Hovership MHQ - Foldable Mini H-Quadcopter

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Hovership MHQ - Foldable Mini H-Quadcopter by Hovership Feb 16, 2014

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The Hovership MHQ is designed for portable FPV flying and capturing video with smaller cameras like a Mobius or GoPro. The frame is an H-Quadcopter layout with foldable arms and a vibration isolated layer for the flight controller and camera.

FPV through tight spaces: youtube.com/watch?v=a8d_lyni_Lc
First FPV flight: youtube.com/watch?v=tTA2C6hPz_w
First flight from one of my beta testers:
**Motors, ESCs, Power Distrubtion boards, and Printed Kits Available: shop.hovership.com**
**Suggested motors**:
- Hovership H2204X: shop.hovership.com/h2204x-2300kv-brushless-motor/
- Cobra 2204 (2300kv)
- SunnySky X2204S
- RCX 1804
- Lumenier FX2206-13
- Tiger MN-1806
- Turnigy Multistar 1704

**Props**: 5" max

**ESCs**: 12a, 2mm bullet connectors

**Battery**: 1300-1500mAh 3-cell, Zippy compact 1500mAh are nice and flat.

**Frame Weight**: ~133g with all hardware including motor screws

The control deck can fit a controller with a max hole spacing of 45mm. However, it is recommended to use a smaller (lighter) board. The standoffs for the top plates should ideally be 20mm or less. This will require a controller with right angle header pins.

**Flight controllers that meet this criteria**:
- KK2.1HC: hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=39791
- Acro Naze: abusemark.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=38
- Flip 2.0: witespyquad.gostorego.com/flight-controllers/flip-2-0.html
- Flip 32: witespyquad.gostorego.com/flight-controllers/the-flip32.html
- OpenPilot CC3D: readymaderc.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=76_156&products_id=2152
- Tau Labs Sparky: groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/phoenixpilot/sparky/phoenixpilot/Yw-1yUFcoiE/O80P1omQKNMJ
- DJI Naza Lite

If you must use a controller with straight pins, you will need standoffs that are 30-40mm tall. With this option the battery should be mounted between the 2 top plates as to avoid the copter being too top heavy.

**UPDATE 06-12-2014**
Added a V2 landing gear. This version has a "rib" to strengthen the part for rough landings.

**UPDATE 05-01-2014**
Added a V3 arm. This has the motor mounting holes rotated so that motors with M3 screws can use the groove in the arm to run the wires straight down the arm instead of coming out the side.

**UPDATE 03-08-2014**
Modified both arm designs to be 4mm longer. The added length improves prop clearance from the center plates.

**UPDATE 03-01-2014**
Added a version 2 arm design. I noticed that with motors using the M2 bolts, the way the wires come out of the motor is not ideal. I added a groove to the arm so that the wires can run straight down the arm instead of off the side.

**UPDATE 02-23-2014**
I added baseplates and control decks for 6mm and 9mm vibration dampeners to allow more sourcing options for this part. See instructions for links to suggested dampeners. I have tested the fit but have not flown with these new sizes.

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Can you add the v3 arms and the v2 landing gear to the solidworks file? I want to arrange the layout with my fpv gear and to build a complete assembly in solidworks. Thanks

scrap that question - just seen the weight of it!

Would it be possible to use one of these http://www.radioc.co.uk/EMAX-B... instead of 4 seperate speed controllers or is the amp rating an issue?

