Main electronics and avionics have now been installed

Components I’m Using:

Turnigy D3536/9 910KV Brushless Outrunner Motor (US Warehouse)

Turnigy nano-tech 4000mah 3S 25~50C Lipo Pack (US Warehouse)

TURNIGY Plush 30amp Speed Controller

3DR Pixhawk (+ GPS and PPM Encoder)

12×4.5 SF Props 2pc CW and 2pc CCW Rotation (Black)

3DR Cloned Telemetry 915 mHZ

  • Almost everything is velcroed on to the acrylic (it sticks well) including the battery
  • Pixhawk is mounted on a square plate with 3DR anti-vibration foam
  • Most electronics are mounted on middle plate, except for GPS, which is mounted on the top place to reduce interference (no mast).
  • DIY Power distribution system with 10 AWG wire splitting in to 4 sets of 16AWG wire. The battery is connected with 4mm HXT plugs, while the motors and the ESCs are connected via 3.5mm bullet plugs
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Before

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After

The cheap plastic props had to be reamed with a prop reamer to fit the 8mm shaft of the prop adapter. Nobody sells a metric prop reamer with a starting shaft size of 6mm (they all start at 1/4″!) I had to use a standard prop reamer that produced horribly off centered shaft holes. I bought a Durbo Prop Balancer and balanced the blades with tape, but I doubt it will do much good.

Next up: Test Flights!