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DIY Quadcopters

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 use a drone KIT.

Building a DIY quadcopter allows adding 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.

Holybro QAV250: DIY Pixhawk 4 Mini FPV drone

Holybro QAV250
The Holybro QAV250 DIY FPV drone kit is the perfect way to get started developing on Pixhawk 4 Mini flight controller. It pairs a carbon fiber 250 racing frame and essential electronics with a Pixhawk 4 Mini autopilot. The kit is easy to assemble and no soldering is needed. Holybro offers their QAV250 kit in multiple package versions. The ARF...

DM002 drone review: Dirty cheap and easy to build

DM002 DIY drone review
DM002 - Cheap DIY quadcopter with FPV camera Recently, I received the DM002 quadcopter for tests, a Chinese RC toy quite entertaining with an attractive price. I assembled it and played around with it and now it is time to write my review, of course at the end of which I will draw the final conclusions. As I previously mentioned many times, the fact that a drone comes in parts should not scare...

Syma X5C range Hack

Yesterday, finally, I had enough time to hack my Syma X5C transmitter. Why I had to make this hack risking to brick my transmitter? because I need more the 30m for a decent outdoor flight. Last week I was curios what's inside the Syma X5C transmitter and how can I extend the control, as well the flight distance. Of course, like a bad...

Syma X5C repair

Syma X5C repair - motor replace Few month ago I crashed my Syma X5C in the backyard and I recovered the quadcopter only after few minutes. Unfortunately, because the motors of the quad didn’t stopped after hitting the ground, the propellers have hooked in 20cm high grass. After I removed all the grasses around the propellers and motors shafts I tried to fly again with my Syma X5C but two of the motors didn’t...

Fighter 220 DIY FPV Racing quadcopter

Fighter 220 DIY quadcopter
DIY does not necessarily mean cheap. For the price of Fighter 220 you can find really nice ready to fly (RTF) racing quadcopters. Anyway, IMHO building your own drone doubles the fun and also makes you understand how these flying machines work. Like most of the modern racing drones, the Fighter 220 is also based on the versatile F4 flight controller. Through...

Coming soon: Eachine Novice-III RTF FPV kit

Eachine Novice-III
Identical to the Novice-II, the Eachine Novice-III is also ready to fly out of the box. It comes packed with EV800 FPV goggles and ER8 transmitter. Thanks to the versatile F4 flight controller it can be configured with multiple flight modes. Newbies will be able to practice on angle and horizon modes. The KV5500 motors are paired with 2-leaf propellers...

Coming soon: Eachine Tyro119 DIY FPV race drone

Eachine Tyro119 FPV drone
Just like in case of all DIY Tyro drones, the number included in the name of Eachine Tyro119 drone means its price, not its wheelbase size (distance between motors). For only $119 you get all the parts you need to build your own racing FPV drone. Designed for long range flights, the 250mm size carbon fiber air-frame will be installed...

Flytec T11S DIY building brick drone

Flytec T11S DIY Building Bricks drone
Building brick drones like this Flytec T11S doubles the fun. In my opinion there is no kid that never have played with a Lego - it was my son's favorite toy too for few years. The Flytec T11S DIY drone comes in parts and needs to be assembled by yourself. All the electronic components come with connectors, so no soldering required. Compared to...

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 by 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...

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...

Holybro Pixhawk 4 Mini QAV250 DIY GPS FPV drone KIT

Holybro Pixhawk 4 Mini QAV250 drone KIT
After the popular Kopis 2 drone, HolyBro comes back with a new GPS enabled FPV drone DIY KIT. The Holybro Pixhawk 4 Mini QAV250 is available with two type of telemetry systems (433Mhz or 915Mhz). Both versions are offered in "basic" and "complete" kits. The main difference between the two package versions is the FPV system. While the "basic" does...