The Mini Tricopter is now available on the store!

The Mini Tricopter, a different mini multirotor that packs a punch.

The Mini Tricopter was designed to utilise parts from the Tricopter V3. It uses the same Naze and PDBservotilt mechanismmotor mountsfront spacer and arms (cut to half length). Which means that you can convert your regular size tricopter to a Mini Tricopter simply by cutting the arms (or getting new pre-cut ones) and screwing on the Mini Tricopter add-on frame. (Warning: cutting carbon fiber is dangerous and may harm your health. Use proper protection if you try it.) Also, don’t forget to downsize the electronics accordingly.

Errthing4-croppedFlying the Mini Tricopter can be best described as driving an overpowered rear-drive car. It’s not the fastest around the track, but you’ll have the biggest grin on your face when the race is over. The recommended electronics package makes this little beast go almost 160km/h (100mph). The thin arms and smallish body makes it pretty aerodynamic slippery. It requires very little power to cruise at high speeds and it absolutely loves long low-passes with big wide turns. Flips, loops and rolls are quick and crisp thanks to the center of gravity and center of mass being very close to each other.MiniTriCoppie-2-cropped

Transporting the Mini Tricopter is really easy as the arms can be folded back, just like on the larger tricopter. Folded up it’s only 10cm wide and 30cm long (35cm with 6 inch props sticking out straight back) and 8cm tall. The folding design also makes the Mini Tricopter crash resistant, as the arms may fold back, absorbing energy. The tough “cage” protects the electronics and battery on the inside.

I would like to thank the awesome community for stepping up and making the mini tricopter as good as it now is. Tricopters have received very little love in the development of modern flight controller code. With the Mini Tricopter this became very obvious as the yaw performance in the original Cleanflight code was lacking. The user Lauka, on the forums, wrote a special Tricopter version of the Cleanflight code called “Triflight”, which with it’s many alterations, already has improved performance greatly. You can join us in this quest for perfection simply by posting your findings in this thread. Together we can bring back the tricopter with it’s phenomenal flight characteristics from the brink of extinction.

15 thoughts on “The Mini Tricopter is now available on the store!

  1. Yay! It would be cool if you also were selling LiPo’s, but I suppose transporting energy cells is subject to some legislation?
    Are there gonna be further batches like Tri V3 for those wishing to grab another one or repair damage from crash?

  2. Just what I’ve been waiting for, thank you David!
    Two questions: what’s the weight of the frame and are there any plans for a build video? I really hope to fly before it starts snowing in Finland. 🙂

  3. Man is this thing cool! I cant wait to get this Tri into my hands.
    At the moment I am flying a EchoQuad 270 and it flies like a dream ,but from the start i’ve always wanted a tri from David. I find that racing is more to my liking, so a Racing Tricopter!!! Now that is just PLANE cool!
    P.s I love what you are doing for the RC community 😉

  4. sorry my mistake … just came across this ..

    As an interesting experiment, I set “looptime” to 0 in CLI. It doesn’t mean looptime will be 0, but the Naze32 will run at the lowest possible looptime, which normally is around 1200. with “acc_hardware” set to 1, the lowest looptime dropped all the way to around 320! I then set “emf_avoidance” to 1 as well, looptime dropped further to 290.


    However, it doesn’t mean you can run your looptime this low. With lower looptime you will have more noise problems, not to mention gyro sensor can only get a new sample value every 1000us, when your looptime is lower than 1000 you will be likely to reuse the previous old gyro value, so there is no obviouls benefit of using lower looptime than 1000 at the moment. I recommend running looptime higher than 1200 on the current stable cleanflight release (1.9), for more reliable performance.


  5. Hi David,

    Just had the maden, went good! What an amazing machine!! Thanks for designing, making and selling it!

    Tomorrow first time FPV, bit nervous, but will be cool :)!



  6. David, high and happy new year. Is there any chance you can kindly post a few images of an assembled mini trip, to show the camera and battery positioning and attachment please? Thanks, Mike.

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