Tricopter

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My tricopter is based on the tricopter V2.5 from rcexplorer.se, and uses the kit from fpvmanuals.

System Cost (Tricopter)

Part Quantity Unit Cost Total Cost Source
900MHz 100mW PAL Video TX/RX Kit 1 $54.30 $54.30 HobbyKing
1280MHz 600mW TX/RX Kit 1 $49.35 $49.35 BestOfferBuy
Philips 7" LCD (PD7012) 1 $22.95 $22.95 eBay
Mini 1/3" PAL CMOS Camera 1 $7.35 $7.35 BuyInCoins
2.8mm 1/3" Lens 2 $6.12 $6.12 eBay
XT-60 Connectors (M/F Pair) 5 $6.65 $6.65 eBay
Turnigy 9X TX/RX 1 $78.93 $78.93 HobbyKing
HobbyKing 1500mAH 9.9V LiFePo4 Battery 1 $6.77 $6.77 HobbyKing
22AWG Twisted 30cm Servo Lead Extension (5 pcs.) 1 $2.79 $2.79 HobbyKing
Walkera DEVO 8S/12S Upgrade Module 1 $13.83 $13.83 EHIROBO
PPM to USB Cable 1 $4.85 $4.85 eBay
Prop Balancer 1 $3.13 $3.13 eBay
Theraband Prop Saver Band Material 1' $1.31 $1.31 eBay
AbuseMarK Naze32 Flight Controller 1 $73.45 $73.45 AbuseMarK
fpvmanuals Delrin Tricopter Kit 1 $102.98 $102.98 getfpv
RMILEC UHF LRS 1 $217.50 $217.50 Foxtech FPV
36" Basswood 10x10mm Arms 4 $9.95 $9.95 Magnum Wood
hexTronik DT750 750kV Brushless Outrunner 4 $10.97 $43.88 HobbyKing
HobbyKing F-30A 30A Brushless ESC 4 $8.86 $35.44 HobbyKing
Blue Bird BMS-385DMAX Metal Gear Digital Servo 1 $20.02 $20.02 HobbyKing
Turnigy 5000mAH 20C 3S LiPo Battery 2 $21.98 $43.96 HobbyKing
GWS 10x4.7" Slow Fly Prop (6 pcs.) 2 $4.47 $8.94 HobbyKing
GWS 10x4.7" Counter Rotating Slow Fly Prop (6 pcs.) 1 $4.47 $4.47 HobbyKing
4mm Prop Saver (10 pcs.) 1 $3.99 $3.99 HobbyKing
4mm Hex Nut (10 pcs.) 1 $0.79 $0.79 HobbyKing
PolyMax 3.5mm ESC/Motor Connectors (10 pairs) 1 $1.50 $1.50 HobbyKing
XT60 Connectors (5 pairs) 1 $3.19 $3.19 HobbyKing
Turnigy Red Silicone 14ga. Wire (1m) 1 $1.39 $1.39 HobbyKing
Turnigy Black Silicone 14ga. Wire (1m) 1 $1.39 $1.39 HobbyKing
Turnigy 9X White LED Backlight 1 $4.99 $4.99 HobbyKing
Shipping (HobbyKing) 1 $29.33 $29.33
Total Cost $858.49 (as of 5/22/12)

Minimal System Cost

Below is the cost of a bare-minimum system using similar components.

Part Quantity Unit Cost Total Cost Source
AbuseMarK Naze32 Flight Controller 1 $73.45 $73.45 AbuseMarK
fpvmanuals Delrin Tricopter Kit 1 $98.72 $98.72 ReadyMadeRC
36" Basswood 10x10mm Arms 2 $7.35 $7.35 Magnum Wood
900MHz 100mW PAL Video TX/RX Kit 1 $54.30 $54.30 HobbyKing
Turnigy 9X TX/RX 1 $78.93 $78.93 HobbyKing
hexTronik DT750 750kV Brushless Outrunner 3 $10.97 $32.91 HobbyKing
HobbyKing HK-30A SS Series 25A Brushless ESC 3 $5.99 $17.97 HobbyKing
Blue Bird BMS-385DMAX Metal Gear Digital Servo 1 $20.02 $20.02 HobbyKing
Turnigy 5000mAH 20C 3S LiPo Battery 1 $21.98 $21.98 HobbyKing
GWS 10x4.7" Slow Fly Prop (6 pcs.) 2 $4.47 $8.94 HobbyKing
GWS 10x4.7" Counter Rotating Slow Fly Prop (6 pcs.) 1 $4.47 $4.47 HobbyKing
4mm Prop Saver (10 pcs.) 1 $3.99 $3.99 HobbyKing
4mm Hex Nut (10 pcs.) 1 $0.79 $0.79 HobbyKing
PolyMax 3.5mm ESC/Motor Connectors (10 pairs) 1 $1.50 $1.50 HobbyKing
XT60 Connectors (5 pairs) 1 $3.19 $3.19 HobbyKing
Turnigy Red Silicone 14ga. Wire (1m) 1 $1.39 $1.39 HobbyKing
Turnigy Black Silicone 14ga. Wire (1m) 1 $1.39 $1.39 HobbyKing
Shipping (HobbyKing) 1 $41.74 $41.74
Total Cost $442.70

Mass Budget

Part Quantity Unit Mass (g) Total Mass (g)
Thrust (DT-750 + 10x4.7") 3 -900 -2700
900MHz 100mW Video TX 1 (28.1) (28.1)
900MHz Cloverleaf Antenna 1 (16.3) (16.3)
Camera + Wiring Harness/Voltage Regulator 1 (19.7) (19.7)
Turnigy 9X RX (With RSSI) 1 8.7 8.7
AbuseMarK Naze32 Flight Controller 1 7.4 7.4
rev0SD 1 (45.2) (45.2)
fpvmanuals Delrin Tricopter Kit 1 196.6 196.6
Basswood Arms (Back) 1 16.5 16.5
Basswood Arms (Front) 2 19.7 39.3
DT750 750kV Brushless Motor 3 84.1 252.3
F-30A Brushless ESC 3 35.9 107.7
BMS-385DMAX Metal Gear Digital Servo 1 19.1 19.1
Turnigy 5000mAH 20C 3S LiPo Battery 1 397.7 397.7
GWS 10x4.7" Prop 3 7.8 23.4
14ga. Battery-ESC Wiring Harness 1 55.5 55.5
Tape, Zip-ties, Misc. Hardware 1 (184) (184)
AUW (No Battery) (956)
AUW 1353.7
Net Thrust -1346.3

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