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 PDB, servo, tilt mechanism, motor mounts, front 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.
Flying 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.
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.