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Hardware needed
- 16x 6mm M2 or M3 bolts - depending on which motors you use
- 4x 18mm M3 bolts
- 4x 20mm M3 bolts
- 8x M3 nylon washers
- 8x M3 thin metal washers
- 8x M3 lock nuts
Landing gear:
- 4x 12mm M3 bolts
- 4x M3 lock nuts
Standoffs (to separate the upper decks):
- The two deck plates that are separated with these standoffs have holes for 8 but I found that 6 was enough, 3 in opposing corners.
- For a flush mounted controller with right angle pins, 6x 15mm or 20mm female threaded standoffs/spacers.
- For a flight controller with vertical pins, 6x 30mm female threaded standoffs/spacers
- 12x 5mm M3 bolts
Vibration dampeners:
- ATG small grey (7mm hole mounting): goodluckbuy.com/4-pcs-atg-anti-vibration-sphere-av-ball-high-elastic-rubber-ball-dual-head-anti-vibration-for-ptz-small.html or aliexpress.com/item/ATG-AV-Ball-High-Elastic-Rubber-Ball-Dual-head-Anti-vibration-for-PTZ-Small-Grey-color/1023411887.html
- 6mm: hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=37447 or aliexpress.com/item/9mm-M3-High-Elastic-Rubber-Ball-Dual-head-Anti-vibration-for-PTZ-4piece-Pack-Free-Shipping/1023197247.html
- 9mm: hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=40615 or hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=40614
Print Settings
- I have only printed these parts with ABS which have held up well in crashes. PLA might not hold up as well but these parts are all cheap to print replacements for.
- Arms and base: print at 80% infill. Depending on the abilities of your printer, you might need supports for the base model. There are recessed clearance holes on the underside for the 6 vibration dampeners.
- Deck and arm plates: 30% infill
Print Quantities
- Base: 1x (pick 6,7 or 9mm depending on the size of vibration dampeners being used)
- Arms: 4x - file named v2 includes a groove for the wires to run down the arm on motors that use M2 bolts. v3 has the mounting holes rotated for motors with M3 bolts to use the groove for wires to run down.
- Arm Plate: 2x
- Deck control: 1x (pick 6,7 or 9mm depending on the size of vibration dampeners being used)
- Deck cam: 1x
- Landing: 2x
Build Instructions
Full build guide available here: hovership.com/guides/


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dragonbuilt on Jul 17, 2014 said:

Can you add the v3 arms and the v2 landing gear to the solidworks file? I want to arrange the layout with my fpv gear and to build a complete assembly in solidworks. Thanks

MrLysons on Jul 16, 2014 said:

Would it be possible to use one of these http://www.radioc.co.uk/EMAX-B... instead of 4 seperate speed controllers or is the amp rating an issue?

MrLysons on Jul 16, 2014 said:

scrap that question - just seen the weight of it!

Ktronik on Jul 16, 2014 said:

Small WIN!! my constant hassling, and an email to the guys at Bagggood got his....


Thanks for giving the information. I have contacted the manager and explained the situation and he said we will not sell this product anymore, I do not think we have sold any yet.

Thanks for contacting me and sorry for causing you any stress.

Please let me know if you have any further questions and I admire you for standing up for protecting your rights.

If you have other companies doing this I recommend you make a template of copyright infringement, usually a on or two page document that outlines how you own the design and the ascoiated copyright policy. And usually ask it to be removed immediately and if not removed within 7 days of this letter you will defend your copyright, something like this is quite effective.

It will look more formal and I think you will have a better response from whoever you send it to.

Thanks and I have informed the team to not take designs like this."


Hovership on Jul 16, 2014 said:

My hero, thank you!

Ktronik on Jul 16, 2014 said:

I have been heard....I have emailed them directly and asked them to remove.....


MrLysons on Jul 15, 2014 said:

Right. Don't laugh. Newbie here. I've pretty much finished the 3D printing and want to start ordering the motors etc. Am I right in thinking I need 2 clockwise and 2 counter-clockwise motors? Do you have to specify this when ordering or is it just a case of wiring them up differently?

wesalbert on Jul 15, 2014 said:

Just wire differently. You do need to make sure you order 2 CW (clockwise) and 2 CCW (counter clockwise) props though.

Jwmflying14 on Jul 14, 2014 said:

So I now have printed about 3 of these.... I can't for the life of me get one strong enough to fly well. All of mine have way too much flex, specifically, diagonally. I have printed in ABS with 35% Honeycomb infill, 65% honeycomb and 50% rectilinear. Then I printed one more base plate in PLA with (IIRC) 50% infill. Infact, I found the 35% honeycomb to be just as torsion-ally (diagonally) strong as the 65%, yet significantly lighter (and quicker to print).

What are you guys doing that makes this thing strong enough? How many of you are flying with true FPV systems?

My set up is:
4x RCX 1804 (Also tried 4x Maytech)
Gemfan 5030, nylon and carbonfiber props
4x Maytech SimonK ESC's
KK2.1.5 FC
3s Battery
Boscam 5.8ghs 400mw vTX (also have flown with a 200mw Immerson vTX)
Mobius w/Video out

I REALLY want to fly a good mini-h 3d printed quad, but this one seems to be disappointing me. I might just go back to my G10 and CF frames.... Its unfortunate because I love showing off my 3d printed awesomeness =D...

