Cheap Micro Drone FPV Build

A collection of hacks and mods for affordable drone builds

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Project Overview

Since I bought my 1st cheap toy quadcopter I haven’t been able to stop tinkering and flying. Then I discovered FPV (1st person view) flight which has turned this from a hobby into an obsession.

I wanted to create this project so others can have a central place to learn and share information about building, flying, and hacking Quadcopters and ground vehicles.

Did a little overview for 4 micro drone builds I did recently to test out components:

Here are some commentary on the results of the builds, I’ll have the 4th one coming up soon:
Best Indoor ONLY ==>
Cheapest Indoor / Outdoor ==>
IMPRESSIVE Upgrade to Indoor / Outdoor version ==>

Short Term Goals

Finished building 5 micro quads to test various components to recommend to you guys for builds. Next I’ll be putting together some guides on building and each of the component parts.

  • Doing modification on FPV Goggles to give my headset recording capability from the live feed of the flight
  • Conversion of H8 mini’s motors to the much larger 8.5mm x 20mm brushed motors and testing
  • Full Brushed and Brushless Quadcopter builds
  • Designing an ultra light weight antenna protector for an existing built quad and the new one.
  • Designing a new quadcopter micro frame or modifying a current frame from Thingiverse
  • Designing a FPV camera/transmitter mounting systems for a new micro quad and ground vehicle.
  • Hacking a H8 mini flight controller board
  • Converting a Devo 7E transmitter with into a universal radio for drones and RC vehicles with nrf24l01+pa+lna modules and custom firmware.

Teammates & Contributors

This project is a type of person learning journal used to share information with others. But I welcome anyone to join the project and build your own micro drones with me, make suggestions, work on new frame and mounting designs, help hack micro controllers, etc…

I know I know, you’re thinking about it… Just do it… Click the join project button up top… you know you want to… it’s calling your name, it’s saying “Please, Click Me”…

(But seriously, if you’re into drones/quadcopters join the project, the more members I see the more motivation it gives me to do all these hacks and edit hours of video footage to create a bunch of awesome tutorial videos on weekends, if you want to see content faster and help me keep up the pace, join! )


Great questions / Discussion Highlights


So in my quest to figure out the best possible micro drone build for the lowest possible price, I’ve been testing component after component as they’re coming in from China. I refuse to overpay for components, so it’s been taking a while waiting for these cheaper parts to come in from overseas.

  • So far I went through 3 brushed flight control boards, 2 of them were trash compared to the H8 mini after hacking it’s firmware, and 1 which is showing signs of potential as it’s stock PID’s flew far better than the other 2 boards, however until I tune the PIDs in completely it’s too early to tell. What I’ve realized from this is just how great of a job the person who did the Silverware firmware for the H8 mini did, his PID presets are masterful, it’s the tightest tuned brushless quad I’ve flown to date, the guy did a truly impressive job.
  • Went through 4 cheap frames, will have to type up a summary of results.

  • Tested multiple setups with 6.5mm 7mm and 8.5mm motors, will post results on what my opinion are the optimal setups.

  • Got a great deal on a Flysky radio from banggood, so I’ve been testing a couple micro flysky receivers will report back on that.

  • Need to make a video to go over brushed setups on BetaFlight

  • Need to post a video guide on how to hack the h8 mini (since right now it’s still the clear winner for best cheap micro quad setup), also how to install the camera and transmitter to complete setup. This is probably what I’m going to do first, I’ve already shot the footage just need to edit it.

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