Build a FPV Drone with NO SOLDERING! The Plug & Play DIY Kwad.
You just want to fly and everyones telling you that well, hey there before you can start actually enjoying flying. Youve got to learn to solder, learn how to set up betaflight all this stuff. That sounds very overwhelming, and you just want to fly now. One option that weve been really proud to offer is pre built drones, and so, if you want to skip all that go straight to flying, we offer drones that are fully built tuned and just ready to rip. But if you do want to start doing a little bit of your own building, maybe just nervous about some of the things like soldering and configuring youre, who we had in mind when we put these kits together, youre not going to need to solder youre not going To need to configure – and this drone is going to be ready to go ready for shredi built by you. This is everything that you need to build, one of our drones and its going to be really simple and then here ive got bubbys tool, pouch with all the tools that you might find in an average fpv pilot and wire cutters and soldering irons and all sorts Of different size drivers, all you need from this – is your two millimeter hex driver the prop tool, which is a eight millimeter box. Wrench, a 1.5 millimeter hex driver, a 5.5 millimeter box, wrench double sided, sticky tape, youre going to need some electrical tape.
I strongly recommend you use loctite its going to prevent your build from vibrating apart its going to make it a lot more robust, thats it lets unpack. Everything were going to start off with the frame ive got here, an hd1 vanity style frame. The first thing were going to do is assemble the arms to the main plate of the frame were going to start with the main plate and thats the plate. That has these press nuts installed. Weve got four arms and you need this little uh plate. Thats gon na go on the bottom, open up your hardware pack and find the appropriate length screw, depending on which exact frame you end up with this might be a little bit different. But for most of the hd1 line of frames, its going to be the 12 millimeter screw, but as a rule of thumb, the screws for the arms on the hd1 series are the longest screws in the package. So youll need to measure the screws just find. The eight longest screws grab your main plate. These press nuts, which stick up from the carbon fiber, are going to go on the inside of your drone and the arms are going to attach to the bottom of the main plate. Lining up the arms is a little bit like putting together a puzzle piece, but theres really only one way: itll go together. If you have it the wrong way, the screw holes wont line up, grab your main plate and your arm grab a stiffener piece line up.
Everything now grab one of the screws, just a little dip in the loctite dont. Tighten it all the way now grab another arm and just start inserting them and working your way around all the screws. Now that weve got all the arms in place with all eight screws threaded in loosely, we can work our way around and really torque them down. So now weve got the main portion of the drone frame, assembled the arms and the main plate and for the entire hd1 series of frames, the assembly is identical to what you just saw. So this is the vani style edition its got thinner but thicker arms in a squished x configuration but weve also got the standard hd1, which is a true x with wider arms and for longer flights. Weve got the xr version of the hd1. The assembly is identical for all the different versions: lower brace the four arms and then the main plate with the long screws threading up and into the press nuts, so that theyre on the inside one of the common mistakes we see people make is having the main Plate upside down and youll end up with a gap like it wont, be sitting flush, so youll youll should so you should be able to see very easily if youve got it right. This is how it should look. The only special case is, if you do end up working with an xr version. There are different front and rear arms, so have a really close look at orientation as which ones go on the front with relation to the different holes on the main plate.
So this build is a little bit trickier just because of that reason, but these other two are very straightforward. Since the arms are identical, were going to continue building with the vani style arms that we started with so now were going to start putting components on the drone, and this is where orientation of the drone matters. So, even though all the arms are the same, there is a front and a back so just have a look at the different holes, and this is the front with the four m3 holes up front. The rear has these smaller m2 holes for for mounting stuff to set this down with the front forward. Okay, so this is the front. This is the right of the drone. This is the left of the drone. This is all relative to the perspective of the drone and me as the builder, so this is whats going to make this build so easy in these build kits the electronics you get, have pre soldered connections and so do the motors everything is just going to plug Into each other, so the motors are just going to plug right into the center unit. This is the 4 in 1 esc electronic speed controller and what this component does is it converts dc voltage from the battery and outputs ac voltage to a three phase motor? It has four outputs for four motors, and it does this according to signals it receives from the flight controller.
Its going to plug in here later on so first step is to install this four in one esc onto the frame. Youre gon na have a hardware pack that comes right, along with it, youll notice that you get these little gummies. These gummies are going to install into the holes of the electronics boards just got to work them in just kind of pinch them squeeze them in one side. Push through on the other, with your tool, youre going to do that for both the boards that you get take your esc board and its going to install on the drone with the power cable coming out the right side of the drone and grab these ultra long Screws that you get with your kit and insert them through, we have these little spacers just going to drop right onto the screws and just do that for the four screw holes that are spaced 30 millimeters apart now, the board is going to go down onto all Four screws in the orientation i showed you so weve got our board installed, were just going to double check our orientation so again with our drone down with the front forward. So the front being this side with the four holes weve got our power connector coming out on the right side and the motor connectors going forward and back everythings. Looking really good. So now, with the board installed, the screws are going to hold themselves in place a bit better because theyre gripped by the gummies and now were going to start installing our motors weve got four motors and weve also got four of these quad skids.
