I am collecting the parts needed to build my own tricopter using your plan with a few modifications. This will be my very first experience with a tricopter. First is there a way to download the specs of your design. I was thinking of making the two front arms fixed instead of moveable. I do not have any electronics or motors at this point and would appreciate any advice you might give. Also I need advice as to which radio would be best to get. I have watched all of your videos on YouTube having to do with your 135° . I will post pictures as I get started. Thanks!
Well… looks like you are off to a great start! I’m not sure what you mean by “downloading the specs” of my design. All I have (at the moment) is the plans that you can download. The PDF versions are for print and cut, but the DXF version allows you to open in most CAD applications. Since I am not sure why you are wanting fixed arms, I will only offer up that folding arms makes things very convenient because the tricopter collapses into a easy to manage size. It’s pretty big when fully expanded, so make sure you take that into account. I have had zero problems with my arms folding unless I want them too, and the design also reduces injury to the tricopter during crashes if the arm can dissipate some of that energy. As far as radio, it depends on your desires and budget. Easiest way to go, in my opinion is a DX6i (original or new one). It’s a very popular design that gives you most of the basic functionality, and there is plenty of support since it’s so popular. If you are wanting to get the most out of your radio, and may want to do custom programming and/or telemetry, I would recommend either the Turnigy 9XR (or the soon-to-be released 9XR Pro) or the FrSky Taranis. Hands down, the Taranis is my favorite, but it’s going to be $200 to get started. You can get into the 9XR for less than $100.
Hit me me and the others up on the CPO’s Officially Unofficial Tricopter Build :: Step by Step Scratch Build How-To thread at RCGroups if you need any help.