Hi Everyone - I’m very new at the ArduPilot forums and blogs, so if I’m doing it wrong… go easy on me.
A couple of years ago I had the interest of building a flying TARDIS much like Otto Dieffenbach. In my research I found that he used a KK2 board and there have been loads of advancements in flight controllers since then. Originally I was looking for a quadcopter setup that could, in addition to the motor, control thrust vectoring control surfaces. I was unable to understand how to do that… but I found the next best thing, SingleCopter.
With the new found firmware I went back to work. I built two test rigs, one using a PixRacer and another with a Matek F405 Wing flight controller (pictured below)
With the test rigs, I was able to change settings in MissionPlanner and seeing the effects of those changes. I ran into several challenges when setting up the firmware. Thanks to help from others in the forums, I was able to resolve the challenges:
Single Copter with Gasoline engine settings
SingleCopter Throttle - Motor Won’t Run - Solved
After getting to a point where it appeared all functions of the SingleCopter were working as designed, it was time to build a prototype.
Here is a look at the thrust vector control surfaces.
Here is a photo of the Matek F405 Wing flight controller and servos mounted in the square tube.
The square tube was about 10" on each side.
2 sheets of Ross foam board
4 13g metal gear digital servos
Motor: NTM 28-26 1200 kv motor
Propeller: APC 9x4.5
Battery: 1300 mAh 3S
ESC: HobbyKing 20A
Flight Controller: Matek F405 Wing
Firmware: ArduCopter, SingleCopter