Multicopter Tutorial List

This post includes most of my multicopter related posts before the date this is written, hoping it helps someone out there.

If you are a beginner, I strongly recommend you read this multicopter beginner tutorial first. It gives you an basic understanding how a multicopter works, and what hardware is required.

There are different configurations in multicopter, such as 2 motors, 3 motors, 4 motors. Read all of them and see what the differences are in Types of Multicopter.

You might be wondering if there are any tips about flying the aircraft for newcomers of this exciting hobby, this post “how to get started with quadcopter” might give you a hint.

If you are interested in building a multicopter yourself, please do lots of research on how people build their owns first, or have a look at this multicopter example page. You should decide on the size of the multicopter (weight, dimension, etc), then choose the parts you need/want.

If you need any tips on how to choose hardware for a DIY custom build multicopter, you might find these tutorials useful.

When choosing hardware, flight controller is one of the most important decisions, and it is probably the most difficult choice for beginners. I talked about this in my “multicopter beginner tutorial“, it really depends on what you want to do. After you have decided on what features you require to have, you can usually narrow the choices down to 2 or 3 flight controllers. Here are some of the reviews I wrote, which might be able to help you to pick your favorite in the finial round of selection.

One of the most confusing concepts when flying a multicopter is the PID settings. People go around talking about how to “tune your PID values”, but never explain what that means, which doesn’t make a lot of sense to beginners. In PID Explaned post, I talked about what PID is and how each P, I and D value affects your multicopter behaviors.

After you built your first quadcopter, you should already know quite a lot about this hobby. But don’t stop learning, here are some more in depth tutorials. Feel free to go through all of them even though you haven’t built your first multicopter yet, more knowledge won’t hurt! :-D

Building a Multicopter

Here are part of the multicopters I built, which might give you some inspiration on your next project.

Tips on Making Multicopter Flies more stable Steps to troubleshoot unstable multicopter.

Hardware Mod

Flashing with custom firmware, messing around with wires and resistors… It might not be easy, but it’s definitely worth the hustle.

FPV Theory

FPV Electronics

FPV DIY

ESC

Power

Multiwii

8 thoughts on “Multicopter Tutorial List

  1. Roger

    “Hi Oscar”
    Adding a BGC 2 Axis Gimbal to a Naze32/Tricopter?
    Gimbal works right out of the box. Is there a quick and easy way to come up with a pin on the Naze to operate the tilt? Other than, running through the gimbal portion of the Naze? I believe the term I’m looking for here is a pass-through channel? I am running a CPPM receiver and GPS so I do have some open pins. In my searches in the forums on this subject I found out I’m not the only one facing this problem.

    Thank you
    ROG

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  2. Tilak

    Hi Oscar,

    I have a naze32 board and i’m running into some problems, hope you can help:

    My setup: quadcopter purchased from this website: miniquadbros.com/collections/frontpage/products/miniquadkit

    Ok, so whenever I calibrate my ESCs through the “motor testing” tab in baseflight, they work fine. However, if I power down the board (Disconnect USB cable and battery) and then power it back with JUST my battery, my ESCs have to calibrated all over again. If however, I power up my board with the USB cable connected to baseflight(through my computer), the ESCs remain fine. It seems that when my board is powered down and then powered, it forgets some settings??

    I have no idea what is happening and have spent dayss debugging it. Hope you can help.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      why do you need to calibrate them again? what happened? ESC calibration data is stored on your ESC, not on your FC.

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  3. Falven

    Hi Oscar!
    Thanks for the tutorials, had 2 questions for you:

    This is my quad build I will be buying:
    All parts are on flyduino.
    4x Flyduino X2208 2000KV v2 Brushless Outrunner Motor
    1x Warthox MiniCP120
    1x 6×4.5” HQProp
    1x kiss esc 18A
    1x Nanowii
    1x LIPO 1800mah 4S1P 40C+
    Question: Do you think I could substitute 5000mAh 4S1P 14,8V 20C – 40C battery for situations where I want more flight-time over speed? How much flight time do you think I would get judging from your data?
    The total weight would be:
    .56kg without either battery.
    .79kg with 1800mah 4S1P 40C+
    1.06kg with 5000mAh 4S1P 14,8V 20C – 40C

    My second question relates to FPV/flight controller. What receiver/transmitters and controllers would you recommend? Also would like FPV system with emphasis on range quality and battery. Did you you use a screen for your system?

    Thanks,
    Keep up the awesome tutorials!
    -Falven

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  4. Luis

    Hi Oscar,

    Just wanted to thank you for the very comprehensive tutorial. It’s really helping me a lot to prepare for my first DIY quadcopter build. My plan though is to buy a cheap RTF microquad first just to get the hang of flying, and to have something to fly while the DIY one’s not yet finished.

    I would like to see your own setup. Do you have it on this blog?

    More power!

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  5. Milton Padilla

    Hi Oscar :

    Thanks for the tutorials were very useful for me can you help me with my quad ?

    I want to know if can i use the turning t1000fc in my quad ?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      Hi Milton, no, this FC is only for fixed wing I think.
      Search the comments for “multicopter”, you will see there are people confirming this.
      if you are new to quadcopter, get the KK2.1, it’s pretty easy to setup and fly :D

      thanks
      Oscar

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