Tested’s Quadcopter and Hobby RC Guides

We’ve watched awareness and enthusiasm for quadcopters explode over the past year and a half–this is a really exciting branch of hobby RC. For our part, we’ve done our best to keep up with the hobby, from testing ready-to-fly quads to building our own multi-rotors. But between that videos that we’ve produced and Hobby RC guides written by Terry Dunn, there’s a lot of material to digest if you’re just getting started. So I’m putting all of our multi-rotor and RC coverage on this landing page as a beginner’s resource and formal archive of topical content.

I’ll be updating this on a monthly basis, and please use this page’s comments section to continue a discussion of all things multi-rotor-related.

How to Get Into Hobby RC Guides

This is Terry Dunn’s bi-weekly column exploring all facets of the RC hobby, including multi-rotors. A great place to start is his first guide to getting started with general RC vehicles. The following guides cover multi-rotors specifically, with boats, planes, and car guides below it. I’ve marked what I consider to be essential reading with asterisks.

  • Joining the Quad Squad: How to Get Started with RC Quadcopters
  • How to Get Started with Hobby RC Vehicles*
  • Essential Tools for Your Hobby Workshop*
  • Learning to Fly Quadcopters*
  • RC Quad Flight Etiquette*
  • The FAA’s Take on Quadcopters
  • What You Should Know about the FAA’s Proposed Drone Rules*
  • Flying 3D Aerobatics with RC Quads (Stingray 500, Invertix 400)
  • Racing Quadcopter Buyer’s Guide
  • Starter FPV Quadcopter Guide*

Our videos covering some of these topics are embedded below.

Non-Multi-Rotor Hobby RC Guides

  • Introduction to RC Radios and Power Systems*
  • Introduction to Computer Radios/Transmitters*
  • Introduction to LiPo Batteries*
  • Introduction to RC Car Basics, Part 1 (testing the ECX Ruckus Monster Truck)
  • Introduction to RC Car Basics, Part 2 (Upgrading car radio and batteries)
  • Getting Started with RC Boats (testing the Reef Racer)
  • Taking off with RC Planes (testing the HobbyZone Delta Ray)
  • Getting into RC Airboats (testing the Mini Alligator Tours aquacraft)
  • Body Painting Your Vehicles
  • Simple Scale-Enhacning Techniques for Modifying Models
  • Small 1/18th Scale RC Cars and Upgrades

Hobby RC Build Guides

Terry also built his own racing quadcopter, and documented the build in the following series of guides:

  • Building an FPV Racing Quadcopter, Part 1
  • Building an FPV Racing Quadcopter, Part 2
  • Building an FPV Racing Quadcopter, Part 3
  • Building an FPV Racing Quadcopter, Part 4

Hobby RC Product and Gear Coverage

  • Previewing the FireFLY6 RC Multi-Rotor
  • Testing the Mobius Action Cam for RC
  • Testing the Blade 350 QX2 AP Combo Quadcopter
  • The RC flyers and planes at E-Fest 2015
  • Testing Ares Quadcopters
  • Comfort Mod for FPV Goggles
  • Testing AS3X Artificial Stabilitization

And there’s plenty more to come!


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