Just added some small items to the store, such as;
Some really nice quality 6mm and 3mm Wire Mesh Guard different colours,
A loud 5V active beeper/buzzer to use with the Naze32,
Separate BEC components for when you have a really bad crash, or want to upgrade your non BEC PDB,
Separate pin header in case you accidentally soldered it to the wrong side, or smushed it in a really weird crash.
Just added some small items to the store, such as;
Remember that I always say in build and setup videos to remove the props (or not to mount them) when doing setup on the computer while having the battery plugged in?
I though I would do a demonstration video as to why you should do just that.
Charpu had his quad going bananas while doing throttle calibration. His story is very entertaining and a great reminder that it can happen to anyone of us. Watch the RotorRiot episode here:
Have you’ve had any similar experience? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
I’ve been working on this for quite a while. I hope you guys enjoy it!
For those who are interested in how things are made, I’ve just finished up a over 100 picture build log on the Duck from Hell. Please don’t try this at home though as you could very easily burn your house down.
(Go to a friends house) No but seriously don’t do it. For educational purposes only
After searching and searching after the perfect tricopter V3 motor I ended up getting custom ones made. The results on the test bench were spot on! So I decided to build Tricopter V3.5 from scratch with the new electronics and while I’m at it, why not make a build log as well.
I’m on the FT after-hours podcast again. In this massive 2 and half hour long podcast we cover tech questions, rant about the FAA and Swedish regulations and talk about our best full-scale experiences.
Listen to it through Itunes or download the MP3
Air bears is an absolutely awesome organisation dedicated to connecting RC pilots and local authorities to help in Search and Rescue missions of missing people.
It’s a volunteer based system. If you have a multirotor or fixed wing platform that you can keep on standby to help the local police or fire department in your area, you simply sign up on their website (there is a onetime fee of $25 to cover the registration process and you get a T-Shirt). You’re now registered on their global network of pilots. An online map will help the local authorities that need help, find the closes pilot and quickly get in contact. You can also help spread the word to your local authorities by giving them this brochure.
The goal of Air Bears is to have global coverage of standby ready volunteers to help reunite missing people with their families. If you don’t have an aerial platform that you can have on standby you can help out by donating to the cause.
We’ve just installed a new shipping calculationg system which is going to be more precise than the old one. This means that you can now in most cases add more stuff before the shipping cost rises!
We’ve also updated the shipping costs to the new prices we have from PostNord for 2016.
If you have problems with the shipping options (most importantly, if you get the message “no shipping options available”!) please contact us by posting a comment below or sending us an email.
Thanks to the fantastic work of Lauka and everyone on the forums, we now have a specially tailored firmware for tricopters dubbed TriFlight!
The new firmware vastly improves the flight performance of the tricopter as it features a ton of optimisation specifically tailored for tricopters. Among other things it features a custom in-flight adjustment for the thrust to torque factor of the powertrain as well as a equal yaw rate algorithm to get the same yaw speed in both directions.
If you want to join the development, there is a +40 page forum post where this firmware was born and polished by our fantastic forum members. By tricopter pilots for tricopter pilots. Together we are strong!
If you want to print or cut your own Servo Setup Tool you can download the STL and SVG file here. Be aware that I have not tested if this file prints correctly. The file was designed by trial and error on my laser cutter. The file might need adjusting to get perfect 40° deflection.
I’ve just been informed that the rcexplorer inbox has been full since December 23’rd.
If you sent any emails on or after the 23rd please send them again if you are able. Sorry about the inconvenience and happy holidays!
The Mini Tricopter is finally back in stock! All backorders was sent out yesterday. Thank you for your patience and thank you for all your support. I really appreciate it. The Triflight code is coming along very nicely and the tricopters are flying 1000% better than the stock code. Hopefully we’ll move out of the beta and release the a v1.0 of the code in a not too distant future. Thank you Lauka for everything you have done. Also thank you to everyone else on the forums that have helped develop and improving on the code and providing feedback. Together we’ll soon conquer the world, ehm I mean the race tracks.
Quick update on the store; Added a servo setup tool to make it easier get the perfect center and exact 40° throw. Very useful in the setup of the Triflight setup. This will be included in the Tricopter and MiniTricopter kits from now on, or to be bought separately. Those that are waiting on their backordered Minis will get one with their order. The backorders will, incidentally, be shipped tomorrow!
Also added the option to buy the tricopter frames separately, in case you want to upgrade just one frame or accidentally destroyed one.
A couple of weeks back I heard from a friend of mine that the Swedish Rescue Training Center in Skövde was going to close down and that they were holding an auction for all kind of cool stuff. I immediately jumped on the interwebs and found the auction. Among the thousands of very mixed items such as firetrucks, CPR dolls, miniature models, projectors, chairs and such I found a Hunting Percival P66 Pembroke C.Mk 52
We’re currently moving over to a new website and things might be a bit clunky for a couple of days while we work through the kinks.