These are going to give you something to land on and slide on good rule of thumb for your motor screws. Is you want two millimeters of screw to stick up past the carbon fiber too little and you wont have enough of the screw threaded into the motor and too much you risk this screw sticking up too far and touching the windings of the motor, which is really Bad, if youre, not using quad skids, you want the screw to be two millimeters longer than the thickness of the arm and if you are using quad skids, you want it to be four millimeters thicker than the arm. So on this vanity style edition frame, weve got six millimeter arms. I am using quad skids, so we are going to be using 10 millimeter screws to attach the motors were going to dip our screw in the loctite its going to go into the quad skid. Think about how you want to orientate your quad skid relative to the drone. I like that orientation, and now this bit is whats going to thread into the motor just thread it in loosely its okay. If the quad skid spins around well fix it in a second again thats the hardest part, just getting the first screw done, grab your next screw again. Just loosely weve got two screws in loose. Lets go for number three and four with all four screws threaded in now, you can crank them down again.
Just do the same for all four motors. There we go so now we get to do the really cool part and start plugging things in now. The connectors are keyed, so you cant even do it backwards if you wanted to get it all lined up boom. Your motor is now connected to your esc for anyone thats built a drone before they know thats thats the time consuming part soldering. All the motors to the escs, or could be worse for using individual escs soldering, the motor to the esc, soldering the esc to a power distribution board so time consuming. This super easy, no heat, no irons, nothing! So this is going to be great for your first build now heres, where you can finesse things a little bit. You want to make it look nice right, so push the connector down so its against the arm just kind of route, the wire, so that they look good. You can grab your tool and kind of you know stuff them into place once the rest of the drone is built, youre not going to see it too much so its not super important, but i just like everything to be very neat. I dont know you could tape down the wires here. You could tape over the connector im gon na go with over the connector. Look, how nice that looks so sweet, so sweet all right lets! Do it for the other. Four all right! All the motors are installed.
Lets grab our flight controller. This is the brain of the drone. This controls everything this sends signals to the escs to spin the motors this powers, your dji air unit. This has gyroscopes in here to make it so that the drone can stabilize itself. This is the real technology in the drone grab. Four more of those spacers drop them onto the screws so again check your orientation, so weve got our front of the drone and the esc board is installed so that the battery connector is coming out the right side. Our flight controller is going to drop on to the same four screws, with the arrow facing forward theres an arrow right on the fly controller, just point that forward and slide her on. Oh yeah thats satisfying now were going to connect our flight controller board to the esc board. Weve got a whole bunch of different connectors, find the one that looks like this and is labeled fc flight controller and esc were going to plug the fc connector into the front connector of the flight controller. So now were going to wrap our cable over here and its going to plug into the side of the esc. Something you can do to keep things tidied up, is lift your flight controller up and put the wires kind of on the inside route them all clean. Like so now were going to install our air unit, this unit is responsible for being the camera and sending the image from that camera to the goggles that youre wearing.
So you can fly first person view weve got our camera, which is going to go up front and the box part of the air unit which the antennas are going to plug into and thats going to go in. The rear lets grab that 3m. Double sided. Sticky tape get the stuff that says vhb that stands for very high bond. This stuff is uh really good, so this is pressure activated. So when you put it down its pressure activated so dont push too hard on it until youre ready to stick both sides before we stick it down. Lets install our antennas. The antennas go in this nifty antenna holder, so youre just going to insert the connector side through this 3d printed portion. You want to orientate the connector like so just spin. The antenna around till the connector is pointed the right way and then push it into place. This is how it should look when its all done now grab two standoffs from your frame. Hardware, kit and install them like that. Now, youve also got these little sleeve pieces that are going to install under the standoff. The two antennas are going to plug into the back of the air unit. Just push hard. Do you hear that click thats? What you want to hear now, when we get it all installed its going to get a little tight there, so its a good idea to grab the harness thats going to connect to the air unit to the flight controller thread, the flight controller side through so the Flight controller side is the smaller six pin connector and on the side that goes into the air unit, its a bigger eight pin connector, but theres still only six wires, just plug that in theres.
