Copter Control CC3D – How to set up

For as long as I can remember when I became interested in multi rotors and finally built my first quad copter I knew I wanted to get my hands on an Open Pilot control board.   I did start out with the FY-90Q  board which seemed alright,  it was plug and play and simple to setup however I never really got it to the point of the way I thought it should perform. I wasn’t looking for a snappy super fast reacting board but I did want crisp response and this one seemed a bit sluggish in my opinion.   Recently this June my birthday had came and I was in the market again to look for a Copter Control board and interestingly enough it seemed a few companies were given the rights to produce some of these boards which had made it even more accessible to the public.   The one company (store) I had come across was on Twitter and they go by the name were actually selling the Copter Control boards and it was the CC3D model.  So without any hesitation of course ,  I went online and made the purchase and sure enough it had arrived within a couple weeks.  The board looked really nicely made with good solder joints and the mini usb plugin on the board did not seem to give any indication it would break off ( like the megapirate) that seem to have quite a few complaints about it.

Now if your interested in this board I do have to warn you that you need to be aware that you will have to connect this board to a computer,   you will have to download the appropriate GCS  (Ground Control Station)  for this board and the appropriate boot loader for the board.   Do be aware that the version 13 does seem to have a bit of trouble at the moment therefore you do need to just upload version 12 ( Mayan Apocalypse ) with the version 3 boot loader.  If you want to know why you can only use version 12  you can find out in the link here.   The other thing I also recommend is joining the Open Pilot Forums,  this way should you have any trouble with your board in the manner of downloads or settings in the GCS this community is sure to help any newbie ( even me ) when it comes to this board.   I have to be honest and let you know that I am not an authority on this Copter Control board what so ever but I thought I would just share a bit of info to help you get going.  The one thing I can say is that even if you just download the GCS and review it before your board arrives to your door then you are going to be a little bit more comfortable when it comes to using it.

When setting up the board you do need to install it on the multi rotor of choice,  I’m currently setting it up on a quad.   Make sure the board is facing the right direction on the quad ( the forward direction ) and that you have the quad copter sitting on a nice level surface since the board mainly controls the attitude of the frame.  The next thing you do is hook up a micro USB plug to the board and at the other end of the wire plug the regular sized USB to your computer and then start up the GCS program.   The program automatically detects the board and connects it to the program and from there you just go step by step to what the program is telling you to do,  it really is a no-brainer.   If you are wondering what the flashing LED lights on the board mean you can find it in this link here in the bootloader update page ( if you need a visual idea ) as well if you need to update your board with the latest stuff you can do it there as well if you needed to and it will explain how to do it.

Finally ,  getting to the point of setting up your board will take a bit of time so just give yourself a chance and go through everything carefully and thoroughly before you start loading things on the board.  You do have to make sure the stuff is compatible and if you do have any questions I do encourage you to sign up on the forums because there is a good chance you will get your questions answered faster than I could ever do for you.   If you are looking for the download page for the GCS setup wizard then you are going to find it on this link here .  Further more,  if you just want to see what to expect from the GCS and only read the content without downloading the program yet then you can find all that info here.  The other great thing about this program is that you can program the board to understand the inputs from your own radio.  I do have to admit this sequence threw me off a bit.  You can find everything you need to know about how to setup your radio here as well without downloading the program just yet-  here in this link.   In the part of the radio setup page,  if you go straight to the part where it says calibration , you do have the option of either using the program to do it automatically or your can input your settings manually.  I chose to use to use the program to do it personally so I could get used to everything before I got too carried away.