Any help or ideas to get this thing flyable?

Hovership on Jul 14, 2014 said:

I print at 75% rectilinear on the base and arms. Yes there is some flex but I don't find it to ruin the flight performance. There is a remix of my base plate that allows you to add a carbon rod down the center. I haven't tried it myself.

I am using a 500mw 5.8 tx, CCD camera and a replay xd mini all at the same time. See the new video I just posted today above.

Ktronik on Jul 13, 2014 said:

I did a post on the Banggood hovership COPY item....saying that there item was a 'NON AUTHORISED COPY'

heres the link, not sure how long it will last, before they take it down.....not sure what we can do, but you should write to them and cause them pain!!!


'NON AUTHORISED COPY, DO NOT BUY, PLEASE BUY OF DESIGNER!!!! The designer has NOT allowed this STL file from thingiverse to be COPIED!! PLEASE BUY OFF DESIGNER!!!! http://www.hovership.com/'

Hovership on Jul 13, 2014 said:

Thank you!

Zkronk on Jul 12, 2014 said:

I have printed and built one of these and are learning to fly now.

Is just over 8 minutes of flight time normal with a Zippy compact 1500mAh battery with RCX 1804 (2400KV) engines and 5030-props?
I have the voltage alarm set to 3.4 volts.

jaymatter on Jul 12, 2014 said:

If you set your alarm a bit higher, to 3.7, your batteries will be happier. :D

Anonymous on Jul 12, 2014 said:

I have printed and built one of these and are learning to fly now.

Is just over 8 minutes of flight time normal with a Zippy compact 1500mAh battery with RCX 1804 (2400KV) engines and 5030-props?

I have the voltage alarm set to 3.4 volts..

Ktronik on Jul 10, 2014 said:

did you OK the selling of your KIT to Bang good?? http://www.banggood.com/Hovers...

skelator on Jul 11, 2014 said:

the same guys also selling it on ebay

Hovership on Jul 10, 2014 said:

It's a clone :(

krisbucket on Jul 9, 2014 said:

Can someone help me out with the "power wires" on the Sparky FC? I see the three wires soldered to the board but where do they connect on the other end? I know simple minded question but I am used to Spektrum and my CC3D. Thanks.

maximus123 on Jun 25, 2014 said:

What would the total price be for this project? And would it be good for a begginer?

dattanchu on Jul 9, 2014 said:

If you have nothing at all, it will end in the $300.

SladislavDesign on Jun 22, 2014 said:

Hi, did you needed the speed controllers for the motors or not? And if yes, which type do you use? thanks ; )

schuub on Jun 24, 2014 said:

Yes, you will need ESCs.
TURNIGY Plush 10A should be fine, or any ESC that can handle 10 Amp continuously

Nilz on Jun 20, 2014 said:

I have received those RCX motors, but the screws are too short. Can I make the arms a but thinner? Or should I try to source some larger screws? Anyone got some ideas?

add1ct3dd on Jul 4, 2014 said:

I used these, thank you :).

totof1965 on Jun 21, 2014 said:

I've just bought longer screw, and it goes well

add1ct3dd on Jun 18, 2014 said:

Which size vibration mounts/frame are recommended to go for? Printing the M3 arms at the moment but no idea which frame bits to print!

FatalError3141 on Jun 17, 2014 said:

Can the new longer arms fit 6" Props?

Devtron on Jun 6, 2014 said:

Wish I could find something like this to print, but just in a hex version

agumpert2 on Jul 7, 2014 said:

I'm currently designing one. Should be out in a week or 2

BradStaff on Jun 1, 2014 said:

Minus the cost of printing, how much does this cost to make?

colinp on Jun 1, 2014 said:

Has anyone built this who has absolutely no experience? Any tips/pointers for a newbie trying to take on a project like this?

sscherrer on Jun 1, 2014 said:

it was my first and I have minimal RC Flying experience. And it is AMAZING ! I built one too for an experienced RC Flyer. He ends up flies this even more than his DJI 450 one !. High recommend for your first. So small that's hard to crash... But be carefull can go fast and far too :) Proceed with no limit is my advice to you.

