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In this section you will find detailed instructions about how to build your first quadcopter. You can opt for build your own drone from scratch or using a drone KIT. Building a DIY quadcopter allows to add features as you wish.

DIY Quadcopters and DIY Drones

Some mods and hacks are also included in this category. Control range tuning. Quadcopter firmware upgrades. Battery upgrade and many more.

Syma X5C spare parts

Syma X5, X5C and X5C-1 spare parts Unavoidable, after several crash lands, you will need some spare parts to repair your Syma quadcopter. After my last crash land I recovered my Syma X5c only after few minutes. Unfortunately, because the motors didn't stopped after hitting the ground, the propellers have hooked in 20cm high grass. As I am a beginner flyer, of course I have had some...

HobbyMate Q100 review: Build and Test

HobbyMate Q100 Quadcopter drone review
HobbyMate Q100 micro FPV quadcopter for indoor fun During winter days, when outside are -15ºC, somehow you can't find the mood to play outdoor with your favorite racing drone. Luckily, the micro brushed quads like this HobbyMate Q100 are great for replacing the outdoor fun with an indoor one. The advantage of this model over dirty cheap toy drones is the versatile and programmable flight controller. After I reviewed many RTF packages, I liked...

Inside the Syma X5C remote controller

Today I opened my Syma X5C 2.4Ghz remote controller. The default range is only 30m and I want to extend this range adding a 3db 2.4Ghz antenna. I think it's very easy to replace that fake plastic antenna with a 3db 2.4Ghz from an old wifi router, or you can order one on ebay for only $6. I think this hack will increase...

RunCam 2 vs Foxeer Legend 1

RunCam 2 vs Foxeer Legend 1
Battle of the best quadcopter cameras - RunCam 2 vs Foxeer Legend 1 Yesterday it was a cold but nice sunny day so I thought it would be time for the first flight of 2016 :) I have planed this side by side camera test for a while but only now I found the right time and also had the mood to do it. I...

Inside the JJRC H8C transmitter

Looking inside of the JJRC H8C remote controller Today I opened my JJRC H8C 2.4Ghz remote controller to find out how I can improve it. The default control range is around 80 meters and I want to extend this range adding a true 6db 2.4Ghz antenna. It was very easy to open the transmitter. I used the screwdriver that comes in the package with the JJRC H8C quadcopter. Inside...

REDCON Phoenix 210 review

REDCON Phoenix 210 review
REDCON Phoenix 210 - Cheap racing drone As this summer I'm planing to organize some drone racing with my friends, I started to look for cheap racing quadcopters. I do not want to lend them my precious Walkera racing quads, if it crashes at least it is done by my hand. Among the wide variety of racing drones I found...

Syma X5C Auto Cut-off test

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Today, I read on the rcgroups.com forum about some complains regarding the auto cut-off issues on the X5C quadcopter. I decided to test this problem by myself because it can produce some unhappy things like the flyaway. Syma X5C Auto Cut-off video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jENVXhkRgqM&feature=youtu.be After few tests, the results were promising, every time I stopped the remote controller (resulting remote signal loss), in 2-3 seconds all...

Propeller mod for Eachine QX70

Propeller mod for Eachine QX70 quadcopter
3-leaf propellers on Eachine QX70 (aka Tiny Whoop) Having some free time, I decided to mod my QX70 by replacing the stock props with Hubsan 3-leaf propellers. I got this mini FPV drone about a month ago but, due to its limited flight time and noise operation, I kept it in the box till now. Doing some research, I found out that these shortcomings...

HELIWAY 902HS DIY building block drone

HELIWAY 902HS quadcopter
HELIWAY 902HS - Lego alike building brick drone In my opinion the building bricks concept of the HELIWAY 902HS is really nice because it doubles the fun. Kids can learn not just to operate a drone but also to build their own. This cheap DIY KIT includes everything you need to build a flying machine, from motors, flight controller, battery, to the remote controller....

FrSky receivers with PPM, CPPM and SBUS: XSR and D8

FrSky receivers: D8 and XSR
Today I will review two FrSky receivers, the mini D8 and the XSR ACCST. While the Micro Frsky D8 features PPM and SBUS, the FrSky XSR has S-Bus CPPM output. Those who are new in the field, let me say few words about radio receivers. Their main function is to interlink wirelessly the flight controller with the transmitter (remote controller). Additionally they can offer also...

Realacc 021 DIY mini quadcopter: Learn to build and fly

Realacc 021 DIY drone
Realacc 021 Lego alike, building bricks mini drone Lately I wrote about many building bricks drones but this Realacc 021 will be actually the first one that I personally build, review and test. I just placed my order and I'm waiting for it :) As I previously mentioned, the fact that a quadcopter comes in parts should not scare you. Especially that we are talking...