Halloween Drone – A DIY Pumpkin Drone

With Halloween approaching very fast, we are doing a DIY pumpkin drone here at the channel.

 

 

Last week where we completed the Halloween Drone basic build. Today we are going to fire it up and configure the HobbyKing KK2.0 Flight controller and hopefully take on its maiden flight. If you did not watch last week’s episode you can find it here:

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DIY Pumpkin Drone Build – HALLOWEEN Idea 😉
Including DIY Pumpkin Drone parts list in description:
DIY Pumpkin Drone Build – HALLOWEEN Idea 😉
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About the Hobbyking KK2.0 Flight controller (now Hobbyking KK2.1.5)
The KK2.0 is a fairly simple controller that lets you configure directly on the board with the 4 buttons below the LCD, with no need for laptops or tablets. This is good 16 USD controller, to learn the basic os DIY RC before moving into to more advanced stuff.

I will not spend a lot of time going through every setting of KK2.0 as there are many in-depth videos on Youtube explaining this. Like this one from eluminerRC with an easy to follow instruction how to do it.

 

 

DIY Pumpkin Drone setup:

There a few critical operations from the eluminerRC guide shown in the video
1: Calibration of the accelerometers.
2: ESC or Speed controller calibration
3: Check motor direction.
4: Check the motor response.
The goal of today’s Maiden flight is to make it hover, and possibly adjust to it does not drift too much. FC Outside. Remember this drone does not have any help from GPS to hold it’s position. Basically, any drift needs to be adjusted through the remote. You might also have to adjust a little bit on the PI settings on the KK2.0 controller to make it good. I ended up using the recommended PI settings from a guy called Dennis Baldwin, that has to build a quad with identical components.

 

 

We did not seem to have enough thrust for decent performance, so we had props to a bigger size 1045. We did not have to go for from a 3S lipo to a 4S to boost the performance, 3S seems to be enough for now.

With 1045 I’m happy with the base performance, we could mount the sound system. As a sound system, we are using a speaker that will take an SD card, and we have loaded the card with scary sounds. it’s a bit on the heavy side, with a weight almost equal to one battery.

Now it’s ready for the test flight. Stay tuned and make sure to hit that bell notification icon below, so you get notified when it’s online. Take care and see you on the next one

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