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Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« on: December 21, 2018, 08:38:34 AM »
Hi all!

Yesterday I finally decided to go for it and start y project on the Mavi Clone.

First of all: a BIG THANK YOU to CdRsKuLL for this site and the design (and off course to all you out there providing valuable information, tips and tricks)!

I will go for the Version 4.1 F3. I downloaded the STL-files and made my first prints (on an Alfawise U20), starting with the middle (although I'm not quite sure about the difference between the STL-files of "middle" and "base middle", but in one of the treads I read the files to print and there "middle" was used, so I went for that").The result seems to be good in my opinion. One of my nicest prints untill now (see the pictures).

I'm also compiling a document with all the parts I'll use. Once finished, I'll upload it. It is, off course, based on the things I read in the tread of CdRsKuLL and the responses you all gave on that.

I know it will be a trail and error (mainly the electronic parts), but that part of the fun  ;)

Thanks for providing me with some feedback and support whenever needed  ::)

Greetings and happy end of the year!
FoldingLlama
« Last Edit: December 23, 2018, 01:24:48 PM by foldingllama »

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2018, 09:48:25 AM »
Hi foldingllama good luck  ;)

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2018, 09:27:57 AM »
The printing continues. Just having questions on the sonar pieces:
  • the sonar cover seems to be too small as it is less large than the holder. So the holes don't fit...
  • the sonar holder seems to be too wide: the wholes fit the ones of the base, yet I can't get it down completely. It seems to be stuck a little bit above the base, but maybe that will be fine once the sonar is actually fit.

In meanwhile I'm trying to find the right electronic components. I will post the list here once I compiled them, to get some feedback on them.

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2018, 11:59:34 AM »
I read the different treads and I would like some feedback on the electronic parts I would buy. This is what I have in mind at the moment:

Is there anyone here that could tell me if these would work?
Am I missing some parts (besides a solder gun)?

Thanks!
« Last Edit: December 24, 2018, 09:04:26 AM by foldingllama »

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2018, 07:42:47 PM »
Hohoho... Printing Rodolph (the red nose Mavic) is almost finished.

For the catch it is the one from the NAZA compilation you'll need, even when printing the F3-version. All other parts seem to fit fine. for the gimbal you'll need to cut a but off at the shortest parts of the gimbal to make it fit. Also at the rear foot, you'll need to scrape off a little bit to make it fit the holes of the base. But else, everything fits perfectly!

Next part: ordering the electronics  :-\. Luckily this is a hobby. Just hoping not needing to re-buy too many parts multiple times when failing...

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2018, 08:59:10 PM »

For the catch it is the one from the NAZA compilation you'll need, even when printing the F3-version.

You're welcome.

Thanks for that information you provided!!!!! seems to work as a charm!

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2018, 11:52:40 AM »
    Electronics ordered:

props: https://www.banggood.com/1Pair-Original-8331-Propeller-Low-Noise-Quick-Release-Propeller-Blade-For-DJI-Mavic-Pro-Platinum-p-1256637.html?rmmds=search&ID=512288&cur_warehouse=CN --> an adapter is needed with the motors I bought. Kananga did design one, but still need to get the files, print them and test the adapter.
lipo charger: https://www.banggood.com/Charsoon-Antimatter-300W-20A-Balance-Charger-Discharger-For-LiPo-NiCd-PB-Battery-p-1133818.html?rmmds=detail-left-hotproducts__7&HotRecToken=CgExEAIaAklWIgJQRCgB&cur_warehouse=CN > this only hooks up on a car battery. need to find one for 240V...
lipo battery coupler: https://www.banggood.com/AMASS-XT60-Plug-Connector-14AWG-10cm-Power-Cable-Wire-p-1060098.html?rmmds=search&ID=519151&cur_warehouse=CN --> fits perfectly
heat shrink: https://www.banggood.com/328pcs-Heat-Shrink-Tubing-Insulation-Electrical-Shrinkable-Tube-Sleeve-Cable-21-p-1362019.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN
motors: https://www.banggood.com/4X-Racerstar-Racing-Edition-2212-BR2212-920KV-2-4S-Brushless-Motor-For-350-380-400-Frame-Kit-p-1083198.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN --> specific adapter to make (see above) to fit the folding mavic props
ESC: https://www.banggood.com/Blheli_32-4in-1-2-4S-Lipo-40A-ESC-Dshot1200-Ready-W-Current-Sensor-for-FPV-Racing-RC-Drone-p-1316340.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN --> don't forget the 5V BEC, but with that it works!
plungers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BNH11WZ/ref=pe_1909131_77697121_tnp_email_TE_AMZLdp_1 (thanks Kananga)
flight controller (deluxe version): https://www.banggood.com/Upgrade-NAZE32-F3-Flight-Controller-Acro-6-DOF-Deluxe-10-DOF-for-Multirotor-Racing-p-1010232.html?rmmds=search&ID=17&cur_warehouse=CN
transmitter + receiver: https://www.banggood.com/Flysky-FS-i6S-2_4G-10CH-AFHDS-2A-Transmitter-With-FS-iA10B-Receiver-p-1061496.html?rmmds=search&ID=42482233&cur_warehouse=CN --> still waiting...
cables: https://m.banggood.com/DANIU-5-Meter-Black-Silicone-Wire-Cable-10121416182022AWG-Flexible-Cable-p-1170293.html (thanks Kananga) --> seems OK, but order more then one package...
sonar: https://www.banggood.com/3Pcs-HC-SR04-Ultrasonic-Ranging-Sensor-Ultrasonic-Module-For-Arduino-p-943141.html?cur_warehouse=CN --> fits perfectly
2*2 LEDs: https://www.banggood.com/CJMCU-4-Bit-WS2812-5050-RGB-LED-Driver-Development-Board-p-984211.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN --> fits perfectly
screws: https://www.banggood.com/260pcs-M3-Nylon-Black-Hex-Screw-Nut-M-F-Stand-off-Set-Assortment-Kit-Box-p-998983.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN
and in the local shop
8x M3x6mm for Motors
2x M3x25mm for Back Legs
4x M3x35 60mm to connect both body parts - PLACED & OK
2x M3x20mm for Front Arms
4x M3x20mm for Top Front
2x M3x16mm for Front Feet - PLACED & OK
3x M3x25mm for Battery Bottom
4x M3x6mm for FC
4x M3x6mm for ESC
7x Insert Nuts
GPS: https://www.banggood.com/NZ-GPS-For-NAZE32-Flip32-6dof-10dof-Best-For-QAV250-ZMR250-Multicopter-Quadcopter-p-1015134.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN --> fits perfectly
battery: https://www.banggood.com/ZOP-Power-11_1V-2700mAh-3S-30C-Lipo-Battery-XT60-Plug-p-1116169.html?rmmds=detail-left-hotproducts__4&HotRecToken=CgExEAIaAklWIgJQRCgB&cur_warehouse=CN --> fits perfectly
5V UBEC (to flight controller doesn't have this transformer): https://www.banggood.com/DC-DC-Converter-Step-Down-Module-UBEC-3A-5V-12V-BEC-For-RC-Airplane-FPV-p-981978.html?rmmds=search&ID=49553&cur_warehouse=CN --> works as it should
soldering 3rd hand: https://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Third-Hand-Soldering-Iron-Stand-Clamp-Clip-2_5X-Magnifying-Magnifier-Len-Glass-Tool-p-41639.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN --> works as it should
12 gold bullet connectors for the motors : https://www.banggood.com/10X-2mm-Gold-Bullet-Banana-Connector-Plug-For-ESC-Battery-Motor-p-946666.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN > need to check wether this is the right one.
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Now waiting (first parts will arrive on the 3rd and 18th of January; the others will take longer) and printing the last parts...
« Last Edit: February 17, 2019, 10:28:41 AM by foldingllama »

