Back on Track by Brian D.

Today I went to the local hobby store and picked up a 12" thread of 2-54 along with 2-54 bolts.  I got tired of waiting for the M2.5 x 30 mm screws.  I simply cut the 12" thread into 8 equal cuts of 30mm each.  

Tomorrow I will continue with the build and finish up the frame and landing gear.  Time to order the motors and ESC's. 

Tarot 690 - What came in the box?!? by Brian D.

The frame has arrived.  A few small issues; they sent the 680mm frame vs the 690mm.  However, I am not going to deal with shipping it back  The shipping was fairly quick, 5 business days from Hong Kong.  Below is what came in the box (It appears I am missing 6 2 x 30mm screws...)  ***Update 27 Dec 13 - So I am missing the 6 30mm screws and can't find them anywhere in town, I am having to wait for to ship them....project is on hold for at least 4-5 days :( ***

From the parts provided you will need a basic hex M2, M2.5, and M3 screw driver.  My next post will explain the basic assembly!  

 Everything within the Tarot 680 box. 

Everything within the Tarot 680 box. 

 The landing gear had already been partially assembled. Sweet.

The landing gear had already been partially assembled. Sweet.

Tarot 690 Ironman Build Log by Brian D.

After much debate on how to best start my venture into Aerial Photography - I decided to take the design, build, and test approach vs just buying a completed quadcopter.  I figured this would pay dividends later on during operations and at points I would be required to do maintenance on the spot.

During the adventure of choosing this road less traveled, I had the realization that there isn't really a step-by-step guide available on how to build a quadcopter capable of producing cinema quality video.  While, there are multiple forums and sites that have a plethora of information - there isn't a single easy to follow guide.  My goal is a very detailed build log on how to design and build a hexcopter from the ground up.

While I do have a multitude of degrees and a b.s. in Electrical engineering I hope that I can make this very easy to follow, for someone like me who has no idea of the journey of which they are about to embark on. 

My goal is to produce similar if not higher quality as the video below - with the Tarot 690.  The larger platform should provide better stability.  With my upcoming trip to Paris I am giving my self 45 days until the first flight - we will see how I do!