Quadcopter build - Frame build

by eluminerRC | March 23, 2013 | (4) Posted in Projects

This is the second video in this quadcopter build series and it's one of the easiest steps - frame assembly. It's straightforward but you can't continue without it.

This video will show you step by step how to assemble SK450 frame kit as well as some tricks you should use while doing this.


1. Use threadlocker on EVERY screw where you have "metal on metal" contact. Multicopters create a lot of vibration and if you don't use threadlocker, screws will come undone and you will crash.

2. After tightening screws on upper plate (PCB plate), make sure you retighten screws on lower one as well. While the threadlocker is still fresh you need to make sure all of the screws are tight. Lower screws could come loose after screwing upper ones.

3. Use threadlocker with MEDIUM strength. These screws are very small and using high strength threadlocker could lock the screw so hard that you won't be able to unscrew it ever again.

4. Tighten plastic spacers and nuts using ONLY your fingers. Otherwise, you could easily strip them.


For the best results later in the build and use of this quadcopter, make sure you orientate the PCB plate the same way I did in the video. The length of the wire is not random and it's chosen so that wires will be long enough (but yet short enough) for easy use.

You will need:

SK450 PCB plate we've build in first video

SK450 Frame Kit

Any 2.0mm Hex Driver

Threadlocker (medium strength highly recommended)


Enjoy RC as much as I do! :)


Cyberdactyl on March 26, 2013
Certainly nothing new or insightful, but beautifully done. :)
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eluminerRC on March 26, 2013
I agree, everyone are doing builds nowadays. I am doing this just to have complete collection of videos about my quad later when I will do some new and unique stuff with it.

So stay tuned and thank you for your comment.
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apache64 on March 26, 2013
Beautifully shot video, i am amazed at the quality that is coming out of people in this hobby, very creative. How did you annotate the pictures with text etc? and what video editing software are you using? keep them coming they are a joy to watch.. :-)
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eluminerRC on March 26, 2013
Wow, thank you for this comment. You see, these kind of feedback keeps me going. It's really hard to stand out from the crowd on YouTube so I am really happy when people notice me.
I am using iPhone 4 for shooting this and FinalCut Pro X for video editing (sometimes Motion 5 for motion tracking as well) and Garage Band for music.
I will keep them coming as much as I possibly can.

Next video will be up tomorrow on YouTube (and I will also submit the article here on FliteTest) so subscribe and join me on my RC journey. ;)
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apache64 on March 26, 2013
I must say you have stood out from the crowd, it is worthy of FliteTest quality. It looks like i need to buy a Mac as everyone i have asked is using FinalCut, us PC users are not so lucky.
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eluminerRC on March 26, 2013
Thank you.
Yeah, I agree, Mac is a lot better platform for photo and video editing.
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Quadcopter build - Frame build