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Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Build Tips and Update

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Build Tips and Update

Hey there! Sorry it’s been so long since I have put out a 680 video…well…it has been only a week…but that is forever for those of you who are in the middle of a build and are looking for continued support!…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Autonomous Test Flight

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Autonomous Test Flight

Just a quick video of an autonomous test flight with the Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter. As you can see from the very start of the video, building a mission is as simple as plotting points on a satellite map…and it was a pretty simple run…but definitely tested that the system was operating as expected.

The short mission included takeoff, loiter, elevation changes, and landing. It was short and sweet! I am starting to think of all…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Lower Assembly (Landing Gear and Bottom Plate)

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Lower Assembly (Landing Gear and Bottom Plate)

In this video, we prep our bottom plate for the hexacopter by installing the landing gear and adding the battery tray mounts.

Please note:  I am not using a canopy, so I don’t really care about the canopy mounting screw holes.  This part of the assembly is the way Tarot wanted the front/back to be (noting that I put the gold holders in the front).  However, recall that my top plate is backwards from what Tarot…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Attopilot 180A Installation (voltage/current monitor)

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Attopilot 180A Installation (voltage/current monitor)

In this video, I install the Attopilot 180A voltage and current monitoring breakout board. This is a replacement for the standard power module that comes with my 3DR Pixhawk flight controller. I wan’t something that can handle more current than the stock module. I’m unsure if this is required, but it makes me feel better. : ) Plus, if I decide to move to a 6S setup, I’ll be ahead of the game.



Tarot T-2D Gimbal Tip : Got the Shakes? Here’s a Solution

Tarot T-2D Gimbal Tip : Got the Shakes? Here’s a Solution

Thanks for watching this video. I stayed up til 2AM one night trying to figure out why my Tarot T-2D GoPro gimbal was acting all crazy. I tried updating the motor and sensor firmware. I set the motor pole count. I tried random configuration changes. Then it dawned on me…why don’t you try and swap the motors and see what happens. It can’t be any worse. Low and behold…PROBLEM SOLVED! Hope this helps someone else…



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Introducing my new 480! (Stretched 450)

Got the 480 out for a couple of batteries today. Verdict: it’s really smooth. Much more floaty than the normal 450. In fact, I think it autos better than my 500. It took more gains (tail and cyclic) than I expected. I ended up cranking up the tail quite a bit to get good hold. I put the tail gain on the left knob, and cyclic gain on the right knob. It’s temporary, and…



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Tarot 500 Gets a New Head…

Making progress….

Next step.  Servo horns and the rest of the electronics.

 

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Tarot 500 FBL Conversion : Servos Are In!

Tarot 500 FBL Conversion : Servos Are In!

This video is the latest complete update on the Tarot 550 FBL conversion. I put out a quick update previously, and noted the challenge with the fitment of the Hitec servos. I was concerned, but thought they would be okay. I have lots of great experienced pals who made sure that I knew I was setting myself up for problems. So..the next video was how I mitigated this problem. Both videos are contained in this…



Tarot 450 Pro V2 : Before the Stretch

Tarot 450 Pro V2 : Before the Stretch

I bet you thought I was done with 450 videos! Not quite! It’s time to give this ol’ fella some attention. First, I go a quick review of some of the upgrades I have put on this heli…and the fact is, I plan on keeping almost everything. What’s going away? The DFC head. Everything else…is a keeper. I also give you a look at what I am getting ready to add to it as I…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Testing Maximum Amp Pull from Motors

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Testing Maximum Amp Pull from Motors

Short video, primarily for my own information, but I thought it might be helpful for others to see as well. I wanted to find out what the amp draw of my motor/prop combination is so that I can make sure that my connectors and equipment can handle the load.

It’s easy to over-engineer based on these tests, but if you do, it doesn’t hurt. It can be bad to under-engineer, however, if you don’t take these…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : ESC Calibration and Motor Directions

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : ESC Calibration and Motor Directions

This short video shows my method for individual ESC calibration and verification of proper motor direction. It’s not much more than that, so I will shut up now. ; )

 

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Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Mounting Motors and More Soldering

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Mounting Motors and More Soldering

This video takes us through the installation of the motors onto the ESC/motor mounts, and attachment to the booms, and the soldering of the ESC wires to the PCB. I mention this in the video as an afterthought, but you could totally shorten the ESC wires to be more of a precise fit. I didn’t, and it doesn’t bother me. Those wires aren’t visible once the final assembly is complete anyway.

The last thing of note…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : ESCs, Motors, and Lots of Soldering

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : ESCs, Motors, and Lots of Soldering

This video takes care of all of the ESC and motor prep and soldering. It’s a lot of the tedious work that has to be done, and has to be done right. I tried to throw in a bunch of little tips throughout the video. Hopefully they are helpful.

This gets us to the point where we can mount the ESC/Motors on the booms and solder the battery leads to the PCB of the hexacopter. That…my…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Initial Frame Assembly

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Initial Frame Assembly

Okay, folks. Put your seat belt on. The Tarot 680 Pro build is put back into gear. This video catches everyone up with the initial frame assembly. This is as far as we can go before we solder in the electronics. Those videos will be coming right up!

I did make one mistake in this video. I said there were 4 orange capture bars on the top of the body panel, but I believe there are…



Tarot 450 Pro V2 : Back in the Saddle Again

Tarot 450 Pro V2 : Back in the Saddle Again

Yep… so it’s been a loooooong time since I have flown my 450. It was shelved when I got the 500, and even though I don’t have many flights on that….it still collected dust as I focused on planes and multirotors for a bit. Then I picked up the 550…and well…the 450 was getting buried at the bottom of the pile o’ stuff!

As it turns out, my 500 needs servos, and I am waiting for…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : 40A ESC Mounting under Motor (ZTW)

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : 40A ESC Mounting under Motor (ZTW)

In this video I demonstrate how I have decided to mount my ZTW Spider 40A ESCs on my 680 Pro hexacopter. The complication exists because the ESC’s are too large to fit directly under the motor as the multirotor was originally designed. Some people opt to just move the ESCs to the body panels, and some people opt to find creative ways to make the ESCs work under the motors. I chose the latter option….



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Update and Motors (DualSky XM4010MR-6.5)

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Update and Motors (DualSky XM4010MR-6.5)

This is just a quick update on the Tarot 680 Pro Build, and a look at the motors (and props) that I finally got in the mail last week.

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Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : PCB Prep

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : PCB Prep

This is a quick video to show how to prep your PCB on the top body plate of the Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter. It’s really quick because there is not much too it. You need to get some solder pillows on the pads so that adding the wires will be simple after you mount your hardware.

I also mention how the battery terminals should be on the back of the plate, but because of…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : The Unboxing

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : The Unboxing

In the first video of a new build series, I take you through the unboxing of the Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter. It’s short and sweet, like a good unboxing video should be! LOL!

Future videos will go through the entire build process.

This build is sponsored by http://tarot-rc-heli.com.

You can find this kit at: http://tarot-rc-heli.com/Tarot_680_PRO_Hex-copter_foldable_frame

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CPO Raptor E550FBL VS Tarot 500 VS Tarot 450

Thunder Tiger E550FBL vs Tarot 500 vs Tarot 450

I originally posted some pictures comparing the difference in size between my new Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 FBL and my Tarot 500.  I got a request to include my 450 in that photo lineup.  So…here it is!  I will admit, the 450 feels like a little toy now.  It’s been a great heli…but it really doesn’t compare anymore.  I didn’t really understand until now…