If you have start getting frustration from using the website you can watch this video of me getting punched in the face with fire:
In this first instalment we talk a bit about how brushless motors work, how KV is determined and what affects how much watts the motor can handle. We also talk about how servoless retracts work, KK2 VS Naze32 and loads more. Of course we also discussed some other thins such as the new Slow Mo Time channel, and my resent purchase of an airplane wing. The FT After Hours crew really are a joy talking to and it is an honor to be on their podcast.
If you’ve never listened to the crazy stories from Chris, Wayne, Andrew and Mike be sure to listen to their previous episodes as well.
I just got a slowmotion camera! It’s a pretty cheap camera when it comes to proper high speed cameras (it’s still cost a pretty penny though)
As a weekend project I’ve now stared a secondary channel called “Slow Mo Time”
Is there anything you would like to see in slow motion? Leave a comment!
So far I’ve made 3 videos and here they are:Continue Reading
Got some news for you guys! Today the Tricopter V3 has been upgraded to V3.5!
Some minor changes has been made to the kit such as;
All fiberglass reinforced injection moulded plastic pieces to improve durability and quality. This includes the top and bottom wire holders, front spacer and all of the tilt mechanism piecesThe V3.5 also have a larger wire dampeners to allow for larger batteries. New maximum recommended battery size is 40mm tall and 60mm wideLastly, the kit comes with the new style carbon fiber arms which were announced over a month back. The new arms are even stronger and more square than the previous model.
The main reason for the new V3.5 name is to make it easier for people to find the new build video that is in the works. Since quite a few things have changed since the launch of the V3 a new build video seems appropriate.
October 27th at 2PM EST (11AM PST) (18:00 GMT) Chad Kapper and myself will be answering your questions on Reddit. Got any questions about the Rotor DR1 movie, the rotor universe, how the movie was made or general “drone” questions, jump over to Reddit tomorrow and join the “Ask me anything” thread.
Update! The chat is now live! Make sure to upvote the room.
Update2 thanks to everyone that showed up!
The new style arms for the mini tricopter has finally arrived! From today all mini tricopter orders will ship out with the new style arms. If you order spare arms and want the old style, leave an order comment and we’ll send the old style arms. Read more about the new style arms here
I finally got some time to fix and compile the final design files for the Mini Tricopter.
The files are available in STP and STL format for free on the downloads page.
It’s finally done! Hope this is a good aid in your quest to get in the air, my comrades. Good luck with your build and maiden flight!
I’ve had some lead time and quality issues with the carbon fiber arms (remember this summer when they were out of stock for a month?) Well it led me to try and find a new, more reliable supplier. I did find one after much searching and last week the first batch of arms arrived! Unfortunately with the release of the mini, I really haven’t had time to post anything about them until now. As the old arms pretty much ran out last week as well, those of you that have ordered the Tricopter v3 recently might get the new arms in your package.
With the change of manufacturer we had to make a new mould. So I decided to make the arms more “square” than the old ones. They turned out great with very crisp edges.
As I’m really pleased with the arms, I have ordered this kind of arms for the Mini as well, but it’ll take about a month or so before they get here (I cheated a bit and used the new kind in the build video though). At this time it’s only the full length arms that have changed.
If anyone feels really strongly against the new look on the arms or need to replace only one on an existing tricopter, you can add a message to your order requesting the “old arms”. If you do, the arms that you receive might have some aesthetic defect, such as scratches or blemishes (as the only arms I’ve got left are the second quality sorting). There is however no technical issues with the arms, it’s just esthetics. This option is of course limited in time, when I’ve run out, they will be out for good and only the new kind will be available. You can mix the old and new arms without any problem. They are the same size and everything fits the same. They are simply more square. All new kits sold will be sold with the new style arms.
I just found out that I made an error when counting the small screws for the mini tricopter.
The pack contains 12 6mm screws when they should contain 14. I’ll be sending out two screws to all orders placed so far.
I’m very sorry about the inconvenience.
- Frame: RCExplorer Mini Tricopter
- Electronics: Mini Tricopter Electronic Pack;
- Motors: BE2208-1800KV
- Props: 6×4.5 HQ E-prop
- ESC’s: SN20A
- Servo: BMS-210
- FC: Naze32 built in to the frame
- Battery: 4S 1800mAh 45-75C
- Video TX: Immersion RC 5.8GHz 600mW
- Camera: GoPro3+
- RC-RX: Hitec Optima 9
- AUW: 830 grams with gopro and case
Anders Lindström, my wife Johanna and I decided to take a 10 hour drive to Kjerag mountain in Norway. This was before the fantastic custom firmware made by Lauka, which have made a phenomenal difference to performance. So the video is not as stable as it would be today. We also had problem with jello in the footage due to the sloppiness in the laser cut prototypes. The milled frames in the store doesn’t have this problem.
Pictures and such, click the link below:Continue Reading