Below is the current parts list as of Oct, 2012. Often parts are on back order so I have attempted to provide substitutes. Hobby King is officially in the dog house because several folks are reporting problems with getting orders. We, of course, do not know if the problems are with Hobby King or not but be warned.
A Flack built by Bethany
I fear that the days of a $100 Towel are gone due to chronic back order issues but I am still working on it. Kits are now available from Maker Shed for $249. Spendy but the gear is way better than the cheap stuff for the $100 version. We are sourcing the kits so I know.
Home page for the project that is a good starting place.
Folks have started their own build blogs. They are doing a good job of reporting on where to get gear etc. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want your blog listed here.
We are starting build sessions in October for folks that want some help with the build and flying.
I have provided a bunch of links to Amazon sources. I have not confirmed the vendors integrity or tried to see how much shipping is etc. Someone noted that a $3 part had $8 shipping and handling. It would be nice to have a single good vendor for the parts–I am working on that.
You will need two servos per towel. But they can break/strip so ordering a few spares is not a bad idea.
Speed Control/Motor combos
I prefer combo packs because you know that the motor/speed control are appropriate for each other. But you can buy them separately as well.
- This combo is my current go-to setup for $18. Has motor connectors. Get GWS props. You want the 18amp speed control and 1800kv (means how many rpm you get per volt).
Get at least 3. Be mindful that the prop fits the motor. The grey APC props have a bigger hole than the
GWS style props.
Motor/Speed Control Connectors
You will want at least two batteries. 6-10 minutes flight time per battery.
Any of the LiPo packs with 2 cells in parallel (2S1P), a 10c or greater rating (max discharge is 10 times the capacity of the pack) in the 1500 to 2200 mAh range.
There are tons of alternatives for charging. I have identified the easiest/cheapest solutions. Ping me if you need to know more.
You will also need
A few tools are required for a reasonably easy build. They include:
- Razor blade/razor knife
- Felt tipped pen
- Soldering iron
- Needle nose pliers with wire cutter
- Soldering station helping hands
- Small philips head screw driver
- Drill with various small bits (1/8 inch, 1/16 inch)