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    Tricopter - Scratch Build



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    Parts used in this build:
    1 x Tricopter frame
    1 x M3*20 screws + locknuts
    1 x KK2 flight controller
    1 x Male to male servo connectors
    1 x 3 X 3.5mm bullet ESC Power Breakout Cable
    3 x DT750 750kV Motors
    3 x Hobbyking F20A Speed Controllers
    1 x4s Turnigy 3000mAh LiPo
    1 x BMS-385DMAX Digital Servo (Metal Gear)
    1 x Gemfan 9x4.7
    1 x Front wheel steering mounts
    1 x Male to male servo cables
    1 x M3x30 Hex screws (if building the camera tray)
    1 x M4 lock nuts (for the DT750's)
    1 x Distribution power adapter
    1 x Battery strap
    1 x Servo extension
    1 x 3.5 bullet connectors


    (Items without a link I've bought at local shops)
    4 mm carbon fiber rod
    40+ of 2.5mm zip-ties
    1/16th plywood (if building the camera tray)
    Blue locktite
    CA glue
    12mm (1/2 in.) Boom - (Poplar Square Dowel)
    Boom Lengths:
    Front: 35cm
    Back: 37cm



    Camera Tray Plans:
    Tricopter Frame PDF
    Tricopter Camera mount PDF



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    Great to see David doing a build thread, I already have mine in the air, but there is still so much to learn about this tri.

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    thank you thank you thank you. you guys are the awesomest, most devoted, incredible guys out there.

    this in my next tricopter!
    "reading is for stupid"

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    Hello, thank you for this great tutorial!
    I was waiting for something like this for ages so i can finally start collecting recources and make my own tricopter

    As a beginning flyer what would be a good transmitter/ receiver in combination with this build, maybe something i can expand later to use to do some fpv with my gopro?

    Thank you for your time

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    Can you recommend an alternate source for the steering mounts? Hobby King seems to have been back-ordered for some time now.

    Or if anyone out there has built theirs and have left over parts, maybe they'd be willing to share or sell.

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    As a beginning flyer what would be a good transmitter/ receiver in combination with this build, maybe something i can expand later to use to do some fpv with my gopro?
    you cant go past the Turnigy 9X


    Can you recommend an alternate source for the steering mounts? Hobby King seems to have been back-ordered for some time now.
    there is some other designes out there;
    http://iterativecode.com/blog/2012/0...sm-revision-2/

    or you can watch more youtube videos and waight for them to come in stock

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyBro View Post
    Can you recommend an alternate source for the steering mounts? Hobby King seems to have been back-ordered for some time now.

    Or if anyone out there has built theirs and have left over parts, maybe they'd be willing to share or sell.
    HERE is an RCGROUPS thread slam full of all sorts of yaw designs

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyBro View Post
    Can you recommend an alternate source for the steering mounts? Hobby King seems to have been back-ordered for some time now.

    Or if anyone out there has built theirs and have left over parts, maybe they'd be willing to share or sell.
    http://shop.flitetest.com/multirotor...s-tilt-13-370/
    The volunteers at Flite Fest 2014 were awesome! Thank you all for everything you did.

  9. #9
    Hi David. After seeing this episode on Flitetest, I've decided to take the plunge into RC. I want to build a tricopter like yours for my first RC model. I have a couple of questions. First, if I get a Turnigy 9X or 9XR, what RX and TX do you recommend? Do you think a tricopter is a good first heli? And lastly, if I decide to get the Hobby King X900 tricopter frame to use as a starter kit, would I use the same electronics you've listed here or would you recommend any changes? Oh yeah...and what does HV mean?
    Last edited by Budge; 04-22-2013 at 02:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyBro View Post
    Can you recommend an alternate source for the steering mounts? Hobby King seems to have been back-ordered for some time now.
    I was just notified that Hobby King has them back in stock, although not at the USA Warehouse. So I placed my order right away.
    http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8432

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