So a lot has transpired during this build, and many many things were learned during this process. It has been i believe 6 months ago when I first started this project try to learn about how to build a quadcopter from scratch... What i have learned is that it takes time, patience, and a lot of studying and learning from how other people have made theirs... Rome wasn't built in a day.I've also learned there are an endless amount of routes to take when it comes to building a quadcopter, and there definitely is no single "Recipe for success" ... Things either work, or they don't; if they don't you have to improvise, or find what does work.
I started this build with 1306 motors and a cc3d revo f4 FC, but after a lot of research I decided these components were not what I wanted in my quad. i am now ending the build with 1407 3200KV rcx motors and a raceflight revolt FC running Raceflight One ...
I have noticed some cool things about this build though, and wanted to share it with the world in case anyone else is interested in this type of set up. Here are my observations!
Frame - apollo 130 atmospheric adventures - great frame design, i liked the fact that it had enough room for a full sized flight camera.
motors - I started with dys 1306 motors, but those only went up to 3S lipo power. I wanted a 4s capable rig, so i bought the rcx 1407 3200kv motors because i wanted it to be a torque machine. (These motors are bigger, and have more torque than the 1306 size motors.)
ESCs - I chose the littlebee 4 in1 ESC because it was a small build and i wanted it to look clean. I did not want ESCs laying on each arm... One of the biggest things that made this build so simple was the 4IN1 ESC unit.
I lucked out; most quads usually have a PDB, (power distribution board). The PDB is a separate board that is usually mounted on the bottom of the flight controller stack, and is required to distribute power between all the components... I was able to ELIMINATE the extra weight and SAVE SPACE on this build because the 4IN1 ESC already had built in power distribution. (Normally the power goes from the lipo battery --->to the PDB ----> then to the ESCs, but with a 4IN1 ESC, the power goes from the lipo battery ---> straight to the 4in1ESC.
The next thing i needed to do was figure out what FC I wanted to use...
Flight controller - I originally had a cc3d revo f4 FC to use, but honestly it was kind of complicated and me being a technical nooby I wasn't understanding how to use it, wire it up, or get it to work... I was referred to the Revolt FC from Raceflight by a couple of technical masterminds of this forum (THANK YOU!!!!)...
Honestly, I feel that for ME, this was one of the best flight controller recommendations, period. Wiring up this flight controller was VERY simple. I took the 6 wire connector cable included in the 4in1 ESC and soldered the signal wires 1-4, and then 5v and gnd to power the FC from the 4in1 ESC ...
I soldered a lemon RX DSMX diversity Rx, and through the Raceflight Configurator i was able to bind in a matter of a few seconds... I also was able to fully program that FC faster than ANY other flight controller I've ever messed with.
I then mounted the revolt FC/RX backpack unit onto the frame.
I then plugged in the 6 cable connector soldered on from the revolt into the 4in1 ESC.
After these steps were completed, I ran the Raceflight Configurator wizards which got my radio set up, updated and calibrated my ESCs for me, and basically was ready for a test flight... during the test flight my quad started break dancing upon arming. So I disarmed, and brought it back to the Raceflight Configurator where I was able to remap the motors very easily and quickly.... Brought the quad back out for a test flight and she hovered PERFECTLY
After this I soldered my FPV backpack together:
Flight cam - foxeer hs1177 camera
vtx - FX799t - I soldered the 3 wires from the camera to the 3 output wires of the VTX, and the - and + wires for the VTX got soldered to the - and + bat pads on the 4in1 ESC. I used a low temperature to solder these tiny wires onto the giant bat leads. Using a lot of flux made the process easier.
Here is a picture of all the components grouped and chillen together
Here is a picture of the revolt/lemon RX backpack sitting on the stack , and the FPV backpack chillen on the side.
I plugged in via smoke stopper after connecting all the components together (frame/motors/4in1ESC + revolt fc/lemon RX + VTX with HS1177 camera ) and all was successful. no magic smoke!!!
dded some hot glue to my make shift antenna protectors... And here are some pictures of the final product! a
total weight is 163g without battery, and 235.5g with 650mah 4s battery...
I would like to thank @chrisdo @Brainstorm @burtlo @Bobnova @NotFastEnuf @Mullet @Denovich and EVERYONE else who helped me put this build together over the last 6 months... You guys are the best, and thank you so much for dealing with the thousands of questions... You guys and this hobby have taught me so much... I couldn't ask for a better place to chill out on the internet... Once again, thank you kindly to all at micro motor community!
FINAL NOTE - if you LOVE building, but HATE programming, go with RACEFLIGHT capable FC.
It made my life 10000000000 times simpler. RACEFLIGHT Configurator basically did all the programming work for me, while i focused on physical aspects of the build... such a perfect little system they got going on there...