A little probing with a Quad

The biggest advantage of Winter is that you don’t have bath till just a few people say that u stinks! Umm, just the last week I got the parts for my quadcopter that I order from Hobbyking.  This was my first order and my first experience with the flying things, so I started up with a little goofing around at the forums and obviously went through a lot of tutorials.  Also, saw a few lists of components that people ordered at their first time.  But I had a few bents for a few things, so didn’t match with mine.   Then we (Shantanu and Saurabh) started reading the descriptions and googled a lot and finally came up with the following options.


We chose x550 frame from the lists and a 4k zippy battery(from the multiple options in the list)

The total bill was of 403$ at hobbyking including the 83$ shipping as courier tax.  I had to pay 2300rs more at the customs as I chose the 33% of total billed amount payable for the taxes.

Description Quantity Unit Price
Extra Size Cardboard Box and Packing 183g 1   US$0.00 IN STOCK
Hobby King 2.4Ghz 6Ch Tx USB Cable 1   US$2.89 IN STOCK
TURNIGY Plush 30amp Speed Controller 5   US$12.48 IN STOCK
Hobby King Quadcopter Power Distribution Board 1   US$3.75 IN STOCK
Turnigy 9X 9Ch Transmitter w/ Module & 8ch Receiver (Mode 2) (v2 Firmware)
*JIT-Item (this item takes 3-5 days to dispatch)
1   US$53.82 IN STOCK
ZIPPY Flightmax 4000mAh 3S1P 40C 1   US$25.45 IN STOCK
NEO-6M GPS Module 1   US$21.95 IN STOCK
HKPilot Mega V2.5 Flight Controller USB/GYRO/ACC/MAG/BARO 1   US$75.79 IN STOCK
Slow Fly Electric Prop 11×4.7SF RH Rotation (4 pc) 1   US$3.79 IN STOCK
Slow Fly Electric Prop 11X4.7SF (4 pc) 1   US$3.76 IN STOCK
hexTronik DT750 Brushless Outrunner 750kv 5   US$11.86 IN STOCK
Hobbyking X550 Glass Fiber Quadcopter Frame 550mm
*JIT-Item (this item takes 3-5 days to dispatch)
1   US$19.99 IN STOCK
Shipment EMS Express (INDIA) 3000g – 3999g US$83.06
Taxes US$0.00
Total US$403.70

That was my sum total for that.

We started working as soon as we can.  There is huge excitement for any new electronics component to interface and to poke atleast.  On the very first day, we were able to assemble up all the components as a lot of nuts and screws were missing.  Hobbyking didn’t send  all the nuts and screws and not a single spare case for the assembly, so one has to make a few runs to the market.  Also, the biggest scene was with the motors, they came up with no assembly thing, just the motor and  a few black assembly related washers like things for the propellers.  Nothing for the motors!!

We have to arrange the assembly for the motors on our own.(may be you have to do the same too).  


After another day of struggle, we managed to get the understanding of the things going on.  But yeah, not how the things going on!!
Its a bad scary program for us uptil now,  But for just flying a quad one needs no knowledge.  Its like follow the instructions and root your phone.. Hurray!
The only thing that hinders the people/students from making such things is only the money I say.  The software is so dammn easy to make it fly.
Just the right calibration of ESC, RC, accelerometer, gyro and correct  configuration of the frame and its ready to go.  The first flight is done using this simple processs only.
Now we are poking into the code  a bit and trying up a few modifications.

The first flight was quite nice.  Here are the videoes with different tries at my youtube channel.

Will try to update about the basic steps regarding the calibration of ESC and the other things in next posts 🙂

I have muted all of the videos, because there was a lot of bc/mc and idhar/udhar in the video so gotta cut them out :p



About Beyond

an electronics hobbyst, 8 bit microcontroller(8051/AVR/Arduino) programmer, Linux lover, in love with Embedded Linux systems ... TGL: just push it "BEYOND THE LIMITS"..

Posted on December 23, 2013, in 8-Bit Embedded World, Embedded Systems, Projects and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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