RoTorIT on May 29, 2014 said:


Soon to be leaving thingiverse because of Makerbot's behavior towards open source.

Details: http://www.fabbaloo.com/blog/2...

SuperMakerBotMan11 on May 28, 2014 said:

what blades did you use

bret4 on May 19, 2014 said:

Sorry, I see that you were referring to the 2204-28 motors from cobra. I wonder if the 2204-32's would work for a slower flying quad? Maybe better to learn on?

Hovership on May 19, 2014 said:

From the prop data, it seems like it would be ok with a 5" prop. http://www.cobramotorsusa.com/...

bret4 on May 19, 2014 said:

You list the cobra 2204 motor with 2300kv. I only see a 2203 cobra with 2300kv.

shuricus on May 19, 2014 said:

Hi, I think it's better to make dampers slightly angled, like it's done here:


Hovership on May 19, 2014 said:

What is the benefit, to print easier?

OsiViper on May 18, 2014 said:

I just thought I'd add something for anyone that had a problem finding the standoffs like I did.
I had all the metric screws, nuts, etc. but couldn't find a the black M3x20mm standoffs that are used when you buy the kit or hardware kit except from a couple of chinese places.

Decided to try and print my own and turned out really well.

You can get them (http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

And I'm not trying to take away from Hoverships business or awesome design at all, just trying to help people out who cant find these.

I weighed the standoffs, and my scale only has 1g increments. I weighed 1 of the standoffs and it came out to 0g. All 6 of them weighed in at 4g. I am not sure what the aluminum ones weighed but these seem really light to me.

IngoS11 on May 14, 2014 said:

Hi everyone,
is anyone using a FLIP and the RCX Motors and Blue ICE ERC's from readytflyquads.com with this frame and can share MultiWii settings. I finished my build and while I can get in the air the thing dancing around quite a bit. I am also wondering if this combo would create enough drag to lift a camera as I am under the impression is has a hard time to lift without one already. I really love the design but it's sort of unflyable at the moment for me as it reacts quite heavily to minor stick movements too.

Thanks for any feedback


Hovership on May 15, 2014 said:

Do you have auto-level on? Have you set some expo on your aileron and elevator radio channels?

Also, I have heard the RCX motors have issues with certain versions of the simonk firmware: http://forums.openpilot.org/to...

Kabong on May 13, 2014 said:

Adding to the chorus of 'just finished my build' posts. Very happy with the quad, thank you for sharing the design. I've posted a first flight video here: https://vimeo.com/95013574 and a full build log/blog post here: http://www.jiggywatts.com/tech...

sscherrer on May 11, 2014 said:

Just made one and did a first flight with it. Sharing the video as I'm really happy with this... Amazing work from you and thanks for sharing, really.
Saw your comment on the RCX 1804 which I am using and I have no issues to report. I did rework the arms thickness under the motor base to match the standard shipped motor screws length (could not find the screws long enough...). If anyone interested let me know. Used the Naza M lite as flight controller and just perfect.

chomiliert on Jun 1, 2014 said:

what gains settings did you put in the Naza ?

TECHGEEK on May 10, 2014 said:

May I ask what you are using to print these kits?

agumpert2 on Jul 7, 2014 said:

Robo 3d

totof1965 on Jun 21, 2014 said:

reprap prusa I3

sscherrer on May 11, 2014 said:

Makerbot Replicator 2X

Hovership on May 11, 2014 said:

Makergear M2

skobalczyk on May 8, 2014 said:

I see you have Turnigy 9XR and I was wondering what module/receiver are you using with it?

Hovership on May 8, 2014 said:

Hawkeye OpenLRS on the 9xr, DTFUHF 6ch on the copters

krisbucket on May 3, 2014 said:

Anyone flying their MHQ with a FS-TH9X?

helifrek on May 3, 2014 said:

Any tips on supports? I have tried about 20 times to print the base and have failed each time. Supports with and without a raft, no supports and I just can't seem to print it! I am using RepG and a flashforge printer.

jwellman on May 4, 2014 said:

I accidentally printed one base without supports, it came out surprisingly ok (the 7mm model)! I was printing inside out. I print on hairspray with glass and the plate was 110C. Sticks well so no raft is needed. I'm also using a FF printer but I'm using Simplify3D. The supports in S3D are really nice. I haven't printed supports in RepG but I never had good success with supports in Slic3r.

