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If you are interested in getting information on the Holybro Kakute F7 FPV Quadcopter Flight Controller, then you came to the right place. Over the next several days, we will be building one from scratch.
Hey everybody, Steve here welcome to a brand new video series. And in this series, I am going to attempt to build an FPV racing quadcopter. This build is going to be based off of this Holybro, Kakute F7 And for those of you who don’t know the channel, I have been in to drones for almost 10 years. However, my experience has predominantly been in much, much larger, uh, aerial videography and photography platforms. I’m relatively new to building FPV racers. So, this is going to be more of an exercise of, can I get it done and will it fly more so than a how to video? So I’m going to invite you on my journey to see if I can’t take a big box of parts and turn it into something that flies and the message that I like to get across on this channel is if I can do it, anybody can do it.
So come on, take a journey with me and let’s see if at the end of this video series, we’re not up there flying. Let’s get started. All right, this, this build is going to be based on this Kakute F7. This is the all in one version, which is a bit of a misnomer because when you hear all-in-one you think that it would contain everything, but the reality is, as it pertains to the flight controller, the all-in-one really makes reference to the fact that it’s the flight controller and the power distribution board. And it’s got, uh, it’s also got the OSD built into it already. Uh, ESCs are separate. So all in one, and there’s another version of this board that did not an all-in-one. So that is going to be our flight controller. So let’s talk about all of the things that we’re going to need for this build.
Um, let’s start with the obvious. This is a carbon fiber frame. So there’s actually nothing special at all about this frame. It’s actually a little bit on the older side. Uh, however, I didn’t have anything newer at the time, so this is what I’m going to go with. All right. So that’s the frame definitely going to need one of those guys. We already talked about the flight controller. This is the receiver right here. This is a free sky or fr sky R-XSR essentially. Look at how small this little guy is there. He is right there. So this is an fr sky D 16 protocol receiver. It’s got 16 channels S bus telemetry, and it’s tiny, tiny, tiny, and super lightweight. So cool receiver there. So here we’ve got four motors and they come in boxes of two. One is a clockwise.
One is a counter-clockwise and the specs on these motors right here. These are [inaudible] they’re 2300 KV. This build that I’m going to be doing is going to be a four S built. So 2300 KV, and there’s four of these guys because of the configuration of this particular, all all-in-one one flight controller, I’m going to be using four speed controllers, electronic speed controllers, also known as ESCs for these, I chose the Emacs formula series. They’re BL heli 30 twos. All right. Also some odds and ends for the quad copter. Obviously we’re going to need propellers. So I’ve got, I haven’t decided whether I’m going with those guys or these guys yet, but either way propellers. All right. So I’ve got a very, fairly common 4s battery right here. Obviously it’s, it’s a good idea to have more. And then for our FBV stuff, here’s the FPV camera.
That’ll be using cat X and it’s got a 2.1 millimeter lens. And one thing about cameras is make sure that you know, what the voltage is for your camera, a, this one’s five volts to 40 volts. So I’ll be fine. Um, I have used the smaller cameras, three volt one, I think, and I smoked it. So that’s a mistake that you make once. Oh, so also residing on the quad copter. This is a 600 milliwatt lumineer, TX 5g, pro 32, blah, blah, blah. You can kind of see what it is right here. Links to get all of the stuff will be included in the description below. Those are affiliate links, which means I get a tiny little commission every time you buy something, which doesn’t cost you any extra. It’s just a, the retailer’s way of saying thank you to me for sending people their way.
And Oh, by the way, I buy all this stuff with my own money. I am not sponsored by anybody. This is my own money. And those affiliate links helped me to purchase items so that I can make more videos. So what I’ve got here is just a bunch of various things that you may or may not need in any particular, build your need, some, a 14 gauge silicone wire, uh, so that you can make your connections for your batteries. Um, heat shrink. You know, if you are just starting out and you got to order all these parts, and it’s going to take a couple of weeks for stuff to get, get to you anyways, um, you might as well start out with miles of heat shrink it’ll serve you well. But like I said, if you are planning in advance, it probably wouldn’t hurt you, uh, to have some MP3 and M 2.5 nuts and washers, and maybe some of these shorter screws handy.
These guys, these little guys right here are standoffs, and I’ve got lots and lots of them because it seems like you buy frames and they don’t come with the things that they’re supposed to come with. Here’s another thing that you’re going to want to have on hand prior to your first build that will help you get through your first build, much easier are these nylon standoffs of different sizes. Uh, and then there’s the nuts for the standoffs. And then over here is another packet. That’s got a bunch of nuts and it’s got a bunch of nylon screws. So, all right. So that’s pretty much the main stuff that I’m going to be using in this F seven built. I will have an exhaustive list of things that you can buy, uh, in the description below so that we don’t leave any stone upturned. And speaking of not leaving any stone upturned, you’re going to want to get yourself a radio.
This is the radio master, TX 16 S 16 channel radio, lots, and lots of three positions switches. This is a multi-protocol radio, which means that, uh, you can buy receivers that are fly sky fr sky spectrum, and about 70 other different protocols as well. So any of this thing is infinitely programmable. Uh, it’s absolutely amazing. As a matter of fact, it’s so amazing. I have a, how to playlist on this radio that is well over 10 videos long. So I’ll leave a link to that playlist in the description. I think it’s safe to say that most people won’t outgrow this radio and, uh, pretty much it’ll do whatever you needed to do. And if it won’t do that, then you can learn how to program it, do even more. And if you’re not interested in doing, if you’re not interested in making that kind of commitment, that’s okay too, because it’s awesome right out of the box, do me a favor.
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