Building the ELEV 8 quad copter

Hi all. I'm on part two of my ELEV 8 build on Hack A Week. I realized that I had not posted the first video here so here's links to both of them:

Building the ELEV 8 Part 1: http://youtu.be/GKGULf6ocI8

Building the ELEV 8 part 2: http://youtu.be/n0FokBp08yc

I'll be shooting part 3 after I acquire a radio and receiver. That video will be all about programming the ESCs, final wiring of the battery and some in flight video!
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  • edited February 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    Thanks, Dino! I need to watch these maybe they'll be THE THING to help me FINALLY build my ELEV-8!!!
    MOV OUTA, PEACE <div>Rick </div><div>"I've stopped using programming languages with Garbage Collection, they keep deleting my source code!!"</div>
  • edited February 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    Dean,

    Both your links are to part 1. (You don't expect me to be able to find part 2 on my own do you?)

    I'll add this thread to my list of ELEV-8 link in post #10 of my index.
  • edited February 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    Part2 - I found it Dino's list of videos.

    Part #1 was very good. It helps to see someone go through it.
    MOV OUTA, PEACE <div>Rick </div><div>"I've stopped using programming languages with Garbage Collection, they keep deleting my source code!!"</div>
  • edited February 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    Thanks for posting Dino. I'll look forward to watching them after work! I hope to get an ELEV-8 before too long.

    Paul
    Some times my mind seems to wander..... these days I just tag along.
  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering
    edited February 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    Now that Jessica has completed her ELEV-8 I have no excuses for not getting mine done. So this week is ELEV-8 build week for me as well. The more resources the merrier!
    Chris Savage
    Engineering Tech, Parallax Inc.
    (916) 624-8333 x3005
    Website / Twitter / Google+
  • edited February 2013 Posts: 19Vote Up0Vote Down
    OOPS! Fixed that. :)
    Duane Degn wrote: »
    Dean,

    Both your links are to part 1. (You don't expect me to be able to find part 2 on my own do you?)

    I'll add this thread to my list of ELEV-8 link in post #10 of my index.
  • edited February 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    Now that Jessica has completed her ELEV-8 I have no excuses for not getting mine done. So this week is ELEV-8 build week for me as well. The more resources the merrier!
    I had no trouble building mine. I also had no trouble crashing and breaking it. :-(
    I have it reassembled now and am waiting for better weather to try it out again. I think I've identified why it crashed the first time so I'm hoping for a more successful flight on the next try!
  • edited February 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    Not quad... hexa for security...
    Same "HoverFly Open", same motors, same controlers, but an hexa chassis grom HK
    Heavy 4s LiFe pack
    Almost ready to fly ;)
  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering
    edited February 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    David Betz wrote: »
    I had no trouble building mine. I also had no trouble crashing and breaking it. :-(
    I have it reassembled now and am waiting for better weather to try it out again. I think I've identified why it crashed the first time so I'm hoping for a more successful flight on the next try!

    David,

    I am sure I will crash mine many times before I get the hang of it. I crashed my R/C planes many times before I got used to them. It's all part of learning something new.
    Chris Savage
    Engineering Tech, Parallax Inc.
    (916) 624-8333 x3005
    Website / Twitter / Google+
  • edited April 2013 Posts: 19Vote Up0Vote Down
    Part 3 is up!
    http://youtu.be/IbquBpk7iZ8

    I had one crash in which I broke a prop. I hit the wood fence in my back yard... took out a prop and a landing gear. I have a crash kit so no worries. I need to get it out to a large open space and get a feel for it. Fun stuff and a great aerial video platform. I already have a job offer to shoot some video of a forest fly through. :) Thanks Parallax!!!

    I suppose this project could be marked COMPLETE now.
  • Chris SavageChris Savage Parallax Engineering
    edited April 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    You can mark a thread complete by editing the first message using the advanced editor to change the prefix. Congrats on finishing your project!
    Chris Savage
    Engineering Tech, Parallax Inc.
    (916) 624-8333 x3005
    Website / Twitter / Google+
  • edited April 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    NICE videos! High res, clear and concise explanations.

    What is the the total $ for RTF setup?
  • edited April 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    Hmm... I've been wanting to get one of these, but I'm afraid that it would sit around for quite some time before it actually got full assembled. This thread is not helping!
  • edited April 2013 Posts: 19Vote Up0Vote Down
    I've noticed that the landing gear is a weak point in the design. I've easily broken two pieces so I came up with this solution.

    They're made from large nylon wire ties from the electrical section of the hardware store. I replaced the out board screw with a #6 x 32 screw and nut. Simply cut to length, drill a 1/8" hole in each end and install! They work great and absorb the shock of a hard landing.

    elev 8 landing gear mod 001.jpg
    elev 8 landing gear mod 002.jpg


    Here's a short on board video showing a landing, a touch and go and a pretty hard crash landing. My flying skills are improving but I have been through three props so far. :)

    [video=youtube_share;47DZ6ZK70h4]
  • edited April 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    The landing gear were in fact a weak point, and we have since made changes and are now making them out of HDPE, vice Delrin. When you have a hard landing with the new landing gear, they will bend instead of break like the old ones did. Once you pick your quad up after that hard crash, with the landing gears bent, you simply bend them back, and you're off and flying again.
  • edited June 2013 Posts: 0Vote Up0Vote Down
    I have to give large kudos to you! Watching your videos really helped me quite a bit. this is an image from one of my first flights. Two broken props so far, but I'm not deterred!
    MaidenFlight_ELEV-8.jpg
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