A really nice satisfying click so now lets go ahead and peel that tape grab two of our screws length, doesnt, really matter what you got left over. I believe this is eight mil these six mill screws work fine, but i like using the longer ones the eight mil loosely thread it into the bottom of the standoff im going to push the air in it back. So the connectors are up against the standoffs. Make sure were happy with how its centered angled everything im getting it just right, and then we are gon na double check that this wire has slack wires, arent getting pinched its, not crooked, and now were gon na push down on that pressure, activated tape and just Hold it for 30 seconds or so so our camera is going to mount up front and you can just run this cable on top of the flight controller or again, if you want to make it look nice just kind of lift the flight controller up tuck the Wire between the two boards push it back down. There weve got our camera mount here. Let me go on to some standoffs again, so on one side of the camera mount pieces, theres a recess for the head of the screw to sit into and thats going to go on the outside of the drone. The flat side is going to be on the side of the camera and going on to the inside of the drone, its looking good thats how it should look now.
Look at the camera on the back theres, an arrow. The arrow should point up to the sky, because thats, where you fly all right now find the screws for the camera they may be in the air unit packaging or they may be included separately, and you might get four of them because there might be two screw Holes on each side of the camera – or you might just get two for one screw hole on each side of the camera, either way they are just these little screws and to fasten them youre, going to need your 1.5 millimeter hex driver so were going to line Up the camera holes along with the holes in the camera mount and grab our little baby screws and our 1.5 millimeter hex driver put that on there and screw it into the camera. Last plug we have to do is plugging the air unit box into the flight controller. There we go looking great array, hooray flatten these wires against the box of the air unit. I want to have some slack for the flight controller im just going to wrap tape around it and thats going to help hold the box down as well as keep the wires tidy as youre wrapping. It make sure not to cover the sd card slot or the usb port. Its looking pretty good now were going to do one last look at how all our wires are sitting. You know push them in wherever they might be.
Sticking out now make sure theres free play like this wire for the camera and make sure its not hung up. You know it should feel like you can move it around freely. Once youre satisfied with all of your wire routing, you can secure the stack with your m3 nuts just thread these on. So for these you take your two millimeter hex driver hold the screw from the bottom, take your 5.5 box wrench and just run the nuts down. Now you dont want to crank these down because youve got these gummies and if you over torque it then youve defeated the purpose right. So you just want to snug it up against the gummy about like that. So the gummy is just compressing a little bit, but you havent like totally pancaked it guys. This is looking really good. Really really good. Weve got two standoffs left that are going to go up front here. So weve got some standoffs in between the front where the camera is and this lower stiffener. I think its looking pretty good. Your top plate is going to go on here. This cutout is going to fit around the the antennas and youre going to bolt this top plate down to the six standoffs. One two three, four: five: six grab, whatever screws you have left again just do all six loosely now were going to torque down the top plate screws. All the way super snug now were going to run around the whole drone and double check.
Every single screw make sure theyre all super tight. The standoff screws, the arm screws, the motor screws every screw. Take the time double check it. Get this nice looking battery pad. You know, get your logo facing the right way. Peel, the sticker back sit her down. The drone is fully assembled just like that super easy. Anyone thats seen us build drones before knows. The next step is to plug into the matrix and start hacking, the flight controller and configuring, the escs and getting everything set up and remapping the motors and going into the cli and doing all sorts of crazy stuff. You dont have to with this weve taken care of all of that. For you, if youve got everything oriented correctly, you know your esc is set up so that the pigtail is coming out the right side. Your flight controller is set so that the arrow is facing forward. You didnt force any of the connectors in the wrong way. You should be good to go. The flight controller is pre configured, the esc is pre configured. This thing is ready to rip. The only thing that you are going to need to plug in is the air unit youre going to need to activate this with dji software update the firmware if theres a new version out whatever therell, be a link in the description where you can download that from Dji get that all set up, and then you are going to need to bind this to your goggles.
So lets grab our goggles on our controller and show you how to do that open up the program plug your air unit into your computer and power up the drone, so that the air unit is powered. It might take a second, but once your computer recognizes the device, you should be prompted to log in or create an account with dji, if you dont already have one and once youre finally logged in you can activate your air unit once its activated. It may also prompt you to update it, which is a good idea to do while youre in there its really important to activate and update everything. If you dont, you might still be able to get them linked up and get video, but you could have some real performance issues. Reduced range, dropouts, all sorts of things that could lead to a really bad time, so definitely activate and update your dji gear. So go ahead and click through and this part might take a little bit to actually complete the download and the update. So once you get it going, maybe go make some coffee or something because it might be sitting there for a while just dont leave it for too long, because your air unit is going to get really really hot. Then, once youve finally completed updating your air unit, you get to do the exact same thing all over again with your radio and your goggles, so plug your goggles into the computer and then using the same program.
