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

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:

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1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

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2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  1.  
  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.

 

How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

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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