Home Forums Everything about the Tricopter V4 Help!? Tricopter v4 still a viable option in 2019?

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  • #60963
    OnkelCuchullain
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    Hello to all you fabulous people here on RC-Explorer.SE. I am still working up the courage to buy and build a tricopter. I have my fair share of experience regarding RC cars, and I also have plugged together the occasional RC plane.
    but a project as big as the tricopter with all its soldering and stuff still fills me with lots of respect. Watching the build videos and tutorials helped a big deal and I’m almost there, I almost think I can manage. 🙂
    Now to my real question. Is the tricopter V4 still a valid option in 2019? I get that the basic design of the tri is somewhat older. And I’m not really up to date regarding updates and facelifts.

    so would all of you tricopter owners and builders still recommend putting up the money and buying the parts to build one? Or are there downsides my euphoria has locked up in the basement.

    Thank you all in advance for your time and your answers.

    Greetings from Bavaria

    Marc

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    #61008
    Kevin_Erik
    Moderator

    If David still has it for sale then, Yes. Besides, they do sell for a good price currently.

    From my own experiences that the Tri-baby was much easier to build tune and fly. Case in point, when you need to replace a servo, you’ll have to disassemble the majority of the V4 just able to swap it. Yet, should you have your heart set on the Bigger Tricopter, it maybe worth waiting for V5. I’m optimistic that V5 will be much easier to build / maintain by using header pins to attach the servo. That and maybe an F4 flight controller thats not intergrated.

    #61015
    OnkelCuchullain
    Participant

    Hi Kevin_erik, thanks for your time and your opinion. Describing the baby build as the easier one. I really wouldn’t have thought that. It would be really interesting if someone knows if David is planning to release a v5 of the original tricopter. Following his YouTube channel it looks like he has somehow moved on a little.

    Kind regards

    Marc

    #61017
    Kevin_Erik
    Moderator

    Yeah he’s working on it, got direct confirmation of this the other week. That being said, don’t like expect to see it tomorrow. Now as for the specifics, thats for David to share when he’s ready.

    #61018
    OnkelCuchullain
    Participant

    Wow, that’s even greater information! Thank you so much. Knowing this i can be patient. David has designed such great things in the past. He should take all the time he wants and needs. Meanwhile i’ll be setting up the piggy bank. =)

    #61254
    LitterBug
    Participant

    Looking forward to V5 myself. I’ve got two Baby Tris and two Mini Tris but have not built one of the larger V# tris. Most of the parts are interchangeable with the Mini Tri so technically I could just put longer arms on one of my mini tris and put the battery tray on it to convert it to a V#. Support for F3 processors is dwindling down, but it is still a very viable flying machine. Here’s RAW, unstabilized, FPV footage from one of my mini tris:

    Just think how smooth that would be with a sabilized GoPro or Runcam. 😀 I used two base plates modified with 30×30 FC bolt holes rather than the integrated PDB/FC board to build mine, so it will be easy for me to upgrade to the Kakute F4 V2 FC that @David is now selling in the store.

    Cheers!
    LitterBug

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