Quadcopter prototype build

This is my rough write-up for my first multi-rotor build. I thought it would be good to keep a log not only for anyone who may find this useful but also for my records.

So far all the parts I am using are from HobbyKing [hexTronik]. I know there are plenty of other suppliers based in the UK but as I’m new to this they seem to have a good selection of parts in one place to get you started. I did find that I had to order my initial bulk of parts from the international warehouse and the stock levels for the UK and EU are not that great and some items like the Turnigy 9XR and Afro 30A ESC and other parts are not available.

I wanted to get all the parts in one order but in doing so watch out for the import duty! HobbyKing’s carrier charge this at the total value + shipping + 20% on order into the UK, so my advice is get what you can from the UK and only order what you can’t get from the International warehouse to keep the costs low. Split you order.

 The Components



  • Afro ESC USB Programming Tool

  • Afro ESC 30Amp Multi-rotor Motor Speed Controller (SimonK Firmware)

  • Turnigy 5017 620kv Brushless Multi-Rotor Motor

  • Hobbyking KK2.1 Multi-rotor LCD Flight Control Board With 6050MPU And Atmel 644PA

  • Y Adapter For KK2.0 Super Bright LED and Buzzer

  • Hobby King Quadcopter Power Distribution Board

  • 10×4.5 SF Props 2pc Standard Rotation/2 pc RH Rotation (Red)

  • 10×4.5 SF Props Black CW (2pc) CCW (2pc)

  • HXT 4mm to 4 X 3.5mm bullet Multistar ESC Power Breakout Cable

  • Turnigy 4000mAh 3S 30C Lipo Pack

  • Hobbyking X550 Glass Fiber Quadcopter Frame 550mm

  • Turnigy 9XR Transmitter Mode 2

  • Turnigy 9XR Safety Protected 11.1v (3s) 2200mAh 1.5C Transmitter Pack

  • FrSky XJT 2.4Ghz Combo Pack for JR w/ Telemetry Module & X8R 8/16Ch S.BUS ACCST Telemetry Receiver

  • Turnigy Battery Strap 330mm

  • Turnigy Accucel-6 50W 6A Balancer/Charger w/ accessories

  • Q-BOT Micro Quadcopter w/2.4gHz RF Module

  • 10CM Male to Male Servo Lead (JR) 26AWG (10pcs/set)



The frame I selected was the Hobbyking X550 Quadcopter frame as this was recommended to be by some helpful chap over at the DIY Drones Google+ page. It is quite a cheap frame and has the option for a cemera mount so it should be good for a first build.

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