The above photo shows the completed quadrotor. You will notice the position of the lipo battery. This was a mistake by me, but in my defense, the battery position is not mentioned anywhere in the instructions! The model was completed and flown in this configuration. It was later learned, in conversation with the designer and manufacturer, Chris Wilson, that the battery should be positioned lengthwise. The crosswise position shown does result in a more forward balance point, which probably helped, in those first flights! More on batteries and balance points later.
Available as a full kit, or as an airframe only kit or as a completely ready to fly quadrocopter, that has even been test flown for you, prior to shipment. This fun to fly and very aerobatic model is available to suit a wide rang of modelers. It looks like a helicopter but handles like a fixed wing airplane.
Maybe, if you are a competent fixed wing pilot who would like to try a chopper, this could be the way to go!
The manual consists of 15 pages, printed on both sides, in color.
It is generally well written and clear in its instruction. and logically steps you through the build sequence.
This is not a complicated quadrotor and it took me about 7-8 hours to complete.
The pages are stapled in the upper right corner and I would prefer if the pages were spiral bound. This would make pages easier to refer to as the build continues.
You will see the center plate (upper left corner of photo), has a u-shaped slot, that houses the battery. Check now if this width needs to be enlarged to suit the battery you plan on using.
Construction proceeds rapidly of this quadcopter and is simply a case of bolting together components and spacers.
Don't forget to add "Blue" Locktite to every to every screw and or nut
The recommended 3S battery -http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__10279__Turnigy_2200mAh_3S_40C_Lipo_Pack.html
Or for maximum performance 4S is the way to go-http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__21394__ZIPPY_Compact_2200mAh_4S_35C_Lipo_Pack.html
Note that the links above are for your convenience and I do not receive any commission on any sales form Hobbyking. I do use them and find their service first class!
It does not take long before your Quadrotor looks like this. One point is that there is no reference, in the instructions, regarding the mounting of the tail boom.
Do not panic! It very simply just pushes between the two plastic plates and just "snugs" into position.
The satellite receiver has been mounted with double sided foam tape and plugged into the board. You can also see all four ESCs plugged into the correct connectors.
Note the incorrect lateral mounting of the lipo battery! (It should be mounted longitudinally) Note that the quad was flown with the battery in this position and it flew just fine with the forward balance point.
Assembly is now complete! The props should be balanced, using clear tape on the lighter blade and programming completed.
The programming instructions worked out OK and very soon we were ready to fly.
This was an interesting build and was very easy to accomplish. Almost anyone with the minimum of experience will have no problem in building this quadrotor.
The VTquad is available as a full kit, where the only extra components needed are a satellite receiver and a 3S or 4S lipo battery.
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You can also buy an airframe only kit and add your own motors, ESCs and control board.
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