I’ve always been interested in having a radio controlled helicopter and I distinctly remember seeing one when I was 11, in Toys R Us, but even then I realized it was ridiculously expensive and too much to ask for, but I still wanted it anyway. My father has gotten us many small RC helicopters over the years and it essentially became a recurring Christmas gift, though most of the time he would end up keeping them for himself. For Christmas last year, my brother got me a Hubsan X4 micro quadcopter. I was very excited about it since I had recently watched a TED Talk about the athletics of quadcopters. When I got it up an running I had a blast crashing that thing into the walls, floors, ceilings and dog. It required some maintenance, as the propellers broke easily and the motors all died eventually, but replacing them was a simple task. I was actually so excited I ended up kickstarting a bigger quadcopter, but I won’t receive that until next month at least.

There was a reddit post involving quadcopters and it sparked my interest again. Despite it being a DJI Phantom 2 that was flying, I’ve always been interested in first-person view (FPV) racing and the smaller, faster, more agile side of quadcopters.  Small quads can be extremely agile and ludicrously fast and thanks to a friendly redditor, I got started on the idea of building my own 250mm quadcopter.

Over the past week I’ve put together a quadcopter of my own. I was going to post about the process, but its been so long its gotten blurry.  Instead, from here out, I’ll assume you know whats going on and just give further updates. Though I may come back and add some details I feel are relevant.

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