Rotor Bones by FliteTest

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Posted: May 8, 2013  |  42,902 views
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Rotor Bones are multi-rotor accessories designed to offer a durable, cost effective option for building your own multi-copter.A full range of interchangeable and customizable components are available in your web store here!With parts like the AnyCopter Hub Kit you have the ability to build multiple designs with the same parts!

We want our new Rotor Bones series to inspire you to create your own custom aircraft, expirement and fly!

We designed RotorBones to work with common hardware and parts so you can have the freedom to go out and fly without the fear of crashing. When a crash does occur, repairs and replacements can be made quickly and easily in the field.

We can't wait to see what you create using some of the Rotor Bones components! 

Check out all of the multi-rotor accessories available HERE

Download the AnyCopter plans HERE.

Recommended Electronics:

Control Board:
Hobbyking KK2.0 Multi-rotor LCD Flight Control Board

Motors:
Turnigy Park300 Brushless Outrunner 1380kv
Blue Wonder (2712-12 24G) - LazerToyz.com

Speed Controllers (15A):
Turnigy Speed Controllers

Batteries:
1300-2200Mah 3S

Propellers:
8045 SF Props 2pc Standard Rotation/2 pc RH Rotation (Flouro Yellow)
8045 SF Props 2pc Standard Rotation/2 pc RH Rotation (Red)
8045 SF Props 2pc Standard Rotation/2 pc RH Rotation (Blue)

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Comments

tramsgar May 8, 2013
Rotorboner... Love it!
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awesomerc23 May 8, 2013
the first comment has to be innapropriate
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tramsgar May 9, 2013
Indeed, such are the laws of the Internets. Let me take the opportunity of the second comment of the first comment to express my full admiration of the ambitious force behind this well designed series of great new multirotor parts. I would also like to share my new interest in this fine material delron of which I have recently heard so much. Perhaps FliteTest could do a rundown of its pros and cons as to using it in this hobby of ours?
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onebladeprop May 8, 2013
you guys have raised the bar in multirotor design.
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cloud9photos May 8, 2013
Interesting, I was planning on building the h quad soon, but I like the fact I can build anything with this frame. I'm still confused with the whole kk board, multi wii, and arduino so many choices hard to know what you really need.
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Hasersys May 8, 2013
If you are just getting into multi rotors I would suggest going with the KK board first, or even the early hobbyking boards. I think the ealier hk board are like $13 before shipping. The Lcd screen board is very nice. You can grow with it. the ease of programing is nice.
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Splatwillicrash May 11, 2013
I would suggest the extra bucks and do the KK 2.0 with the LCD. For a beginner there is nothing like being able to read a digital setting value instead of guess at a pot setting. It is more money but if you cant get it off the ground the whole project is a waste of money. I speak from experience with a HK KK 1.6 board that still has to see the world beyond my bench.
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joe_crash May 13, 2013
I had the same experience except mine is with a late generation kk board. I then went to a OpenPilot CC fc that I bought used on rcgroups classifieds. I'm building another multi-rotor, but haven't decided between a tri or a quad - if it's a quad, I need a frame that bullet proof. My current one had too many hard landings.
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liveyourdreamsRC May 8, 2013
Looks Great guys!
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Splatwillicrash May 9, 2013
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Splatwillicrash May 9, 2013
My previous ramblings rearranged below.....
Looks Good Guys, I ordered a bunch of the Rotor Bones stuff, a Kit, spares, etc.
I like ordering from the US warehouse since it is less than two days by ground to me in Calif. Problem is the 300 1380kv is not in stock. The 1600 is, can we substitute this? Also the Multi Star are not stocked at all in the US at this time. BTW you do not specify which ones we should be using. I have some Turnigy Plush 12amp esc that should work, but the fist full of 2s 1300's may be a bit small for a power source. KK2.0 is no sweat, have a couple laying around, and a 1.6 as well. You don't do any battery recommendations on the equipment list. Can I get away with paralleling a couple of those 1300's for the time being or do I really need a 3s for this application?

