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How to build a drone – Best DIY Drone kits for your home make quadcopter

Best quadcopter kits - how to build your drone

Building your own drone can be a daunting or incredibly satisfying job.

That’s why getting yourself a drone kit is the perfect compromise, instead of buying parts on your own, not being sure if they fit together.

In this article I’ll be getting though why you’d want to get a drone kit, what type of kit you need and what are the best choices for it in 2019.

 

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Building your own drone: Types of kits

Why build a drone instead of buying it?

There are a few main reasons why you’d want to spend the time to build a drone instead of buying it, and here’s my take on it:

  1. You’ll feel a great sense of personal achievement.
    • Making your own electronic flying device from scratch that actually manages to fly is going to be something you can definitely brag about.
  2. You’ll learn a lot of things
    • from soldering to how motors work and batteries should be charged, these are things that will prove useful in other parts of your life too.
  3. You’ll know how to repair it
    • this is going to save money in the future, because instead of buying another drone when it gets damaged, you’ll once again have the satisfaction of making it work again.
  4. You’ll becaome a better flyer
    • knowing how the drone works, and not heading fast forward into flight will make you take things slower and understand everything.
  5. Modifying it in the future

Beginner drone kits

Made to each programming and electronics to youngsters, but still a challenge, as they require soldering and careful opeartion with smaller parts.

Racing FPV kits

Lots of tutorials out there, but making an FPV drone is going to be an experience you won’t forget, especially since you’ll be able to fly it in super speed afterwards.

Camera drone kits

Making your own camera drone and taking aerial shots with it is going to feel super satisfying.

Mounting a gimbal on such a drone is going to change the final image quality results a lot.

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What parts do you need for building a drone?

The parts you require for building a drone depend a lot on the type of drone and what you plan to achieve with it.

Considering you’re probably here because you were searching for a kit, make sure your kit has everything you need for setting it up.

Some kits might not come with batteries, for more convenient customs delivery (as batteries are problematic). 

There might also be times when they don’t come with transmitters, so make sure you read the description of each carefully.

Parts for beginner drone kits

For beginner drones you’ll probably need less parts than for a standard quadcopter.

  1. 4 motors (usually brushed)
  2. Main board (that also has the receiver and ESCs integrated)
  3. Propellers
  4. Battery
  5. Controller

Parts for building a racing drone

 

  1. 4 motors (brushless)
  2. ESCs
  3. Drone Frame (durable, from carbon fiber)
  4.  Flight controller board (sometimes comes with included ESCs)
  5. 2 or 3-bladed propellers 
  6. Receiver
  7. Camera mounting Frame
  8. FPV Camera
  9. Video Transmitter( VTX)

Parts for building a camera drone

  1. 4/6 or 8 motors (depending on how big and strong you want it)
  2. ESCs
  3. Drone Frame (durable, from carbon fiber or plastic)
  4.  Flight controller board (sometimes comes with included ESCs)
  5. 2 or 3-bladed propellers 
  6. Receiver
  7. Frame to mount the camera 
  8. Camera or Action cam
  9. Controller
  10. 3 axis motorised gimbal
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QAV210 Racing quadcopter kit

Build quality

Amazing (carbon fiber frame)

Camera

Not included

Controller

Included

Assembly difficulty

Medium

This drone kit comes with one of the best frames used by Charpu himself and 3 bladed props along with some really good brushless motors.

Again, I would not recommend flying a racing drone unless you have already tried a computer simulator first.

The big benefit of this FPV drone is that it comes with a transmitter and everything you need to make it work.

However, if you want to experience real FPV, you’ll also need a camera for it and some FPV goggles.

 

 

  • Great build quality
  • Many build videos online
  • Cheap parts
  • easy to replace parts
  • Not suitable for beginners
  • Doesn't come with camera
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QWinOut F550 hexacopter - best camera drone kit

Build quality

Good (solid plastic)

Camera

Not included

Controller

Not included

Assembly difficulty

Medium

This is one of the most popular camera drone kits out there, mainly because the frame itself can be replaced with 3d printed parts and it’s capable to lift quite a heavy camera.

I personally prefer to add a good 3 axis gimbal to it and make it into a great camera drone.

Unfortunately there are no instructions comming with this drone either, but again it’s one of the more popular builds out there, so there’s always gonna be a tutorial for it.

it doesn’t come with a transmitter, so you’ll have to buy one separately, along with a receiver. I recommend getting a compact but really good Taranis Xlite and of course a FR sky receiver.

 

  • Easy to replace frame
  • Many build videos online
  • Pretty easy build
  • powerful
  • Doesn't come with camera or transmitter
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QWinOut QQ Super carbon fiber drone kit

Build quality

Great (Carbon fiber)

Camera

Not included

Controller

Included

Assembly difficulty

Medium

This is another camera drone kit, but this time a quadcopter with a solid carbon fiber frame.

IT comes in the package with an included transmitter and even a battery, so you’re getting more than the other package, but it’s also a bit more expensive.

There’s 4 propellers without spare, so it might be scary to crash it.

it comes with the FLysky fs-i6 which is a pretty good 2.4g radio system that you can use for anything else too.

The flight controller has three-axis gyros and self stabilization, like the others mentioned previously.

 

  • solid frame
  • battery lasts longer than on a 6 motor drone
  • Pretty easy build
  • more complete package
  • No manual
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QWinOut QQ SuperKitables DIY Mini Drone

Build quality

Medium

Camera

Not included

Controller

Included

Assembly difficulty

Easy

This is the beginner quadcopter kit you might want to build as a side project with your kid. It can be challenging for kids to solder it, but it’s going to be a blast for them to try this and actually succeed doing it.

It comes with lego brocks to add other lego pieces on top of it and that adds yet another dimension of fun to it.

This is a great project even for adults to learn how their first drone works and actually elarn to fly it too.

 

  • easy to build
  • complete package
  • fun to fly indoors
  • not very durable

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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