DIY Landing Gear for Multirotors

by ghostrider03z | August 1, 2013 | (13) Posted in How To

I was walking through Ace Hardware and saw these big zip ties and thought, "Hmm, I think those would make good landing gear!"

Well, they do.

Pretty much all you are doing is taking 9mm zip ties and making them have a 3inch diameter.

Then you trim off the excess and hot glue the clip so the zip tie does not tighten when in use.

Take two standard zipties, 4.8mm and tie these on the arms of the copter holding the landing gear, making sure the clip of the landing gear is the part that touches the ground.

You want a two inch gap between the two zipties

Make sure no wires are between the arm and the 4.8mm zip ties!

Do this to the rest of the arms and bam, you have great cheap landing gear!

If you do this to a tricopter, either make the diameter of the tail zip tie smaller or increase the distance between the two 4.8mm zip ties. If the tail landig gear is too big it can bend over easily.


If you plan on doing this to a hexacopter or octocopter, you may only need do make the gear for 4 of the arms depending on the weight of the copter.


I really hope you guys enjoyed and I am sorry if someone else has done this before.


Discos_Dead on August 7, 2013
Clever thinking! Informative video, thanks.
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ghostrider03z on August 7, 2013
Hey, glad you enjoyed!
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StoneBlueAirlines on August 7, 2013
Nice idea.
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tbone on August 8, 2013
Great! Thnx
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ghostrider03z on August 13, 2013
Holy crap, since flitetest mentioned me in their q and a video, I got 7 subscribers in the last few hours!
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Cyberdactyl on August 7, 2013
Come visit the multirotor section of the forum here at Flitetest. It's been done a few times. I personally did the "inverse" of your idea.
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artemen on November 18, 2013
I'll be the first one to break them :D
actually already did...
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alexandergeorge on December 3, 2013
This is a brilliant idea! :D
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thefinder on December 12, 2013
Just wanted to thank you for the idea. It has saved my tricopter 100 times or more. The zip ties add a lot of shock absorption. I ended up adding a fourth under the body to add a little more protection.
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ghostrider03z on December 12, 2013
Sweet, glad to help!
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DIY Landing Gear for Multirotors