Looking forward to getting going on these and other projects. Great Job on the video too. Probably what you were filming when I called...lol
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Splatwillicrash May 9, 2013
Additional clarification to above ramblings, I am referring of course to the HK warehouse in Lakewood WA.
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zodrik May 8, 2013
Hi guys! Like always you have done a good job!
I know… the laser cut machine is expensive and workers need money
To feed them family , but this time I think the price of the kit is little
Higher then similar stuff can be found around the net… but as flite test
Fan we will buy this product because we love you and we don't wont
The show never end… keep on
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Splatwillicrash May 9, 2013
+1
I echo zodrik but then again we are talking about made in America products supporting an American company. I wish them the best of luck, in this endeavor. I am a multirotor kinda guy, but your swapables are bringing me into the fixed wing fold slowly but surely.
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tramsgar May 9, 2013
Most of the similar stuff I've seen is made from fiberglass. Maybe that's cheaper? I also think that FliteTest should keep this price level as it is a way of funding its primary business - the videos.
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Splatwillicrash May 9, 2013
+1
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spidal3 May 9, 2013
too expensive for me. 50 bucks for a wooden quad? I love you guys but ima have to pass.
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WingNutz May 11, 2013
I tend to agree, although the design is game changing, the price for wood is not. I wonder why the Delrin plastic was not used as a base, from what I remember its a very sturdy plastic also it comes in various thickness but can be expensive.
On the subject of the mounts...I find it very unusual that the replacement parts are $10 for the pair but the originals are $18 exactly what are you getting extra for the $8 being that they look to be exactly the same part.
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jamiedco May 9, 2013
i hope that the tricopter camera tray is compatible with the anycopter plates because that would be absolutely awesome
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Splatwillicrash May 9, 2013
If it ain't the next slap is not gonna be David, it is gonna be the back of Chad's head !!!! And if Josh Scott won't do it I will drive back there and deliver it personally ;-) But seriously, I am sure they will be, they said in the video they are looking for our input to be able to build what WE want and need for our projects. Yes, it is pricy, but you are monetizing a production company, I KNOW how much a Canon 5D costs, and as good as these guys are, they ain't gonna be able to built one of those out of Dollar Tree foam board and BBQ skewers!! HD Production is expensive, I do it for a living too, and I know all too well the pressures that come with feeding yourselves on top of paying your crew, your light bills, and the endless expenses that crop up as a part of running a production company, and now they are paying off a laser cutter, buying Dollar Tree Foam Board by the Pallet, looking for a new space to expand into,, building and tweaking their web business. Now they are gonna throw manufacturing into it the mix too? CRAZY TALK I TELL YA!! The American Dream at work.... There is little on their store site I have not bought, so I guess Yeah I am a fan, a supportive one. I wish em all the luck in the world.
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Lubis May 9, 2013
I love this!
The next thing you should make is a multirotor camera gimbal. I've tried a few, but no one has really done it for me.

Awesome, guys!
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Himavaan May 9, 2013
really awesome creation guys!!
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UndCon May 9, 2013
Good work guys - now we want to see gimbals.
A series of simple servo gimbals and smooth brushless gimbals would be the icing on the cake

Hopefully my 3d printer arrives next week so I can start print my own gimbals :)
//UndCon
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Phil202 May 9, 2013
Awesome Guy's!
Great work!

Would be nice to have a review on the DJI Naza system, also maybe a tutorial on the setup...

Cheers
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Splatwillicrash May 9, 2013
Yeah, it would be nice to see a review talking about the new V2.0 Software or even a review of the new V2 Naza M once it ships. You guys do the best reviews on the net, and if anybody could do a difinitive, you can. A Setup HOW TO would be KILLER. "Gains and why more is not always better"
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awesomerc23 May 9, 2013
plans?
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Splatwillicrash May 9, 2013
Well you could just take the Video David did, and substitute the rotor Bones Parts for the Nosewheel if your doing a Tri, other than that it is pretty much self explainatory. but a more comprehensive build list would be nice. Recomended min and max Batts, ESC's that you dont have to wait a month for..... etc. Motors that are actually in the country and dont cost a bundle, Laser toys motor, you dont say which version we are supposed to buy, and the 1380's are out of stock.
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stonekap May 11, 2013
Posted above :)
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liveyourdreamsRC May 9, 2013
Now just for the FPV mount! keep it up FT. really like the bat bones and the anycopter was just crazy creative!
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skelator May 10, 2013
too bad international shipping is still high for these, really love to get a kit especially the tilt kit for the Tricopter
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efbe May 10, 2013
Would the hexTronik DT750's do the Job for a ROTOR Bones TriCopter ?
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GjeffyG May 8, 2013
how about plans for this
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stonekap May 11, 2013
Posted above :)
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SeanDuffy May 9, 2013
Hi guys, first of all I'd like to say I think what you guys are doing with these is great!

