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Tricopter APM2.6 FPV AP/AF

M4df3rr37

Junior Member
#1
Hello,
to assure that I am not doing any big mistakes or forgetting anything I would like to share my planned components and the way I am planning to combine those. Thanks a lot for your feedback in advance.

This is my plan for building a Tricopter designed for filming and photography with the possibility to locate filming-/phototargets via fpv.

1. Flight controller: APM 2.6 with LEA6H GPS
http://www.rcmaster.net/de-apm-2-6-ardupilot-mega-flugsteuerung-mit-6h-gps-f%C3%BCr-multicopters-flugzeuge-p235708.htm

2. Flight controller power supply: HKPilot Power Module
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__43766__HKPilot_Power_Module_with_XT60_Connectors_and_6_Pin_150mm_Cable.html

3. Tail Servo: TGY-306G-HV
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__31624__TGY_306G_HV_High_Voltage_Ultra_Fast_High_Torque_MG_Digital_Alloy_Cased_Servo_3_7kg_EU_warehouse_.html

4. Motors: Tiger MN3110-26
http://www.premium-modellbau.de/Brushless-Motoren-T-Motor-MN3110---26-470kv-Tiger-Brushless-Motor-3S-6S-80g-Quad-Hexa-Multicopter/a47082247_u2344/

5. Propeller: Turnigy 14x4.5 (2x CCW 1x CW)
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__37282__Wooden_14x4_5_propeller_1pc_bag_EU_warehouse_.html

6. Motor ESC: BULL TEC 35A 4S SimonK N-FET
http://www.premium-modellbau.de/Brushless-Regler-BULL-TEC-Brushless-Regler-BULL-TEC-Multicopter-Brushless-Regler-35A--2S---4S-Lipo-3A-BEC-SimonK-N-FET/a46536159_u2344_z568dcb3d-62ed-4e2b-acbb-cbc3edbd082e/

7. Remote control: Walkera F7DS
http://www.rcmaster.net/de-walkera-devo-f7ds-fpv-sender-2-4g-bild%C3%BCbertragung-kit-version-p235720.htm

8. Receiver: Walkera RX701
http://www.rcmaster.net/de-walkera-devo-f7ds-fpv-sender-2-4g-bild%C3%BCbertragung-kit-version-p235720.htm

9. Receiver power supply: 5V UBEC
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__36305__5V_5A_UBEC_2_5S_Lipoly_7_2_21v_EU_warehouse_.html

10. Videotransmitter: Walkera TX24D-01
http://www.rcmaster.net/de-walkera-2-4g-bild%C3%BCbertragung-sender-tx24d-01-p235824.htm

11. Battery: 4S 6000mah 25C
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__32643__Turnigy_nano_tech_6000mah_4S_25_50C_Lipo_Pack_EU_warehouse_.html

12. Gimbal: Tarot T2D
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__44327__Tarot_T_2D_GoPRO_3_Brushless_Camera_Gimbal_and_ZYX22_Controller.html

13. Gimbal power supply: 12V UBEC
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__18788__12V_4_5A_UBEC_2_5S_Lipoly_7_2_21V_.html

Apart from this there are other components, as Lipo adapters and breakout-cable, cloverleaf antennas, go pro camera, Low-voltage beeper, low signal beeper, etc.
The AUW will be approx. 2.1kg

Questions that have already come up are:
1. Can I connect the ESCs and the UBECs all to the same Lipo by just soldering them to bullets or however connect them to the lipo-breakout-cable?
2. What type of powersupply would I need for the Video TX? Can I connect it to an existing(planned) UBEC?
3. Does the Tail-Servo work by just attaching it to the APM2.6 board?
4. Are there any parts that could be improved/better solutions?
5. Any good onlineshops in Europe/Germany to get these parts?
6. Have I made any big mistakes?

Thank you very much for you attention and feedback in advance!

best regards
Colya
 

vk2dxn

Senior Member
#2
Seems like a good build to me. I would love to know how that motor and prop combo works out.

Subscribed

1: yes
2: I can't read the language on the link page however I'm guessing it will be 12v powered
3: yes
4: you will just have to build it and find out, trial and error my friend
5: sorry I can't help with that
6: there are no mistakes, it's all a learning curve and with every build I do I always find ways of refining it and make it better
 
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M4df3rr37

Junior Member
#3
Seems like a good build to me. I would love to know how that motor and prop combo works out.

Subscribed

1: yes
2: I can't read the language on the link page however I'm guessing it will be 12v powered
3: yes
4: you will just have to build it and find out, trial and error my friend
5: sorry I can't help with that
6: there are no mistakes, it's all a learning curve and with every build I do I always find ways of refining it and make it better
Thank you for your quick response.

1. Good to hear. I thought I caught up a sentence somewhere like "you cant attach different BEC UBEC ESC to same physical connection." Probably selfexplaining if I had a little more physics knowledge.
2. If it is 12V, do you think I can attach it to the same UBEC as for the gimbal or would I have to add one more UBEC?
3. Good aswell. Wasn't sure if the APM2.6 provides enough power.
6. Hope Ill be learning a cheap, long endurance, lots of power, great recordings way ;)

Have you used any of the listed parts yourself and have any experience with them?

What is bugging me te most is: How did it become it sooo damn heavy?
Lipo 625g,motors 255g, ESCs 120g,gimbal 260g, gopro 150g, frame 350g, 400-500g on electronics? Maybe I have calculated too good. I hope I did.

Colya
 
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vk2dxn

Senior Member
#4
2: if the ubec has the current carring capacity then yes.

It is easy to end up with a heavy rig. My first tri build was something like 1700g without battery. My latest vtail is 1150g without battery. Both had/have FPV gear