DIY Race Quadcopter - FT VersaCopter

by FliteTest | September 22, 2015 | (12) Posted in Reviews

Introducing the VersaCopter, a DIY quad frame kit that offers a wide range of options for DIY multi-rotor design! CLICK HERE for more details.

The VersaCopter featues a power distribution board that offers solder terminals for up to 6 motors, a battery lead, two accessories, and one Pololu step down accessory for accessories that require specific voltages.

VersaCopter 280 Quad Frame Kit The H-Quad multirotor design is really the best suited configuration we have found for FPV. The camera sits further forward and enables you to have a great flight experience by having the camera inline with the frame but out of view of the props. 

 

We have been using the Graupner GR-18 reciever which we absolutely love. It is a reciever/flight controller combo so it's very easy to program through your Graupner transmitter

The VersaCopter is also compatible with the older style of wooden booms. Wood booms still have a lot of advantages for beginners but we like the finished look of the carbon fiber and the added strength it gives. 

COMMENTS

Kevinjt4 on September 23, 2015
FT Explorer!?
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The-One-Who-Never-Crashes on September 23, 2015
Coming Sep. 28th!
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The-One-Who-Never-Crashes on September 23, 2015
Nice video, just wondering why we had to wait until Wednesday...
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SwissFreek on September 23, 2015
Mine is in the mail. Super excited to get this guy flying. I'm getting to the point now where I need a qwopter-wall like Alex...
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Corsair2014 on September 23, 2015
Love the cinematic sequence at the beginning. THis is my favorite part of FliteTest, please do that more!!!!
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SwissFreek on September 23, 2015
I almost agree. It's fun eye-candy, but watching them all fly together with the whole crew and the family together doing an almost "let's fly" type thing takes and just shooting the breeze takes the cake.
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ashtodust2000 on September 23, 2015
What are the laws in the States when doing fpv with these?
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Jtbluefeather on September 23, 2015
Guys... ya gotta stop making all this cool new stuff. My bank account can't keep up with it! Ordering my plates to tinker with tonight! Giant Dragonfly FPV/Video platform? I think so!
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ExperimentalRC on September 23, 2015
Please sell this on amazon!!!
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mcla118800 on September 23, 2015
Can you post files to 3d print/ cut ourselves?
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joshuaparker on September 24, 2015
Just when I had just decided to buy my first frame...you all release the most amazing thing ever! hey can anyone tell me what they think of the Naze32 10DOF Multicopter Flight Controller w/Compass & Barometer
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terry1 on September 24, 2015
Just ordered it. It would have been nice to have added a 10 degree motor angle like Eric did on the other quad-copter he had build. Here is a suggestion could do a small disk that fitted under the motor. Also could possibly rotate it to provide 10 degrees to wards the center of the quad-copter. That way no matter what length booms you use you could adjust it.
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rcjoseb on September 24, 2015
Depending on the hole placement, there are plenty of tilted motor mounts that you can download for free and print from ThingiVerse.com
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jahnkeanater on September 24, 2015
The store clams that this is a 280mm size quad but that works out to be 11" diagonal considering it comes with 10" arms 254mm. This thing has to be at least 360mm diagonal. I would be willing to bet that this is probably actually a 380mm size quad. And under no circumstances will this ever be a 250 size quad.
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coastrnut on September 26, 2015
Would love to order, but have a question. How and what type of setup and items would I need to be able to use my Spektrum DX9 transmitter?
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The Groundhog on September 28, 2015
You will need a receiver for your transmitter, a power system (Flite Test Power Pack E or Lumenier setup), a battery, flight controller (Naze32 or Graupner Gr18) and FPV (optional).

3s battery for the FT power pack, 3s/4s for Lumenier.

Good luck to you!
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coastrnut on October 2, 2015
Thanks for the info - I'll look into this for sure!
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johnnyjiujitsu on September 28, 2015
This guy gives Charpu a run for his money: https://youtu.be/BCjcvn7DfzQ
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The Groundhog on September 28, 2015
TO JOSH/ALEX:

If I want to run a Vector on the VersaCopter race quad setup, will it fit inside the frame? Is the footprint much different from the Gr-18?

Just thinking how nice it would be to have the full colour OSD and GPS functionality.

Love it all; I've been awaiting the VersaCopter for ages and you haven't disappointed me!! It appears to be a very well thought out frame; as well as the fact that it's just gorgeous.