BrantM on May 1, 2014 said:

Is it possible to use the Naze32 flight controller as opposed to the acro naze? They both appear to be 36x36mm

Hovership on May 2, 2014 said:


CharlesDesign on May 1, 2014 said:

I'm new to quad-copters, can someone point me to a list of all the electrical parts I will need? Thanks :)

helifrek on Apr 30, 2014 said:

Printing mine now! I plan to use a flip ez flight controller with mine. Just ordered my hardware kit from you (way easier than searching through HK to find what I need) wish I had remembered to order props! Cannot wait to finish the build. I can't afford these little CF and G10 quads that people are charging $120 for just the frame!
I love how you have a website where you sell them but offer up the files here on thingiverse free of charge for those of us fortunate enough to own a 3D printer. Great design! will post pics when it is all done!

hvalner on Apr 27, 2014 said:

What controller are you using? And what flight controller are you using? Would it be possible to just give us a spec sheet of the exact parts (electronics) you are using on yours? Thanks!

Hovership on Apr 25, 2014 said:

Hobbyking just released a new KK2.1 hard case flight controller that has right angle pins. It moves the LCD to an external programmer as well. The board will be even lighter if you remove the hard case. I have one on order and will be testing it with this frame.

pcapelo on Apr 25, 2014 said:

Hey gang, need to ask for a favor: I would like to ask for pictures about how people are attaching the ESC and organizing the wires. I am curious to see how people are doing that, I havent found a definitive way to properly install then.



jwellman on May 4, 2014 said:

I added a picture of my ESC layout in [my make](http://www.thingiverse.com/mak...

Hovership on Apr 25, 2014 said:

I solder the wires together and add heatshrink or liquid electric tape over the exposed wire. However, I am waiting on prototypes of a small power distribution board for use with this frame. The ESCs, I just use some cable ties to hold them down to the base part.

8404Corpsman on Apr 22, 2014 said:

I just received and assembled the kit…I have a pixhawk from 3drobotics do you think it will work? That and the ublox compass module are much heavier than the boards that you are recommending. I went with the T-motors you suggested. Thanks in advance!

Hovership on Apr 22, 2014 said:

If that is all you are going to fly on it, yes it should be fine. I wouldn't recommend that big of a controller if you are going to add a camera or fpv gear.

Hands0n on Apr 18, 2014 said:

Started the print job going. Base and Arms first, 3h11m and I'm 50% in. So thats a 7h print job before I can print the other bits.

Using a Kolobus Duplicator 4 (Wanhao based) printer.

Hovership on Apr 21, 2014 said:

What layer height are you using? I typically go with .2-.3mm height and use a 0.5mm nozzle. High resolution isn't needed with these parts. I am able to print a complete frame in about 2.5 hours.

MiguelAlvarez on Apr 16, 2014 said:

Hey thanks for sharing this. Are you using one of the flip or acronaze boards? if so do you mind sharing your PID's?

Hovership on Apr 21, 2014 said:

Currently the acro naze. Still fine tuning this board.

jwellman on Apr 15, 2014 said:

If anyone is looking for the SunnySky x2204 kv2300 motors, you can find some here (for now) http://www.multirotorsuperstor...

No affiliation. I just ordered some.

stephencolbert on Apr 15, 2014 said:

They always sell out so fast. -_-

ChipperCheese on Apr 12, 2014 said:

Some (admittedly tame) testing - http://youtu.be/Giw3BqXupQ0

sscherrer on Apr 12, 2014 said:

Super design and amazing quad. Printing it right now. Thanks for sharing !

stephencolbert on Apr 9, 2014 said:

Just a heads up, if you buy the hardware and 3D printed parts separately on hovership.com it's actually a couple bucks cheaper than altogether. Just thought that was weird.

