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« on: April 29, 2017, 03:28:50 PM »
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Ever since, I built and flew the David Windestalís RCExplorer Tricopter way back in 2008, it was my dream to improve upon that and design a Tricopter of my own and share with other RC fliers. That has happened now with our own Vortex-RC  VT- Tricopter. Special thanks to Ashutosh Parmar for helping out with the designs of the frame.

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Vortex-RC Presents VT-Tricopter - A Tricopter Frame kit for Indian RC fliers


Built up of strong Fiberglass center plates, and extra thick MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) booms, this tricopter features foldable booms that lock in the in-flight position, allowing a safe/reliable flying platform.

One common issue with the original RCExplorer Tricopter was that the arms sometimes folded in flight as they were friction fit.  This always led to a crash Watch this :

We fixed this by making the arms lock in the flight position by adding a notch.

For the Arms, we have used Extra thick 11MM MDF Arms. These are very strong, reduce the vibrations and cheap to replace with. The Tail mechanism uses a 4MM Carbon rod as the shaft with custom designed mounts and a control horn to leverage the servos torque.  The CG Position is marked, and also the front part of the plates has several cuts intended to be used for strapping cameras. An optional (Coming soon) Camera plate with Vibration damping balls will further reduce vibrations from the videos.

With my 7+ years of Tricopter building and flying experience, I truly feel this is a great affordable beginner to intermediate kit for someone looking for building and flying a Fun filled Tricopter.

Tricopter flying is different from the quadcopter because of the Tail Yaw assembly. This makes the Tricopter bank and turn very smoothly, much like an airplane, and if doing a video, makes it come out very fluid and smooth. The other advantage is that due to bigger angle between the arms, the props are almost always out of the cameraís field of view.

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What's Included:
http://www.vortex-rc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/tricopter.jpg
Vortex-RC Presents VT-Tricopter - A Tricopter Frame kit for Indian RC fliers

Note: Standard Kit does NOT Include any electronics.

More Information and Ordering : http://www.vortex-rc.com/product/vt-tricopter/

Hope to post more of flying pics and videos in the coming weeks.
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2017, 03:47:13 PM »
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Awesome, Gaurav sir!  Bow

I've always loved using MDF in my quad and X-8 frames. Great for absorbing vibrations. Also, MDF is comparatively cheaper and much easier to work with (after-build mods).

By the way, I have some great ideas for ultra-low weight and low cost (material+manufacturing) rigid quad frames. The most recent one I built (H-450) weighs only 200 grams and cost me about  Indian Rupees 800 (including hardware and laser-cutting costs). Would you be interested in getting them mass-produced?
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You are really amazing.
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Awesome, Gaurav sir!  Bow

I've always loved using MDF in my quad and X-8 frames. Great for absorbing vibrations. Also, MDF is comparatively cheaper and much easier to work with (after-build mods).

By the way, I have some great ideas for ultra-low weight and low cost (material+manufacturing) rigid quad frames. The most recent one I built (H-450) weighs only 200 grams and cost me about  Indian Rupees 800 (including hardware and laser-cutting costs). Would you be interested in getting them mass-produced?

Thanks for appreciating. Yes ! MDF is a great option. cheap and does absorb the vibrations quite well.
i shall PM you with ey contact info. yes lets do the quads !
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Sir, I am building a tricopter that can work as a plane too. I want to talk about my idea in detail with you so can I have your whatsapp number if you don't have any problem??
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Sure. I have sent you a PM.
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