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FPV250 build – How to make a quadcopter (part 3)

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Last post we list all the parts for fpv250 build,when you are ready for anything,let’s begin step by step to build your own fpv 250 mini quadcopter.You maybe so excited.

If you do not know what parts combination do you need to build a quadcopter,Look back at FPV250 build – How to make a quadcopter (part 2).Parts List for FPV250 build.

Here is a good build video of home made 250 size quadcopter by muellerrch,before building by yourself you have to watch this guide video.It’s useful for builder.

Step1 Laser cut frame parts Step1 Laser cut frame parts2 Step1 Laser cut frame parts3

Step 1: Laser cut frame parts

The base frame has to be cut from 6 mm poplar plywood. the remaining frame parts are cut from 2 mm birch plywood. if you don’t have a laser cutting machine just print out the plans, glue them to the plywood and cut the frame parts with a fretsaw or a scroll saw.

Step2 Glue adaptors to base frame Step2 Glue adaptors to base frame2

Step 2: Glue adaptors to base 250mm frame

The 2 mm adaptors for the vibration isolator are glued to the base frame. this is necessary because the vibration isolator do not fit the 6 mm thick plywood.

PS:If without tools, you can shop one 250mm size Frame,it’s very cheap now.

Step3Paint frame parts2 Step3 Paint frame parts3 Step3 Paint frame parts

Step 3: Paint frame parts

Paint all frame parts so they are water-resistant. i like to use acrylic paint because the paint roller can be cleaned very easily with water.

Step4 3d print motor mounts2 Step4 3d print motor mounts

Step 4: 3d print motor mounts

To improve flight stability angled motor mounts are supposedly helpful. they are not a requirement and some might even dispute their effectiveness. but they can be made very easily by everyone who has access to a 3d printer.

Step5 Attach prop adaptors

Step 5: Attach prop adaptors

Attach the prop mounts to the motors. in order to keep the bolts from loosening under the vibrations of the motors i always use a thread locker similar to loctite.

Step6 attach the prop mounts to the motors

Step 6: Mount rubber vibration isolators

Mount the rubber vibration isolators to the base frame (the dirty side, i.e. the side with the vibrations from the motors). i don’t use any glue to secure them, they are just held in place by a form fit.

Step7 Mount rubber vibration isolators3 Step7 Mount rubber vibration isolators2 Step7 Mount rubber vibration isolators

Step 7: Attach motors to 250 frame

Each motor is bolted to the base frame with three (to save the weight of the fourth) m3x20 bolts and the two pieces of the motor mounts. care must be taken when orienting the motor mounts. the motor must be slanted towards the center of the base frame.

Step8 each motor is bolted to the base frame

Step 8: Connect esc’s and attach to base frame with zip ties

Each esc’s three adjacent connectors are connected to a motor. at this moment the rotation direction of the motors is arbitrary. this has to be checked later, when the flight controller is being configured. the esc’s are fastened to the base frame with zip ties through the predrilled holes.

Step9 Connect esc's and attach to base frame with zip ties

Step 9: Install power distribution cable

The power distribution cable is connected to each esc and attached to the frame with a zip tie. the power cable of an immersion rc video transmitter can be directly plugged to a special connector of the power distribution cable.

Step10 Install power distribution cable

Step 10: Bolt flight controller to 250 frame

The naze32 acro flight controller is bolted to the lower plate of the clean side of the frame with nylon bolts.

Step11 Bolt flight controller to frame

Step 11: Install fpv camera

The tiny fpv camera is attached to the frame with a zip tie. better check the orientation of the camera first.

Step12 the tiny fpv camera

Step 12: Connect receiver

The naze32 comes with a wire harness than makes it easy to connect it to the receiver.

Step13 Connect receiver

Step 13: Bolt hex spacers to frame, attach velcros

The six hex spacers are bolted to the lower plate of the clean frame with m3x6 bolts.

Step14 Bolt hex spacers to frame

Step 14: Attach analog transmitter with zip ties

Mount the antenna to the video transmitter and fix the transmitter to the upper plate of the clean frame.

 

Step15 Attach analog transmitter with zip ties3 Step15 Attach analog transmitter with zip ties2 Step15 Attach analog transmitter with zip ties

Step 15: Prepare esc’s and connect to flight controller

Remove the red wire from the jst connectors of three esc’s. this might not be necessary for esc’s with a linear bec. i would do it anyway. the wire can be removed by lifting the little tab of the plastic connector casing while pulling on the cable. the freed connector has to be isolated with tape.

The connectors are then connected to the flight controller. see the naze32 documentation for detailed information.

 

Step16 Prepare esc's and connect to flight controller5 Step16 Prepare esc's and connect to flight controller4 Step16 Prepare esc's and connect to flight controller3 Step16 Prepare esc's and connect to flight controller2 Step16 Prepare esc's and connect to flight controller

Step 16: Connect flight controller to computer, check motor rotation

Install the cleanflight configuration software and connect the flight controller to the computer via a micro usb cable. the configuration software allows calibration of the esc’s. additionally the rotation directions of the motors has to be checked. the rotation direction for a quadcopter is described in the naze32 documentation.

In case the rotation direction of a motor is found to be incorrect, simply swap two wires to the motor.

Once the motor rotations are set, the bottom plate of the clean frame is connected with the bottom plate of the dirty frame with the rubber vibration isolators. this can be tricky but a pair of pliers and a screw driver help a lot.

Step17 Connect flight controller to computer

Step 17: Conect camera and transmitter

Connect the camera and the power supply to the video transmitter.

 

Step18 Conect camera and transmitter

Step 18: Tidy up cabling mess, attach top plate

There are lots and lots of cables from esc’s, video and others that need to be secured away from the propellers. more zip ties and tape can be very helpful…

Bolt the top plate of the clean frame to the bottom part.

Step19 Tidy up cabling mess4 Step19 Tidy up cabling mess3 Step19 Tidy up cabling mess2 Step19 Tidy up cabling mess

Step 19: Mount props

Mount a prop with correct rotation direction to each motor. in case all prop adapter have a right-hand thread use lock nuts to avoid loosing propellers in mid-air.

Step20 Mount props

Step 20: Install mobius, lipo and lipo alarm

Strap the mobius camera to the top plate with a velcro strap. the separation of the dirty and the clean frame with vibration isolator eliminates already some vibration from the motors. alpha gel around the mobius camera reduces vibration further.

Step21 Install mobius, lipo and lipo alarm4 Step21 Install mobius, lipo and lipo alarm3 Step21 Install mobius, lipo and lipo alarm2 Step21 Install mobius, lipo and lipo alarm

Step 21: Ready to fly

Finally, we are done. charge your batteries and let’s go test fly!

Step22 go test fly

By the way, This post is reprinted from instructables.com by muellerr.ch , Thanks for him. If have any questions, please contact us (jack@rcdronegood.com). Thank you!

Thanks for muellerrch’s  again guide for fpv250 build, you are ready to splurge But in order to save money or have a happy fly and security,suggest you ready this post Before quadcopter getting started to fly what should you do? There are some fly tips share with you.If you want more,Next part will be even more interesting. So stay tuned.

Update parts: If you are a lover of this magical artifact and have a great desire for creating your personal drone from scratch this guide is just for you because here we will cover all major concepts. Building your own drones
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