You can update it and then plug your radio into the computer and again using the same program. You can update it. The process is exactly the same for the goggles, the radio and the air unit. Now that everything is activated and updated, you can bind all your components. So that means you need to get your air unit actually connected to your goggles and your radio so get everything powered up, and you actually need to link your goggles before your radio. So, to start with the goggles look for this little red recessed button under the power port and click it with something small and the goggle should start beeping then go over to the drone and find an even smaller recessed button, underneath the sd card slot to get At it, a sim card tool is perfect, but you could also use a small pair of tweezers once you click that the goggles and the air unit should connect and the goggles will stop beeping. Now you can move over to the radio, which is a little bit trickier, because you need to hit three buttons. At the same time, you need to push in the wheel on the upper right shoulder. You need to push this button on the front and you need to push the record button on the upper left. Shoulder click all three buttons at once, and the radio will start beeping so now go back to the air unit and hit that same small button under the sd card slot.
So if everythings, looking good with the goggles, were going to go ahead and test arm, the quad now make sure the props are off. Have the props off dont ever arm your quad for the first time with the props on take your props off now? Grab your radio and make sure all of the switches are pushed away from you. This is the default position for all the switches and to arm your quad just flip. The arm switch, which is labeled sa the a switch and just flip it all the way. Up. Now, since the props are off, you might hear the motors start to spool up a little bit. Thats totally fine just disarm your quad if they start to get too high, but something else that you can double check here to make sure everythings. Looking good with the build. You can touch the motors and make sure theyre spinning the right direction. The two front motors should be spinning inward toward the nose and the rear. Two motors should be spinning inwards toward the tail, just touch it lightly with your finger and make sure it feels like its spinning the right way and now youre good to go. Everything should be ready to fly im pretty excited. I have never built a drone before and just not plugged the flight controller into a computer at all whatsoever, just put it together and were just gon na fly. It thats its kind of weird for me.
So weve got our props installed on the drone. Remember the motors are spinning inward, so this is the orientation that the prop should be. If youre a little bit newer to this, you might not be able to immediately tell the difference, but if you look closely, there is a shape to the prop. This is the front of the prop, and this is the rear of the prop. So the prop spins, like this just take a screenshot of this image or whatever to help you make sure you get the props all on in the right spot. Weve also installed an action. Camera mount up front. Weve got these tuned to fly very well with the weight of an action camera up front, so im going to be using a gopro hero 9, but you can use really any gopro or an insta360 or a dji camera weve come to this empty parking lot, which Is going to be a great place to fly because theres nobody here, if youre newer, you might not want to fly over concrete because it can be less forgiving, so maybe find yourself a similar area, but over grass. Now this is your first or one of your first drones, youre, not 100, familiar with how its all supposed to work were going to pop up a little diagram of how youve assigned all the switches on the radio and what other functions are. You should be really familiar with that before you actually go to pilot your drone and if you really have never even flown before, well, leave a link in the description to a clip with some tips on some things to try and practice before you go full fpv Freestyle doing some line of sight test hovers practicing in the simulator other things like that, but in this video were going to assume that you know a little bit on how to actually fly and were going to get this thing up.
The one thing i am going to show you is one last test that were going to do before we actually flat, and this is something that you should do anytime youve completed a new, build or really completed any repair made any mechanical or programming change to the Drone, this is a really good way to test things out. All right, weve got our drone plugged in weve got our radio turned on and for the first time were actually going to arm our quad with the props on look at that it all spins up, but we arent going to take off. We actually arent going to add any throttle, were going to hold the throttle down and were just going to gently with the cyclic stick over here push forward and we should see the rear come up a bit all right. Let her back down! Okay and now were going to push it sideways, and we should see the side go up, the same way that we push it. Thats left thats right, and so what we did right there is we safely and in a very controlled way, did one last test on the drone to make sure everything is working. The way it should, and it is the drone did exactly what its supposed to do. If one of the props is in the wrong place or somehow we had messed up one of the orientation of the boards or plugged something in wrong or if there was any other problem.
The drone wouldnt have behaved like that. It wouldnt have behaved properly and we would know there was an issue before we actually added any throttle and had any altitude at all. So we have tested and double checked everything that we possibly can its finally time to fly this thing Music. We put this whole thing together with very basic tools, just assembled the frame put the components on plugged everything in and it was ready to go, no soldering, no plugging into a computer to configure or tune or any of that complicated stuff. This was super. Easy to put together were confident anyone is going to be able to do it. Fpv is one of the most amazing hobbies you can get into it is so rewarding. We know it can be really scary, especially when youre thinking about doing your own building and all the complicated stuff that comes with it, and with this it has never been simpler to get into building and flying your own fpv drone. So if you want to pick up one of these check out our store rotorriott.