Tricopter Tailwag is chronic no matter whats attempted, need advice


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The other day, we did a few flights in "Acro" mode, one using 4S LiPo and the other with 6S LiPo. The Tricopter was running 1-shot settings (throttle calibrated) on the 4-in-1 ESC with YAW & ROLL P / I settings that are about half of stock. All "D" settings were firmware defaults.

Note: Normally run D-Shot 1200 but tried 1-Shot to see if it made any difference. (It didn't)

Performed an inflight Tailtune on 4S but from what we understand it failed as we didn’t hear the nice beeps just a simple double beep at the end. Beyond this, the Tricopter felt very loose / sloppy in the turns as if the I-term was too low. (corrected this by raising it)

However, Tailwag is a chronic issue (see video's) that doesn't seem to improve no matter what Firmware settings or hardware we've attempted. Thus far we've tried two different flight controllers, 2 different motors types (verified balance within 0.001% gyro deviation @ 50% throttle), three different digital Gyros (with feedback wire) and a whole assortment of 5" propellers.

**Any advice that can be given would be greatly appreciated!**

Tricopter Baby, 4S LiPo
Note: Flight starts off with Tailtune so there is about a minute of hovering about. The Tailwag is readily apparent both in hover and in flight.

Tricopter Baby, 6S LiPo
Note: 6S flight felt much more stable and locked in than the previous flight, however i forgot to tailtune it for 6S.

Motors: EMAX LS2207-1900kv
ESC: Aikon 4-in-1 ESC
FC: Matek F405-AIO
Propellers: 5x4x3
Receiver: Frsky R-XSR with Telemetry
Camera: RunCam Split V2
LiPo: 4S @ 1800 mAh & 6S @ 1250 mAh
Capacitors: 1000uf @ 35v (Battery to 4-in-1 ESC) 470uf @ 35v (VTX voltage input)
Firmware: Triflight 3.2.2 Betaflight
Servo Feedback: Uses the RSSI pad and is set via Betaflight CLI.

Triflight on Betaflight 3.2.2 v2 / MATEKF405 (MKF4) 3.2.2 Dec 31 2017 / 15:24:22 (30f68c8) MSP API: 1.36

resource MOTOR 1 C08
resource MOTOR 2 C09
resource MOTOR 3 C07
resource MOTOR 4 NONE
resource MOTOR 5 NONE
resource MOTOR 6 NONE
resource SERVO 1 C06
resource SERIAL_TX 11 A15

servo 5 1154 1830 1516 100 -1

feature AIRMODE

beeper -ON_USB

map TAER1234

serial 30 32 115200 57600 0 115200

aux 0 0 0 1700 2100
aux 1 1 2 900 1300
aux 2 2 2 1300 1700
aux 3 37 1 1700 2100

set dshot_idle_value = 200
set failsafe_off_delay = 30
set failsafe_throttle = 1100
set failsafe_procedure = AUTO-LAND
set align_board_yaw = 270
set bat_capacity = 1250
set ibata_scale = 165
set tri_tail_servo_speed = 358
set tri_servo_feedback = RSSI
set p_roll = 30
set i_roll = 20
set p_yaw = 30
set i_yaw = 20

rateprofile 0
set rc_expo = 25
set rc_expo_yaw = 25


Antigravity or bust...
Probably something else but that is what one of mine started doing intermittently before the servo locked up tighter than a drum mid flight. You can see the spectacular crash at 01:36 of this video;
Hope you figure out what's causing it...


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What did your servo in was all the prior impacts. Depending on the Servo, they're not particularly robust.

I ended up using the BMS-385D as while it's similar in size to David's servo, it has a much larger motor and can product better torque.


Troll Spammer
So, there seems to be a chronic tail wag with the latest TriFlight releases > 0.5 for many people including myself. I Fly a branch of dRonin firmware with the older TriFlight 0.5 routines merged in that works much better for me. I have two Baby Tricopters, and a mini tricopter. They are in various stages of rebuild at the moment. Some of my better tricopter flights:
Baby Tricopter on dRonin Neat. Lots of waggle in propwash, but otherwise, fairly clean.

Mini Tricopter on latest dRonin (wired) release:



Troll Spammer
Interesting concept! I may just have to give this a TRI.... :-D Might also be worth testing moving the battery from bottom to top without doing the full inversion.

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Troll Spammer
Fairly smooth, but would be interesting to see more aggressive flying. Some fast forward flight, punch outs, throttle chops, rolls, flips, spins, flying into propwash, etc...