Hovership on Apr 9, 2014 said:

Actually it is the same price. The hardware kit doesn't include screws for the motors.
$16 hardware kit
$2 motor screws
$22 printed parts
= $40 same as the full kit.

krisbucket on Apr 8, 2014 said:

Question for those of you who have successfully built and flew this amazing little beast - did you use a ESC Power Breakout Cable? If so which one would you recommend (I am not sure of the correct size)? Sorry for the novice question. Thanks

Hovership on Apr 13, 2014 said:

I currently solder all the wires together and put heatshrink over them. However, I am working on a small power distribution board for this frame and will be selling it in my shop.

ChipperCheese on Apr 12, 2014 said:

For mine I removed the power cables from my ESCs, and soldered on longer cables which I then bundled up into an XT60 plug and added heatshrink and mesh. Hope that helps.

krisbucket on Apr 8, 2014 said:

Just a heads up for everyone - The SunnySky motors are in stock now at http://witespyquad.gostorego.c...

Jump on them before they are gone again lol

railugh on Apr 5, 2014 said:

is anyone else having issues with the deck portions on export slicing?

lavith on Apr 6, 2014 said:

I think you need to fix the exported stl file using the latest slic3r "Repair STL file..." option before it can slice properly

Gibbedy on Apr 4, 2014 said:

Is there a reason the stl's are orientated the way they are?

Hovership on Apr 4, 2014 said:

That's how they export out of solidworks. I have been looking for a way to fix it.

remoprint2013 on Apr 4, 2014 said:

Nicely done. Love it. John

joelizenson on Apr 3, 2014 said:

Hovership Is there a site that You could find everything you need for the copter except the 3d printed parts? I just want links to everything you suggest for getting this thing in the air Just a line of links. I dont have any equipment but a 3d printer so I dont have anything. handheld Controller/radio, controller, Motors, props, batteries. you kinda give us a good Idea of what to get but I want to know What you hands down recommend for me to buy to get this in the air.

Hovership on Apr 5, 2014 said:

I am working on a list, will be posting an extensive shopping list on hovership.com

krisbucket on Apr 3, 2014 said:

Has anyone had any luck finding any of the *suggested motors* IN-STOCK for shipping in the US? I have looked everywhere it seems and can't seem to find them. ugh How am I to get this amazing little beast flying if I can't get the motors on them :-)

Hovership on Apr 3, 2014 said:

Watch these 3 sites over the next week. There was a manufacturing delay and they should all be getting them soon.

davidtuerk649 on Apr 3, 2014 said:

Is there such thing as a website that doesn't have everything out of stock? Really hard to find any of the correct parts.

Hovership on Apr 3, 2014 said:

I feel your pain. This size of copter has become really popular recently and parts are hard to find.

joelizenson on Apr 3, 2014 said:

I found 5 of these for sale. Are they the same ones as you suggested? SUNNYSKY X2204 1480KV Outrunner Brushless Motor.

Also would this ESC work?http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-1-...

And finally what would be your most recommended Controller?

Hovership on Apr 3, 2014 said:

No, those are the wrong KV motors. You want these and I am told they will be back in stock soon: http://www.multirotorsuperstor...

Yes, those ESCs are good. The new version comes with thinner wires and 2mm connectors which is good for this size quad: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobby...

Flight controller, if you are on a budget go with the Naze 32 or Flip controllers. Both run multiwii code.

RealElwood on Apr 3, 2014 said:

Printing AWS, just wondering about the lift capacity, i guess not all of the gopro models are good to go or will a Hero 3+ Black at 73 g work?

Hovership on Apr 3, 2014 said:

Don't go with the multistar motors if you want to carry FPV gear and a GoPro. They aren't very powerful. You can lift a gopro with the Sunnysky and maybe RCX motors.

airheli1201 on Apr 2, 2014 said:

I am using a 9mm dampeners at the moment. The only ones I have at the moment. Are there any benefits of using larger or smaller dampeners? I would think larger dampeners would remove vibrations more?

Hovership on Apr 2, 2014 said:

The bigger dampeners will give you more height space for the ESCs. Bigger will mean you have to use softer dampeners because of the added material. The softer ones tend to pull out easily. The small grey ones I use are a medium hardness and stay in the frame quite well.

Martje2Print on Apr 2, 2014 said:

Will printing in printing in nylon be a serieous option for printing 3d printable copters?

