?
  • ?A Max per motor x 4 - ?A Total

Notes:

As the name states is a Micro quad, about 200mm motor to motor, named after the owner of AeroQuad who designed the craft. Because of the smaller size it was more difficult to tune but now its flying very nice and stable. I also have the camera set up on a servo for a very basic tilt gimbal. Flight times are about 4-6 minuets, still playing around with prop and battery size to get the best efficiency. Makes a great travel bird as it fits in my transmitter box with goggles and batteries so it works as a nice carry on for an airplane.





Next Level 800 Hex

Pilot: Paul in Virginia (RCG: Sniperp)

Components Used:

  • Motor Span: 800mm
  • Flying Weight: ? lbs
  • Cobra 2820/14 Brushless Motors x 6
  • Next Level 40A ESC x 6
  • 4S 5400mah Lipo x 2 for power system
  • GemFan Wood 10x4 Props - normal/reverse
  • Spektrum AR8000 receiver
  • 1 watt 1.3ghz video transmitter
  • GoPro 3 Black camera
  • Gaui Crane II camera gimbal
  • DJI Naza Flight Controller with optional GPS
  • Quadrino Basic for camera stabilization
Specifications:
  • Motor Span: 800mm
  • Flying Weight: ? lbs
  • 80oz Thrust per motor - 30 lbs total - Thrust Ratio ?
  • 28A Max per motor x 6 - 168A Total
Notes:
This is my newest bird for filming, currently I'm running a GoPro 3 black but will soon be putting a DSLR gimbal to fly my Canon Rebel to get those really high quality photos. Using the NAZA Flight Controller but didn't like how it was controlling the gimbal so i took a Quadrino basic board and have turned that into a gimbal controller and liking it much better. 4S power source is giving me around 10min of flight time with plenty of extra power, around 30LBs of thrust.



TBS Discovery X8

Pilot: Paul in Virginia (RCG: Sniperp)

Components Used:
  • Motor Span: 450mm
  • Flying Weight: ? lbs
  • CR23L Contra-Rotating Brushless Motors
  • Mystery Blue 30A ESCs
  • 3S 7500mah Lipo x 2, 3S 6500mah Lipo x 2, or 3S 5000mah Lipo x2
  • GemFan Wood 11x4 Props - normal/reverse
  • Spektrum AR9000 Receiver
  • 1 watt 1.3ghz video transmitter
  • AeroQuad 32 Flight Controller
  • QuadFrame GoPro camera gimbal and landing gear
Specifications:
  • Motor Span: 650mm
  • Flying Weight: 6 lbs with GoPro
  • 45oz Thrust per motor - 16.8 lbs total - Thrust Ratio 2.8:1
  • 24A Max per motor x 6 - 144A Total
Notes:
This is a TBS discovery frame I modified to put some legs and a GoPro gimbal on. Its also modified to carry some Contra rotating motors to run in an X8 configuration. I did it for the added stability the X8 gives, had a propeller nut come loose and the prop flew off. The craft didn't pitch or anything just lost a bit of yaw control. I also used a Battleswitch form RCdude to run dual cameras, the GoPro 3 on the gimbal and a regular security camera on the frame itself. It gives the benefit of seeing what the camera is filming while also have the craft view as flying a gimbal is very disorienting as the craft could be "sliding" and you may not even notice. The dual camera really help to combat this. Flying it on a 3S with various sizes giving me from 8-15min flight time.





Skeeter FPV Hex

Pilot: RC Dude in Nevada (RCG: Ramovan)

Components Used:
  • Danger Den Skeeter FPV Hex 540mm Frame
  • iFlight iPower 2217Q 880kv Motors x 6
  • iFlight iPeaka 30A ESC x 6
  • GemFan 9x4.7 Props x 6
  • Dude Power 35C 4S 3300mah Lipo x 2 in parallel
  • DJI Naza Flight Controller with optional GPS
  • GoPro Hero HD Camera
  • 500mw 900mhz Video Transmitter
  • Waterproof LED Strip Lights

Specifications:

  • 540mm motor center to motor center at widest point
  • Weight: 6lbs with GoPro Camera
  • Each Motor Max 17A, 276 watts, 42oz Thrust
  • Total Max Power: 1656 watts, 102A Amps, 15.75 lbs Thrust, 2.6:1 Thrust Ratio

Notes:

This setup gives you about 12 minutes of runtime and is great for FPV with the wide-open view in the front. The anti-vibration battery and camera tray give nice video results on a GoPro. This machine is very stable but can also be quite aerobatic too.




