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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DIY Pumpkin Drone Build – HALLOWEEN Idea ;-)

With Halloween approaching very fast, we have decided to do something special and we got a Halloween idea. We are gonna do a Halloween Pumpkin Drone and in the case likely the first in the world. A flying Pumpkin Quadcopter with lights and scary sound.

 

 

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I sometimes get the question why the channel is called Drones & Electric Unicycles, when most of the drone stuff is around DJI Mavic Pro.1 Before I purchased my Mavic I was building my own stuff so I know the ropes. I was especially fascinated by Tricopters and Quads. build a lot those from scrap parts picked up around the net. This build will be using parts from one of those builds to make the Halloween Pumpkin Drone combined with a Plastic Pumpkinhead picked at a local store.

Before we get to the part where we integrate the pumpkin, lights, and sound into the Halloween Gimmick we need to make a stable quadcopter platform. To be able to build a quadcopter we need some essential parts like 4 motors, 4 props, 4 ESC (speed controllers), 1 flight controller and an RC link. On top of that, we need a battery to power the drone, and RC transmitter to control it, and a frame to strap it on. This is the basis of any quadcopter, anything else like camera and GPS is just icing on the cake, but clearly makes the flying experience better especially for new pilots
If you can complete this build, you have the basic knowledge to build your own stuff.

In case you are up for it, we will only use easily accessible parts that can be purchased either on Amazon and the local hardware store. We have found out the prices on Amazon are not competitive, so the list below is from HobbyKing instead.

Basic components for this Halloween idea

Hobbyking KK2.0 flight controller (now Hobbyking KK 2.1.5)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobbyking-kk2-1-5-multi-rotor-lcd-flight-control-board-with-6050mpu-and-atmel-644pa.html

1350KV 28-26 Brushless motor
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/propdrive-v2-2826-1350kv-brushless-outrunner-motor.html

30A Speed Controllers (need to have UBEC to power flight controller)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobby-king-30a-esc-3a-ubec.html?wrh_pdp=3

3S lipo battery – 25C / 2200mAh
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/zippy-compact-2200mah-3s-25c-lipo-pack.html

Battery alarm
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobbykingtm-lipo-voltage-checker-2s-8s.html

1045 propellers (you need minimum 2 pairs)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/1045-glass-fiber-nylon-black.html

RC Transmitter & Receiver
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/hobby-king-2-4ghz-6ch-tx-rx-v2-mode-2.html

Connection wires (RC link to flight controller)
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/10cm-female-to-female-servo-lead-jr-26awg-10pcs-set.html

Double adhesive foam pads
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/3m-gyro-mounting-pad-3pcs-bag.html

You also need:

  • Bullet connectors
  • Wire Red/Black
  • Heat Shrink
  • XT60 Connectors (MALE)

Frame & Others for this Halloween idea

  • Pumpkinhead and lights (super lightweight)
  • Speaker with SD card (as light as possible)
  • Aluminium or wood profiles
  • MDF plate (5mm) or really thin plywood plates
  • Bolt and screws
  • Electrical binders (strips)
  • Hot glue

Watch the video to see how to assemble the Halloween Pumpkin Drone

I know this was not very nice to keep you hanging like that 😉 In the next episode I’m firing up the drone, configure the flight controller and install the sound system, and make the first test flight. Stay tuned and make sure to hit that bell notification icon below, so you get notified when it’s online.

Tool for Motor / Thrust Calculation

https://www.ecalc.ch/xcoptercalc.php

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Beginner Drone Pilot Mistakes – Are YOU guilty?

With the huge success of commercial drones like DJI Mavic Pro, many new pilots have entered the hobby with little or no experience in flying drones. Unfortunately, this means a lot of crashes too. Are you guys are doomed to make one of the beginner drone pilot mistakes covered in this video. Watch along and see if you are guilty in one of these common drone pilot mistakes?

 

 

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Most crashes are related to pilot mistakes either due to failed judgment or not knowing the expected behavior or limitation of your drone. Most will say that you need to read the manual before first flight. I can only recommend that doing that, by reading the manual you have a rough idea what your drone is capable of.

But let’s be realistic many pilots are not doing this. Watch this countdown of 9 drone pilot mistakes. If you can avoid these they might help you save your precious aircraft.

Even knowing the manual, will not help you when things start to go wrong. Remember in some cases you only have a fraction of a moment to react. This makes many drone pilots panic and acts irrational that will make them crash. The best thing is to avoid putting yourself in a situation where that put you under pressure.

Countdown: Beginner drone pilot mistakes
9. CSC – Combination Stick Command.
8. Unsuited flying conditions or environment
7. Disoriented
6. Not understanding RTH – Return to Home
5. Trusting the Sensors
4. Flying Backward
3. Flying batteries too low.
2. Returning Nose in
1. Indoor flying

Thank you and I hope to have contributions to make your drone flight a little bit safer and help you prevent potential crashes with this 9 drone pilot mistakes countdown.

If you like videos like this press that like button below and don’t hold back on the comments in the section below, where you can read where I’m guilty.

— Disclaimer. —-

Not all pilots will crash their drones because of the mistakes in this video. This video does not cover all possible scenarios.
This video is primarily based on experience with Mavic Pro beginner mistakes, but would more or less apply to any other DJI product or like. Finally, the list does not cover crashes caused by electrical and mechanical errors. It’s made under the assumption you have a well-working aircraft with propellers intact etc.

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