Hovership on Apr 2, 2014 said:

I have some nylon on order to test this frame with. From what I understand, nylon isn't as stiff. So most likely the design has to be beefed up to use more material and thus more weight.

eried on Apr 2, 2014 said:

Hey, will you sell the non printed parts as a kit eventually in your web?

Hovership on Apr 2, 2014 said:

The hardware for the frame? If so, I already do: http://shop.hovership.com/fram...
If you are referring to motors, escs, props... eventually, yes.

acurrier on Apr 1, 2014 said:

estimated project cost? I think this would be a useful feature on thingiverse

Hovership on Apr 3, 2014 said:

Depends, you already have a radio control set? Batteries/charger? Video gear?

stephencolbert on Apr 1, 2014 said:

How many cubic inches of material does this use?

Hovership on Apr 3, 2014 said:

A full set's volume is about 105 cubic centimeters. My slicing software estimates about 4085 cm of filament.

ScurtWad on Apr 1, 2014 said:

I have no experience with drones, and I'm looking for a simpler build to start myself with. Would this be a good choice?

Hovership on Apr 2, 2014 said:

For learning to build, yes it is a good small size. But if you want to just learn to fly a quad. Look at getting a cheap ($40) quad toy to practice on first.

asmacdo on Apr 1, 2014 said:

Do you have an estimate for the cost for the entire BOM?

Loganator12345 on Apr 1, 2014 said:

Wow, just wow

foofoodog on Apr 1, 2014 said:

If you fly this near anyone or near property it is a threat to safety and property. Be advised to not use this near where people live.

BayAreaCrasher on Apr 1, 2014 said:

You rock my world.

Abormor on Mar 30, 2014 said:

Thank you very much for sharing!!
Very nice work!

Hovership on Mar 31, 2014 said:

Thank you and you're welcome!

dvandorenmalen on Mar 28, 2014 said:

I have a controller board with vertical connections so my top plate is a bit to high for the battery. Instead of placing the battery on the controller deck i'm planing to place it underneath, between the landing gear. The Zippy compacts 1500 are only 14 mm thick so this should work. Anyone tried this?

Hovership on Mar 28, 2014 said:

It will be too long to fit between the landing gears. I have been considering revising the base plate so that the landing gear can be further apart. The 1300 batteries fit but are closer to the ground.

Kawobei on Mar 28, 2014 said:

Link to your video tx please?

jhtitan on Mar 27, 2014 said:

Thanks a bunch that helped, hopefully I will test print tonight. Keep leaving the files at work.

What kinda flight time do you get on this with a 1500 mAh LiPo?

I may have another motor source, once I get them in I will let you know what I think.

Hovership on Mar 27, 2014 said:

I get about 8-9 min with all the FPV gear and flying around fast like in the demo video above.

jhtitan on Mar 22, 2014 said:

You wouldn't by chance be able to add a stp or iges file set could you? I work in an older version of solidworks so I can't open those files as I would prefer. But I should be able to make the edit I need if I had a different format. I need to split the deck into 2 pieces to get it on my print bed. I was thinking an overlapping section to either glue or bolt together. Its just a bit too big to fit on my printer.


Hovership on Mar 23, 2014 said:
smithymicky on Mar 14, 2014 said:

This looks fantastic! 2 questions, would this be able to be printed on Up Plus/Afinia H with 140mm print bed? Also would a KK2.0 board fit on this?

Hovership on Mar 14, 2014 said:

You will need at least a 200mm bed. A KK2 will fit the mounting holes but it is a heavy board and it is recommended to use a controller with righ angle header pins.

ver2go on Mar 12, 2014 said:

Unfortunately it looks like someone does not know how to read the "non commercial" license. Also did not link back to this page.


Logiq on Mar 10, 2014 said:

Congratulations. Neat, simple, working. Magical :-))

peabody124 on Mar 10, 2014 said:

Took mine out camping and got some nice shots of it in the air as well as some video testing altitude hold


DaveM on Mar 9, 2014 said:

Does this have the power to lift a GoPro?

peabody124 on Mar 10, 2014 said:

Yeah, I tested that out with a 1800 mAh battery and it flew fine. Didn't get any video though.

marhar on Mar 6, 2014 said:

Came by way of DIY Drones... looks like a sweet design, I'll be downloading it and trying it out. Thanks for uploading!

airheli1201 on Feb 27, 2014 said:

What sort of flight time you can get with your setup and your AUW? Really interested to build one but already have too many quads!