DJI F-450 FlameWheel

Pilot: Rob in Arizona

Components Used:
  • DJI F-450 Flamewheel Frame
  • iFlight iPower 2217Q 880kv Motors
  • Turnigy Plush 30A ESCs
  • GemFan 9x4.7 Props
  • 4S 3300mah Lipo
  • DJI Naza Flight Controller with optional GPS
  • Spektrum AR6200 Receiver
Specifications:
  • 450mm motor center to motor center
  • Weight: 3lbs
  • Each Motor Max 17A, 276 watts, 42oz Thrust
  • Total Max Power: 1104 watts, 68A Amps, 10.5 lbs Thrust, 3.5:1 Thrust Ratio

Notes:

This is my first Multicopter and with the NAZA Control system and NAZA GPS it is a great learning platform for those that are new to Multicopters! 90% of the materials for my Quad and my Scorpion came from RCDude! Being a Neewbe at Multicopters the only reason I was able to have such great success was because of Randy at RCDude. Not only does he sell quality materials, but his expertise and his willingness to help with every aspect of the build and the flying was the reason for my success.


HK Scorpion Y650

Pilot: Rob in Arizona

Components Used:
  • HK Scorpion Y6 650mm Frame
  • iFlight iPower 2217Q 880kv Motors
  • iFlight iPeaka 30A ESCs
  • GemFan 9x4.7 Props
  • 4S 3300mah Lipo
  • DJI Naza Flight Controller with optional GPS
  • Spektrum AR6210 Receiver
Specifications:
  • 650mm motor center to motor center
  • Weight: 6.5lbs
  • Each Motor Max 17A, 276 watts, 42oz Thrust
  • Total Max Power: 1656 watts, 102A Amps, 15.75 lbs Thrust, 2.4:1 Thrust Ratio

Notes:

This is my first Multicopter and with the NAZA Control system and NAZA GPS it is a great learning platform for those that are new to Multicopters! 90% of the materials for my Quad and my Scorpion came from RCDude! Being a Neewbe at Multicopters the only reason I was able to have such great success was because of Randy at RCDude. Not only does he sell quality materials, but his expertise and his willingness to help with every aspect of the build and the flying was the reason for my success.


Next Level 650 Quad

Pilot: RC Dude in Nevada (RCG: Ramovan)

Components Used:

  • Next Level 650mm Quad Frame
  • Cobra 2217/20 Motors
  • Next Level 30A ESCs
  • GemFan 10x4.5 Carbon Props
  • Dude Power 35C 3S 5000mah Lipo
  • Dude Power 35C 3S 450mah Lipo for FPV gear
  • ArduPilot Mega 2.0 Flight Controller with GPS
  • GoPro Hero HD Camera
  • 500mw 900mhz Video Transmitter
  • Futaba FASST 8-channel receiver
  • LED Strip Lights
Specifications:
  • 650mm motor center to motor center
  • Weight: 5lbs with GoPro Camera
  • 35oz Thrust per motor - 8.75lbs total - Thrust Ratio 1.7:1
  • 15A Max per motor x 4 - 60A Total
Notes:
This machine with APM2 flight controller flies very well but I'm currently still testing and tuning altitude hold so I can proceed to GPS functions like position hold and return-to-home. The APM2 looks like good hardware at a great price and has great software to go with it.


DJI F-330 FlameWheel

Pilot: RC Dude in Nevada (RCG: Ramovan)

Components Used:

  • DJI F-330 Quad Frame
  • Cobra 2213/16 Motors
  • iFlight iPeaka 30A ESCs
  • GemFan 8x4.5 Carbon Props
  • Dude Power 35C 3S 3300mah Lipo
  • Dude Power 35C 3S 450mah Lipo for FPV gear
  • DJI Naza Flight Controller with optional GPS
  • Wireless Sony 520-line Camera
  • 500mw 900mhz Video Transmitter
  • Futaba FASST 8-channel receiver
  • Gaui 500X Light System
Specifications:
  • 330mm motor center to motor center
  • Weight: 2lbs 7oz
  • 20oz Thrust per motor - 5lbs total - Thrust Ratio 2:1
  • 7A Max per motor x 4 - 28A Total
Notes:
This is a great little FPV machine. The small size and GPS makes it a very low-stress and fun FPV machine to fly without fear. Very stable.





Next Level 800 Quad

Pilot: Dana in Oregon

Components Used:
  • Next Level 800mm Frame with Shocks
  • Cobra 3525/14 Brushless Motors
  • Cobra 60A 6S ESCs
  • 6S 5000mah Lipo x 2 for power system
  • 3S 450mah Lipo x 2 for camera, video transmitter, and LEDs
  • APC 13x4 Thin Props
  • Spektrum receiver
  • 900mhz 500mw video transmitter
  • DJI Naza Flight Controller

Specifications:

  • Motor Span: 800mm
  • Flying Weight: 12 lbs
  • 107oz Thrust per motor - 26.75 lbs total - Thrust Ratio 2.2:1
  • 27A Max per motor x 4 - 108A Total
Notes:

This is a great flying large multi-rotor with gobs of power. First flights were on APC 15x4 props which produced a lot more thrust that was too much for the flying weight of the machine. Switching to APC 13x4 props made it fly more stable. 15x4 props would be a good option is you had a higher flying weight by adding two more 6S 5000mah lipos which this machine easily carries.


