Home-made drone:

Laser-cut wood as a frame, Arduino as a flight controller, gyroscope from a Wii controller.

The rest is off-the-shelf: motors, ESC controllers, RC equipment.


It really depends on the battery you attach to it. The sweet-spot is probably somewhere around 20 minutes with a GoPro attached. Could get more out of it with different motors.


I'll be honest, with those motors it's almost too agile for me not to crash it eventually 😂

But I'm mostly used to flying heavy, slow but stable hexacopters with camera equipment attached.


The big advantage that comes with this design: a new wood-frame is laser-cut within 10 minutes and costs you just a few pennies.

@fribbledom that's awesome. is the design and stuff open source? that might be a good project for the ppl at chaostreff wallis

@fribbledom oh hello there, that's a nice looking drone friend

@fribbledom How much did all that cost? I see you mention the wood is only a few pennies, but I'm not familiar with the cost of the motors and stuff lol


The motors and their controllers are ~$60.

You can potentially re-use existing RC equipment, otherwise that's likely the most expensive part of this entire setup.

@fribbledom the only drone I have is a little starter drone with a camera, so no parts to re-use lol

I need to repair my drone, I tried to learn how to fly it indoors (got pretty good at not crashing it before one of the gears flew off the propeller and got lost)

$60 is less expensive than the drone I have, so that's pretty great!

@fribbledom @lesbianhacker Is that price point in total, or for individual items? If it's in total I want to know where you shop, 'cause I can't find parts that cheap.

@fribbledom awesome!
Are the schematics available somewhere?

@fribbledom ...when grandpa tells storys about things from long time ago when you had to slaughter Wii controllers bc you had nothing. :-P
Btw can't remember that any of them flew longer than 10 minutes, just that they were somehow attracted to the ceiling ;-)

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