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RTF (READY TO FLY)
As the name suggests, these drones are "ready to fly" straight out of the box meaning there is no assembly required. Usually, they come with everything you need except perhaps batteries for the controller. The main advantage of these drones is the ability to race them straight away with no lost time on assembly and all that. The biggest downside is upgradeability issues, especially for people who never disassembled a drone before. Another thing you should keep an eye out for is FPV. If your RFT drone does not have an FPV (first person view) (goggles) kit included, you should go ahead and purchase a standalone one. But, beware – you must match TX frequency and bands otherwise your goggles setup won’t work.
On the other hand, racing kits are a completely different mentality. They don’t come assembled… at all. If you purchase a racing kit you will be greeted with a box filled with miniature parts that you are supposed to clamp, screw and glue together using your God given talents and newly developed ones. I’m not trying to scare you but – things can get tricky, especially if you never did anything like this before. Time management and skills development will happen. You will soon realize you don't have a required tool or the skill required to do a certain task. Sometimes little hands are an asset. Screwing around with electronics, precise soldering, wiring, and all that good stuff requires a lot of patience and steady hands. Realistically, building your own racing drone can take anywhere from several hours to several days, depending on your expertise. However, nothing can take away that feeling of pride and accomplishment when the switch is placed in "on" and the electronics beep and lights brighten. When reality happens and you smash your beautiful baby into the wall because you had a switch on or get distracted, your all ready to get into the rebuild and overhaul mode.
This is what makes the drone hobby so rewarding. If you buy Ready to fly you will be working on it. When you realize the china manufacture was not at the quality levels you would have installed yourself you will be updating. Everything Breaks or needs maintenance to operate. Moving parts wear out, upgrades to your kit are warranted because your skill level gets better. It's not an addiction, it's a Passion , and learning the Rules, developing the skills, and enjoying the Hobby rewards you with many opportunities to learn new stuff.
Topics that will need to be covered and skills to be acquired and honed
3 Materials and quality control
4 Soldering and materials
4 working with carbon fiber
6 Radios, Frequencies, Rules and Laws
more to come
After looking at the protek35 and it's components i decided that it would be better to just build from scratch.
WOW what a learning experience. I will detail the process, the mistakes and things that are needed
so far i have a drone and all the necessary components, I was just able to get the ESC calibrated , the final thing is setting up the radio.
I am building a larger drone also so things got a little confusing but in the end there has been a lot learned.
Setting up the esc was a challenge, this build is using clracing control board with the ESC attached, Thought it might be a great option to have jst 1 board, my mistake was the board size was 25.5 and there are no mounts for this, 30.5 and 20.5 no problem. I would say soldering this was good, placement of the pads were spaced good. As far as clracing I do not recommend this product or this company. I just get that way when there is no (zero) product support. This just waists lots of time when there is no build to copy and no forum support. I wont go into this build or setup, My advise is to not buy this, even if it turns out to be reliable.
I have purchased the ESC for the next build, working toward a small drone spec for a racing class. It's from Flight 1
I purchased the F1 controller but it's back ordered The new drone build will be called Patriot
did I mention the f1 parts are from the US. Oh yes it costs more but eventually china crap will slowly become unavailable or undesirable because China Hates America and do I have to mention they
created the China Virus, which I have experienced first hand
The small drone build has been brought back to life. After a couple control boards went smokey and my attempts to actually get a unit flying I put it down.
Today I am installing a mamba f7 flight controller stack. it has 60amp ESC. It's alvve now come the hard part getting it configured with beta flight
To flash the controller,
if you can't get serial communications you need to update the driver
Step1: Connect FC with Betaflight -
Step2: Go to CLI tab -
Step3: type below string in command box: BL -
Step4: Press Enter to enter DFU mode