DJI F-450 FlameWheel

Pilot: RC Dude in Nevada (RCG: Ramovan)

Components Used:
  • DJI F-450 FlameWeel Frame
  • QuadFrame 155mm Landing Gear with GoPro Camera Gimbal (HP-DS11-AMB servos)
  • 2217-20 Brushless Motors
  • iFlight iPeaka 30A ESCs with SimonK Firmware
  • 3S 5000mah Lipo
  • GemFan 10x4.5 Carbon Props
  • Futaba FASST 8-channel Receiver
  • 900mhz 500mw Video Transmitter
  • GoPro Camera
  • ArduPilot 2.0 Flight Controller with 3DR Radio
Specifications:
  • Motor Span: 450mm
  • Flying Weight: 4 lbs
  • 35oz Thrust per motor - 8.75 lbs total - Thrust Ratio 2.2:1
  • 15A Max per motor x 4 - 60A Total

Notes:

This machine flies well but I'm still testing and tuning the altitude hold so I can move on to testing the GPS functions like position hold and return-to-home. Camera gimbal is controlled by APM2 and produces some good hobby-grade video results.


HoverThings Flip FPV Quad

Pilot: RC Dude in Nevada (RCG: Ramovan)

Components Used:
  • HoverThings Flip FPV Frame
  • iFlight 2217Q 880kv Brushless Motors
  • iFlight iPeaka 30A ESCs with SimonK Firmware
  • Hyperion 25C 4S 4000mah Lipo
  • Dude Power 3S 850mah lipo for video transmitter
  • GemFan 9x4.7 Carbon Props
  • Futaba FASST 14-channel Receiver
  • 900mhz 500mw Video Transmitter
  • GoPro Camera
  • Waterproof LEDs around motors
  • DJI Naza-M V2 Flight Controller with GPS
  • DJI Mini iOSD

Specifications:

  • Motor Span: 470mm
  • Flying Weight: 4 lbs with GoPro camera
  • 42oz Thrust per motor - 10.5 lbs total - Thrust Ratio 2.6:1
  • 17A Max per motor x 4 - 68A Total
Notes:

This is a great machine for PFV with a nice clear prop-less view. The Naza-M has been upgraded to V2 firmware and the GPS works very well as usual. Flight times are about 10 minutes with a single 4S 4000mah lipo but there is space and power to install a second lipo in parallel on top for longer runtimes.


HoverThings Flip 260 Mini FPV Quad

Pilot: RC Dude in Nevada (RCG: Ramovan)

Components Used:
  • HoverThings Flip 260 Mini FPV Frame
  • Cobra CM-2204/32 Multirotor Motors
  • iFlight iPeaka 10A ESCs with SimonK Firmware
  • Hyperion 35C 3S 1600mah Lipo
  • Dude Power 3S 450mah lipo for video transmitter
  • GemFan 6x3 Props
  • Futaba FASST 8-channel Receiver
  • 900mhz 500mw Video Transmitter
  • Sony Super HAD CCD 600 Camera
  • Dimension Engineering 5v LEDs
  • DJI Naza-M Flight Controller with GPS

Specifications:

  • Motor Span: 260mm
  • Flying Weight: 1lb 10oz (737g)
  • 16.8oz Thrust per motor - 4.2 lbs total - Thrust Ratio 2.6:1
  • 8.5A Max per motor x 4 - 34A Total
Notes:

This small multirotor is really fun to fly. It's about as small as you can go while still carrying full-size FPV gear. Flight times are around 7 minutes but this machine could easily shed some weight for longer runtimes. Most will use a lighter flight controller without GPS and choose to run video off the flight pack instead of a separate battery. The flight lipo is a bit larger than most too since 1300mah is normally recommended.


Tarot 680 Hex

Pilot: RC Dude in Nevada (RCG: Ramovan)

Components Used:
  • Tarot 680 Hex Folding Frame
  • Cobra 2217/16 Brushless Motors
  • iFlight iPeaka 40A HV ESCs with SimonK Firmware
  • Hyperion 25C 3S 400mah Lipo x 2
  • Hyperion 3S 550mah Lipo for video transmitter
  • Hyperion 3S 850mah Lipo for brushless gimbal
  • GemFan 10x4.5 Carbon Props
  • Futaba FASST SBUS2 8-channel Receiver
  • 900mhz 500mw Video Transmitter
  • GoPro Camera
  • QuadFrame Brushless Gimbal with RTF gimbal controller
  • Dimension Engineering 5v LEDs
  • DJI Naza-M V2 Flight Controller with GPS
  • DJI Mini iOSD

Specifications:

  • Motor Span: 680mm
  • Flying Weight: 7lb with GoPro Camera
  • 45oz Thrust per motor - 16.9 lbs total - Thrust Ratio 2.4:1
  • 25A Max per motor x 6 - 150A Total
Notes:

This is a good filming multirotor for a GoPro with a brushless gimbal out in the front of the machine. Everything folds to a very compact space (including GPS mast) which makes it easy to store, work on, and transport. I used 6S ESCs so I can eventually upgrade the motors to a 6S setup with some larger capacity higher cell-count lipos and 13" props to support really long runtimes in the future. The current setup runtime is 10 minutes.

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