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The Maker Shed now has the ELEV-8 Quadcopter kit by Parallax! Unlike single rotor helicopters, the four motors on a quadcopter spin fixed-pitch propellers which can be adjusted as a group, allowing you to perform any combination of roll, pitch, yaw, and throttle in flight. This quad also has three accelerometers and three gyros built in so it’s extremely stable in the air, even on a windy day.

This was my first foray into the wide, intimidating world of remote control flight and I’m proud to say that I got the quad flying within an hour of completing the build. If you’re a newbie like I was, definitely buy some extra props, since you will crash. Nevertheless, after a few hours of practice, you’ll be performing smooth turns and impressing your friends. Fly safe and have fun!

Eric Weinhoffer

Eric is a Product Development Engineer at MAKE. He creates kits and sources products for sale in the Maker Shed, focusing primarily on manufacturing. Occasionally he writes about cool things for the blog and magazine.


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  1. get it patent and sell it to the DOD.

  2. Vitta says:

    Hey,
    My senior design group is doing a project on the elev-8 quadcopter. The quadcopter is not flying. The problem is that one side is trying to fly but the other side isn’t. So the quadcopter is kind of “flipping” over. Do you have any suggestions on what we should do?

    1. Eric Weinhoffer says:

      First, make sure your props are spinning in the right direction (http://www.hoverflytech.com/uploads/HoverflyProQuickStartGuideV3.pdf). If they are already, the roll or pitch trim on your transmitter may be wildly off – make sure they’re centered before you take off, and adjust them in the air.
      If that doesn’t work, email me! (eweinhoffer@oreilly.com)

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