This is the part that confused me a little ,

I understood what it was asking and so I did it,  what confused me was why my stick inputs were opposite from what I was seeing on the screen,  however don’t worry about that because when you get to the next step here,

all I needed to do was move my cursor to the little check marks in the box and click it to remove the check mark only and then I moved my sticks on my radio and  screen corresponded with what my radio was doing then everything functioned like it was supposed to.  The last thing I do want to mention is that I did run my CC3D board at least 3 times trying to figure out why I couldn’t get it to “Arm” but all it was was that I never got things calibrated right until I slowed down and was a lot more thorough in my understanding of the GCS.   I hope this brief blog post gave you a bit of help and insight as well as some sort of direction in sorting out any issues you may have with it.  Keep in mind I’ve only been playing with this board for 3 days and a few things finally clicked,  I have not had a flight yet with it but as soon as I do I will post a video on the progress.   Lastly I just wanted to show you a quick video of how I would like to see my progress turn out , here is that video and wish me luck !

Neither this video or the pictures posted in this blog are mine ,  nor do I profit or benefit in any way but I thought I would share it in order to help you out.   If this post did indeed help you out don’t be afraid to leave a comment here on the blog and you can also head over to Facebook and “LIKE  RCHelimenace “.  Thanks for stopping by !


Halloween Quad Copters

Hi everyone, I just came across another video from Innov8tive Designs that I am sure your going to enjoy.   We have all seen the many uses for multi rotors this far but this video is fun and creative and I am sure you might want to show it to your children.   This is an idea from Lucien in regards  to  what else you can do with your Next Level quad or hex copter.   Keep in mind you have to factor in the issues involving the weight capacity of your multi rotor,  battery power,  as well as keeping loose materials away from the rotors as they could have a fatal effect such as a crash etc.  I think the idea is brilliant and I wish I had thought of it for a Halloween project myself.  I think the LED lighting they use to illuminate parts of the figure is really quite clever and I am sure you will enjoy it as well.   I take no credit for  having anything to do with this video nor do I have any underlying agenda in promoting Next Level machines but I really thought you would all enjoy this one.  Have a Safe and Happy Halloween with your kids and spouses!

Enjoy !

MONSTER sized quad copter from Next Level Multi rotors

In my earlier posts I had talked about Next Level Multi rotors and how they just came out with a 500 and a 650 sized quad copter with the capability of interchanging the parts to create a multi rotor of your chosen size or for whatever your needs are.   Well,  in the next couple of months you are going to be seeing much LARGER machines from RC Dude and Innov8tive Designs.   These machines are going to have amazing payload capabilities as well.  They have been doing a lot of testing in regards to what size motors are compatible with different types of  ESCs at certain amperages as well as battery requirements and I have to say that things are really coming together for them.  I like the way they have done all the trial and error for you and making sure things are compatible so that you don’t end up seeing the grey smoke.   The sizes you will soon see are in the 800 mm and 1000 mm class which is the distance from one motor to the opposite motor on a quad copter.   I had inquired about what the payload capability would be just for the 800 model alone,  and get this,  you can actually load   8  6s 5000 mah batteries on the plate.   I totaled up what 8 batteries on the quad would look like and here is what I calculated,  one Zippy 6s 5000 mah battery from Hobbyking weighed in at 769 grams / 1.695 pounds each.  If you were to install 8 batteries the total battery weight alone is 13.52 pounds !  I have to see if I can find out for you what the flight time looks like but if you factor in approximately 20 pounds of quad copter with the included 8 6s 5000 batteries then ideally the quad may be looking at around 40 or so minutes of flight time !   The payload plate is about the size of a dinner plate.  I find this incredibly amazing to think about.  Just imagine being able to load up a few flight packs,  a camera gimbal and a DSLR camera without having to to worry about whether you quad copter has the ability to lift the payload.  These quad copters look exactly like the 500 model that I have only a lot bigger.   If you want to see an 800 Next Level multi rotor in action then here is a video showing you its ability to fly with a NAZA controller board.

Night flying with the Next Level 500 quad.

This evening I had a fantastic flying experience with my Next Level 500 quad copter.  I have the settings adjusted to just about where I want them for some aerial photography and video.   I had decided to take the quad for a night flight and my wife had made it more enjoyable by capturing the quad in a photograph using the Nikon D7000 camera.  The photo had been cropped and the exposure had been adjusted a bit and  I have to say that this camera does a great deal for the money.  The photo was taken at the base of the Three Sisters mountains here in Canmore Ab.  Canada.  The Turnigy LED lights work fantastic  and helped greatly visibility wise and looked great as well.  Here is the photo my wife had taken,   Enjoy.

