Cheap and Easy Tricopter Build
For a less expensive DIY project that is pretty easy to do, check out this video from YouTube user hallstudio. He has logged hundreds of hours of flying time on multicopters and other RCs, and believes in building inexpensive models with a keep it simple approach. He based this build on RCExplorer’s Tricopter design, which is pictured below. Hallstudio’s adaptation is even simpler.
One of the coolest features of this elegant design is portability. The two forward arms can fold backwards, which is extremely convenient.
Below is a parts list for the project, including links and current prices for the most budget conscious build. There is a parts list with some alternative choices listed in the description of hallstudio’s video. The original RCExplorer’s web page is well-documented and also provides a list of parts. So check those out if you want to see more purchasing options or if some of the links below are no longer available. You will also need to purchase a 2.4GHz RC transmitter separately.
Based on the list below, the total cost is about $150.00, but you might find good deals and do better.
Tricopter Budget Build Parts List
For your convenience, here is a link to the template for the body. You will have to enlarge it to build hallstudio’s version of the tricopter.
What it Does
Lifts into the air in a snap! It flies, rolls and flips. You may require some practice to achieve these maneuvers, of course.
Why it’s Cool
This may be the simplest, cheapest and easiest way to get into a DIY multicopter. The parts are easy to repair or replace.