X-frames, such as the Awk210 from Strix, offer a well-balanced
handling profile and tighter CG
It is often said that multirotors are quickly becoming a focal point of the younger modeling crowd. This tatement usually elicits images of a dozen different aerial
photography drones hovering in the park or somewhere
they’re probably not supposed to be. However, there’s another
group of enthusiasts that is doing something a little different.
These pilots like to strap a pair of goggles on their heads and
see who can be the fastest on the racecourse they’ve set up at
their flying field.
If you’ve ever seen one of the quadcopters used to compete
in these air-based Formula 1-style races, you’ll quickly discover
that most of them aren’t exactly RTF models that were bought
off the shelf. They are custom-built machines that each pilot
has put his or her own blood, sweat, and tears into just to get
in the air. Hours of researching the latest technology, on top
of hours of soldering, bolting, and more soldering allow these
aircraft to scream through the course in search of bringing
home the top prize.
Although the barrier to entry might seem steep at first,
building one of these quadcopters isn’t as scary as you might
think. With the right know-how and some advice from those
who’ve come before you, an FPV-capable racing drone can be
part of your fleet in no time. To get you started, here are five
tips for building your first racing drone.
So Many Frames, So Little Time
Now that you’ve decided to build your first quadcopter, you
need to choose a frame. Believe it or not, you’ll need to give
some thought to this decision, and not just because you want
something that looks cool! Different frame types and sizes all
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