I'm considering buying the quad kit, but for those of us who are inexperienced, would you be able to give battery some recommendations, and also specify which out of the two motors listed above would be preferable? They seem quite different. Thanks in advance, everything else was great, I'd just really appreciate some clarification in those areas.

Kind regards,
Sean
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stonekap May 11, 2013
2200mah is good fit.
The LazerToyz Blue Wonder motor is more durable. The Park 300 has a bit more power, but we keep breaking the motor shafts when we crash.
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SeanDuffy May 11, 2013
Thanks for the reply, I'll look into some 2200mAh 3-cells then! Right, but that can be fixed by buying the replacement motor shafts which are available on HobbyKing, correct? It's just that I'm in the UK, so I'm trying as best I can to limit the number of separate shipping fees I have to pay, it'll be a lot cheaper if I can get all the electronics from HobbyKing.
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stonekap May 11, 2013
The Park300's (1380kv) are really great... However, they may be out of stock.
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Marker May 9, 2013
Would you guys make a RTF anycopter?
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stonekap May 11, 2013
I can't see doing it affordably.
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Iflyjets2 May 10, 2013
I've been wanting to build a multirotor craft. I haven't gotten to the point of purchase, but I have learned a lot thanks to Flitetest. Ultimately, I would like to start with a GoPro, and maybe get into FPV. Since you haven't made the "Original Tricopter Camera Mount" available yet. How about making it work seamlessly with the new anycopter bodies, or with the BatBone body.
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stonekap May 11, 2013
Sure will!
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snowthief2 May 12, 2013
the cheapest i can make a tri-copter for is $207 nzd before shipping and for a 14 year old with no job thats too much
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Flying Frenchman May 15, 2013
hey guys could you please make a gopro camera mount and make them foldable for easy transport? Thank you so much for your great work, keep it up!!!
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snowthief2 May 17, 2013
what thickness plywood are you using

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RotateB4TheEnd May 20, 2013
I posted this on the fb page, but my anycopter packaging seemed to be miss labeled. The bottom plate seems to be incorrectly labeled as the top plate and visa versa.
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RotateB4TheEnd May 13, 2013
I am a nitro plane guy and a kit builder. I will be trying foam building with one of y'alls kits in my college apartment this fall! My grandpa mentioned that he was interested in using a multi-rotor to catch some video during our yearly beach trip this summer. I don't have any multi-rotor experience, so I was wondering how well the wooden booms hold up for beginners? Chad seems to be flying fine with cracked booms, but I was curious as to how quickly they crack if you have a few less-than-perfect flights? In addition, Josh B. mentioned that the quad and hex handle Go Pros really well, but I was wondering how well the tricopter handles them (I wouldn't want something that felt too sluggish).
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kah00na August 2, 2013
I built this from their plans out of 1/8" plywood. It was descent but because there are two screws in the booms, they are VERY prone to split when you crash. The tricopter frames that allow the front arms to bend back in the event of a mishap are much better in my opinion. Mine tricopter anycopter lasted two trips to the flying field. It probably would have lasted a lot longer had I not been trying to do flips.
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dustmop725 August 5, 2013
So I got all the components and assembled mine, however it wont get off the ground. After about 30 seconds some of the motors stop spinning and there is no pattern to which ones stop. Any help?
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hobosbazzoka October 13, 2013
Details at all?
We cant help what we don't know
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staora November 15, 2013
What is the weigh of quad, octo and hex copter frames?
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TDOL666 December 3, 2013
Building myself an anycopter, using the plans for the frame and materials and putting my own twist on it, if it goes well I'll make an article, I just wish I had a laser cutter!
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