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2018, 12:41:13 PM »
M3 x 35 for connecting the body parts? Do you mean the long ones that hold the base to the middle frame?
As I say, measuring mine they look more like 60mm but we could be looking at different parts.

I notice you still haven't mentioned the ball plungers, you need 6 of them 6mm diameter 7mm long.

Kananga, indeed, still need to check that. The plungers are mentioned. Thanks for that!

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2018, 01:10:18 PM »
Sorry, my bad I see them now.
Ive got mine laid out now, I'm going to be updating my thread soon. I'll be able to double check the lengths.
I need to draw and print some new bits for mine before I can assemble it.

Did you go for the runcam split in the end?
It has fpv built in so it's a good option.

Kananga, indeed 60 mm for body parts to assemble (base + middle). Just tried it. I also bought those. I'll adapt my list.

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2019, 11:36:47 AM »
Finally decided on the webcam (after some good discussions with Kananga):

Besides this I also added a lipo bag (http://www.banggood.com/Explosion-Proof-Fire-Proof-Bag-For-Li-Po-Battery-NO_1-3-p-984705.html?rmmds=cart_middle_products) (--> seems perfect for the ordered batteries) and a second spare of prop releases (http://www.banggood.com/Quick-Release-Propeller-Blade-Base-Mount-with-Spring-Screw-for-DJI-MAVIC-PRO-p-1141705.html?rmmds=cart_middle_products)--> these don't work --> you'll need to print an adapter as Kananga made.

Now we need to wait... Fingers crossed  ;)
(Thanks Kananga for the advice)
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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2019, 01:24:20 PM »
I got the black recieiver for the phone, the white one seemed to only have one ariel. You choose at checkout.

I admit I haven't revisited gimbal controllers since I bought a set up for a much bigger project a while ago, as soon as I find the box with those bits in I can see where I'm at but I think it's the same controller I've got.

I'm nearly finished redrawing the base, it might even be more suitable for your build if your fc doesn't fit the original, I'll post up my results soon.

Your getting close to finishing it :)


Indeed, I also got the black one.

Finished...??  ??? Still need to start mounting and connecting everything...  ::) That worries me most ;)

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2019, 01:41:56 PM »
Nah that's the fun bit, the nightmare is programming it all lol.

indeed also...  :-\

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2019, 05:22:34 PM »
hello nice choices even the beautiful camera I wanted to ask, however, the gimbal is attached to the frame only by the rubber pads?

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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2019, 07:53:13 PM »
hello nice choices even the beautiful camera I wanted to ask, however, the gimbal is attached to the frame only by the rubber pads?

Hi Antonello,

No, the rubber pads are to dampen the movements so the camera is not shaking. For the gimbal I'm looking if I can get one of these modified:

So, still some work to do, but I'll need to receive the ordered parts in order to create an adapted gimbal (except if Kanaga is finishing one ;) )
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Re: Mavic clone... And so it begun... (by FoldingLlama)
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2019, 12:50:01 PM »
+ firefly mini : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3328503
following a rubber balls version to take out the vibrations.