The adventures and experiences documented…

I wanted to build my own FPV Quadcopter, so here is my build list and additional information. I purchased the components from two sources – Amazon.com and also Hobbyking.com. The new West Coast warehouse is open so some of these parts came from there, which was nice in that I did not have to wait as long to receive the parts.

All the pricing is rounded up and not including any FPV Goggles (Fatshark or Monitor) the price came out to about $188.00 (including the receiver). Not bad at all ! Building a sub $200 FPV Ready Racer was my goal.

Regarding the battery I am using, I prefer the HobbyKing MultiStar batteries. They are inexpensive (under $20) and work great. The battery is a 3s 1400 mAh.

Regarding the “FPV” viewing when flying, a lot of people use FatShark and I am still deciding what goggle I want to use. For now I am using a video monitor that is bolted onto my FrSky Taranis Radio. The monitor is called “Little Pilot” that I ordered from HobbyKing and it works like a champ !

ITEM PRICE LINK NOTES
Chassis

HK-250-FRAME

 $15.00 HobbyKing H-King Color 250 Class FPV Racer series frame
Motors & ESC Combo

motor-ESC-Combo-Emax

 $93.99 Amazon.com Motor: MT2204 II V2 2300KV / ESC: Emax SimonK 12 Amp
Propellers

Diatone Bull Nose Plastic Propellers 5 x 4.5

 $2.00 HobbyKing Diatone 5 x 4.5 Bull Nose
Flight Controller

kk-mini-flight-controller

 $10.00 HobbyKing The KK-Mini is based on the KK2.1.5 architecture and has all the same inputs and outputs as well as the full functionality of its big brother. 36mm Design.
Receiver

FrSky-V8R7-Receiver

 $20.00 HobbyKing FrSky V8R7-II / 7 Channel
FPV Camera & Transmitter

eachine-fpv-transmitter-camera

 $36.00 Amazon Eachine 700TVL 1/3 Cmos FPV System 110 Degree Camera w/32CH Transmission(NTSC)
FPV Antenna

AnBee-Antenna

 $11.00 Amazon Anbee® FPV 5.8Ghz Circular Polarized Clover Leaf Antenna High Gain Aerial Set w/RP-SMA Plug

 

I got the Quadcopter all together and I must say after configuration of the KK-Mini board all I had to do was reverse a few channels on my radio. After that I took her for a spin – the initial flight was great. I had the flight controller in the stabilize mode (versus acro) and the quad flew great. It held position (stabilize) very nicely. I did have to keep adjusting the throttle channel to keep a steady elevation.