Hovership on Mar 9, 2014 said:

I am getting about 9 min flights with all my fpv gear and a 1500mah lipo. This is when constantly racing around as well.

callil on Feb 27, 2014 said:

second this request! is the 1300-1500 the cutoff weight, do you think 2200 3s would be too heavy and have no benefits?

peabody124 on Feb 24, 2014 said:

3rdeyepro was nice enough to make me one of these. I have to say so far it flies really well. Got it doing a little return to home this weekend.


peabody124 on Mar 7, 2014 said:

Got some more flying done with mine and video from onboard camera.

This is testing some altitude control code: https://vimeo.com/88439963

And this was out camping. It was great since I could just throw it in my backpack: https://vimeo.com/88023020

MehemX on Feb 23, 2014 said:

i would also want to know can i sell this but only charging material cost?

Hovership on Feb 23, 2014 said:

That is fine

helifrek on Feb 20, 2014 said:

beautiful quad! I had someone contact me asking me how much I would charge to print this for them. I do not want to profit from your design. If I do print it for him I would only be charging for print time and material plus shipping as well as a donation for you. Of course I would like your permission before I even print this. If this is ok with you let me know, If you would rather print it for this person I will be happy to put you in touch with him! Let me know and thanks!

Hovership on Feb 23, 2014 said:

I will be selling kits printed by me soon, until then it is ok for you to print one for someone else and charge for materials. There is only so much you could charge on top of all the materials before you are getting near the cost of the more expensive, similar frames. Which defeats the idea behind this design.

FatalError3141 on Feb 20, 2014 said:

This quad looks great. Will a naza flight controller fit? Maybe with larger stand-offs?

Hovership on Feb 23, 2014 said:

Should fit fine

Oliv4945 on Feb 20, 2014 said:

Beautiful design ! Did you try to print plastic washers to ?

carlominimoa on Feb 20, 2014 said:

Print Deck Cam oriented 45 degrees and it works!!!

tru168 on Feb 23, 2014 said:

Hi, thanks for the tips , after careful adjustment, I manage to print Deck Cam plate 45 degree . thanks !

tru168 on Feb 19, 2014 said:

just printed al;l parts accept deck-cam plate, seems longer than 200mm, my print bed only 200mm max ;-( anyone who shorten it a bit please share the STL thanks !

Hovership on Feb 19, 2014 said:

I can do it in a few days, out of town right now

omardude on Feb 19, 2014 said:

Do you use the Mobius camera to record and for FPV?

Hovership on Feb 19, 2014 said:

To record, using a nano CMOS can for live view

Pintek on Feb 19, 2014 said:

about how much does the chassis weigh before adding electrics to it?

Hovership on Feb 19, 2014 said:


PaulOrtega on Feb 17, 2014 said:

Heey, i am using slic3r and i am not able to turn the deck over the x axis so i cant make a gcode from it ?
what are the dimention's of the biggest part im using a Makibox

Hovership on Feb 18, 2014 said:

Sorry I am out of town for a week and am unable to modify any files. Maybe try an app like this to rotate it http://replicat.org

dad on Feb 17, 2014 said:

Hello, Can you please release the CAD files? I would like to modify the design a bit.


Hovership on Feb 20, 2014 said:


sarky1 on Feb 17, 2014 said:

This is a beautiful design!
Do you have any flight videos of it?

Hovership on Feb 23, 2014 said:

Please share any changes you make

Hovership on Feb 18, 2014 said:

Not yet, still getting it tuned well. Just been doing a lot of testing. Good news is the footage is jello free!

Mel on Feb 17, 2014 said:

Hello, Can you please release the CAD files? I would like to modify the design a bit.


Hovership on Feb 17, 2014 said:

Solidworks OK?

jmontesa on Feb 16, 2014 said:

I have 3S 2200mAh batteries, will them be too heavy?

ChipperCheese on Mar 29, 2014 said:

I tested mine with a Turnigy 3S 2200mAh battery - it flies pretty well, but I only tried it without FPV gear/camera.

Hovership on Feb 17, 2014 said:

Might be ok with no FPV gear or camera

G-unit on Feb 16, 2014 said:

Very COOL !