God be with you,

Finn
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Hell2Go on September 29, 2015
I'm mostly a plane guy but this has me wanting to get into the quad and fpv aspects as well... my wife is gonna be mad at me! "Sorry Honey, we can't go out for dinner for a few weeks, I just spent all my money on a versacopter!"
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terry1 on October 2, 2015
Whats the diameter of the booms?
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andrewf on October 14, 2015
According to:
http://store.flitetest.com/10x0-56-carbon-fiber-round-boom/

.56" x 10"
.56" = 14.224 mm

And why this page is not linked to the VersaCopter page is a mystery.


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m2mcomet on October 23, 2015
How large is the Versacopter 280's central frame, not including the booms sticking out, in terms of length x width x height?
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Hell2Go on November 12, 2015
ERIC********* You said you wish you could change to angle of the camera on these versacopters and I had a great Idea!!!! design one where the motor booms can rotate forward and back controlled by a servo on each boom that is mixed with the pitch control so the frame will stay horizontal and the motors will pitch to control forward/reverse movement and you could put in a mix control with a knob to adjust the copter angle for situations where you want a downward of upward view while stationary... I would build one myself but can't afford the parts at the moment. I think it is entirely possible and would be the next step in versacopter evolution.....
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Hell2Go on November 16, 2015
I see the concept has been proven... check this out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVHRvwgG7-8
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tony183323953 on November 27, 2015
can someone please post a list of items that I need to make a exactly the same quad thanks a lot
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Cluteeaye712 on December 8, 2015
Hey guys, just finished the initial build of my Versacopter with the FT electronics pack and a Naze32 flight controller. The PCB that I received has a 5V Pololu regulator built in for FPV, but I'd really like to step this machine up to 4S battery. I bought a couple of Pololu 12V step up/step down regulators, but since my PCB already has the 5V regulator in place, how would I wire this into the stock setup?
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Cluteeaye712 on December 8, 2015
Just double checking my build pics, I think I might be mistaken. I'll follow up to make sure.
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DOOM on December 31, 2015
Just did my first flight with it. LOVE IT!!! need to tune it a little still, but flys very stable. Also, they upgraded most of the delrin parts to G10. I am very impressed with the rigidity of this little thingy:)
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cadler on December 31, 2015
can I use any controller with this?
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nevyn1 on January 4, 2016
Has anyone else had a problem putting the Naze 32 rev 6 inside do to the breakout cable orientation? Not enough room to orient it with the mini USB to the side and the breakout cable on the opposite side. The cable hits the speed control on one side and the board hits the speed control on the other, but it pushes the side out so that the brace wont fit. Had to turn it so the port is facing facing back and there is just enough room to plug the speed control leads in. Will have to take apart to plug into the computer.
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nevyn1 on January 5, 2016
Solved the problem with the Naze 32 Rev 6. Turn it 180 degrees then configure in Cleanflight. Next problem is that after the set up, the motors spool up to full speed, but when you yaw or roll, not all the motors will go speed back up. Tried another receiver to see if it was a signal problem, but it still does the same thing. Good thing is was still on the table and hadn't tried flying it this way. I have a spare Naze board I need to put in it to see if it's a bad flight controller.

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nevyn1 on January 8, 2016
Tried the older Naze 32 and a different transmitter and receiver. Every time that I pick the throttle up then hit any of the sticks the motors reduce in speed and don't return to the previous state. Two different Naze flight controllers, 2 different radio systems and they both react the same. This is getting very frustrating. Have bought a quad kit and it won't fly at all. Don't know what to try next.
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nevyn1 on January 15, 2016
Finally figured it out. The sub-trims and travel settings in the transmitter were partly the cause.After setting everything back to neutral, the problem with the speed controllers not responding seems to correct itself. The other problem seems to be an ESC. the #1 motor spins up until you put a prop on it then it just twitches. If you use something to spin the prop with it will then spin up and fly the quad. tried switching motors and did the same thing in the #1 position. As soon as the ESC's are available again, I will order a couple of extras. Until them I will just jump start the motor and fly it.
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greedyg76 on February 15, 2016
nowhere can I find the dimensions of the frame plates, can someone provide this info?
thanks
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ockay16 on February 17, 2016
Hi guys!
I just finished putting together my Versacopter a few days ago and went for my first FPV flight this morning, what a blast!!!
Since some of my batteries are quit old and lost power I would like to buy new ones, what would you say is the best for this quad in terme of capacity in both 4S and 3S ?
Thanks!
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ockay16 on March 28, 2016
I decided to buy 3S 2650mAh Turnigy packs and they are great for the versacopter.
I might try 4S in my next order.
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DIY Race Quadcopter - FT VersaCopter