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Newbie help - gathering parts

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by andy_con, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. andy_con

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    IM looking to gather parts to build my own quad copter.

    what are the basic parts needed to get something up and running

    motors
    http://www.helipal.com/stormdroneff-029 ... 100kv.html

    motor controllers
    http://www.quadcopters.co.uk/dji-phanto ... -584-p.asp

    naza-m Lite
    http://www.helipal.com/dji-naza-lite-mu ... w-gps.html

    battery pack
    http://www.helipal.com/storm-11-1v-3000 ... ttery.html

    some blades
    http://www.helipal.com/storm-9055-carbo ... d-ccw.html

    what sort of or controller is best and am I missing anything?
    I own a couple of cnc mills so am going to machine my own frame

    many thanks
     
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  3. andy_con

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    thanks for the link.

    im keen to use the naza controller, just unclear of all the parts needed to get something in the air
     
  4. andy_con

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    What is the board the naza normally sits on in a phantom?
     
  5. ProfessorStein

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    That is the Central Circuit Board.
    http://www.helipal.com/phantom2-10-dji- ... fgodeRQA-Q

    The Phantom has a couple of supplementary boards hanging off of it. One is the USB interface for maintenance... but the other sits just beneath one edge of the CCB and I haven't fully investigated yet. Someone else will have to let us know what it is.

    EDIT: nevermind... looks like that second PCB is the receiver. There's also a cable bus on a header on the CCB.
     
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    I would steer clear of the Phantom board- use (or copy] an F450 (or F550) lower distribution board.

    I would use a Naza v2 and not the lite. Then you just need the LED module (which includes the USB interface) and a GPS add on if you wish.
     
  7. andy_con

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    ok so im getting confused now?

    do you need that central circuit board (or similar) to get a copter up and running. I cant find any info on what it is or what it does?

    can you go straight from a naza into the the motor controllers, into GPS, into the camera gyro etc??
     
  8. andy_con

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    something which im missing off my list is a Radio Transmitter and Receiver, anyone offer any recommendations?
     
  9. discv

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    Ok. yes you can wire straight to the Naza. But it would be a birds nest of wires!

    The power distribution (centre) board contains circuit trace conductors that make connecting power from the battery to everything else much easier, and prettier.

    As said before, if it's a quad you're building I recommend an F450 bottom board. (For a hex use an F550)

    Transmitter (Tx) & receiver (Rx) Is as much of a minefield as you wish.

    I suggest using a DJI DT7 combo. This is a DJ6 Tx and a DR16 Rx. It's the simple solution, cheap and easily resalable if you decide to upgrade. Oh, and it has a 7th channel for gimbal control- lever fitted on rear of Tx.

    All this said, why not consider a DJI F450 ARF kit. It has all you need to get in the air (minus battery,Tx and Rx]
    It can de bought with motors, ECSs, top and bottom distribution board, LED module, GPS module, Naza v2 etc.

    Then transfer later to your DIY frame.
     
  10. andy_con

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    ok thanks

    so all you do with the bottom board is solder the motor controllers to it?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlYtAosAp9o

    you mention a birds nest of wires, im assuming you can get the proper connectors that plug into the naza pins? if so do you know what they are? im very good at wiring and doing it neat

    will look into controller thanks.

    cos this is a fun project, I don't want to buy some ready made kit. that would be to simple ;)
     
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    Yes, the Naza connectors are already fitted to the motor speed controllers. The 'birds nest' I referred to is if you try to not use a power distribution board. But of course it is possible.