After my last crash the shaft on my rear tricopter motor was tweaked. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pLH2GwmsfM Fortunately I gave each motor a spin manually before powering things on and noticed so I had opportunity to fix it. The motor was clearly rubbing and I imagine would have promptly self destructed had I turned it on. The motor […]
I attached our little Y3000 camera to the tricopter and did two test flights. Got a lot of ‘jello’ in the video due to vibration, will have to balance the motors and props better.
To configure the ardupilot/arduflyer for a tricopter you first need to load the tricopter firmware on the board (mine came with the quad firmware out of the box). In theory, you can use mission planner to do this but for my board at least I consistently received an error when trying to load the firmware […]
I have the tricopter fairly together electromechanicaly but still need to tune the firmware. At present the main issue is arming the motors; I have to do it via a laptop, using the controller it refuses to arm. Regardless, I did manage a quick test flight and it seemed to work great. Getting it to […]
The hobby king KK2 board looks like a good low cost option at only $30. If you just want something cost effective and simple this seems a solid route to go. Longer term though; I like the idea of autonomous flight capabilities and, even when manually controlled, the ability to automatically return to the launch […]
A number of people recommend the Spektrum DX6i transmitter for use with tricopters. It appears to go for around $110 shipped and, as the name implies, has 6 channels. Further research indicated the Turnigy 9x is a better buy. It is only $54 from hobby king and comes with an 8 channel receiver. This transmitter utilizes […]
The RCExplorer Tricopter V2.5 appears a strong option. Unfortunately, when I was ordering bits the motors they recommend were not in stock. Not wanting to munge my motor/esc/batter mix, risk being under/over powered or otherwise messing up, I decided to skip this design. Upon further research the INFINITY T3 – DIY Carbon Fibre Tricopter looks like a great option. […]