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Guided Build Follow-Up Workshop

Thanks to all those that came out to our Guided Kit Build session on Saturday! We'll have a follow-up workshop this week for:

1. Finishing up your guided kit! Nova Labs has tools and some space to work.
2. Calibration, verification, and testing of your build!
3. Hang out, discuss, ponder
4. Fix any problems with your kit if there were missing or defective parts.

Note: Please bring everything you need including your tools.

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  • Brian M.

    A couple people gave recommendations for gimbals for flying a Hero3 on the quad copter. And they promptly slipped my mind. Can anyone make recommendations here? Interested in either value or performance to know where the price range ends up.

    Any recommendations for a really cheap toy quad that could bind to the Devo 7 controller for practice?

    September 23, 2013

    • Bryan S.

      Brian,

      There are several gimbals out there. The Tarot T-2d is a a pretty good gimbal and fairly cheap ($200). There is also the DJI Zenmuse H3-2D ($699). I don't know much about the differences, but the Zenmuse will likely be easier to mount on the 450 frame if you were to buy the landing gear from DJI too. I have ordered a Tarot 2D just because of the price.

      I think the LadyBird can bind to a Devo 7. I have one, but not a Devo 7, so I can't confirm. But here is a video of someone explaining how to do it. http://www.youtube.co...­

      1 · September 23, 2013

  • Scott T

    Thanks to all the experienced people for sharing their knowledge and I also enjoyed chatting with the new folks attending. I'll attend if the remainder of my parts come in and if so, then no need to send me the parts in the mail.

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      Your order is backed up at 3drobotics, the APM board is still sitting at their warehouse. I am investigating what is going on with the order, but basically they are not processing it for some reason.

      September 11, 2013

    • Scott T

      Bummer. Thanks for the update.

      September 11, 2013

  • Christopher V.

    Everything is in except for the APM cases. 3DRobotics is the only remaining vendor, yet again. 3DR has failed both in offering their discount to us and shipping on time even when items are said to be fully in stock on their web site. It's been 3 weeks now, and the order is still sitting in the queue. RCTimer now gets stuff to me from all the way Shenzhen in within 2 days (yes, i order Saturday night and parts show up Monday morning!) and has not screwed up my last 10 orders to date. HobbyKing even gets stuff to me within a week as long as the parts are in stock..... rant aside, that's the only missing part from the group buy.

    September 11, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      And Scott T's APM board is part of that 3drobotics order.

      September 11, 2013

  • Christopher V.

    Just a reminder, this event is at NOVA LABS, not at GMU. There will be another event at Nova Labs, please be considerate.

    September 10, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    I managed to get my quad in the air, but it's very very unstable. So hopefully I can figure this out on Wednesday.

    Oh, and I may have made a really really stupid mistake that I won't embarrass myself with on this forum. But for all other newbies, when you first fire up your helicopter make sure all cables and wires are clear of the propellers LOL.

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      Don't worry, I've probably done every stupid thing in the book.

      September 10, 2013

  • Eric R.

    Chris,

    Doesn't look like I need to come back at for this one at all- copter flies great, alt hold, loiter and RTL all work perfectly. Waypoint control next :^)

    One question- are you planning a session on FPV setups? Any advice you can give for someone wanting to make their quad heavier?

    September 9, 2013

    • Christopher V.

      Well that's good. Use 10" props and when testing with heavier weight initially only fly it for about 10 min at a time maximum, so you can check motor and lipo temperature, even if the battery lasts. Your quad won't handle that much, after all it's an experimental aircraft you built yourself. I'd try and keep additional payload total less than 500g if possible.

      September 10, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Thanks everyone for a great build party. Wednesday's are tough for me but I'll try to get there.

    1 · September 8, 2013

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