Next Level 500 quad copter quick video.

Hey everyone,  I know it’s been a while since I had last posted anything on the blog but last night I had a chance to finally make a video using the quad copter from RC Dude hobbies.   With weather that is less to be desired for any kind of flying,   I am glad to be able to share this with you.  On the quad I have a Go Pro video camera mounted and it does show some nice video however a bit more tweaking is involved in the settings as well as the possibility of installed a camera gimbal to take care of any of the rocking motion you see in the video.  I took the sound off as the motor sounds have quite the authority beating the props around.  In the video you will see a tipi that I had hand carved and built myself in our front yard.  I apologize in advance for the rocky video but guarantee  better ones are soon  to come.  Enjoy.

Next Level 500 Quad Copter with Turnigy LED lights and Gemfan props

Things have been going a bit hectic for me lately which is why I haven’t been putting up many posts in a while,  however I have managed to find some time to make some upgrades to the Next Level Quad Copter.  With the weather being quite poor and pretty windy lately,   I have managed to get a bit of me time in the garage and add some upgrades to my multi rotor.  One of the things in which I had done was add some packing foam around the FY-90Q controller for two reasons.  For one,  I wanted to protect the controller board a little better should there be a minor crash.  Secondly,  I have noticed that when you make any attempts to fly over a dusty surface,  as cool as it looks,  I noticed I was getting a bit of dust near the control board and I did not want that to affect anything.  There is an idea I had in regards to putting the foam around the board,  it tends to cover the flashing light on the side of the Fy-90Q.  In order to be able to see this light on the control board,  I intend to install a little plastic window in the side of the foam which should allow me to see what is going on.

Here is a photo of the packing foam around the FY-90Q.

Another thing I had added to the quad was a set of Gem fan props.  I had installed the green on the front of the quad and black in the back to help with visual orientation when in the air.  I just want to thank Randy from RC Dude for his help with this.  The thing I really appreciated about these props was how simple they were to install as they had the appropriate sized spacer for the shaft of the bolt on prop adapter.

Here is a photo of the Gemfan props installed.

Finally,  the last thing I did to upgrade this awesome quad was install a couple of strips of Turnigy LEDs.  I did have to cut them to length and solder them together with a black and a red wire at each link.   I just kept the lengths going all the way around the perimeter of the quad and solder the plugs for the battery at the ends on each side.   I wanted the option of being able to either use the battery that powers the motors and the whole quad copter,  as well as a separate hook up where I could use a separate battery instead if I wanted to.   As you can see,  I had alternated the white and the blue lights.  Here are a couple pictures of the quad with the lights just a blazing !

Last but not least,  here is a video showing the quad and the hook ups.  You will see a double harness that enables me to install two battery packs.   Enjoy.

My Next Level Multi Rotor 500 sized Quad Copter …

Yes,  I know I have rambling on and on about these Next Level Multi Rotors from RC Dude and Innov8tive Designs but they truly are something I can honestly say I highly recommend seeing that I have built one from scratch.  I have tons of pictures of this quad copter of my own and I can guarantee you that you wouldn’t be disappointed.  The parts are well machined and precise,  and the quad has a decent sense of quality and design that is capable of handling some abuse.  I have a couple videos here that I want to show you, one is my own which has close ups of the quad so you can get a better sense of its presence.  The other video I have to show you is one of the quad copter arms getting run over by a jeep and not becoming damaged afterwards.   The last one I would like to show you is of Lucien demonstrating how well the DJI Naza control board handles his Next level Multi Rotor 650.  In the last podcast Lucien had said that the DJI Naza is the type of controller that if you put your radio down, you can walk away and make a sandwich and the quad would still stay put !  Talk about stability !  Looks like I may be looking into one.

Here are the Vids ! Enjoy !