KK2 setup video for the Tricopter V3

Here is the KK2 setup video for the Tricopter V3. I noticed that I skimmed some areas a bit lightly when shooting the video, but I hope people still find it useful. For more in-depth info read Steveis manual.

Recommended PI values:
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Threadlocker and ABS does not mix

Tricopter Tilt mechanism 4NoLoctite2

Warning! Do not use loctite on any parts of the tilt mechanism! ABS and other thermoplastics react with the chemicals in the Loctite. The chemical breaks down the bonds in the ABS, making the part very brittle and weak. Use a tiny amount of CA glue on the screw instead.

Loctite website states this:

Not Recommended For

  • Use in pure oxygen and/or oxygen rich systems and should not be selected as a sealant for chlorine or other strong oxidizing materials
  • Use on plastic parts, particularly thermoplastic materials where stress cracking of the plastic could result

After some testing I noticed that the original Loctite reacts the strongest, breaking down the ABS very quickly and a larger portion of the part is affected. Simply screwing the motor screws into the motor makes the whole top piece explode in to tiny pieces! Off brand threadlockers seems to be hit or miss if they do break down the ABS or not. So I highly recommend not using any kind of threadlock on the tilt mechanism at all, or any ABS parts for that matter.

Thank you Robert for bringing this to my attention

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Tricopter kit order update

Tricopter V3 parts

Sorry to tell you guys but, I’ve run into a supply issue.

I got a bad batch of components from a manufacturer. I don’t want to send out inferior quality parts so I immediately ordered new ones from a different manufacturer. The parts were supposed to arrive last week but the manufacturer didn’t include the correct import documents and the shipment was sent back. Now the parts have the right documents and are on the way with the highest priority currier. The manufacturer has assured me that the new components will be here early next week. As soon as I get the parts I will work day and night to get the orders out.
I’m terrible sorry for the wait.
I marked everything in the store as backordered. This is because I’m currently fulfilling all backorders and don’t want to give a false impression that any new orders will be processed quickly. Any order placed at this time won’t be shipped until the end of the week or beginning of next week. Once I’m completely caught up I will restore all items to be in stock.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
I have just caught up with all orders! Now, I’ll just have to take some time to inventory how much I actually have left in stock (not too much…). Thank you all for your patience!
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My acting debut

Episode 4 of Rotor DR1 is here!

I’ve been heavily involved in the creative process of DR1 and so far it’s been exhausting, but extremely gratifying. Making a movie / web-series based on community input and feedback is incredible. There are so many talented people out there and together we can create something powerful and memorable. I’m very grateful to be apart of this.

The FPV footage in the abandoned mall is shot with the tricopter V3. It was such an awesome place to fly FPV. Such a surreal experience flying around in a huge mall with smashed glass and broken things everywhere. I’ll post my own FPV video from there as soon as I’m done with the KK2 setup video and shipping out all the backorders ;)

Thank you to everyone that has given input or feedback in any shape or form, or even just watched the episodes. It’s because of you, and for you that we make this film.

So what did you think of this episode? What do you think about the whole series? Leave a comment and make a difference.

Update: I’m in episode 5 as well:

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First episode of Rotor DR1, and I’m in the U.S.

The first episode of Rotor DR1 is here!

Chad asked if I wanted to come over to the US to visit and help out with a couple episodes. The timing was just perfect as the parts for the tricopter kits wont arrive for for another couple of weeks. So I’m currently in the US until Thursday the 23rd.

So far we’ve been making props and shooting some inserts. I’m actually going to be a character in the show and here is a picture of how I’m going to look:

David The Drone Hunter

The canon is inspired by the Overkill FPV ground station. It’s 2.4GHz helical attached to a nerf gun that Chad painted and weathered. Here is a short behind the scenes video on the RF canon:

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Swedish post update

Hi guys,

Here is a little update on the swedish post shipping

Posten_SverigeWhen the order ships out you will receive a confirmation email from posten. As soon as you receive this email it means that your package has been sorted at the local post office and is on it’s way to you. This email does not contain a tracking number. This is because the tracking number is a “weak” tracking number, meaning that it will only get updated when it’s sorted in Sweden and and won’t update until it is delivered. However I post the tracking number as a customer note on all orders to better keep track of things, as well as making the tracking number available to you. But please don’t freak out if your package doesn’t update from the service station, the package is not stuck, it’s on it’s way. As soon as you receive the email from posten you know you package is on it’s way to you.

Posten offers better tracking options but the shipping cost is much higher, and the delivery time isn’t faster. However if people want a more expensive and more trackable shipping option (Trackable in 46 counties), I can make that available. Prices would be around 10 USD higher for international shipping than the current shipping class.

Thank you all for the great support and feedback on the kits so far! Looking forward to seeing some flight videos!

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Using a mobius on the Tricopter V3

For the people wondering how to mount a mobius on the Tricopter V3 camera tray, here is a very short guide:

Mobius1 Mobius2 Mobius3 Mobius tricopter v3

Happy flying!

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Thank you!


<-My face on the morning after making the shop live.

Thank you to everyone that ordered a Tricopter V3 kit!

I never imagined to sell 200 tricopters in the first 48 hours of opening the shop.  I’m very grateful and freaking out at the same time. The tricopter kits are almost now sold out. I didn’t think that so many people wanted to buy one. I’ve ordered more parts but it will take 2-5 weeks before I get all the stock up again.

I’m currently packing all the orders and unfortunately it’s going to take me a couple of days before I can get the kits out the door now that so many people ordered. Please be patient.

Everyone that ordered a tricopter so far (2014-09-28, 19:00 CET) is going to receive the limited signed edition.

There also seems to be some kind of bug on the webshop at the moment;

For some people, adding a product to to cart works well until you actually click on the “view cart” button. Then you get to an empty cart.

I’m working on the problem, but have yet to find a solution. A workaround is to create or login to an account before adding the items to the cart.

That seems to work for everyone so far.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thank you all for being awesome!

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Welcome to the store

Ladies and gentlemen, the RCExplorer webshop is now open!

I’m glad to announce that the Tricopter V3 kit as well as all parts for the tricopter are available for purchase.

The first 200 Tricopter kit orders will receive the limited edition signed version of the tricopter frame.RCExplorer Tricopter V3 - now for sale

Tricopter V3 parts

3D printed tricopter tail mechanism 2Again thank you guys for all the support. It means a lot to me. I hope you will enjoy flying the tricopter as much as I have through these years.

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Tricopter V3 build video

Here is the mammoth 1 hour and 24 minute long build video for the Tricopter V3.

You will find all the materials needed as well as the recommended electronics on the product page

Video Index:
00:00:25 – Camera Plate
00:04:30 – Front arms – Mounting motors, soldering ESCs…
00:25:10 – Tilt mechanism
00:33:36 – Tilt mechanism – Attached servo horn version
00:43:30 – Back arm – Extending servo wire, mounting ESC…
00:47:40 – Current distribution and telemetry voltage
00:50:00 – Mounting the camera tray and arms
01:03:43 – Mounting the Flight controller and receiver
01:09:30 – Mounting the FPV transmitter
01:15:25 – Balancing propellers
01:19:47 – Motor bad bearings fix
01:21:10 – Center of gravity
01:22:00 – Beauty shots and flight video

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