Build Your Own F450 On the Kitchen Table. Software setup and maiden flight!

June 26, 2014

The final chapter – we’ve finished the hardware build, so here’s an in-depth look at setting up the flight controller (including the gains) using the Naza Assistant software. After that it’s time for the (short) maiden flight in the garden… the weather was gusty and thermic but we just couldn’t wait – will it fly?!

As promised, here’s a breakdown of what the build cost us using recommended retail prices and sterling – remember shop around, especially for bundle deals:

DJI 450 ARTF Kit (old model, most now come with new E300 tuned motors and props) bundled with NAZA v2 GPS – £250

DJI DT7 tx and 16 channel rx set – £99

DJI landing legs set – £12

4S 3600mAh lipos x2 – £50

1 x Accucel balance charger – £15

Total price for all hardware as maidened – £426

My “On the Kitchen Table” videos are mainly aimed at newcomers to multirotors, quadcopters, drones and UAVs, particularly to the DJI product range, and the Phantom line in particular. I have how to’s, product reviews, tips, tricks, hints and information for beginners and those in the early stages of the hobby. I film “on the kitchen table” to show people that, like me, you don’t need a workshop and an array of specialist equipment and years of experience to get started and progress with flying these amazing aircraft and enjoying making great aerial videos and stills. So if you have bought, or are thinking of buying, a DJI Phantom, Phantom FC40, Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision or Vision+ or Plus, or even building your own DJI Flamewheel F450 or F550, we can do it… on the kitchen table!

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