FT 270 Quad BUILD

by FliteTest | October 15, 2017 | (2 Ratings) Posted in How To

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TJ takes you through the build process of the very impressive FT 270 Quad! Read on for a more in-depth look at the build of this new multirotor from Flite Test. 


Video Build index:

00:40 Frame Assembly

09:09 Motors & ESCs

25:43 Flight Controller Prep

33:50 Electronics Setup

1:24:00 Betaflight & BL Heli Setup

1:35:42 Transmitter Setup

1:42:19 OSD & Props

1:47:45 Maiden



By the way, did you know that we now also can build your quad for you? If you can't wait to just get out of the door and fly, we can help! Our bespoke building service takes care of that. You can check it here out on the store.



But if the building is a big part of the hobby for you, read on.


Frame


  • Lay out the components of frame
  • Attach arms to bottom plate with 12mm bolts (keep arms slightly loose at this stage)
  • attach 15mm standoffs to the bottom plate
  • attach smaller standoffs for control board later
  • Snug up standoffs with screwdriver and bolts so everything is tight (we use these tools - Kylin Screwdriver Set 4pcs)


Motors


  • bolt motors to ends of arms (we use four T-Motor F80/1900kv)
  • Stick four landing pads on bottom of frame


ESC's


  • Open ESC bags. We used four Bullet Series Emax 30 Amp ESC. (which include free stickers!)
  • Set aside frame and organize components
  • Flux each ESC's pads to ensure solder will stick
  • Tin ESC pads
  • Line up ESC on frame and cut wires (ensuring not to make them too short!)
  • Slide heat shrink over ESC
  • Tape in place

Board


  • Start by removing pins
  • Flux and then tin pads
  • Use tape to attach antenna to bottom plate of frame
  • Lock board to frame with nuts
  • Tin pads for camera and smart audio (follow video for more detail)
  • Solder battery leads to board
  • Follow process of soldering each ESC lead and signal cable to board
  • Next, attach buzzer and receiver by soldering to correct pads of control board. Stick receiver to bottom plate of frame with double-sided tape

FPV


  • Solder your VTX wires to the video pads of the board
  • Prepare your Runcam
  • Plug three wire cable into camera
  • Plug your OSD cable in for later
  • Use pan-head screws for attaching the camera to the camera plate of the frame
  • Determine your camera angle by adjusting the screws
  • Slide camera into slots
  • Trim ends of cable and tin
  • Solder wires to VTX
  • Slide antenna under middle plate and zip-tie together
  • Screw middle plate to bottom plate standoffs
  • Use 20mm screws to attach top plate to bottom plate standoffs and middle plate standoffs


Finishing


  • Trim pad to fit on top of middle plate
  • Use zip-ties to guide receiver antennas close to frame
  • Use heat-shrink to support receiver antennas on zip-ties
  • Use battery velcro under middle plate and you are done!


Further Tips and Advice for Building Quads

Why not check out some of our other videos on this subject to ensure you have all the best practices nailed before you jump into your 270 Quad build?


Links

Buy your frame here - https://store.flitetest.com/ft270-chase-quad-frame/

Get us to custom build your quad here - https://store.flitetest.com/ft270-chase-quad-custom-built-bind-n-fly/

Motors - https://store.flitetest.com/tiger-motor-f80-1900kv-fpv-series-motor/

ESC's - https://store.flitetest.com/emax-bullet-series-30a-esc/

Buzzer - https://store.flitetest.com/micro-buzzer/

DYS f4 Flight Controller -

Runcam Owl Plus - https://store.flitetest.com/runcam-owl-plus/

COMMENTS

awsomeness62 on January 6, 2018
thanks for the quad building tips. very helpful.
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Robbutler1977 on February 11, 2018
What if I bought the FT270 as my first program your quad and have tried for 4 days to setup betaflight and can't get the esc's to beep? It does connect to it because I see it moving when I move. I loaded and did all the fixes it says to do for it to work, btw not I have that fix thing that's always running on my computer that I don't like but I was willing to try anything to get it going. Is there any other way to get this going than betaflight of anyone that can help me with betaflight and getting this to work? I really would like to learn to program my own quad and such but there really is no video that shows you how to install betaflight, update it, download and setup all the little patches it needs to get betaflight working properly.
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