It has begun :-)

The first of many packages arrived today. Waiting for so far 4 packages from HobbyKing, and two packages from RCexplorer. I ordered some screwpacks and wires dampeners from David, and because the Tricopter is awesome, the kit even though I might not need it. I figure I build a training version first to learn to fly and crash, then build the kit when I am fairly sure I won’t destroy it!

I decided to build the 3S version since I have a lot of 3S 2200mAh 40C batteries lying around. I will be using a FrSky Taranis Tx and X8R receiver, since that is what I use for fixed wing. I also am a Phantom 2 Vision observer. Not a pilot, since that would imply that people who launch Phantoms have some sort of say in where it flies, and when to land etc… I created a gimbal for the P2V, you might want to look up “MotorPixie”.

Well, as said, the first package has arrived. The first thing that hit me when I opened the package was how small everything is. Watching the Tricopter on Flitetest I imagined it to be bigger, but the V3 is slimmed down size wise, not performance wise. I opted for the NTM Prop Drive Series 28-30 1200kv / 400w motors, which at 3S will produce 352 watt at 28A. A bit high, but will run 4S as well. Ordered one Afro 30A and two Afro slim 20A, only to realize that I was a power source short. The Afro 30A only supplies 0.5A on the BEC, so it might not even be strong enough to power the servo. To be sure I ordered another Afro 30A and a designated 5v/5A BEC. (Actually two, since I need power for a later addition of a GoPro). I wanted the two Afro slims to go on the front booms, and the Afro 30A to go on the back boom, but since the KK-Mini 2 1.5 draws it power on M1 and does not share with M2-M8, I had to have a full size Afro on the front boom. Those ESC are really big! I think I’ll end up mounting two Afro 30A on the front booms, and a Afro slim (which does not have a BEC) on the tail boom.

Using my Solidoodle 4, I have printed all the 3D parts that David has been so nice to make available for download. Since I will be using 3mm plywood for my first build, I might have to make some modifications to the parts, or make my own based on Davids awesome designs. I also ordered some inferior carbon fiber booms from HobbyKing to have spare parts for my training sessions. Since the zip tie design on the front motors no longer is used, I suspect some broken booms and motor mounts. I created my own combined motor mounts and landing gear and 3D printed them. That way they will hopefully break before the booms / motors do.

First order of business was to cut the shafts of the motors. Remembering Davids point about metal shavings in the motors being a BAD! BAD! thing, I covered them in tape first 🙂

My setup as ordered so far is:

3x NTM Prop Drive Series 28-30 1200kv / 400w motors
3x NTM Prop Drive 28 Series Accessory Pack
4x 9x5E Multistar Carbon Fiber Propellers L/H and R/H Rotation (1 pair)
2x Afro ESC 30Amp Multi-rotor Motor Speed Controller (SimonK Firmware)
1x Afro Slim 20Amp Multi-rotor Motor Speed Controller (SimonK Firmware)
1x HobbyKing™ HKU5 5V/5A UBEC (EU Warehouse)
1x HobbyKing® KK-Mini Multi-Rotor Flight Control Board 36x36mm (30.5×30.5mm)
1x XT60 to 3 X 3.5mm bullet Multistar ESC Power Breakout Cable (don’t know if I am going to use it, or solder my own)
1x TGY-210DMH Metal gear Coreless Digital Servo w/ Heat Sink 3.9kg / .13sec / 16g
2x Carbon Fiber Square Tube 750x10mm (EU Warehouse)
Turnigy Pure-Silicone Wire 18AWG (1mtr) Red (EU Warehouse)
Turnigy Pure-Silicone Wire 18AWG (1mtr) black (EU Warehouse) (Backordered – show stopper)

Existing gear:

FrSky Taranis transmitter
1x FrSky X8R 8 16Ch S.BUS ACCST Telemetry Receiver W Smart Port
1x FrSky Variometer Sensor w Smart Port (High Precision Version)
1x FrSky FLVSS LiPo Voltage Sensor With Smart Port (1pc)
2x FrSky Receiver antenna 25 cm

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition


1x Hobbyking 3-Channel FPV Video Switcher (GoPro and CCD)
1x Skyzone Plug-N-Play FPV 200-Set With TS5823 TX, RC832 RX, Sony CCD and Circular Polarized Antennas
1x Quanum DIY FPV Goggle Set with Monitor (KIT) (Yes, I know it is crap – but really cheap)
3x Female JST battery pigtail 12cm length (for future gimbal, GoPro and FPV transmitter)
1x JST Male 2 pin connector set (10pcs/set) (EU Warehouse)
1x Super Slim GoPro 3 A/V Cable And Power Lead For FPV


1x Afro ESC USB Programming Tool (EU Warehouse)
1x Turnigy Heat Shrink Tube 20mm Transparent (1mtr) (EU Warehouse)
2x Anodised Aluminum M3 Sockethead Washers (Black) (10pcs) (EU Warehouse) (Because I am using hex bolts)
2x 3.5mm Washer (10pcs/bag) (EU Warehouse)
2x M3x20mm Hex Screw (12pcs/bag) – Trailblazer XB and XT 1/5
1x Hex Screw M3x40 (20pcs) (EU Warehouse) (For servo)
2x HobbyKing Super Glue CA (50g / 1.7oz) Thick
1x Insta-Set CA Accelerator 2. oz (EU Warehouse)
1x HobbyKing™ Servo Tester (EU Warehouse)
2x Peel-n-stick foam double sided tape 10x5inch 4mm thick
2x PolyMax 3.5mm Gold Connectors 10 PAIRS (20PC)
1x Polyester Velcro Peel-n-stick adhesive side V-STRONG (1mtr) (EU Warehouse)
1x XT60 Harness for 2 Packs in Parallel (1pc) (EU warehouse) (for future use. 2x 2200 mAh)
4x Flat 26AWG servo wire 1mtr (R/O/B) (EU warehouse)
1x Servo Terminals (JR) Gold Plated (10pairs/set) (EU Warehouse)
1x Wire Mesh Guard Black 6mm (1mtr) (EU Warehouse)

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